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Weekly Snapshot: Business Battle

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By:  |  April 26, 2022  |    596 Words
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Lloyd Austin (left) and Antony Blinken (right) (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Top American Officials Visit Ukraine in Secret

The conflict in Eastern Europe has entered a new phase.

Ukraine and Russia are still at war, and two top United States officials recently took a trip to the area. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled in secret to Ukraine to see what is happening as its conflict with Russia continues.

As secretary of state, Blinken is in charge of dealing with foreign countries on behalf of the United States. Austin is second-in-command of the US military, under the president. The two high-level officials first arrived separately in Poland, before crossing the border by train into Ukraine and meeting with the country’s president.

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They visited the presidential place in the capital city Kyiv, but did not tour parts of the country damaged by the violence. Reporters weren’t allowed to reveal the trip had taken place until it was already over, due to safety and security reasons.

Despite all the measures to keep the visit secret, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky let the cat out of the bag when he announced the day before the visit that Blinken and Austin would be arriving. Read more…

 

Masks on Public Transport – Needed or Not?

A judge says Americans no longer need to wear masks on public transport, but not everyone agrees.

Americans no longer need to wear face masks on public transport – at least for now. Due to the COVID pandemic, the federal government passed a law demanding that passengers wear masks on trains, planes, buses, and other public transport vehicles since January 2021. A Florida judge recently canceled the law – but another court could bring it back.

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The mask mandate was created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which said that everyone using public transport must wear a face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The rule also said that people at transport hubs – such as airports, subway stations, or bus terminals – must also wear a mask. Nobody knows when the CDC planned to end the rule, but it was extended to at least May 3.

Several airlines had asked President Biden to end the rule, and 21 states also took action to try to end it.

Now, Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has struck down the CDC’s transport rule, saying it is against US law. Read more…

 

Billionaire Elon Musk Tries to Buy Twitter

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A business battle is taking place over control of the social media platform.

Update: Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s offer to buy the company. Musk will soon take over as owner of the social media platform.

What happens when the world’s richest man tries to buy one of the internet’s biggest social media sites?

Businessman Elon Musk has a long track record of both buying companies and starting new ones. Now he has his eyes on taking over the popular social media company, Twitter. As the founder and CEO of companies like SpaceX and Tesla Motors, the South African-born entrepreneur is reported to have a fortune of $300 billion. Buying Twitter may not be hard for someone with that much money – but to understand what’s going on, we need to delve into the world of business. Read more…

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