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Video: China Presents ‘Challenges’ NATO Chief Says

new video loaded: China Presents ‘Challenges’ NATO Chief Says transcript Back transcript China Presents ‘Challenges’ NATO Chief Says On Monday, NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said China’s rapid expansion of its military forces presents the alliance with challenges that must be addressed together. We are concerned by China’s coercive policies, which stand in contrast to […]

England Postpones ‘Freedom Day,’ Extending Covid Restrictions a Month

LONDON — With a rapid and successful vaccine campaign on track, the path seemed clear not long ago for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to scrap all of England’s coronavirus rules on June 21, ending curbs that he resisted imposing in the first place. But on Monday, Mr. Johnson postponed by four weeks the moment dubbed […]

Chinese nuclear plant deliberately releases gas to solve issue

This file photo taken on December 8, 2013 shows workers waiting for then-French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to arrive at the joint Sino-French Taishan Nuclear Power Station outside the city of Taishan in Guangdong province. French nuclear firm Framatome said on June 14, 2021 it was working to resolve a “performance issue” at the plant […]

Biden asks NATO to adapt to ‘new challenges’ posed by Russia, China

(From L) Zoran Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, US President Joe Biden […]

A Covid Update

It’s time for one of this newsletter’s occasional updates on the state of the pandemic. The brief version: The situation continues to look reassuring for anybody who is vaccinated — but has become more worrisome for anybody who is not, largely because of the Delta variant. Here are three more detailed points: 1. Cases are […]

French Companies Admit Problems at Nuclear Plant in China

BEIJING — Unusual activity at a nuclear power reactor in China has drawn international attention, as two French companies involved in the plant acknowledged problems on Monday but said they could be handled safely. The companies were responding to a report by CNN on Monday that Framatome, one of the companies, had sought help from […]

A mass inoculation campaign in Thailand stumbles amid a severe outbreak.

BANGKOK — For months, the government of Thailand assured citizens that a plan to dole out free, locally made coronavirus shots would start in early June. About 70 percent of the national population would be inoculated by the end of the year, health officials said. Then the delays began, just as the country was struggling […]

WATCH: Authorities pull car out of Mumbai sinkhole a day after video goes viral

Indian authorities on Monday successfully pulled a car out of a sinkhole after it drowned a day ago, Indian media outlets reported. A day ago, a video went viral on social media in which a car could be seen disappearing into a sinkhole within a few minutes. The incident took place in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar suburb.  […]

Israel’s Frail New Coalition Gets a Quick First Test

“We call on our people in Jerusalem and the occupied interior to mobilize in order to resist the groups of settlers by way of different means and tools,” Mr. al-Qanou added. Publicly, the new government projected an image of unity Monday morning, as its ministers gathered at the residence of the largely ceremonial president, Reuven […]

Israel’s first new government in 12 years begins, Netanyahu era ends

People celebrate after Israel’s parliament voted in a new coalition government, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel June 13, 2021. Photo: Reuters Former Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s record run in office ended on Sunday with parliament approving, by a razor-thin majority of 60-59, a new administration led […]

China rejects G7 statement, urges group to stop slandering country

The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. Photo: Reuters China denounces G7 statement, urges group to stop slandering country. G7 should do more that is conducive to promoting international cooperation instead of artificially creating confrontation and friction, says China. Before G7 criticism emerged, China pointedly cautioned G7 leaders that the […]

G7 summit: World leaders promise 1b coronavirus vaccine doses for poorer nations

A G7 logo is seen on an information sign near the Carbis Bay hotel resort, where an in-person G7 summit of global leaders took place. Photo: Reuters CARBIS BAY, England: Group of Seven countries will provide 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next year to poorer countries and work with the private sector, the […]