12 Янв, 2022

Biggest humanitarian crises of 2021

The most difficult humanitarian situation is now observed in Yemen: 24.3 million inhabitants of this country are now in a difficult humanitarian situation (under the threat of hunger / war / …)

Ethiopia is in second place: more than 21 million people; it also leads in terms of growth rates in 2021: the number of those in need increased by 166% against the background of a conflict between government forces and rebels in one of the country’s regions

They are followed by the DRC (19.6 million), Afghanistan (18.4 million and the second largest growth rate — almost doubled in a year), Sudan and Syria

 

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The DPRK said it successfully tested a hypersonic missile on January 11, Yonhap reported, citing the Korea Central Telegraph Agency. According to him, the tests took place in the presence of the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. The rocket flew 1,000 km and hit the target accurately.

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About 80 Americans cannot fly out of Afghanistan, the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) has not allowed evacuation flights for a month, CNN reports, citing sources.

The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) have said that all passengers, including Afghans, must have visas to enter the country of destination, one source said. Another source said the Taliban are demanding seats on flights for members of the movement who want to leave the country in order to send money orders to their families.

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The price of Brent oil on the London ICE exchange exceeded $ 84 per barrel for the first time since November 10, 2021, according to the trading data.

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The Department for Combating Internal Terrorism has been created in the structure of the US Department of Justice, said Assistant US Attorney General Matthew Olsen.

«We are seeing a growing threat from those motivated by racist views, as well as those who can be ranked as anti-government anti-state extremists,» said a Justice Department spokesman responsible for national security at the hearing.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia agreed to extradite Dmitry Podlobnikov to his Belarusian colleagues, accused of violence against police officers during the protests in 2020, according to the Telegram channel of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus.

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The Greek police have arrested the alleged organizer of the murder of the killer Alexander Solonik and his girlfriend, model Svetlana Kotova, which was committed about 25 years ago, according to the Kathimerini newspaper.

The man was arrested on the afternoon of January 10 at Macedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki, after arriving on a Cyprus-Thessaloniki plane. It turned out to be a 48-year-old Greek citizen from Georgia.

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The first stateless person received a temporary identity card in Moscow, Eva Merkacheva, a member of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (POC), told RIA Novosti.

According to her, the first «green» non-citizen’s passport in the capital was issued to 53-year-old Yakubjan Khakimdzhanov. He had to spend two years in the migration center in Sakharovo, because due to his lack of citizenship, the man could not be deported anywhere, Merkacheva said.

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The Russian President agreed to secure an additional export of 9 million tons of coal from Khakassia, Buryatia and Tuva. Exports from these regions fell by almost half due to production growth in Yakutia, and SUEK and Colestar operating there could receive less than $ 1 billion

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As part of the deescalation effort, US officials are expecting Russia to provide an explanation for the conduct of military exercises near the border with Ukraine. State Department spokesman Ned Price announced this at a briefing.

“In this case, de-escalation would imply the return of the Russian military to the barracks, an explanation of these maneuvers or their termination, the return of these heavy weapons to their places of normal storage,” he said.

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Russia has become the largest market in Europe for luxury Rolls-Royce sales, in 2021 sales exceeded 300 cars for the first time, the company told RIA Novosti

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Charging smartphones with other people’s cables and USB sockets threatens to leak your data, cybersecurity experts interviewed by RIA Novosti warn. The safest way is to use a classic wall outlet and your own power adapter. And also — special USB-cables without the possibility of data transfer (only charging)

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The motor ship with food, which for a month could not get to the Kamchatka village of Nikolskoye, left for the voyage, regional authorities report.

Nikolskoye is the only village on the Bering Island, it is also the center of the Aleutian district of the region. 600-700 people live here. A motor ship with food was last there in November, now it carries 37 tons of food, essential goods. On board are passengers who have been waiting for the flight since December 15.

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In the United States, they issued a coin with the image of a black woman in denomination of 25 cents. For the first time. And this is Maya Angelou, an activist and writer.

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The Minister of Culture of Tatarstan suggested that the Aeroflot management rename Pobeda, since the low-cost airline discredits this word with its low quality of service.

“Every time after registering and flying on Pobeda aircraft, I want to“ wash myself off ”. Low-cost airlines are different. But such disrespect for people, like here, is rarely found anywhere, ”the official wrote on Instagram.

