China cuts quarantine for overseas travelers, easing Covid controls

For more than two years, overseas travelers have had to quarantine upon arrival in China because of Covid restrictions. Pictured here at Beijing International Airport on June 18, 2022, are passengers waiting to be taken to quarantine-designated destinations. Leo Ramirez | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — China cut the quarantine period for international travelers … Read more

New G-7 infrastructure plan offers alternative to China Belt & Road

The Group of 7 has announced a new infrastructure funding program that could rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative. One expert says the G-7’s plan offers hope to developing countries but it remains to be seen whether it can match the BRI. On Sunday, the US and the other members of the G-7 including Canada, … Read more

G-7 nations face threat of Russia shutting down more gas

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a toast as he takes part in the XIV BRICS summit in virtual format via a video call, in Moscow on June 23, 2022. Mikhail Metzel | AFP | Getty Images The Group of 7 nations need to brace for a complete shutdown of Russian gas pipelines in the near term, … Read more

European stocks open to close as recession fears continue

LONDON — European stocks were lower Thursday, as global markets see renewed volatility after a brief recovery following last week’s tumultuous trading. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 0.5% by late morning, having recouped more than half of its earlier losses. Banks fell 1.5% while travel and leisure stocks gained 1.1%. In terms of individual share … Read more

Russia and NATO member Lithuania are clashing over Kaliningrad

A sign reading ‘Kaliningrad’ stands atop the main city’s south railway station. Kaliningrad is a small Russian exclave located on the Baltic Sea and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland. It has become the center of a spat between Russia and NATO member Lithuania. Harry Engels | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images A new front … Read more

European markets open to close, stocks, data, global markets

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open higher on Tuesday, continuing a recovery seen at the start of the week. The U.K.’s FTSE index is seen opening 17 points higher at 7,132, Germany’s DAX 46 points higher at 13,298, France’s CAC 40 up 23 points at 5,928, and Italy’s FTSE MIB 75 points higher at … Read more

May retail, industrial production, fixed asset investment

New energy vehicles, which include hybrid and battery-powered cars, have seen sales surge in China despite a slump in the overall car market. Pictured here is an unnamed new energy vehicle factory in Jiangsu province on June 13, 2022. Wan Shanchao | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China released economic data for … Read more

Global markets are tanking ahead of a huge week for central banks

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, June 1, 2022. Brendan McDermid | Reuters LONDON – Global stock markets are falling sharply after May’s US inflation print reignited fears that central banks will be forced into aggressive monetary policy tightening. Friday’s highly-anticipated consumer price index … Read more

Russia cuts key interest rate back to prewar level

National flag flies over the Russian Central Bank headquarters in Moscow, Russia May 27, 2022. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The Central Bank of Russia on Friday cut its key interest rate by 150 basis points to 9.5% — the level it was at when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. Although acknowledging that the external environment … Read more

Treasury yields rise as investors weigh European Central Bank’s next moves

U.S. Treasury yields climbed on Thursday as investors assessed the latest move from the European Central Bank and awaited key jobs and inflation data this week. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note ticked up 4 basis points to 3.073%, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 3 basis points to 3.209%. … Read more