US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will meet her Chinese counterpart Liu He in Zurich this week, a former Russian paramilitary soldier has promised to give evidence against the notorious Wagner group after making a dramatic escape to Norway, and scientists have unveiled a laser beam to deflect lightning strikes. Plus, as EU regulators slowly roll out their own Big Tech regulation enforcement, Berlin is already holding gatekeepers to account.

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