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Bank of England criticized for losing track of £50b of banknotes
It is known throughout the world as a byword for security. But the Bank of England (BoE) is evidently a tad unclear on the whereabouts of £50b of banknotes, and it doesn’t seem to be overly concerned about it, a powerful group of MPs has said.
Cost of pandemic on world's poorest countries revealed
More than 32 million of the world’s poorest people face being pulled back into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, leading UN economists said on Thursday, highlighting data showing that the pandemic is likely to cause the worst economic crisis in decades among least developed countries (LDCs).
Oil prices jump after OPEC+ inks supply compromise
Oil prices jumped around 2% on Friday, heading for a fifth week of gains, as major producers agreed on a compromise to continue some cuts to production to cope with coronavirus-hit demand even though these fell short of expectations.
Future Zoom users will be able to smell virtual coffee
People in video meetings will, in future, be able to feel their hands being shaken and smell coffee in their virtual space, the founder and CEO of Zoom has predicted.
Tech makes it possible to digitally communicate through human touch
Instead of inserting a card or scanning a smartphone to make a payment, what if you could simply touch the machine with your finger?
Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar rocks lifts off from Moon
A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the Moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported.
Canada unveils largest economic relief package since WW2
Canada's federal government will spend C$100b ($77b) to kick-start the country's post-pandemic economy.
IMF: Greek debt sustainable despite pandemic-linked spike
The International Monetary Fund said that Greece’s huge public debt remains sustainable in the medium term despite “unprecedented uncertainty” to all sectors of the economy because of the pandemic.
Biden urged by 32 advocacy groups to reject Big Tech influence
US President-elect Joe Biden was urged to reject the influence of Big Tech companies on his administration, by 32 antitrust, consumer advocacy, labor and related groups in a letter sent on Monday.
GM rethinks planned stake in electric vehicle maker Nikola
General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, and the company said that it was scuttling one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup, after GM pulled technological support from the project. Shares of Nikola plunged 24%.
Microsoft files patent to record and score meetings on body language
Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for a system to monitor employees' body language and facial expressions during work meetings and give the events a "quality score".
Asian shares extend gains on recovery hopes, following stellar November
Asian share markets began the new month with a bang on Tuesday, buoyed by the prospect of a COVID-19 vaccine fueling a global economic recovery, buoyant Chinese factory activity and expectations of continuing fiscal and monetary support.
Scientists say intelligent life on other planets is 'exceptionally rare'
We're as good as it gets: Intelligent life is extremely unlikely to exist anywhere else in the Universe because it took a series of miracles for humans to evolve, scientists said.

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