US revokes visas for more than 1,000 Chinese students

According to the US government, “legitimate students” are still welcome, all others – more than 1,000 – have to leave the country. President Trump wants to prevent something very specific.

Since June, the US has revoked entry permits from more than 1,000 Chinese students on “national security” grounds. A spokeswoman for the State Department in Washington announced that the basis was an order from US President Donald Trump from the end of May. According to American statements, this is to prevent the Chinese military from using students in the USA for industrial and research espionage. This affects students in master’s degree programs and doctoral candidates.

The spokeswoman pointed out that only a small proportion of all Chinese students in the United States are affected. “Legitimate students” are still welcome. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said visas were “blocked” for certain students and researchers to prevent them “from stealing sensitive research.”

Review from Beijing

Beijing criticized the procedure on Thursday. The lock contradicts the concept of openness and freedom in the US, said Foreign Office spokesman Zhao Lijian. It is down to political persecution and racial discrimination. The human rights of Chinese students studying in the US are seriously violated. He also threatened retaliation. We reserve the right to provide further answers on this matter.

The conflict now affects almost every aspect of the relationship between the two countries. Tensions have increased over the past few months. After punitive tariffs, the US has started to impose tough political sanctions. Some Chinese politicians are no longer allowed to enter the country because they are alleged to be involved in the persecution of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. There is also a threat of sanctions for officials who, from the US point of view, restrict the rights of freedom in Hong Kong.

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Navalny’s team published the investigation he filmed before the poisoning :: Politics :: RBC

Alexei Navalny’s team published an investigation that the politician did just before his hospitalization. It tells about the property and business of the deputies in Novosibirsk

Alexey Navalny

(Photo: Alexey Navalny / YouTube)

On the YouTube channel of Alexei Navalny published investigation, which he and his team filmed before he was hospitalized in Omsk. It is called “Who seized the capital of Siberia and how to liberate it”, it tells about the situation in Novosibirsk and the business of local United Russia deputies, in particular Alexei Dzhulai and Kirill Pokrovsky.

According to Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh, the film is the first series of investigations into regional politics ahead of a single voting day on September 13. The beginning of the film dedicated to Alexey Dzhulai. According to his income statement, in 2020 he earned 22 million rubles. Julay owns two apartments. The area of ​​each is 124 sq. m. He also owns 81 land plots, two premises and one building. He is the founder of the Decent Service company and the Discus group of companies – an urban developer. Discus was established Dzhulai in 2000. Since 2010, Dzhulai has been a member of the Council of Deputies of Novosibirsk. In the film, Navalny and his team talk to the residents of the districts developed by the Discus company. Their interlocutors complain about the quality of the houses. Among them is the opposition politician Daniil Markelov, who lives in the same area, who at the time of the filming of the film was acting as a rival to Dzhulai in the elections. However, by the time of publication, the court canceled his registration. Navalny’s team claims that this was done at the request of Dzhulai, however, as indicates “Sibkrai”, another candidate, Alexander Selyutin, submitted an application.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Discus company.

The investigation also talks about the business and property of other United Russia deputies from the city assembly – Kirill Pokrovsky, Yevgeny Yakovenko and Sergei Bondarenko.


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Trump called Abe the greatest prime minister :: Politics :: RBC

Shinzo Abe

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US leader Donald Trump, speaking with Shinzo Abe, praised his work and called him the greatest prime minister in the history of Japan. About it wrote on Twitter, Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere.

“The President said that Prime Minister Abe has done a fantastic job and that relations between the United States and Japan are better today than ever,” he said.

According to the deputy press secretary, both politicians said they hope to continue their “wonderful friendship” in the future.


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Shinzo Abe

how writes Sankei Shimbun, Trump and Abe spoke on the phone. The latter also thanked the US President for strengthening Japanese-American relations.

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Omsk Ministry of Health announced its readiness to help Germany with Navalny’s treatment :: Politics :: RBC

The building of the Omsk BSMP number 1

(Photo: Alexander Kryazhev / RIA Novosti)

The doctors of the emergency hospital, where the politician Alexei Navalny was hospitalized, said they were ready to help German doctors in his treatment. About it reported Ministry of Health of the Omsk Region.

