16 Dec, 2017

The US is ready for a war with the DPRK

The US authorities are ready for a military solution to the North Korean problem, “if something goes wrong,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

“The president made it clear that we will be in a state of military readiness, if something goes wrong. Our armed forces are ready for this, “he said after a meeting in the UN Security Council, at which the situation around the DPRK was discussed.

Tillerson assured that Washington would continue to exert pressure on Pyongyang and, if possible, strengthen it.

He also stressed that the US is not interested in negotiations with the DPRK on a “double freeze”, according to which the republic will refuse nuclear tests in exchange for the cessation of military exercises of the United States and South Korea.

“We are not ready to accept any easing of sanctions as preconditions,” the Secretary of State explained.

At the same time, he added that the US “does not seek a war with North Korea” and counts on the fact that diplomacy will help resolve the situation.

Russian and world news digest

POLICY

Putin awarded the Gold Medal of Thracian University

On December 13, the Russian Embassy in Greece hosted the ceremony of transferring the Gold Medal of the Thracian University named after Fr. Democritus, which was awarded to President Vladimir Putin “for outstanding work for the benefit of regional stability and prosperity.” This is stated in a message on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry

Conservatives and rightists in Austria announced the formation of a coalition

The Austrian People’s Party and the Austrian Freedom Party formally declared the formation of a coalition government in the republic. This was announced on Friday in a joint statement by the leaders of political movements Sebastian Kurtz and Heinz-Christian Strage.

“The worst go to us”: Trump again called for the abolition of the visa lottery

Call for the US Congress to cancel the visa, or “diversification” lottery (Diversity Immigrant Visa) and chain migration was expressed by US President Donald Trump at the FBI Academy (Cointico, Virginia). The US President reminded that a visa lottery is one of the ways to immigrate to the United States.

In the United States have published new documents on the Kennedy assassination

National archives of the United States on Friday published over 3,500 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As noted in the message on the website of the archives, this is the sixth and last this year issue of documents in this case

Four Palestinians died in clashes in Israel

Four Palestinians were killed by gunshot wounds on Friday in clashes with the Israelis amid another wave of protests associated with the recognition of the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian National Authority

McFaul criticized Trump for a telephone conversation with Putin

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Friday criticized the head of the White House, Donald Trump, for a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place the day before on the initiative of the American side

State Department called on Assad to take an active part in the negotiations on Syria

The US notes the constructive approach of the Syrian opposition at the talks in Geneva on Syria and calls for using leverage on the president of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad to participate more actively in these negotiations, the US State Department said, referring to the representative of the department Heather Nauert.

WP: Trump offered to sell Russian diplomatic residences in the US

President of the United States Donald Trump proposed to sell the dachas seized from Russian diplomats, writes The Washington Post referring to sources. According to the publication, this happened after Trump’s speech as president

Japan imposed additional sanctions against the DPRK

Japan imposed additional sanctions against North Korea, freezing the assets of 19 organizations, Secretary General of the Cabinet Yoshihide Suga told journalists after the meeting of the government.

President of Peru refused to resign after allegations of corruption

President Peru Pedro Kuchinsky said that he would not resign because of allegations of corruption. He said this in his televised address to the nation.
“I will not renounce my honor or my values as the president of all Peruvians”

ARMY AND WEAPONS

The US is ready for a military solution to the conflict with the DPRK, Tillerson said.

The US is ready for a military solution to North Korea, “if something goes wrong,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

US President Donald Trump clearly said that, from a military point of view, we will be ready if something goes wrong. And our armed forces are ready. – Rex Tillerson, 69th US Secretary of State

US Ambassador: NATO is concerned about Russia’s “violations” of DRMD

The US Permanent Representative to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, said that the alliance countries expressed concern over Russia’s “violations” of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (SMRMD). This was reported by the press office of the Permanent Mission.

Aircraft Boeing and Airbus may not fly to Iran due to the US

According to media reports, Washington fears that with the help of civil aviation, Iran will begin to send servicemen and military equipment to Syria. That is why the White House is now making a decision to ban shipments of aircraft building corporations Boeing and Airbus.

Zakharchenko spoke about the production of his own weapons in the DNR

The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said that the DNR is developing several types of its own weapons, as well as drones.

The Russian military first examined the new US fighters F-35

The officers of the Russian Armed Forces inspected the airbase of Erland of the Norwegian air forces, during the inspection they were shown the newest American fighter-bombers F-35A, the portal Forsvaret.no

The officers of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan for the first time took part in the collection of the TsVO

The officers of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the first time took part in a large-scale operational mobilization gathering of the leadership of the Central Military District, which ended in Chebarkul garrison (Chelyabinsk region).