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The ECHR ordered Russia to pay additional compensation of 360 thousand euros to the victims and relatives of those killed in the terrorist attack in Beslan on September 1, 2004

The ECHR awarded five thousand euros each to the former hostages who were moderately injured, and seven thousand euros each to the seriously injured. Those who lost close relatives in the terrorist attack will receive 10 thousand euros each.

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Denmark has offered to send NATO a naval frigate Peter Willemoes and four F-16 fighters to enhance security in the Baltic region, Danish Ambassador to Estonia Christina Miskoviak Bekward said.

«This step is necessary to demonstrate the unity of NATO, to counter the aggressive actions of Russia near the border of Ukraine,» she told Estonian television. The Danish frigate will arrive in the Baltic Sea in mid-January for three months. The F-16 fighters will be sent to the Siauliai airbase in Lithuania, where 8 Danish fighters are already located.

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Prices in the primary housing market in Russia in 2021 increased by an average of one third. Such data are contained in the study of the federal portal «World of Apartments», conducted in 70 cities with a population of more than 300 thousand people.

“Prices for new buildings have broken another record, having increased on average in large cities of Russia by a third. In the country as a whole, the average price per square meter in new buildings is 93,563 rubles / sq. m (+ 32.3% per year), the average price of an apartment — 5.13 million rubles (+ 28.1%) «, — noted in the materials

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In the first days of January 2022, Western European countries purchased LNG in the amount of 250 million cubic meters per day, Bloomberg calculated based on data on sea traffic from Kpler. Most of this gas came from the United States, from where more than 20 gas tankers departed in mid-December.

As a result, US gas supplies to the European Union exceeded the volumes supplied by Gazprom to its key customers in January by 5 times. According to Eustream, the average daily volume of supplies from Russia on January 1-9 fell to 54 million cubic meters, which is about half as much as on the same dates a year earlier.

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During a search on an area of ​​1,794 square meters, the Deputy Head of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate of Bashkiria, Elvira Sagitov, found a collection of luxury watches — 15 pieces, one of them — Swiss Patek Philippe for 300 thousand euros, property documents and a brand new iPhone.

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Yandex entered into antitrust proceedings against Apple due to the ban on application developers from informing customers about the possibility of paying for purchases outside the AppStore.

Yandex believes that users should be able to learn about different payment methods and make in-app purchases in any way convenient for them.

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The largest retailers, X5 Group and «Magnit» announced the voluntary introduction of restrictions on the growth of trade margins for socially important goods. Such goods will be marked on store shelves with special price tags. The restriction may be in effect during 2022, the company will cover the trading costs for these goods at its own expense.

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According to Parlamentskaya Gazeta, major repairs were made, as of January 1, 2021, 10.7% of school buildings and separate premises were in need — only 7211 out of 67 412. Sevastopol, North Ossetia-Alania, Ingushetia headed the anti-rating. Ruined schools demotivate students and teachers, create unequal opportunities and sometimes safety risks for them.

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The Sverdlovsk Region will receive 914.6 million rubles from the federal budget to design a village for the XXXII World Summer Universiade.

The Universiade will be held in Yekaterinburg from 7 to 19 August 2023. The sports program will include competitions in 18 sports, in which 246 sets of medals will compete. About 10.5 thousand people will take part in the competition, more than 550 thousand guests and spectators will come.

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Minister of Economy of Kazakhstan Alibek Kuantyrov announced the introduction of an additional tax on the extraction of solid minerals. He did not indicate what the additional tax would be, or when it would come into effect.

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest uranium producer and also has large deposits of copper, iron ore and zinc.

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The trailer for the «Studio 666» horror movie from the Foo Fighters has been released. According to the plot of the Foo Fighters in full force, they find themselves in the legendary Encino mansion, where they are going to record a new album. But then the frontman of the group Dave Grohl leaves the inspiration, and then some otherworldly evil forces penetrate into his mind to help him write songs. This is where the trash begins.

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Municipal kindergartens in Bulgaria will be free from September. Those who do not get a place will be compensated. Now only parents of children over three years old receive payments, but from September the measure will also affect toddlers. The amount of compensation will also increase, reports bTV.

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Bailiffs opened new cases against Telegram on the enforcement of fines totaling 11 million rubles for refusing to remove content prohibited in the Russian Federation

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The Thai government intends to introduce a tax of 300 baht (about $ 9) from foreign tourists from April 2022, the electronic version of the Bangkok Post reported, citing Thanakon Kingdom government spokesman Bunkongwanchan. According to her, the fee will be included in the cost of air tickets.

