Despite the decline in total capitalization observed recently, the crypto economy continues to develop at a very high pace. Market capitalization decreased in 2022 compared to 2021 by about one and a half times: from 2.4 to the current 1.3 trillion dollars, but the number of cryptocurrencies has more than doubled: from over 8 thousand to the current 19,670 different coins. The share of bitcoin in the total capitalization of the entire crypto market decreased from 79% to 43%
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RIA Novosti blocked in Azerbaijan. The reason for blocking the site was a text with comments by a representative of the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. After its publication, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry accused the agency of disseminating «slanderous information»
The annual international military exercises Baltops will be held in the Baltic Sea region from 5 to 17 June, 16 countries will take part in them, BNS reported on Saturday, citing the Latvian Ministry of Defense.
Rats have been trained to find people under rubble after earthquakes. The rescue rats were trained by the APOPO organization (Tanzania). The rats are wearing tiny backpacks with a microphone, video equipment and a location tracker. With their help, rescuers can communicate with survivors. Because of their agility and small size, rats are great at finding people. They only take 2 weeks to train.
Specialists from Japan managed to transmit data over 51.7 km at a speed of 1.02 Pbps. The speed of 1 Pbps makes it possible to broadcast 10 million video channels per second with a resolution of 8K. The new record is 100,000 times faster than today’s maximum home internet speed. It is also interesting that such results were shown using a four-wire cable. Previously, 1 Pbps+ could only be achieved with a 15-core cable
Now such a closed-loop green energy project is being implemented by the Greek government and Volkswagen on the island of Astypalea in the Aegean Sea. About 80% of the island’s electricity needs are planned to be provided by renewable energy sources. All transport here should become electric.
Municipal and state services have already begun to receive electric vehicles, and subsidies are being provided to individuals to purchase them instead of cars with internal combustion engines. There will also be stations for renting eco-friendly cars, motorcycles and bicycles on the island.
According to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, renewable energy sources are a strategic advantage of the country, and the program to create a green economy could cover another three dozen islands.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Pavel Yablonsky said that the European Union is working on the seventh package of sanctions against Russia. The politician said that «sanctions should be even tougher — in the context of the gas that Russia can still sell, and in terms of disconnecting all Russian banks from the SWIFT system, primarily Gazprombank»
German automaker Mercedes-Benz is recalling almost 1 million vehicles worldwide due to possible brake problems, DPA reported, citing the German Federal Motor Transport Office, RND reports.
According to the Federal Motor Transport Office, ML, GL and R-class vehicles produced between 2004 and 2015 are subject to the recall.
The People’s Assembly of Albania (unicameral parliament) elected the former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic, Bayram Begay, as president, Lajmi Fundit reports.
North Korea has fired eight short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Yonhap reported.
Short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea covered a distance of 300 to 400 km, Kyodo reported, citing Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.
Citizens of Kazakhstan are voting to remove the special privileges of the first president, Nazarbayev, and limit the powers of subsequent ones.
The vote on amendments to the Kazakh constitution will ensure that the January protests will not be repeated, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev said, Tengrinews reports.
Parallel imports are being legalized in Belarus, the press service of the government of the republic reported on Saturday.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a candidate in the presidential elections to be held in the summer of 2023. Erdogan won the presidential elections in 2014 and was again elected head of state in 2018.
A court in Colombia has ordered the country’s current president, Ivan Duque Marquez, to be placed under house arrest for five days for failing to comply with a past court order.
A previous 2020 court order ordered the government to develop and implement a plan to protect Los Nevedas National Park. Mr. Duque Marques insisted that the authorities complied with the order, but the court decided otherwise. The Colombian president called the decision «anti-constitutional.»
Gazprom continues to supply gas to Europe in transit through Ukraine in the amount of 40.1 million cubic meters. m per day through the Sudzha gas measuring station. The application for pumping through Sokhranivka was again rejected by the Ukrainian side, said Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov.
On May 10, the GTS Operator of Ukraine announced that it was stopping the pumping of Russian gas through Sokhranivka «due to force majeure.» Then the company said that its specialists could no longer control the Novopskov compressor station in the Luhansk region.
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