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  • World worse now due to COVID-19, climate, conflict: UN chief

    As he starts his second term as UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere -- but unlike U.S. President Joe Biden he thinks Russia will not invade Ukraine.

    United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres speaks during interview at the UN headquarters on Jan. 20, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)



Science and Technology

Intel building US$20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

Chip maker Intel said it will invest US$20 billion to build a new factory in Ohio, an attempt to help alleviate a global shortage of chips powering everything from phones to cars to home appliances while also signaling the giant company's commitment to manufacturing crucial technology products in the U.S.

An Intel sign at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, on Jan. 7, 2010. (AP / Laura Rauch)

Twitter is rolling out verified NFT profile pictures

Twitter on Thursday began rolling out a feature that will let some users set NFTs that they own as their profile picture to signal their investment in the emerging digital art space. The move makes Twitter one of the best-known tech platforms so far to launch a feature for the flashy NFT trend.