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Укргідрометцентр: з 1 квітня в Україні буде тепло

В Українському гідрометцентрі повідомляють, що з 1 квітня в Україні буде тепло.

Як повідомляє прес-служба гідрометцентру, з 1 квітня по всій Україні 15-20 градусів тепла, погода буде переважно сухою та сонячною. 

За даними синоптиків, завтра, 29 березня, в Україні опадів не буде, лише у західних областях ввечері дощі, місцями грози. 

Температура вночі 1-6 градусів тепла, вдень 10-15 градусів, у західних областях, на Одещині та Миколаївщині 14-19 градусів тепла. 

Як повідомляють в Укргідрометцентрі, 30 березня в Україні вдень очікується 5-7 градусів тепла, а 31 березня – 7-9. 

 

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Кремль: зустріч зятя Трампа із представниками російського банку є «звичайним бізнесом»

У Кремлі заявляють, що не знали про контакти між представниками державного російського «Внєшекономбанку» і зятем президента США Джаредом Кушнером. Водночас речник президента Росії Володимира Путіна Дмитро Пєсков заявив 28 березня, що зустріч була частиною «рутинної бізнес-діяльності».

Пєсков заявив, що «були проведені десятки зустрічей і одна з них була з компанією Кушнера і з ним самим». «Це звичайний бізнес», – сказав речник Кремля.

За його словами, такі зустрічі не координуються з Кремлем і є «виключною прерогативою» менеджменту банку.

Напередодні комітет із розвідки Сенату США повідомив, що зять і головний радник Дональда Трампа буде свідчити у розслідуванні щодо ймовірного втручання Росії у президентські вибори США 2016 року.

Видання The New York Times 27 березня повідомило, що Джаред Кушнер зустрічався із послом Росії Сергієм Кисляком після того, як Трамп переміг на листопадових виборах, а також, що Кисляк просив про ще одну зустріч, на яку Кушнер послав свого помічника.

Пізніше зять Трампа зустрівся із головою «Внєшекономбанку» Сергієм Горковим.

Речник Білого дому Гоуп Гікс сказав, що зустрічі були «несуттєвими».

Кушнер, одружений із дочкою Трампа Іванкою, відповідав за іноземні контакти для обраного президента в перехідний період до його інавгурації 20 січня.

 

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На аукціоні у Чопі скульптуру Леніна продали за понад 250 тисяч гривень – міськрада

На Закарпатті у Чопі скульптуру Володимира Леніна на аукціоні продали за понад 250 тисяч гривень.

Як повідомляє прес-служба Чопської міськради, скульптуру передали у право користування, а бюджет міста Чоп поповнився на 253 931 гривню.

У міськраді зазначають, що 17 березня вперше в Україні провели аукціон, на якому продали скульптуру Леніна, у торгах взяв участь один учасник, який купив об’єкт за початковою вартістю.

За даними Українського інституту національної пам’яті, в Україні протягом 2016 року в рамках виконання закону про декомунізацію знесли 1 тисячу 320 пам’ятників Леніну. 

21 травня 2015 року в Україні вступили у дію декомунізаційні закони.

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В Одесі затримали чиновника облдержадміністрації

В Одесі 28 березня затримали керівника управління з питань надзвичайних ситуацій і оборонної роботи Одеської обласної держадміністрації Сергія Помазана.

Як повідомила Радіо Свобода прес-секретар військової прокуратури Південного регіону Яна Стекачова, затримання провели співробітники спецпідрозділу управління Служби безпеки України в Одеській області й офіцери військової прокуратури.

За словами Стекачової, Помазана підозрюють в отриманні хабара в 75 тисяч гривень. Затримання відбулося біля будівлі ОДА на проспекті Шевченка в Одесі.

Чиновник обіймає посаду з 2015 року, а раніше працював в правоохоронних органах, передає кореспондент Радіо Свобода.

В ОДА ситуацію не коментували.

Пізніше інформацію підтвердив генеральний прокурор Юрій Луценко.

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Souq.com says Amazon has Bought it After $800M Counteroffer

Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer Souq.com on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million counteroffer.

 

A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon’s influence into the Mideast as the state-supported firm Emaar prepares to launch its own retail website in a country known more for its luxury malls than online shopping.

 

That could put Seattle-based Amazon in a head-to-head competition with a firm helmed by one of the sheikhdom’s favored business magnates.

 

“This is a milestone for the online shopping space in the region,” Souq.com co-founder and CEO Ronaldo Mouchawar said in a statement.

 

The announcement said the two companies expect the sale to close this year.

 

“Together, we’ll work hard to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the Middle East,” Russ Grandinetti, a senior vice president at Amazon, said in a statement.

 

On Monday, Emaar Malls PJSC made public its bid for Souq.com in a filing on the Dubai Financial Market. The short filing, signed by Emaar Malls vice chairman Ahmad Thani al-Matrooshi, said the bid was made “in line with the strategy to align e-commerce with physical shopping.”

 

Rumors about Amazon’s interest in Souq.com have circulated for months. In November, Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar reportedly met Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the state-backed firm’s cavernous Dubai Mall, home to a massive aquarium and in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building it built.

