The wild one
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that Vladimir Putin had gone ‘full tonto’. The word tonto is used in Spanish for ‘stupid’ or ‘foolish’, but one of its suggested origins has a meaning which would perhaps go down better with Putin himself. Tonto was used by Apache Indians as a term for the Western Apaches – mean ‘wild ones’. It went on to become the name of a native-American character in the 1930s radio show The Lone Ranger – later a TV series.
The colour of money
What will sanctions on the Russian economy mean? Potential losses in US dollars:
Largest Russian exports in 2019:
Crude petroleum $123bn
Refined petroleum $66bn
Vehicle parts $8bn
Broadcasting equipment $7bn
Largest trading partners:
Who has the most nuclear warheads, according to estimates by US scientists?
North Korea 20
Of the world’s 12,700 nuclear warheads, more than 9,400 are currently in military stockpiles for use by missiles, aircraft, ships and submarines.
Source: Federation of American Scientists