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Nvidia became the first chipmaker to hit a valuation of $1trn. Shares rose more than 4% on Tuesday after the company’s chief executive announced the creation of a new AI-supercomputer platform that will help other tech firms build generative AI models.
Nvidia, which designs the semiconductors of choice for many AI servers, is one of several chipmakers to cash in on the AI gold rush.
Russia’s defence ministry blamed Ukraine for a drone attack in Moscow, which damaged several buildings. Ukrainian officials denied direct involvement. All the drones were intercepted, Russia said, although two people were injured. The attack came as Russia launched a third round of strikes in 24 hours on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, following a rare daytime attack on Monday.
Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, a failed blood-testing startup, began serving her 11-year sentence at a prison in Texas. Ms Holmes was found guilty in 2022 of defrauding Theranos’s investors; the firm was valued at more than $9bn before it imploded. Sunny Balwani, a former Theranos executive and Ms Holmes’s ex-boyfriend, was also convicted for his role in the scheme.
伊丽莎白 · 霍姆斯(Elizabeth Holmes)是一家失败的血液检测初创公司 Theranos 的创始人，她开始在德克萨斯州的一所监狱服刑11年。2022年，霍姆斯被判欺诈 Theranos 的投资者罪名成立; 该公司在破产前的估值超过90亿美元。Theranos 前高管、霍姆斯的前男友桑尼•巴尔瓦尼(Sunny Balwani)也因参与该计划而被定罪。
Elon Musk, Tesla’s boss, met Qin Gang, China’s foreign minister, in Beijing during an unannounced visit to the country. Mr Musk said that the electric-vehicle company opposes “decoupling” from China and is willing to expand business there, according to a statement by the country’s foreign ministry. Tesla recently announced that it would open a second battery factory in Shanghai.
A court in Germany sentenced Hanno Berger, a lawyer linked to the “cum-ex” scandal, to a further eight years in prison for tax evasion. Mr Berger had already been found guilty in December 2022 of three counts of aggravated tax evasion. Officials believe that the scandal—the country’s biggest post-war tax fraud—cost German taxpayers billions of euros.
South Africa will grant diplomatic immunity to officials attending two upcoming BRICs summits. The move could allow Vladimir Putin, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, to attend a meeting for the bloc of big emerging economies in August. But a South African foreign-affairs spokesperson said that this would not supersede “any warrant issued”.
南非将给予出席即将举行的两次金砖国家峰会的官员外交豁免权。此举可能使被国际刑事法院(International Criminal Court)通缉的弗拉基米尔•普京(Vladimir Putin)得以参加8月份举行的大型新兴经济体集团会议。但一位南非外交事务发言人表示，这不会取代“任何发出的搜查令”。
The Turkish lira dropped to a record low after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s election win on Sunday, hitting 20.4 to the dollar. Traders remain sceptical of Mr Erdogan’s flawed economic policies and the country’s lack of foreign-currency reserves.
土耳其总统雷杰普•塔伊普•埃尔多安(Recep Tayyip Erdogan)周日赢得大选后，土耳其里拉兑美元汇率跌至创纪录低点，至1美元兑20.4里拉。交易员们仍然对埃尔多安先生有缺陷的经济政策和该国缺乏外汇储备持怀疑态度。
Meanwhile, stocks in the Borsa Istanbul Banks Index ticked up as Mr Erdogan met Mehmet Simsek, a market-friendly former finance minister.
与此同时，由于埃尔多安先生会见了对市场友好的前财政部长穆罕默德 · 西姆塞克(Mehmet Simsek) ，博尔萨伊斯坦布尔银行指数上涨。
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