At least three large banks have submitted bids to buy all or parts of First Republic, the US is urging South Korea not to fill China’s semiconductor shortfalls if Beijing bans Micron chips, and Iran’s statistics authorities have kept inflation data under wraps for the last two months. Plus, mining companies are willing to go to the bottom of the ocean for rare and precious resources.

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JPMorgan, Citizens and PNC submit bids for First Republic

US urges South Korea not to fill China shortfalls if Beijing bans Micron chips

Iran keeps inflation data under wraps

‘Playing with fire’: the countdown to mining the deep seas for critical minerals

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