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‘It’s crazy!’ Cubans face exorbitant prices as they return to bars and restaurants

Two weeks after the reopening of restaurants and bars in Havana and seven other provinces across the country, Cubans are surprised by the considerable increase in the prices of food and beverages.

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Crude oil futures touched 13-year highs on Monday as the US and UK signalled a willingness to include the previously untouched Russian energy sector in sanctions. Meanwhile, more US firms and Chinese social media giant TikTok are suspending Russian operations, and new UK laws to sanction Russian oligarchs could mean big changes for London's luxury real estate market.
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20 Mar
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15 Mar
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23 Mar
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31 Mar
The price of oil tumbled in early trading on Thursday, after reports that the United States was preparing to release more oil from its strategic reserves in a bid to bring down the cost for consumers. President Joe Biden is due to make an announcement later this Thursday. It would be the second time this month that the US has released oil from its stockpile. Also today, we look at how French consumers are preparing for a potential shortage of sunflower oil due to the war in Ukraine.
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With Poland and Bulgaria cut off from Russian gas, major European energy firms are reportedly considering compliance with Moscow's demand to be paid in roubles. Over in the US, Archegos Capital's Bill Hwang pleads not guilty to fraud. Finally, amid a shortage of sunflower oil due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the French government has authorised food companies to change their recipes without altering their packaging.
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