29 Янв, 2022

The safest countries to travel

According to the Numbeo analytical service, which compares crime statistics from different countries, Qatar has become the safest country, where the crime index is only 13.7 points, and the security index is 86.2 points.

In second place in the ranking with a small margin from the leader were the United Arab Emirates — the level of security in the country was estimated at 84.8 points. On the third and fourth lines are Taiwan (84.1 points) and the Isle of Man (81.3 points), respectively.

Also among the most favorable countries for travel were Oman (80 points), Switzerland (78.3 points), Hong Kong (78 points), Japan (77.8 points), Armenia (77.8 points) and Slovenia (77.3 points). ).

The most dangerous country in the world for tourist trips in 2022 was Venezuela. The crime index in this Latin American state is 83.58 points. Papua New Guinea is in second place in the anti-rating — 81 points. Closes the top three most dangerous countries for tourists — Afghanistan with 77 points.

Also in the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world are South Africa (76 points), Honduras (74.1 points), Trinidad and Tobago (71.3 points), Guyana (68.9 points), El Salvador (68.6 points) , Jamaica (67.8 points) and Syria (67.4 points).

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The Hungarian government has legalized a new residence permit for digital nomads called the White Card, which allows foreigners to live in Hungary while working for a company outside that country. The new residence permit is limited to a maximum period of one year. But it can be extended for another year, according to the SchengenVisaInfo.com portal. The most important thing in such residence permits is always the minimum monthly income.
The white card can be used by foreigners who meet the following requirements:
Have a valid work contract in countries outside of Hungary;
Have a share in a company with a profit outside of Hungary.

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Germany has declared him persona non grata and is expelling an employee of the Russian consulate in Munich for espionage and other undercover work. It is noted that the spy under diplomatic cover was an employee of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service

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A trial has begun in Germany of six people who authorities believe carried out a daring robbery of the Green Vault Treasury in Dresden. This theft is called the loudest in modern history. The stolen jewels have not yet been found.

The defendants belong to the powerful Remmo crime family in Berlin. They are accused of group theft and arson. Apart from the value of the jewelry, which amounts to hundreds of millions of euros, the damage caused during the robbery is estimated at more than 1 million euros.

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In the European Union, by 2022, 13 countries have set a minimum wage of less than 1,000 euros. According to Eurostat, minimum wages have been set for today in 21 EU countries. In two countries they amount to a little more than a thousand euros, and in six — more than 1.5 thousand euros.

Ranking of EU countries with minimum wages:

Bulgaria — 332 euros
Latvia — 500 euros
Romania — 515 euros
Hungary — 542 euros
Croatia — 624 euros
Slovakia — 646 euros
Czech Republic — 652 euros
Estonia — 654 euros
Poland — 655 euros
Lithuania — 730 euros
Greece — 774 euros
Malta — 792 euros
Portugal — 823 euros
Slovenia — 1074 euros
Spain — 1126 euros
France — 1603 euros
Germany — 1621 euros
Belgium — 1658 euros
Netherlands — 1725 euros
Ireland — 1775 euros
Luxembourg — 2257 euros

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Markups on socially important food products in Russian federal retail chains have decreased from 22% to 13% since August 2021. Such data at a meeting with Mishustin was given by the head of the FAS Maxim Shaskolsky. Some retail chains, such as Pyaterochka, Magnit, and Perekrestok, have promised to further reduce the margin on socially important products to 10%.

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In the United States, the STAR robot successfully performed a laparoscopic anastomosis of the intestines of a pig through small incisions in the body. According to scientists, this is a complex operation that requires precise actions. The robot coped with its task much better than a human

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The world’s first electric sports racing aircraft made its first flight. The creators in the near future plan to create a separate world sports league of air racing on electric aircraft.

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The investigation into the 2014 explosions at military warehouses in the village of Vrbetice in the east of the Czech Republic continues. Now former Russian serviceman Nikolai Shaposhnikov is suspected of involvement in them, according to Czech Radio, citing sources. Russian special services are suspected of organizing explosions in the Czech Republic.

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Norwegian parliamentarians Olaug Vervik Bullestad (leader of the Christian People’s Party) and Horek Elvenes (Conservative Party Høire) nominated Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

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South Korean electronics maker Samsung Electronics posted record revenue of $63.97 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Thanks to growing demand for appliances and chips, the company also increased its annual profit, writes WSJ.

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A team of biologists from the US and Canada have learned how to re-grow amputated frog legs. Scientists hope that their technology will allow in the future to restore lost limbs in humans.

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The Russian authorities are preparing tough measures against YouTube video hosting, Kommersant reports, citing a high-ranking source in government agencies. Penalties, according to a Kommersant source, are conceived as a response to obstructing the work of the state television channel RT in Germany.

In addition to YouTube, the authorities plan to revoke the broadcasting licenses of Deutsche Welle (DW Deutsch and DW-TV), as well as limit the placement of advertising for German companies in Russian online media.

