16 Дек, 2021

USA sharply increase oil production

The American shale industry began to sharply increase production after 2020, when 20% of production capacity in the country stopped, and supplies fell by 2.5 million barrels per day.

The total production at the seven largest shale fields in the United States has grown 768 thousand barrels per day since the beginning of the year and reached 8.342 million barrels per day. Total production in the United States is 11.7 million barrels per day, which is still 500 thousand less than the historical maximum shown in the first quarter of 2020

According to the International Energy Agency, in December, world oil production began to outstrip demand, and this gap will only grow in the coming months.

In the first quarter of 2022, the excess oil supply will reach 1.7 million barrels per day, and in the second — 2 million due to a sharp increase in production in countries that are not members of the OPEC + cartel. This is primarily the United States, Canada and Brazil, which, according to the IEA’s forecast, will reach record levels of oil production next year.

 

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The US Federal Reserve System has decided to accelerate the winding down of the asset repurchase program, in which it pumped $ 4.5 trillion of additional liquidity into the system over a year and a half.

The Quantitative easing (QE) program is already decreasing at a rate of $ 15 billion a month. In November, its volume fell from $ 120 to $ 105 billion, in December — to $ 90 billion.Starting from the new year, the speed of this process will double: the Federal Reserve will reduce QE by $ 30 billion monthly, to 60 billion in January, according to a release following the meeting. Open Market Committee on Wednesday.

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In Paris, Alexander Benalla, a former employee of the Presidential Administration of President Emmanuel Macron, who was involved in his protection, was detained on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

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A court in Belarus gave Andrei Runzo three years in prison for bringing a ritual wreath to the policeman’s house. The man was found guilty of threatening to use violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies (Article 364 of the Criminal Code) and threats against a judge or lay judge (Article 389).

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The President of Tajikistan has appointed his daughter as Ambassador to Great Britain. On the post of Ambassador Rukhshon, Emomali replaced Masud Khalifazoda, who was relieved of his post by a presidential decree with the wording «in connection with the transfer to another job.»

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USS Portland conducted a test shot from a laser weapon demonstration system at a target in the Gulf of Aden. According to media reports, the laser system can be used to counter drone boats with bombs used by Yemeni Houthis in the Red Sea.

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Thanks to the commissioning of a railway section between the cities of Boten and Vientiane, Laos has the longest route in the world in the entire history of railway transport. Now you can travel by train from Lisbon through Paris, Moscow and Beijing to Singapore, covering about 18.65 thousand km and spending three weeks on it.

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The German Foreign Ministry declared two employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. This is connected with the verdict in the case of the murder in Berlin of the Chechen field commander, citizen of Georgia Zelimkhan Khangoshvili. The Russian Foreign Ministry called Germany’s decision unfriendly and promised an «adequate response.»

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that the murder by order of the state is «a serious violation of German law and the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Germany.» “Therefore, we have summoned the Russian ambassador. We told him that two embassy officials would be declared persona non grata, ”said Ms Berbock.

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The US authorities have made available hundreds of previously classified documents in the Kennedy assassination case. Now anyone can read them on the website of the US National Archives.

American President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963. According to the official version, Lee Harvey Oswald was the killer. But we all know that there are a lot more questions than answers in this story. Maybe now we will finally be able to get them?

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US President Joe Biden has nominated figure skater Michelle Kwan to the post of Ambassador to Belize, and President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline to the post of Ambassador to Australia.

Kwan, one of the most decorated American figure skaters, has already served as the unofficial US ambassador for public diplomacy, and Caroline Kennedy, a well-known philanthropist, was the US ambassador to Japan under Barack Obama.

American ambassadors are often political appointees and famous personalities, rather than career diplomats, as is customary in some other countries.

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A US Customs and Border Protection officer fired at vehicles carrying Russian migrants as they tried to cross the Mexican-American border. There were no serious injuries, but two passengers received minor bruises, the border service said in a statement.

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The Pentagon is alarmed by the accumulation of Chinese military forces near the demarcation line on the border with India in the Himalayas, Foreign Policy reported, citing a senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In mid-June last year, clashes broke out on the border between China and India, killing 20 Indian soldiers. As reported in New Delhi, Beijing also suffered losses, and the reason for the conflict was the construction of an observation post on the border by the PRC military. In turn, China accused the Indian military of violating the border.

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The Japanese government plans to increase defense spending to a record 30 trillion yen (about $ 263 billion) between 2023 and 2027, Nikkei writes. Thus, about $ 6 trillion will be spent on defense annually. yen.

If such a budget is approved, then defense spending will exceed the 1% limit of GDP, which the authorities have tried to adhere to since 1976. The current medium-term defense plan (from 2019 to 2023) implies spending of 27.5 trillion yen over a five-year period.

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The volume of Russian investments in US government securities in October decreased compared to September and amounted to $ 3.720 billion

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The Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation held a meeting with the Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces of Cambodia. Nikolai Patrushev discussed with Hun Manet issues of military cooperation and interaction on the anti-terrorist track.

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Storage capacity in Germany has dropped below 60%, which is historically low over the past few years. Sebastian Bleschke, executive director of the German Association of Underground Gas Storage Operators, told the newspaper Handelsblatt.

