On Friday, the US Navy carrier strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis nuclear aircraft carrier, passing the Strait of Hormuz, entered the Persian Gulf. This is the first in the last eight months of the American aircraft carrier entry into the Persian Gulf, which takes place against the background of the US withdrawal in May 2018 from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and the resumption of sanctions against Tehran.
The passage of the American carrier group in the Persian Gulf was watched by about 30 ships of the Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution, they were also accompanied by Iranian drones. Iranian ships of the HSR launched missiles near the US Navy carrier strike group. This was reported by American journalists aboard the USS John C. Stennis nuclear aircraft carrier.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the ships call was made in order to demonstrate the strength of Tehran. Earlier, the source of the publication explained that the presence of USS John C. Stennis “will definitely provide a positive difference” in the alignment of forces in case of hostile actions of Iran in these waters
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EU extended sanctions against Russia for another six months
On December 21, the European Union extended economic sanctions “against specific sectors of the Russian economy” until July 31, 2019, according to the EU website.
The decision to extend sanctions for another six months, which expires on January 31, 2019, is connected with the “complete lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” explained in a statement.
Americans are not satisfied with the work of Donald Trump
56% of Americans are not satisfied with the work of Donald Trump as president, showed a new poll. At the same time, 51% of respondents believe that Trump should be removed from the presidency of the country if Special Prosecutor Robert Muller finds out that the President was trying to interfere with the work of the FBI, even if he personally had no disreputable contacts with Russia. 46% of respondents do not think so.
The US government has partially suspended work
Officially, the suspension of government work occurred in the United States at midnight local time (8:00 am Moscow time), since the congressmen could not approve the budget. The stumbling block was the question of financing the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.
The US will allocate $ 10 million to Ukraine after the incident in the Kerch Strait
The US will allocate $ 10 million for additional assistance to the Ukrainian Navy after the incident in the Kerch Strait, said the head of the US State Department press service, Robert Palladino. Tranche must first approve the US Congress.
The head of USADA hopes that WADA will again deprive RUSADA of rights
The head of the American Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Travis Tygart, hopes that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will once again be deprived of its status and rights by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), December 22, quoted by Reuters.
“The group was not able to complete its mission on time due to the issue raised by the Russian authorities that the group’s equipment that will be used to extract data must be certified in accordance with Russian legislation,” WADA said.
The head of “Naftogaz” announced problems with gas purchases
“Naftogaz of Ukraine” will enter the new year with old problems, which in the end can turn into a breakdown of the heating season. Under the threat of gas purchases in the peak of winter cold
Two new posts will appear in Russian schools
There are two new posts in Russian schools – senior and leading teachers. This was announced by the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva on Saturday, December 22.
Cellular operators warned of tariff increases
Megafon, VimpelCom and Tele2 mobile operators have begun to notify subscribers about tariff increases since the beginning of next year, which analysts attribute to the increase in VAT
Daily Express called the situation in the Azov Sea “third world”
British tabloid Daily Express has released material under the heading “The Third World War: Russia sends a rocket ship to Azov in readiness for disassembly.” The article says that the Russian frigate is moving in the direction of Azov against the background of the threat of a “third world war between Moscow and Ukraine.”
More than 10 Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighters will relocate to the Crimea
The flight from the Krymsk airfield in the Krasnodar Territory to the Belbek airfield in the Republic of Crimea will be accomplished on December 22, 2018 by more than 10 Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighter jets to the place of permanent deployment, the Black Sea Fleet headquarters reported on Thursday.
US intelligence accused Russia of interfering in the 2018 election
US intelligence agencies believe that Russia, China and Iran have interfered in the “mid-term elections” in the United States in 2018, said the country’s national intelligence director, Daniel Coates.
At the Leningrad NPP forever stopped the world’s first power unit
The world’s first power unit with a RBMK-1000 reactor, which was operated at the Leningrad NPP, was permanently stopped on Saturday, the press service of the Rosenergoatom concern reported
Trump thought about the dismissal of the Fed
US President Donald Trump discussed in a narrow circle the possibility of dismissing the Federal Reserve Chairman (FRS) Jerome Powell, reports Bloomberg, citing sources
The last operator in Europe decided to abandon the SSJ100
Irish airline CityJet may refuse to operate the Russian aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100. This was stated by Alexander Rubtsov, head of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Interfax reports.
In Kiev, on New Year’s Eve will hold a march in honor of Stepan Bandera
In the capital of Ukraine, on January 1, they are going to hold a “honor march on Bandera’s birthday”. Everyone who wants to take part in the procession is invited through Facebook. The organizer of the event is the party of radical nationalists “Freedom” (the organization is banned in Russia).
Due to a gap in the law, organ transplants will be banned in Ukraine
Ukraine will cease related organ transplantation operations due to the termination of the relevant law. Medical workers who decide on transplantation will be held criminally liable, said the deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada Health Committee Irina Sysoenko.
