According to the latest World Prison Brief for 2021, the most people in prison are recorded in the United States: 629 people for every 100,000 inhabitants. 0.6% of the total population is in prison, Rwanda (580 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants), Turkmenistan (576), El Salvador (564) and Cuba (510).
Russia in this rating is also closer to the top of the list: 323 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants — this is 24th place out of 223 countries included in the rating. Of the neighbors, only Belarus was ahead of us: 21 places and 345 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants
And the fewest people are in places of detention in San Marino: exactly 0. Considering the size of this country, there are probably no prisons there … Next — the Central African Republic (16 per 100 thousand inhabitants), the Faroe Islands (18), and in a whole mixture of African countries and wealthy European ones. And Japan
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The government of Belarus has included Serbia and Liechtenstein in the list of countries that are subject to a food embargo imposed in response to Western sanctions
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov, according to the Facebook page of the ex-head of state.
The United States is prepared to scale down a number of exercises in Europe if Russia retaliates on a reciprocal basis. This was announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby in an interview with American journalist Greta van Sustern. Excerpts from this conversation were published by The Hill newspaper.
The spokesman added that on such proposals, Washington is ready to work with Moscow, but does not agree to impose a ban on Ukraine’s entry into NATO.
The administration of Czech President Milos Zeman mistakenly destroyed a secret report on explosions at military warehouses in the village of Vrbetice in the east of the republic, which the authorities suspect the Russian special services were behind, Czech Radio reported.
Sergio Mattarella has been re-elected President of Italy for a second term, according to the results of the parliamentary vote. The vote count is broadcast on the website of the lower house of the national parliament.
North Korea allegedly launched a ballistic missile, the Japanese coast guard said. The agency has warned fishing boats in the area of the risk of falling debris.
A North Korean missile appears to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, the country’s government said.
Airlines and environmental activists say there will be more than 100,000 virtually unnecessary flights in Europe this winter. This is due to the rules that in order to maintain slots at airports, airlines must constantly use them, even if there are not enough passengers.
The oil spill off the coast of Peru is recognized as large-scale. According to updated data, based on technical information received by the company’s specialists, the volume of oil spilled is 10,396 barrels. Of these, 35% of oil products have already been collected through water and beach cleanup.
In 2021, Google’s parent company Alphabet made 22 deals, Microsoft made 56 deals and Amazon made 29 deals, which is a record for the last 10 years.
Although this data only takes into account the value of deals disclosed publicly, based on them, the combined deal volume of Alphabet and Microsoft also reached 10-year highs of $22 billion and $25.7 billion, respectively. Amazon’s cumulative deal volume of $15.7 billion fell just short of a 10-year high, surpassed only in 2017, when the company acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.
A loud scandal surrounding the purchase of real estate abroad, in which influential officials of the Roman Curia were involved, erupted in the Vatican in the fall of 2019. And in the summer of 2021, the court took up this case. Charges were brought against 10 individuals, including former Cardinal Angelo Becciu. Becchu is accused of abusing official powers.
In 2013, luxury real estate was purchased in London with funds from the so-called «St. Peter’s Gross». These are donations from Catholics that are collected for the Pope around the world. According to media reports, the Vatican lost a total of 350 million euros as a result.
Currently, the Vatican has signed a contract for the sale of the property and has already received a pledge, and the transaction will be completed in the summer of 2022.
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain launched her own brand of sauces. So far, the royal brand Royal Estate is represented by ketchup with dates and apple juice, as well as brown sauce with tomatoes and vinegar, writes the British newspaper Daily Mail. The ketchup label reads, «A true family favorite sauce full of tomatoes and lightly spiced, this ketchup is delicious.»
The price of a 295-gram bottle of sauce from Elizabeth II will be 6.99 pounds (8.39 euros). For comparison, the Daily Mail quotes the cost of ketchup produced by one of the largest British supermarket chains, Sainsbury. For a bottle of ketchup weighing 460 grams, they ask for 60 pence, which is about 70 euro cents.
DHL Supply Chain, a global and North American logistics leader, announced a $15 million investment in Boston Dynamics, a world leader in mobile robotics, to further develop automated warehouses in North America.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday approved the country’s 17th Stock Exchange, a subsidiary of the Boston-based BOX Exchange, to use blockchain technology.
The new exchange, dubbed BSTX, plans to launch in the second quarter. It will be possible to trade stocks and possibly tokenized securities on BSTX in the future.
An Australian has adapted generators to charge electric vehicles in desert parts of the country, and they now generate electricity from used cooking oil. Such fuel is carbon-neutral, environmentally friendly and inexpensive.
South Korea’s foreign ministry will send three officials to its embassy in Ukraine to prepare contingency plans for Korean citizens, Yonhap news agency reported.
Light multi-purpose aircraft LMS-901 «Baikal» made its first flight, said the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. The plane took off from the Yekaterinburg (Aramil) airfield. The flight took place at an altitude of 500 meters and lasted 25 minutes.
LMS-901 «Baikal» was developed by the «Baikal-Engineering» company as a promising aircraft for local airlines and is intended to replace the An-2 aircraft in operation.
The Chinese company Huawei filed a lawsuit against Sweden in the International Court of Arbitration. Its amount is 5.2 billion Swedish crowns ($560 million), but this figure is reported to rise to 25-30 billion crowns ($2.7-3.2 billion).
The reason for the lawsuit is the refusal by the Swedish postal and telecommunications agency to allow the company to form the infrastructure of the 5G network on the territory of the state.
Stockholm’s exclusion of a Chinese company from the process of creating the Swedish 5G network was motivated by the need to ensure the national security of Sweden.
The property of «Russian oligarchs» in London may be confiscated under the upcoming draft of tougher sanctions, said the head of the British Foreign Office, Liz Truss, on Sky News.
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