The largest producer of wheat in the 21st century turned out to be … China: 17% of all wheat was grown there from 2000 to 2020. The second place was taken by India (12.5%), while the «bronze» was shared by Russia and the USA: 8.4% each of the total world wheat production.
And in arid Pakistan, for example, more wheat was grown than in Ukraine: 3.4% versus 3.1% (8th and 10th places in the world, respectively)
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In the UK, cyclists are going to distribute an article about dangerous driving. If this happens, they could be sentenced to the same prison terms as car drivers if their actions on the road lead to death, according to The Guardian.
The People’s Liberation Army of China on Sunday continued its exercises off the coast of Taiwan, announcing their extension until August 15. The maneuvers involving ballistic missiles, aircraft and warships, which take place in six areas around the island, practice an attack on Taiwan for the first time.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that the goals of the military operation «Dawn» against the terrorist group «Islamic Jihad» in the Gaza Strip have been achieved. According to him, there is no point in continuing the operation.
Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. At the same time, Israel reserves the right to use force in case of violation of the regime.
On the third day since the start of Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, more than 40 Palestinians were killed and more than 300 were injured. At the same time, Israel emphasized that they were “waging war against terrorists,” and not against the population.
For their part, the militants fired about 950 rockets into Israeli territory.
UPD. The ceasefire came into force at 23:30 local time (coincides with Moscow), but shelling from the Islamic Jihad on Israeli territory continued for some time.
The government allocated another 50 billion rubles for the construction of the M12 federal highway (Moscow-Kazan). The order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the press service of the government reports.
The authorities expect that the additional money will help finish the work ahead of schedule and the section of the route in the Moscow and Vladimir regions will be opened by the end of this year. The total length of the route in these sections is 100 km.
In Russia, for the first time in two years, the portfolio of microloans that were issued to Russians decreased. In April-June, the volume of debt decreased by 2.2%, to 247.3 billion rubles.
Almost a quarter (24.3%) of passenger cars sold in Russia in July turned out to be Chinese. As noted in «AUTOSTAT», Chinese cars for the first time by the end of the month surpassed Korean ones, the market share of which amounted to 21.2%. Domestic brands approached 30.9%.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that, with the assistance of the Joint Coordination Center, two ships with agricultural products left Ukrainian ports:
Ship Sacura with 11 thousand tons of soybeans from the port of Yuzhny
Arizona ship with almost 48.5 thousand tons of corn from the port of Chernomorsk
Products from these ships are sent to Italy and the Netherlands
Owners of private houses in Poland will receive a subsidy for coal for heating. The one-time payment will be almost 640 euros, the application for benefits can be submitted until November 30th.
Ex-deputy and billionaire Igor Redkin was sentenced to 9 months of restriction of freedom for murder by negligence.
Recall that in August 2021, Redkin shot a man in a landfill near the Kamchatka village of Ozernovsky, and then admitted that he accidentally hit a man, confusing him with a bear.
Travel on the international automobile bridge across the Amur River between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe will become paid from August 10, the Ministry of Transport of the Amur Region announced
Siemens Energy has begun restructuring its business in Russia, the company said in a report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 (April-June). The company expects that the restructuring will be completed by the end of the 2022 financial year.
Siemens Energy reports that concrete steps have been taken for an optimal solution for the restructuring of assets, but what these steps are, the report does not disclose.
In Helsinki, on Hakaniemi Square, the monument «World Peace» by the Soviet sculptor Oleg Kiryukhin was removed from the pedestal and sent to the warehouse of the city Art Museum. The city authorities explained the need to remove the monument by reorganizing traffic on the square and Hakaniemenranta street. A sidewalk will be laid in its place.
Moscow donated this monument to Helsinki in 1989. It was opened on January 14, 1990, a few days after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Chinese army announced the continuation of exercises in the Taiwan Strait. Chinese military personnel will work out the organization of anti-submarine defense and offensive operations at sea.
About 3.12 million migrants came to Russia to work in the second quarter of this year, which is a third more than last year and is a record quarterly figure for at least the last 6 years.
Citizens of which countries came to Russia to work:
Uzbekistan — 1544.9 thousand people;
Tajikistan — 953 thousand people;
Armenia — 108.2 thousand people.
Which regions of Russia did migrants come to:
Moscow — 841.9 thousand people;
Moscow region — 399.5 thousand people;
St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region — 385.7 thousand people.
Since the beginning of 2022, individuals have imported more than 78.4 thousand to Russia through Vladivostok, the Vladivostok customs calculated. This is 33% more than in the same period in 2021, the agency clarifies.
“Among the imported vehicles, cars of Japanese brands prevail and a small number of cars of Korean and Chinese manufacturers,” the customs said.
The American corporation Oracle, one of the world’s largest software producers, laid off several hundred employees last week, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing informed sources. The cuts mainly affected employees in the areas of advertising and customer service.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday announced the partial reopening of checkpoints between Israel and the Gaza Strip for humanitarian aid, the Times of Israel reported.
Shareholders of Kazakhstan’s CenterCredit Bank (BCC) and its previously acquired Eco Center Bank (the new name of Kazakhstan’s Alfa-Bank) at a joint meeting on August 3 decided to reorganize BCC by merging Eco Center Bank with it.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya phoned Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, writes Zerkalo. In a telephone conversation, Mr. Reinsalu assured Tikhanovskaya that Estonia would continue to issue humanitarian visas to Belarusians.
Visa restrictions will not be introduced for Belarusian students either. In addition, an official presentation of Tikhanovskaya appeared in Estonia for communication with the government of the country.
Japan will retain a stake in the Russian Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project because of its value to the country, the head of the Japanese Ministry of Economy said. The decision was made after the decree of Vladimir Putin, by which he banned transactions with shares in domestic strategic companies
At the end of 2021, $800 million was invested in Russian high-tech companies
Kia will recall more than 100,000 Rio cars in Russia due to possible airbag problems. The machines will update the AIR BAG module software and replace it if necessary
Exports from China to Russia in July amounted to $6.7 billion. In annual terms, it grew by more than 20%. Imports to China from Russia exceeded $10 billion, but did not beat the May record
The Turkish company Baykar registered in Ukraine and acquired a land plot for the construction of a plant that will produce Bayraktar drones. Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bodnar spoke about this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
Kyiv and Ankara signed an agreement providing for the establishment of a plant for the production of Bayraktar drones in Ukraine in early February 2022.
The Polish reservoir near Slubice, close to the border with Germany, has almost completely dried up. Locals rescue the last living fish on the shores, according to the Wyborcza newspaper. Drought-prone rivers and lakes throughout the country. In the west and northwest of Poland, soil moisture is below 25% at all levels.
Citizens of Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania will have free access to the single labor market. From September, they will be able to get a job in one of these three countries without additional documents, work visas and special permits, writes Tanjug agency.
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