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ECB President Christine Lagarde during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Hard Numbers: ECB hikes rates, US seizes crypto-ransoms, Argentina plays with fire, jet stream breaks up

11: Faced with the highest inflation in the EU’s history, the European Central Bank on Thursday raised interest rates by half a percentage point. It’s the first hike in 11 years, bringing the rate to zero (the ECB had been running negative rates for almost a decade to spur sluggish growth).

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