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Gay Santa Claus ad causes controversy

Norway’s postal service has released a lavishy-produced advert depicting a homosexual relationship between Santa Claus and a man named Harry. The LGBT love affair, which ends in a kiss, has been met with mixed reactions online.

Musk Rails Against State Aid as Tesla Pulls Application for $1.28 Bln in Subsidies for Berlin Plant

Back in January, the European Union approved a plan that would grant several companies, including Tesla Inc. and BMW AG, a total of €2.9 billion ($3.5 billion) in state aid for battery projects that would strengthen the 27-nation bloc's capacity to produce more electric vehicles. The series of projects are slated for completion by 2028.

What you need to know about NASA’s dry run to save us from armageddon

NASA is launching a spacecraft the size of a golf cart to crash into an asteroid, which could tell us what to do if one ever did hit Earth.

Biden Says Not Concerned About US Stock Market Plunge as He 'Expected It'

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is not concerned about the plunge in the US stock market and he had expected it over concerns related to the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

Spotify, Snapchat and Google Cloud report outages

Google Cloud said they "are aware of an issue" on its platform, as did the Spotify Status Twitter account, which added they "are checking them (the issues) out."

Europe's space sector seeks to boost commercialisation

As Europe's space leaders meet virtually in Brussels at the new European Space Forum, Euronews explores how the sector is making a big push to become more business-minded.

US Crude Released by Biden From Reserves Will Likely Be Snapped Up By China, India, Claim Traders

US President Joe Biden has announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on 23 November in a concerted effort with other major energy-consuming nations, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and the UK to reign in surging prices.

Bitcoin's price has slumped after a new COVID variant was found. Why?

The markets have seen investors dump riskier assets during this time of uncertainty and fears of fresh lockdowns.

Israeli Spyware Firm Behind Pegasus Faces Risk of Default After US Blacklisting

In early November, Israeli spyware company NSO Group, which is behind "Pegasus," was sanctioned by the United States over its alleged involvement in activities that pose a threat to American national security.

Bitcoin Paternity Test: Scientists Fight in Court for Title of Cryptocurrency's Inventor - Report

One of the main features of the fully decentralised payment system is that its creator, or group of creators, remains incognito to this day, despite countless attempts by the media to identify the creator of the most expensive cryptocurrency in history, who is only known under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.

Jordan Peterson Reveals He Bought Bitcoin, Blasts Rising Inflation

According to media reports, the Canadian psychologist has increased his net worth, which is now estimated to be $7 million. However, the majority of his fortune has not come from cryptocurrency, but from royalties from his books.

Orbán: Government to prolong national vaccination campaign

The government is prolonging the national vaccination campaign by a week, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on public radio on Friday. "We can have a big family Christmas this year" only if the number of those taking booster shots grows significantly, Orbán said.

Budapest public transport risks partial shutdown due to budget shortfall

The Hungarian government is withholding 12 billion forints (EUR 32.7m) worth of subsidy for the city transport system

HSUP: Build a startup from scratch

Júlia Sohajda, the co-founder of Vespucci Partners venture capital fund and Krisztián Kölkedi, the founder of the Hungarian Startup University Program (HSUP) were guests at Hibrid Startupper, Spirit FM’s entertainment radio show where the conversation is centered around innovation, ideas for the future and potential investment opportunities.

Acquisitions, bigger order book lift 4iG earnings

Listed IT company 4iG had after-tax profit of HUF 2.9 billion in Q1-Q3, up 56% from the same period a year earlier, supported by acquisitions and a growing order book, state news wire MTI writes, citing an earnings report released on Thursday.

Budapest steps up airport shuttle bus service

The Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) will operate a more frequent airport shuttle bus service from Friday to accommodate an increase in passenger numbers at Liszt Ferenc International, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Bosnia inflation up in October

Consumer prices in Bosnia rose 4.3% year-on-year in October, following a 3% increase in the previous month, data released by the Sarajevo-based Agency for Statistics (BHAS) showed on Wednesday.

BME launching space engineering degree

From September 2022, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) will launch a master's degree in space engineering and building informatics, according to a release on its website.

Czech economic confidence weakens in November

The Czech economic confidence decreased marginally in November, survey results from the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO) showed on Wednesday.

MOL starts building motorway gas stations in Romania

The Romanian unit of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL on Thursday announced the start of construction of six motorway gas stations, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Holiday candy sales to decline in volume, rise in value

Hungarian candy manufacturers expect sales of holiday candy to decline in volume but rise in value terms this year, daily Magyar Nemzet said yesterday.

Hungary prepared to vaccinate under-12s after EMA approval of Pfizer jab

Hungary is prepared to inoculate children aged 5-11 against Covid after the European drug regulator approved the use of Pfizer's vaccine for this age group, the government website koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday.

Schanda: Hungary to be among Europe's five most competitive countries by 2030 | The Budapest Times

It is the government's top priority that Hungary should belong in the top five most liveable and competitive countries in Europe by 2030, an official of the ministry of innovation and technology said on Thursday.