The decision will come into force on January 1, 2019, the official wrote on her Facebook page. The new measure, adopted in 2018, will not be able to enter into force. The reason is the refusal of the Ministry of Health and the government to sign the necessary by-laws.
Central Bank announced new restrictions for issuing consumer loans
The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia decided to increase by 30 percentage points. surcharges to consumer credit risk ratios that banks will provide after April 1, the Central Bank said. The decision applies to loans issued at rates ranging from 10 to 30%.
An increase in risk ratios means an increase in the cost of creating reserves for loans issued to banks, which makes lending less profitable.
A group of military from Britain will arrive in Ukraine in January
“Already in January, a group of military personnel of the British Navy will arrive in Ukraine to organize interaction and plan joint exercises,” the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense quoted him as saying.
Kurds agree to transfer Manbij to Syrian authorities on condition of self-government
The Arab-Kurdish detachments of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) have declared their readiness to transfer the city of Manbij to the country’s government forces if their conditions are met. It is about giving Kurds self-government.
Pope urged Catholic pedophiles to surrender to the mercy of the court
Pope Francis declared that the Roman Catholic Church would not cover the crimes of priests who solicit children. He also called on them to surrender to justice. Pope admitted that earlier the problem of pedophilia on the part of the priests was treated without due seriousness.
Somali militants declared war on IS
The group “Al-Shabab” (“Youth Mojahedin Movement”, banned in Russia) from Somalia declared war on the terrorists of the “Islamic State” (IG, banned in the Russian Federation). On this December 21 reports “Bi-bi-si”.
In Paris, the protests of “yellow vests” came about 800 people
About 800 demonstrators participated in the protests of the “yellow vests” in Paris. About this reports France Info, citing the police prefecture.
Traders stop making deals on food supplies to Iran
Deliveries of food, medicine and humanitarian aid are not directly subject to US sanctions, but tough restrictive measures taken by the states to block oil deals with Iran led to the termination of any transfers from banks, even those that are not subject to sanctions, notes Reuters.
The minimum wage in Ukraine from 2019 will grow by 12%
The minimum wage in Ukraine in 2019 will increase by 12% and will be about $ 150, said Ukrainian Social Policy Minister Andrei Reva.
In the Magadan region have announced a shortage of funds for health
The health care of the Magadan region in 2019 will face a budget deficit of 1 billion 900 million rubles, Governor of the region Sergey Nosov said at a press conference on Saturday. Earlier, the authorities of the Magadan region have declared a lack of funding for health facilities.
List of regions that will be included in the national project
The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia approved the list of regions that will be included in the national project “Labor Productivity and Employment Support” in 2019. About this reports TASS with reference to the press service of the Ministry. As noted, approved 15 best applications.
The national project in 2019 will include the Altai Territory, Vladimir, Volgograd, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Lipetsk, Penza, Rostov, Tambov, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk and Yaroslavl Regions, as well as the city of St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Udmurt Republic.
British special forces freed the ship captured by migrants
In Britain, the special forces managed to free the ship at the mouth of the Thames, which was seized by migrants. The political editor of The Sun, Tom Newton Dunn, tweeted this with a link to the Essex County police. According to available information, the special forces managed to take control of the vessel Tema.
Chinese citizen detained for industrial espionage in the US
In the United States, a Chinese was arrested who is accused of stealing information representing a commercial secret from an American oil company, reports RIA Novosti. It is noted that in this organization a citizen of the People’s Republic of China Hongjin Tang, who has been in the States for 12 years, worked.
US Supreme Court overturned Trump’s anti-émigré decree
On Friday, December 21, the US Supreme Court rejected a request from the Department of Justice to renew the decree of President Donald Trump, according to which it was ordered to deny asylum to migrants. This was reported by The Associated Press.
In Germany, closed the last coal mine
The last coal mine Prosper-Haniel closed on Friday in the former mining town of Bottrop in Germany. According to Vedomosti, this means that the extraction of coal in the country has finally stopped, and the energy carrier will be imported only from abroad.
The attendants of the Tower went on strike for the first time in 55 years
The ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London are not pleased with the pension reform. To express their protest, they went on strike for the first time in 55 years. Information confirms the union GMB, which represents the interests of the guards (or beefeaters).
In St. Petersburg, will issue an unknown album of the group “Kino”
Label Maschina Records from the northern capital is going to release the album “Cinema” on vinyl, CD and cassette. Publish songs as a historical document with the consent of members of the group. Origi
Ford will recall almost 900 thousand cars in North America
The American automaker Ford Motor recalls nearly 900,000 pickups F-150 and Super Duty in North America due to problems with the heater cable of the engine block, reports CBS News, referring to a company statement. The record was kept by bass guitarist Igor Tikhomirov.
