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Explainer: Topsy-turvy weather comes from polar vortex

By Seth Borenstein, AP, published by Microsoft News IT’S as if the world has been turned upside-down, or at least its weather. You can blame the increasingly familiar polar vortex, which has brought a taste of the Arctic to places where winter often requires no more than a jacket. Around the North Pole, winter’s ultra-cold

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China’s war on ‘feminisation’ aims to build ‘soldiers’

  China has laid out a plan to stop the “feminisation” of Chinese boys following complaints the nation’s teens were too delicate, timid and effeminate. A letter from China’s state education ministry has announced the plan to prevent the “feminisation” of young Chinese males, arguing adolescents can be prevented from becoming too girly by exercising and being

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Myanmar’s army chief challenges Biden, and bets big on China

(Bloomberg News) – By seizing power on Monday, Myanmar’s generals are providing US President Joe Biden with an early test of his efforts to counter the appeal of China’s authoritarian model in Asia. Army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who was bumping up against a mandatory retirement age this year, already faces sanctions from the US

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WHO: Global pandemic ‘will not end’ if vaccine nationalism takes hold

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the pandemic may not end if countries engage in a growing trend of vaccine nationalism. One year since the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “we will not end the pandemic anywhere until we end it everywhere”. Dr Tedros’

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China’s ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy backfires

Even neutral nations are hitting back at Beijing’s “wolf warrior” tactics but China’s doubling down and has threatened Australia’s “peace and stability”. .Jamie Seidel reports.  Duelling diplomats on Twitter. Fisticuffs in Fiji. “Xi thought” dominated policy. It’s all backfiring for Beijing, with previously neutral nations being driven into an alliance against it. India has been

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Why are thousands of Indian farmers protesting?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says recently enacted farm laws will free farmers from bullying middlemen; farmers say they fear big corporations. By Megha Bahree of Al Jazeera  Some of India’s farmers are among the country’s poorest people, but government policies have long protected them from the ravages of open market prices. A set of

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China flexes muscles to US in South China Sea after promising to ‘open fire’

Just days into Joe Biden’s presidency, China has launched a “strike package” in the disputed South China Sea. And this is just the start. Two formations of missile-carrying bombers and fighters surged into Taiwan’s airspace at the weekend. Their “target”, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and her escort, were captured by satellite as they faced off

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Russia on the brink of revolution

Vladimir Putin’s grip on power could be failing, with Russia on the brink of revolution as protesters clash with riot police in the streets. Corruption. Control. Incompetence. Russia’s people have had enough. And a poisoning survivor is riding this wave of resentment in open defiance of Vladimir Putin’s draconian rule. The triumphant return of opposition

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