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Google’s Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy after bank account seized

May 18 (Reuters) – Google’s Russian subsidiary plans to file for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to pay staff and vendors, but free services including search and YouTube will keep operating, a Google spokesperson said on Wednesday. The Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit has been under pressure in Russia for months …

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Architect of Allianz fraud made $ 60 million as he lied to investors, US says

FRANKFURT, May 17 (Reuters) – The star portfolio manager at the center of a fraud at the US funds unit of Allianz SE (ALVG.DE) relied on the German insurer’s good name to lure investors and thrived from a lack of oversight as he pocketed $ 60 million in pay, US authorities said. Gregoire “Greg” Tournant, …

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Stock bounce fades and the dollar gains as growth fears return

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – A rebound in stocks ran out of steam on Wednesday as concerns about the economic growth outlook and rising inflation knocked sentiment, while a UK inflation reading of 9% underlined just how much higher interest rates might be headed. European shares were mostly lower and futures on Wall Street pointed …

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UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9.0%, squeezing households harder

UK April inflation rate likely highest in G7 Household energy bills drive up inflation Anti-poverty campaigners demand government action Inflation likely to rise further LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, pressuring finance minister Rishi Sunak to offer more help for households and the Bank …

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Russians line up for final Big Mac ahead of McDonald’s exit

A view shows a closed McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, Russia May 16, 2022. REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 17 (Reuters) – Russians lined up in a Moscow train station on Tuesday for what may be their last Big Mac from one of the few McDonald’s (MCD.N) …

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Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and …

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Analysis: Food inflation pain puts emerging markets between rock and hard place

Food makes up 40% of CPI baskets in low income countries A food price index hits record in February, March More governments opt to introduce support measures Risk of social unrest is on the rise over food, fuel price rises LONDON / ISTANBUL / CAIRO, May 17 (Reuters) – Like for millions of people in …

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Analysis: European dealmakers face shrinking debt options as recession risk looms

M&A financing seen as costlier and harder to access Investors flee junk bond market amid monetary tightening Riskier debt sales down 77% so far this year Morrisons underwriters take a hit – source Private lenders step in with uptick in hybrid financing LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – European dealmakers are struggling to finance corporate takeovers …

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Stocks, oil slip as dire China data feed recession fears

Traders are seen in front of a screen with trading figures in red at Thailand Stock Exchange building in Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2020. REUTERS / Juarawee Kittisilpa / Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Asian stock markets: China retail sales dive 11.1%, output drops 2.9% Nikkei pares gains, S&P 500 …

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