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Putin lands in China as Beijing Olympics get underway

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in China as the Beijing Winter Olympics officially kick off

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Beijing for the Winter Olympics.

The Games are set to get underway in a matter of hours, where 90 countries will compete across 15 sports.

Mr Putin will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in his first face-to-face meeting with a world leader in nearly two years.

President Xi has not left China since January 2020, when the country began grappling with its first wave of COVID-19.

The pair have attracted world-wide attention as tensions grow with the US over Ukraine and other issues.

FILE PHOTO: A man is reflected in a mirror as he walks past the logo of the Beijing 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China, November 30, 2021. Picture taken November 30, 2021 REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The most divided Olympic Games in decades is set to get under way in China on Friday

With tight COVID-19 controls in place, the Games have been fraught with political tensions over allegations of human rights abuses occurring within China and boycotts.

Beijing’s step into history as the first city to host both seasons of the games, will officially get underway with the opening ceremony on Friday night.

While it won’t look the same as in 2008, with far fewer people in attendance due to protocols over coronavirus, the event will take place at the Bird’s Nest national stadium.

The 2008 opening ceremony lasted over four hours but this year’s edition is expected to come in under two hours due to the colder weather, with temperatures hovering either side of zero in Beijing.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history

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The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000

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Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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