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The US has imposed its most severe level of sanctions on Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution, and Alfa-Bank, the country’s biggest private bank, escalating its economic punishment of Moscow in response to atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine. The announcement on Wednesday of “full blocking sanctions”, which prevent the lenders from transacting with any
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Ukraine’s authorities have urged civilians in the Donbas region and around Kharkiv to evacuate after Russian forces stepped up their offensive in eastern Ukraine and further evidence emerged of atrocities by Moscow’s troops elsewhere in the country. Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said on Wednesday the military authorities called on residents living in the
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Asset managers are on a shopping spree. After notching up $68bn worth of mergers and acquisitions last year — the biggest haul since 2007 on Refinitiv numbers — deals show no sign of abating. On Monday, Perpetual of Australia made a A$2.4bn ($1.8bn) bid for local rival Pendal. Last month, AllianceBernstein agreed to pay $750mn
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Ever turned away briefly from watching a football match only to a hear a fellow spectator loudly exclaim “ooooft”? In such an instance, you’ll probably guess that someone has been poleaxed on the field, likely from a challenge that used to be referred to as a “reducer”. That was before, you know, injuring someone stopped
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It might feel like Friday after the torrent of news that has washed through this week but, sadly, it’s only Wednesday. Which means, of course, it’s time for the answers to our Friday quiz. Enjoy: 1. Vladimir Putin said this week that Europe’s energy companies must start paying for their Russian gas in roubles. Which
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China’s strict Covid lockdowns are exacerbating serious shortages of fertiliser, labour and seeds, just as many of the country’s biggest agricultural provinces prepare for their crucial spring planting season. According to official data, as many as a third of farmers in northeastern Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang provinces have insufficient agricultural inputs after authorities sealed off
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Car dealer group Lookers said that motorists changing vehicles at the end of fixed-term finance deals will prevent the auto market falling off a “cliff edge”, despite the squeeze on household budgets. As the company posted record annual profits because of soaring used car prices, it forecast that prices would remain high this year because
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Milestones are not always the key moment of change, but the point at which history says it can no longer be ignored. February 24 was the date Russia invaded Ukraine. It will also mark the point at which the world undeniably split into blocks. Whatever the outcome of Vladimir Putin’s war, geopolitics is now divided
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Top UK housebuilder Redrow has increased the amount of money it has set aside to fix fire safety issues to more than five times an original estimate, in response to tougher demands on developers laid out by housing secretary Michael Gove.  Housebuilders have been trying to move on from a long-running building safety crisis that
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Volodymyr Zelensky has intensified his call for the international security system to be overhauled as new evidence emerged of alleged crimes by Russian forces in areas that were recently recaptured by Ukrainian troops. The Ukrainian president intensified his criticism of the global community in a late-night video address after lambasting the UN for failing to
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