In today’s news roundup, significant developments have taken place across the globe, covering a range of topics from cybersecurity concerns to geopolitical tensions and notable events in various industries.
Firstly, Microsoft, the prominent US technology company, issued a warning about a Chinese-backed hacker group that has reportedly infiltrated critical communications infrastructure in the United States. The motive behind this infiltration is believed to be the potential disruption of communications in the event of a future crisis between the US and Asia.
In US political news, the race for the 2024 presidential nomination witnessed turbulence as Florida Republican Governor faced technical difficulties during an online Twitter forum hosted by Elon Musk.
Moving to Germany, the country’s Statistical Office released a report today revealing that the German economy contracted by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the previous three months. This contraction has pushed Germany into a state of recession.
Russia made headlines by announcing the deportation of five Swedish diplomats and the closure of the consulate in Gothenburg. These measures are seen as a retaliatory response to Sweden’s actions against Russia.
The Wall Street Journal reported that hundreds of thousands of South Korean artillery shells are being transported to Ukraine via US routes. This comes after South Korea initially denied US demands to supply arms to Ukraine.
Weather experts and analysts have highlighted the potential impact of El Niño weather on coffee production. It is predicted that the Robusta coffee variety will be more significantly affected than Arabica coffee in the second half of this year.
Nvidia, the world’s most valuable semiconductor company, saw its shares rise by 26% in post-US trading. The surge was supported by stronger-than-expected Q1 results for fiscal 2024.
In a statement, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, mentioned the possibility of OpenAI withdrawing from Europe if it fails to comply with the European Union’s regulations on artificial intelligence (AI).
Vietnamese police announced the sentencing of a noodle vendor known for impersonating the famous chef Salt Bae to mock high-ranking government officials. The vendor received a prison sentence of five and a half years for propaganda against the state.
Lastly, the music industry mourns the loss of Tina Turner, the legendary American singer-songwriter, who passed away at the age of 83. With a career spanning over six decades, Turner was widely known as “The Queen of Rock and Roll.”