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Russian oil price cap agreed by EU, G7 and Australia put to the test
World

Russian oil price cap agreed by EU, G7 and Australia put to the test

The cap is due to take effect alongside an EU embargo on maritime deliveries of Russian crude oil, which comes several months after an embargo imposed by the United States and Canada

The European Union wants to set up a new court to prosecute Russia for the war in Ukraine. Will it work?
World

The European Union wants to set up a new court to prosecute Russia for the war in Ukraine. Will it work?

There has been a mixed record of arresting and prosecuting senior political and military leaders allegedly responsible for atrocities. History shows that even if Vladimir Putin is overthrown or otherwise loses power, there’s no clear guarantee that he will ever stand trial for the Ukraine war

We have lived with things you did, now live with India's foreign policy: Jaishankar tells West
Politics

We have lived with things you did, now live with India's foreign policy: Jaishankar tells West

Western countries have raised questions about India's stand on Russia's invasion of Ukraine many times. Now Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has justified India's neutral stand with a strong statement

Russia will bomb Ukraine into 18th century, says Putin aide; warns US, UK, EU
Politics

Russia will bomb Ukraine into 18th century, says Putin aide; warns US, UK, EU

a member of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party said that Ukraine's infrastructure would be destroyed and the country would be pushed back to the 18th century

EU parliament names Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’: Will it put an end to missile attacks?
World

EU parliament names Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’: Will it put an end to missile attacks?

Russia has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the EU parliament. However, the largely symbolic resolution passed by a 494-58 vote on 23 November has no real-world implications

COP27: What is the UN loss and damage fund and how will it work?
World

COP27: What is the UN loss and damage fund and how will it work?

The establishment of a fund to help poor nations getting hit hard by extreme weather events was one of the most significant decisions to come out of US climate talks in the last 30 years

XBB and BQ.1: Are the two omicron ‘cousins’ a cause for concern?
World

XBB and BQ.1: Are the two omicron ‘cousins’ a cause for concern?

Preliminary evidence suggests XBB is very effective at evading the antibodies generated by COVID vaccines or infection with earlier omicron offshoots. It means that a previous infection with BA.2 or BA.5 might not protect you from XBB

Renaissance of Nuclear Deterrence: Russia-Ukraine conflict shows that nukes can no longer be relegated to background
Opinion

Renaissance of Nuclear Deterrence: Russia-Ukraine conflict shows that nukes can no longer be relegated to background

The truth is nuclear threats only really deter if they’re considered credible and carry some degree of risk. Mere possession of nuclear weapons does not result in automatic nuclear deterrence

Explained: Vladimir Putin's force depopulation in Ukraine and how it will affect Europe
World

Explained: Vladimir Putin's force depopulation in Ukraine and how it will affect Europe

Since the Russian invasion began, about eight million Ukrainians have fled the country. The mass exodus will make it harder for the country to remain a viable independent state with a functioning economy

Tory Troubles: The many upheavals in Britain's Conservative Party
World

Tory Troubles: The many upheavals in Britain's Conservative Party

Liz Truss is yet another Tory prime minister to be toppled. Some observers date the current leadership crisis to Conservative Party infighting over the role of the European Union during David Cameron's 2010-2016 tenure as Britain's leader

EU top court rules hijab can be banned for employees if part of general curbs
World

EU top court rules hijab can be banned for employees if part of general curbs

In its ruling, the EU top court pointed out that a general ban on headgear of all kinds is not discriminatory against employees on religious grounds and was not in violation of any of the European Union laws

Winter is Coming: How the cold Siberian air could help Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine war
World

Winter is Coming: How the cold Siberian air could help Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine war

Analysts say a prolonged period of freezing temperatures and shortage of gas could cause hardships that might weaken the European Union's resolve in supporting Ukraine

Explained: Why Apple will discontinue its Lightning charger in Europe
Explainers

Explained: Why Apple will discontinue its Lightning charger in Europe

The European Union has adopted a law making USB-C connectors mandatory for mobile phones and most electronic devices. EU claims the reform will save 11,000 tonnes of e-waste, while Apple has previously warned the move would hurt innovation

EU Parliament votes to make USB-C a common charger for all devices, manufacturers need to comply by 2024
News & Analysis

EU Parliament votes to make USB-C a common charger for all devices, manufacturers need to comply by 2024

EU's move to mandate a common USB-C charger as the universal standard is clearly aimed at Apple. It will be interesting to see if Apple completely ditches the physical charging port in favour of wireless charging or MagSafe after this.

Explained: How Britain's Liz Truss has pivoted from mourning to country's mounting woes
World

Explained: How Britain's Liz Truss has pivoted from mourning to country's mounting woes

Liz Truss’s government will roll out major initiatives to confront an array of economic and social problems: soaring energy costs, surging inflation and pressure on public services

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, will meet Ukrainian President Zelensky
World

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, will meet Ukrainian President Zelensky

Leyen, who is on her 3rd visit to Kyiv since the start of Ukraine-Russia war, will be attending meetings with officials to discuss closer cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union

Explained: What is the EU's new proposal for rating smartphones on reparability and why it is a good thing
News & Analysis

Explained: What is the EU's new proposal for rating smartphones on reparability and why it is a good thing

The EU is planning to introduce a new rating and labelling system for smartphones that would show how easy to repair a device, its battery life as well as battery quality.

Demand slowdown from US, EU impacting India's exports, say experts
World

Demand slowdown from US, EU impacting India's exports, say experts

Global inflation, the Russia-Ukraine war, simmering China-Taiwan crisis and supply disruptions are hurting economic growth worldwide, leading to poor demand

Explained: Europe's looming energy crisis as Russia chokes gas supply
World

Explained: Europe's looming energy crisis as Russia chokes gas supply

With the halt in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Russian gas shipments have fallen 89 per cent from a year ago. European officials say it's energy blackmail, aimed at pressuring and dividing the European Union as it supports Ukraine

EU plans to get Android smartphone makers to commit to 5 years of regular and timely updates
News & Analysis

EU plans to get Android smartphone makers to commit to 5 years of regular and timely updates

The EU is working on a law that would make smartphone makers provide at least three years of major updates and five years of security patches on all Android devices.