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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Intellasia East Asia News – New Taipei company owner fined NT$1 million for quarantine violation

The owner of a New Taipei-based company that specialises in educational materials has been fined NT$1 million (US$34,161) for breaking his home quarantine restriction, the New Taipei Department of Health said Friday. Lee Wan-chi, chair of Kang Hsuan Educational Publishing Group, returned from China on September 5 and was found to have gone out several […]

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Donald Trump says he saved 51 million jobs in pandemic; Economists, US officials say otherwise | World News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Standing before half a dozen American flags during a press conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump heralded what has become a central plank of his argument for re-election in November: his administration’s handling of the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Through the historic relief package that I […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – US approves $620 million missile upgrade package for Taiwan

The United States has approved a possible $620 million upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan, the State Department said, the latest purchase from the United States to deal with a rising threat from China. The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to […]

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Hero to zero? Former Communist presidential candidate Grudinin may go bankrupt after $15 million judgement

Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party candidate in the 2018 Russian presidential election, may be facing bankruptcy after the Tenth Arbitration Court of Appeal upheld a decision against him for 1.066 billion rubles ($15 million). Grudinin called the judgement “dangerous,” as he does not have the money to pay. The former Communist political candidate is the […]

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Large-scale antibody testing reveals that over 2 million Muscovites may already have contracted Covid-19

Almost 20 percent of Moscow residents tested for coronavirus antibodies have been found to be immune, according to the capital’s deputy mayor, Anastasia Rakova. “The third stage of testing for herd immunity to Covid-19 was carried out between June 5 and 18,” she said. “Today, 19.9 percent ​​of Muscovites have antibodies to coronavirus. This is […]

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Russia to prepare 70 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, lead scientist hopes it will provide immunity for more than 2 years

Russia’s homegrown Covid-19 vaccine will create immunity for more than two years, according to the director of Moscow’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which developed the drug with the Ministry of Defense. Alexander Ginzburg, the research center’s director, explained that the vaccine will be administered to humans twice – including a so-called secondary ‘booster’ […]

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4.3 million homeowners missed their mortgage payments last month

In May, 4.3 million homeowners missed their mortgage payments, up from 2 million at the end of March, according to Black Knight, a mortgage data company. That brings the overall delinquency rate for May to 8%. The rate includes borrowers who have arranged to delay or defer their mortgage payment by entering into a forbearance […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan, Sweden to jointly invest NT$250 million in tech research

Taiwan and Sweden will jointly invest about NT$250 million (US$8.45 million) in the form of grants to institutions in both countries supporting six proposals in the development of information communications, bio-engineering and materials science, Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Thursday. In a statement, the ministry said the grants for the six joint […]

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