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Chinese manufacturing shrinks for third straight month

Chinese manufacturing shrinks for third straight month

China’s manufacturing industry continued to contract in December, a month in which the country was shaken by a wave of infections after withdrawing the strictest measures of its ‘zero covid’ policy, according to official data published today by the National Bureau of Statistics (ONE). The purchasing manager index (PMI), the benchmark indicator of the manufacturing …

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Export prices rise by 10.6% and import prices by 15.7%

Export prices rise by 10.6% and import prices by 15.7%

The export and import prices of industrial products moderated their advance in November, although they continued at very high rates, of 10.6% and 15.7%, respectively, according to data published this Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). In the case of the export price index (IPRIX), the November rate was one and a half …

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Natural gas futures fell during the European session

Natural gas futures fell during the European session

Natural Gas Futures fell during the European session on Friday. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, Natural Gas Futures for delivery in February they were trading at US$4.52 per million British thermal units. At the time of writing they are falling by 0.77%. Early it reached a session low of dollars per million British thermal …

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British House Price Rise Slows in December -Nationwide

British House Price Rise Slows in December -Nationwide

Annual house price growth in the United Kingdom slowed further “sharply” in December, financial institution Nationwide said on Friday, adding that in the last month of 2022 prices also posted their worst run since 2008 on a monthly basis. In annual terms, house price growth slowed to 2.8 percent in December from 4.4 percent in …

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Oil will close the hectic 2022 with slight increases

Oil prices rose on Friday, on track for a second but modest annual gain in a row in a tumultuous year marked by supply shortages from the Ukraine war, a strong dollar and weakening demand from the world’s top crude importer China. The futures of the Brent crude They advanced 59 cents, or 0.7 percent, …

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Spain’s year-on-year inflation slows down again in December, to 5.8%

Inflation in Germany rises slightly to 8.7% in January

Consumer prices in Spain rose 5.8 percent in December, the slowest annual pace this year, thanks to lower electricity prices compared with a year ago, advanced data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed on Friday. All in all, core inflation, which excludes volatile fresh food and energy prices, stood at 6.9% year-on-year, above the …

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Brazil’s gross public sector debt falls to 74.5% of GDP in November

Brazil's gross public sector debt falls to 74.5% of GDP in November

Brazil’s government debt as a percentage of gross domestic product fell to 74.5 percent in November from 75.1 percent in October, central bank data showed on Thursday. Brazil’s public sector posted a primary deficit of 20.089 billion reais ($3.8 billion) in the month, more than the 13.65 billion reais expected by economists polled by Reuters. …

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ECB must avoid things that make the economy worse, says Meloni

ECB must avoid things that make the economy worse, says Meloni

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Thursday the European Central Bank should avoid making “pejorative decisions” and communicate its decisions well, after its move to raise interest rates increased financial pressure on Italy. “In the current situation, it would be better to avoid making pejorative decisions,” Meloni told reporters at his year-end news conference, …

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Oil & Gas in 2023: Energy Commodity Market Outlook

Oil & Gas in 2023: Energy Commodity Market Outlook

It should be noted that the European Union reserves the right to withdraw from the price cap in the event of severe shortages of raw materials. Sanctions on Russian oil are extendedThe countries of the European Union, in an attempt to cut off the flow of funds to the Russian war machine, constantly extend sanctions …

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Twitter is back operational after a outage that affected thousands of users

Twitter

Twitter suffered a disruption on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users around the world unable to access the popular social network or use its key features for several hours before the services appeared to be available again. It’s the first widespread disruption to Twitter’s service since billionaire Elon Musk took over as the company’s …

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Numerous explosions shake Ukraine, which denounces “more than 100” Russian missile attacks

Numerous explosions shake Ukraine, which denounces "more than 100" Russian missile attacks

