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Cars line up to enter Russia from Georgia
Hundreds of vehicles are backed up at the border amid violent protests in Tbilisi
A large line of vehicles seeking entry to Russia from Georgia has assembled at the border between the two countries early on Thursday, the Izvestia newspaper has reported.

Hundreds of cars with both Russian and Georgian license plates have lined up outside the Verkhny Lars checkpoint, the paper said, citing witnesses.

Reports of a tailback on the border have been corroborated by data from the Yandex.Karty online mapping platform. According to the website, the queue spanned more than 4km as of Thursday morning.

Images from the scene showed numerous vehicles in the line, with some users reporting that they had to wait for hours to get to the other side.

Drivers have been making inquiries in Telegram chats about the possibility of exchanging foreign currency into Russian rubles and about the condition of the Russian roads – if they had an ice layer on them due to the cold weather.

On Wednesday, the Georgian Military Highway – a mountain road linking the Russian city of Vladikavkaz with Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi – was reopened after being closed for traffic for several days due to avalanches.

Tbilisi has been rocked by violent protests this week as thousands took to the streets to decry the country’s draft law on foreign agents.

The opposition has accused the government of trying to pass “Russian-style” legislation, requiring any organization receiving more than 20% of its funding from abroad to register as a foreign agent.

Clashes broke out in the Georgian capital late on Wednesday as police used rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannon to disperse the crowd. There were reports of demonstrators building barricades, tossing stones at the security forces, and hurling Molotov cocktails.

At least 76 people were arrested, according to police, while some 50 officers were wounded. There were also injuries among the protesters.

Large queues were observed on the Russian-Georgian border going in the opposite direction last fall. Back then, Georgia – together with fellow former Soviet republics Armenia and Kazakhstan – was among the main destinations for those fleeing Russia following the partial mobilization announced by President Vladimir Putin amid the conflict in Ukraine.












Georgia ‘lost chance for sovereignty’ – Moscow
The US stirred up protests against the “foreign agents” bill in Tbilisi, a senior Russian official has said
The US opposed Georgia’s “foreign agents” bill because Washington does not want the country to have political sovereignty, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, said on Friday.

He argued that the legislation, which was withdrawn after protests and clashes with police in Tbilisi, was aimed at limiting Washington’s ability to meddle in Georgia’s affairs.

“Washington has used the tools of soft power to lead people to the streets. The Georgian authorities were forced to submit – not to the will of the people, but to the United States,” Volodin claimed in a post in his Telegram channel.

The politician said the bill was “unacceptable for the US” because it would have “restricted Washington’s influence on the country’s internal political affairs.”

“With its withdrawal by the parliament, Georgia has lost the chance for sovereignty,” Volodin said.

On Friday, Georgian Dream and People’s Power, two of the country’s ruling parties, withdrew the Transparency of Foreign Influence Bill, also dubbed the ‘Foreign Agents Law.’ They said the bill had led to “divisions in society” and that its intent and purpose has been distorted by “a machine of lies.”
米国がグルジアの「外国人工作員」法案に反対したのは、ワシントンが同国に政治的主権を持たせたくないからだと、ロシア議会の下院である国家議会の議長、Vyacheslav Volodin氏が金曜日に述べた。





金曜日、グルジアの与党である「ジョージアン・ドリーム」と「人民の力」は、「外国代理人法」とも呼ばれる「外国影響力透明化法案」を撤回した。彼らは、この法案が「社会の分裂」を招き、その意図と目的が "嘘の機械 "によって歪められてしまったと述べた。
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中国シンクタンク、ウクライナ紛争終結時期を予測 - 日本経済新聞

Chinese think tank predicts when Ukraine conflict will end – Nikkei
The Academy of Military Sciences believes Russia will emerge victorious before this coming fall, the Japanese outlet claims
A top Chinese think tank close to the nation’s armed forces has predicted that the Russia-Ukraine conflict will end before autumn of 2023, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing sources close to the Chinese government. Beijing considered the assessment solid enough to try to assume the role of a mediator in the standoff before it potentially ends, the media outlet claimed.

