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Shanghai reports zero Covid cases for first time since outbreak
BEIJING, China — China reported zero new Covid-19 infections in Shanghai for the first time since March on Saturday, as the country’s latest outbreak subsides after months of virus-spurred lockdowns and restrictions. China is the last major economy still committed to a zero-Covid...
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US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists
NAIROBI, Kenya--The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning...
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Chinese military says US plane in Taiwan Strait endangered peace
SHANGHAI: China's military said on Saturday that the recent fly through of a US maritime plane through the deliberately disrupted the regional situation and endangered peace and stability. Colonel , spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the...
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Bangladesh floods leave 3.5 million children needing clean water: UNICEF
LONDON (Reuters) – Fifteen children have drowned in flash floods that swept through Bangladesh with another 3.5 million urgently needing clean drinking water as the risk of waterborne diseases grows, UNICEF’s country representative said on Friday. “That’s a staggering number of children and an...
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UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ due to global food shortage
The head of the United Nations has warned that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruption caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an...
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After pressure from Toyota chief, Japan emphasized support for hybrids
Toyota Motor Corp's chief lobbied the Japanese government to make clear it supported hybrid vehicles as much as battery electrics or face losing the auto industry's support, a senior lawmaker told a ruling party meeting. The lobbying by Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota and chairman of the...
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S.Korean leader’s informal media events are a break with tradition
By Soo-hyang Choi SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean leader Yoon Suk-yeol has departed from years of tradition by holding informal daily media events to field questions on topics ranging from inflation and ties with neighbouring North Korea to the first lady and even boyband BTS. Such wide-ranging...
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DPRK leader calls for bolstering military strength, self-defence capabilities
The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has called on the Korean People's Army to "improve the absolute power and the military and technical edge," the official...
photo: AP / Ahn Young-joon
US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told U.S....
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Asian shares gain as investors shrug off downbeat data
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Friday, despite data suggesting economies are slowing. The advance tracked gains on Wall Street, where the market is headed for its first weekly gain after three weeks of punishing losses. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 1.2% to 26,491.97 and the Kospi in...
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