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The Russian ambassador to the United States said that 27 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission will leave the country by January 30, and another 28 by the end of June this year.

After this expulsion, 184 employees remain in the Russian Embassy in the United States, which includes both diplomats and administrative and technical staff. In this situation, Moscow reserves the right to retaliate and under any circumstances intends to act on the principle of reciprocity.

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NATO will not deploy its military forces in Ukraine — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. According to him, NATO is not aware of Russia’s intentions in the situation around Ukraine, and will make further decisions depending on the development of the situation.

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Navalny won the Audience Award in the Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival and also won the Festival Favorite Award.

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Organizers of marathons of personal growth and coaching who deceive citizens face up to 5 years in prison, since their activities fall under the “Fraud” article of the Criminal Code. This was stated by a member of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state building Alexander Bashkin.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note to the EU Delegation in Moscow in connection with the expansion of the Russian black list, the diplomatic department said. Moscow invites Brussels to listen to the voices of sane Europeans calling for an end to the dead-end policy of sanctions against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

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Moscow decided to expand the list of EU representatives who are banned from entering the Russian Federation — MFA
The list of persons who are prohibited from entering the Russian Federation was supplemented by representatives of law enforcement agencies, European PMCs, legislative and executive authorities of the EU countries

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A monument dedicated to the heroes of the Belarusian protests will appear in Poland. The Rising Sun Avenue installation will include seven aluminum figures, activists of the protest movement who are now in prison. Among them will be activist Maria Kolesnikova and former presidential candidate Sergei Tikhanovsky. Poles want to emphasize that they support prisoners and suffer with them

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Activists lined up opposite the Verkhovna Rada and demanded to «stop mocking the people» and escalate the situation. After all, because of the constant news about a possible war, people live in endless stress. The most popular poster in the crowd was a banner that read «No war with Russia!». The people of Kiev do not want to fight with anyone and called on Zelensky to change the policy of Kiev towards peace

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In 2021, prices for secondary housing on average in Russia increased by 30%, to 62.9 thousand rubles. for 1 sq. m. Calculations are based on the offers of advertisements for the sale of housing, the demand is understood as the number of requests for the contacts of the seller.

Most of all, according to experts, in 2021, apartments with a minimum area have risen in price. The price per square meter of studio apartments increased by 63% over the year, one-room apartments — by 35%, two-room apartments — by 27%, three-room apartments — by 24%. The main demand fell on dvushki (38%) and odnushki (35%), the share of studios in demand was 5%.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note of protest to the Georgian Foreign Ministry after an image of the Ukrainian flag was placed on the building of the diplomatic mission in Tbilisi with the help of a projector.

The note was also sent to the head of the Georgian Interests Section at the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Moscow.

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The European Union intends to hold talks with Azerbaijan on gas supplies, writes the Financial Times newspaper. According to the publication, the United States has already spoken with Qatar and other major gas exporters about additional supplies of liquefied natural gas. Brussels, in turn, is negotiating LNG swap deals with some Asian countries.

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The administration of US President Joe Biden discussed with the heads of the largest banks in the country possible anti-Russian sanctions to ensure the stability of the global financial system if they are introduced. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing an informed source.

The discussion, according to the agency, took place this week, and was attended by members of the National Security Council and other senior officials of the presidential administration. The meeting was attended by executives of Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group and others.

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The Pentagon said that another batch of US military aid was delivered to Kiev on Friday. The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, said that this is the fourth flight with weapons, in total there will be 45 flights.

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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in 2021 banned about 7,000 Russian citizens from entering the country, which is almost 2.5 times more than a year earlier, TASS reports.

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The microchip shortage cost the US economy $240 billion in 2021, CBS News reported, citing experts in the field.

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Researchers from Great Britain, Spain, the USA and Japan were able to achieve stable self-amplification of electric current in graphene structures through the creation of electrical particles from the void. This phenomenon was predicted by the physicist Julian Schwinger 70 years ago based on the formulas of quantum electrodynamics, but until now it was believed that it was impossible to reproduce it under terrestrial conditions.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the head of the national statistical agency, Sait Erdal Dincer, after the publication of data on unemployment and inflation in the country, TELE1 reports citing a presidential decree. In addition, the agency has not disclosed migration and mortality statistics for a long time, the channel reports.

According to the agency, the inflation rate in Turkey in 2021 reached 36.1%, which was a record for the last 19 years. At the same time, the unemployment rate, according to the latest data from November 2021, remained at the level of 11.2% seasonally adjusted.

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Austria will provide financial assistance to residents due to rising energy prices. In total, 1.7 billion euros will be allocated for these purposes, said Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

The assistance package assumes that each household in the country will receive 150 euros in compensation for electricity costs, while the unemployed and the needy will receive a lump sum of 300 euros.

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