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У Києві невідомі розгромили виставку Чичкана про Україну після Майдану

У Києві невідомі розгромили виставку українського художника Давида Чичкана «Втрачена можливість», яка проходить у Центрі візуальної культури. Про це Радіо Свобода повідомили працівники Центру.

За їхніми словами, близько 18:00 15 осіб із закритим обличчям увірвалися до приміщення ЦВК.

«Нищили роботи, знищили всі роботи. Залишили на стінах написи, частину робіт забрали з собою, проломили стіну – і втекли», –повідомила представник центру. 

Працівники центру викликали поліцію, наразі на місці події працює слідча група.

При цьому у центрі візуальної культури центрі заявляють, що вже від п’ятниці, 3 лютого, їм почали надходити погрози. 

2 лютого у Центрі відкрилася виставка «Втрачена можливість» художника Давида Чичкана. Виставка присвячена війні та ситуації після Майдану в Україні. Як йдеться в описі події, на думку автора виставки, Майдан для українського суспільства – це втрачена можливість здійснити соціальну революцію: не захистити гідність, а врешті здобути гідні умови життя.

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Дніпропетровщина: через спалах африканської чуми свиней запровадили карантин

У Нікополі на Дніпропетровщині через спалах африканської чуми запровадили карантин. Інформацію про це Радіо Свобода 7 лютого підтвердив головний лікар Нікопольської державної лікарні ветеринарної медицини Геннадій Сопко.

За його даними, це вже третій випадок африканської чуми свиней на Дніпропетровщині: два попередні були зафіксовані у Синельниківському та Криворізькому районах.

Як зазначив головний ветлікар Нікополя, у місті підтверджено випадок захворюваності однієї тварини. За нормами, було знищене все поголів’я – 11 свиней, які утримувались у домогосподарстві.

Геннадій Сопко зазначає, що карантин, запроваджений через спалах інфекції, передбачає заборону на реалізацію в осередку її виявлення усієї тваринницької продукції непромислового виробництва. Проте з 8 лютого умови карантину дещо змінюються: за рішенням надзвичайної протиепізоотичної комісії, підприємці Нікополя зможуть реалізовувати на ринках яйця, молочні продукти, рибу і мед. Заборона на продаж м’яса і м’ясопродуктів всіх видів непромислового виготовлення залишається чинною.

У вівторок у Нікопольській міській раді повідомили, що карантин триватиме не менше 40 днів.

Щоб пом’якшити вплив заборони на продаж м’ясних продуктів на підприємництво, на найближчій сесії міськради Нікополя депутати планують ухвалити рішення про грошову компенсацію з місцевого бюджету на сплату податків для тих підприємців, які офіційно займаються торгівлею м’ясом і м’ясопродуктами.

Крім того, директори ринків розглядають можливість на період карантину не нараховувати підприємцям плату за оренду. Також місцева влада звернулася до представників великих торговельних мереж міста з проханням у зв’язку з перерозподілом потоків покупців «дотримуватися адекватної цінової політики, не підвищувати ціни на заборонені групи товарів».

2016 року спалах африканської чуми свиней був зафіксований на Харківщині.

Африканська чума свиней – вiрусне захворювання свійських i диких свиней. Воно передається при прямому контакт хворих i здорових тварин, а також через продукти.

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Russia to Host Wider Regional Conference on Afghanistan

Russia will host a regional conference on Afghanistan later this month to discuss efforts aimed at settling the protracted Afghan conflict and containing “spillover effects” of Islamic State terrorists trying to get a foothold in the war-ravaged nation.

Moscow organized a tripartite meeting on the subject late December where it only invited Pakistan and China.  The dialogue prompted strong reaction and protest from the Afghan government for being left out of it.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday Afghanistan now has been formally invited to another round due in mid-February where senior officials from China, Iran, India and Pakistan also will be in attendance.

Lavrov made the statement in Moscow after talks with visiting Afghan counterpart, Salahuddin Rabbani, saying most of the countries already have confirmed their participation.  

IS emerged in Afghanistan about two years ago, and has been conducting extremist attacks in the country and in parts of Pakistan under its regional name of Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP).  But the terrorist group has not been able so far to extend its activities beyond few districts in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

The violent IS campaign has worried Pakistan, which shares a nearly 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan.

Russia defends its active Afghan diplomacy, saying continued fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban would allow IS to extend its activities to northern Afghan regions in its bid to infiltrate bordering Central Asian republics, and ultimately undermine Moscow’s national security interests.

“Russia is much more concerned about the growth of IS in Afghanistan because they regard IS as a threat.  So, they don’t want this force [IS] to knock at the Central Asian and Caucasian doors,” said Pakistani prime minister’s foreign policy advisor Sartaj Aziz while speaking to VOA.

