Expanding ADF attacks stoke fear in DR Congo, and four Uighurs in Saudi Arabia risk extradition to China
27 April 2022 | 12:07 pm
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After first appearing in China more than two years ago, Covid-19 has returned to the Middle Kingdom. The country had largely succeeded in keeping infection and mortality rates in check. But in recent weeks, the Omicron variant has posed a significant challenge to the country's zero-Covid strategy. Once again, harsh lockdowns and restrictions are being enforced. We take a closer look.
State media have published a series of critical articles against Chinese journalists, accusing them of helping foreign media with "anti-China reports."
The omicron variant is driving case numbers in parts of China to levels not seen since coronavirus first emerged. But keeping case numbers at near zero means continued disruptions and lockdowns.
Beijing's top diplomat Wang Yi has met with top Taliban leaders in Kabul for the first time since the fundamentalist group took power in August. Wang also visited India amid a controversy regarding Kashmir.
A leaked document suggests the Chinese military could establish a presence on the Solomon Islands under a new security pact. Australia and New Zealand have reacted to the plan with unease.
The Chinese airliner, flying between the cities of Kunming and Guangzhou, nosedived into a mountainside earlier this week. The crash is China's deadliest in almost 30 years.
China has imposed a COVID lockdown on half of its largest city and financial capital, Shanghai. Meanwhile, Israeli PM Bennett has tested positive for COVID-19.
A Pakistani helicopter deployed as part of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the DRC has crashed with eight people on board. The Congolese army says rebels in the country's east shot the aircraft down.
Beijing and Moscow have agreed to broaden bilateral cooperation and speak on global affairs "with a united voice," Russia said after talks between both countries' foreign ministers.
Two Australian journalists fled China Tuesday under diplomatic protection amid rapidly deteriorating relations between Beijing and Canberra, as the United States warned that the situation for foreign reporters in the country could get worse.
A recent high-profile strike on an oil depot in Jeddah by Houthi rebels has underlined Saudi Arabia's military defense vulnerability — and threatens its reputation as a global investment location.
Brussels is seeking to warn Beijing about supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine — and to use its influence to stop the war. Some experts, however, are skeptical about what can be achieved during the EU-China summit.
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