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine as Russia launched more than 100 missiles on Thursday morning, according to a Ukrainian presidential adviser, and explosions were heard in several cities, including the capital, Kiev. “A massive airstrike. More than 100 missiles in various waves,” he wrote on Facebook presidential office adviser Oleksi Arestovich, and the head …

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China’s sprawling rural territory is rushing to bolster COVID defenses

China's sprawling rural territory is rushing to bolster COVID defenses

China’s sprawling and under-resourced countryside is beefing up medical services ahead of hundreds of millions of people visiting their families next month for the Lunar New Year holiday from cities where COVID-19 is rampant. After three years of imposing the world’s strictest COVID regime, consisting of lockdowns and relentless testing, China has backtracked this month …

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UK to consider COVID restrictions for arrivals from China: Telegraph

UK to consider COVID restrictions for arrivals from China: Telegraph

The UK will on Thursday consider imposing COVID-19 restrictions on arrivals from China, including a testing requirement for the coronavirus, the Telegraph reported. Officials from the Department for Transport, Home Office and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are expected to decide today whether the UK should follow the US and Italy in imposing …

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Southwest collapse causes U.S. air chaos after winter storm

Southwest collapse causes U.S. air chaos after winter storm

Thousands of flight cancellations by Southwest caused chaos at airports in the United States on Tuesday, which is recovering from the passage of winter storm Elliot. Only today 2,888 flights were canceled in the country, of which 2,509 are from the Southwest company. The situation will last until Thursday: there are already 2348 canceled flights …

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Ecuadorian oil company announces record in its main extraction field

Oil falls on global economic concern

The Ecuadorian oil company Petro ecuador announced on Wednesday that crude production in its main field in the Amazon reached the highest level of extraction with more than 72,000 barrels per day. Oil production in the Sacha field, in the so-called block 60 in the province of Orellana (east), exceeded the maximum volume and led …

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Copper hits two-week highs as China COVID controls eased

Copper hits two-week highs as China COVID controls eased

Prices for copper They hit two-week highs on Wednesday as the easing of COVID restrictions in China, the world’s top consumer of metals, spurred purchases, but recession risks and expectations of lower demand limited gains. At 1117 GMT, benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was up 1.3 percent at $8,457 a tonne after …

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Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine tries to reconquer lost cities

Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine tries to reconquer lost cities

The Russian military fired 33 rockets at civilian targets in the Ukrainian city of Kherson in the 24 hours before early Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said, as fighting intensified with Russia deploying more tanks and armored vehicles to the front lines. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated in its morning report that …

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Bank of Japan discusses wage hike and remission of deflation risk

Bank of Japan discusses wage hike and remission of deflation risk

The Bank of Japan’s policymakers see a need to keep ultra-low interest rates but are looking at growing prospects that rising wages could finally eradicate the risk of a return to deflation, according to a summary of views expressed at its December meeting. His increasing attention to rising inflationary pressures could keep alive market expectations …

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U.S. Weighs New COVID Rules for China Travelers, Officials Say

U.S. Weighs New COVID Rules for China Travelers, Officials Say

The U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers arriving in the country from China amid concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The move comes after Japan, India and Malaysia announced stricter rules for travelers from China in the past 24 hours, citing a surge …

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Gold futures were down during the Asian session

Gold futures were down during the Asian session

Gold futures fell during the Asian session on Wednesday. In the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Gold futures for delivery in February they were trading at 1.00 US dollars per troy ounce. At the time of writing they are falling by 0.29%. Early it reached a session low of dollars per troy …

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Industrial production in Japan fell by 0.1% in November

Industrial production in Japan fell by 0.1% in November

Japan’s industrial production fell 0.1% in November from the previous month in what is the third consecutive month of decline, the government said Wednesday. This contraction is preceded by a decline in the index of 3.2% in October and 1.7% in September, according to revised figures from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. …

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German companies expect mild recession as disruptions ease

