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Mario Draghi will next week unveil a €221bn recovery package for a radical restructuring of Italy’s economy as it seeks to bounce back from its deepest recession since the second world war. The plan, which features big-ticket investments in high-speed rail and green energy, as well fully digitalising the country’s public administration, will draw on
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A Minneapolis jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd, whose death last year set off global protests over race and policing. The verdict will be announced between 4:30pm and 5pm Eastern Time, court officials said on Tuesday. The trial in Minneapolis has
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US stocks and bonds rallied this week, leaving Wall Street’s main equities barometer at a record peak, as the latest signs of the country’s economic recovery sparked a shift into American assets. Economic reports pointing to a quickening improvement in the labour market and a stimulus-fuelled jolt in consumer spending bolstered both foreign and domestic
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Russia assets sold off on Thursday after reports that US president Joe Biden was set to announce a fresh round of sanctions against Moscow, potentially targeting the country’s sovereign debt. Washington is set to unveil the new measures, the first against Russia from the Biden administration, to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in US elections
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After a slow start marred by delays and supply shortages, Europe’s vaccination drive is stepping up a gear in nations including France, Germany and Italy even as they struggle to control a third wave of the pandemic. France announced an acceleration of its much-criticised Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Sunday, increasing the gap between the two
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Chinese regulators have fined Alibaba a record Rmb18.2bn ($2.8bn) after finding that the ecommerce group had abused its market dominance. The fine, which was set at 4 per cent of Alibaba’s 2019 revenues, concludes an antitrust investigation into the company founded by Jack Ma. It comes as Chinese authorities have stepped up scrutiny on dealmaking
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Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, have voted resoundingly against unionisation, a major blow to the US labour movement and its hopes of gaining a foothold within the ecommerce giant. Around 55 per cent of the facility’s almost 6,000 workers cast a postal ballot. The “no” vote passed the required threshold of 1,607
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The Biden administration has proposed a new model for taxing multinational corporations, calling for the world’s biggest businesses to pay levies to national governments based on their sales in each country as part of a deal on a global minimum tax. In documents sent to the 135 countries negotiating international taxation at the OECD in
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China’s central bank has asked lenders to rein in credit supply, as the surge of lending that sustained the country’s debt-fuelled coronavirus recovery renewed concerns about asset bubbles and financial stability. New loan growth hit 16 per cent in the first two months of the year. The People’s Bank of China responded in February by
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