Thursday, 22, February, 2024

World

The United States has released official statistics on B1/B2 nonimmigrant visa refusal rates in 2023. According to the State Department, in 2023 fiscal year (the period from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023), about 60 percent of applicants from Uzbekistan were denied US visas.

2023 saw a step change in renewable capacity additions, driven by China’s solar PV market. Global annual renewable capacity additions increased by almost 50% to nearly 510 gigawatts (GW) in 2023, the fastest growth rate in the past two decadesб the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report.

Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami said the Iranian Cabinet has decided to unilaterally cancel visa requirements for visitors from 33 more countries.

UK announces 46 new sanctions targeting individuals and groups supplying and funding Putin’s war machine, www.gov.uk said.

The earthquake in Afghanistan that struck the Herat region killed more than 2,000 people. We, in Uzbekistan, received with great grief the news of the death of a large number of people and large-scale destruction after the earthquake in the western provinces of Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Uzbekistan became the 101st country whose citizens can now enter Qatar without a visa, the official portal of the government of Qatar said. Reportedly, there are several conditions for entering Qatar without a visa.

Global demand for power in H1 of this year increased by 0.4% compared to the same period in 2022. This is evidenced by data from Ember, an energy think tank headquartered in London, which compared figures in 78 countries.

Around half of children in Europe and Central Asia – or 92 million – are exposed to high heatwave frequency, according to an analysis of the latest available data from 50 countries published today by UNICEF in a new policy brief. This is double the global average of 1 in 4 children exposed to high heatwave frequency.

Google has developed a quantum computer that instantly makes calculations that would take the best existing supercomputers 47 years, in a breakthrough meant to establish beyond doubt that the experimental machines can outperform conventional rivals.

Mobility is one of the hottest sectors, with start-ups and traditional OEMs constantly developing new technologies and transportation options. The influx of innovative solutions has yet to solve the problem of congested roads, however, and almost every country is feeling the effects. Drivers in Munich waste an average of 87 hours in traffic every year; in Los Angeles, wasted time in traffic hit 119 hours before the pandemic, when roads were more crowded.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahror Burkhanov commented on media reports about destruction of the monument to the famous Uzbek poet Alisher Navoi in Afghanistan.

The Prime Ministers of the EAEU countries discussed the progress of the draft agreement on creation of a common gas market at the EAEU Intergovernmental Council meeting in Almaty, the press service of the government of Kazakhstan.

KazTransOil established a new price for the transit of Russian oil through the territory of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, the company said.

The contract to manage the Hairatan-Mazar-e-Sharif railway was signed with a Kazakhstani company called Mansour Fatih.

For the first time since 2019, diplomats and experts from the art world have come together to support the continent’s best writers.

A new report from the World Health Organization finds that our collective sedentary lifestyle will take a heavy toll in the years to come if nothing changes. The report assumes that this will be the case almost be a half-billions of new cases of noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes due to physical inactivity by 2030. It also found that many countries are doing little to help people stay active, such as building safer, walkable roads.

Uzbek Foreign Ministry condemned attack on an Afghan mosque on Wednesday evening in Kabul's Khairkhan district which killed 21 people.

The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change.

Kazakh President called for diversifying the country’s oil supply routes, a day after a Russian court suspended operations on a major export pipeline.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred financial inclusion - driving a large increase in digital payments amid the global expansion of formal financial services. This expansion created new economic opportunities, narrowing the gender gap in account ownership, and building resilience at the household level to better manage financial shocks, according to the Global Findex 2021database.