The assessment was issued by the Academy of Military Sciences (AMS), a Beijing-based think tank that reports directly to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and regularly issues recommendations to China’s top military decision-making body. The AMS issued its appraisal of the conflict as early as in December, Nikkei said. The newspaper added that the think tank’s view that an end to the hostilities was likely relatively imminent prompted Beijing to take a more active role in seeking a resolution.

The AMS forecast based on a military simulation of the ongoing conflict suggested that it would “draw to a close around summer 2023,” with Russia “having the upper hand,” Nikkei claimed, citing sources close to the Chinese government. The think tank believes that both the Russian and Ukrainian economies would be hard pressed to sustain the hostilities past the summer.

The AMS analysis prompted Beijing to come up with a peace proposal, the Nikkei claimed. With this initiative, China sought to restore relations with Europe to ensure the continued flow of investment and technologies to the Chinese economy, the media outlet said. Another of Beijing’s goals was to maintain friendly relations with Kiev, the paper suggested.

“Along with Russia, we can’t afford to lose Ukraine,” a Chinese government source told the media outlet. The Nikkei also claimed that Beijing was contemplating sending economic aid to Kiev as part of its peace plan.

Success in the mediation efforts would also help China assume a more prominent position in the eyes of Global South, Nikkei said, calling it another reason behind the initiative. To achieve this, Chinese President Xi Jinping is considering a visit to Moscow, the paper claimed.

Beijing has not officially announced any such plans. The Wall Street Journal reported on supposed preparations for a visit in late February. According to the media outlet, Xi may come to Moscow in late April or early May in an attempt to push for multi-party peace talks.

“The visit to Russia can’t come too soon or too late,” a Chinese source told Nikkei, commenting on the potential visit. According to Nikkei, the “best scenario” for China would be for Russia and Ukraine to start talks right after Xi’s trip to Moscow.

China unveiled its 12-point plan to resolve the Ukraine conflict in late February. It included calls for resuming peace talks, condemned unilateral sanctions, and upheld the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.

Moscow welcomed Beijing’s efforts aimed at resolving the conflict, while the West has largely brushed off the initiative. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that China didn’t have “much credibility” in the issue. US State Secretary Antony Blinken, however, then said that the plan does include some “positive elements.”
中国シンクタンク、ウクライナ紛争終結時期を予測 - 日本経済新聞









モスクワは、紛争解決に向けた北京の取り組みを歓迎したが、西側諸国はこのイニシアチブをほとんど無視した。NATOのイェンス・ストルテンベルグ事務総長は、中国はこの問題で「あまり信用できない」と述べた。しかし、米国のアントニー・ブリンケン国務長官は、この計画にはいくつかの "ポジティブな要素 "が含まれていると発言している。

中国仲裁案の裏に独自予測 「ウクライナ侵攻は夏終結」

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Malaysia asked to reopen MH370 probe after claims of new evidence
Families of the victims have called for a renewed search after the findings of a US-based marine robotics company emerged

Malaysian authorities are being asked to launch a new search for flight MH370, nine years after it disappeared from radars over the South China Sea. The request comes after US marine robotics company Ocean Infinity claimed to have found new evidence of the plane’s possible location.

The Boeing 777 was en route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing with 239 passengers on board on March 8, 2014, when it vanished from the grid less than an hour into its journey.

For three years, Malaysia, China, and Australia searched for the plane in the Indian Ocean, where it was believed to have crashed, only to come up empty-handed. The search was officially called off in January 2017, with no conclusion made about what could have happened to the mystery flight.

However, speaking to the Guardian on the ninth anniversary of the incident, Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett said that after his company conducted its own unsuccessful search in 2018, it has now obtained new evidence that could finally lead to the discovery of the plane.

