4 Oct, 2021

Europe decided to become independent from China

The EU urges European countries to develop their own industries for the extraction and processing of rare earth metals in order to get rid of the need to buy these materials from China. Metals are essential for the production of critical components in electric cars, wind turbines and mobile phones. For the development of the industry, the organization decided to allocate 1.7 billion euros (two billion dollars), writes Bloomberg.

The EU will invest 14 promising projects in the block – from mining to the production of magnets and their recycling, indicated in the plan of the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). According to the alliance, support for the nascent industry will help Europe become independent of cheaper Chinese products. Suppliers from China provide 90 percent of the demand for magnets for electromotive motors made from rare earth metals, however, according to the EU, have low labor and environmental standards. “The Commission’s in-depth analysis of critical supply chains and key technologies revealed a high level of EU dependence on foreign resources for the transition to green and digital technologies,” said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton. “The EU depends on other countries – mainly China – to import permanent magnets, as well as the rare earth materials from which they are made.”

The need for rare earth metals is driven by growing demand from large European companies such as Volkswagen and Stellantis and wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems. In the future, China is expected to use up most of its reserves of essential metals, depriving the EU of supplies and jeopardizing the bloc’s plans to tackle climate change. “The EU is committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050. The volumes of raw materials needed to facilitate this energy transition are enormous, and Europe urgently needs to secure supplies, ”said ERMA CEO Bernd Schaefer.

The EU intends to meet 20 percent of domestic demand from local suppliers. The projects, which will spend two billion dollars, have a wide range of profiles – from mining in Sweden and Finland to the separation of rare earths in Poland and the production of magnets in Slovenia. In addition to establishing supplies within Europe almost from scratch, states should help the industry establish strategic partnerships with countries that have large reserves of rare earth metals, the ERMA document says.

EU residents are rapidly switching to electric cars. In 2020, Europeans bought over a million electric vehicles. By January 2021, total sales were up 198 percent in 11 months from the same period in the previous year.

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AliExpress will allocate 3.5 billion to support small businesses in Russia and make delivery free for sellers. This will happen in the framework of the main sale of the year – 11.11, which for AliExpress is much more important than the notorious “Black Friday”.

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About 11 million tons of plastic are released into the world’s oceans every year. The Ocean Cleanup project has developed special ocean cleaning systems – during the first test, 8.2 tons of plastic were collected with the help of such a system in a week.

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Published “Pandora’s Archives” – an investigation of offshore companies associated with world leaders, officials and parliamentarians. Journalists from around the world examined 12 million documents

The Pandora Dossier features three current presidents of Latin America – Chile, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic – and eleven former ones, Spanish newspaper País reports, citing documents.

Of the current heads of state, the “dossier” includes the President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, and the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader. Among the former heads of Latin American states are Colombians Cesar Gaviria and Andres Pastrana, Peruvian Pedro Kuchinski, Honduran Porfirio Lobo, Paraguayan Horacio Cartes, Panamanians Juan Carlos Varela, Ricardo Martinelli, Ernesto Perez Balladares. In addition, the “dossier” includes 90 high-ranking Latin American politicians, artists, heads of religious communities, millionaires who used offshore companies in the Virgin Islands and Panama, the newspaper writes.

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The average Russian in 2020 ate 31 kg of sugar (Rosstat), which is almost 4 times higher than the norm recommended by the Ministry of Health (8 kg).

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Soldiers of the international contingent of KFOR under the auspices of NATO arrived at a checkpoint in the north of Kosovo to replace the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the self-proclaimed republic.

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The BepiColombo space probe has transmitted its first image of the surface of Mercury, according to the European Space Agency. The black and white image shows a part of the northern hemisphere of Mercury, where the Calvino and Lermontov craters are located, the Sikhtu plain.

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Algeria has closed airspace for French military aircraft due to political differences with Paris, Figaro said. This could be critical for Operation Barkhan in Mali.

Earlier, Algeria recalled its ambassador from Paris, calling Macron’s statements about the country “irresponsible”. The media also linked the recall of the ambassador to France’s decision to toughen the conditions for issuing visas for Algerians.

