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The US vetoes latest UN Security Council ceasefire resolution on Gaza

The US again used its veto power to block a UN Security Council resolution on a Gaza ceasefire yesterday (Tuesday, local New York time).

Defence & Security 21 February, 2024
The UAE could be out of the financial bad books

The United Arab Emirates is set to be taken off a global financial ‘grey list’ as soon as this week, according to Bloomberg.

Geo-economics 20 February, 2024
Six quotes from the Munich Security Conference

The 61st annual Munich Security Conference took place in the city’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel over the weekend, bringing together world leaders, ministers, spy chiefs, and more. Touted as the ‘Davos of defence’, its long-standing motto is “peace through dialogue”.

Defence & Security 19 February, 2024
What we know (and don’t know) about Russia’s anti-satellite weapon system

Folks in Washington are abuzz right now – here’s why.

Defence & Security 16 February, 2024

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How to make sense of Tucker Carlson’s Putin interview

US pundit Tucker Carlson released his highly-anticipated yet controversial interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday night (US time).

12 February, 2024
Special edition: Indonesia’s election

In this briefing The tl;dr: Background Is Indonesia the most underrated country in the world? Probably. We don’t know who needs to hear this, but Indonesia is so much more than Bali. It’s got: Clockwise from top left: Borobudur Temple in Java, Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Raja Ampat in Papua, the capital city Jakarta. You’ll […]

11 February, 2024
Impasse on Capitol Hill throws US support for Ukraine into doubt

The US Senate yesterday rejected sprawling legislation that would have sent military aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The senators who voted against the bill largely did so for domestic political reasons.

8 February, 2024
Bukele cruises to landslide re-election

El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, has won a thumping victory in Sunday’s presidential election, keeping him at the helm of the Central American country for a constitution-bending second term.

6 February, 2024
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Intel’s new plant in Germany is facing hurdles

US-based chipmaker Intel is reportedly encountering bottlenecks in its effort to build a vast new microchip facility in the east German city of Magdeburg.

27 September, 2023
Indonesia starts trading carbon credits

President Joko Widodo launched Indonesia’s first scheme to trade carbon credits yesterday (Tuesday), as part of Jakarta’s 2060 net zero pledge.

27 September, 2023
What’s happening with global debt?

A new report by the Institute of International Finance just dropped some big stats on global debt.

21 September, 2023
Another club emerges

The US unveiled the ‘Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation’ (PAC) on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly on Monday, bringing together 32 Atlantic countries from across Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

20 September, 2023
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SpaceX’s Starlink is about to face some competition from China

It’s been a big few days for Elon Musk’s aerospace firm SpaceX, sending the first text through its new Direct-to-Cell satellites, then launching its 300th rocket.

16 January, 2024
Google issues new guidelines for its AI chatbot ahead of 2024 elections

Google has announced in a blog post that it will “restrict the types of election-related queries for which Bard and SGE will return responses”. Bard is Google’s AI chatbot, while SGE (Search Generative Experience) is its AI-powered search tool.

22 December, 2023
Sunak gets the US and China to agree on AI 

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hosted over 25 world leaders for a two-day AI safety summit this week, focussed on AI dangers and opportunities.

3 November, 2023
Foxconn hedges its bets (again)

Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has announced plans to double its investment in India over the next year. A Foxconn exec made the announcement on LinkedIn while wishing Prime Minister Modi a happy 73rd birthday.

19 September, 2023