European governments reject Putin threats over gas supplies as ‘blackmail’

Russian president Vladimir Putin threatened on Thursday to halt contracts supplying Europe with a third of its gas unless they are paid in Russian currency, his strongest economic riposte so far to crushing western sanctions over his invasion of Ukraine. European governments rejected Mr Putin’s ultimatum for Friday, with the continent’s biggest recipient of Russian gas, Germany, calling it “blackmail”.…

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Ukraine negotiations to resume, Putin gives Europe gas payment ultimatum

European buyers of Russian gas faced a deadline to start paying in roubles on Friday, while negotiations aimed at ending the five-week war were set to resume even as Ukraine braced for further attacks in the south and east. Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour has killed thousands, sent millions fleeing and galvanised the United States and allies around the world…

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Europe’s Economy Reels Under Energy Fallout

Two weeks since Russia began Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II, businesses across the continent are already in varying stages of despair at the consequences on livelihoods. A crisis of human suffering in Ukraine, whose wider economic impact prompted European Central Bank officials to quicken their withdrawal from stimulus this week, is affecting prosperity from the farmlands of Spain…

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EU Parliament’s final push on the Digital Markets Act must include default settings

Europe has a deeply uneven tech playing field. But as members of the European Parliament prepare to vote in plenary on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) on Wednesday, there’s a chance to correct this course. MEPs must sustain significant progress made within the legislation, such as with regard to ad platforms, as well as the major wins brought home by…

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Ramana Maharshi handicraft statues becomes the most searched Christmas gift on the internet globally

Here is a write up on this Unique Christmas Gift from India, which has created a huge sensation and has become the latest fashion in Online Shopping globally. The worldwide online sale begins on 7th December 2021 on www.Tiruvannamalaihandicrafts.com .This collection is a very limited edition. Tiruvannamalai Handicrafts, from India has announced the much awaited and anticipated worldwide online sale of Sri Ramana…

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IMF’S KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA: OMICRON VARIANT LIKELY TO USHER GROWTH DOWNGRADES

Global economic growth projections from the International Monetary Fund will likely be downgraded due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday. “A new variant that may spread very rapidly can dent confidence, and in that sense, we are likely to see some downgrades of our October projections for global…

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U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT APPLE IPHONE HACKED WITH ISRAELI COMPANY SPYWARE – SOURCES

Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter. The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit U.S. officials either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning the East African country,…

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Amazon’s Black Friday Greeted by Climate Activists, Strikes in Europe

Climate activists targeted 15 Amazon depots across Europe on “Black Friday” and the world’s biggest e-commerce company also faced protests by workers and delivery drivers in Germany, France, and Italy. Amazon, based in Seattle, is facing criticism from climate activists who say excessive consumption harms the environment while an alliance of trade unions say the company does not pay workers…

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Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff

The directors general of Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority and Environmental Protection Agency have called upon both the EU and Sweden’s government to ban cryptocurrency mining. Since China banned Bitcoin ,wannabe get-rich-quick artists have been looking for somewhere else to squander squillions of megawatt-hours minting imaginary internet money. Cheap hydroelectric power makes the Nordics tempting, with Sweden alone using 1TWh on…

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