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Thursday March 3rd, 2022 evening edition

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Swift logo is seen in this illustration taken, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 25, 2022.

BRUSSELS, March 3 (Reuters) - The European Union is considering excluding banks in Belarus from the SWIFT messaging system that underpins the global financial transactions, as it has already done for seven Russian banks, an EU official said on Thursday.

"On the SWIFT side, we're also looking now at the preparation of the equivalents for the Belarus financial sector, but knowing that SWIFT is not as strategically important in the Belarus economy as it is in the Russian side," the official said.

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Elden Ring Publisher Raises All Employee Salaries in Japan

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Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco has informed its Japanese staff that they will all receive a pay increase from this April.

We will introduce a new compensation system that raises the basic salary by an average of 50,000 yen per month for all employees.

In addition, the starting salary will be raised from the previous 232,000 yen per month to 290,000 yen per month.". »

China asked Russia to delay Ukraine invasion until after Olympics -NYT

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The national flag of China and the flag of the International Olympic Comittee are pictured during the closing ceremony.

After weeks of warnings from Western leaders, Russia unleashed a three-pronged invasion of Ukraine from the north, east and south on Feb. 24, just days after the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics ended.

She noted that China had been to slow to evacuate citizens from Ukraine, which suggested it was not fully prepared. »