“Doctors of BSMP-1, who treated Alexei Navalny, are ready to provide any interaction to both relatives and doctors of a foreign clinic, and to provide any information or assistance,” the message says.


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Alexey Navalny

In addition, doctors told about the results of the politician’s analyzes. According to doctors, alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny’s urine. They also reported that no oxybutyrates, barbiturates, strychnine, convulsive or synthetic poisons were found in the former patient’s blood.

“This is again in the style of last year’s“ allergy ”. Alexei does not drink at all, but caffeine could have been, of course, he drank tea, ” commented the ministry’s findings, Navalny’s doctor, Anastasia Vasilyeva.

Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh, wife of the oppositionist Yulia, and German doctors have not yet commented on the statement of the Omsk Ministry of Health about the substances allegedly found in the opposition’s analyzes.

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Lebanese government was warned in July

New details are coming to light around the disaster in Beirut. The tragedy could possibly have been prevented. Apparently the authorities knew about the dangerous chemicals that were stored in the port.

Photo series with 14 pictures

According to information from the Reuters news agency, security experts warned the Lebanese government of the devastating consequences of an explosion in the port of Beirut in July. The 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were explicitly mentioned, which last week probably led to the huge explosion that destroyed large parts of the city and in which at least 160 people died and more than 6,000 were injured. According to the government, the chemicals had been stored unsecured in the port for six years.

The security experts warned Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the President Michel Aoun gone, said people familiar with the relevant reports, according to Reuters. In the latest report by the Directorate-General for State Security, there is a reference to a letter to the two politicians that was sent on July 20. The content of the letter is not apparent from the report Reuters was able to see.

Warning of a chemical terrorist attack

A person familiar with the proceedings said, however, that the letter contained the results of an investigation. It concluded that the chemicals needed to be secured immediately. “There was a risk that the material, if it were stolen, could be used for terrorist attacks,” said the person who was involved in drafting the letter and does not want to be named. “I warned you that if it exploded, this could destroy Beirut.”

The offices of the Prime Minister and the President left inquiries about the letter unanswered. The public prosecutor did not want to comment either.

After days of protests, the government announced its resignation on Monday, but remains in office for the time being. Protesters in Beirut accuse their failure and corruption. Reconstruction is likely to cost the troubled country up to $ 15 billion.

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Lebanese government was warned in July

New details are coming to light around the disaster in Beirut. The tragedy could possibly have been prevented. Apparently the authorities knew about the dangerous chemicals that were stored in the port.

Photo series with 14 pictures

According to information from the Reuters news agency, security experts warned the Lebanese government of the devastating consequences of an explosion in the port of Beirut in July. The 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were explicitly mentioned, which probably led to the huge explosion last week that destroyed large parts of the city and in which at least 160 people died and more than 6,000 were injured. According to the government, the chemicals had been stored unsecured in the port for six years.

The security experts warned Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the President Michel Aoun gone, said people familiar with the relevant reports, according to Reuters. In the latest report by the Directorate-General for State Security there was a reference to a letter to the two politicians that was sent on July 20. The content of the letter does not appear from the report Reuters was able to see.

Warning of a chemical terrorist attack

A person familiar with the process said, however, that the letter contained the results of an investigation. It concluded that the chemicals needed to be secured immediately. “There was a risk that the material, if it had been stolen, could be used for terrorist attacks,” said the person who was involved in drafting the letter and does not want to be named. “I warned you that if it exploded, this could destroy Beirut.”

The offices of the Prime Minister and the President left inquiries about the letter unanswered. The public prosecutor did not want to comment either.

After days of protests, the government announced its resignation on Monday, but remains in office for the time being. Protesters in Beirut accuse their failure and corruption. Reconstruction is likely to cost the troubled country up to $ 15 billion.

