“World news in a few words” section summarizes hot events from all over the world. A typhoon is about to hit all of South Korea, it may take 10 years for Russia’s economy to return to pre-war levels, and a partial curfew has been imposed in Guiyang, the capital of China’s Guizhou Province.
1.Russia requires a visa to travel to Japan’s disputed islands
Russia has canceled an agreement with Japan on visa-free travel to the disputed Hokkaido islands. The Russian lawmaker explained that this was an action taken against Japan, which accuses Moscow of aggression. Also, the decision of Russia has angered Japanese citizens.
As part of the reciprocity program, residents of the northern part of Japan, known as the Kuril Islands in the southern part of Russia, were exempted from visas to travel to Japan. Leonid Slutsky, head of the international committee of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, said: “This is a response to the pressure of illegal sanctions imposed by the Japanese government and the West’s policy of hatred towards Russia.”
2.France and Germany will supply each other with energy
Germany is facing a natural gas and electricity crisis. Therefore, if necessary, France is ready to supply them with gas, President Emmanuel Macron said. It shows European solidarity against the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement yesterday after a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
3.65 people died in the earthquake in China
At least 65 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake triggered landslides and shook buildings in southwestern China. Hundreds of people were also injured, according to the country’s state media. Sixteen people are missing a day after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous Luding region of Sichuan province, where tectonic plates meet and is prone to earthquakes. The earthquake shook the capital city of Chengdu, home to 21 million people.
4.The typhoon is about to hit all of South Korea
Typhoon Hinnamnori passed near Geoje, South Korea. According to preliminary reports, one person is missing and several structures have been damaged. The Meteorological Agency reported that the typhoon struck at 04:50 am local time. Experts have previously warned about the threat of the strongest typhoon.
Хар салхи тус улсын зүүн өмнөд эрэг дэх Чежү арал болон Улсан хотыг дайран өнгөрчээ. Тиймээс нефть боловсруулах болон химийн үйлдвэрүүд, атомын цахилгаан станцууд урьдчилан сэргийлэх арга хэмжээ авч эхэлжээ. Цаг уурын албанаас иргэдийг үргэлжлүүлэн гэрээсээ гарахгүй байхыг анхааруулаад байна. Мөн Хятад, Япон даяар урьдчилан сэргийлэх арга хэмжээ авлаа.
5.A Russian journalist was charged with treason
Russian investigative journalist Ivan Safronov was sentenced to 22 years for treason. He was accused of passing Russian military secrets to Czech intelligence. He claimed that he had collected information from open sources and that he had not done anything illegal.
Safronov worked as a journalist for 10 years, writing on military and defense topics for Kommersant, Russia’s leading daily newspaper. Subsequently, from May 2020, he will work as a consultant to the Russian space station Roscosmos. Roscosmos has said that he does not have access to state secrets and that the accusations have nothing to do with the company.
6.China approves respiratory vaccine for Covid-19
China becomes the first country to approve a respiratory vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine manufactured by CanSino has a similar composition to the intramuscular vaccine. Inhaled vaccines use harmless adenoviruses as carriers of the genetic code that tells the body how to fight the virus.
“Convidecia Air, a fine-particle inhalation vaccine, can provide good protection after a single dose,” the company said.China has approved the vaccine, while teams in the UK and US are studying a nasal spray vaccine.
7.Seoul will hold high-level defense talks with Tokyo
“Senior defense officials from South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul,” South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The meeting is the first in six years.
South Korea’s Vice Minister of Defense Shin Beom Chul and Japan’s Vice Minister of International Affairs Masami Oka will hold talks as part of the Seoul Defense Dialogue.
8.It may take 10 years for Russia’s economy to return to pre-war levels
An internal report prepared by the government of the country states that due to the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, the Russian economy may face a deep crisis that will last for a long time.
The report estimates GDP growth under three scenarios. It is believed that both scenarios will intensify economic contraction in the coming year.
9.A partial curfew has been imposed in Guiyang, the capital of China’s Guizhou Province
The city of six million people reported 132 cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
Due to the intensification of the spread of the COVID-19 infection, a strict curfew has been imposed in six of Guiyang’s 10 districts until Thursday. In this context, residents are prohibited from leaving their homes for any reason other than to get tested for COVID-19.
10.Porsche is planning an IPO in the second half of this year
“Volkswagen” will continue its plans to offer shares of “Porsche” to the public this year.
The company said it plans to launch an IPO by the end of this month or next October. As part of the IPO, “Volkswagen” and “Porsche” are to finalize the agreement to transfer profits to the parent company by the end of the year. Instead, it is called a cooperation agreement.