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China threatens to ‘start war’ with Taiwan: red line named

US pledges to support Taiwanese allies, while Japan points to Ukraine

China will “start a war” if Taiwan declares independence, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said. The Chinese military chief issued a threat against Taipei at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore, while the Japanese prime minister refers to Ukraine by announcing a defense boost.

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Beijing “will not hesitate to go to war at any cost” if Taiwan declares independence, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told his US counterpart Lloyd Austin when they met on the sidelines Shangri-La Dialogue security meeting in Singapore.

According to The Guardian, the Pentagon chief called on China to “refrain from further destabilizing actions” against Taiwan, according to a US statement released after the first round of talks between the two ministers.

Taiwan's foreign ministry condemned China's “absurd” claims to the island's sovereignty and thanked the US for showing support. “Taiwan has never been under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government, and the people of Taiwan will not succumb to forceful threats from the Chinese government,” said Department of Defense spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

The US Department of Defense said that Lloyd Austin “confirmed the importance peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait area, opposing unilateral changes in the status quo, and called on China to refrain from further destabilizing actions against Taiwan.”

Tensions around Taiwan escalated, in particular, due to an increase in the number of Chinese aircraft incursions into the island's air defense identification zone (ADZ). President Joe Biden said during a visit to Japan in May that Washington would defend Taiwan militarily if it was attacked by China. Since then, the White House has insisted that its policy of “strategic uncertainty” about whether it will intervene has not changed.

In a speech at the Shangri-La summit on Saturday, Austin criticized China's “provocative and destabilizing” military activity near Taiwan and said the US would do everything possible to manage tensions with China and prevent conflict, despite Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in the Asia-Pacific region. region. He said the US will continue to support its allies, including Taiwan.

“This is especially important as the PRC is taking a more coercive and aggressive approach to its territorial claims,” Austin said. According to the Pentagon chief, there has been an “alarming” increase in the number of unsafe and unprofessional collisions of Chinese aircraft and ships with aircraft and ships of other countries.

A senior Chinese military officer called Austin's speech “confrontational”.

Earlier, Wei Fenghe reportedly told Austin that Beijing would “destroy any Taiwan independence plot and strongly support the reunification of the motherland.”

With rising concerns over tensions between China and Taiwan, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a keynote speech at the summit that his government would consider launching a pre-emptive strike because “today's Ukraine could become tomorrow's East Asia.”

The Japanese premier said that the world should be “ready for the emergence of an organization that violates the peace and security of other countries by force or threat without respect for the rules.” He did not specifically name China in his address, but he repeatedly called for the maintenance of a “rules-based international order.”

Kishida said that by next spring, he will lay out a “free and open plan for peace in the Indo-Pacific” in which Japan will provide development assistance, patrol boats, maritime law enforcement and other assistance to countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to of self-defense.

Japan will provide such support to at least 20 countries, train at least 800 maritime security personnel, and provide about $2 billion in aid over the next three years, he said.

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Premier Kishida told his audience that strengthening Japan's defenses would be transparent and within its constitution. He said that the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region is deteriorating due to rising tensions in the East and South China Seas and around Taiwan.

Russian actions in Ukraine and the threat of nuclear weapons have worsened the situation, but this the trend needs to be reversed, Kishida said: “I must admit that the path to a world without nuclear weapons has become even more difficult.”

The Japanese premier described North Korea's repeated launches of ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the development of nuclear weapons as a serious threat to regional peace and stability. “The non-transparent military build-up, including nuclear arsenals, around Japan has become a major regional security issue,” he said.

The threat could harm nonproliferation efforts, as nuclear weapon owners would become reluctant, Kishida said. abandon it, and others will want to develop it.

As in the case of Taiwan, China and the United States were at loggerheads over events in Ukraine, with Washington accusing Beijing of tacitly supporting Moscow in this conflict. China has called for talks on a cessation of hostilities but has refrained from condemning Russia's actions and has repeatedly criticized US arms sales to Ukraine. China's extensive claims in the South China Sea have also heightened tensions with Washington.

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It became known for what money mercenaries die in Ukraine

“Kyiv does not pay everyone”

The fact that foreign mercenaries are fighting on the side of Ukraine is already known to everyone. Three of the prisoners were even sentenced to death. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky openly admits that Kyiv is officially recruiting “soldiers of fortune” from around the world to participate in hostilities. And although there are many confessions in the media from those who managed to return from Ukraine alive, new adventurers, obsessed with a thirst for profit, continue to join the ranks of the foreign legion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. How much is the life of foreign mercenaries, “MK” said military expert Yevgeny Linin.

