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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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Immunized but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal

Immunized but banned: EU says not all Covid vaccines equal

LONDON: After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a UN -backed effort - could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don't recognize the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel. Although AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent's drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India hasn't…
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Haitian arrested as alleged tie to assassination masterminds

Haitian arrested as alleged tie to assassination masterminds

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: The head of Haiti's national police announced Sunday that officers arrested a Haitian man accused of flying into the country on a private jet and working with the masterminds and alleged assassins behind the killing of President Jovenel Moise. Police Chief Leon Charles identified the suspect as Christian Emmanuel Sanon, without giving any personal information about him, though it appears he has been living in Florida. The chief also gave no information on the purported masterminds. Charles said the alleged killers were protecting Sanon as the supposed president of Haiti, adding that officers found several items at his…
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2 Haitian Americans detained in slaying of Haiti president

2 Haitian Americans detained in slaying of Haiti president

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: Two men believed to be Haitian Americans - one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince - have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti's president, Haitian officials said Thursday. James Solages and Joseph Vincent were among 17 suspects detained in the brazen killing of President Jovenel Moise by gunmen at his home in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. Fifteen of them are from Colombia, according to Leon Charles, chief of Haiti's National Police. He added that three other suspects were killed by police and eight others are on the…
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Joe Biden calls closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily ‘sad day for media freedom’

Joe Biden calls closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily ‘sad day for media freedom’

HONG KONG/WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Thursday called the closure of Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid a "sad day for media freedom" and said it signaled "intensifying repression" by China, while vowing to maintain support for the people of the Chinese-ruled territory. In a statement following the news outlet's closure earlier on Thursday, Biden called on Beijing to stop targeting the independent press and release detained journalists and media executives. "People in Hong Kong have the right to freedom of the press. Instead, Beijing is denying basic liberties and assaulting Hong Kong’s autonomy and democratic institutions and processes, inconsistent…
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