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Protests against Covid lockdowns sweep China, challenging Xi

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HONG KONG — Protesters increasingly fed up with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “zero-Covid” restrictions rallied in cities across the country over the weekend, in a widespread show of ...
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China arrests and BEATS journalist covering Covid protests

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The BBC has said one of its journalists in China was arrested and beaten by police while covering protests on Sunday against the country’s zero-Covid policy. Hundreds of ...
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Biden administration critical of ‘zero Covid’ amid Chinese protests

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The Biden administration on Monday criticized China’s strict “zero Covid” strategy that has sparked mass protests across the country calling for President Xi Jinping to resign. “We’ve said ...
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Protests against Covid lockdowns sweep China, challenge Xi

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Officials said Saturday that restrictions in parts of Xinjiang, including Urumqi, would be eased. But the tragedy struck a nerve with others who have been in lockdowns across ...
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China’s Xi faces public anger over draconian ‘zero COVID’

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Barely a month after granting himself new powers as China’s potential leader for life, Xi Jinping is facing a wave of public anger of the ...
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WRAPUP 1-China COVID cases hit fresh record high after weekend of protests

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By Martin Quin Pollard BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – China posted another record high COVID-19 infections on Monday, after an extraordinary weekend of protests across the country over ...
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UPDATE 9-Clashes in Shanghai as COVID protests flare across China

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* Wave of civil disobedience unprecedented under President Xi * Rising frustration over Xi’s zero-COVID policy * Deadly apartment fire in Urumqi sparked demonstrations * Beijing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, ...
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UPDATE 2-Shanghai hit by COVID protests as anger spreads across China

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(Adds details) By Brenda Goh and Martin Quin Pollard SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Protests against China’s heavy COVID-19 curbs spread to more cities, including the financial hub ...
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Xi Resumes In-Person Summits Despite Covid Spike in Beijing

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(Bloomberg) — A maskless President Xi Jinping met Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel in Beijing, resuming his flurry of in-person summits even as a record Covid surge fanned lockdown ...
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Ice Cube Says Refusing To Take COVID Vaccine Cost Him $9 Million – VIBE.com

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Ice Cube says he lost out on a $9 million payout after being dropped from a film for his refusal to take the COVID vaccine. The Hip-Hop legend ...
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Court reverses controversial ivermectin ruling for Covid patients

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By Tania Broughton on GroundUp The Supreme Court of Appeal has set aside an order by the Pretoria High Court on the use of ivermectin for Covid patients. The ...
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Kerry tests positive for COVID as UN climate summit enters final stretch

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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has tested positive for COVID-19 while attending the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, his office confirmed Friday. “Secretary Kerry ...
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John Kerry comes down with Covid at climate summit

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry has tested positive for Covid-19 at the global climate talks and is self-isolating, the State Department said in ...
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China Is ‘Crab-Walking’ Away From Covid Zero: Ex-Australian PM

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(Bloomberg) — China is “crab-walking” toward the end of Covid Zero, said former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who predicted the world’s No. 2 economy will make major ...
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China Covid Easing Prompts Warning From Emigration Group

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(Bloomberg) — An association of migration service providers in Beijing warned its members to clean up their practices as interest among Chinese citizens in going overseas surges amid ...
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China’s Xi returns to global stage at G20 after Covid isolation

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China’s Xi Jinping was the leader everyone wanted to meet at this week’s G20 summit, where he took centre stage in a carefully choreographed appearance after three years ...
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China’s Xi, out of COVID bubble, faces changed world at G-20

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BEIJING (AP) — After a lengthy absence from major international gatherings, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is leaving his country’s COVID-19 bubble and venturing abroad next week into a ...
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China promises change but sticks to severe ‘zero COVID’ plan

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders promised Thursday to improve quarantine and other anti-virus policies after public frustration boiled over into protests but said they will stick to a ...
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Pelosi Says No Regrets on Covid Aid That GOP Links to Inflation

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(Bloomberg) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t regret pandemic aid passed by Democrats to boost the US economy and advised her party’s midterm candidates to focus ...
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UPDATE 1-Chinese capital steps up COVID measures as cases quadruple

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(Switches dateline to Beijing; adds milestone, latest Beijing curbs) BEIJING, Oct 20 (Reuters) – China’s capital, Beijing, has dialled up measures to stop COVID, strengthening public checks and ...
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Covid jabs for INFANTS from six months, EU approves

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The EU’s drug watchdog on Wednesday approved Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid injections for children aged six months and up as fears grow of a winter wave of infections. ...
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Xi Removes Mask for Putin But Doesn’t Mingle Outside China’s Covid Cocoon

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(Bloomberg) — President Xi Jinping has taken a cautious approach to relaxing his virus prevention measures in Central Asia this week, as the Chinese leader navigates returning to ...
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Jacinda Ardern’s Feted Covid Response Could Yet Be Her Undoing

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(Bloomberg) — The pandemic response that swept Jacinda Ardern to a second term as New Zealand’s prime minister may end up costing her a third. Most Read from ...
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Two deaths linked to COVID vaccine in South Africa

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South Africa’s medicines regulatory authority says it has recorded two fatal cases of the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome in people who had received a Johnson & Johnson Covid jab. ...
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Goldman Says China Will Stick to Covid Zero Even After Communist Party Meeting

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(Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sees China persisting with its zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19 following a key Communist Party meeting next month, with the bank’s economists playing ...
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Brexit Red Tape Hurt Irish Firms More Than Covid Supply Snarls

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(Bloomberg) — More than half of Irish businesses said they experienced increased regulatory burdens because of Brexit in 2020 — exceeding the 40% that endured global supply disruptions ...
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China finds more COVID cases after locking down beach resort

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BEIJING (AP) — Another 259 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, where some 80,000 tourists have been stranded by pandemic restrictions. ...
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Hong Kong cuts COVID hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals

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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week, the city’s leader said Monday. The southern ...
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Biden tests negative for COVID, isolating until 2nd negative

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday but will continue to isolate at the White House until a second negative test, his doctor ...
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Biden tests positive for COVID for 2nd day in a row

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 for the second straight day, in what appears to be in a rare case of “rebound” following treatment ...
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