Semiconductor giant ASML sees 2023 sales surge; says China revenue to be steady despite U.S. chip restrictions

Dutch firm ASML makes one of the most important pieces of machinery required to manufacture the most advanced chips in the world. U.S. chip curbs have left companies, including ASML, scrambling to figure out what the rules mean in practice. Emmanuel Dunand | AFP | Getty Images Dutch chip equipment maker ASML forecast a jump in 2023 revenue as the semiconductor industry predicts there will be a reacceleration of growth in the second half of this year. ASML is one of the world’s most important companies in the chip supply…

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Modi Dials Dutch PM Mark Rutte; Discusses Russia-Ukraine Conflict

“The Prime Minister welcomed the ongoing talks between Russia and Ukraine, and hoped for an early resolution,” PMO said Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands on Tuesday, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).  As per the statement from PMO, the two leaders discussed the ongoing situation in Ukraine and shared their concerns over the continuing humanitarian situation in Ukraine.  Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s consistent appeal for cessation of hostilities and a return to the path of dialogue and…

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England looks to ease Covid rules while Europe is engulfed by omicron

Senior doctor Thomas Marx puts on his personal protective gear before he enters the room of a patient with Covid-19 in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Freising, southern Germany. LENNART PREISS | AFP | Getty Images Plan B measures, implemented in December as the omicron Covid variant surged in the U.K., mean that face masks are compulsory in most indoor public settings such as public transport, shops, theaters and cinemas, and that people are advised to work from home if possible. High school pupils have to wear…

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Nightclubs are a new battleground against Covid, but the young yearn for freedom

Clubbers queue around the block at a few minutes to midnight waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to be dropped and for Pryzm nightclub to open its doors once more on July 18, 2021 in Brighton, England. Chris Eades | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — Nightclubs and bars are fast becoming the new battleground in the fight against Covid-19 as the nocturnal economy re-opens in some countries and coronavirus cases soar, particularly among the young. Covid is seeing a resurgence in Europe as the highly infectious delta variant spreads…

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Dutch try to stamp out rule-breaking in bars and cafes as Covid infections soar

Students cheer on a terrasse of a cafe in Amsterdam on June 25, 2021 when the Netherlands eased Covid-19 restrictions. PAUL BERGEN | AFP | Getty Images Rule-breaking in cafes and bars in the Netherlands is a persistent problem that the hospitality industry must deal with, the country’s prime minister said as the country battles with a surge in Covid-19 infections. Speaking Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte implored the industry to make customers adhere to the rules on social distancing and remaining sitting down in their assigned seats, adding…

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