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Hundreds rally in Washington against Cuban govt

Hundreds rally in Washington against Cuban govt

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Cuban Americans, political refugees and activists marched on the US capital Monday to protest against the Cuban government and its crackdown on anti-communist demonstrations earlier this month. Cubans from across the United States waving "freedom" signs and Cuban and American flags gathered outside the White House to demand President Joe Biden take action against the island's regime. Human rights groups accuse Cuba's rulers of using censorship and fear tactics to repress historic anti-government demonstrations -- the biggest protests since the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959. "We decided to come to get the attention…
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China’s Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet

China’s Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet

BEIJING: Xi Jinping has made his first visit to Tibet as Chinese president, affirming Beijing’s control over a region where its military build-up and ethnic-assimilation polices have drawn international criticism. Xi arrived in the regional capital Lhasa on Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency said on social media. Xi inspected the operation of the Sichuan-Tibet railway during his visit, state broadcaster China Central Television said. Radio Free Asia published a video of Xi walking along a street lined with cheering people, and the Chinese leader waving from the open window of a minibus. Robert Barnett, a British academic who has…
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China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

BEIJING: China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of the country's most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll from the widespread flooding rose to at least 25. The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them at schools, apartments and offices. Another seven people were reported missing, provincial officials said at a news conference. A video posted on Twitter by news site The Paper showed subway passengers standing in chest-high…
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China weighs risk and reward in a Taliban-led Afghanistan

China weighs risk and reward in a Taliban-led Afghanistan

BEIJING: The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and seemingly unstoppable march of the Taliban opens a strategic door to China that is laden with both risk and opportunity. China abhors a power vacuum, especially on its borders, and maintaining stability after decades of war in its western neighbour will be Beijing's paramount consideration. But if stability requires a Taliban-dominated government, an equal concern would be the support such an administration might provide to Muslim separatists in China's Xinjiang region. Communist Party leaders in Beijing and the fundamentalist Taliban have little ideological common ground, but analysts say shared pragmatism could…
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Explained: Causes of the protests in Cuba

Explained: Causes of the protests in Cuba

HAVANA: The street protests that erupted over the weekend in Cuba were the biggest at least since those a quarter century ago, when then-President Fidel Castro personally went into the streets to calm crowds of thousands furious over dire shortages that gripped the island following the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had long backed its socialist ally. WHAT ARE PROTESTERS DEMANDING?Many expressed anger over long lines and shortages of food and medicines, as well as repeated electricity outages. Some demanded a faster pace of vaccination against Covid-19. But there were also calls for political change in a country governed…
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Rare anti-government protests erupt in Cuba

Rare anti-government protests erupt in Cuba

HAVANA: Thousands of Cubans took part in rare protests Sunday against the communist government, chanting, "Down with the dictatorship," as President Miguel Diaz-Canel called on his supporters to confront the demonstrators. The anti-government rallies started spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity and food. Several hundred protesters marched through the capital Havana chanting, "We want liberty," with a heavy military and police presence deployed after demonstrators massed outside the Capitol building. Police used tear gas to disperse crowds, and at least ten people were arrested, while officers…
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China orders takedown of 25 apps from ride service Didi

China orders takedown of 25 apps from ride service Didi

BEIJING: China's regulator ordered the removal from app stores of 25 apps owned by Didi Global Inc., the country's largest ride-hailing service, citing severe violations of rules against collecting personal data. The Cyberspace Administration of China had already taken down the main Didi app last Sunday, pending a cybersecurity review, after it debuted on the US stock market last week. The 25 additional apps include Didi Enterprises, as well as ones designed for Didi drivers. A spokesperson for Didi did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The move comes after Chinese authorities said earlier this week they would…
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Chinese Communist Party, leading the world’s second-biggest economic power, a secret society

Chinese Communist Party, leading the world’s second-biggest economic power, a secret society

BEIJING: China's ruling Communist Party, which leads the world's second-biggest economic power, is characterised by secrecy. It was founded as an illegal Marxist underground movement in Shanghai a century ago, and it has subsequently been defined by the strict control of information, surveillance and purges of dissenters, writes Patrick Baert, in Asia Times. There are several things that CCP does not like people to discuss. The party is one of the largest in the world and claims to have 95.1 million members, but the list of these names is never revealed completely. From the latest figures released by the CCP's…
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Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader

Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China's attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets poking fun at the party's 100th anniversary celebrations. She said two of those tweets were temporarily marked ``unavailable'' by Twitter and her account was temporarily restricted over the weekend, before it was restored on Monday. Twitter did not say what prompted its actions. Edward Lucas,…
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Chinese astronauts make first space walk outside new station

Chinese astronauts make first space walk outside new station

BEIJING: Two astronauts made the first space walk on Sunday outside China's new orbital station to work on setting up a 15-meter (50-foot) long robotic arm. Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo were shown by state TV climbing out of the airlock as Earth rolled past below them. The third crew member, commander Nie Haisheng, stayed inside. The astronauts arrived June 17 for a three-month mission aboard China's third orbital station, part of an ambitious space program that landed a robot rover on Mars in May. Their mission comes as the ruling Communist Party celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.…
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