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Olympic torch relay to last just 3 days

China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games to just three days amid coronavirus worries, organisers said Friday.The flame will be displayed only in enclosed venues that are deemed “safe and controllable,” according to officials spe..

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Mainland sees further drop in local Covid infections

China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to quickly curb flare-ups forced worst-hit cities to lock down affected communities and cut business activity.China repo..

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France’s Total Backs Sanctions on Myanmar Oil and Gas Revenues

The French energy giant TotalEnergies has signaled its support for targeted sanctions on Myanmar’s oil and gas industry, the largest single source of income for the country’s military administration. In a letter to Human Rights Watch (HRW) that was m..

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Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan

After a tumultuous week across Kazakhstan in early January, the situation has stabilized. Kazakhstani security forces, with the help of troops from Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) allies, put an end to both the peaceful protests and th..

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Beijing ramps up Covid measures as 3 cases confirmed

Beijing has ramped up efforts to curb Covid-19 infections, ordering checks among cold-chain firms and urging residents to cut unnecessary gatherings, as the capital reported an uptick in local infections just over two weeks before the start of the Wi..

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Did Honduras’ New President Change Her Mind About Dropping Taiwan?

The incoming Castro administration in Honduras invited Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to visit for the presidential inauguration earlier this month. This seems to be an about-face for the Castro administration, which had suggested during campaignin..

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ILO Report Says Afghan Crisis Causing Massive Job Losses

More than a half million people in Afghanistan have lost their jobs since the Taliban takeover in mid-August, the International Labor Organization said in a report released Wednesday. The ILO said the crisis has paralyzed the economy and slammed the ..

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Indonesia’s Railway Renaissance

PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesian Railways Company, or KAI) is the country’s state-owned rail operator and they have been, if you will excuse the pun, on something of a roll lately. Like any company in the travel industry, KAI has been battered by ..

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How China Intervened in a Maryland Effort to Ban Lead From Children’s Products

Many scholars have pointed to 2008 as a turning point in China’s diplomacy. Journalist and author of the new book on Chinese diplomacy titled “China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy” Peter Martin wrote in a recent Foreign Affairs..

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Police meme about beating ‘dirty hippies’ sparks investigation

Portland police has come under fire after a training slide seemingly condoned beating and pepper-spraying protesters The Portland Police Bureau has launched an investigation after a ‘right wing meme’ about officers beating a “dirty hippy” with dread..

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British counter-terrorism police arrest 2 people over Texas synagogue attack

The now-deceased Texas hostage taker was previously identified as British citizen Malik Faisal Akram Police in northwestern England announced the arrest of “two teenagers” over a possible link to the Saturday incident in Colleyville, Texas, that saw..

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Canadians told to avoid Ukraine

Ottawa pointed to the movements of Russian troops within the country’s own territory as a reason for concern The Canadian government has warned its citizens against non-essential travel to Ukraine in a new travel advisory citing “Russian aggression”..

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