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How China changed the weather to clear skies for Beijing centenary celebration

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A new report by Tsinghua University in Beijing has revealed that the Chinese Communist Party used cloud seeding to artificially bring down pollution levels for its centenary celebrations on July 1. The peer-reviewed study shows just how far China has come with this technology. FRANCE 24's Technology Editor Peter O'Brien breaks down how cloud seeding works, and the scale of China's ambitions to change the weather.

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Markets see wild swings as investors fret over Ukraine, US interest rate hikes

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It's been a rollercoaster 24 hours on global stock markets, with huge swings on Wall Street and volatility hitting its highest level since October 2020. Investors are waiting for the decision from the US Federal Reserve on when it will start raising interest rates, but are also concerned about the rising tensions at Ukraine's border. Meanwhile, Bitcoin has slumped as low as $33,000, down over 50 percent from its peak in November. Our Business Editor Stephen Carroll has the details.

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5G rollout in US hits turbulence with air safety dispute

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The telecoms and aviation industries went head to head in the United States this week over 5G, a technology that's constantly finding itself the subject of controversy. Just as AT&T and Verizon began switching on their 5G masts, major US airlines warned of a "catastrophe" should the network interfere with planes' ability to land. FRANCE 24's Technology Editor Peter O'Brien explains the technical details, and casts an eye over the future of cellular communications worldwide.

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Netflix keeps growing, but latest figures leave investors underwhelmed

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Streaming giant Netflix says it's bracing for slower-than-expected growth this year, a development that saw its share price plummet. As FRANCE 24's Cole Stangler explains, it's not the only firm that's struggled to keep up momentum after booming in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, when millions of people were on lockdown.

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