The west is focusing on new technology in nuclear energy to reduce reliance on Russia and carbon, and profits at Chinese ecommerce group PDD Holdings soared 146% in three months to December. Plus, price rises in services in the US are making the Federal Reserve’s decision-making over interest rates more complicated.

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