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Why are these two major economies blocking a coordinated response to the Myanmar crisis?

BRUSSELS (CU)_The world is currently horrified by the bloody military crackdown in Myanmar, with more than 80 civilians killed in Bago, north-east of Yangon, last Friday (9 April). Although some of the major economies in the world are pursuing a coordinated response to the state of affairs in the Southeast Asian nation, however, Russia and China have been holding back. Beijing has described the coup as "a major government reshuffle", while Moscow insists that it is a purely "domestic matter". However, the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says it is "no surprise" that the two countries are blocking international...
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Norwegian PM in trouble.

OSLO (CU)_Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been fined by the country’s national civilian police on Friday (9 April) for violating COVID-19 restrictions in the country by organising a family gathering for her birthday in late February. According to police chief Ole Saeverud, the PM was fined 20,000 Norwegian kroner ($2,354) for organising the event which was attended by 13 family members at a mountain resort, despite government restrictions...

Los Angeles is launching the top 10 Master’s degree in Business Analytics from ASU

Los Angeles, USA (CU)_ Arizona State University is taking yet another initiative towards its new ASU California center in downtown Los Angeles. The university announced the launch of its top 10 Master of Science in Business Analytics degree programs in the W P. Carey School of Business in the fall of 2021. This program is now accepting applications for the first batch of students as part of the inaugural...

McDonald’s to start accepting Bitcoins?

BEIJING (CU)_In a first for a major economy, people in China can now make payments for their meals at McDonald’s and Starbucks using a digital currency. However, this facility is not provided for Bitcoins or any other cryptocurrency, except the digital Yuan introduced by the Chinese government. According to the Wall Street Journal, Beijing has begun issuing the blockchain-powered digital currency, and has used a lottery system to determine the...

Who is to be blamed for the ‘sofagate’ diplomatic spat?

By Elishya Perera (CU)_The recent meeting between the Turkish President and the two presidents of the European Union raised eyebrows after the chief of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was left awkwardly standing, while her male counterparts took their seats at the two chairs which had been set out in front of the Turkish and EU flags. Footage showed von der Leyen standing, looking at the men taking their...

Who tumbled down in billionaires rankings?

(CU)_It has been a fantabulous pandemic for the world's richest people, as a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires found their names in the Forbes annual billionaire list. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topped the poll for the fourth consecutive year, with a fortune of $177bn, while Tesla chief executive Elon Musk leapfrogged from his rank at No 31, to the second place. As the ranks of the super wealthy swelled over the past...

For how long can the international community turn a blind eye to the Myanmar crisis?

By Elishya Perera (CU)_Since the military coup in Myanmar on 1 February, the international community has been struggling to agree on a coordinated response to the crisis. The country's neighbours themselves have attempted overlook the matter, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) being reluctant to interfere with what they say is an internal affair of Myanmar. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has also been held back particularly by Russia,...
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