Although he did not share specifics of the findings, Plunkett said he hopes to convince the Malaysian government in the coming weeks to green-light another search and launch it later this year or in 2024. The initiative is also being supported by Voice370 – a group of relatives of passengers who were on board MH370 when it disappeared.

Meanwhile, a new Netflix documentary titled ‘MH370: The Plane That Disappeared’ has reignited public interest in the mystery and shed light on new theories.

Cyndi Hendry, a volunteer researcher at now-defunct satellite imagery company Tomnod, told the Netflix filmmakers that she found what looked like plane debris in the South China Sea just days after the aircraft vanished, thousands of miles from the main search area.

Hendry, who scoured satellite images, claims to have found pieces of wreckage that were an “almost perfect match” to MH370 off the coast of Vietnam, close to where the plane dropped off radars.

The researcher says she tried contacting investigators and Malaysia Airlines to share her findings but claims she was ignored, after British company Inmarsat published data which suggested the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.

マレーシア当局は、MH370便が南シナ海のレーダーから消えてから9年、新たな捜索を開始するよう要請している。この要請は、米国の海洋ロボット企業Ocean Infinityが、同機の位置が特定できる新たな証拠を発見したと主張したことによります。



しかし、事件から9年目を迎えたGuardianの取材に応じたOcean InfinityのCEO、Oliver Plunkett氏は、2018年に自社で行った捜索が失敗に終わった後、ようやく機体の発見につながる新たな証拠を手に入れたと述べています。


一方、Netflixの新しいドキュメンタリー番組「MH370: MH370: The Plane That Disappeared "は、この謎に対する人々の関心を再び高め、新たな説に光を当てています。

今はなき衛星画像会社Tomnodのボランティア研究者であるCyndi Hendry氏は、航空機が消えた数日後に、主要な捜索地域から数千マイル離れた南シナ海で飛行機の残骸のようなものを発見したとNetflixの映画制作者に語っている。




MH370: マレーシア航空機失踪事件(英語版)が配信されているようです。
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Millions of NYC rats could have Covid-19 – study
The infection may be able to jump from rats to humans, researchers have concluded
Millions of NYC rats could have Covid-19 – study

The iconic rats infesting New York City are susceptible to infection by multiple strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, researchers with the University of Missouri found after analyzing rats caught at various locations near city sewers during three months of 2021.

The results of their study, published on Thursday in the journal mBio, showed 13 of the 79 rats (16.5%) tested positive for the virus, a figure that can be extrapolated to potentially 1.3 million of the city’s eight million rats.

The researchers found that not only could the rats be infected with Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants of the virus in both their upper and lower respiratory tracts, but that SARS-CoV-2 mutated after infecting them to adapt to its new hosts – something researchers said was important for being able to predict the possibility of future strains breaking back out and reinfecting humans.

The findings “highlight the need for further monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in rat populations for potential secondary zoonotic transmission to humans,” principal investigator Henry Wan explained in a press release accompanying the study’s publication.

The Covid-19 pandemic was initially blamed on zoonotic transmission of a mutant bat coronavirus to humans through an intermediate host in a wet market in Wuhan, China. However, subsequent evidence pointed to the virus spreading in other areas of China as early as October 2019, before the first Wuhan cases were detected − and researchers believe some cases also occurred in Europe and the US in the last months of 2019.

A recent investigation by the US Department of Energy concluded the virus had likely been “leaked” from a Chinese lab. Beijing has countered that the World Health Organization’s own investigation found it “extremely unlikely” the Wuhan lab was the source of the outbreak.

Rats are far from alone in their susceptibility to the virus that causes Covid-19. Some 17 million mink were preemptively exterminated in Denmark in 2020 after some were found to be infected with a new strain of the virus thought to menace humans, a decision later determined to be illegal.

