US Republican Senator Rand Paul has published an annual report on the expenditures of the US state budget. The author of the report, in particular, noted that more than $ 114 million was spent on strange projects.
The US government transferred $ 76 million in scholarships to soldiers in the Somali army. Not only is Somalia one of the most corrupt countries in the world, the army is virtually non-existent there. $ 18 million from the state budget was directed to the development of Egyptian tourism, and another 13 “green lemons” – to support American farmers.
The senator’s perplexity was also caused by the cost of filming a drama series in Afghan language, shooting commercials for American students for Indian students, supporting Indian women entrepreneurs, staging an opera about Prince Harry’s life, organizing lobbying courses for Rwandan citizens, studying the effect of airflow on lizards exploring the ancient hunt for donkeys and horses in ancient Asia.
But the senator called the apogee of “insane” spending the study of the sexual activity of quails under the influence of psychoactive substances, according to 360tv. In total, more than $ 114 million was spent on such projects from the US state budget. At the same time, Paul Rand recalled that the US national debt reached an impressive amount of $ 21 billion.
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Volodin proposed to discuss the relevance of the Constitution
Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to assess the effectiveness of the work enshrined in the current Constitution.
In no case without aiming at the fundamental provisions, but at the same time, it is possible to find a format with the participation of the judges of the Constitutional Court, leading scholars in the field of constitutional law, experts and see how the constitution and norms in the development of the constitution work today. – Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian politician
According to Volodin, even the Constitution is not a dogma.
“We must always, having passed the law, think about how this law works,” he concluded.
Earlier, at a big annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin assessed the proposal to designate a national idea in the Constitution.
According to the author of the question, such is patriotism.
“I heard (a request. – Approx. Ed.), This is the subject of extensive discussion with the public,” Putin said in response.
At the same time, the head of state stressed that “no one forbade patriotism.”
Lutsenko spoke about the “third wave of occupation” by Russia
The incident in the Kerch Strait is supposedly the third wave of the “occupation” of Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko during an interview with Bild. At the same time, he considers the “first two waves of occupation” of the annexation of the Crimea to Russia and the events in the Donbas.
Russia blocks the Sea of Azov, thus occupying it. It is not even about sea space, but about the blockade of Mariupol. If we allow it to Russia, then it will not stop. Her next target could be the Black Sea. – Yury Lutsenko, Ukrainian politician
The United States to the borders of Russia missile defense system and precision weapons
According to the Head of the Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, the intensity of NATO and US activities related to operational and combat training at the Russian borders has increased dramatically. They deploy military infrastructure, missile defense systems and non-nuclear weapons of high precision. It is specified that in the region there are over 100 warships and ships of the Navy, which will ensure security in all directions.
Ministry of Health proposed to ban the sale of tobacco after 2050
The Ministry of Health made a proposal to withdraw tobacco products from the legal turnover after 2050. This is stated in the new draft Concept of the implementation of the state policy on combating tobacco consumption.
In 2016, a third of Russians smoked – 30.9% – or more than 40 million people, indicates the Ministry of Health (no later data). By 2040-2050, only 5% of people with this habit will remain, the ministry counts. This is what will allow later completely withdraw tobacco products from the market.
An exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War opened in Moscow
An exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War opened at the State Archives of the Russian Federation, said Lidia Petrusheva, head of the GARF archives, on December 26, reports the Izvestia newspaper.
Japan may leave the whale fishing commission
Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2019. According to Kyodo, Japan intends to resume whaling in the territorial waters from July. At the same time, the country wants to participate in the work of the International Commission on Whale Fishing as an observer.
Mobile Internet will rise by 15 percent in 2019
According to media reports, the Russian operators Vimpelcom, MegaFon and Tele2 have already notified their subscribers of the change in the cost of services since January 2019 due to the increase in VAT. However, according to the study, Russia ranked eighth in the ranking of countries with the cheapest mobile Internet.
Scientists have discovered a volcano in Antarctica more dangerous than Yellowstone
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh discovered a previously unknown volcano under the ice of Antarctica. One of them surpassed the Yellowstone Volcano, becoming the largest in the world among the “brethren”, according to The Geological Society.
Geely prepares competitor Tesla Model 3
The Chinese brand Geely is preparing to bring to the local market the budget equivalent of the “American” Tesla Model 3. The images of the “live” car were published by the publication Autohome. On spy shots, you can see both the exterior design of the Geely GE11 model and the interior décor.
