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February 5


Europe to ban imports of Russian oil products

Europe is set to ban imports of Russian oil products in a move aimed at depriving Moscow of revenue. It follows the price cap on Russian crude implemented by the G7, Australia and the 27 EU countries on Dec 5

European countries imported unprecedented quantities of diesel fuel in December as buyers rush to secure supplies ahead of the ban.

The European region includes both Turkey and the UK, although the UK stopped importing Russian diesel some months earlier.

December’s record imports included last-minute EU purchases of Russian diesel, which continued into January. European countries and Turkey imported 3.51 million tons of diesel from Russia in December.

#24286 Published: January 18, 2023

February 7


President Biden delivers State of the Union Address

President Joe Biden delivers his second State of the Union speech as he faces an aggressive House controlled by Republicans and a special counsel investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information.

#24291 Published: January 20, 2023

February 9


Salman Rushdie publishes first novel since near-fatal attack

The world was shocked when novelist Salman Rushdie, a lifelong campaigner for free speech, was attacked on stage at an event last August. The publication of Victory City, his 15th novel and the first since the near-fatal stabbing, is bound to attract attention.

February 12


Rihanna headlines Super Bowl half-time show

Six years after her last album release, Rihanna takes centre stage in one of the world’s most-watched musical events, the Super Bowl half-time show, a coup for Apple Music which takes over from Pepsi as the lead sponsor of the show.