Minutes from the December Federal Reserve meeting show that officials were committed to higher-for-longer interest rates, convertible bonds have been a rare bright spot for corporate fundraising, and two bombs killed more than a hundred people in southern Iran yesterday. Plus, some Russians convicted of gruesome crimes are returning to their communities after fighting in Ukraine.

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Fed officials said rates could remain high ‘for some time’

US companies dive into convertible debt to hold down interest costs

Bomb blasts at Iranian commander’s grave kill nearly 100

The Russian murderers sent home as free men after fighting in Ukraine

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