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The Emperium shipyard, co-owned by ex-banker Alexander Lebedev, will manufacture river trams for regular passenger flights on the Moskva River. Moscow authorities will spend RUB 19.5 billion on organizing transportation

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The Federal Trade Union of Aviation Dispatchers of Russia (FPAD) sent a letter to the President of Russia, in which he announced the possible reduction of 800 employees of the State Air Traffic Management Corporation (ATM, subordinate to the Federal Air Transport Agency), mainly air traffic controllers, Izvestia reports. This can affect flight safety, as well as jeopardize the state’s defense and security, the FPAD said.

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The Kazakhstani company «Operator ROP», which collected and disposed of utilization payments, is ready to stop this activity in accordance with the order of President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, according to the message of the «Operator ROP» received by RBC.

An RBC source close to the leadership of the Kazakhstani association of waste management operators reported that Operator ROP is associated with the youngest daughter of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Aliya.

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Disney patented theme park Metaverse technology: technology to facilitate augmented reality rides in Disney theme parks

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The French Foreign Ministry said that the «Normandy format» was returned to working condition. On the negotiating table are such issues as the exchange of prisoners, humanitarian prospects, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, said the head of the department Jean-Yves Le Drian

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Estonian startup Bolt said on Tuesday that it raised 628 million euros ($ 711.40 million) from investors led by Sequoia Capital and Fidelity Management and Research Co, increasing its valuation to 7.4 billion euros ($ 8.38 billion).

Bolt, a taxi and food delivery rival to Uber, last raised funding in August with an estimate of over € 4 billion. The company also offers electric scooter rentals, car sharing and 15-minute grocery delivery, serving over 100 million customers in 45 countries and over 400 cities in Europe and Africa.

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud said during a visit to the PRC that China is an important strategic partner of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia strongly supports the one China principle, as well as China’s position on Hong Kong, Xinjiang and human rights. …

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On December 31, Kosovo, where the majority of miners use illegal electricity connections, announced «a ban on the production of cryptocurrencies throughout the territory.»

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Due to the overload of power plants, Tehran has introduced a four-month moratorium on bitcoin mining.

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In Kazakhstan, since the middle of last July, blackouts began, the authorities introduced a regime that partially restricts the use of electricity by 50 registered miners. And also set a ceiling for the overall energy consumption of the industry.

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In Iceland, it has been announced since December 7 that requests for the supply of electricity to new mining farms will not be satisfied.

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In Sweden, it was proposed to ban mining throughout the European Union, since «green» energy is not spent on real sectors of the economy.

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Olga Goncharova, ex-director of the department for collection and processing of reports from non-credit financial organizations of the Bank of Russia, has been appointed to the position of GR director of the Binance crypto exchange in Russia and the CIS. At the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, she was responsible for several projects related to digital transformation, was at the origins of the development of the fintech industry in 2014-2015.

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Deputy Nikolai Valuev headed the expert council under the Ministry of Natural Resources. Now he will solve problematic issues related to the environment.

It was Valuev who promoted the bill allowing the shooting of Red Book animals in special cases. And in 2013 he himself was suspected of poaching after a photo with a killed bear, duck and beaver.

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A paramedic jet suit from Gravity Industries was tested during NATO exercises. The pilot delivered blood plasma to the «wounded» soldier along a mountain trail. The company says that the suit allows you to get to the scene in a few minutes in almost any area.

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Pope Francis again, bypassing all protocol rules, left the Vatican and visited a disc store in the center of Rome. The pontiff, who arrived in an ordinary white Fiat 500 passenger car, stayed in the store for about a quarter of an hour. As its owners later explained, Francis was their client before his election to the papal throne and, when he lived in Rome, went to get the disks.

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Dmitry Peskov said that he still does not have information about whether Vladimir Putin knows about the fate of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and whether they keep in touch.

“The third day I inform you that I have not received any information on this matter,” said Peskov.

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In Altai Biysk, a 12-year-old boy died after smoking a vape, his older sister (17) and his girlfriend (18) were hospitalized. The health of all three worsened after smoking, and the next morning their grandmother found them unconscious. The boy was not saved.

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Meta (owner of Facebook) has dropped from 11th to 47th place in the annual ranking of the best places to work Glassdoor due to the crisis in public relations, writes CNBC.

