Russia's military buildup near Ukraine has expanded to include supplies of blood along with other medical materials that would allow it to treat casualties, in yet another key indicator of Moscow's military readiness, three U.S. officials tell Reuters.
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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.
- BusinessApple, Visa power Wall St higher as roller-coaster week winds down
Wall Street's main indexes reversed course to move higher on Friday, propelled by gains in Apple and Visa, at the end of a week marked by wild gyrations on worries about aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and geopolitical tensions.
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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.
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- United KingdomBritain to start rolling out Pfizer COVID pill next month
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- 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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