The UN recognized the use of laser weapons as a war crime

Three new types of war crimes were included in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the United Nations.

WSJ: US revealed shortcomings in the actions of its military during the siege of Mosul

The publication refers to the report that came to his disposal with an analysis of the actions of US servicemen in Mosul, prepared by American and British experts on the orders of General Stephen Townsend. He over the past year commanded a coalition operation against the IG in Iraq and Syria

Britain saw threat to transatlantic cables in Russia

The Russian Federation may threaten the security of transatlantic cables, said Chief of General Staff Stuart Peach. He added that the risks for NATO “continue to grow,” therefore, it is worth paying attention to the sea communication lines.

Turchinov saw the “powerful military infrastructure” of the Russian Federation at the borders of Ukraine

Turchinov accused Russia of creating a “powerful military infrastructure” near the borders of Ukraine

“Russia creates a powerful military infrastructure along the border with Ukraine and can launch large-scale military operations against our state at any time,” Turchinov said, his words are quoted by the press service of the National Security and Defense Council.

The Strategic Missile Forces told about the rearmament program for 2018

More than 20 launchers of the missile system “Yars” will receive Strategic Missile Forces (Strategic Missile Forces) next year, said commander Sergei Karakayev.

The world’s largest submarine celebrates the 35th anniversary of the ship

The solemn events dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the world’s largest submarine – the heavy nuclear-powered strategic missile cruiser Dmitry Donskoy – are held at the White Sea naval base of the Northern Fleet

Aircraft of the Russian Federation were raised four times a week to intercept

Over a week, Russian planes flew four times to intercept foreign aircraft. This is reported by the newspaper “Red Star”, the central press organ of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In total, 22 aircraft of other states conducted reconnaissance along Russian borders during this period.

Iran rejected US accusations of missile shipments to Yemen

Iran’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations on Thursday rejected the accusations of US Ambassador Nikki Haley that Tehran supplies military equipment to the Husit rebels, and the evidence it presented called fabricated.

The Iranian Qiam missile is the only known short-range missile in the world, which lacks similar stabilizers and has eight valves that run along the entire length of the hull. – Nikki Haley, American politician

The 100th anniversary of the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School

The centenary celebrates the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School (MosVOKU) today. Over a hundred years of work on the training of professional military personnel, the educational institution carried out 140 issues, having trained more than 50,000 officers.

ECONOMY

In Russia, the strongest industrial decline in eight years

In November, industrial production in Russia fell by 3.6% compared to the same period last year, Rosstat reported on Thursday. This is the maximum drop in industrial production in eight years – in October 2009, the industry fell 7.4% yoy (Bloomberg terminal data)

The Central Bank estimated the volume of additional capitalization of Promsvyazbank in the amount of 100-200 billion rubles

The Central Bank estimates the amount of additional capitalization of Promsvyazbank at about 100-200 billion rubles, said the Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia Vasily Pozdyshev to journalists on Friday

The Central Bank of Russia expects inflation at the end of 2017 at the level of 2.4-2.6%

Inflation in Russia will be 2.4-2.6% by the end of 2017, in the future, as the temporary factors (food inflation and ruble strengthening) are exhausted, inflation will increase during the year, approaching the level of 4%. This is stated in the report of the Bank of Russia on monetary policy

Russia has increased its investments in US securities

Russia in October increased its investments in US Treasury securities by $ 1.1 billion – up to $ 105 billion, the US Treasury Department reported.

X5 Retail Group agreed to purchase supermarket retailer O’Key

X5 Retail Group agreed to buy 32 supermarket retailers “O’Key.” As reported in the press releases of X5 Retail Group and “O’Key”, the transaction is approved by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia

Russia imposed a temporary ban on the supply of Ceylon tea

In order to avoid the introduction and spread of harmful insect throughout the territory of the Russian Federation, the Rosselkhoznadzor introduces temporary restrictions on the import of all plant products from Sri Lanka before negotiations and clarification of the situation with the competent service of the country, the ministry said.

FAS decided to index RZD’s tariffs by 3.9%

“The document adopted during the board meeting of the FAS Russia provides for the indexation of tariffs of JSCo Russian Railways by 3.9% in 2018,” the report said. The FAS also noted that the maximum level of tariff increase was set at 1.08

Nabiullina allowed the repayment of public debt because of US sanctions

The Central Bank does not exclude the possibility of buying federal loan bonds (OFZ) in case of imposing US sanctions on Russia’s sovereign debt. This Friday, December 15, said the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, reports the Rambler News Service.

