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Monkey B virus: China’s first human infection case with Monkey B virus dies; Report | World News

Monkey B virus: China’s first human infection case with Monkey B virus dies; Report | World News

BEIJING: A Beijing-based veterinarian who was confirmed as China's first human infection case with Monkey B virus (BV) has died, amid rising concerns, the official media reported. The 53-year-old male vet, who worked for an institution researching on non-human primates, showed early-onset symptoms of nausea and vomiting, a month after he dissected two dead monkeys in early March, the state-run Global Times reported on Saturday, citing English Platform of Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The vet had sought treatment in several hospitals, and eventually died on May 27, the report said. His close contacts are safe from it,…
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Death toll in Chinese hotel collapse raised to 17; 23 freed

Death toll in Chinese hotel collapse raised to 17; 23 freed

BEIJING: The death toll in the collapse of a hotel in eastern China was raised to 17 Wednesday as authorities ended the search and rescue mission. The city of Suzhou said on its social media feed that 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the Kaiyuan Hotel, which collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twenty-three people had been trapped. Most of those killed were hotel guests. More than 600 people including earthquake rescue teams and 120 vehicles were been mobilized for the operation. Suzhou city is…
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China bans construction of tallest skyscrapers over safety concerns

China bans construction of tallest skyscrapers over safety concerns

BEIJING: China has prohibited the construction of the tallest skyscrapers amid mounting concerns over the safety and quality of such projects. Beijing has officially set a structure-height limit of 500 meters for all its future skyscrapers. According to the country's top planning agency, the national development and reform commission (NDRC), buildings taller than 500 meters will no longer be approved for construction, RT reported. Also, structures over 250 meters are to be limited, while buildings taller than 100 meters will be examined with regard to the fire-rescue capacity of their locations. The NDRC issued the order late on Tuesday, citing…
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Hong Kong police arrest nine suspected of terrorist activities

Hong Kong police arrest nine suspected of terrorist activities

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they had arrested nine people, including six secondary students, on suspicion of terrorist activities, the latest to be targeted under a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on the financial hub last year.Police said at a press briefing those arrested were aged 15-39 and also included a university management-level employee, a secondary school teacher and an unemployed person.Officers also froze bank funds of around HK$600,000 ($77,237.97), as well as cash that they believed was linked to suspected terrorist activitiesThey also seized triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in a hostel room police described as a…
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100 years of Chinese Communist Party: All you need to know

100 years of Chinese Communist Party: All you need to know

NEW DELHI: China on Thursday will mark the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with spectacle. In a ceremony honouring exemplary CCP members, Chinese president Xi Jinping said the party has, over the past 100 years, "written a splendid chapter in the history of the Chinese nation's development and that of humanity's progress. "In a history of political movements, only a few have accumulated as much power as the CCP has. Its influence permeates both inwards -- to the everyday lives of Chinese citizens -- and outwards as it expands its sphere of economic and military power across the…
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Hong Kong security law creates ‘human rights emergency’: Amnesty

Hong Kong security law creates ‘human rights emergency’: Amnesty

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's national security law has decimated freedoms and created a "human rights emergency", Amnesty International said on Wednesday, a year after Beijing imposed the legislation on the city. The sweeping national security law -- which criminalises anything authorities deem subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorism with up to life in prison -- has radically transformed Hong Kong's political and legal landscape. "In one year, the National Security Law has put Hong Kong on a rapid path to becoming a police state and created a human rights emergency for the people living there," Amnesty's Asia-Pacific Regional…
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The rise and fall of Hong Kong’s July 1 protests

The rise and fall of Hong Kong’s July 1 protests

HONG KONG: In 2003, public opposition to a proposed national security law for Hong Kong swelled an annual protest held on July 1 to hundreds of thousands of marchers. A few months later, the Hong Kong government dropped the legislation, and the idea remained largely dormant for more than 15 years. Then last year, the central government in Beijing unveiled a surprise: a national security law it had drafted and quickly imposed on the semi-autonomous city. It took effect on the eve of July 1. Since then, Hong Kong authorities have used the law and Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings…
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Chinese students in Australia threatened by Beijing: Report

Chinese students in Australia threatened by Beijing: Report

SYDNEY: China's government and its supporters have monitored, harassed and intimidated pro-democracy Chinese students living in Australia, and Australian universities have failed to protect the students' academic freedoms, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Wednesday. The fear caused by the intimidation - which includes classmates reporting the students' activities to Chinese officials - has intensified in recent years, according to the report. Terrified of reprisals against their families in China, many Chinese students and academics in Australia now censor their behavior, despite being thousands of kilometers (miles) from Beijing. "It was really heartbreaking how alone these students were…
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