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– Let's start with the fact that, as such, there are no private military companies (PMCs) on the territory of Ukraine, except for “academics” (Academi is an American private security company in the USA. – “MK”). All other foreign servicemen are here as part of the implementation of any projects. Take the British special service SAS (Special Air Service, Special Air Service – a special forces unit of the British armed forces. – “MK”), We understand that these are instructors and saboteurs who are in Ukraine under an agreement between Kyiv and London. They do not work for the Ukrainian government and are not paid by Zelensky. As for the Poles, for the most part they also cannot be called mercenaries, because regular units of the Polish army are fighting here. And they do it for the money of Poland. Perhaps, the French Foreign Legion can also be attributed to mercenaries.

– The French initially had such a statement of the issue that legionnaires who expressed a desire to take part in the armed conflict on the side of Ukraine went on vacation with their wages. Roughly speaking, this is 1500 euros per month. And they were paid not by the Ukrainian government, but by the Foreign Legion.

The American PMC Academi is the heirs of the famous Blackwater, which “distinguished itself” in Iraq when it crushed the cars of civilians with tanks. To date, this office has about 20 thousand people around the world. They can easily increase their numbers to 40 thousand, and in case of urgent need – up to 60 thousand.

These guys make about $10,000 a month. Again, it is not Ukraine that pays them. If we carefully look at the budget that the United States allocates for military assistance to Ukraine, we will see that the lion's share of it remains in the United States and goes to finance various instructors, military activities, weapons, and the like. So this is where the share of Academi is “buried”. The money that the United States allocates to Ukraine “to increase the defense capability” goes, including PMCs.

– Mercenaries come to the Legion for various reasons, but most, of course, go to earn money. This is just a subdivision of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and Ukraine pays them monetary allowance. It is higher than that of the rest of the Ukrainian army, and varies from 1,500 to 3,000 euros per month, depending on the military specialty and position. Plus, as a bonus, they separately receive additional payments for military successes, such as a wrecked tank or a downed aircraft.

– Ukraine does not directly bear the costs of maintaining these units. They receive help from all over the West, usually money from the US State Department or some Western special services. All these organizations are funded from them. These are billions of dollars. The last tranche discussed amounted to 40 billion, of which a huge part will go to the maintenance of foreign mercenaries fighting in Ukraine.

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Prince Charles criticizes ‘terrible’ scheme to send refugees to Rwanda

Official London insists on deportation of migrants in accordance with all laws

British Crown Prince Charles criticized the “terrible” scheme for the deportation of illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda in the UK. Earlier, there were rumors in Britain that refugees from Ukraine trying to enter the United Kingdom illegally could also be sent to Africa.

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The source says that the Prince of Wales was “more than disappointed” with plans to deport refugees from Britain to an African country, writes The Guardian. Prince Charles has privately criticized the British government's policy of deporting migrants to Rwanda, calling the practice “terrible.”

The heir to the throne said this behind closed doors, speaking out against the policy, a Times and Daily Mail source told.

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The application comes on the same day that the British Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against the deportation of asylum seekers. The first flight to send migrants to the Central African country could take off as early as Tuesday. An appeal against the ruling has begun.

The British government's deportation policy was introduced in April to discourage people trying to cross the English Channel in small boats from northern France. More than 10,000 people have arrived in the UK this year.

Under the agreement, anyone arriving outside of legal processes will be sent from the UK thousands of miles away to Rwanda. The policy has been criticized from a human rights standpoint and on Friday the UN refugee agency backed calls to stop Tuesday's deportation flight as it violates UK legal obligations.

A source said Prince Charles “said that he is more than disappointed with such a policy. “He said he found the whole approach of the government appalling. It was clear that he was unimpressed with the direction the government was taking.”

The Commonwealth heads of government are due to meet in the Rwandan capital of Kigali at the end of June. Charles is to represent the Queen at the meeting.

A spokesman for Clarence House said: “We will not comment on alleged anonymous private conversations with the Prince of Wales, short of reiterating that he remains politically neutral. Policy matters are government decisions.”

However, they did not deny in the Times commentary that Charles was opposed to this policy.

