Russia warned on Wednesday that imposing sanctions on President Vladimir Putin personally would not hurt him but would be "politically destructive", after U.S. President Joe Biden said he would consider such a move if Russia invaded Ukraine.
- Macro MattersInflation-fighting Fed likely to flag March interest rate hike
The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal plans to raise interest rates in March as it focuses on fighting inflation and sets aside, at least for now, economic risks posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a bout of market volatility, and Western fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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- The Great RebootHong Kong risks exodus over extended COVID isolation, Euro chamber says
Hong Kong may not reopen until early 2024 because of its strict COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise the city's role as a financial hub, its European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report.
- ChinaU.S. weighs letting diplomats leave China over tough COVID rules
- Future of HealthCannabis compound CBD stops coronavirus in test tube, but can it treat COVID?
- United StatesCOVID is less severe with Omicron than Delta, U.S. study suggests
- EuropeGerman parliament debates compulsory vaccination as COVID surges
- United KingdomEnglish COVID study finds record prevalence in January
- United StatesNew York state mask mandate back in effect as judge grants stay in appeal
- Asia PacificS.Korea's daily COVID-19 cases surge as new testing scheme begins
GraphicsGender and language
The movement to recognize a spectrum of genders is changing languages around the world.