A resident of the USA created Smart with a helicopter engine
In nine seconds, the sitikar will accelerate to 257-273 kilometers per hour, but in five minutes the car uses 57 liters of fuel. Smart installed a turbojet engine with an afterburner General Electric T58-GE03 camera and this machine version also received a license and numbers
Apple will release a new generation of iPad mini in 2019
Mass production of the updated iPad mini will start at the end of this month. The source also claims that in the second half of 2019, Apple will launch a 10-inch iPad, which will replace the 9.7-inch iPad. Presumably, the cost of the tablet will be $ 329.
Georgian bass won the Grand Prix competition in Russia
A young Georgian opera singer Goderdzi Janelidze (bass) won the Grand Prix of the Eleventh International Competition of Young Opera Singers named after Rimsky-Korsakov, which was held in the homeland of the composer in Tikhvin of the Leningrad Region.
On the Svalbard archipelago for the first time robbed a bank
In the polar archipelago of Svalbard, the first bank robbery occurred, reports The Local. It is reported that the attacker robbed a bank in the village of Longyearbyen, which is the northernmost settlement in the world with a population of over a thousand people.
Announced the duration of the 9th episode of “Star Wars”
If the events of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” started almost immediately after the finale of “The Force Awakens”, then in the upcoming ninth episode we will have a return to the traditional “temporary jumps” between different parts of the saga.
Americans got rid of the automobile plant in Uzbekistan
Concern General Motors has sold its recent shares in a car factory located in Andijan. The buyer was the state company Uzavtosanoat. The American manufacturer owned only 25% of the shares of the joint venture, which employs about eight thousand people.
Hyundai is preparing to debut a new compact crossover Hyundai Leonis
The car will be the most affordable model of the brand in the markets of the United States, Europe and South Korea. Recently, the network published the latest information about the new budget crossover Hyundai Leonis. So, it became known that the test trials have already passed, its premiere will be held in early 2019.
China successfully launched an experimental communications satellite into space
On Saturday, December 22, at 02:51 Moscow time, the Changzheng-11 carrier rocket with an experimental communications satellite launched from the Jiuquan cosmodrome located in northwestern China. And soon there was information about the successful launch of the Hongyun-1 spacecraft into orbit.
LG patented frameless tablet with a wireless keyboard
The tablet, judging by the images, will get a frameless design, and besides, it will receive a wireless keyboard. More details are not yet known, while we can definitely say that such a tablet, if released, is sure to be the flagship.
The first New Year’s Russian Fair opened in Beijing
The first Russian New Year’s Fair opened on Saturday in Chaoyang Park in the Chinese capital. As the TASS correspondent reports from the scene, it was organized by the Moscow government.
Guests of the fair listened to Russian folk songs performed by Russian artists. They used unusual instruments for China: balalaika, accordion and harp. In addition, the artists and the Russians who came to the fair taught the Chinese guests to dance around the Christmas tree.
For the audience, a shopping arcade was also installed, where anyone could buy and try various Russian sweets, drying, candy, chocolate, as well as snacks and much more. Some guests decided to drink vodka, and for a snack they were offered a slice of rye bread with oil and sprats. Many of the guests acquired souvenirs – nesting dolls, magnets with Russian sights or a hat with earflaps.
The Audi A1 hatchback will have a cross version
Audi has patented the name City Carver in Europe, that is, literally “urban carver”. So will be called the cross-version of the compact hatchback Audi A1 Sportback new generation.
Amazon has acquired 10 Boeing 767 aircraft
The American company Amazon, which owns the e-commerce service of the same name, acquired 10 Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The teaser of the series about the rogue superheroes “Fatal Patrol”
On the official YouTube channel DC, the trailer of the new superhero, highly anticipated series Fatal Patrol (Doom Patrol) is unveiled. At the core is a team of specific heroes, which began to take shape in 1963, with the eightieth edition of the comic book My Greatest Adventure.
The creation of a holding company with the participation of “Proton PM” will be completed in 2019
NPO Energomash talked about the formation of an integrated structure that will unite the leading Russian enterprises of rocket engine building.
Kim Jong-eun will visit South Korea in 2019
A representative of the administration of the President of South Korea spoke about the timing of the return visit of the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.
According to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, the official denied the possibility of a visit before the end of this year because of the tight schedule of the heads of both Koreas.
In this case, Kim Jong-un will visit South Korea in the near future, most likely in the winter of 2019. Now this issue is being discussed “through different channels”
Muslim clothes are sewing Chinese clothes
The Associated Press conducted an investigation into some of the reasons why Chinese goods are cheap and to expand to world markets. The article notes that in China there is a so-called “re-education” program, which concerns local Muslims living compactly in Xinjiang province on the border with Pakistan.
Children officials rested for free in Turkey
A serious scandal broke out in the city of Klintsy. Instead of children with serious illnesses or from dysfunctional families, children of local deputies, officials, and law enforcement officers rested for free in Turkey. Recall that the Klintsy are the twin-city of the Turkish Demre
Holiday without gadgets is gaining popularity in the world
According to the portal “Turprom”, first, tourists are afraid to remain without their smartphones. However, over time, they get used to and ask themselves not to return the device, so as not to disturb the rest