German companies expect mild recession as disruptions ease

German companies expect only a mild recession next year, despite headwinds from the energy crisis, shortages of raw materials and a moderately dynamic global economy, a survey of major associations published by Reuters showed on Tuesday. “The last quarter of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 are likely to be accompanied by a decline in …

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Retail sales in Japan increase for ninth month thanks to tourism

Retail sales in Japan increase for ninth month thanks to tourism

Japanese retail sales rose for the ninth straight month in November, data showed on Tuesday, as the removal of COVID-19 border controls and government subsidies on domestic travel helped consumer demand. However, sales fell from October, as rising prices of basic necessities weighed on Japanese households, while the core consumer inflation rate hit a new …

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Taiwan to expand conscription, as China flexes air might

Taiwan to expand conscription, as China flexes air might

Taiwan will announce on Tuesday a plan to extend compulsory military service from four months to one year, a senior government official said, as the island grapples with mounting Chinese military pressure. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen convened a national security meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss bolstering the island’s civil defense and will announce the …

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Japan to Require Chinese Travelers to Perform Negative COVID Test

Japan to Require Chinese Travelers to Perform Negative COVID Test

Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival of travelers from mainland China due to the rapid spread of the virus in the country, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday. Travelers from China who test positive will have to quarantine for seven days, Kishida told reporters, adding that the new border measures …

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A fourth Japanese minister leaves Prime Minister Kishida’s cabinet in Japan

A fourth Japanese minister leaves Prime Minister Kishida's cabinet in Japan

Japanese Reconstruction Minister Kenya Akiba submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday, becoming the fourth minister to leave the cabinet appointed by Kishida in August. Three other ministers have resigned successively due to scandals, some of them related to funding and ties to the Unification Church. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s close …

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Japan to request PCR upon landing for travelers from China

Japan to request PCR upon landing for travelers from China

Japan announced today that it will strengthen border controls for travelers from China by requiring them, among other things, a PCR test upon landing in the face of the rapid increase in covid cases in the Asian country and after Beijing announced the end of quarantines for travelers, which opens the door for the Chinese …

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Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session

Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session

Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session on Tuesday. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, Crude oil futures for delivery in February they were trading at 80.17 US dollars a barrel. At the time of writing, they are up 0.77%. Early it reached a session high of dollars a barrel. Crude oil It will …

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China corrects its 2021 GDP upwards: it grew 0.3 percentage points more

China corrects its 2021 GDP upwards: it grew 0.3 percentage points more

China’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021 was 114.9 trillion yuan (16.52 trillion dollars, 15.52 billion euros), according to an adjustment announced today by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics (ONE). The agency increased by 556,700 million yuan (80,000 million dollars, 75,113 million euros) the preliminary data published in January of this year. After the …

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Air Nostrum cancels 33 flights on Monday due to pilot strike

Air Nostrum cancels 33 flights on Monday due to pilot strike

The airline Air Nostrum has canceled 33 flights during this Monday, December 26 due to the strike of pilots called by the Sepla union, according to the list published on its website to inform customers. These are flights departing from Alicante, Granada, Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca, Menorca, Pamplona and Valencia, but also from Toulouse, Nice, Frankfurt, …

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Returning to controlled inflation, the main economic challenge for 2023

Spanish inflation slows down and closes 2022 at 5.7%

The return to more moderate levels of inflation will continue to be the main economic challenge in 2023, in addition to ensuring that the high price level does not prevent sufficient economic growth to maintain the good evolution of employment, although everything points to a significant slowdown in the Spanish economy. 1. GROWTH The economy …

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North Korea’s economy contracted again in 2021

North Korea's economy contracted again in 2021

North Korea’s economy contracted in 2021 by 0.1%, according to the South Korean Bureau of Statistics, which attributes that evolution to the sanctions on Pyongyang and the impact of the pandemic. This calculation published today thus points to the second consecutive decline of the economy of the neighboring country, although much smaller than the contraction …