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The Pakistani government was the first to respond to the Pandora Dossier: the prime minister promises to investigate and take action when it detects abuse by the country’s citizens

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South Korea and DPRK have re-established military ties, Renhap reports

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Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist and author of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, was killed in an accident, along with two policemen guarding him, AFP reported.

Wilks became famous after the publication of his caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007. After that, threats fell in his address, and since then the artist has been constantly under police protection.

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The entire Japanese government has resigned, according to the Kyodo news agency. In early September, Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not nominate himself for the post of head of the party, which effectively meant his resignation from the post of prime minister. Fumio Kishida, who served as foreign minister from 2012-2017 in Shinzo Abe’s government, won the party elections last Wednesday.

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Lockheed Martin and General Motors team up to develop the next generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) rover for NASA’s Artemis program. It will not only transport astronauts, but also work autonomously.

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The dagger found in the tomb of Tutankhamun is made of meteorite iron – the ancient Egyptians highly appreciated the pieces of metal that fell from the sky

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The Swiss company Art Recognition evaluates the authenticity of paintings using artificial intelligence. She declared a fake painting “Samson and Delilah” in London’s National Gallery, which was attributed to the brush of Rubens. With a probability of 91.8%.

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During the period of the law on “foreign agents” and “undesirable” organizations, more than 340 organizations and people received such statuses. The list includes environmental, medical, religious, and even antitrust NGOs.

Some were able to achieve exclusion from the register – some refused foreign funding, others stopped activities that were considered “political”. 12 NGOs were able to prove in court that they were not an “foreign agent” – the decisions on their inclusion in the registers were declared illegal.

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Tesla has sold over 241,000 electric vehicles worldwide, increasing shipments by 72% over the same period last year.

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The heavy water nuclear reactor in the Iranian city of Arak will be operational within one year. This was stated by the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.

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From October 1, telecom operators are required to provide Roskomnadzor with subscriber data, including calls and details of identity documents. Previously, only law enforcement agencies had access to such information.

The new rules affect those who are connected to corporate tariffs – they are aimed at combating “gray” SIM-cards. The department explains that they are often issued to legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, and then they are distributed free of charge in passages and at shopping centers. As a result, SIM cards often end up with fraudsters, whose identity is difficult to establish, since the numbers are not issued to them.

Here is a complete list of information that Roskomnadzor may request:

Full name, place of residence, date of birth, details of the identity document;
phone number and date of conclusion of the contract with the operator;
data on calls, including the number of the calling and called subscriber, as well as the number to which the call is forwarded;
the fact of receiving and transmitting voice information, text and multimedia messages with date and time;
caller and called party base station ID information.
Representatives of the Ministry of Tsifra told RBC that this does not violate the secrecy of communication, since Roskomnadzor will not get access to the content of messages and calls. Earlier, operators opposed the bill – they consider the list of information provided to be redundant.

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The Swiss company ABB has created the most powerful charging station for electric vehicles. The developers claim that it can fully replenish the energy supply of any model in just 15 minutes.

ABB plans to begin shipping to European electric vehicle charging networks later this year, with the Terra 360 arriving in the US, Latin America and Asia Pacific in 2022. The cost of the station is not disclosed – it is discussed with each customer individually.

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Atoun, a Japanese subsidiary of Panasonic, has developed a futuristic exoskeleton that can turn into a motocard. The Koma 1.5 is designed to help the wearer lift heavy objects and ride on relatively smooth surfaces in a factory or warehouse. The official website of the developer says that the robotic exoskeleton can also automatically detect and avoid obstacles.

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More than 55% of computers in 60,000 organizations around the world do not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11. This is the conclusion made by Lansweeper, which analyzed 30 million PCs. Processors became the most “vulnerable” component. The updated system is not officially supported on 7th Gen Intel Core / AMD Zen 1 and below models. The required 4GB of RAM was present on 91.05% of devices, and the working TPM was only present at 52.55%

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For the first time, American scientists managed to shoot a video from the center of the hurricane. The ocean drone recorded waves 15 meters high and a wind speed of about 190 km / h. Data is used to study the dynamics of hurricane formation

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For three days in a row, China sends dozens of combat aircraft, including bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, to the air defense identification zone of Taiwan, which Beijing considers its territory. Taiwanese Premier Su Zhenchang accused the PRC of aggressive behavior and attempts to intimidate.

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