The Russian woman who has removed a breast has left the country after threat to lose children
A large mother from Yekaterinburg, Yulia Savinovskiy, who removed the breast, after which she was considered a transgender and her two adopted sons were taken away, went with her family to Spain and received political asylum.
North and South Korea connect their railways and highways
The South Korean authorities have spent on this significant event more than six hundred thousand dollars, according to the TV channel “Russia 24”. It was noted that the event – a purely symbolic and real work on the connection and modernization of roads has not yet begun.
Directed by “John Wick” confirmed the intention to remove a remake of “Highlander”
Entertainment portal Entertainment Weekly published an interview with director Chad Stahelski, who put the three parts of the action movie “John Wick.” In the conversation, the filmmaker admitted that he had not given up hope to make the film Highlander. A year earlier Stahelski said that the plots of the two paintings are very similar.
Russians began to actively buy property abroad
The Russians are showing more and more interest in buying property abroad, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta, citing materials from a study conducted by the Financial University for the publication. For two years, the desire to buy a house abroad has increased by 70%. Most often, Russians buy overseas property in Bulgaria.
Putin signed the law on free amateur fishing
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law according to which Russians can fish for free in public reservoirs, with the exception of a number of objects stipulated by law, the document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
Roscosmos has concluded a contract for a commercial launch of the “Union”
A subsidiary of Roscosmos Glavkosmos Start-up Services will conduct the next, third, commercial launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle. The new contract has already been signed, said Evgeny Solodovnikov, sales director. According to him, all the details will be made public in early 2019.
Putin signed a law on the right of pre-pensioners to share in the inheritance
From January 1, 2019, citizens of pre-retirement age will be able to receive a compulsory share in the inheritance, as is currently the case for all pensioners. The relevant law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the document is posted on the official portal of legal information.
Siluanov spoke about the outcome of Putin’s talks with Lukashenko
The presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, discussed energy prices and future changes in Russian tax legislation, and also agreed to create a working group to prepare proposals for resolving problematic issues, said Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
An agreement was reached on the creation of a working group, which will consist of representatives of governments, and this working group will prepare proposals for our further integration and the solution of the pressing issues that concern our governments. – Anton Siluanov, Russian economist
Ukrainian military enterprises are on the list of sanctions in Russia
Among individuals, the mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov, the first deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sergey Yarovoy, the head of the State Border Service Peter Tsigkal, a number of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada fell under sanctions among others. In total, the list of Russian sanctions against Ukraine has been expanded by more than 200 individuals and organizations.
China has installed the longest bridge made on a 3D printer
The design was designed by the employees of the Tsinghua University Building Institute in conjunction with the Shanghai Bay of Wisdom innovative park. The arcuate bridge has a length of just over 14 meters, and its width is four meters. Note that now there are two more bridges made on a 3D printer.
Putin raised the minimum wage
The minimum wage (minimum wage) on average in Russia increased by 117 rubles. The relevant law was signed by President Vladimir Putin, the document was published on the portal of legal information. From January 1, 2019, the minimum wage on average in Russia will be equal to 11280 rubles.
Russians felt a military threat and changed their attitude towards the army
Over the past five years, Russians have become much better off toward the army and more acutely aware of the presence of an external military threat. This was stated by Valery Fedorov, Director General of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), on the air of Vesti FM radio.
Colorful has released its most capacious SSD-drive
Colorful has announced a new solid state (SSD) drive, which is part of the SL500 family of devices: the new product is designed to store 2 TB of information. It is argued that the presented solution is the most capacious SSD-drive Colorful.
In the center of London, installed the sculpture of Baba Yaga
The sculpture of Baba Yaga appeared on Tuesday in the center of the British capital. On the day of the celebration of the Catholics and Protestants of Christmas, the bronze fairy-tale heroine cast at the plant in Smolensk was solemnly opened on Bosham Place in Knightsbridge.
New executive director appointed at Virtuozzo
Virtuozzo announced the appointment of Alexander Fayn as executive director. Alexander Fayn has extensive experience in sales development at global technology companies, including CloudBlue, Ingram Micro, Odin and Parallels.
The US Treasury Secretary threatens to resign due to Trump’s discontent
US President Donald Trump was disappointed with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin because of the decline in major stock market indices. It is reported by CNN, citing the source.
China plans to abolish the punishment for prostitution
In China, they proposed to abandon the re-education of prostitutes and their clients. This initiative was launched by the Legal Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC).
