On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a preliminary report on data pertaining to wholesale inventory for the month of September. Wholesale inventory in the United States was shown to have decreased by 0.1% in September. This is compared to a 0.3% increase in August, which itself was revised from 0.4%.
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A district court of The Hague, Netherlands, lifted the seizure of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka brands, imposed earlier as part of the proceedings between the Russian Federation and former Yukos shareholders. This is evidenced by the court’s decision published on Tuesday.
Following the Coronavirus epidemic, Turkey’s currency has depreciated by a record amount against the dollar due to Turkey’s dispute with its NATO allies. In a recent speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan forged bitter relations with several other countries, including France and the United States.
After finishing his visit to India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Sri Lanka late on the 27th to prepare for the meeting with the country’s president and prime minister on the 28th. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka also issued a statement criticizing Pompeo’s visit before his arrival.
Flights between Bangladesh and India resumed on Wednesday after being closed for more than seven months due to the coronavirus epidemic. Passengers have been told to follow certain instructions to prevent coronavirus infection. The civil aviation and airport authorities have said that these flights have to follow certain rules as well as hygiene.
Russian scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is able to infect stem cells. This makes the pathogen especially dangerous, and distinguishes it from the other viruses, which cause only mild infection. SARS-CoV-2 is not the only coronavirus that can infect humans.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced after a strong typhoon hit the Philippines on Monday. The victims were forced to flee from the raging flood waters. At least 75 people took shelter at evacuation centers. The office of civil defense said that schools and government buildings were turned into evacuation centers so as to accommodate the displaced persons.
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In 1996, Zhang Guimei applied to transfer herself to teach at a school in a remote village, Huaping, after her husband passed away of cancer. One year later, she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Seeing the conditions in which local female students were living, she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to help these girls to “fly out of the mountains and never come back.” In 2008, after years of extreme hard work and with the help of local government, Huaping Female High School (HFHS) was founded, the first free female high school in China.
Dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on Muslims and Islam, some Arab countries have begun to boycott French goods. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an appeal to stop the boycott, and President Macron has also responded.
On October 17, Zhou Zhennan, leader of a popular Chinese idol boy band R1SE, posted “I really don’t know how to go on” on Weibo, where he has over 18 million followers. In the comments, he added “please stop calling and texting my parents, my family is my limit.” The post trended and people assumed it’s about “Sisheng,” fans who interfere with celebrities’ personal lives, which has been bothering many celebrities in China.
An announcement pertaining to robotic mini shuttle development was made as part of a presentation of a new 10 year Russian Space Agenda. This includes the creation of a new Russian space station, the lunar program with the new Orel spacecraft, a super-heavy carrier, and other inspiring initiatives.
According to reports, a senior official at the Bank of Japan (BOJ) stated that the move to launch a digital currency depends on public support. He said that although the Bank of Japan has announced that it will start testing digital currencies next year, it still has not made a final decision on this matter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he personally intervened and okayed the evacuation of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to Germany to be treated, following pleas from his wife after he was allegedly poisoned. Putin spoke via video conference at a discussion forum in Moscow.
Huawei finally released the new flagship phone of the Mate 40 series. For the first time, it provides four different models at the same time. Now, the prices in Europe are released. The Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ will open an appointment for $15 at Huawei Mall, online authorized e-commerce platforms, and offline authorized retail channels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia does not rule out the possibility of delays in OPEC+ production plans. This latest sign indicates that OPEC may limit crude oil production for a longer period of time as the epidemic once again affects demand.
This week’s air defense exercises in Iran were the “premiere” of a new surface-to-air missile system (SAM). The first samples of the Bavar-373 SAM took part in exercises involving the air defense calculations of the Iranian Ground forces and the Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), on Thursday, the Vatican and China renewed a secret agreement reached in 2018. Both the United States and the pastors of the Chinese Catholic underground church loyal to Rome warned that the signing of the agreement actually made them even more marginalized.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the Indian economy may shrink by 10.3% this year. The IMF released the “Asia-Pacific Economic Outlook Report” on Wednesday. The report also predicts that the Asia-Pacific economy will shrink by 2.2% in 2020, which is a 0.6 percentage point lower than the forecast in June this year.
On Thursday, international oil prices bottomed out and rebounded, benefiting from OPEC+’s possible slowdown in production increase. However,the renewed surge in new coronavirus cases in Europe and the United States, the blockage of negotiations on the US stimulus plan, and the increase in US gasoline inventories all indicate a worsening outlook for fuel demand.
According to Reuters, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) issued a press release on Wednesday stating that the US Department of State has approved the potential sale of three weapon systems to Taiwan with a total value of approximately $1.8 billion.
