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Protests reveal contrasts in Kazakhstan’s resource-rich economy

The protests in Kazakhstan, sparked by the government scrapping a cap on fuel prices, have revealed some of the contrasts in the country's economy. The Central Asian republic has massive natural resources, and is a major exporter of oil, gas, coal and uranium. Despite this wealth, financial hardship is widespread. FRANCE 24's Business Editor Stephen Carroll looks at the economic context for the unrest, and the consequences being felt elsewhere.

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Google’s robotic waiters: Company showcases robot that takes commands

Google has showcased a new robotic assistant that can understand and respond to spoken or typed commands to fulfil an array of tasks such as fetching food and drinks and cleaning up spills. The robot makes use of technology similar to that which powers advanced chatbots, scouring millions of pages of text from the web to help it make sense of natural human language.

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Eurozone inflation hits record 8.9% despite better-than-expected growth

Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency shot up to another record in July, pushed by higher energy prices fueled by Russia's war in Ukraine, but the economy still managed better-than-expected, if meager, growth in the second quarter.

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European Central Bank hikes interest rates in race to tame runaway inflation

The European Central Bank raised interest rates by more than expected on Thursday as concerns about runaway inflation trumped growth considerations, even while the euro zone economy reels from the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine.

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