China took weeks to diagnose new Covid cases and underreported numbers, leaked documents show

An unprecedented leak of internal Chinese documents reveals how the country mishandled the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The documents – from Hubei province, the site of the world’s first known outbreak – show China announced misleading numbers of new cases and deaths, was hampered by an average three-week delay in diagnosing new cases, […]

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Russia recoups $79 million by flogging real estate, cars and luxury items confiscated from notorious FSB Colonel Cherkalin

Russia’s budget has gotten a $79 million boost after the sale of seized property of FSB Colonel Kirill Cherkalin, who was accused of fraud and bribery. In 2019, a search of his houses made headlines after $160 million was found. “Cherkalin’s property seized by the court, including expensive cars, luxury goods and real estate, has […]

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Joe Biden suffers ‘hairline fractures & will wear walking boot’ after he slipped and twisted ankle while playing with his dog

After Joe Biden slipped and twisted his ankle while playing with his dog Major, CT scans showed several small fractures in his mid-foot area, with his physician saying he will likely have to wear a walking boot for several weeks. While the initial X-ray was “reassuring” and showed “no obvious fracture,” a follow-up Computed Tomography (CT) […]

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Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 29 – The Moscow Times

Russia has confirmed 2,269,316 cases of coronavirus and 39,527 deaths. Nov. 29: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 26,683 new coronavirus cases and 459 deaths Sunday. Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero will produce 100 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine as part of the agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), its developers announced Friday. […]

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Israel’s Gamble: If Assassination Fails to Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program, Blowing Up Deal Is Easy

After the killing of General Suleimani, there was a brief missile attack on an American facility that miraculously killed no American troops (though there were many cases of traumatic concussion injuries that Mr. Trump dismissed as “headaches.”) De-escalation followed. There was no real response to the explosion at Natanz, also attributed to Israel, other than […]

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PM Modi reaches Pune to review vaccine work at Serum Institute | India News – Times of India

PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Pune on Saturday on the last leg of his three-city visit to review coronavirus vaccine development in India. After landing at Pune airport around 4.30 pm from Hyderabad, Modi proceeded to the Serum Institute of India (SII) by helicopter. Modi’s visit to SII is aimed at reviewing the progress […]

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Rouhani accuses Israel of killing nuclear scientist – Times of India

DUBAI: Iran’s president on Saturday accused Israel of killing a prominent Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme, state TV reported. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have threatened revenge for Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after assassins gunned him down in […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Devil horns meet sutras in Taiwan’s Buddhist death metal band

The gig began with a nun chanting on stage but suddenly erupted into a wall of noise unleashed by distorted guitars and screamed sutrasthe unique sound of Taiwan’s first Buddhist death metal band. The island has a vibrant metal scene but few outfits are quite as eye-catching as “Dharma”. The band aims to deliver enlightenment […]

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Uproar over Thanksgiving candies as Chinese university says it does not promote 'Western holidays with religious connotations'

On Thursday, according to screenshots shared online, an employee at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeastern China wrote on the popular WeChat platform: “Today is Thanksgiving in the West and I’d like use occasion to thank students of Dorm No. 17 for supporting my work.” “Starting at 7:50 a.m. in the morning, I will […]

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