US coalition announced the continuation of operations against the IG in Syria
The coalition led by the United States continues the operation aimed at combating the Islamic State terrorist organization * in Syria, the union’s press service said. As noted, from 16 to 22 December, air strikes were inflicted on the objects of terrorists in the valley of the middle Euphrates.
Britain will explore ways to protect Christians from persecution around the world
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has commissioned to investigate cases of persecution of Christians around the world and find out how the British government can help oppressed members of minorities.
The Consulate General of Russia in Harbin will work in the spring of 2019
“We expect that our consul general will appear there in the spring, there is already a candidate. Also, at least a part of these workers will appear, possibly according to a narrowed scheme, ”TASS cites the words of Russia’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to China, Andrey Denisov.
“Military expert” proposed to deploy the Gulf Stream to destroy the US
A thermonuclear charge of a radial dyke of the Icelandic Snayfelsjokull volcano will bring the southwestern slope with a glacier into the Atlantic Ocean and, as a result, provoke a reversal of the Gulf Stream, whose waters will flood the eastern coast of North America, the Military Industrial Courier reports.
Military punished for barbed wire souvenirs
The South Korean military apologized for making barbed wire souvenirs from a destroyed post on the border with North Korea. This is the agency “Yonhap” on Wednesday, December 26th.
Norwegian politician urged the West to recognize Crimea
Former Vice President of the Parliament of Norway, Karl Hagen, called on Western countries to recognize the Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia, since the Crimean people want to be part of Russia
“There was a risk that Ukraine would become a candidate country for entry into NATO and at the same time gain control over the Russian naval base in Sevastopol. Naturally, Russia has responded, ”RIA Novosti quotes Hagen.
Putin supported the idea of increasing control over migrants
Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the idea of introducing a database for migrants entering the Russian Federation, mandatory fingerprinting and monitoring of their stay.
Released the first trailer of the horror “We” from the director “Off”
Universal Pictures released the debut trailer for the film “We” – a new project from Oscar-winning Jordan Peel, director and screenwriter “Off.” The genre of the film is described as a mixture of thriller, action and social horror.
Dzhebhat al-Nusra will give Turkey a group of wanted mercenaries
The TV channel Al-Mayadin, citing sources in the Syrian opposition, reports that the Dzhebhat al-Nusra group (banned in the Russian Federation) will transfer to the Turkish military in the Idlib province a group of foreign mercenaries captured by it who fought in the ranks of the Islamic State (prohibited in the Russian Federation).
Russia banned construction on firebreaks
The Russian government has signed a document prohibiting the construction of structures on fire and mineralized zones within the boundaries of settlements. Information about this is posted on the website of the Cabinet.
Putin appreciated the danger of the Paris climate agreement for Russia
It is noted that the head of state said this at a meeting with the leader of the “Fair Russia” Sergei Mironov, who gave him a letter with fears that the agreement could lead to a reduction of oil and gas production by Russia, and offered to evaluate the contract from the point of view of the national security .
I think that such threats do not really exist in our country, but so that they do not arise, of course, let’s see. – Vladimir Putin
In Russia, create a new complex of guided missile weapons “Bulat”
In Russia, a new complex of guided missile weapons “Bulat” is being created, which is installed on the combat model of promising armored vehicles, said Sergei Abramov, industrial director of the Rostec cluster of conventional weapons, ammunition and special chemistry, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
US researchers have studied the nature of the “sweet aggression”
In the course of the study, it was possible to prove that “sweet aggression” is associated with the reward system of the brain, which is responsible for desires and pleasure. 54 people aged from 18 to 40 years old took part in the experiment. They were shown “touching” photos of animals and pictures of babies.
Shell doubles green energy investment
British-Dutch Shell announced that it is ready to double investments in green energy, bringing them to $ 4 billion a year. This was announced by the head of the gas and new energy division of the concern Maarten Wetselaar, writes The Guardian.
Popular Heartburn Cure Increases Cancer Risk
Common drugs used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn, more than double the likelihood of developing stomach cancer. About this from the pages of the publication Gut write scientists from University College London (UK).
Foxconn allocates $ 9 billion to be less dependent on Apple
$ 9 billion is invested in the new plant, and a part of the funds will be allocated from the Zhuhai city budget, in which a new plant will be built. Sharp will participate in the project, but they are not informed about their share of investments yet.