Medvedev gave instructions to develop a network of airports in the Far East

The head of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers gave instructions, in particular, to the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Transport Ministry to allocate additional funds for the reconstruction of existing airports in the regions. The specialized departments were instructed to submit a draft plan for the development of aviation in the regions before March 1, 2018.

The foreign trade surplus of the eurozone in October fell to 18.9 billion euros

Compared to the same indicator in October 2016, the surplus fell by 1.6%. Exports from 19 eurozone countries to states that are not members of the euro area amounted to 187.9 billion euros the year before, an increase of 8.8% compared to the same period last year.

The profit of Russian banks grew by more than 10%

The profit of Russian banks in the period from January to November 2017 increased by 10.4%, to 870 billion rubles. This is reported in the Bank of Russia.

The duty on oil exports from the Russian Federation from January 1 will grow by $ 6.4 per tonne

The duty on oil export from the Russian Federation from January 1, 2018 will grow by 6.4 dollars – to 111.4 dollars from 105 dollars per ton in December, follows from the calculations of the Ministry of Finance.

ACRA does not exclude the cancellation of Promsvyazbank’s subordinated debt

The rating agency ACRA does not exclude the cancellation of Promsvyazbank’s subordinated debt. This was reported by TASS agency analyst Kirill Lukashuk.

Bitcoin and Ripple rise in price, Ethereum continues to get cheaper

According to the portal Coindesk, bitcoin went up by 4.26%, to 17.24 thousand dollars. The Ethereum currency was down 10.85%, to 660.27 dollars. Bitcoin Cash was down 5%, to 1.76 thousand dollars, Ripple was up 34%, to 75.3 cents, according to CoinMarketCap

The government has agreed on oil and gas revenues and replenishment of the SWF

The government of the Russian Federation linked the receipt of additional oil and gas revenues with the replenishment of the National Welfare Fund, the corresponding resolution was published on the website of the Cabinet.

SOCIETY

Facebook acknowledged that the social network is doing harm

In the article “The difficult question: can time spent in the social network cause us harm,” Facebook researchers David Ginsberg and Moira Burke came to the conclusion that passive scrolling of the news tape may be unfavorable for people’s mental health

Inequality in incomes has increased in the world since 1980

Inequality in Russia In Russia, the percentage of all incomes, accounting for 10% of the wealthiest citizens, jumped to 46% with just over 20% in the early 1980s, when the USSR was characterized by the lowest level of inequality in the world

In Saudi Arabia, women will be allowed to drive trucks

At the end of September, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud signed a decree granting the first time the right of women to obtain a driving license and drive a car. It should come into force from the summer of 2018.

The Oxford Dictionary called the word 2017

The Oxford Dictionary called the word 2017 “youthquake” (“youth”, quake – “shaking”), which “is used to refer to a significant cultural, political or social change caused by the actions or influence of youth.”

The authorities have developed a new scheme for the sale of apartments in new buildings

The Ministry of Construction, the Central Bank and the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending (AHML) came up with how to abandon the use of citizens’ funds in housing construction and replace them with bank lending. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government, the Central Bank and AHML to prepare a plan by December 15

The plan does not imply a rejection of the sale of housing during the construction phase. Instead, from July 1, 2019, developers are invited to prohibit taking money from citizens for uncompleted apartments. The buyers will pay the rent for special escrow accounts in authorized banks.

The State Duma has increased the period of payment of a funded pension by half a year

The government law, which increases the expected period of payment of funded pension in 2018, the State Duma adopted in the third, final reading, the correspondent of REGNUM reported on December 15. The expected period of payment of funded pensions is annually calculated by the government of the Russian Federation

The State Duma adopted a law on the indexation of pensions to non-working pensioners

The State Duma in the third reading approved the bill on indexing insurance pensions to non-working pensioners in 2018, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Labor reported.

The State Duma passed a law on raising the minimum wage to the subsistence level

The State Duma adopted in the third reading a law that raises the minimum wage (minimum wage) to the subsistence level, RIA Novosti reported. It is noted that from 1 January next year the minimum wage will be set at 85% of the subsistence level – this is 9,489 rubles.

The RF Cabinet of Ministers refused to prohibit smoking near the entrances

The Russian government did not support the proposal of the senators to ban smoking in the open air less than 10 meters from the entrance to the entrances of residential buildings.

The most popular part-time job in Russia is named

In the first place was again a taxi (it was recommended 42 percent) and courier (29 percent), as a part-time consult the work of the waiter (18 percent) and the seller in the supermarket (16 percent). Next come guards and watchmen and workers in fast food restaurants

Topilin told about the benefits of the New Year holidays for the family

“Father had to take leave to stay together,” – said Topilin.