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Militants of the Al-Shabab terrorist group have seized the strategically important city of Eldire in central Somalia. The city is located just 30 kilometers from Dusamareb, the administrative center of the semi-autonomous state of Galmudug, Somali news portal Hiran reported.

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MC-21-300 made its first training flight as part of certified control tests in normal conditions of a civil airport and landed for the first time at Irkutsk airport

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Lenta has agreed to purchase the online retailer Utkonos, the company said. The deal will amount to RUB 20 billion and will be financed through an additional issue of Lenta shares. The new online division will be named Lenta-U

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Stores with electronic smoking devices, primarily disposable, are becoming a popular retail format. Since 2019, the number of such points in the Russian Federation has doubled, to 4.2-5.2 thousand objects.

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A court in Moscow fined Twitter another 10 million rubles for refusing to remove prohibited content, the total amount of the fine was 55 million rubles.

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American engineers have created a robot arm that combines two commonly used designs: fingers and sticky surfaces similar to a gecko’s foot. This allows the manipulator to grab objects of different shapes and sizes, including those that are several times larger than the device itself — in tests it was able to hold a plastic bucket and a chicken egg

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In Australia, they released an album with the singing of endangered birds. It topped the local charts for ABBA, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd.

30 years — that is how many sounds have been collected for the album Songs of Disappearance. Some of them had to sit in the bushes for several hours to record. There are 53 compositions on the album. All proceeds from it will go to projects to protect nature.

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German regulator says no decision on Nord Stream 2 will be made in the first half of 2022

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High inflation in Russia is «a topic of concern,» said presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“This is a complex process that requires a lot of complex ongoing work, which is what the Cabinet of Ministers is doing,” he said, answering the question about “inflation eats up the incomes of Russians”.

Annual inflation in Russia in November reached 8.4%, Rosstat reported earlier. This is the maximum since January 2016. By November, food prices increased by 10.8% in annual terms, and services — by 5.2%.

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The head of the Federal Tax Service Inspectorate for the central districts of the capital was detained in Moscow. She is suspected of fake employment of her husband in high-paying positions in organizations, which her inspection checks. The day before, investigative actions took place in her office.

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YouTube has blocked the new channel RT Deutsch. This happened on the day of the launch of the German-language television broadcast. The channel was broadcasting live. The account of the TV channel RT Deutsch was removed from YouTube for circumventing the restrictions imposed on RT DE in September, the press service of Google said.

«YouTube has clear community guidelines about what is allowed on the platform. The RT DE channel was removed from YouTube in September for violating our terms of use. If a channel is removed, the channel owner cannot use, own or create any other YouTube channels. Therefore, the channel RT auf Sendung was also removed for violating the terms of use of YouTube, namely for circumventing the previously imposed restrictions, «- said in the message.

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The court fined Meta Platforms (Facebook) another 13 million rubles for refusing to remove prohibited content, the total amount of fines amounted to 83 million rubles.

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NATO does not consider its military support to Ukraine as a threat to Russia and confirms that decisions on Ukraine’s admission to the alliance will be made only by 30 countries of the alliance and Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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The unified register of data on the population of Russia should start working on January 1, 2023. It is necessary to enter the full name, date and place of birth and death, gender, marital status, as well as information on citizenship into the system. The Ministry of Finance also proposed to supplement the list of information with information on family and family ties of a citizen.

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The general director of VK (formerly Mail.ru Group) Vladimir Kiriyenko has acquired 50,000 global depositary receipts for the company’s ordinary shares admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange, Kommersant was told in the company. The purchase was made on December 15, 2021 on the Moscow Exchange, the average price per GDR was 962.37 rubles.

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Minsk is negotiating a state loan, as well as new money from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development, which is 90% filled with Russian capital, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov said on Thursday.

“The total amount of funds requested is $ 3.5 billion,” he said at a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko on countering Western sanctions. New Russian loans «will make it possible to compensate for the falling European money for debt refinancing,» Snopkov said (quoted by BelTA).

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In the United States, there were more open vacancies than unemployed. Now there are 0.7 unemployed per one open vacancy in the USA

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IBM and Samsung have developed vertical transistor placement technology. They say that thanks to this, future chips will consume 85% less energy, and smartphones will be able to work for more than a week without recharging.

While IBM and Samsung are not ready to name the timeline for the implementation of the new technical process. The production of commercial chips, they say, is still a long way off.

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The Uzbek literary and musical art of bakhshi was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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Erdogan, against the background of a record fall in the lira, announced a 1.5-fold increase in the minimum wage since the new year — from 2825 to 4250 lira

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Elon Musk will pay the largest tax in history. To be more precise, ten billion dollars (733.5 billion rubles). A businessman will have to pay such an amount if he uses all his options — in the United States there is a special tax for them.

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Underneath the Martian rover, a bedrock was discovered, probably formed from hot magma. That is, the rocks in the crater have repeatedly interacted with water over eons and some of them contain organic molecules.

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The US Senate approved the draft defense budget for 2022 in the amount of about $ 770 billion. 89 senators supported the document, ten voted against. The House of Representatives approved the bill last week and is now going to be signed by President Joe Biden.

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