Hamas has released two more hostages captured during its assault on Israel, bringing the total number of released captives to four. Talks are ongoing for the release of another 50 people. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, residents are preparing for a worst-case scenario as concerns grow that the Israel-Hamas conflict will escalate. Some Lebanese are stocking up on supplies and leaving border towns. Israel and Lebanon-based militant groups have been trading fire across the border, and the exchange has been intensifying. In other news, the European Central Bank is expected to halt interest rate rises due to the high inflation in the eurozone and the Israel-Hamas conflict. PwC’s revenue growth has lagged behind its rivals Deloitte and EY. Rishi Sunak’s challenges as the UK’s prime minister and the Conservative party leader remain as intractable as ever. Gunvor’s CEO wants to retain control of the business within his family following the breakdown of a deal with Abu Dhabi’s state oil group.
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