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Бойовики здійснили на Донбасі 6 обстрілів 19 вересня – штаб ООС

На Донбасі підтримувані Росією бойовики з початку доби 19 вересня здійснили шість обстрілів позицій українських військових, повідомляє штаб операції Об’єднаних сил. У повідомленні немає даних про втрати серед українських військових або інші наслідки цих дій бойовиків.

Угруповання «ДНР» та «ЛНР» не подають зведених даних про бойові дії 19 вересня.

 

Обстріли в зоні конфлікту на Донбасі тривають, попри оголошене там від 21 липня перемир’я. Сторони звинувачують одна одну в порушеннях режиму тиші.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської окупації Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати хіба що російські «добровольці».

За оцінками ООН, станом на 31 грудня 2018 року, унаслідок збройного конфлікту на Донбасі загинули від 12 тисяч 800 до 13 тисяч людей.

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У Росії суд відправив під арешт соратника Навального

Суд у столиці Росії Москві 19 вересня відправив під адміністративний арешт директора «Фонду боротьби з корупцією» Івана Жданова. Соратник опозиціонера Олексія Навального відбуватиме вісім діб, до яких його засудили в серпні.

Жданова затримали 19 вересня на виході з дому і доставили до відділу внутрішніх справ. Там на нього вже був складений протокол за порушення правил проведення масового заходу.

29 липня суд призначив Жданову 15 діб адміністративного арешту. 9 серпня він отримав ще 10 діб, але відбув з них тільки два дні. Опозиціонера тоді випустили з спецприймальника, і до кінця другий термін він не відбував. На засіданні 19 вересня суд вирішив, що директор ФБК має повернутися до місця несвободи.

Раніше управління Федеральної служби судових приставів Росії порушило проти Жданова кримінальну справу. Директора ФБК підозрюють у невиконанні рішення суду видалити з мережі фільм «Він вам не Дімон». У цій справі Жданову загрожує штраф до 200 тисяч рублів (це близько 80 тисяч гривень) або позбавлення волі на строк до двох років.

Розслідування ФБК «Він вам не Дімон», опубліковане в березні 2017 року, було присвячене прем’єр-міністру Росії Дмитру Медведєву, якого Навальний звинуватив у корупції. У травні 2017 року мільярдер Алішер Усманов виграв позов проти «Фонду боротьби з корупцією» з вимогою видалити з фільму частину розслідування, де згадується його ім’я.

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Sanders Still Wants a Revolution, But Now He’s Got Company

Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary.The Vermont senator acknowledges that many of his top proposals, which were dismissed as radical four years ago, have been adopted by much of the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary field: “Medicare for All,” tuition-free college, spending trillions to combat climate change and a national $15 per hour minimum wage. But he’s out to prove that his second presidential campaign is still about fresh energy and ideas even if its refrains now sound familiar.“Not only can I lead it, I think I am the person to lead it,” Sanders said in an interview at a plumbers and pipefitters union hall in Las Vegas, when asked if he could helm a revolution when so many of his presidential rivals agree with him.“What we need to do is to look at somebody who four years ago had the courage to break new ground in this country,” he added. “We’re continuing to break new ground today.”But there are signs that may not be enough. The campaign is restructuring its staff in key early voting states as the 78-year-old Sanders faces crosscurrents that weren’t in play four years ago. No longer the sole progressive alternative to an overwhelming favorite in Hillary Clinton, Sanders is one of several candidates making explicit appeals to the party’s left wing. This time, his rivals have taken him seriously from the start, a sign of his name recognition but also a status that subjects Sanders to more scrutiny and criticism than at this stage of the 2016 campaign.And some of Sanders’ younger competitors are calling for generational change, an issue that could resonate because of questions raised about the readiness for the presidency of another senior candidate, 76-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden.FILE – Supporters wave signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, as he speaks during a campaign rally in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 9, 2019.Not all Democrats have embraced Sanders’ core principles. Kamala Harris is a co-sponsor of his Medicare for All legislation, but the California senator now says she doesn’t favor its call to scrap all private health insurance. Biden, the early front-runner in the primary, has repeatedly hammered Sanders over the plan’s costs.Few candidates line up more closely with Sanders than Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. While they don’t agree on everything, Warren is such a fan of Medicare for All that she’s repeatedly declared, “I’m with Bernie,” when it comes to health care.Because they agree on so much, Warren is becoming a growing threat to Sanders. She packed tens of thousands of supporters into New York’s Washington Square Park on Monday, harkening back to Sanders’ success in attracting massive 2016 crowds. On the same day, she picked up an endorsement from the progressive Working Families Party, which backed Sanders’ first campaign.A national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday found Warren leading Sanders among Democratic primary voters 25% to 14%. Biden still came out on top at 31%. Sanders is in second behind Biden in other national and early state surveys.Sanders is working to fortify his campaign, recently parting ways with his political director in Iowa, which holds the nation’s first caucus, and replacing his state director in New Hampshire, a state critical to Sanders’ efforts given his landslide primary victory there in 2016.“They have some challenges,” Brian Fallon, who was chief spokesman for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said of Sanders’ team. “In a binary race, there were a lot of people who united around an alternative to Clinton. There continue to be true blue Bernie supporters and that probably gives him the most stubborn floor of support of any candidate, but those numbers are smaller. The non-establishment vote is spread around.”Sanders rejected the notion that the primary may eventually force liberal Democrats to choose between him and Warren, saying, “I think that Sen. Warren, who is a friend of mine, is running her campaign. We are running our campaign.”FILE – Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren participate in the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, July 30, 2019.Warren has similarly praised her longtime friendship with Sanders rather than answer questions about whether a showdown is coming.Still, there are questions about how long the holding pattern can last. On Sunday, Sanders will travel to Oklahoma, where he’ll attend a Comanche Nation Fair Powwow. While he’s not expected to directly talk about Warren, the trip will take Sanders to her native state a month after she apologized to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage. Sanders has also gotten more aggressive with Biden lately, ticking through a list of the former vice president’s unpopular votes while he was in the Senate — including supporting the Wall Street bank bailout.With just over four months before primary voting begins, Sanders said he doesn’t believe anyone in so crowded a field will carry states with 50% of the vote.“So the question is, who is going to get the 30, 35, 40% of the vote that you need to carry the states?” he said. “I think that because of our strong grassroots movement we are in a strong position to do that.”Sanders’ advisers, meanwhile, argue that his appeal now goes beyond political insurgency, noting that he campaigned hard for Clinton after the 2016 primary and that he has begun working more closely with state parties this cycle, trying to build support through traditional channels.Fallon also noted that Sanders has been ahead of many of his rivals on things like joining striking McDonald’s workers in Iowa — giving him revolutionary political cred that rises above policy overlap with other candidates.“With the Bernie crowd, that’s the space to say, `Don’t settle for imitators,”’ Fallon said.A lot of Sanders’ central message remains the same, though, and still appeals to voters.“I think I’ve heard a lot of what he’s said already,” said Alejandro Hernandez Jr., a 23-year-old federal employee who saw Sanders at a recent Latino issues forum in Las Vegas. “But just to see his actual energy and presence, the way he commands the room and really the elegance with which he speaks, it’s truly impressive.” 

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Macron Says Yellow Vest Crisis ‘Very Good For Me’

President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes the yellow vest protests that rocked France since last year have been good for him as they made him listen and communicate better, in an interview published on Thursday.The yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protests, which often descended into violent clashes with the police, erupted last November, with demonstrators accusing Macron of being aloof and unaware of the needs of ordinary French people.Now over two years into his five-year term, Macron is hoping in the next phase of his term to focus on his ambitious vision for reforming not just France but also the EU.”In a certain way, the gilets jaunes were very good for me,” Macron told Time magazine in an interview for a front-page cover story. “Because it reminded me who I should be.”He acknowledged that the protests had made him aware that he needed to be less disconnected.”My challenge is to listen to people much better than I did at the very beginning,” he said, for the story entitled “Macron’s Moment”.”I probably provided the feeling that I wanted to reform even against people.”And sometimes my impatience was felt as an impatience (with) the French people. That is not the case,” he said, adding that his impatience was with France’s system itself.”Now, I think I need to take more time to explain where we are and what we want to do exactly.”Analysts say that for now, Macron appears to have seen off the worst of the yellow vest protests, which are still taking place every weekend but on nothing like the scale of six months ago.But he has to keep an eye on his own popularity and France’s powerful unions as he seeks to implement reforms at home. The Paris metro last Friday saw its worst strike in years over a planned pension overhaul.He has also taken an active role on the international stage, though his drives to defuse the Iran nuclear dispute and also bring peace to Ukraine could yet be derailed.Time quoted Macron as saying he was currently in a “Death Valley” period between setting out his reforms and seeing them bearing fruit.”The end of Death Valley is the day you have results,” he said. “Building this new France is my obsession. 

