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Japan child abuse cases rise in 2021

Children in Japan suffered a rise in abuse cases last year amid restricted welfare measures caused by coronavirus precautions, a police report said on Thursday. The country’s National Police Agency investigated a record 2,170 cases of child abuse last year, up 1.7% from 2020. “As the novel coronavirus pandemic is …

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Over $320M Cryptocurrency stolen in Wormhole hack

Wormhole, a site that allows the transfer of information from one crypto network to another, says it has been “exploited” for 120,000 units of a version of the second-largest cryptocurrency, ether. Hackers have stolen cryptocurrency worth more than $320 million from a decentralised finance platform, the fourth-largest crypto heist on …

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Toyota retained top auto seller in 2021

Japan’s Toyota retained its title as the top car seller of 2021, according to a press release on Friday. Toyota sold 10.5 million vehicles globally in 2021. The figure includes sales by its subsidiaries such as Daihatsu and Hino. The firm displaced its German rival Volkswagen’s position for the second …

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Oil prices rise almost 1% during the week ending Jan

Oil prices rose almost 1% during the week ending Jan. 28 mainly due to supply concerns as a result of geopolitical tensions from the escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis, OPEC’s failure to meet output quotas and increasing global demand despite ongoing COVID-19 resurgence. International benchmark Brent crude traded at $88.56 per barrel …

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Belgium’s annual inflation hits high in 39-year

The annual inflation rate in Belgium reached 7.59% in January 2022, hitting the highest level since 1983, according to official data released on Friday. The country’s official statistical department, Statbel, announced that the rate increased from 5.71% in December. “The consumer price index increased by 2.58 points or 2.23% over …

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