China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more

Excitement, defiance for young Chinese in COVID ‘tipping point’ protests

HONG KONG/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – When Yang, a Shanghai office worker, saw video clips of a burning building in western China, a disaster in which 10 people were killed, she said she could not contain her anger over tough COVID -19 measures three years into the pandemic. Watching a World Cup soccer match in … Read more

Emmanuel Macron arrives in DC at key moment in France-US relations

CNN — When President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron walked into a small holding room on the margins of the Global Fund conference in New York this fall, their aides had only allotted 10 minutes for the two men to briefly touch base. But sitting in the cramped room at 538 Park Avenue … Read more

China’s Jiang Zemin dies at 96, prompting wave of nostalgia

Jiang’s death comes at a tumultuous time in China Some Chinese express nostalgia for Jiang era as time of optimism Jiang was plucked from obscurity to head the Communist Party Jiang broke China out of diplomatic isolation in the years after the Tiananmen crackdown BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who … Read more

China to punish internet users for ‘liking’ posts in crackdown after zero-Covid protests

Hong Kong CNN Business — Internet users in China will soon be held liable for liking posts deemed illegal or harmful, sparking fears that the world’s second largest economy plans to control social media like never before. China’s internet watchdog is stepping up its regulation of cyberspace as authorities intensify their crackdown on online dissent … Read more

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Shenzhou-15 marks last of 11 missions since April 2021 in building of space station Shenzhou-15 crew to take over from Shenzhou-14 astronauts on space station Chinese space station to be second permanently inhabited outpost after NASA-led ISS BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first … Read more

Israeli filmmaker’s remarks on Kashmir Files trigger row in India | Cinema News

An Israeli filmmaker has triggered controversy in India after he denounced a film on the Kashmir dispute as “propaganda” and a “vulgar movie” at a government-sponsored film festival in Goa. Nadav Lapid, who headed the jury at the week-long International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that concluded on Monday, said he was “disturbed and shocked” … Read more

COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with white hazmat-suited riot police on Tuesday night, videos on social media showed, as frustration with stringent COVID-19 rules boiled over, three years into the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation from protests in the commercial hub … Read more

Pakistan FM travels to Kabul, meets Taliban amid border tensions | News

Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s minister of state for foreign affairs, has met Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in the capital Kabul amid tension over cross-border violence. Tuesday’s visit comes a day after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group ended a months-long ceasefire with Islamabad raising security concerns about Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas. The TTP, also … Read more

China launches 3 astronauts to new space station

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — Three astronauts lifted off to China’s nearly completed space station on Tuesday, marking the beginning of the country’s long-term presence in space. It’s a major achievement for China’s ambitious space program, which has … Read more