The New Year holidays will last from December 30 to January 8. The State Duma in the first reading rejected the proposed by the Communist Party and the LDPR bills on changing the number of non-working holidays.

TRAVELS

Russian companies allowed to form tours to Egypt

Russian companies can begin to form tours to Egypt after signing a contract to resume air traffic, they do not need additional authorization. This was announced by the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov

Expenses of Russian tourists abroad increased by 27%

Expenses of Russian travelers in 2017 increased by 27% compared to last year. Thus, Russia took the second place in terms of the growth rate of this indicator. The first place in the list went to Brazil, whose citizens this year spent 33% more for trips abroad than in 2016.

Rosturizm will form a black list of hotels before the 2018 World Cup

In response to complaints from fans about the inflated prices, the agency will form a blacklist, getting into which, first of all, will threaten hoteliers with loss of image.

The most overloaded tourist destinations in the world became known

Countries, regions, cities and individual sites can suffer from a large tourist flow. This is stated in a study conducted by WTTC and McKinsey & Company.
Among the cities where the problem is particularly acute, in the study are named Barcelona and Amsterdam, where recently protests of local residents against tourists, Croatian Dubrovnik, Venice and Rome.

Outside Europe, according to the authors, in the risk zone are Kuala Lumpur and Macau. There are problems with the Mexican Cancun, Dubai, Warsaw, Prague and other cities.
In Moscow, according to the authors, the only serious problem is the high seasonality of tourism

In the Crimea prepared for tourists New Year surprises

New Year holidays in the Crimea will cost tourists 7.5-42 thousand rubles per person, depending on the place of residence, type of food and program. Comfortable winter Minister of resorts and tourism of Crimea Vadim Volchenko notes that in the upcoming holiday holidays the peninsula will visit about 90 thousand tourists.

“Aeroflot” entered the top-5 airlines of the world for vegetarians

The national carrier of the Russian Federation took the 4th place among all world airlines for vegetarians. This was reported by the press office of Aeroflot with reference to the data of the international association ProVeg. Experts conducted a study of vegetarian rations onboard food of the 50 largest carriers of the world.

From Kazan to the House-Museum of Tukay launched a sightseeing tour

The railway tour from Kazan to the Gabdulla Tukay House Museum launched an excursion tour, the press service of the executive committee said. The train will run daily between the stations “Kazan-1” (Red Station) – “Arsk”. Tourists take a bus to the village of Kyrla.

The authorities of Kamchatka counted 200 thousand tourists who visited Kamchatka

More than 200 thousand tourists visited the Kamchatka Territory in 2017, including more than 10 thousand foreigners, according to the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East with reference to the data voiced by the Deputy Governor of the Kamchatka Territory Alexei Voitov

Sports and tourist gathering will be held in the Lipetsk region

The program will provide training in hiking techniques. The techniques of hiking are rules and techniques for overcoming natural obstacles encountered on the route. It consists of general and special training

Tour operator TUI Russia will open flights from Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk will become one of 11 cities of Russia, from where the federal tour operator will carry out flights abroad. The tour operator “TUI Russia” announced plans to double the volume of transportation – next year the company intends to serve about 800 thousand tourists.

Where in the Crimea go skiing, sledding and snowboarding

Where to ride in the Crimea on sledges, skis and snowboarding is a question that worries every tourist who travels to winter Crimea. The peninsula is famous for its relatively mild winter, and snow here is not a frequent visitor

Ride on skis, toboggan, snowboard or just on an oilcloth from a hill can be on several mountain peaks. The most popular among local residents and tourists are the Angara Pass, Ai-Petri and Chatyr-Dagh

ACCIDENTS

Canadian billionaire found dead in his home in Toronto

“Everyone at Apotex is shocked by this news,” the company said in a statement. The reasons for what happened and the circumstances of Sherman’s death are being established.

The terrorists of the IG were going to undermine themselves in the Kazan Cathedral of St. Petersburg

Terrorists detained during a special operation of the FSB in St. Petersburg intended to make an explosion on December 17 in the Kazan Cathedral. About this “Lente.ru” reported the official representative of the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg Daria Lebedeva

Police opened fire on an armed man at the airport in Amsterdam

Police of the Netherlands opened fire on an armed man with a knife at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

In Turkey, an ex-policeman was arrested on the murder of Ambassador Karlova

Former Turkish police officer Ramazan Yudjel was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, Andrei Karlov, Anadolu agency reports.

The court found Ulyukayev guilty of taking bribes

According to the investigation, supported by the prosecution, last November Alexey Ulyukayev, as Minister of Economic Development, received a bribe of $ 2 million from the head of this oil company Igor Sechin in the office of Rosneft.