 

Dubai, the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates and the world’s busiest international airport, also has luxury malls that even include an indoor ski slope. Its summer heat of over 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) makes malls a major attraction for both shopping and leisure time in the city.

 

While Uber and other online services firms work in Dubai, online retail shopping has yet to truly take off like it has in Western countries.

 

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Myanmar Mulls Ban on Temple-Climbing Tourists

As Myanmar opens up and tourist numbers increase, more visitors flock to the country’s renowned ancient holy temples of Bagan. But there is growing concern that those on the hunt for the site’s famed views may have gone a step too far.

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Report: China’s Man-Made S.China Sea Islands Nearly Complete

A report from a U.S. think tank says China has nearly completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzed recent satellite photos and concluded that runways, aircraft hangers, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters have either been finished or are nearing completion.

 

The report, released Monday, appears to be the most conclusive indication yet that China is using its island-building project to give teeth to its claim over almost the entire South China Sea and its islands and reefs.

 

The islands in the study — Subi, Mischief and Fiery Cross reefs — are part of the Spratly chain, which is claimed in whole or in part by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

 

On each of the islands, China has constructed enough concrete hangers for 24 fighter jets and four or five larger planes such as bombers or early warning aircraft, CSIS reported.

 

China already uses an existing airfield on Woody Island in the similarly disputed Paracel chain, located to the north, where it has maintained mobile HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles for more than a year and deployed anti-ship cruise missiles on at least one occasion, CSIS said.

 

The airfields and advanced surveillance and early warning radars will allow China’s military to operate over virtually the entire South China Sea.

 

“Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time,” the report said.

 

China’s creation of seven man-made islands in the South China Sea has drawn strong criticism from the U.S. and others, who accuse Beijing of further militarizing the region and altering geography to bolster its claims.

 

China says its island construction is mainly for civilian purposes, particularly to increase safety for ships that carry an estimated $5 trillion worth of goods through the waterway each year. It has also provided reassurances that it will not interfere with freedom of navigation or overflight, although questions remain as to whether that includes military ships and aircraft.

 

Commenting on the report, a senior Philippine defense official said the construction China has carried out on the islands “belies a clearly military purpose contrary to Chinese public pronouncements that it is civilian in nature.”

 

That raises the likelihood of further militarization and restrictions on air and sea traffic, posing a “clear and present danger to the present regional security balance,” said the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

 

China has refused to confirm speculation over whether it plans to declare an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea as it has done already over international airspace in the East China Sea. The U.S. has refused to recognize the East China Sea zone, which requires aircraft to declare their flight plans, identify themselves to Chinese traffic monitors and follow their instructions.

 

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Malaysia Says Kim Jong Nam’s Body Still in the Country

The body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in Malaysia, the country’s health minister said Tuesday, dismissing reports that his remains were about to be flown out of the country as part of diplomatic negotiations.

 

Malaysian authorities say Kim Jong Nam was killed Feb. 13 after two women smeared his face with the banned VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. North Korea — widely suspected of being behind the attack — rejects the findings.

 

Conflicting reports in the local media on Monday said either that Kim’s body was to be cremated and flown to Pyongyang, or that the body was about to be sent to Macau where his family is believed to be.

 

But Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said Kim’s body was still in a morgue, pending negotiations with North Korea.

 

“I need to check with my forensic department whether there is any requirement for them to take the body out. But as far as we are concerned, there has been no change,” he said.

 

Kim’s death has sparked a diplomatic dispute, with the countries imposing an exit ban on each other’s citizens. Malaysian officials have pledged to secure the release of nine Malaysians — three embassy staff and six family members — stranded in Pyongyang but have been tight lipped on the negotiations.

 

About 315 North Koreans are in Malaysia but the focus is on three of the seven North Korean suspects wanted by police in connection to Kim’s death. Police have said the three men, including the embassy’s second official and a worker with North Korean carrier Air Koryo, are believed to be hiding in the embassy. Four others left the country on the day of the killing.

 

Confusion set in after local media reported that Kim’s body was taken out of the morgue late Sunday. Later reports then said it had been returned to the hospital due to technical problems with airline cargo.

 

Subramaniam said the government will keep the body until a solution is found “to this problem.”

“Once they finish the discussion and come to a definite decision, we will make an announcement,” he said, in reference to the negotiations.

 

The countries have each expelled the other’s ambassador. North Korea then blocked all Malaysians from leaving until a “fair settlement” of the case was reached. Malaysia followed suit, by barring North Koreans from exiting its soil. Both countries also scrapped visa-free travel for each other’s citizens.

 

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea of being behind the attack, many speculate that Pyongyang must have orchestrated it. Experts say the VX nerve agent used to kill Kim was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, and North Korea is widely believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapon.

 

The attack was caught on surveillance video that shows two women going up to Kim and apparently smearing something on his face. He was dead within 20 minutes, authorities say. The women — one Indonesian, one Vietnamese — have been charged with murder but say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank.