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BVI premier detained on alleged drug smuggling
The premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was arrested for alleged drug smuggling and money laundering in the US. Andrew Fahie was detained in Miami, FL by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials.
 
Meta stock soars despite slowed revenue growth
Facebook parent Meta’s first-quarter profit jumped well past Wall Street’s expectations despite slower revenue growth. The company earned $7.47 billion, or $2.72 per share, in the January-March period - down 21% from $9.5 billion, or $3.30 per share in the same period a year earlier.
 
Ford begins production of Lightning F-150 electric truck
On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co (F.N) began manufacturing its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. Ford marked the "Job One" ceremony for the Lightning truck with a webcast on Tuesday at 1:30 EDT (17:30 GMT).
 
Russia threatens to cut natural gas supplies to European countries
On Tuesday, Russia allegedly moved to suspend all deliveries of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria. According to energy officials of the two affected countries, Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, had informed them that they would be halting deliveries starting Wednesday.
 
Elon Musk set to acquire Twitter for approximately $44 billion
Elon Musk and Twitter have reached a definitive agreement wherein the 50-year-old billionaire will acquire the social media platform for $54.20 per share in cash - a transaction estimated to be worth roughly $44 billion. Twitter's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction, and it is expected to close in 2022, subject to stockholders' approval and the pending receipt of various other relevant regulatory approvals.
 
EU sets new online rules to curb illegal content
On Saturday, new internet rules were agreed upon between the European Union countries and EU lawmakers to tackle illegal online content. Online platforms like Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Meta (FB.O) will have to do more to tackle illegal content or risk heavy fines under the new regulations.
 
UK, India step up defense and trade cooperation
The Prime Ministers of the UK and India have agreed to step up defense and business cooperation with a bilateral free-trade deal that could be completed by October this year. The UK-India joint statement says, "The two leaders welcomed the launch of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations in January 2022 in New Delhi. They set a target to conclude the majority of talks on a comprehensive and balanced Free Trade Agreement by the end of October 2022."
 
France issues arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn
France has issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn, the fugitive auto executive who used to lead Renault (RNLSY)-Nissan (NSANF). France has issued an international arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn, the auto tycoon who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon in a sensational getaway in 2019, being smuggled out of Japan in an audio equipment case on a private jet.
 
Disney will no longer enjoy special tax status
On Thursday, Florida legislature passed a bill to revoke Disney's special legal setup around its Orlando-area theme parks. The bill means that Disney would effectively no longer be permitted to operate as an independent government in these areas.
 
Netflix shares drop 26% in the wake of subscriber loss
According to a quarterly earnings report released Tuesday, Netflix's customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period this year. Shares of Netflix have dropped over 25% in extended trading amid concerns that the streaming service may have seen its best days.