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The court sentenced the former Prime Minister of France for embezzlement of the budget and payments to his wife :: Society :: RBC

Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was accused of embezzlement of the state budget, as well as the fact that he paid his wife Penelope a salary for work that she did not perform. Fillon received five years in prison, three of them probation

Francois Fillon

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The Paris Criminal Court found former French Prime Minister François Fillon guilty of embezzlement of public funds, as well as complicity in the fictitious employment of his wife Penelope, reports Le Figaro.

Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, three of which are conditionally assigned. In addition, Fillon must pay a fine of € 375 thousand. He is forbidden to stand for election for ten years.

A similar amount will be fined and his spouse. In addition, the court sentenced her to three years probation and limited her right to be elected for two years. The deputy Fillon Marc Julot was also found guilty. The court appointed him two years probation, a fine of € 20 thousand and five years of disqualification.

In addition to fines, Le Figaro writes, all three must compensate the National Assembly for the amounts received by fraud Penelope Fillon. The court ruled that the former prime minister and his wife will jointly pay € 401 thousand, another € 679 thousand in compensation to Penelope Fillon will share with Julot. Thus, the French National Assembly alone should receive about € 1.15 million from Fillons.

The Paris Criminal Court did not issue a warrant for the detention of the former prime minister, and he and his wife left the building after the meeting. Fillon spouses appeal the decision, writes Le Figaro.

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Banks have limited the ability to go negative by debit cards :: Finance :: RBC

Banks announced a reduction in interest rates on deposits and loans after the Central Bank

“Equifax” in statistics takes into account only debit cards to which the overdraft option is connected. Banks of “not the first echelon” usually offer such a product, explained Oleg Lagutkin, General Director of Equity Bank.

The combined credit bureau (the only BKI that has data from Sberbank) includes in its statistics on overdrafts debts not only on debit cards, but also on installment cards, if banks define debt as an overdraft, explained his representative. According to the OKB, in May the average overdraft limit amounted to 42 thousand rubles, and compared with March, the indicator decreased by only 7.3%. He, like issuing overdraft cards, recovered after a sharp decline in April.

The National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBCH), which is also included in the top 3 Russian credit indexes, does not keep such statistics, a representative of the bureau said.

Why banks have changed overdrafts

A decrease in the number and volume of open overdrafts on cards is a direct consequence of bank policies in a pandemic, Lagutkin said. “By changing their lending policies after the start of the self-isolation regime, lenders extended most of the measures not only to popular consumer loans,” adds the General Director of Equifax Investment Company.

Banks reduced overdraft limits due to a general decrease in real incomes of the population, says Mikhail Doronkin, head of the bank ratings department of the NKR agency. According to him, this may be due to the peculiarities of the methodology for calculating such limits.

“If, when opening a credit card, banks can request information on income from customers to assess their reliability and set a limit, then in the case of a debit card, overdraft limits are often set automatically and do not take account transactions into account,” the analyst explains. In the pre-crisis period, providing customers with an overdraft allowed banks to earn money on those who “went into the red” or did not suspect an overdraft. “Under current conditions, the presence of such an option, on the contrary, could increase the risk of non-return,” he adds.

“Issuance of overdraft cards, including installment cards, declined significantly during quarantine, as did issuance in other lending segments. Moreover, the reduction was not so strong compared to that which we observe in the segment of credit cards, ”noted Artur Design Bureau General Director. This could be due to a lower available limit on these cards than on credit cards, which means less risk for banks, he added.

In a crisis, banks could cut low-demand products in order to reduce credit risk, agrees Sergey Grishunin, head of the rating service of the National Rating Agency (NRA). He draws attention to the fact that banks, as a rule, require customers to repay the overdraft in a short time, and the interest rate on such loans is higher than on classic credit cards. “Based on all this, it is simply unprofitable for banks to keep a product that most likely a“ good ”borrower will not use (they have a credit card, often with bonuses). A “bad” bank is not profitable, ”the expert concludes.

Bank customers began to complain about a reduction in credit card limits

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Which banks give customers an overdraft

According to Frank RG, there are now special cards with overdraft in the lines of five organizations: Absolut Bank, Asia Pacific Bank, Uralsib, Center-Invest Bank and Transcapitalbank. The representative of Uralsib told RBC that the bank does not offer such a product, the remaining banks did not respond to inquiries.