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‘Terrorists’ denying Brazil’s election results threaten Lula’s investiture, says new minister

'Terrorists' denying Brazil's election results threaten Lula's investiture, says new minister

Protesters who reject election results and camp outside Brazilian army bases have become “incubators of terrorism,” Brazil’s incoming justice minister said on Sunday, a day after police detonated an explosive device and detained a suspect he accused of links to the camp in Brasilia. “The grave events of yesterday in Brasilia show that the so-called …

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Putin says Russia is willing to negotiate over Ukraine

Putin says Russia is willing to negotiate over Ukraine

Russia is ready to negotiate with all parties involved in the war in Ukraine, but Kiev and its Western backers have refused to engage in talks, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has triggered the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II and the …

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Anger in China and joy in Taiwan over new US defense law

Anger in China and joy in Taiwan over new US defense law

China expressed anger on Saturday over a new U.S. defense authorization law that increases military aid to Taiwan, while Taipei applauded it for helping bolster the island’s security. China, which considers Taiwan its own territory, expressed “strong dissatisfaction and determined opposition” to the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a …

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Zelenskiy tells U.S. support is an investment in democracy

Zelenskiy tells U.S. support is an investment in democracy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the U.S. Congress that the aid to his country was an investment in democracy and “not charity” and evoked the battles against the Nazis in World War II to push for more aid in the war against Russia. Zelenskiy’s remarks Wednesday come as Republicans — some of whom have expressed …

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Rosatom says talks will continue with IAEA on Zaporizhia plant safe zone

Rosatom says talks will continue with IAEA on Zaporizhia plant safe zone

Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Thursday it would continue talks with International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi on a buffer zone around Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. In a statement published on Telegram, Rosatom said that “approaches for the creation of a nuclear and security protection zone at the Zaporizhia …

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The BoJ discussed how to address future rate hikes at its October meeting

The BoJ discussed how to address future rate hikes at its October meeting

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) monetary policy board discussed at its meeting last October the potential impact of a future withdrawal of its ultra-low interest rates, according to minutes released today. At its last meeting, held between last Monday and Tuesday, the Japanese central bank decided to maintain its negative reference interest rates and the …

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North Korea denies supplying munitions to Russia

North Korea denies supplying munitions to Russia

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry denied media reports that it had supplied Russia with ammunition as “baseless” and denounced the United States for supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency reported on Friday. Japan’s Tokyo Shimbun newspaper previously reported that North Korea had sent munitions, including artillery shells, to Russia by train …

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Beijing says US must stop ‘intimidating’ and suppressing China’s development

Beijing says US must stop 'intimidating' and suppressing China's development

The United States must stop suppressing China’s development and must not continue the “old routine of unilateral bullying,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. In the latest telephone correspondence between the two leaders, Wang said the United States should pay attention to China’s legitimate concerns, stop slowing and suppressing …

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Russia says Europe asks to increase gas supplies

Russia says Europe asks to increase gas supplies

Russia said Friday that European countries are demanding increased supplies of Russian gas from existing infrastructure that has not been damaged such as the Nord Stream pipelines. “There is demand for our gas, European colleagues constantly ask to increase the volumes of deliveries through the infrastructure that remains operational: the TurkStream, Blue Stream, and part …

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North Korea fires missiles in full tension over arms aid to Russia

North Korea fires missiles in full tension over arms aid to Russia

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in an unprecedented number of missile tests this year. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missiles were fired from the Sunan area of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. The Japanese coast …

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$1.66 trillion government funding bill advances in U.S. Senate

$1.66 trillion government funding bill advances in U.S. Senate

A $1.66 trillion government spending bill won overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday as lawmakers seek passage ahead of a weekend deadline to avert a partial shutdown of federal agencies. Democratic and Republican negotiators agreed early Tuesday morning on the sweeping bill to fund the federal government through the end of its …

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A U.S. House committee to release Trump’s crossed out tax returns

A U.S. House committee to release Trump's crossed out tax returns

A U.S. House committee voted on Tuesday to release partially redacted tax returns for former President Donald Trump, which could lead to unwanted scrutiny for the Republican as he mounts another White House bid. Rep. Lloyd Doggett told CNN that the House Ways and Means Committee voted to release a summary of Trump’s tax returns …

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Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session

Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session

Crude oil futures rose during the Asian session on Wednesday. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, Crude oil futures for delivery in February they were trading at 76.41 US dollars a barrel. At the time of writing, they are up 0.24%. Early it reached a session high of dollars a barrel. Crude oil It will …

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The accumulated British debt stood at 98.7% of GDP in November

The accumulated British debt stood at 98.7% of GDP in November

The accumulated debt of the United Kingdom stood at the end of last November at 2.47 trillion pounds (2.81 trillion euros), equivalent to 98.7% of gross domestic product (GDP), reported Wednesday the Office for National Statistics (ONS, for its acronym in English). This figure represents a decrease of 0.3 percentage points of GDP compared to …

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German consumer confidence continues to rise -GfK

German consumer confidence continues to rise -GfK

German consumer confidence is expected to recover ahead of the new year as government relief measures to ease rising energy prices appear to be having an effect, a survey by GfK showed on Wednesday. The institute said its consumer confidence index rose to -37.8 in January from a slightly revised reading of -40.1 in December, …

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China faces supply problems and falling demand as COVID surge

China faces supply problems and falling demand as COVID surge

As China’s massive surge of COVID-19 infections begins its march through a country roughly the size of Europe, the ripple effect on businesses accelerates. From its original epicenter in the north, including the capital, Beijing, COVID-19 infections are spreading across the country and cases are affecting the workforce at manufacturing nodes, including the Yangtze River …

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Gold futures were down during the Asian session

Gold futures were down during the Asian session

Gold futures fell during the Asian session on Wednesday. In the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Gold futures for delivery in February they were trading at 1.00 US dollars per troy ounce. At the time of writing they are falling by 0.01%. Early it reached a session low of dollars per troy …

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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy could visit Biden, Congress on Wednesday: sources

Ukraine's Zelenskiy could visit Biden, Congress on Wednesday: sources

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy could travel to Washington, meet with U.S. President Joe Biden and visit Congress on Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the situation, in what would be the Ukrainian leader’s first known trip outside his country since the Russian invasion in late February. Biden is expected to meet Zelenskiy at the White …

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Japan warns of COVID situation in China and downgrades its outlook on factory production

Japan warns of COVID situation in China and downgrades its outlook on factory production

Japan will pay close attention to China’s COVID-19 situation, as well as risks stemming from the global economic slowdown, rising prices and supply constraints, according to its monthly report in December. The Cabinet Office’s economic report comes as Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, struggles with sluggish global growth and high import costs that have weighed …

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Work presents the proposals of the experts to raise the SMI in 2023

Work presents the proposals of the experts to raise the SMI in 2023

The Ministry of Labor will present on Monday the report of the experts with recommendations on the increase of the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) for 2023, currently at 1,000 euros gross per month in 14 payments. The Ministry of Labor will present on Monday the report of the experts with recommendations on the increase of …

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Drones attack Ukrainian capital as Putin heads to Belarus

Drones attack Ukrainian capital as Putin heads to Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin was heading to Belarus on Monday, stoking Ukrainian fears he would try to pressure his ally to join a new offensive as Russian drones attacked Kiev in the latest assault on critical infrastructure, Ukrainian officials said. Kiev officials have been warning for months that neighboring Belarus could join Russian forces and …

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China maintains its benchmark interest rate at 3.65%

China maintains its benchmark interest rate at 3.65%

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC, central) announced today that it will maintain its reference interest rate at 3.65%, intact since the reduction of five basis points carried out in August. In the monthly update released on its website, the institution indicated that the reference rate for credits (LPR) will remain at its current level …

