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Jerusalem’s protest against Netanyahu leads to dozens of arrests

Dozens of protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were arrested in Israel late Thursday and early Friday when they clashed with the police. For weeks, demonstrators have been demonstrating and asking Netanyahu to step down on allegations of corruption and how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. At least 55 people were arrested in central Jerusalem when the police used …

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Hagia Sophia: The former Istanbul Museum welcomes Muslim worshipers

Image rights EPA Image description Worshipers placed prayer mats in front of Hagia Sophia and waited for the opening ceremony Crowds gathered in Istanbul when the historic Hagia Sophia was opened to Friday prayers for the first time since the Turkish authorities decided it could be turned into a mosque. “Muslims are excited, everyone wants to be at the opening,” …

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With the closure of the US and China consulates, the risk of missteps and tensions increases

While China and the United States have embassies and regular contacts today, agreement seems to be just as rare. Pompeo spoke after Washington ordered the Chinese consulate to be closed in Houston on charges of spying and intellectual property theft. Beijing replied on Friday, ordering the closure of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu. Developments come at …

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Chinese critic who described Xi Jinping as a “clown” who was ousted from the Communist Party China

An influential former Chinese real estate administrator and critic of President Xi Jinping has been displaced from the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to a announcement from the Beijing district government. Ren Zhiqiang, former chairman of the state-controlled real estate developer Huayuan Real Estate Group, had described Xi as a “clown” for a speech in February about the government’s …

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Amidst problem areas in China’s Ladakh Pullback, the centre’s new trade rules

Earlier this month, China and India started the withdrawal process in Ladakh. New Delhi: India has imposed restrictions on traders from countries that share the border for defense and national security reasons. The move is expected to affect Chinese companies and is in line with economic retaliation following the June 15 clash with Chinese forces in Ladakh that resulted in …

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China orders the US to close the Chengdu consulate as obvious retaliation for the Houston shutdown order

China ordered the closing of the US consulate in the western city of Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Friday, as obvious retaliation for the Trump administration, which closed the Chinese Houston consulate on charges of espionage. “The measures taken by China are a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the United States,” the State Department said in a …

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Pompeo’s speech will have the “opposite effect” in China, says the former US diplomat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech against China was an “angry lawsuit” and “widespread ideological abuse” that would do little to change Beijing’s behavior, said a former top American diplomat in Asia. In particular, Pompeo’s apparent attempt to gather the Chinese people against the Chinese Communist Party is “primitive and ineffective”, which should increase support for Chinese President Xi Jinping, …

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China orders the closing of the US consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston

A statement by the State Department said US diplomats in China were informed Friday morning that Beijing is revoking the license to the Chengdu consulate in southwest China, which has been instructed to “stop all business and activities.” It added that the United States “unilaterally provoked the incident” by ordering the Houston office to be closed. An action Beijing described …

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When Covid-19 closed schools worldwide, this CNN hero kept his promise to feed more than a million hungry students

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow has dedicated his life to caring for the world’s poorest children. Before the pandemic broke out, his nonprofit, Mary’s Meals, fed over 1.6 million students every day of the week in schools around the world. When the schools closed in the middle of Covid-19, MacFarlane-Barrow and his team lost direct access to students when they needed them most. …

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