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Challenge to Parliament Shutdown Wrapping up at UK Top Court

Former British Prime Minister John Major accused current leader Boris Johnson of a “conspicuous” failure to explain why he suspended Parliament for five weeks, as a landmark Brexit case at the Supreme Court came to a head on Thursday.Meanwhile, the European Union and Britain announced new talks on an elusive divorce deal, even as they squabbled over whether or not the U.K. had brought any new ideas to the table.The U.K.’s top court is sitting to decide whether Johnson broke the law by sending lawmakers home just weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union on Oct. 31.The government says the suspension is routine and not motivated by Brexit, and argues that judges should not interfere in politics.Opponents of the government claim Johnson shut Parliament until Oct. 14 to prevent lawmakers scrutinizing his plan to take Britain out of the EU at the end of next month, with or without a divorce deal. They also accuse the prime minister of misleading Queen Elizabeth II, whose formal approval was needed to suspend the legislature.They are being backed by Major, who was prime minister between 1990 and 1997 – and, like Johnson, is a Conservative.Major’s lawyer, Edward Garnier, told the court that it was an “inescapable” conclusion that Johnson had shut down the legislature to stop lawmakers blocking his Brexit plans.A written submission on behalf of Major said Johnson had failed to provide a sworn statement explaining the reasons for suspending Parliament, and argued that “his failure or refusal to do so is conspicuous.”Major said the inescapable conclusion was that “the decision was in fact substantially motivated by a desire to obstruct Parliament from interfering with the prime minister’s plans.”The three-day hearing ends Thursday, but 11 Supreme Court justices are unlikely to give their judgment before Friday at the earliest. If the court rules that the suspension was illegal, Johnson could be forced to call lawmakers back to Parliament.It would be a new blow for Johnson, who is battling to fulfil his pledge to lead Britain out of the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 come what may.Johnson insists he is working hard to get an agreement with the EU that will ensure a smooth departure. EU leaders are skeptical of that claim, saying the U.K. has not produced any concrete proposals.Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne warned that “it’s all over” if Britain didn’t come up with solid new Brexit proposals by the end of the month.“If the U.K. wants to discuss alternatives to the existing exit agreement, then these must be presented before the end of the month,” Rinne said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday.Finland currently holds the rotating presidency of the 28-nation bloc.Britain says it has not revealed detailed proposals because they would likely leak, to the detriment of negotiations. But the government insisted Thursday it has sent “confidential technical non-papers which reflect the ideas the U.K. has been putting forward.” Non-papers are documents intended for discussion, rather than formal proposals.The British government said in a statement it would not meet an “artificial deadline” but would make formal submissions “when we are ready.”The EU confirmed it has received new documents from Britain relating to ways of maintaining an open border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland – the key sticking point to a deal.European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said the two sides would hold “technical discussions” on Thursday, followed by a meeting between EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Britain’s chief Brexit minister Steve Barclay on Friday.Barclay insisted that the six weeks until Oct. 31 were “sufficient for a deal” if both sides provided “creative and flexible solutions.”“A rigid approach now at this point is no way to progress a deal and the responsibility sits with both sides to find a solution,” he said during a visit to Madrid. 

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Газові переговори в Брюсселі завершилися без підписання контракту

«Переговори закінчилися раніше, ніж це було заплановано, причому закінчилися безрезультатно»

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Український студент готується запустити першу в світі лінію з переробки листя на папір

В Україні незабаром може розпочатися виробництво eco-friendly паперу з опалого листя за технологією, яку запропонував український школяр, а нині студент Київського національного університету імені Шевченка Валентин Фречка, повідомляє Міністерство освіти і науки України.

