- First Russian commercial airliner lands in Georgia in four years.
- Putin lifted the ban on direct flights and eased visa requirements for Georgians.
- Critics of the move call it a 'provocation', while the US and EU urge Georgia to observe sanctions on Russia.
- Opposition leaders and anti-Russian protesters criticize the move, fearing it will harm Georgia's EU membership prospects.
Central banks around the world are pausing tightening campaigns as inflation eases and economies slow. Inflation-targeting regimes are keeping their own houses in order, while the US Fed's key inflation gauges fell to the slowest annual paces since late 2021.
Two massive earthquakes on Monday have devastated cities and towns across Turkey and Syria, with death toll of over 16,000. This is one of the worst natural disasters this century, alongside the 2004 Sumatran Tsunami, 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2008 Cyclone Nargis.
A raft of U.S. data and European inflation numbers will give guidance on how the world's top central banks will navigate the way ahead, including the hotly debated "no landing" scenario. Reports on U.S. durable goods orders, home prices, manufacturing and consumer confidence threaten to cement expec