Arrest warrant issued for boss of Macau’s biggest junkets operator

Suncity Group CEO Alvin Chau accused of running illegal cross-border gambling activities.

Schools need 70pc vaccination rate to resume full-day classes

Schools can apply for resuming full-day classes if the vaccination rate of both teachers and students reaches 70 percent, the Education Bureau said in a letter.

Hong Kong boosts border controls for new Covid-19 variant, covers 8 African countries

Non-Hong Kong residents barred from entering the city from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe; city residents must undergo three weeks of quarantine.

Man acquitted of raping drunk female student in Yau Ma Tei motel

A 21-year-old man, who allegedly raped a drunk female student and reminded her to take birth control pills, shed tears of joy in the High Court on Friday after a 5-2 jury decision acquitted him of the charge.

Roll out new Health Code app soon, companies urge Hong Kong government

Some executives say that while they are eager to cross the border, they also want to know details about what personal details will be required for new app needed to join scheme.

Man and woman arrested after robbing a backpack in jewelry store

A man and a woman were arrested on Thursday after the man splashed red unknown liquid at a shopkeeper of a Yuen Long jewelry shop and robbed a backpack containing about HK$380,000 cash and belongings.

What do we know about the new coronavirus variant, and should Hong Kong be worried?

Experts are still trying to assess the threat posed by the B.1.1.529 variant, but one unusual feature is its high number of mutations, far more than what is found in the Delta one.

HK Streetathon postponed to fourth quarter of 2022

Hong Kong Streetathon, scheduled to be held in December, will be postponed to the fourth quarter of 2022 as the government has not granted the event exemption from the group gathering cap.

Hospital Authority reminds Hong Kong doctors to write out prescriptions clearly

Unclear prescription instructions have been blamed for two cases in which patients were administered medications they should not have received.

Boar may not escape death sentence although rescued from fence railing in Tin Hau

A female boar was on Thursday night spotted stuck in a fence railing in Fortress Hill, bleeding and struggling. Although it was later rescued and sent to a farm for treatment, it is assumed that it will be euthanized due to the severe injury it sustained.

Hong Kong cultural hub seeking bidders for first commercial project

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority tenders for the Artist Square Towers Project two weeks after opening of M+ museum.

Hong Kong firms scoop up properties from Chinese developers

After years of expansion in Hong Kong, cash-strapped Chinese developers are reducing their presence in one of the world's most expensive property markets, allowing firms in the financial hub to scoop up some of their assets at distressed prices.

Global firms are paying up to deal with Hong Kong’s quarantine

Companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. are stepping up to compensate employees ensnared by Hong Kong’s strict quarantine regime as businesses in the city struggle to retain and recruit staff almost two years into the pandemic.

KMB staff to adopt snazzy fresh look from next year

A new look for KMB drivers around the city starting next year! On Friday, the KMB announced that its bus drivers will debut a new uniform - a polo shirt in red and black beginning January 10 next year.

New African variant of Coronavirus transmitted to adjacent room in Hong Kong quarantine hotel

Two cases of the new Covid-19 strain raising alarm in parts of southern Africa and unnerving financial markets worldwide have been found in travelers in compulsory quarantine in Hong Kong.

Woman arrested after chopping "wrong" tenants with a cleaver

A 43-year-old woman was arrested for assaulting two people with a cleaver in Sham Shui Po after arguing with them about the wrong doorbell being pressed.

Tickets to meet mainland Olympians almost sold out

A total of 5,300 tickets to meet 29 mainland Olympians in early December are nearly sold out as of Friday afternoon.

HK’s Doo Hoi-kem, Wong Chun-ting advance to World Table Tennis Championships round of 16

Hong Kong’s top table tennis players Doo Hoi-kem and Wong Chun-ting have advanced into the round of 16 at the World Championships in the United States.

Hong Kong adds four imported cases, three involve mutant strain

Health authorities reported four imported Covid-19 cases on Friday, with three of them involving the mutant variant of the virus.

Activist Tong Ying-kit appeal hearing set for March

The Court of Appeal has set March 22 and 23 next year to hear activist Tong Ying-kit's appeal against his conviction and sentence for terrorism and inciting secession.

Chris Whitty: I worry people won't accept more Covid curbs

England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has said his "greatest worry" is whether people will accept fresh curbs on activities to tackle Covid variants.

'Worst October since 1956': Global COVID woes apply brakes to UK car production

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warns that a resurgent COVID pandemic risks inflicting more damage to output as the sector globally counts the cost of the chip shortage that has dented production and sales alike.

US Restricts Travel From 8 Southern African Nations Over New Covid Strain

New Covid strain: Travel will be mostly banned from Monday from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, a senior US official said.

Macron tells Johnson to ‘get serious’ on Channel crisis after tweeted letter

French president says: ‘We do not communicate on these issues by tweets’ after PM issues five-point plan via Twitter

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