13 Jul, 2021

The happiest countries in the world in 2021

According to the latest edition of the World Happiness Report 2021, the happiest people this year (as well as last year and the year before) were residents of the Scandinavian countries and Switzerland. Top rankings: Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland. Sweden took 6th place, and Norway – 8th (the Netherlands and Germany are located on the 5th and 7th)

The level of happiness in Russia practically did not change and amounted to 5.5 – this is the 60th place in the world, between Nigeria and El Salvador. Even slightly better than last year’s figure! Then, with the same level of 5.5, we were in 62nd place

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Analysts of the company “Metrium” have summed up the results of the first half of the year in the market of new business-class buildings in Moscow. The volume of supply increased by 5.1%. The weighted average price per square meter was 369,865 rubles. (+ 14.9% for 3 months; 23% for 6 months; + 42.6% for 12 months).

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Ukraine should remain a gas transit country even after the launch of Nord Stream 2 – Merkel

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The cost of Arabica coffee in June peaked since 2016, coffee futures rose 30 percent in three months, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Among the reasons for the rise in prices are the drought in Brazil, the protests in Colombia and the sharply increased cost of shipping. So far, the rise in prices has not been passed on to the consumer, but this may soon happen, experts warned.

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In the southeast of Moscow, a fight broke out with the participation of migrants from Central Asia. About 20 people were detained. There are victims, three participants in the fight were taken to the hospital. Presumably, the fight was staged by “labor migrants from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on the basis of personal hostility,” a source told Interfax.

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Rosstat for the first time calculated the share of oil and gas in Russia’s GDP. According to the ministry, in 2020 the share of the oil and gas sector in GDP remained 15.2% compared to 19.2% a year earlier. In rubles, this share is 16.3 trillion rubles. of 107 trillion rubles.

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Jackie Chan announced that he wants to join the Chinese Communist Party. Jackie Chan has long publicly supported the policies of the Chinese authorities. In particular, he justified censorship, argued that the Chinese needed tight control, not freedom, and opposed protests in Hong Kong.

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The French antitrust regulator fined Google € 500 million, AFP reports.

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Facebook launched Marketplace platform in Russia, where users can buy and sell goods from each other

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All the persons involved in the terrorist cells uncovered in Belarus have been detained and give confessions, according to state TV, citing the country’s KGB.

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In the Stavropol Territory, a minibus collided with an armored personnel carrier. Two passengers of the minibus were killed. Four more of those who were in the “Gazelle” received various injuries and were hospitalized. Three of the victims are children. The armored personnel carrier belongs to the Russian Guard. He was heading to the Rostov region for exercises

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Maduro said he agreed to a new dialogue with the opposition with the support of Norway, but on conditions, including the lifting of US and EU sanctions and the recognition of the legitimacy of the authorities

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Maduro said that in the past month, attempts were made on him twice: June 24 (using drones) and July 5.

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has announced the development of its own national digital currency (CBDC). The creation of your own digital currency is included in the development strategy of the regulator for 2023-2026. The main goal of the new strategy of the Central Bank of the UAE is to enter the top ten central banks in the world.

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Hydroelectric power plant in the United States started mining bitcoin instead of selling electricity for greater profit

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According to Kommersant, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minister – Manturov) is seeking to obtain 1.5 trillion rubles from the National Welfare Fund for “competitive products of the aviation industry.” It includes the production of 735 new civil aircraft until 2030.

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The main naval parade, which will take place on July 25 in St. Petersburg, will be the largest in comparison with the previous ones, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

According to the minister, “a total of 54 ships are planned to pass, including frigates from India, Iran and Pakistan, over four thousand servicemen are involved in the event.” At the end of the official part of the holiday, 48 planes and helicopters will fly over the northern capital, Shoigu said.

