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Europe · London

UK ‘partygate’ report blames culture of Johnson’s office

Coverage: 57 sources
A report into lockdown-breaching U.K. government parties published Wednesday said blame for a “culture” of rule-breaking in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office must rest with those at the top.See the Story
Business · San Francisco

Twitter jumps after Musk increases commitment in takeover bid to $33.5 billion, in talks for other funding

44% Center coverage: 34 sources
Elon Musk has increased the personal stake he's throwing down to acquire Twitter to $33.5 billion. The documents also say the Tesla CEO is in talks with Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter has been in a state of turmoil since Musk about a month ago said he wanted to buy the social media platform and take it private.See the Story
Macky Sall · Dakar

Senegal president says 11 newborn babies die in a fire at regional hospital

Coverage: 25 sources
Senegal's President Macky Sall said on Wednesday that 11 newborn babies died in a fire at the neonatal section of a regional hospital. The hospital is in the town of Tivaouane, around 120 km (74.56 miles) east of the capital Dakar.See the Story
Europe · Cannes

'Elvis' makes a splash at Cannes Film Festival premiere

37% Center coverage: 11 sources
Luhrmann's film, the largest and flashiest Hollywood film making its world premiere in Cannes. Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, who plays Presley, to Cannes' famed red carpet. Joining them, too, was Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Warner Bros. will release the film in theaters on June 24.See the Story
Europe · Washington

G7 scrambles to keep climate agenda on track as Ukraine war roils energy supplies

55% Right coverage: 11 sources
Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries want to reaffirm a commitment to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. The group will also consider committing to a phase-out of coal power generation by 2030, according to a draft communique. The draft could change considerably by the time talks conclude on Friday.See the Story
NASA

Boeing Starliner capsule returns to Earth, capping key uncrewed test mission

Coverage: 5 sources
Boeing's Starliner capsule returned from the International Space Station and landed in New Mexico on Wednesday (May 25) It was the last leg of a repeat test flight that Boeing had first attempted in 2019, but failed to complete after running into software failures. The latest test mission moves Starliner a major step closer to providing NASA with a second reliable avenue for ferrying astronauts to and from the space station.See the Story
Economy

China’s Premier Steps Up to Issue Economic Warning

67% Center coverage: 3 sources
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosts a high-profile video meeting on the economy. A new cache of police files from Xinjiang adds to a growing body of evidence of state atrocities. Airbnb gives up its Chinese business. If you would like to receive China Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here.See the Story
Taxes

Crypto transfers granted tax exemption

100% Right coverage: 1 sources
Crypto transfers in Thailand exempted from 7% VAT. No Tax Amnesty for Russian Crypto Miners as Lawmakers Withdraw Proposal. More than $1 trillion worth of Bitcoin has been traded so far this year. Bitcoin is expected to reach $20,000 by the end of the year.See the Story
Business

Bigger Food Crisis Can Be Averted If Asia Remembers Not to Panic

67% Right coverage: 3 sources
Governments can stop the food problem from getting way worse if they heed a lesson from the crisis in 2008: don’t panic.See the Story

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