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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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Seven people are killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, China widens its COVID curbs, and Scottish nationalists see their hopes dashed

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Epidemic prevention workers in protective suits guard the entrance to an office building in the Central Business District in Beijing, November 23, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 

WORLD

Chinese authorities imposed more restrictions to rein in a rapid rise in COVID infections, adding to investors' worries about the economy just as fresh unrest at the world's largest iPhone factory highlighted the social and financial toll of these curbs.

There is evidence that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it,” according to an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv’s war crimes investigations. Here's what you need to know about the conflict right now.

Short video platform TikTok said it was on high alert for content that violates its guidelines in Malaysia after authorities warned of a rise in ethnic tension on social media following an inconclusive general election.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the election he lost last month to leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arguing votes from some machines should be "invalidated" in a complaint that election authorities met with initial skepticism.

The United Kingdom's top court ruled that the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on independence without approval from the British parliament, dealing a hammer blow to nationalists' hopes of holding a vote next year.

Dallas Dutka, a cousin of victim Daniel Aston, kneels in front of the five crosses displayed at the memorial site for victims after a mass shooting at LGBTQ nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs, November 22, 2022. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing 

U.S.

Seven people were killed and several wounded in a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, authorities said, just days after a gunman killed five and injured 17 at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub. Police believe there was only one shooter, who was killed.

After the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, the owners of New York City gay bar C'mon Everybody hired more security staff, and the LGBT landmark Stonewall Inn ran active-shooter safety drills with its bartenders. Those bars and other LGBT spaces around the country are again weighing how to keep their staff and patrons safe.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the release of Donald Trump's tax returns to a House of Representatives committee, handing a defeat to the former president who had called the Democratic-led panel's request politically motivated.

A New York judge has scheduled an October 2023 trial for Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization in a lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing them of fraudulently overvaluing the real estate company's assets and Trump's net worth.

The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down, warning that the House may try to impeach him when Republicans take the majority next year. Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden for record numbers of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during his presidency.

BUSINESS

FTX was run as a "personal fiefdom" of former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, attorneys for the collapsed crypto exchange said in its first bankruptcy hearing as they detailed ongoing challenges such as hacks and substantial missing assets.

HP said it expects to cut up to 6,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2025, or about 12% of its global workforce, at a time when sales of personal computers and laptops are sliding as shoppers tighten budgets.

Credit Suisse expects a pre-tax loss of up to $1.58 billion in its fourth quarter as it keeps bleeding cash, the Swiss bank said, shortly before shareholders approved a $4 billion capital hike.

The U.S. owners of Manchester United have begun looking at options for the 20-time English soccer champions, including a new investment or a potential sale, 17 years after the Glazer family bought the club.

The downturn in euro zone business activity eased slightly in November, offering a glimmer of hope the expected recession may be shallower than feared, but consumers still cut spending amid a cost of living crisis. Meanwhile, British economic activity fell at close to its fastest pace in nearly two years.

New Zealand's central bank hiked interest rates by a record amount and warned the economy might have to spend an entire year in recession to bring sky-high inflation under control.

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