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Beijing Winter Olympics: China Faces Omicron Test Weeks Ahead Of The Games

Jan 13, 2022 Associated Press (AP)

With the success of the Winter Olympics and China's national dignity at stake, Beijing is doubling down on its 'zero-tolerance' COVID-19 policy. Across China, more than 20 million people are in some form of lockdown.

China: Blast Leaves 16 Dead At Cafeteria In Chongqing City

Jan 08, 2022 Associated Press (AP)

China: The cafeteria in Chongqing city collapsed, trapping victims inside. Rescue workers searched the debris into the night and all the bodies were recovered by midnight.


Beijing Winter Olympics: Japan Has 'No Plans To Send A Government Delegation'

Japan's decision not to send a government delegation to Beijing Winter Olympics follows a move by the United States and a few other democratic nations including Australia, Britain and Canada, which cited China's human rights violations.

Beijing Winter Olympics: China Puts City Of 13 Million In Lockdown Ahead Of Games

Dec 23, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Though the latest outbreak is 1,000 kilometers southwest of the Olympic host city of Beijing, any sign that the coronavirus pandemic might be worsening in China will raise questions.


Peng Shuai, Chinese Tennis Star, Denies Making Sexual Assault Accusations Against Zhang Gaoli

Peng Shuai made headlines last month when a social media post from her account accused a former top Communist Party official of having forced her into sex. The social media post was taken down quickly.

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17 December, 2021

US Sanctions Over Xinjiang 'Forced Labour': China Vows To Respond

Associated Press (AP)

US sanctions are latest in its series of intensifying penalties over China's alleged systemic and widespread abuse of ethnic and religious minorities in the western region, especially Xinjiang's predominantly Muslim Uyghurs.


13 December, 2021

China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin To Hold Virtual Summit

Associated Press (AP)

China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold a virtual summit on Wednesday over Ukraine this week. US President Joe Biden has already warned Russia against its attempts to invade Ukraine.


13 December, 2021

China Needs More Ambitious Climate Goal: Top US Diplomat

Associated Press (AP)

What China does on burning coal will be crucial to whether the world can meet its target of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, said David Meale, the American Embassy's No. 2 official.


13 December, 2021

Covid-19: China Reports Spurt In More Fatal Delta Strain 'Sub-Lineage' Cases

PTI

According to the official report from Hangzhou, the provincial headquarters, of the 138 cases in Zhejiang, 44 cases were reported in Ningbo, 77 cases in Shaoxing and 17 cases were in the provincial capital of Hangzhou.


10 December, 2021

Beijing Winter Olympics: China Dismisses UK, Canada Games Boycott As 'Farce'

Associated Press (AP)

US, Canada and UK have said they won't send government dignitaries to the 2022 Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses, while New Zealand said it informed Beijing earlier that it wouldn't be sending any officials due to pandemic.


09 December, 2021

Explainer: What Does An Olympic Diplomatic Boycott Achieve?

Associated Press (AP)

Canada became the latest country to join the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to be held February 4-20 over human rights concerns.


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06 December, 2021

Beijing Winter Olympics: China Threatens Retaliation If US Boycott Games

Associated Press (AP)

US President Joe Biden has said he is considering a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, under which American athletes would still compete, and an announcement is expected this week.


03 December, 2021

UN Urges Countries To Observe The Olympic Truce During Beijing Winter Games

Associated Press (AP)

A resolution adopted by consensus by the 193-nation world body recalled the ancient Greek tradition of ekecheiria, calling for an 'Olympic Truce,' to encourage a peaceful environment.


22 November, 2021

Peng Shuai's Video Call: IOC Playing Into China's Hands?

Associated Press (AP)

A three-time Olympian, Peng Shuai accused Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault on social media in China, which was immediately taken down on its heavily censored Internet.


21 November, 2021

Peng Shuai VIDEO: Missing Chinese Tennis Star Seen At Youth Tournament In Beijing

Associated Press (AP)

The women’s professional tour threatened to pull events out of China unless the safety of the former No. 1 doubles player was assured.


21 November, 2021

#WhereIsPengShuai: Photos Of Missing Chinese Tennis Star Posted Online

Associated Press (AP)

The state TV employee wrote the photos, which cannot be seen by most internet users in China, were on Peng Shuai’s account on the WeChat message service with the comment, “Happy Weekend".


18 November, 2021

WTA Expresses Concerns Over Missing Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai

Associated Press (AP)

WTA CEO Steve Simon had called for a full investigation and demanded that Peng Shuai not be censored. Those expressing concern about Peng’s safety include tennis player Naomi Osaka.


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15 November, 2021

Covid-19: Fresh Outbreak Prompts China To Lock Down 1,500 University Students

Associated Press (AP)

The several dozen cases were reported at Zhuanghe University City and hundreds of students were transferred to hotels for observation.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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