Iran is exporting more oil than at any time for the past six years, EU leaders are debating whether to unify the bloc’s fragmented capital markets, and the IMF warns that the US’s massive fiscal deficit poses significant risks to global markets. Plus, artificial intelligence needs an abundance of electricity to run, but the world is struggling to generate it.

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Iran oil exports hit 6-year high as west prepares sanctions

Majority of EU states object to capital markets reform push

US deficit poses ‘significant risks’ to global economy, warns IMF

Booming AI demand threatens global electricity supply

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