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December 2022

New Year’s Eve Spurs Hope in China Even as Censors Target Online COVID Content

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Saturday for more effort and unity as the country enters a “new phase” in its approach to combating the pandemic, in his first comments to the public on COVID-19 since his government changed course three weeks ago and relaxed its rigorous policy of lockdowns and mass testing. China’s abrupt switch earlier this month from

Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Big-Money Move to Saudi Arabian Club

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a lucrative move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Friday in a deal that is a landmark moment for Middle Eastern soccer but will see one of Europe’s biggest stars disappear from the sport’s elite stage. Al Nassr posted a picture on social media of the five-time Ballon d’Or holding up the team’s jersey after Ronaldo

In 2022, AP Photographers Captured Pain of a Changing Planet

In 2022, photographers with The Associated Press captured signs of a planet in distress as climate change reshaped many lives. That distress was seen in the scarred landscapes in places where the rains failed to come. It was felt in walloping storms, land-engulfing floods, suffocating heat and wildfires no longer confined to a single season. It could be tasted in

WHO Urges China to Share COVID Data

  The World Health Organization met Chinese officials for talks on Friday about the surge in COVID-19 cases, urging them to share real-time data so other countries could respond effectively. The rise in infections in China has triggered concern around the globe and questions about its data reporting, with low official figures for cases and deaths despite some hospitals and

NA approves 12 laws

The National Assembly approved at its ongoing 4th Ordinary Session on Thursday 12 laws including amendments to laws on Lawyers, Court Registry, State Inspection, and Science and Technology. Other adopted included laws on Museums, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, State Audit, Waterways, Military Prosecutor’s Office, Passports, Electronic Transactions, and Enterprises. Vice President of the National Assembly Chaleun Yiapaoher said

Japan to allow 3 more airports to conditionally accept H.K. flights

Japan’s transport ministry said Thursday the country will conditionally accept direct flights from Hong Kong to airports in Fukuoka, Naha and one near Sapporo after it had initially planned to ban them. The flights from Hong Kong can arrive at the three airports provided there are no passengers who have stayed in China’s mainland within seven days, it said. Amid