Lawyer Larissa Kashtanova told RIA Novosti that the defense will appeal the verdict, although it has not even been read yet …

A resident of the Pskov region tried to send a pistol “Post of Russia”

A resident of the Pskov region sent by mail to Orenburg an Austrian pistol of the brand “Glock”, but “Russian Post” intercepted a suspicious parcel, RIA Novosti was told in the press service of the enterprise

Court arrested deputy head of Rosimushchestvo on suspicion of embezzlement

Tver court in Moscow arrested the deputy head of the Federal Property Management Agency, Elena Patkin, on suspicion of embezzlement of the department’s funds.

Prosecutor General’s Office named the most corrupt unit of the siloviki

ATS officers committed the most corruption crimes in the system of law enforcement agencies in the Russian Federation in 2017, said the first deputy prosecutor of the Russian Federation Alexander Buksman.

In St. Petersburg, deputies propose to abolish punishment for car dealers

Parliamentarians propose to suspend the effect of Article 166 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on “Illegal seizure of a car or other vehicle without the purpose of theft.” In the opinion of the deputies, today this article has lost its relevance among the Russians, TV channel “78” reports.

Angarsk maniac will face trial for 60 new murders

The Investigative Committee for the Irkutsk region has completed an investigation into Mikhail Popkov, better known as the “Angarsk maniac.” This is reported on the website of the regional UK. According to the investigation, Popkov from 1992 to 2010 committed at least 84 murders

Bitcoins for terrorists: in the US, a woman was accused of laundering money

The charge against money laundering through bitcoins and other crypto-currencies for financing the activities of the “Islamic state” (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) was presented to a woman by the US Department of Justice, the ministry’s press service said on December 14.

CULTURE

Forbes named the most profitable actor of the outgoing year

In 2016, the first place in the list of the most profitable actors was occupied by Chris Evans. Earlier in December, Forbes named the most overrated actors in 2017. The rating of the magazine was headed by Mark Wahlberg.

NET Theater Festival ends in Moscow

In Moscow, today finishes the festival “New European Theater” – one of the largest and longest reviews in the world. For a month and a half the audience saw dozens of performances by the best directors from Germany, France, Greece, Portugal and other countries. With details – Mikhail Terentyev.

“Dark Night of the Soul”: Theodor Curentzis got into another foreign top

As music critic David Allen points out, this record may seem too pompous, but it deserves attention. The New York Times columnist stressed that the sixth symphony in the interpretation of the maestro is “the dark night of the soul standing on the very edge”

Bekmambetov will show the film “Profile” at the Berlin Film Festival

The film “Profile” of Timur Bekmambetov was included in the program “Panorama” of the 68th Berlin Film Festival. The producer said this on Friday TASS. Berlinale will be held from 15 to 25 February 2018.

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Three evenings in a row at the Berlin Philharmonic sounded the same program, composed of two scores – the 23rd Concerto for the clavier with the orchestra of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Third Symphony by Anton Bruckner.

In Russia there was a theater for the youngest

December 16 in the Mytishchi Theater of Drama and Comedy “FEST” will premiere the play “Teremok”, designed just for an audience of two years. This is a new staging of the innovative theater project “Performances for the youngest”.

The winners of the Kandinsky Prize are named

The Kandinsky Prize was established in 2007. It is awarded in the field of contemporary art. Earlier it was reported that the finalists of the Kandinsky Prize became known.

The Golden Globe Award can be turned black

Actresses who received nominations for the prestigious film prize Golden Globe, within the framework of a kind of “collusion” can come to the ceremony in black robes. Thus, they plan to show their solidarity and support a campaign against sexual violence

The main cultural event of the year was chosen in Yamal

Open festival of contemporary art “Be More”, held in Noyabrsk, is recognized as the “Event of the Year”.
The exposition interactive platform of the project occupied space with various modern zones: a room of thoughts, a zone “Pixels”, an op-art, a relax zone. In addition, the program included: an exhibition of works “Animals”, beatbox site, “Shadows”, an action of mobile photography.

Taganka danced the “Fable”

Taganka took the path of experiments and new forms of communication with the public. In February, the play “Fable” will appear in the playbill of the theater, in which the drama and dance will be combined. In the meantime, its creators decided to find out the opinion of the audience about the future production.

The Prodigy will tour Russia in March 2018

Concerts of the British band The Prodigy will be held in six Russian cities in March 2018. This was reported by Interfax referring to the organizers of the tour. It is specified that in Moscow the musicians of the collective with the 27-year history will perform twice

The Jewish Museum presents a new film VR 360 “Journey to the Past”

Since December 14, a new film VR 360 with additional special effects “Journey into the past” was launched in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. The film became part of the permanent exposition of the museum, visitors can see the film in the 4D cinema; The shows will be held every hour.