A British government spokesman said: “Our world-leading partnership with Rwanda will enable the resettlement of those making dangerous, unnecessary and illegal trips to the UK to have their grievances dealt with and their lives rebuilt. We are confident that the agreement is fully in line with all national and international laws.”

Recently, representatives of the British Ministry of the Interior made an unambiguous offer to illegal migrants seeking asylum in the United Kingdom to choose between the prospect of returning to the war zones in their home or go to Rwanda to await the decision of his fate.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, information was leaked to the British media, citing a high-ranking source from the UK Home Office, that people without documents who travel from Ukraine to the UK via Ireland may face the prospect of possible expulsion to Rwanda. During a hearing before a select committee of the British Parliament, a spokesman for the Home Office declined to answer repeated questions about whether Ukrainians arriving in the UK across the English Channel by boat could also be sent to the African country. Some Conservative MPs also criticized Ireland's decision to lift all restrictions on refugees fleeing the conflict, arguing that such a policy would create a “back door” to the UK, leaving the country vulnerable to potential criminal elements. It was said that the common travel area means that Ukrainians who do not pass British security checks or are waiting for visas can simply enter the United Kingdom by traveling to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland. As you know, two legal routes by which Ukrainian refugees can enter the UK (the family scheme and the “Houses for Ukraine” program) have encountered problems, including in connection with the issuance of British visas. However, high-ranking British officials denied rumors that undocumented Ukrainian refugees who try to enter Britain illegally will be taken to Rwanda.

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Contagious example of Rwanda: Biden decided to send refugees to Spain

Ukrainians are being discouraged from traveling to the US via Mexico

US President Joe Biden announced the need to “stop dangerous human migration routes” and announced a plan to send refugees seeking the United States to Spain . The head of the White House promises to secure the US-Mexican border and stop the “dangerous journey north.”

Photo: Global Look Press < p>Biden lashed out at illegal immigration in his speech at the Summit of the Americas, where he and other leaders pledged to end the smuggling of people across the border, writes the Daily Mail.

The President of the United States issued tough remarks amid record immigration that has caused political problems for his administration since his early days in office.

“We need to stop the dangerous and illegal ways people migrate,” he said. Biden delivered a speech in Los Angeles, where he hosted the “Summit of the Americas.”

“Illegal migration is unacceptable,” the US president said, and issued a stern warning to human traffickers: “We're coming for you.”< /p>

“If you are hunting desperate and vulnerable migrants for profit, we are coming for you,” the American president warned. “And we will secure our borders, including through innovative coordinated action with our regional partners,” he said.

Biden spoke as yet another migrant caravan headed for the US amid ongoing problems on the Mexican border .

“Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, and Spain are also committing themselves today to expand employment pathways to their countries,” Biden said. “And in addition to securing our border and cleaning up asylum processing in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security is conducting a first-of-its-kind anti-human smuggling campaign in the region.”

According to a White House fact sheet, “Spain will double the number of job paths for Hondurans to participate in Spanish circular migration programs.”

On Friday, the United States released a long list of measures to deal with the migration crisis. The White House is touting a series of programs agreed to by countries across the hemisphere and Spain as an observer that include attracting more guest workers and providing legal pathways for people from poorer countries to work in richer ones. (Here you can see parallels with the scheme developed in the UK, according to which asylum seekers arriving illegally on British soil are supposed to be sent to the African country of Rwanda while their applications are being processed.)

The Biden administration, faced with a record influx of illegal migrants on its southern border, has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Venezuelan migrants across the region, reintroduced family visas for Cubans and Haitians, and made it easier to hire workers from Central America.

The announcements made on the final day of the Los Angeles summit are part of a US-led pact dubbed the Los Angeles Declaration that aims to create incentives for countries that host large numbers of migrants and share responsibility across the region. But some political analysts are skeptical of the promises, some of which seem mostly symbolic, significant enough to be significant.

Joe Biden's statements on the migrant issue came shortly after he announced at the end of March that the United States was ready to accept “up to one hundred thousand Ukrainians and other people” forced to leave their homes after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. However, there is a considerable difference between the presidential invitation and the real state of affairs.

