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China seeks to minimize risk of COVID-19 during travel rush

BEIJING (AP) — China is trying to minimize the possibility of a major new outbreak of COVID-19 during this month’s Lunar New Year travel rush after the end of most pandemic containment measures. The Ministry of Transport on Friday asked travelers to reduce trips and gatherings, especially if they involve the elderly, pregnant women, small children and those with underlying conditions. People using public transportation are also advised to wear masks and pay special attention to their health and personal hygiene, Vice Minister Xu Chengguang told reporters at a news conference. The call did not ask citizens to stay home entirely, as the government has since the pandemic began, although some local governments have urged migrant workers not to return home.

EXPLANATION: Is China sharing enough COVID-19 information?

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — As COVID-19 rips through China, other countries and the World Health Organization are calling on their government to share more comprehensive data about the outbreak. Some even say that many of the numbers he is reporting are meaningless. Without basic data such as the number of deaths, infections and serious cases, governments elsewhere have instituted virus testing requirements for travelers from China. Beijing has said the measures are not based on science and countermeasures are threatened. The biggest concern is whether new variants will emerge from the mass infection in China and spread to other countries. The delta and omicron variants have also developed in places where there have been large outbreaks, which can be breeding grounds for new variants.

Taiwan’s Tsai visits a base in China to protest US ships

CHIAYI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base Friday to observe drills and China protested the passage of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, as tensions between the sides no reduction in the new story. year. Beijing claims self-ruled Taiwan as Chinese territory that will be brought under its control by force if necessary, and regularly protests the passage of US and other warships through the Taiwan Strait, one of the world’s busiest waterways. Tsai’s visit to the base in central Chiayi county comes as Taiwan seeks to bolster its defenses against the rising threat from China.

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Japan, US to hold security talks before Kishida meets Biden

Tokyo (AP) – Japan and the United States will hold security talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Washington the day before Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives in the US capital next week to conclude his tour of the Group of Seven nations as Tokyo expands its military and deepens its alliance with America amid China’s growing influence. Kishida will embark on a five-nation trip on Monday to France, Italy, Britain and Canada before his January 13 summit with US President Joe Biden. Although the two leaders last met during a Group of 20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Kishida’s visit to Washington will be his prime ministerial visit.

Australian accused of traveling to IS territory free on bail

SYDNEY (AP) – An Australian woman accused of voluntarily entering a part of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group was released on bail Friday amid debate over the risk to the public. Mariam Raad, 31, is one of several Australians whose husbands have been killed or imprisoned after joining the Islamic State group. Australia returned four such women and 13 children from a Syrian refugee camp in October. Raad lives in the town of Young, in the state of New South Wales, and was arrested for the first time on Thursday. Federal and state police executed warrants at her home and a relative’s home in Sydney.

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Nate Thayer, reporter who interviewed Pol Pot, dies

Nate Thayer, a fearless reporter who survived several brushes with death over decades covering conflict in Southeast Asia and was the last western journalist to interview Pol Pot, leader of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime, has death Thayer was found dead at his home in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Tuesday by a friend, his brother, Rob Thayer, said Thursday. He was 62. He had been suffering from multiple illnesses for several months, and the cause of death was listed as natural causes, Rob Thayer said, adding that he spent his last time with his brother on Sunday. Thayer has worked at various times for The Associated Press, Jane’s Defense Weekly, the Phnom Penh Post, The Washington Post, Agence France Presse and Soldier of Fortune Magazine, but has been working as a correspondent for the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review Cong. that he scored the Pol Pot interview published in October 1997.

An Australian boy, 10, is still in a coma after a helicopter crash

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – A 10-year-old Australian boy remained in a coma Friday after a collision earlier this week between two helicopters killed four people, including the boy’s mother. Meanwhile, another 9-year-old boy who was hospitalized in critical condition after Thursday’s crash woke up after suffering brain trauma, according to health authorities. The mother of the 9-year-old boy remained in hospital in stable condition. Three other people injured in the collision were released from hospital on Thursday, according to Queensland Health. Police said one helicopter was taking off and the other was landing when they crashed on Monday evening near the Sea World theme park on Queensland state’s Gold Coast.

Afghan Taliban kill 8 in raids on IS hideouts in Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD (AP) – Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban killed eight Islamic State militants and captured nine others in a series of raids targeting key figures in an offensive area in Kabul, a senior Taliban government spokesman said Thursday. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban government, said raids in the capital and the western province of Nimroz on Wednesday targeted IS militants who have staged recent attacks on Kabul’s Longan Hotel, the Pakistani embassy and the military airport. Eight IS fighters, including foreign nationals, were killed and seven others captured in Kabul, while a separate operation in western Nimroz province led to two more IS arrests, Mujahid said.

Seoul: Kim’s daughter reveals clues about the family’s longtime rule

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s revelation of his daughter in recent public events is likely an attempt to show his family that one of his children would one day inherit his power as the third hereditary power in the country. transfer, South Korea’s spy service told lawmakers on Thursday. Kim has publicly taken his daughter to three events in the past few months: a missile launch site, a photo shoot with military scientists and a tour of a missile facility. State news media have dubbed Kim a “love child”, sparking debate outside whether she is being groomed as an heir apparent, although she is believed to be around 9 or 10 years old.

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