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21 Ноя, 2022

Who can change the world for the better

According to an Ipsos survey, on average people around the world have the most confidence in the ability of Canada (81%), Germany (75%) and France (73%) to change the world for the better. The EU, the UN and the patriotic version of «my country» won many votes

The public assessment of NATO has grown quite strongly: 65% believe that it is capable of improving the world, against 60% a year earlier. By the same amount (5 p.p.) the assessment of the UK and Saudi Arabia increased, Iran added 4 p.p.

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At the auctions on Friday, the cost of futures for the North Sea Brent fell below $90 per barrel for the first time since the beginning of October, and American WTI oil broke through the $80 mark.


Delegates at the UN climate summit COP27 agreed on a provision to establish a fund for compensation for damage due to climate change for «vulnerable countries».


EF Education First (EF) has released the 2022 version of the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), covering a total of 111 countries and regions.

The Netherlands retained the top spot, followed by Singapore and Austria. Norway and Denmark are in the top five. Of the states that were part of the former USSR, ahead of the Baltic countries are Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (they are in 19th, 25th and 26th place, respectively)


The University of Maryland decided to check what is happening in the world of honey bees. It was revealed that in the 70s of the last century, bees lived 34 days, and now — only 18


Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wins early presidential elections in the country. According to the exit poll conducted by the international institute for regional studies «Open Society», more than 82 percent of those who took part in the vote voted for it.

In second place is «Against all» — more than 5 percent of the participants in the elections voted for this option. They were attended by another 5 candidates who received 2-3 percent of the vote.

The voter turnout, according to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission, exceeded 68 percent. So far, there is no official data from the CEC on the results of the vote count.

The elections were held on Sunday. Most commentators predicted Tokayev’s victory. He was elected for a 7-year term, according to the Constitution there can be no second term.


The People’s Bank of China (PBOC, the country’s central bank) has kept the base interest rate on loans (LPR) for a period of one year at 3.65% per annum.


The Walt Disney Co., the world’s largest entertainment and media company, has announced the return of Bob Iger to the CEO position he held from 2005 to 2020.


Carlos Crespo, COO of Spain’s Industria de Diseno Textil SA (Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers) and former chief executive officer of the company, will leave Inditex in January 2023, the company’s press office said.


In Germany, producer prices fell 4.2% on a monthly basis in October, data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) showed.


The US spacecraft Orion, as part of a test unmanned flight on Monday, approached the moon ahead of its upcoming flyby, NASA said.


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