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Huawei Overtakes Samsung as Russia’s Most Popular Smartphone Seller

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Chinese tech conglomerate Huawei has overtaken Korea’s Samsung to become the largest seller of smartphones in Russia, Gizchina reports citing data from industry analysis firm Counterpoint Research. Huawei moved from second with 24% of the smartphone market in the second quarter of 2018 to now sit first with 31% of the market share.

According to analysts, the increase is a significant amount, especially when you consider their numbers were already large – in October Huawei sold 2.84 million smartphones in Russia. Overall, worldwide Huawei sold over 200 million smartphones for the year, a big increase over their 153 million units in 2017. This is an incredible feat, especially for a company without a major carrier contract in the USA.

Huawei are expected to set their 2019 goals to a lofty 250 million units which is believed will take them past Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer.

Given Huawei’s exceptional results of last year and their obvious willingness to successfully push the boundaries and innovate to produce great smartphones, it would not surprise us if they closed the gap on Samsung and overtook them this year, as they have now done in Russia.

Last month, Huawei began offering Russian customers a new mobile payment option – Huawei Pay, to be available to UnionPay cardholders that bank with Gazprombank or the Russian Agricultural Bank.

Just like other mega companies like Alibaba, Samsung, Google, and others, has its own version of a mobile payment platform. The secure and instantaneous payment platform has now officially set foot on foreign soil. The company has managed to become one of the largest smartphone makers and suppliers in the world, and analysts expect it to want to deploy its financial services in other parts of the world.

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Erdogan says he will not declare ceasefire in northern Syria

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear to U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northern Syria and will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region.

Turkey forged ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.

The YPG, the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State, is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey.

On Monday, Trump announced sanctions on Turkey to punish it for the offensive. On Tuesday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a ceasefire and halt its offensive.

However, speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said the offensive would continue until it reaches its aims, and added that he was not worried about sanctions.

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Woman killed in Russian apartment building blast

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A woman died and other young woman sustained injuries when a five-story building partially collapsed following an explosion in Russian village of Novonezhino.

Around 17 apartments were damaged when the ceiling slab, wall and the stair case of the building collapsed, Emergency Department said.

“The people were evacuated, 17 apartments were damaged. Seven elders have been transferred to temporary accommodation center,” the authorities said.

Rescue crews were searching for people who are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescuers were assisting the residents save their pets and belongings from the damaged apartments.

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Greek Church recognizes autonomy of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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The leading figures of the Church of Greece decided at a meeting this weekend to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox churches to take such a step.

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece recognized the autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in line with a request by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios

The Orthodox Times says the Greeks’ formal recognition will take place October 19 in Thessaloniki, with Archbishop Ieronymos and the OCU’s Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine present.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople, generally considered the spiritual headquarters for Orthodoxy, granted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence in January in a move that was adamantly resisted by Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church. The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine installed its first metropolitan, Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Kyiv on February 3 in a process that further established the new church body’s independence

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