Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

40% of ECB staff has low or no trust Two-thirds say confidence is damaged 63% worried about ECB’s ability to protect purchasing power FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – (This Jan. 17 story has been corrected to restore the dropped words in paragraph 11) European Central Bank staff are losing confidence in the institution’s leadership following … Read more

Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Exxon sues EU in move to block new windfall tax on oil companies

Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) is suing the European Union in a bid to force it to scrap the bloc’s new windfall tax on oil groups, arguing Brussels exceeded its legal authority by imposing the levy. Record profits this year by oil companies benefiting from high energy prices have … Read more

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users globally unable to access the popular social media platform or use its key features for several hours before services appeared to come back online. The incident is the social media site’s first apparent widespread service disruption since … Read more

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

Hong Kong scraps most COVID rules, though masks still mandated

HONG KONG, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Hong Kong will cancel its stringent COVID-19 rules from Thursday, city leader John Lee said, meaning that arrivals will no longer need to do mandatory PCR tests while the city’s vaccine pass would also be scrapped. All measures would be cancelled on Thursday, apart from the wearing of masks … Read more

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Ship insurers said they are cancelling war risk cover across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, following an exit from the region by reinsurers in the face of steep losses. Reinsurers, who insure the insurers, typically renew their 12-month contracts with insurance clients on Jan. 1, giving them the first opportunity to … Read more

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell on Tuesday after the release of U.S. economic data, while oil prices rose after China said it would scrap its COVID-19 quarantine rule for inbound travellers, which was seen as a major step in reopening its borders. U.S. Treasury yields … Read more

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Electric motorbike startups making inroads in Kenya Say battery swapping saves drivers time, money Planning to expand model to Tanzania, Uganda NAIROBI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Over recent months, sets of sturdy, brightly-branded battery swapping stations have cropped up around Kenya’s capital Nairobi, allowing electric motorcyclists to exchange their low battery for a fully-charged one. … Read more

Elon Musk’s vow to not sell more Tesla stock fails to calm investors

Elon Musk’s vow to not sell more Tesla stock fails to calm investors

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc shares (TSLA.O) hit a fresh two-year low in volatile trading on Friday as top boss Elon Musk’s promise to not sell his shares in the electric-car company for at least two years did little to reassure investors. Musk has offloaded shares worth $40 billion in the world’s most valuable … Read more

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives received billions of dollars in secret loans from the crypto mogul’s Alameda Research, the hedge fund’s former chief told a judge when she pleaded guilty to her role in the exchange’s collapse. Caroline Ellison, former chief executive of Alameda Research, said she agreed … Read more