He added that Moscow apparently is trying to form a regional platform to prevent Afghan instability from spilling over into neighboring countries.

“So, they need a regional approach and a cooperative approach to make sure that this turmoil does not go in their sphere of influence so that is their main motivation and that is our priority also to make sure that terrorism does not spread from this area to other parts,” said Aziz.

Pakistani authorities maintain that IS militants operating in Afghan border regions have been behind recent deadly attacks in their country.

Advisor Aziz emphasized the need for seeking an urgent negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict by encouraging peace talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government.  He insisted that continuation of hostilities will only fuel instability in Afghanistan.

Speaking Tuesday in Moscow, Foreign Minister Lavrov also underscored Russia’s support for involving the Taliban in peace talks to end the Afghan war.

“We have confirmed our common stance that Taliban should be involved in a constructive dialogue in keeping with the criteria contained in the U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Russian media quoted Lavrov as saying.

The Taliban has shown no willingness to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government, and instead has expanded its insurgent activities across the country, capturing more territory and inflicting more casualties on Afghan security forces, as well as civilians.

The United Nations also has documented a sharp increase in IS attacks against civilians, particularly against the Shia Muslim religious minority in Afghanistan last year.

It noted in its annual report, issued Monday, the number of civilian casualties perpetrated by ISKP increased nearly 10 times in 2016 when 899 civilian casualties occurred, including 209 deaths. The figures stood at 82, including 39 deaths in 2015.

Russian officials maintain IS militants fleeing counter-terrorism operations in Syria and Iraq are seeking refuge in Afghanistan, and they are using the conflict-hit country to expand their extremist activities to neighboring countries.  China and Iran also have expressed similar concerns.

 

 

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Аваков пропонує на голову Нацполіції керівника карного розшуку Князєва

Міністр внутрішніх справ Арсен Аваков запропонував уряду призначити керівником Національної поліції України начальника карного розшуку Сергія Князєва.

«Сьогоднішні ввечері вніс прем’єр-міністру Володимиру Гройсману кандидатуру Сергія Князєва на призначення головою Національної поліції України. Прем’єр-міністр ухвалить рішення про внесення поданої кандидатури на завтрашньому засіданні Кабінету міністрів», – написав Аваков 7 лютого у Facebook.

За його словами, кандидатуру він вибрав за результатами конкурсу, враховуючи думки членів комісії.

Сергій Князєв очолював Департамент карного розшуку Національної поліції. Від 1995 року працював у карному розшуку. Генерал, кандидат юридичних наук.

У листопаді 2016 року уряд схвалив відставку з посади голови Національної поліції Хатії Деканоїдзе. Вона очолювала відомство з осені 2015 року.

Після цього міністр внутрішніх справ Арсен Аваков повідомив про створення консультативної комісії для проведення відкритого відбору кандидатів на посаду нового голови Національної поліції.

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China Waits as President Trump Speaks with World Leaders

Since his January inauguration, U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken with more than a dozen world leaders. A list released recently by the White House listed 16 and included many of Washington’s traditional allies, even Russia. For some, one country was curiously absent: China.

 

And that has some China watchers wondering not only why, but when Trump will speak with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

 

Since stepping into office, Trump’s focus has largely been on domestic issues and national security. And analysts say his pledge to put America first has meant he needs to focus on bringing jobs back to the United States, not a country he has accused of stealing those opportunities.

 

The U.S. president’s campaign pledge to bring jobs back to America is not only at odds with China’s interests, but his administration’s statements on what Beijing regards as “core interest” issues such as disputes in the South China Sea or a decision to speak with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, have made China uneasy.

 

“From Mr. Trump’s perspective, he has to sort out his various policies; sometimes there are contradictions and so on, before he could have a coherent conversation with [China’s] President Xi,” says Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

 

Still on radar

 

The delay does not mean that China is not on Trump’s radar, says Wong Ming-hsien, a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taiwan.

 

Wong says that when dealing with China, it is not just one issue. When it comes to U.S.-China relations, there is a whole host of problems, including the Chinese currency, the trade deficit, cyber security and other issues.

 

“When dealing with one issue related to China, there are always many other complex issues that come up,” Wong says.

By contrast, Wong says many of the issues Trump has taken on are ones the United States can take the lead in addressing, such as Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ recent trip to South Korea and Japan or Trump’s recent phone conversations with leaders like Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

 

“China is the other superpower and I think even with Mr. Trump, he will take some precautions in carrying out such a conversation,” Oh Ei Sun says. “I think that President Trump and President Xi will meet up in the very near future, be it at a bilateral summit or on the sidelines of an international conference.”