The World Bank is forecasting an “anemic” economic outlook for Pakistan, with an expected growth rate of only 0.5% in the current fiscal year. “Given anemic growth projections in the near term, poverty is expected to worsen with government estimates of pandemic job losses at 14 million, as poverty is expected to increase for the first time in two decades.”
According to reports, the US Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, and it could take a judge to spin the market-value of the search and advertisement giant worth $1 trillion. The big economies worldwide seem to be starting to take steps against Google, and the United States alone is not the problem.
Russia and the President, Vladimir Putin, have been on the forefront of the Western news. A large amount of the attention on Russia stems from the Alexei Navalny poisoning in August. However, it has not been conclusive who is behind the poisoning. While the West glorifies Navalny as an opposition martyr, he is far from such.
The European Union discussed (but failed to agree on) sanctions against Turkey over the weekend, Euronews reported. Several countries want to punish Turkey for violating the sovereign rights of Greeks and Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Malta blocked the proposal.
Russian Ministry of Finance (MinFin) announced proposed changes on October 19 pertaining to the defense budget. The new proposals are expected to save 20 billion Rubles ($257.4 million) annually. It is expected that law enforcement agencies would be restructured as well.
The South China Morning Post reported that Cathay Pacific will lay off 6,000 employees and end its Cathay Dragon brand as part of a strategic assessment to deal with the unprecedented damage caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The SCMP said the Hong Kong airline is expected to officially announce the plan after the close on Wednesday.
The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union has been predetermined by three historical aspects, which, within the framework of close cooperation, determine the direction of the economies of the member states. These three formats, which are interfaced to one degree or another, gave the prototype of the EAEU.
In recent years, more students in China have chosen to obtain a master’s degree or a PhD as a way to postpone their entrance into the labor market, either out of a mere hope of increasing their competitiveness in the future, or simply because they haven’t found a proper job. However, graduate education is not meant for everyone. The pressure of being able to graduate on time, the relationship with academic supervisor, the higher expectations from the society…For the students, it has become a question of who gives up first.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made his first overseas meeting since taking office last month. At the conference, an agreement was reached with the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to improve cooperation in defense and protection in reaction to Chinese increased involvement in the region.
International oil prices fell on Monday due to China’s economic growth rate in the third quarter, which was lower than expected. China’s energy demand is still inevitably dragged down by the renewed surge in the number of new coronavirus infections in other countries around the world.
The Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, released its 2020 “Asia Power Index” on Sunday, which shows that the United States is still the most influential country in Asia. However, in the face of China’s rise and improper handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, America’s global prestige has been declining.
Tens of thousands of protesters on Sunday, for the fourth day in a row, continued with demonstrations in Thailand, despite a ban by the local authorities on gathering in Bangkok. The protestors are demanding the immediate resignation of the nation’s prime minister and a thorough reform of the monarchy.
China announced its third-quarter GDP data on Monday. From July to September, China’s GDP grew by 4.9% this year, higher than the 3.2% in the second quarter. Various data are expected to show that China’s economic recovery has accelerated in the third quarter, and is currently the only major economy in the world with positive growth.
On October 15 Mao Hongtao posted for the first time on Wechat Moments. Families and colleagues tried to reach him after seeing the post, but his phone was already turned off. On the same day, local police got involved and the news trended on Weibo. The next day his body was found in Jiang’an River, close to his house in Chengdu. Police concluded it was a suicide. Mao was the Party Committee Secretary (PCS) of Chengdu University, a mayor-level official according to the current civil service hierarchy in China.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law on the State Council to the State Duma. The document sets out the status, structure, and powers of the state Council. The changes are in line with the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by President Putin.
Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lifted a ban on oil exploration in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi looks forward to speeding up negotiations with Beijing on energy cooperation projects. The Philippine government also expects China to allow the Philippines “peacefully” in these waters.
In 2021, it is recommended to continue to pay attention to the safety margin of the leading host of construction machinery. On October 15, data disclosed by the China Construction Machinery Industry Association showed sales of excavators to both domestic and overseas clients surged by nearly 64.8% on year.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that global GDP would shrink by 4.4% in 2020, an increase of 0.8 percentage points from its June forecast. This year, China is still the only major economy that the IMF expects to achieve positive growth. Tobias Adrian, head of the IMF’s currency and capital markets department, said this in an interview.
Thais in their tens of thousands on Thursday defied the state of emergency that was imposed just a few hours earlier by the authorities, and took to the streets again to demonstrate for democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country. After weeks of protests, there was a wave of arrests of leading activists.