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How many countries have been ruled by a Boris?

16 November 2019

9:00 AM

16 November 2019

9:00 AM

Leaders called Boris

How many countries have been ruled by a Boris?
— Russia has had two Borises in charge. Boris Godunov was tsar between 1598 and 1605, during the Time of Troubles, and was credited with improving education in the country, importing foreign teachers and sending Russian children abroad for schooling. Boris Yeltsin was president of Russia from July 1991 to December 1999, becoming the first post-communist leader of the country.
— Bulgaria had three King Borises. Boris I, ruler between 852 and 889, introduced the country to Christianity. Boris II (969-977) fought the Byzantine Wars and was accidentally shot by one of his own border guards. Boris III (1918-43) has been praised for resisting the rounding-up of Bulgarian Jews demanded by Hitler. He died after returning from a meeting with Hitler and
it is claimed he was poisoned.
— Boris Trajkovski was president of the Republic of Macedonia from 1999 to 2004, and struggled to establish his newly independent country. He was killed in a plane crash.

Hard rains

Responding to floods in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, the Environment Agency claimed that intense rainfall events are becoming more common thanks to climate change. How long ago were records for intense rainfall set?


Highest rainfall in:
Year
5 minutes
1893
30 minutes
1953
One hour
1901
90 minutes
1967
2 hours
1956

3 hours
1968
24 hours
1955
2 days
2015
3 days
2009

4 days
2009
1 month
2015

Source: Met Office

Where to look for work

Employment in the UK fell by 58,000 but the unemployment rate also fell, to 3.8 per cent. Where in the OECD are you most and least likely to find a job?

Highest unemployment South Africa
28.8%
Greece
17.4%
Spain
14.1%
Turkey
13.8%

Colombia
10.7%

Italy
9.9%

France
8.4%
Lowest unemployment Czech Republic
2%
Japan
2.3%
Germany
3.1%
Norway/Netherlands
3.3%

Mexico
3.5%
US
3.6%

Israel
3.7%

UK
3.8%

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