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Pobeda will increase airfare by at least 2% due to new rules for medical examination of flight attendants – company

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Taliban threaten Ankara with consequences if Turkish authorities do not withdraw their military contingent from Afghanistan – Afghan media

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Trade turnover between Ukraine and the Russian Federation over the past 6 years has decreased 6 times, from 37 to $ 7 billion annually – Prime Minister of Ukraine

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In Great Britain, the neo-Nazi group The Base was banned, the leader of which left for Russia and from there controls his supporters. The BBC describes The Base as one of the most dangerous paramilitary organizations operating in the United States until recently.

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At the end of the first half of the year, imports to Russia from China increased to 28.9 billion (+ 38.4%).

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov, at a meeting with the Cuban ambassador, said that Moscow supports Havana’s efforts to normalize the situation in the country, declared the inadmissibility of external interference

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Cossack detachments will appear as part of the National Guard. They will be given a weapon. There will be no separate units of the Cossacks in the Russian Federation, they will operate as part of the Russian Guard, this applies to certain regions – the Kremlin

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Almost 1 million mortgage loans were issued by Russian banks in the first half of 2021, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported, citing a preliminary assessment of DOM.RF and Frank RG.

“For six months, 936 thousand mortgage loans were issued in Russia – this is the highest indicator in the entire history of the Russian mortgage market. The total amount of loans issued amounted to 2.69 trillion rubles. Compared to the first half of 2020, the issuance increased by 44% in quantitative terms and by 74% – in money “, – the words of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin are quoted in the message.

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The court released the ex-head of Komi Vladimir Torlopov, who was sentenced to 6.5 years for fraud in the amount of 2.5 billion rubles, on parole. The decision was made taking into account all the circumstances of the case materials, positive characteristics.

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In South Africa, the fourth day in a row, riots continue due to the arrest of ex-President Zuma. Army involved in riot control

In early June, the former South African president was sentenced to 15 months in prison for disregard of the judicial system. While many South Africans hailed the court’s ruling as evidence of the country’s rule of law, Zuma’s supporters took to the streets to protest. In many places, protests escalated into violence.

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Mayor-United Russia Krasnoyarsk Sergei Eremin arranged an award ceremony for the best janitor of the area, where, in front of the enthusiastic eyes from the master’s shoulder, handed him … a pair of mittens

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At a meeting with Lukashenko, Putin spoke at length and in detail about the economic situation in Belarus: with examples and figures. “I see that you have plunged into the economy of Belarus very seriously,” the leader of the republic reacted.

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A space command has been created in the Bundeswehr. German Defense Ministry ruled out the possibility of German offensive operations in space

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The demand for tours in Russia fell by 23% in a week after the decision to open Egypt and introduce new rules in the Krasnodar Territory, RIA Novosti was told in the Level.Travel tour service.

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Lufthansa will ditch the greetings of passengers with the words “ladies and gentlemen” and will switch to gender-neutral phrases like “dear guests”, “good morning / afternoon / evening” or “welcome aboard,” writes the Bild tabloid

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The tenant of Volgograd, who denied the collapse of the USSR and did not recognize the existence of Russia, was given 6 years in prison

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In Volgograd, a court found 53-year-old Alexander Mordovsky guilty and sentenced to six years in prison, who denied the collapse of the USSR and did not recognize the existence of Russia. He was accused of organizing an extremist organization (part 1 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code), according to the
department of the Investigative Committee for the region.

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Israel has lifted the ban on surrogacy for same-sex couples and single men. The reason for the court decision was a lawsuit filed by a gay couple, filed back in 2010.

Currently, only heterosexual couples and single women can use the services of surrogate mothers in Israel. In 2020, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the law violated the rights to equality and parenthood and set a time limit for the Knesset to overturn it. But parliament did not do this, so the Supreme Court overturned the law by its decision.

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Up to 50% of young scientists leave science in the first years of work – report of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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In 2020, the entire global media and entertainment industry generated $ 2 trillion in revenue, down 3.8% from a year earlier, PwC said in its traditional Global Entertainment & Media Outlook report. This is the largest drop in 22 years of observation, analysts said.

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The French embassy has called on all its citizens in Afghanistan to leave the country due to the deteriorating security situation

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