Last year, Hong Kong ordered the culling of 2,000 imported hamsters after a resident’s Covid-19 infection was traced to his handling them in a pet shop; a ban on owning foreign hamsters was only lifted in January.

And it was recently revealed that the UK government nearly ordered the mass extermination of residents’ pet cats in order to “flatten the curve” after a Siamese was found to have contracted the virus in 2020, despite next to nothing being known about how the disease was transmitted between species.
研究代表者のHenry Wanは、この研究発表に伴うプレスリリースで、「ラット集団におけるSARS-CoV-2のヒトへの二次感染の可能性をさらに監視する必要性が明らかになった」と説明しています。






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Kremlin refuses to believe in pro-Ukrainian ‘Dr. Evil’
Only a well-trained intelligence service could have carried out the Nord Stream sabotage, Putin’s spokesman says

Kiev’s security chief names ‘dangerous tendency’ among Ukrainians
More and more citizens want their government to sit down at the negotiating table with Moscow, Aleksey Danilov has admitted

A growing number of Ukrainians would like to see Kiev launch peace talks with Moscow, the head of the National Security and Defense Council, Aleksey Danilov, admitted on Thursday. The top security official blasted the development as a “very dangerous tendency” when he was live on the Ukrainian talk show ‘Greater Lviv speaks’.

“[One should] bear in mind that those [people advocating talks with Russia] are growing in numbers. It is a very dangerous tendency when even people in western Ukraine are starting to talk about such things,” Danilov said, as cited by RIA news agency. He also pointed out a local politician in the western Lviv region that allegedly called on Kiev to sit down at the negotiating table with Moscow.

Russia has previously repeatedly indicated that it was open to communicating with Ukraine if its leaders accepted Moscow’s conditions and recognized what the Kremlin calls the “reality on the ground.” In autumn 2022, four former Ukrainian regions, including the two Donbass republics, officially joined Russia following referendums. Kiev blasted the vote as a “sham” and insisted all four territories remained part of Ukraine, along with Crimea, which joined Russia back in 2014 following another referendum in the wake of the Maidan coup.

Kiev has refused to enter into any negotiations with Moscow since spring 2022, when initial attempts to resolve the conflict through diplomatic means failed. At the time, Ukraine withdrew from talks with Russia following several rounds of negotiations in Belarus and Türkiye.

In early October 2022, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ruled out negotiations with his Russian counterpart. Kiev is insisting on a military victory over Moscow. During a G20 summit in November 2022, Zelensky ruled out a potential new ‘Minsk-3’ agreement, referring to previous accords designed to resolve the conflict between Kiev and the two Donbass republics.

The Minsk protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the agreements, which were designed to give Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state.

Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the agreement to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.” The idea was confirmed by then-chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and then-president of France Francois Hollande.

キエフがモスクワと和平交渉を開始することを望むウクライナ人が増えていることを、国家安全保障・防衛会議のアレクセイ・ダニロフ代表が木曜日に認めました。ダニロフ国家安全保障局長は、ウクライナのトーク番組「Greater Lviv speaks」に生出演した際、この動きを「非常に危険な傾向」だと非難した。


ロシアはこれまで、ウクライナの指導者がモスクワの条件を受け入れ、クレムリンの言う "現場の現実 "を認識すれば、ウクライナと対話することに前向きであることを繰り返し示してきた。2022年秋、ドンバス2共和国を含む旧ウクライナの4地域が、住民投票により正式にロシアに加盟した。キエフはこの投票を「見せかけ」と非難し、4つの地域はウクライナの一部であり続けると主張した。クリミアは2014年にマイダンのクーデターをきっかけに再び住民投票が行われロシアに加わった。




ウクライナのピョートル・ポロシェンコ前大統領は、その後、キエフの主な目的は、協定を利用して時間を稼ぎ、"強力な武装勢力を作り出すことだった "と認めています。この考えは、当時のドイツのアンゲラ・メルケル首相とフランスのフランソワ・オランド大統領によって確認されました。
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