European governments reject Putin threats over gas supplies as ‘blackmail’

European governments reject Putin threats over gas supplies as ‘blackmail’

Russian president Vladimir Putin threatened on Thursday to halt contracts supplying Europe with a third of its gas unless they are paid in Russian currency, his strongest economic riposte so far to crushing western sanctions over his invasion of Ukraine. European governments rejected Mr Putin’s ultimatum for Friday, with the continent’s biggest recipient of Russian gas, Germany, calling it “blackmail”. Moscow did, however, offer a mechanism for buyers to obtain roubles via a Russian bank. The energy showdown has huge ramifications for Europe as US officials circle the globe to…

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Ukraine negotiations to resume, Putin gives Europe gas payment ultimatum

Ukraine negotiations to resume, Putin gives Europe gas payment ultimatum

European buyers of Russian gas faced a deadline to start paying in roubles on Friday, while negotiations aimed at ending the five-week war were set to resume even as Ukraine braced for further attacks in the south and east. Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour has killed thousands, sent millions fleeing and galvanised the United States and allies around the world to impose punishing penalties on Russian government entities, businesses and oligarchs. Russia will respond to European Union sanctions, the RIA news agency quoted a senior foreign ministry official on Friday….

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Europe’s Economy Reels Under Energy Fallout

Europe’s Economy Reels Under Energy Fallout

Two weeks since Russia began Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II, businesses across the continent are already in varying stages of despair at the consequences on livelihoods. A crisis of human suffering in Ukraine, whose wider economic impact prompted European Central Bank officials to quicken their withdrawal from stimulus this week, is affecting prosperity from the farmlands of Spain to the euro zone’s manufacturing core in Germany and France. Surging energy costs are the central complaint, though disrupted supply chains, sanctions and worries about a looming demand drop are…

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List of nominations for Billboard Music Awards 2022

List of nominations for Billboard Music Awards 2022

The nominees for the Billboard Music Awards have been revealed, and it’s no surprise that fan favourites made the cut. The candidates for the award presentation, which will be telecast live on May 15 and recognize this year’s most successful singers across numerous categories, were revealed on Friday. As per PEOPLE, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Drake, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and many more are candidates this year. The Weeknd is a finalist in 17 categories this year, including Best Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top 100…

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The best & worst dressed celebs at Grammy Awards 2022

The best & worst dressed celebs at Grammy Awards 2022

The 64th annual Grammy Awards travelled to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night, rather than the usual gala in Los Angeles. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the long-awaited extravaganza saw thrilling performances from Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and H.E.R., among others. Before the awards ceremony, we all watched as music’s biggest stars paraded the red carpet in Sin City. Unlike the classic haute couture gowns and dazzling jewellery of the Oscars, stars at the Grammys more often not opt for something more daring…

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Complete list of winners of Grammy Awards 2022

Complete list of winners of Grammy Awards 2022

The 64th Grammy Awards were given out in Las Vegas on Sunday night. During the show’s pre-telecast ceremony, Jon Batiste won for best American roots performance, best American roots song, best music video and tied with Carlos Rafael Rivera for best score soundtrack for visual media. His song “Freedom” in the music video category beat out several other tough competitors, including Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish. Check out the list of awards and winners of the night: Category Winner Album of the year Jon Batiste – We…

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Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years over slap. “I Accept And Respect The Academy’s Decision”: Will Smith

Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years over slap. “I Accept And Respect The Academy’s Decision”: Will Smith

Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars gala and other Academy events for 10 years after the US actor slapped comic Chris Rock at the ceremony. In a statement, the Academy said the 94th Oscars had been “overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage”. Smith has apologised for his actions and resigned from the Academy. The actor hit Rock for joking about his wife’s shaved head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia. Less than an hour later, he was awarded the…

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Oscars 2022: Complete list of nominees & winners

Oscars 2022: Complete list of nominees & winners

The 94th Academy Awards returned to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood as the top films from the last year were honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The show was hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, the first time the award ceremony has had multiple hosts since Anne Hathaway and James Franco cohosted the 83rd installment in 2011. “CODA” won all three awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture and a historic win for Troy Kotsur, who won for best supporting actor, becoming…

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Best-dressed celebs at Oscars red carpet 2022

Best-dressed celebs at Oscars red carpet 2022

On Sunday night, celebrities hit the red carpet outside of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles ahead of the 94th Academy Awards, showing off their best and brightest looks for Hollywood’s biggest night.  See some of the night’s best-dressed stars on the Oscars red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o Though she may not be nominated for any awards, Lupita Nyong’o stunned in a bold gold sequin gown from Prada, adorned with light pink floral embellishments. Ariana DeBose Ariana DeBose, who won best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Anita in “West…

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Kristen Stewart & fiancee Dylan Meyer make their relationship official at Oscars 2022

Kristen Stewart & fiancee Dylan Meyer make their relationship official at Oscars 2022

Kristen Stewart, who is one of the Best Actress nominees at the 94th Academy Awards, made a striking red carpet appearance at the Oscars and how. Kristen, nominated for her role in Pablo Larra’s Spencer, showed up at the Oscar awards dressed in a black blazer, a pair of matching shorts and a crisp white shirt to go with it. She had her hair styled in beachy waves. Kristen’s girlfriend Dylan Meyer wore a black pantsuit for the ceremony. The couple, who been dating for over two years were all smiles for…

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