A couple of weeks ago, the organizers of the camp for Ukrainian refugees who went to Mexico announced that they would soon close it, and began to dissuade Ukrainians from traveling to this Latin American country, still in Europe and hoping to get to the US through the Mexican border. After the opening of this camp in the eastern part of Mexico City, about a thousand Ukrainians passed through it. Representatives of organizations helping refugees said that Ukrainians who are still in Europe should register for the US government program and not spend money and energy on a trip to Mexico. Before the camp was set up in Mexico City, Ukrainians traveled to Tijuana on the US-Mexico border.

“We ask people from Europe, Ukrainians, to go through the program from Europe, not to come to Mexico, because for them it is much more expensive,” call representatives of the “Unity for Ukraine” program announced by the US government on April 21.

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The scheme of mass evasion of Ukrainians from the army was exposed: the price is 6 thousand euros

Three fictitious children will help to escape abroad

There is a mass exodus of the male population in Ukraine. More than 432,000 men have left for Poland alone, despite the travel ban, since the start of the special operation. “MK” conducted an experiment and found out that any owner of free six thousand euros and who knows how to deftly give “on the paw” to border guards can still leave Ukraine for European countries.

In Poland, they began to sound the alarm: too many suspicious male refugees from Ukraine cross the border without hindrance.

“According to the Polish border services, from February 24 to June 7, about 3.6 million citizens entered Poland from Ukraine Ukraine. Among them, 432 thousand are men of military age. The Border Service of Ukraine does not transfer the data of these persons to the Ukrainian services,” said Anna Michalska, spokeswoman for the Polish border service of Poland.

In Poland itself, they are shocked by the extent of corruption at border points.

“The level of corruption and the opacity of the system is much higher than one can imagine. And it is massive. I remember a man who fled to Poland with the eight children of his soldier brother. But he had permission to leave,” said former Polish Minister of National Defense Tomasz Semoniak.

According to him, men of this category do not register in a new country and are even ready to refuse material assistance, as they are afraid that they will be identified and returned to Ukraine. In Poland, they only shrug their shoulders, saying that all responsibility lies with the border service of Ukraine, which turns a blind eye to the departure of men of military age.

By the way, the other day the SBU detained a group of corrupt border guards who received from 3 to 5 thousand dollars for the unimpeded passage of the border by men of military age from 18 to 60 years. But it seems that the profitable business is still alive.

We decided to check how realistic it is for a potential soldier to leave Poland. It didn’t take long to look for announcements – all chat rooms for Polish refugees are full of announcements that guarantee unhindered passage of the border. However, to test how this option works, we come up with a “legend” and contact an “entrepreneur” from Odessa.

– There are two options. One with documents, which costs 400 euros. We will make documents for three children in Europe. And you yourself will cross the border.

– This is a pretty reliable option. The presence of children is a reason to release a man even of military age. I've had so many men.

– We can do more. But it will already look suspicious. Do you need it?

– There is such an option not to bathe. It costs 6 thousand euros. No prepayments.

– Part of the money – 2.5 thousand euros, pay directly at the border.

– I'll tell you everything, don't worry, you'll know who to give. Crossing in the Odessa region.

– The rest of the money is for me.

– No, I work through the secure transactions system. Before crossing the border, “fill in” 3.5 thousand in “Garant” (a popular system promises safe financial transactions. – “MK”). This is before the border. After you successfully communicate with the border guard, “release” the money from the “Guarantor”. And that's it, you're there.

– The second option is the most reliable. Yes, the money is big, but you don't lose anything even if you can't get through the border. There is no risk. Imagine if everything went wrong – the border guard was not given money, then you just take the money from the “Guarantor” and that's it.

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It seems that all the attempts of the Kyiv authorities to contain the wave Ukrainian armies do not work as long as there is demand and local unscrupulous businessmen.

Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky did not support the petition in which he was asked to lift the ban on leaving Ukraine for men from 18 to 60 years old, the corresponding answer was published on his website. And the first lady of Ukraine joined the agitation of women to join the ranks of the Ukrainian army. In a number of regions of Ukraine, the mobilization of women who are registered with the military has been announced.

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Turkey showed a more powerful drone compared to Bayraktar

The new heavy drone is better armed than a fighter

During a special military operation, Russian troops were badly annoyed by Ukrainian-made Turkish-made Bayraktar drones. Kyiv has purchased several dozen such drones armed with guided missiles. It took a lot of effort to destroy them. But, as it turns out, Turkey has much more powerful drones, and they may well be at the disposal of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU). These are heavy shock drones Akinci (“Akinchi”).

