Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the United States and NATO had not addressed Moscow's main security demands in their standoff over Ukraine but that it was ready to keep talking.
- SportsAmid pandemic and protest, Olympics return to a changed China
The Beijing Winter Olympics kick off in a week, putting sports at centre-stage following preparations that have been clouded by diplomatic boycotts and the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the Games into a tightly sealed bubble.
- BusinessS&P 500 flirts with correction for fifth time on rate hike worries
The S&P 500 index was closing in on a correction on Friday for the fifth time this week on worries about a series of interest rate hikes to tame inflation and losses in shares of Caterpillar and Chevron.
- Macro MattersU.S. consumer spending declines; inflation pressures rising
U.S. consumer spending fell in December, suggesting the economy lost speed heading into the new year amid snarled supply chains and raging COVID-19 infections, while annual inflation increased at a pace last seen nearly 40 years ago.
- EuropeIn Italy, COVID wards filled with unvaccinated elderly people as Omicron swept nation
- United KingdomOmicron subtype has apparent transmission advantage - UKHSA
- EuropePfizer COVID pill gets final approval from European Commission
- United KingdomBritain to start rolling out Pfizer COVID pill next month
- Healthcare & PharmaceuticalsMerck's COVID-19 pill active against Omicron in lab studies
- AmericasAnti-vaccine Canada truckers roll toward Ottawa, praised by Tesla's Musk
- WorldWHO examining allegations official abused staff, leaked vaccine data to Japan
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