VTB Supervisory Board approved the purchase of Zapsibcombank and Sarovbusinessbank
The supervisory board of VTB Bank approved the purchase of the Tyumen Zapsibkombank and Nizhny Novgorod Sarovbusinessbank, according to the materials of the credit institution. In particular, the Supervisory Board approved the purchase of at least 71.8% of ordinary shares of Zapsibcombank, as well as the purchase of two preferred types of shares.
P2P lending volumes fell by a third
The volume of P2P lending fell by a third. The crowdfunding market for the first nine months of this year showed an increase, but only due to the financing of companies and individual entrepreneurs, the volume of financing by citizens fell by a third.
Floating LNG terminal Marshal Vasilevsky will start operation in the Baltic in January
A week ago, the Marshal Vasilevsky floating LNG terminal moored at the sea regasification terminal located off the Kaliningrad coast in the Pionersky-Zelenogradsk area. He arrived in the Baltic from Singapore, where he was loaded with liquefied gas.
Sirsha Ronan once again withdraws from Timothy Shalame
Sirsha Ronan joined the cast of Wes Anderson’s French Dispatcher. According to IndieWire, the shooting started in early December 2018 in France.
Passenger traffic of Russian airlines increased by 10.6 percent
The volume of air transportation in the period from January to November 2018 increased by 10.6 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to 107.7 million passengers, the Federal Air Transport Agency reported. International traffic grew by 11.3 percent – up to 44.1 million passengers.
Moscow authorities will spend about a billion rubles for the New Year
Fairs and decoration of the city Almost half of the amount that the city authorities allocate for the celebration of the New Year will be spent on organizing festivals: they will pay 428 million rubles for concerts, fairs, and Christmas trees. A significant part of this amount – 197 million rubles. – falls at the fairs of the “Journey to Christmas” festival organized by the Moscow Fairs subordinated to the department of trade and services
Russians spent 591 billion rubles. for goods in social networks and messengers
In general, over the past year, Russian users spent about 591 billion rubles on goods in social services. The study was conducted through a survey of Internet users from 14 to 54 years old about what purchases they made over the past 12 months through p2p channels.
Ekaterina Andreeva criticized television for aggression
Famous Russian TV presenter Ekaterina Andreeva told in an interview with the BBC channel about her attitude to television and explained why she practically does not watch TV.
I will explain why I do not watch television. Because the level of aggression, which is now pouring from the screens, is dangerous to health. I love myself very much, in order not to let my neurons destroy, connections in the brain to those who are very aggressive from the screen. – Ekaterina Andreeva, Russian host
Vergne starred in Di Caprio’s documentary on Formula E
Champion Formula E of the season 2018 Jean-Eric Verne will be one of the main figures in the documentary film about Formula E. The film is produced by film actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The director of the film is Fisher Stevens.
Car rammed Transmission Domodedovo airport
At the Moscow Domodedovo Airport, a car sharing car rammed one of the checkpoints. As told to the correspondent of “RG” in the press service of the State Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Moscow region, the incident occurred around 7:30.
Japan has banned drones near the objects of the Olympics 2020
The Japanese government has banned the flights of unmanned vehicles near the facilities of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, reports “Soviet Sport”. Also, drones will not be allowed to fly near major airports.
Irkut launched assembly of serial MS-21 airliners
The Irkutsk Aviation Plant (part of the Irkut Corporation) has begun assembling serial samples of the MS-21 airliner, said the head of the Irkutsk Region Sergey Levchenko on Wednesday, December 26.
The Ministry of Defense decided to build a coastal base in Kamchatka
The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to create a new coastal base in Kamchatka, construction will begin in the next year or two, Rear Commander Alexander Yuldashev, commander of the troops and forces in the Northeast of the country, said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
The leader of the “Beasts” explained the refusal to speak in the Crimea
Even if there are good technical conditions in Crimea now, Roman will not go there anyway.
“No, because these are unnecessary questions for everyone. Why?” – he said.
According to him, he has a place to go, and he does not want to create a conflict, so that people discuss him whether he did the right thing or wrong, going “to such a difficult territory.”
January 1 in St. Petersburg will pass the procession for sobriety
On January 1, a traditional religious procession for sober life will take place in St. Petersburg, the press service of the metropolis said. It will begin at 11:30 from the Holy Trinity Cathedral and will be held on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
Japan will send warships to China
According to the Japanese agency “Kyodo”, consultations on future visits are already underway. The possibility of creating a warning system to prevent accidental collisions of warships and aircraft of Japan and China is also being worked out.
The Ministry of Health intends to provide Russians with annual medical examinations
“The Ministry of Health of Russia will provide Russian citizens with preventive medical examinations at least once a year,” the ministry said. It is expected that by 2024 up to 102 million people will be examined. Special attention will be paid to the older age group.
