Month: August 2021

China’s Videogame Limits Signal Move to Regulate Private Lives, Shape Next Generation – The Wall Street Journal

SINGAPORE—Under President Xi Jinping, China’s Communist Party has moved to aggressively reassert control over the economy, going after some of the country’s largest private enterprises in a drive to dial back what it sees as the capitalist excesses of a previous era. Now, the party, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this …

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India holds talks with senior Taliban official, first since fall of Kabul – Yahoo News

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s ambassador to Qatar held talks with a top Taliban leader on Tuesday, the Indian foreign ministry said, the first formal diplomatic engagement since the hardline Islamist group took over Afghanistan. The envoy, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the head of the Taliban’s Political Office in …

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Taliban kosher? India confirms meeting with senior leader – indiatimes.com

NEW DELHI: In the first ever confirmation of an official meeting between India and Taliban, the government announced Tuesday that India’s ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal had met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the chief of Taliban’s political office in Doha. The meeting took place at the Indian embassy on Tuesday afternoon after, as the government …

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The Latest: Milley praises those who served in Afghanistan – Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflected on the Afghanistan war’s end and delivered an emotional tribute Tuesday to the 13 service members killed by a suicide bombing last week. Gen. Mark Milley said the military’s counterterrorism efforts over the past 20 years and the evacuation of 124,000 people from Afghanistan …

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What you need to know about the new COVID-19 variant C.1.2 detected in South Africa | TheHill – The Hill

A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, named C.1.2, was first detected in May in South Africa. Since then, it has been found in seven other countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, according to a study recently posted as a pre-print which has not been …

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‘Wally’ the wandering walrus won’t stop stealing people’s boats. So now he’s getting his own. – Upworthy

Imagine you’re out enjoying a nice float on a boat nowhere near the Arctic, when you spot a ginormous Arctic walrus hoisting himself out of the water and onto a boat nearby. What do you do, besides pull out your camera and take a video? That’s Wally the walrus, as he’s come to be known, …

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Covid-19 Live Updates: F.D.A. Vaccine Regulators and Booster Shot News – The New York Times

Here’s what you need to know: A spokeswoman for Food and Drug Administration said it was “confident in the expertise and ability of our staff to continue our critical public health work.”Credit…Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Two of the Food and Drug Administration’s top vaccine regulators will leave the agency this fall, a development …

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Biden’s Speech on Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Full Transcript – The New York Times

This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan. It’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries. We saw a mission of counterterrorism in Afghanistan, getting the terrorists to stop the attacks, morph into a counterinsurgency, nation building, trying to create a democratic, cohesive and united Afghanistan. Something that has …

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Outcry in Ivory Coast over televised ‘rape demonstration’ – Al Jazeera English

NCI TV channel says presenter suspended amid nationwide backlash over scene with man using mannequin to simulate rape. A TV channel in Ivory Coast has apologised after broadcasting a show in which a man presented as a former rapist explained how he assaulted his victims, using a mannequin for the demonstration. The programme, broadcast at …

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Schools to open Wed., with Israel’s per capita COVID rates among world’s worst – The Times of Israel

Israeli schools are slated to return to session on September 1, as new data shows that Israel had the world’s highest seven-day rolling average of new daily coronavirus cases per million people, according to figures published by the Oxford University-based Our World in Data on Tuesday. The figures showed that Israel has overtaken Montenegro and …

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