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GENEVA — The United Nations is appealing for $46.4 billion to provide life-saving assistance to more than 180 million of the world’s neediest people in 72 countries next year. The appeal comes as donor fatigue sets in amid the proliferation of natural and manmade disasters.
U.S. antitrust enforcers argued on Wednesday that a federal judge got it wrong when she ruled that Microsoft's (MSFT.O) $69 billion deal to buy "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard was legal under competition law, in their latest attempt to stop the deal. Microsoft closed the deal on Oct. 13 after winning approval from British regulators. The deal was originally proposed in January 2022 as the biggest acquisition in the history of the gaming industry.
Three weeks after the rejection of a previous project, London and Kigali signed a new treaty in Rwanda on Tuesday, aimed at resurrecting a controversial agreement to deport migrants arriving illegally in the UK to the East African country.
As wild snail numbers have steadily fallen, farms that specialise in breeding them have increasingly sprung up. The simplicity of snail farming, its productivity and its profitability have attracted thousands of Ivorians to the sector, and over five years, production has soared from 25 to 250 tonnes of snails per month, according to the government.
A raft of new taxes and increases announced as part of Zimbabwe's 2024 budget by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has been widely condemned.
Australia's Woodside Energy (WDS.AX) and Santos (STO.AX) said on Thursday they were in preliminary talks to create an A$80 billion ($52 billion) global oil and gas giant, as consolidation among international energy firms intensifies.