Russian population to fall by 1.2 million by 2024, wiping around 1% off the country’s total, says latest government estimates

The population of Russia is predicted to drop by 352,500 people this year, and could be reduced by a total of 1.2 million come 2024. The latest figures are a major revision of the 2020 dip of only 158,000 projected in August. According to Moscow daily Izvestia, which obtained a government forecast, the reduction in Russian residents will be […]

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Senate committee seeks to force US government & military to DECLASSIFY all data collected on UFOs

The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a measure that would require the US government, including the Pentagon and intel agencies, to compile all data on unidentified aerial phenomenon into a declassified report. Though the provision is part of a broader annual intelligence bill and must still be approved by the full Senate, the intelligence committee […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Government plans to make Taiwan bilingual by 2030: president

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Sunday that her administration will lay out plans to make the country bilingual by 2030 so that younger Taiwanese will be able to communicate directly with the English-speaking community to increase international awareness of the country. Tsai made the comments during a seminar with a group of high school students […]

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UK PM Johnson says we want to reopen hospitality quickly, but not before July 4 – Times of India

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the government wanted to reopen the country‘s hospitality industry, shuttered by the coronavirus lockdown, as quickly as possible, although not before the planned date of July 4. “We are sticking to our plan,” Johnson told parliament, saying guidance for the industry was being developed but there […]

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US government agencies trying to ‘split Russian society’ ahead of constitution vote warns Security Council boss Patrushev

An influential Russian official has claimed that hostile Western actors are planning to “provoke nationalist and separatist sentiments” in the country in the run-up to the July 1 national vote to approve a new constitution. According to Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev, the “coordinators of destructive activities in Russia” include the […]

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Burundi says president Nkurunziza has died of heart attack – Times of India

NAIROBI: Burundi‘s government says President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 56. A statement says the president was admitted to a hospital overnight Saturday after not feeling well. He appeared better Sunday but “to very great surprise” his health abruptly worsened Monday morning, and several hours of effort failed to revive […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan government speaks out on US protests against racial injustice

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday (June 4) responded to the ongoing US protests against racial inequality and expressed trust in the American democratic system and the wisdom of the US citizens to resolve the issue of racism. As demonstrations for racial justice continue to erupt in cities worldwide, MOFA Spokeswoman Joanne Ou […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Chinese military uses model of N. Taiwan city government building for drills

The Chinese military has built a full-scale model of the Keelung City government building for use during its drills, reports said Thursday (June 4). Over the past few years, Chinese troops have been seen staging mock attacks on a replica of Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building in Inner Mongolia, but the recent picture, revealed by the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – 73pct of Taiwanese do not consider Chinese government a ‘friend’

A new public opinion poll has found that 73 percent of Taiwanese do not consider the Chinese government a “friend” of Taiwan, while 77 percent support the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. On Tuesday (June 2), Academia Sinica’s Institute of Sociology released the results of its annual China Impact Study, which looks at Taiwanese opinions […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – 73pct of Taiwanese say China’s government not a ‘friend’: survey

73 percent of Taiwanese say the Chinese government is not a “friend” of Taiwan’s, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday. The China Impact Survey, which is conducted annually by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Sociology, measures the attitudes of the Taiwanese public on a range […]

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