Defense Ministry in the presence of Putin conducted the launch of the rocket “Avangard”
The Ministry of Defense, on behalf of the Supreme Commander, conducted a successful test launch of the Avangard missile, the Kremlin press service said.
A new type of strategic weapon in the world first appeared with us and will reliably ensure the defense of our state, our people for decades to come. – Vladimir Putin
Russia accused Israel of threatening civil aircraft
The Israeli air force launched a missile attack on the capital of Syria from Lebanese airspace on the evening of December 25. Air strikes were made at the time when passenger planes were landing in Beirut and Damascus. Thus, a direct threat was created to two civil airliners.
The provocative actions of the Israeli Air Force on the evening of December 25, when six F-16 aircraft, being in the airspace of neighboring Lebanon, launched an air strike on the territory of Syria, created a direct threat to two passenger aircraft. – Igor Konashenkov, Russian major general
Putin called the main task in the work of the government for five years
The most important task in the work of the government in the next five years is the implementation of national projects. This was at a meeting with members of the Cabinet, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, the RBC correspondent reports.
I would like to specifically thank Dmitry Anatolyevich for the fact that he, as we agreed, took not only personal control, but also actually participates in the development of all these national projects and plans for their implementation. – Vladimir Putin
Poroshenko canceled martial law in Ukraine
In Ukraine, the martial law imposed a month ago in ten regions of the country has been canceled. This was announced by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Now the martial law ceases. This is my decision in principle, it is based on an analysis of all the components of the current security situation in the state, and despite the fact that the situation around Ukraine has not changed much. – Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Ukraine extends sanctions against Russia
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine introduces new sanctions against deputies of the State Duma, businessmen and politicians who support the LPR and the DPR, as well as border guards who detained the naval forces of the Navy on November 25 near the Kerch Strait, and the judges who participated in the trials.
A significant number of State Duma deputies, including those from the United Russia and LDPR factions, are also entered into the sanctions list by decision. – Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
Scientists: in Huntington’s disease, neurons lose contact with each other
It is noted that researchers from the Medical School of the University of Pittsburgh (USA) during experiments on laboratory mice revealed a connection between these diseases and the process of separation of nerve tissue cells in the brain, resulting from the deterioration of proteins in the mitochondria at the ends of the axons.
The Ministry of Culture summed up the competition “My favorite museum”
The Ministry of Culture held a ceremony of awarding the heads of museums, which are in the top 10 of the contest “My favorite museum,” in which the head of department Vladimir Medinsky presented commemorative diplomas. As indicated on the site “Kultura.rf”, the voting took place in an online format for the first time from 4 to 26 November
Japan Science Council opposes International Linear Collider
The Scientific Council of Japan recommended that the government rethink the decision to build the International Linear Collider (ILC) and did not support the placement of the installation in the country. A translation of the board’s decision is posted on the project website.
In Ingushetia, opened a case of kidnapping human rights activist Kozlovsky
O. Kozlovsky on October 17 appealed to the Committee against Torture for legal assistance. The human rights activist said that as part of a research project on October 5, 2018, he arrived in Ingushetia’s capital Magas, where protest actions were held at that time
Putin signed a law on escrow accounts for shared construction
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved amendments to the legislation on shared construction, providing for the mandatory use of escrow accounts from July 1, 2019 by all developers, attracting citizens. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.
State Duma wants to ban foreigners to work as taxi drivers
Yevgeny Moskvichev, head of the State Duma Committee on Transport and Construction, told reporters about the upcoming revision. “Definitely, there will be proposals and amendments of deputies: foreign drivers without Russian citizenship will be prohibited from working on a passenger taxi,” the parliamentarian said.
We adopted a taxi bill in the first reading, and I hope that in 2019 we will finalize and adopt the law on a passenger taxi in its final form. Definitely there will be proposals and amendments of deputies: foreign drivers without Russian citizenship will be prohibited from working on a passenger taxi. – Yevgeny Moskvichev, deputy
Trade fee for small businesses will be reduced in Moscow
From July 1 of next year in Moscow, the size of the trade collection for objects with an area of less than 300 sq m will decrease, the Moscow City Council adopted the corresponding law on December 26.
Patriarch Kirill: XXI century will unite science and religion
The contradictions between science and religion will be eliminated in the XXI century, Patriarch Kirill said on December 25 at the ceremony of awarding Makariyev prizes for his contribution to the development of natural science knowledge in Russia. The patriarch also called upon scientists for a responsible attitude towards the discoveries made.