Which banks offer overdraft on their debit cards as an option, Frank RG does not track. Most of the large organizations surveyed said they did not provide such a service. Among them are Sberbank, Gazprombank, Otkrytie, Alfa Bank, Promsvyazbank, Sovcombank, UniCredit Bank, Home Credit, Zenit, Ak Bars, Renaissance Credit and MTS Bank. However, on the banki.ru profile forum, there are many reviews of customers of large banks about connecting an overdraft without notice, technical overdraft and other problems associated with this product.

The only bank that has confirmed the availability of the overdraft option for debit cards is VTB. Such a service is offered to salary clients, a bank representative said. “In March-May, the bank did not change the terms of connection and the average size of limits for this product. “We do not notice any changes in client preferences for disabling or activating overdraft services,” he added.

Will banks become more loyal to using overdraft

“There is a version that it’s precisely by such actions that banks are preparing for the end of exemptions regarding the accrual of reserves. We believe that overdrafts in the event of a crisis may even disappear or remain only with premium customers of banks, ”says Grishunin. On Friday, June 26, the Bank of Russia announced a partial curtailment of support measures for banks introduced at the onset of the crisis. But softened reserve requirements will continue until September 30.

The Central Bank will prohibit paying with expired cards

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Banks must form reserves not only for loans actually issued, but also for unused limits, taking into account demand ratios. Overdraft is included in this category, said the director of bank ratings of Expert RA, Ivan Uklein. According to him, banks are so far “reinsured”, and after lifting sanitary restrictions and stabilizing the situation on the labor market, the policy of creditors regarding opening overdrafts will become softer.

In June, the retail lending market experienced a recovery, says Lagutkin from Equifax. According to him, this may in the future have an impact, including on the overdraft segment.

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Mississippi announces possible flag change due to protests :: Society :: RBC

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he was ready to change the state flag amid protests against racism in the United States. He wrote about this on Twitter.

“For several days, lawmakers cannot break the deadlock when discussing the new flag. The discussion on the 1894 flag is as controversial as the flag itself. It’s time to put an end to her. I’m ready to sign the bill if they send it to me on the weekend, ”Reeves wrote.

The Mississippi flag is the only state flag in the United States to display Confederate symbols – a blue cross with stars. The Confederate States (Southerners-slave owners) were opponents of the northerners in the Civil War of 1861-1865, one of the reasons for which was the policy of the non-proliferation of slavery in the country.

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The governor made such a statement amid ongoing protests in the United States caused by the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. The man died in the hospital after being detained by a policeman who, for almost nine minutes, used a choke to him.

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The prosecutor’s office will check the “sausage king” of Tönnis due to the outbreak of COVID-19 :: Society :: RBC

About 1.5 thousand people were infected with coronavirus in a meat processing plant owned by Tonnis. After that, the plant was closed. Bloomberg calls it Germany’s largest local COVID-19 outbreak

Klemens Tennis

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German politicians and the prosecutor’s office began testing against Clemens Tönnis after 1.5 thousand people became infected with coronavirus at his meat processing plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (federal state North Westafalia in Germany), reports Bloomberg. The publication WirtschaftsWoche back in 2015 due to the type of activity of Tönnis gave him the nickname “sausage king”.

The agency notes that the majority of cases of COVID-19 are workers from Eastern Europe. After information was received about infected people, the authorities decided to close the plant. Bloomberg calls the situation at the Tonnis facility the largest local outbreak of coronavirus infection in Germany.

The publication also reported that after the outbreak of infection at the plant in German political circles, they discussed the possibility of accelerating legislative changes that improve working conditions and the level of hygiene in enterprises. Some politicians are also considering asking Tennis to take on some of the costs that the country incurs due to the pandemic.

WHO warned of a new wave of coronavirus incidence in Europe

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Der Spiegel talked to one of the factory workers named George. According to him, in the past few weeks, a device for measuring temperature has been installed at the entrance to the enterprise. However, measures to identify cases were taken too late, the man said. In addition, George said that there was no person at the entrance who would service the device, so the workers “just ran past.”

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