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Report: Ikea Linked to Illegal Logging in Protected Russian Forests

For over a decade, Ikea has reportedly sourced wood for some of its products from companies guilty of illegally logging millions of pine trees from Russia’s boreal forest – a protected region that is considered pivotal towards efforts to combat climate change – according to an investigation published on Thursday by Earthsight.

EU Fines VW, BMW $1B for Antitrust Violations

The European Commission fined last week German carmakers Volkswagen and BMW a total of 875 million euro (US$1.03 billion) for conspiring to limit the use of emissions-cleaning technology the two companies had developed.

Interpol: Ransomware Attacks are Surging Worldwide

Across the globe, law enforcement agencies have been struggling to combat ransomware, a unique form of cybercrime that has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic as large swaths of the population have adapted to work from home and office spaces have become increasingly digital, Interpol said.

Belarusian Independent Media Face Hardest Times

It has never been more dangerous to be a journalist in Belarus, where President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is trying to silence and suppress the independent media, reporters said at an online press conference in Minsk on Tuesday.