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World’s largest particle collider at risk over EU energy crunch

The European energy crisis is threatening to affect the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the head of the European nuclear research center (CERN) energy management panel, Serge Claudet, has admitted. The agency is now working on contingency plans that could even see the LHC shut down …

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France’s largest wildfire might be ‘act of arson’

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday he strongly suspected the forest fire that flared up in the department of Gironde may have been restarted by arsonists. More than 6,200 hectares have burned down so far this week, the major highway leading to Bordeaux has been shut down, and …

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Bill and Melinda Gates top up foundation with largest-ever donation

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda French Gates have donated a whopping $20 billion to their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, their largest-ever gift, they announced on Wednesday. The massive donation brings the foundation’s total endowment to $70 billion. “The great crises of our time require all of …

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Russia and Ukraine hold largest POW exchange

Russia and Ukraine held a new prisoner of war exchange on Wednesday. The swap has become the largest exchange since the beginning of the ongoing conflict, with each side surrendering 144 prisoners. Ukraine’s military intelligence service was the first to announce the exchange, releasing photos of the swap.  The batch …

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Fed announces largest US interest rate hike since 1990s

The US Federal Reserve has announced a 0.75% interest rate hike, the largest increase in 28 years, as the central bank’s chairman stressed the need to avoid a recession and tame runaway price inflation.  The Fed’s Open Market Committee announced the decision on Wednesday, saying it would raise short-term rates …

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Largest crypto exchange halts Bitcoin withdrawals

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has temporarily halted Bitcoin withdrawals “due to a stuck transaction causing a backlog,” CEO Changpeng Zhao said in a tweet on Monday. Zhao tried to reassure users that their funds were safe and the problem was only impacting the Bitcoin network. The Binance team …

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North Korea conducts largest missile test, South Korea says

North Korea has launched eight short-range ballistic missiles, likely its largest such test of strategic firepower and marking a ratcheting-up of tensions with Seoul and Tokyo amid increased saber-rattling by the US. The missiles were fired toward the sea from at least four different locations across North Korea, including the …

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