The Turkish Ministry of Defense released a video with the results of the tests “Akinci”. It shows how ammunition launched from a drone simply blows up huge areas at the training ground. The defeat of manpower and equipment is one hundred percent.

The device weighing 5.5 tons can carry up to 1200 kilograms of guided missiles and adjustable bombs. Able to stay in the air for up to a day. Flight altitude – 12 kilometers. MK asked unmanned systems expert Denis Fedutinov to talk about the armament of the new Turkish drone.

According to him, one of the features of the Akinci unmanned aerial vehicle is its airborne strike weapon system. It can potentially include a very wide range of aircraft weapons.

“Firstly, it includes the same armament as used on the younger brother of Akinci – the Bayraktar TB2 drone,” said Denis Fedutinov. – These are, in particular, MAM-C small-sized adjustable air bombs with semi-active laser guidance developed by the Turkish company Roketsan. They have a mass of 6.5 kg and are equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead. There are also 22-kilogram guided air bombs with a MAM-L semi-active laser homing system with a thermobaric warhead.

In addition, according to the expert, the Akinci drone can use L-UMTAS anti-tank guided missiles weighing 37.5 kg with a semi-active laser homing system, as well as 70-mm Cirit missiles equipped with combat units of various types.

– There is also a wide range of other aerial bombs of various calibers, both high-precision and free-falling, – said Denis Fedutinov.

The drone also has a much more serious “long-range” weapon. This is a TUBITAK SAGE tactical cruise missile SOM-A with an inertial satellite guidance system with terrain correction. Starting weight – about 620 kg. It can hit ground targets at ranges up to 250 kilometers.

– Finally, the Akinci drone can carry the Gokdogan air-to-air missiles developed by the Turkish company TUBITAK SAGE with an infrared homing head and a launch range of 25-30 kilometers and Bozdogan with active radar head homing and a launch range of up to 65 kilometers.

So, the new Turkish drone is a serious weapon. Moreover, our heavy drones weighing several tons are still being developed. They will not appear in the army soon.

Even before the start of our special military operation, Ukraine and Turkey signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of unmanned aircraft. We agreed on the assembly of “bayraktars” under license on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, Ukrainian enterprises were to develop engines for Turkish drones. And this is not to mention the plan to supply Turkish drones to Ukraine.

In a word, Russian air defense may soon have new dangerous targets in Ukraine.

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The State Duma allowed to freeze money in the accounts of Russians: the lawyer explained who is threatened by the new law

It became known who may be affected by the law on blocking money in accounts.

Recently, the State Duma passed a law giving the President of the Russian Federation the right to establish measures to ensure the financial stability of the country.

Among other things, certain restrictions on the circulation of currency and transactions can be adopted, and on the 10th page of the bill it is said that one of the measures can be “freezing (blocking) of funds and (or) other property&#8221 ;.

According to E1.ru, the fifth article of the document contains regulation on the introduction of Federal Law measures to influence unfriendly actions of the United States and other countries.

According to lawyer Yulia Fedotova, the documents listed in the document affects legal entities and citizens of the Russian Federation who enter into transactions with unfriendly countries or with persons located there.

Now, the United States, Ukraine, EU countries and 19 other states are listed as unfriendly countries there.

According to the expert, many details are not currently in the document. Presumably, they will be clarified later.

What kind of transactions can lead to blocked accounts – unknown. The lawyer believes that even selling his crafts abroad or renting an apartment to a foreigner can become such.

“Based on the wording, any property can fall under the “lock””, – said Yulia Fedotova, noting that it is not yet known whether a court decision is necessary for blocking.

Now the law will have to be approved by the Federation Council, and then it will be sent for the signature of the president and will enter into force after the official publication.

Fedotova recalled that Russia had previously frozen the assets of foreign legal entities and individuals. She notes that this is not about withdrawal.

At the same time, the freeze may end in unfreezing, as it was, for example, during the default in 1998, when government bonds owned by foreigners were frozen, and then unfrozen and returned owners, although without interest.

It is not specified today what will be done with the frozen money of Russians in the future.

Earlier, TopNews wrote that the tax inspectorate began to track the money in the accounts Russians.

Experts explained the mechanism of action of the tax authorities.

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Rogozin admitted the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life in the universe

In the Universe, thousands of factors could contribute to the emergence of life, perhaps intelligent and at the moment more technologically advanced than Earth civilization. With such a statement on the air of the TV channel “Russia 24” the head of Roskosmos spoke Dmitry Rogozin.

