China protests...China eases Covid lockdown restrictions ... Officials also triumphantly declared Saturday that they had basically achieved “societal zero-COVID", meaning that there was no more community spread and that new infections were being detected only in people already under health monitoring, such as those in a centralised quarantine facility.
A collection of high-ranking European officials are fed up with the Biden administration for what they view as war profiteering during the conflict in Ukraine. The comments come amid rising gas prices and mounting tension toward US legislation that offers tax credits to those who “Buy American.” ... REUTERS... ....
A landslide triggered by heavy rains on the Italian holiday island of Ischia has dragged cars into the sea, caused houses to collapse, left dozens stranded and several missing. There were deaths feared, but government ministers contradicted themselves over a possible death toll ... [Ciro de Luca/Reuters] ... Ferries to and from Ischia were suspended ... .
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country intends to have the world's most powerful nuclear force as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of a new ballistic missile, state media reported ... Mr Kim was pictured in photos posing with scientists, engineers and military officials involved in the test ... .
NASA's Perseverance rover found signs of organic compounds that could indicate there was once life on Mars or at least an environment hospitable for life, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science on Wednesday. Scientists will need to wait for the rocks to be brought to Earth in order to determine the compounds' orgins.
Rare protests broke out in China's far western Xinjiang region, with crowds shouting at hazmat-suited guards after a deadly fire triggered anger over their prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as nationwide infections set another record ... The Reuters news agency verified the footage was published from the Xinjiang capital Urumqi ... .
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