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WHAT'S NEXT?: Improving standards are likely to be driven more by business and technological improvement than governments in the future. The latter will be under severe pressure to cut bureaucracy, speed policy making and improve their nation's productivity performance.

  • [New] If the Supreme Court rules overturns the right to an abortion the right to safe and legal abortion will either immediately become illegal in at least 13 states, or severely restricted in others. UltraViolet
  • [New] The world has been rightly aghast at Russian threats to use nuclear weapons if its existence is jeopardized, although the United States has also refused to rule out the first use of nuclear weapons. The Hill
  • [New] Earlier this month, health authorities in the eastern Zhejiang province said they will set up standards for adding certain assisted reproductive technologies in due course. #SixthTone
  • [New] Most sunscreens sold in the U.S. provide inadequate UVA protection and likely could not be sold in the Europe, which sets much stricter UVA standards, EWG estimates. Environmental Working Group
  • [New] EPA is appropriately redoing several of the first 10 risk evaluations conducted under the amended law to account for environmental exposure in fenceline communities. The Hill
  • [New] Insurance giants like Chubb have a responsibility to minimize their contribution to climate chaos and protect their shareholders from climate risk by ruling out insurance for fossil fuel expansion. Rainforest Action Network
  • [New] U.S. intelligence officials have determined there's a genuine possibility that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around the time of Biden's visit to Asia. PBS NewsHour
  • [New] Kohl's disappointing 1 Q earnings supports Fitch's view that retail earnings expectations for 2022 will need to moderate, not just due to rising inflation but also an unwinding of consumer behavior which could negatively impact many consumer goods categories, including home. Retail Dive
  • [New] Egypt's government has indicated domestic firms will no longer be required to use letters of credit when buying production inputs and raw materials from abroad, just months after the new import rule was introduced. Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • [New] The compliance burdens on UK retailers are becoming almost unmanageable, and the fear of falling foul of compliance standards is hampering growth opportunities for British exporters. ChannelX - formerly Tamebay
  • [New] Households are expected to cut spending in response to their living standards falling, likely tipping the UK into a recession, economists are predicting. CityAM
  • [New] The United States should make clear that until Bosnia has replaced the Dayton-forged constitution with an alternative that guarantees political accountability and rule of law, NATO forces and the High Representative will remain in place. Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • [New] New research conducted by academics from the University of Portsmouth's criminology department has found a low level of awareness among LinkedIn users in the UK about the potential threat from state actors using fake profiles. Tech Monitor
  • [New] Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that it will conduct a 90-billion-yen worth investment in its Kofu Factory, located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Vehicle Telematics, ADAS, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle
  • [New] The financial services sector in the UK will continue to adhere to the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority/FCA and the Prudential Regulatory Authority/PRA, which are also focusing on enhanced requirements around operational resilience. DLA Piper
  • [New] The Financial Conduct Authority called for stronger protection of vulnerable customers after its research revealed nearly 27.7 million UK adults display characteristics of vulnerability, including low financial resilience. Raconteur
  • [New] By reinserting US troops, Washington will reduce the risks involved in back-and-forth mobilizations of forces that have been conducting counterterrorism operations inside Somalia. DefenceTalk
  • [New] As well as customs paperwork, the Bill will remove regulatory barriers to goods made to UK standards being sold in Northern Ireland. Kent Online
  • [New] Upholding health interests in the face of geopolitical, ideological, or national interests, which might stand in the way of solutions that benefit all countries, especially in terms of global health diplomacy at WHO, which sets global norms and standards. The Lancet
  • [New] Proposed changes to Britain's data protection rules must not put the flow of data between the EU and the UK at risk. The Register
  • [New] Other regional developments, including in Afghanistan, where Taliban rule is likely to create new opportunities for terrorist groups, further threaten strategic stability in Southern Asia. United States Institute of Peace
  • [New] The SEC climate change, DEI, and human capital management rules can be expected to radically reduce the number of IPOs and to cause a large number of going private transactions among small and medium-sized issuers. Crowdfund Insider

Last updated: 26 May 2022