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The government of Ukraine has introduced state regulation on a number of products, including buckwheat, flour, sugar and eggs, the level of the trade markup will be no more than 10%

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Throwing a fire at the police at the rally in support of Navalny was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Vyacheslav Igumnov, 22, who participated in the rally on January 23 last year, was found guilty under articles of hooliganism and the use of violence against government officials.

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Annual inflation in the United States in December accelerated to 7% from 6.8% in November, reaching a maximum since 1982

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The package of anti-Russian sanctions proposed by the Democratic senators, according to local publications supported by the White House, includes sanctions against Putin personally, the Washington Post writes. Sanctions are also supposed to be introduced against a number of high-ranking Russian military and officials, in addition, they will affect banks and the SWIFT system, the newspaper writes.

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The White House supports the US Democrats’ proposed bill on sanctions against Russia, the Washington Post writes, citing the National Security Council

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The head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Yevgeny Primakov, accused the new Minister of Information of Kazakhstan, Askar Umarov, of Nazi and chauvinistic views on Russians in Kazakhstan.

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The share of inherited apartments for sale in Moscow doubled in 2021 and reached a maximum in 30 years of the country’s modern history, it follows from the data of INCOM — Real Estate. Inherited apartments have occupied 20% of the market instead of the standard 10% — the level at which their share has held since the early 1990s.

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Tourists ranked St. Petersburg snowdrifts and «suck» among the main attractions of the city. Photos are taken against the background of snow debris even on Palace Square, and the authorities are offered to release themed merch.

The indigenous people do not support the trend. State Duma Deputy Sergei Boyarsky told «Rise» that «icicles» should be fought, and not immortalized on T-shirts.

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A 19-year-old hacker from Germany hacked 25 Tesla vehicles in 13 countries around the world. He managed to turn off Sentry Mode, open doors and windows, and start the car using the remote control. And the access was obtained not because of a vulnerability in the Tesla infrastructure, but because of the use of third-party services and API keys by the owners. He can also see the exact location of the vehicle. Fortunately, he is not going to harm it, but wants to contact the owners so that they know how to better protect their accounts.

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The Iranian Embassy notified the Belarusian Foreign Ministry that it could not return to the country 96 migrants who were stuck in Belarus, since these people are involved in extremist or terrorist groups.

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American doctors have found that daily consumption of small servings of olive oil reduces the risk of death from various forms of cancer by about 17%, and also reduces the likelihood of death from heart and vascular diseases by 19%.

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Results of today’s talks between Russia and NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s version:

— Russia and NATO are resuming the work of their missions in Moscow and Brussels. The parties at today’s meeting confirmed their intention to continue the dialogue.

— Russia called on NATO to refuse to admit Ukraine, the alliance responded by refusing to compromise on enlargement. Only Ukraine and 30 NATO countries can decide whether this country will become a member of the alliance, Russia has no veto right.

— There are still differences between Russia and NATO over Ukraine and European security.

— NATO is ready to discuss with Russia mutual limitation on missiles and the issue of nuclear policy

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Lithuania terminates contract with state railways for transportation of Belarusian potash — Minister of Transport

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Google, Facebook, WhatsApp paid 22 million rubles in fines for violations of legislation on data localization of Russians — Roskomnadzor

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Tesla Inc. has received approval to build more test vehicles at its unfinished plant in Germany as the American electric vehicle maker continues to await final approval for the project. Tesla can now test up to 2,000 electric vehicles at a plant outside Berlin, up from 250 previously

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The increase to the pensions of non-working pensioners after indexation by 8.6% will amount to an average of 1,400 rubles, said Elena Bibikova, deputy chairman of the Federation Council committee on social policy.

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Since January 12, the Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the import of meat and dairy products from Kazakhstan into Russia, Interfax reported, citing non-agency materials. The ban covers both import and transit of quarantine products through the Russian territory.

The decision, which will affect raw meat, its processed products, milk and dairy products not subjected to heat treatment, as well as seed material and live animals, was made due to the deterioration of the epizootic situation for foot and mouth disease, the Rosselkhoznadzor explained.

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After the start of the protests in the country, the authorities of Kazakhstan tried to block traffic on the Internet using DPI technology (deep filtering of traffic), which is also used in the «Sovereign Runet» project in Russia, but they failed, writes Forbes, citing sources among telecom operators

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