26 Jun, 2021

Ratio of US government debt to GDP

In 2020, amid the crisis caused by the pandemic, the US national debt exceeded 100% of GDP – for the first time since the 1940s, and the absolute figure exceeded $ 28 trillion.

In general, before World War I, the US national debt was less than 10% of GDP and remained at a fairly stable level. And then – the world war, the Great Depression, another world war – and in 1945 the national debt for the first time in history exceeded the size of GDP. After that, for a long time, it did not exceed 50% of GDP until the 2010s, when rapid growth began – especially intensified against the background of the current crisis

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The ex-policeman who killed George Floyd was given 22.5 years in prison. The prosecution demanded 30 years in prison for Chauvin, and the defense insisted on a suspended sentence and a record of what had already been served.

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The Russian government approved a decree on the introduction of export duties on ferrous and non-ferrous metals from August 1

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Russians cannot yet apply for business or tourist visas to France due to measures to combat the pandemic, according to the Consulate General of France.

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American intelligence has published the first report on the nature of UFOs in half a century. No specific conclusions could be drawn. The report states that UFOs can be a threat to US security when it comes to breakthrough technologies of potential adversaries, but no evidence has been found to support this either. In addition, it is not clear how unidentified objects violate the laws of aerodynamics known to us and whether they do it at all, or whether we are talking about stereotypes of human perception and equipment errors.

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Microsoft announced new activity of the Nobelium hacker group, which is associated with the Russian Federation, against the company’s users in 36 countries, mainly in the USA and Great Britain. However, it is noted that most of the hackers’ actions were unsuccessful. At the moment, only three institutions are known, to whose accounts hackers managed to gain any access.

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Russian ships will conduct rocket fires several tens of kilometers from the British aircraft carrier strike group, led by the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, follows from the international notification system for air personnel

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The United States and Germany are discussing assistance to Ukraine over the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the energy sector, including the construction of power plants, gas sales and compensation for transit duties, Bloomberg reports citing sources

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China forced Ukraine to withdraw its vote for calling for a closer look at human rights violations in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, threatening to block the supply of at least 500,000 doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines, the Associated Press reported, citing unnamed diplomats.

On Tuesday, Canada presented a statement from more than 40 countries to the Human Rights Council meeting, calling on China to provide immediate access to independent observers in Xinjiang. Ukraine joined him, but on Thursday withdrew its vote.

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Erdogan launched the construction of the Istanbul Canal, which will connect the Black and Marmara Seas. The project will cost $ 15 billion, and they want to build it in 6 years.

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In Afghanistan, more than 70% of the country’s territories are controlled by the Taliban (light background). This happened after the United States and partners curtailed their missions or reduced them.

The Afghan authorities are rapidly losing control of the territories. The preservation of the diplomatic missions of the countries in the capital is questionable. The airport in the capital is guarded by Turkey, which is also going to scale back its mission.

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The Chinese authorities have put pressure on Ukraine, threatening to block the supply of hundreds of thousands of doses of coronavirus vaccine to this country. The reason was Kiev’s support for a document that calls for a thorough study of the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the PRC. On June 22, Canada’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Leslie Norton, introduced him to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The document referred to “credible reports” that indicate the restriction of the fundamental freedoms of Muslim Uyghurs living in the area and other ethnic and religious minorities. He also called for the immediate access of independent observers to Xinjiang.

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The share of unprofitable organizations in the Russian Federation in January-April decreased by 5.3 percentage points compared to the same period last year and amounted to 31.4%, according to Rosstat.

In January-April 2021, the balanced financial result (profit minus loss) of organizations in current prices amounted to 7.277 trillion rubles, and compared to January-April 2020, it increased 3.3 times.

The share of unprofitable enterprises in the field of mining fell to 41.9% from 46.4% in the same period last year. Among the manufacturing industries, losses were received by 29.5% of organizations against 35.3% a year earlier. In construction, 33.1% of companies turned out to be unprofitable in January-April against 32.9% in the same period last year.

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Virgin Galactic has received FAA clearance for customers to fly into space. The Federal Aviation Administration has upgraded the company’s existing license to fly customers. This permission is the first of its kind.

Data from the May test flight, the first Virgin Galactic rocket launch in two years, confirmed that the upgraded horizontal stabilizers and flight control system on VSS Unity are performing as expected, Bloomberg writes.

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Alexey Dyumin presented Sergei Shoigu with the badge of the Honorary Title “Honorary Citizen of the Tula Region”. The ceremony of presenting the highest regional award took place on June 26 in Tula in the house of the Noble Assembly.

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41% of Russians believe that the death penalty should be restored “as it was in the early 1990s,” reports the Levada Center. This indicator, having reached a minimum of 31% in 2015, increased by 10 percentage points. for 6 years. At the same time, the share of those who believe that it is necessary to maintain the current situation has decreased from 27% in the summer of 2015 to 20% in 2021. 17% believe that the death penalty should be completely abolished, 16% are sure that the use of the death penalty should be expanded.

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