According to the head of the state corporation, he considers himself a supporter of the theory of the emergence of another form of life in the Universe.

“We know the big bang theory, but maybe this the big bang occurred only in outer space observable to us, and we don’t see further, maybe there are still such worlds there, – Rogozin noted.

The head of Roskosmos drew attention to the fact that scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences are still investigating the facts of the appearance of so-called UFOs in the history of mankind. At the same time, 99.9% of these are some kind of atmospheric or other physical phenomena that are not related to the real hypothesis of the appearance of UFOs. 

Dmitry Rogozin also added that he was personally familiar with the testimonies of honored test pilots of the USSR , who claimed to sometimes witness unexplained phenomena.

Formerly in  The Pentagon assured US congressmen that they would not hide from the public the facts of the meeting with UFOs, as well as the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

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The expert called the most effective means of combating mosquitoes

Disinfectologist Nikolai Dubinin told how to get rid of mosquitoes at home or in the country. He gave advice in an interview with Channel Five.

According to the expert, special pesticides and sprayers will help in the fight against mosquitoes in the dacha. However, first you need to determine the type of bloodsucking. These can be basement mosquitoes that appear in residential buildings and flooded basements, or malarial mosquitoes – they live in clean water bodies. Therefore, first of all, the disinfectologist recommended to treat the reservoirs.

«First of all, you need to treat the reservoirs that you have – ravines, ditches, fire ponds. Perhaps this will give you a significant result, &rdash; he said.

Another indispensable means of fighting mosquitoes in nature, Dubinin called the mosquito coil, which, due to a special insecticide, has a detrimental effect on insects.

Also, according to the disinfectologist, mosquito nets and an ultraviolet light trap can be used. It is equipped with special light bulbs that attract flying bloodsuckers and subsequently destroy them.

Dubinin advised professional disinfectors to contact when all methods have been tried. Then the specialists will carry out large-scale processing at home.

Earlier, an ENT doctor advised what to do if an insect crawled into your ear.

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Where does monkeypox actually “grow legs” from?

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The WHO links the outbreak of monkeypox to climate change. Why is he here?

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Michael Ryan, WHO Emergency Program Director, commenting on disease outbreaks , such as monkeypox and Lassa fever, stated that due to climate change, “animals and” people in search of food change their behavior, as a result, diseases characteristic of animals are transmitted to people, and “the risks of spreading infections increase.< /p>

  The impact of climate in in this case is secondary, and primary problems with food supply and sanitary control in countries of Africa and other developing countries, — sure academician, adviser to the director of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Doctor of Medical Sciences Viktor Maleev. — The fact is in Central Africa is not developed animal husbandry as a branch of agriculture, where people often eat the meat of wild animals — rodents, monkeys, bats. Nobody checks these products, they are freely sold on the markets. Every year, approximately 1 million tons of wild animal meat is consumed in food in Central Africa. Here's what to watch out for. It is necessary to properly organize the food and lifestyle of people. For example, we eat the meat of cows — beef. And they get smallpox too. But we don’t have any outbreaks, because veterinary and sanitary control is properly carried out.

There is a version that the spread of monkeypox in Europe is associated with several LGBT festivals where infected people were present . Some of them had been to Africa before. The climate in in this case, too nothing to do».

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Passing the state exam in China

In early June, unified state exams for admission to higher educational institutions begin in China — gaokao. The final exam is conducted mainly in the format of a written test and lasts 2-3 days.

Three subjects are mandatory for passing everywhere: Chinese, mathematics, foreign language — usually English, but may also be Japanese, Russian, or French. The rest, at least three, can be chosen using different systems.

With its roots, gaokao, one might say, goes into another exam — keju. In 605, the first keju exam, or imperial exam, took place. Gaokao was introduced to China in 1952, but it was canceled in 1966. The first national gaokao was held in 1977 with almost 6 million people.

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Snow fell in the Magadan region in June

In a number of districts of the Magadan region, precipitation in the form of snow fell, as local residents report on social networks.

Users post videos of snow-covered villages and road passes. Magadan residents note that on the eve “the sun was still shining”, and the next day it was already “heaped snow”.

In the continental regions of the region a few days ago it was about +25 degrees Celsius, now the thermometer dropped to zero in places.

