Spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’ betray hundreds to police

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday. The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in […]

Nearly One Billion Cubic Meters of Azerbaijani Gas Supplied to Europe in January-April 2021

European consumers received nearly one billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Azerbaijan during the first four months of 2021. According to statistics compiled by Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, approximately 954 million cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas have been supplied to Europe between January and April of this year. Azerbaijan received around $196 million from the deliveries. […]

EU–South Asia Relations In The 21st Century: Rethink, Reimagine, Reshape

Amid the intense competition underway between the US and China and the increasing presence of Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Britain in the Indo-Pacific, the EU must build better bilateral relations with all South Asian countries – and not just India. It should reassess its traditional trade and aid approach and use a strategic lens […]

Animoca Brands raises US$88,888,888 based on valuation of US$1 billion USA – English

NFT-centric Animoca Brands is tech industry’s newest unicorn HONG KONG, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Animoca Brands, the company that is delivering digital property rights to gamers via NFTs, today announced that it has completed a capital raise of US$88,888,888 (approximately A$113,500,000) at a price per share of A$1.10based on a valuation of US$1 billion(approximately A$1.28 billion). Investors in the round included Kingsway Capital, […]

TOPCAST and Honeywell Establish Exclusive Distribution Cooperation to Support B737NG Expansion in Mainland China

Hong Kong SAR, April 22, 2021 – Topcast Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd.  (“TOPCAST”), a world-leading aircraft distributor and MRO service provider, and Honeywell Aerospace signed a five-year distributor agreement in March 2021, covering the exclusive distribution of Mechanical Components, including the Starter Generator, Mechanical Systems, and Air and Thermal LRUs (line-replacement units), on Boeing 737NG aircraft in […]

Is Europe Neglecting Design in Its Semiconductor Strategy?

Europe has woken up to the economic and geopolitical importance of semiconductors. Much of the discussion has focused on manufacturing, but developing our design capabilities could be a cost-effective way to enhance our strategic autonomy and economic prosperity. Semiconductors, the chips that sit inside everything from smartphones and data centres to cars and 5G equipment, underpin […]

Warnings over energy greenwashing as households switch to eco tariffs en masse

80 per cent of gas and electricity switchers picked green energy tariffs in 2020. But just how green are they? Energy suppliers touting green tariffs are being accused of ‘greenwashing’ in a bid to tap into a boom in eco energy switching, experts have warned, as bill payers try to be more environmentally responsible. More […]

The Oligarch Problem

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs in his book “Black Earth”: if the two questions that dominated the Soviet-era were “What is to be done?” (Lenin’s famous pamphlet of the same title) and “Who is to blame?” (as nothing in the Soviet Union worked and someone […]