“Science has power, and power can be applied in different ways, so the development of the responsibility of representatives of the scientific community for the results of their work is something that society should be concerned with in the sense that it is necessary to develop a dialogue with the scientific community in different directions.”
Penalty for non-payment of parking in Moscow will increase to 5 thousand rubles
The Moscow City Duma adopted a law to increase the fine for non-payment of parking from 2.5 thousand to 5 thousand rubles, writes TASS. Earlier in the metropolitan Department of Transport said that the previous fine was “economically impractical.”
Mortgage debts of Russians reached a record level
From January to November 2018 in Russia mortgage loans were issued in the amount of about 2.7 trillion rubles, reports Lenta.ru, with reference to Dom.rf. In total for the first ten months of 2018, the volume of issue amounted to 2.37 trillion rubles. About 300 billion more were accounted for in November.
China is considering the possibility of purchasing LNG from Sakhalin
The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are considering the possibility of organizing the supply of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Sakhalin to the Chinese market. This was announced on Wednesday in a conversation with Russian journalists by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China Andrei Denisov.
Rosgeology in 2018 eliminated 26 environmentally hazardous wells
Within three years, the holding undertakes to survey the wells located in the unallocated fund of the subsoil of the Russian Federation, and to perform insulation and liquidation work in them. The company reported on field reconnaissance surveys conducted in 2018 of 200 potentially dangerous objects.
The Chinese clone the first kitten in March 2019
The Chinese company Sinogene plans to reproduce the first cloned kitten in China in March 2019, according to the Global Times.
Zhao Jianping, deputy director general of a Beijing biotechnology company, said that this project has low scientific value, but a huge potential for China’s pet cloning market.
Despite the fact that the clones are not quite the same as the original pets, they will still provide strong emotional support to their owners, Jianping edition quotes
Samsung is developing its own drone
According to rumors, the drone will be presented simultaneously with new smartphones. It will be offered as an accessory for the new generation of smartphones. In general, the first mention of the drones from Samsung appeared in 2016.
A robotic cafe opened in South Korea
On December 25, KT representatives stated that they applied the 5G network to the robotic cafe Beat, located in the Samsung Life office building in Secho-gu, Seoul.
Beat is a robotic cafe with a highly specialized brand of sweet coffee, in which the barista robot accepts and prepares orders.
Walesa explained the demolition of Soviet monuments in Poland “mentality”
Former Polish President, Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa spoke about demolishing Soviet monuments in the Republic. He believes that the soldiers who installed the monuments did not deserve such an attitude. The politician noted that the reason for the actions of local authorities lies in the “Polish mentality”.
The media reported on the US intention to build two military bases in Iraq
The United States decided to build two new military bases in the west of Iraq, about 100 kilometers from the Syrian border, Anadolu news agency reported Wednesday quoting Farhan Duleimi, a member of the local council of Al-Anbar province in Iraq.
Putin thanked Medvedev for his work on national projects.
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for control and participation in the development of national projects.
I would like to specifically thank Dmitry Anatolyevich for the fact that he, as we agreed, took not only personal control, but also actually participates in the development of all these national projects and plans for their implementation. – Vladimir Putin
Cabinet approved the cultivation of narcotic plants for drugs
The government approved a bill establishing the procedure for growing narcotic plants on the territory of Russia for the production and manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes.
We agreed on amendments to the law on the circulation of narcotic and psychotropic substances in terms of granting the right to state-owned enterprises not only to produce the substance and finished dosage forms, but also to grow drug-containing plants to ensure drug safety in the country. – Denis Manturov, Russian politician
The head of the Center “E” Timur Valiulin sent to resign
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev confirmed the resignation of Timur Valiulin, the head of the main department for countering extremism at the Interior Ministry. Two weeks ago, a source familiar with the situation told RIA Novosti that the 56-year-old police major-general resigned.
These are purely personnel issues that are now in the practical plane of execution. – Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Russian politician
Moscow did not rule out new flights of military aircraft of the Russian Federation to Venezuela
New flights of the Russian strategic missile-carriers Tu-160 to Venezuela are not excluded, but there can be no talk of creating a Russian military base in the country, said Russian Ambassador to this country Vladimir Zaemsky. He also noted that outrage from the recent visit of Russian military aircraft to Venezuela comes exclusively from ill-wishers of the Venezuelan government.