The daughter of Nicholas II became the new Disney princess

The picture won two Oscars and the same number of Golden Globes. Among the original Disney princesses are Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”, Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”, Jasmine from “Aladdin”, Cinderella from the cartoon of the same name and others.

Eminem released a new album after four years of silence

Album rapper Eminem “Revival” officially released, he became the ninth in the career of the performer and the fourth in the last four years. This became known on Friday, December 15.

The director of “John Wick” screens the comic book about the deal with the demon

The main hero of “Kill or be killed” is the unlucky student, whose attempt to commit suicide turned into a meeting with a demon who decided to save him, and now demands to kill people in exchange for months of later life.

Musical groups of Rosgvardia gave a pre-New Year concert in Kazan

On the eve of the Christmas holidays, Song and Dance Ensemble and the military band of Rosgvardia gave concerts on the stage of the Ak Bars youth center in Kazan and in the regional house of culture Laishevo, the press service of the Russian Guard said. The repertoire of performers was filled with patriotism and love for the Motherland

TECHNOLOGIES AND SCIENCE

The most powerful superconductor magnet in the world is created

Coils of a high-temperature superconductor of a 32T magnet before integration into the outer layers of a low-temperature superconductor / © National MagLab According to scientists, the power of superconducting magnets can be constantly increased for several decades, but a new achievement is a leap forward.

Archaeologists told how the ancient Greeks were ill

In total, on the island of Kay in the Aegean Sea, scientists found about 60 graves of Greeks who lived on the island during the Trojan War. By results of excavations it was found out, that parasitic infections were sick only with 16% of inhabitants of the Greek island.

Asymmetric electrodes helped to produce superpure hydrogen

Thanks to the use of asymmetric electrodes coated with a catalyst on only one side, it was possible to achieve purity of the hydrogen produced at 99 percent, the scientists write in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Scientists have called the species of animals that has been dying for a million years

Scientists have discovered a unique population of rhinoceroses on the island of Sumatra, which began to die out a million years ago. The number of animals since the beginning of the reduction has never been restored, the researchers reported in an article published in the pages of the journal Current Biology.

Scientists have received a material, recoverable under pressure

Scientists hope that in the future the new material will find wide application in various fields – from the creation of more reliable electronics to, perhaps, cups, which will be enough to fold to glue again if they break.

Real objects attracted attention better than images

The authors of the new work, led by Jacqueline C. Snow from the University of Nevada in Reno, suggested that in tasks that focus on the response time, real objects will be processed more slowly than their images.

Archaeologists found in Indonesia the remains of the most ancient fisherman on Earth

Australian archaeologists have found on one Indonesian island the burial of the most ancient fisherman on the planet. As it became known rosvest.com, the remains of the woman were buried together with different fishing gear, so experts concluded that during her lifetime she was engaged in fishing

Ketamine quickly “turned off” suicidal moods in patients with depression

Intravenous administration of ketamine, which is commonly used as an anesthetic, can reduce susceptibility to suicide in patients with clinical depression – and in a relatively short time. This was found out by American scientists whose work was published in the journal American Journal of Psychiatry.

Chemists have increased the size of single-stranded DNA-origami by an order of magnitude

A group of chemists from the USA, Germany, France and China, led by Peng Yin of Harvard University, developed a technique by which large nanometer structures of the desired geometry can be collected from just one long single strand nucleic acid molecule In their work, scientists examined both DNA and RNA).

In Japan, created a robot-starfish, adapting to damage

Japanese scientists have created a robot, using as an example of the ophiuros-related echinoderms with starfish, with five flexible rays that do not have a complex central nervous system.

Scientists: Biological clock will help to choose the treatment

In the next study, scientists intend to employ 200 volunteers, in order to determine what factors can disrupt the work of a biological clock. Experts hope that their work will help doctors to take into account the daily activity of the processes when prescribing drugs.

Trees instead of lanterns. Scientists “made” plants shine

Bioengineers have developed a technology, thanks to which, practically any plant can be “made” to glow in the dark. This will open up opportunities for night lighting of streets and city parks. The discovery was made by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Scientists told about the health benefits of tea

Daily use of tea reduces the risk of glaucoma by 74 percent. To such conclusions came the researchers from the United States. According to scientists, it is hot tea that helps in the prevention of the disease, which has become the main cause of blindness around the world.

Scientists: The magnetic field of a blitzker killed dinosaurs

According to the observer of the ToDay News Ufa, outbreaks on some closely located blitzar could kill dinosaurs or provoke another mass extinction of species on Earth. For example, Mass Permian extinction.