 

Wong, however, says it makes sense for Trump to try not to concentrate on China policy issues now because President Xi’s key focus this year too is on issues at home.

 

Later this year, China will hold a leadership reorganization, scheduled for every five years, during which Xi is expected to try to further solidify his power.

 

Hidden message

Wong says for the thornier issues, Trump may wait as long as six months before he tries to tackle any bigger issues with China.

 

Some analysts see the delay as a hidden message or tactic by Trump. They also say it highlights how the new administration may completely revamp the channels and mechanisms the two countries use to interact.

 

Shi Yinhong, a political scientist at Beijing’s Renmin University, says that much like he has done with other leaders, Trump appears to be trying to show his toughness.

 

“This absence of a phone call from Trump to Xi Jinping seems to indicate a deliberate approach on the part of President Trump to show that he is going to be more firm,” Shi says.

 

Given Trump’s negative remarks on the campaign trail and criticism of China in economic, financial and security fields, a call could help clear the air.

 

“A phone call cannot solve any major concrete issues, but what is required is an exchange of some good words or goodwill between the two presidents, which unfortunately has still not happened,” Shi said.

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НБУ зміцнив офіційний курс гривні щодо долара США на 23 копійки

Національний банк України зміцнив офіційний курс гривні щодо долара США на 23 копійки – до 27,03 гривні за долар.

Офіційний курс гривні до євро складає 28,85.

У попередній торговельний день НБУ встановив на рівні 27,26 і послабив офіційний курс гривні на 19 копійок.

У січні курс гривні щодо долара США почав знижуватися, тоді Національний банк України коливання курсу гривні щодо долара США пояснював ситуативними і сезонними факторами, як-то вихідними у США, що припадали посеред тижня, чи спадами ділової активності.

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India’s Modi Calls Currency Ban Right Move at Right Time

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly defended his radical ban on high currency notes as the right step, at the right time, that will deliver a cleaner economy.

Critics lambasted the currency ban, questioning why Modi took the action at a time when the country had outpaced China to become the world’s fastest growing economy. According to various estimates, the ban will pull down growth by one percent, displacing India from the top position.

Speaking for the first time in parliament since the ban was imposed on high denomination notes in November, Modi said that having the economy in good shape meant that was the right time to take the tough step. Comparing it with surgery, he told lawmakers, “If you are ill and need an operation, the doctor asks you to control parameters such as diabetes until the body is healthy. This was the right time for demonetization because the economy was doing well.”

Economists remain divided as to whether there will be any long-term benefits from the decision, which created huge currency shortages, led to hardship for hundreds of thousands of poor people who scrambled to exchange old notes, and slowed down the informal sector that employs nearly 90 percent of the workforce.

Modi, however called it a “pro-poor move” that will deliver a “clean India.” Warning that the government will press ahead with more measures to curb corruption, he said, “It does not matter how big you are, you will have to give back what belongs to the poor. I will not turn back from this path.”

The currency ban was meant to flush out illicit cash on which taxes have not been paid – a widespread problem in India where tax compliance is extremely low.

Several economists, however, say the world’s most sweeping currency change move in decades has done little to dent corrupt practices that create what is known in India as “black money.” While the old stocks of black money may have been targeted, they point out that demonetization cannot stop the generation of illicit cash.

Economist N. Bhanumurthy, with New Delhi’s National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, is among those who believe that the cash ban was a step in the right direction. “It is not going to completely remove the black money generation in future, but at least it would have some kind of impact.” He says significant public policy measures to curb the flow of illegal cash are in the works.

While economists will continue to debate the benefits of the measure for a long time, for the Indian prime minister the key test lies in how much ordinary people back his decision. That will be reflected in how Indians cast votes in four states where elections are currently being held. A good showing for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party will mean that his move has paid political dividends, while a poor showing will be interpreted as a rebuff by people who suffered due to the cash crunch.  

Modi said he was aware of the risks he had taken. “I am not concerned about the elections,” he said. “I am concerned about my country.”

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Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Near Kabul Supreme Court

Afghan officials say a suicide bomb attack near the Supreme Court building in the capital, Kabul, has killed at least  20 people and wounded about 40 others.

Most of the victims are said to be court employees.

There were at least two women and a child among the dead.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the deadly bombing as an “inhuman and an “unforgivable” act.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer also condemned the attack Tuesday, calling it a “cowardly act” and re-affirming U.S. support for the Afghan government.

WATCH: Spicer on Kabul attack

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack came a day after the United Nations said in its annual report that conflict-related violence in Afghanistan caused more than 11,400 civilian casualties, including around 3,500 deaths in 2016, making it the deadliest year since 2009.