According to data of UGMS of Kolyma, on June 12, rain and wind up to 11 m/s are predicted in the central regions of Kolyma. Precipitation is also expected on June 14. In Magadan, rain is predicted tomorrow, air temperature in the afternoon – about 6-8 degrees above zero. 

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How tough are the requirements for online services?

On June 10, amendments to the Federal Law “On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection” were submitted to the State Duma for discussion. The main innovation of the amendments is to extend the provision of the law not only to social networks, but also to online services for posting ads. 

Increased attention is drawn to the clause on the legislative limitation of the share of ownership of online services by foreigners. If the bill is adopted, the participation of foreign companies in them will be no more than 20%. This restriction will include, in particular, the largest Russian ad service Avito, owned through the Dutch company Prosus by the South African media holding Naspers. 

In addition, the owners of the classifieds will be required to prevent the dissemination of defamatory information, service for illegal purposes and place an e-mail address to receive legally significant messages. 

What caused the need to amend the law, aif.ru explained Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications RF Anton Gorelkin: “I introduced this bill for discussion, since the activity of online services is in the“ gray zone ”, although some of them surpass social networks in terms of the number of users. We do not understand what they are doing, there is practically no regulation of this market, and with such a massive coverage, this at least makes you think. The form of the amendments proposed by me is not dogmatic, as a result of discussion with colleagues in the deputy corps and with the business community, the provisions of the amendments may change. 

The amendments have been submitted for discussion, the date of the first reading has not been set.

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Perseverance rover begins search for life on Mars

The Perseverance rover, which has been on Mars for more than 15 months, began searching for life on this planet, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes.

The device began to explore the rock in the delta of the disappeared river in Jezero crater. Scientists believe that the river existed in this area billions of years ago.

It is noted that the rover will remotely transmit part of the data for several months. After 2023, soil samples are planned to be delivered to Earth for study.

Recall that the American Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars in mid-February 2021. For the first time, the rover has succeeded in extracting oxygen from the planet's atmosphere. In September last year, it was reported that the device produced the first sample of planetary soil.

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CNN learned about Biden’s plans to “reset” relations with Riyadh

Washington intends to restore ties with Riyadh, which deteriorated after the murder of journalist Khashoggi in 2018. Biden promised to make the kingdom's authorities “rogue”, but due to the situation on the oil and gas market, priorities have changed

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The US is ready for a “reset” relations with Saudi Arabia, which deteriorated after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi due to rising inflation and gas prices, CNN reports, citing sources among senior US officials.

“Both sides decided that for the sake of to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East, we need to overcome this,— said one of the interlocutors of the TV channel.

US President Joe Biden is under significant pressure to lower domestic gas prices, slow rising inflation and take restrictive measures against Russia, sources say.

Thawing relations between Washington and Riyadh does not mean forgiveness or forgetting the issue of Khashoggi's murder, the channel's interlocutors say, indicating that Biden intends to discuss what happened with the crown prince during a meeting in July.

According to the channel's sources, the decision to meet the US President and the Crown Prince became difficult for Washington, but the parties agreed not to be “hostages” situation against the backdrop of instability in the energy market. Biden and his senior national security advisers, writes CNN, considered it short-sighted to avoid Saudi Arabia because of the killing of Khashoggi in these conditions.

The White House has shifted its focus to combating worrisome economic trends by easing other priorities, a source outside the US administration told CNN, noting, “They [in the White House] are worried, they are desperate.” According to him, the economic situation threatens to “collapse hopes” Democratic Party in the elections to the US House of Representatives.

Khashoggi criticized the actions of the Saudi Arabian authorities, he has lived in the United States since 2017 and collaborated with The Washington Post. In October 2018, he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and disappeared. Riyadh initially denied accusations of the journalist's murder, but then admitted the incident. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has claimed responsibility for Khashoggi's murder. He insisted that the subordinates acted without his knowledge.

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However, US intelligence found out that the crown prince approved the operation to kidnap and kill Khashoggi. A report published in February 2021 deemed it unlikely that the murder could have taken place without his knowledge. According to intelligence, Mohammed bin Salman supported the violent actions against the journalist in order to “silence dissidents abroad.” and make them “pay the price” for what happened, points out The New York Times. At the same time, in early June 2022, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken argued in an interview with Español that the United States did not seek to break relations with Saudi Arabia.

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