SPACE

Potentially dangerous asteroid Phaeton will approach the Earth

A potentially dangerous asteroid (3200) Phaethon with a diameter of about 4.8 km will approach the Earth on December 16. This is reported on the site of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The heavenly body will pass at a distance of about 10 million km from the Earth.

Dragon ship with cargo for ISS successfully put into orbit

The American company SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon cargo ship, which is to deliver cargo for the crew of the International Space Station. The carrier started from the US Air Force Base at Cape Canaveral

ESA and Roskosmos discussed details of the implementation of the project ExoMars

The parties discussed issues related to the joint Russian-European mission of ExoMars, cooperation on the International Space Station, and plans for exploring the Moon. It is noted that ESA and Roskosmos have outlined the steps of cooperation for the successful protection of the ExoMars project by May 2018

Artificial Intelligence first found an analog of the Solar System

The Kepler-90 star is 2545 light years from the solar system. The new, eighth planet Kepler-90i was discovered using the artificial intelligence engine developed by Google programmers, which processed data collected by the Kepler space telescope.

Secrets of the USSR: in the 60-70s the Soviet Union wanted to colonize Venus

As is known, on December 15, 1970 the first ever spacecraft reached the surface of Venus. In the Soviet Union, scientists assumed that it was this planet that could be colonized, and therefore sent to it about 20 probes. All over the world, Venus began to be called a “Russian planet”.

GADJETS

Samsung will release a smart column in the first half of 2018

The Korean company will release its first smart column early next year. About plans Samsung told the sources of Bloomberg. According to insiders, it will be a column with an emphasis on sound quality and management of smart home components – lighting, household appliances, cameras

In the US came up with a bulletproof laptop case

Enthusiasts from San Francisco created a bulletproof case for a laptop. The project of the protective cover C6SHELL appeared on the Kraukfarter site of the Kickstarter. According to the creators of the C6SHELL, it is strong enough to stop the bullet, but it’s easy enough to carry it to work.

Experts told how smartphones have learned to extract crypto currency

Kaspersky Lab expert Andrey Malanov said that cybercriminals extract crypto currency not only on computers, but also on smartphones. In an interview with the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, he explained the scheme of the work of hacker programs installed in mobile games.

Smartphone Huawei P11 will be presented at MWC 2018

An insider from the social network Twitter said that the MWC 2018 in Barcelona will be presented to the new flagship smartphone Huawei P11. Around this device there is a lot of different information, but it is already known for sure that this will be one of the most innovative smartphones of 2018

Apple will teach Siri to whisper

The American corporation Apple intends to upgrade the assistant Siri, having taught to speak it in a whisper. This option, which has already been filed with a patent application, will be effective in places where one can not speak loudly, and also ensure the practical full confidentiality of the conversation

Xiaomi and Huawei go to the US smartphone market

Xiaomi and Huawei have long planned the launch of smartphone sales in the US. The main reason for this step was a sharp drop in the number of Apple sales in China and an increase in the share of two Chinese giants

The date of announcement of Samsung Galaxy S9 became known

Network sources said that the flagship smartphones Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + will be officially presented on February 27 at the exhibition MWC 2018.

New Steam update improves game performance

The new update to the online store Steam improves performance in games launched by users through their libraries. This became possible thanks to the preliminary caching of files to reduce the load on the processor and video card.

MediaTek will teach smartphones to monitor the health of users

MediaTek Sensio MT6381 will allow smartphones to record heart rate and heart rate variability, measure blood pressure and blood saturation with peripheral oxygen

The most compact phone in history is presented, and it is already possible to buy it

Company Clubit New has gone a completely different path, trying to conquer the market with the phone Zanco Tiny T1. Her new development has become the most compact phone in history, which fits in a matchbox

THE INTERNET

Facebook users reported a new virus

On Friday, users of the social network Facebook reported the emergence of a new virus, which is transmitted through private messages. Users receive a message from friends, in which there is an archive file in a ZIP-format, for example video_9504.zip

Updated Facebook application helps edit the news feed

As reported by the media, with the help of this function, you can delete a user, group or public page from a news feed without unsubscribing or removing from friends.

Google released the YouTube VR application on Steam

Google released the YouTube VR application on Steam. Representatives of the company noted that the installation of the program will require the purchase of an additional reality helmet. The application will significantly simplify the use of the service.

In WhatsApp appeared the function of integrating the messenger in Facebook

Experts say that Facebook is the owner of WhatsApp. In addition, a popular social network has its own messenger at its disposal.

