Over 100 of King Charles’ personal staffers told they could lose their jobs: report

So much for getting the royal treatment. More than 100 staff members who’ve been serving King Charles III at his Clarence House residence in London — some of them for decades — could be laid off now that the new monarch and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, are expected to move to Buckingham Palace. … Read more

‘The emperor has no clothes’: Why China’s reputation for economic management is coming undone

As governments in the US and Europe mishandled one calamity after another — from the 2008 financial crisis to botched efforts to contain COVID-19 — even champions of liberal democracy looked on with envy as China’s policy makers navigated the same troubled waters with apparent ease. But the cracks of China’s governing model are beginning … Read more

How Europe’s Energy Crisis Could Play Out

The energy crunch in Europe escalated into a full-blown crisis this past week after Vladimir Putin cut off the pipeline that supplies a third of the natural gas that Russia sends to Europe. Natural-gas prices soared 30% at one point, and Goldman Sachs analysts projected that Europeans will see their monthly energy bills triple this … Read more

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ vs. ‘House of the Dragon’ showdown

It’s a fun time to be a high-fantasy fan, as big-budget, small-screen adaptations from both “The Lord of the Rings” and the “Game of Thrones” universes will be streaming for the next two months. Amazon AMZN, +0.83% is betting big on JRR Tolkien’s beloved “Lord of the Rings” franchise — reportedly paying almost $250 million … Read more

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ vs. ‘House of the Dragon’ showdown

It’s a fun time to be a high-fantasy fan, as big-budget, small-screen adaptations from both “The Lord of the Rings” and the “Game of Thrones” universes will be streaming for the next two months. Amazon AMZN, +0.83% is betting big on JRR Tolkien’s beloved “Lord of the Rings” franchise — reportedly paying almost $250 million … Read more

Here’s everything new to Netflix in September 2022 — and what’s left

After a blockbuster summer, Netflix’s release schedule is easing up a bit in September, although it will have new seasons of some fan favorites and at least one potential Oscar-contending original movie. Cobra Kai (Sept. 9), the popular “Karate Kid” spinoff, returns its fifth season, with Daniel (Ralph Maccio) and Johnny (William Zabka) joining forces … Read more

Here’s everything new to Netflix in September 2022 — and what’s left

After a blockbuster summer, Netflix’s release schedule is easing up a bit in September, although it will have new seasons of some fan favorites and at least one potential Oscar-contending original movie. Cobra Kai (Sept. 9), the popular “Karate Kid” spinoff, returns its fifth season, with Daniel (Ralph Maccio) and Johnny (William Zabka) joining forces … Read more

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online

Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine extremist group known as V_V. The group, active in … Read more

South Korea offers North ‘audacious’ economic benefits for denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “audacious” economic assistance to North Korea if it abandons its nuclear weapons program while avoiding harsh criticism of the North days after it threatened “deadly” retaliation over the COVID-19 outbreak it blames on the South. In a speech celebrating the end of … Read more

Rising Food Prices Could Become a Business Risk, Analysts Say

Rising global food prices and shortages of grain and fertilizer stemming from the war in Ukraine could create further economic turmoil, risk analysts said. In some countries, this could trigger unrest and test the resilience of Western companies with overseas operations in the coming months, they added. “Food insecurity is one of us [company’s] main … Read more