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The BoJ maintains rates but extends the range of 10-year bonds

The BoJ maintains rates but extends the range of 10-year bonds

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) decided on Tuesday to keep reference interest rates unchanged, but slightly expanded the range of ten-year bond yields, reducing to some extent its easing strategy. At the end of its two-day monetary policy meeting today, the Japanese central bank kept short-term interest rates at -0.1% and pledged to continue its …

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World Bank lowers its growth forecast for China in 2023 to 4.3%

The World Bank (WB) today lowered its growth forecast for the Chinese economy in 2023 to 4.3% from its previous forecast (4.5%) At a time of “uncertainty” before the process of reopening the country after almost three years of harsh restrictions imposed within the framework of the ‘zero covid’ policy. The institution also lowered its …

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Germany’s producer prices rise less than expected in November

Germany's producer prices rise less than expected in November

Germany’s producer price index declined in November for the second straight month, adding to signs that high inflation may be slowing in Europe’s largest economy as the cost of natural gas and electricity fell, data showed on Tuesday. Producer prices of industrial products rose 28.2% from the same month a year earlier, compared with a …

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Hacienda will keep 72,000 euros of each “fat” Christmas prize

Hacienda will keep 72,000 euros of each "fat" Christmas prize

The Ministry of Finance will keep 72,000 euros of each “fat” prize of the Christmas Lottery, in application of the special tax in force since 2013, with which the winners will receive 328,000 euros for each tenth. All prizes organized by the State Society of Lotteries and State Betting (Selae), including the special Christmas draw …

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North Korea fires two ballistic missiles, raises tension, South Korea says

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles, raises tension, South Korea says

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, South Korea and Japan said, prompting South Korea’s presidential office to “strongly condemn” Pyongyang over the escalation of tension. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the two medium-range missiles flew about 500 kilometers. Japanese …

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In Beijing, funeral homes with sick workers try to cope under COVID

In Beijing, funeral homes with sick workers try to cope under COVID

Funeral homes in Beijing, a city of 22 million people hit by COVID, were struggling on Saturday to respond to requests for funeral and cremation services as workers and drivers who had tested positive for the coronavirus were asking for sick leave. After declaring that the omicron strain has weakened, and after unprecedented public protests …

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Hundreds of people demonstrate in Madrid for the shielding of pensions

Hundreds of people demonstrate in Madrid for the shielding of pensions

Some 500 people are demonstrating this morning in Madrid, convened by the State Board for the Shielding of Pensions (MERP), to demand that public pensions be recognized in the Constitution as a fundamental right and that their privatization or cuts be prohibited. The co-spokesperson of the MERP Joanen Cunyant has highlighted the “unity” of this …

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Virginia, the last US state to ban TikTok on official devices

Virginia, the last US state to ban TikTok on official devices

The U.S. state of Virginia today became the latest to join the ever-growing list of conservative-ruled territories that have banned the TikTok app on official devices. An executive order issued Friday by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin prohibits state employees from downloading any apps owned by Chinese companies ByteDance or Tencent, such as TikTok and WeChat, …

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China Sets Goal of Boosting Consumption, Achieving Economic “Stability”

China Sets Goal of Boosting Consumption, Achieving Economic "Stability"

The Chinese government established as a “top priority” to achieve “economic stability” next year and, among other goals, “boost domestic demand” through recovery and expansion of consumption. Chinese leaders discussed at the annual Central Economic Work Conference, which ended on Friday night, the priorities for economic work in 2023, according to the state agency Xinhua, …

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U.S. to start replenishing crude reserves after sell-off

U.S. to start replenishing crude reserves after sell-off

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that it will begin buying back crude to replenish its strategic reserves, which are at their lowest level since 1984 after the strategy of massive sales of barrels to try to lower the price of gasoline in the country. The office gives until December 28 to companies wishing …

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