Sotsset “Odnoklassniki” presented a platform for creating longrids

Earlier, Odnoklassniki launched several new features to publish personal content in social networks. Users were able to publish notes with a color background and large font, as well as share their moods. This allowed to double the number of publications in the social network

Apple has added to the “Maps” navigation through 34 airports around the world

Apple launched the implementation of interior maps for iOS 11. A list of 43 objects for which “Maps” has added navigation, is published on the company’s website. It has 34 airports and nine shopping centers

Google Analytics launches four new features

Google Analytics has launched four new features that are designed to help marketers understand the way users buy. Let’s consider them in more detail: Standard reporting with focus on users. In the new version of standard reporting, the place of the “Sessions” indicator was taken by “Users”.

AUTO

Mitsubishi in Russia resumed production of SUV Pajero Sport

At the production site of the PSA in Kaluga, the Japanese SUV Mitsubishi Pajero Sport assembly of the new generation was launched.

BMW will build a polygon for drone in the Czech Republic for 100 million euros

The work of the landfill can begin in the early 20-ies. Let’s remind, that the sedan BMW 5-Series is recognized by the most safe machine of 2018.

Sales of the new generation Porsche Cayenne will begin in Russia on January 15

The start of sales of the new generation Porsche Cayenne SUV in Russia will be launched on January 15, 2018. This is reported by the engine portal “Engine” with reference to the press service of the German automaker.

The development of the cross sedan LADA Vesta Rally Sprint began

ArtForm and “Autoproduct” companies started the development of a cross-version of the domestic sedan LADA Vesta. Thus, the firms confirmed the previously appeared information that they intend to create such a modification of the car. The project was officially named LADA Vesta Rally Sprint.

Toyota has published a teaser of the new sport car GR Super Sport Concept

The car was created with the participation of the racing team Toyota Gazoo Racing. Judging by the teasers, the silhouette of the novelty resembles the conceptual Toyota TS050 Hybrid, with which the Japanese compete in the LMP1 category in the WEC endurance race. Technical parameters of the future car, unfortunately, are not yet disclosed.

The new Geely minivan is declassified on spy shots

The Chinese company Geely is preparing to release its new minivan, which already had time to notice the photo spies, and without any camouflage. The serial version of the new minivan of the company will be executed on motives of concept Geely MPV. The latter was shown at the Shanghai Motor Show this spring.

Renault Zoe received a special version in the style of “Star Wars”

Pre-order the Renault Zoe Star Wars can now, and live sales of the model will begin in March. Hatchback Zoe Star Wars will be available only in France and it will be a limited lot of just 1000 pieces

Tesla Model X and Toyota Land Cruiser fought in tug of war

A group of enthusiasts from Norway decided to check how the SUV Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the electric crossover Tesla Model X will show themselves in tug-of-war.
Tesla is equipped with two motors, the total capacity of which is 762 horsepower at 970 Nm of torque. At the same time, the car weighs 2,600 kilograms.

As for his rival, under the hood of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado there is a diesel engine that produces 173 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. The weight of the SUV is 2,200 kilograms.

The electric car was “shod” in Nokian studded tires, while Toyota received friction tires. During the tug of war, the Japanese SUV decayed and did not start for a while. At the end of the video, the authors hinted that next time in a similar match, Tesla’s rival might become Hummer.

Volkswagen tested in the winter a new crossover based on Polo

It is expected that the novelty will go on sale under the name T-Cross. The design will resemble the Polo and the large T-Roc crossover. The model will receive a hexagonal radiator grille, passing into the headlights of the head light.

Legendary UAZ-469 SUV celebrates its 45th anniversary

The domestic automaker celebrates the anniversary of the legendary UAZ-469 SUV. On December 15, the model turned 45 years old. The history of the UAZ-469 off-road car originates in 1961, and in 1972 it first went on the conveyor as a mass model

Dongfeng named the prices for the updated crossover Dongfeng AX7

The Chinese company has announced preliminary prices for the updated version of its crossover Dongfeng AX7, which will go on sale on December 21. After the upgrade, the crossover will have a new radiator grille, an updated front and rear bumpers, optics, taillights

The cost of the minimum configuration will be 110,000 yuan, the maximum price tag will be 130,000. In the transfer to the Russian ruble, the price tag will be from 977 000 to 1 154 000 rubles

Land Rover will introduce the Defender of a new generation at the end of 2018

Engineers of the company report that the new Land Rover Defender will differ from the previous generation of the 2011 model and prototype with smoother body lines. Recall SUV Defender was withdrawn from production in the past year due to non-compliance with environmental requirements

Not more than 100 thousand a year – a new quota for cars in Beijing

At the moment, the city authorities allocate 150 thousand licenses for new cars annually. As early as in 2018, the quota will be reduced to 100,000. Beijing residents are licensed through a lottery on a competitive basis.

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