За повідомленням, днями технологія виготовлення паперу з опалого листя RE-leaf успішно пройшла випробовування на спеціалізованому обладнанні і готова до роботи в «масштабних умовах».

 

«Ми підтвердили ефективність використання листя як замінника деревини. Ми виготовили папір на спеціалізованому обладнанні, яке показало, що папір і справді якісний», – написав дослідник.

За його словами, зараз необхідно вдосконалити певні деталі, але загалом вже скоро можна буде говорити про першу в світі лінію переробки опалого листя на паперову продукцію.

Раніше Валентин Фречка завдяки своєму проєкту здобув «золото» на Міжнародній олімпіаді з екології в Кенії, Олімпіаді геніїв у США, а також став фіналістом фестивалю інновацій МОН.

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US, Chinese Trade Deputies Face off in Washington amid Deep Differences

U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators were set to resume face-to-face talks on Thursday for the first time in nearly two months as the world’s two largest economies try to bridge deep policy differences and find a way out of a bitter and protracted trade war.The negotiations, on Thursday and Friday, are aimed at laying the groundwork for high-level talks in early October that will determine whether the two countries are working toward a solution or are headed for new and higher tariffs on each other’s goods.A delegation of about 30 Chinese officials, led by Vice Finance Minister Liao Min, were set to launch talks on Thursday morning at the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office near the White House. The U.S. side is expected to be led by Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish.The discussions are likely to focus heavily on agriculture, including U.S. demands that China substantially increase purchases of American soybeans and other farm commodities, a person with knowledge of the planned discussions told Reuters.Two negotiating sessions over the two days will cover agricultural issues, while just one will be devoted to the strengthening of China’s intellectual property protections and the forced transfer of U.S. technology to Chinese firms.”Sessions on agriculture will get a disproportionate amount of air time,” the source said, adding that one of these sessions also will include a focus on U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that China cut off shipments of the synthetic opioid fentanyl to the United States.The president is eager to provide export opportunities for U.S. farmers, a key Trump political constituency that has been battered by China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other agricultural commodities.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in an interview on Fox Business Network on Thursday, said it remained unclear what China wants and that “we will find out very, very shortly in the next couple of weeks.””What we need is to correct the big imbalances, not just the current trade deficit,” Ross said. “It’s more complicated than just buying a few more soybeans.”Currency on tableU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who will participate in the October talks along with USTR Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, has said that currency issues will be a focus of the new rounds of talks.Mnuchin formally declared China a currency manipulator last month after the yuan weakened against the dollar, accusing Beijing of reducing the strength of its currency to gain a trade advantage.
Trump has said that China failed to follow through on agricultural purchase commitments made by its president, Xi Jinping, at a G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan as a goodwill gesture to get stalled talks back on track. China has denied making such commitments.When such purchases failed to materialize during U.S.-China trade talks in late July, Trump quickly moved to impose 10% tariffs on virtually all remaining Chinese imports untouched by previous rounds of tariffs.But in an easing of tensions last week, Trump delayed a scheduled Oct. 1 tariff increase on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports until mid-month, as China postponed tariffs on some U.S. cancer drugs, animal feed ingredients and lubricants.”The atmospherics are improving but … President Trump is going to stand firm,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Fox Business Network in an interview that aired on Thursday Beijing also is seeking an easing of U.S. national security sanctions against telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies, which has been largely cut off from buying sensitive U.S. technology products.The trade war, which has dragged on for 14 months, has rattled financial markets as policymakers and investors worry about the broadening global economic fallout of the dispute.The specter of a global recession has prompted central banks around the world to loosen policy in recent months. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut rates for the second time this year, saying the reduction provided “insurance against ongoing risks,” including weak world growth and resurgent trade tensions.Ideological divideTrade experts, executives and government officials in both countries say that even if the September and October talks produce an interim deal that includes purchases and a reprieve for Huawei, the U.S.-China trade war has hardened into a political and ideological battle that runs far deeper than tariffs and could take years to resolve.Jon Lieber, a principal in PwC’s national tax services practice, said a “very narrow agreement” in October would do little to solve fundamental differences between the two countries.To keep markets steady, the two sides could well “string along the talks for a longer period of time,” he added.Representative Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he was cautiously optimistic about the talks.