Author: Washington Post

China says Trump is on ‘edge of precipice’ as Hong Kong rights bill hits his desk

Washington Post China’s senior-most diplomat, Wang Yi, said the U.S. actions severely damage bilateral relations and don’t help world peace and stability, while state media urged the United States to “rein in the horse at the edge of the precipice” and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. “If the U.S. side obstinately clings to its […]

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Why 26,000 students in India came together to brush their teeth — at the same time

Washington Post “The whole world will know about us now,” said Rajesh Bhumij, a 17-year-old participant, as he took selfies with friends and flashed a victory sign. In India, the world’s second most-populous country, creating world records has become something of an obsession. On most days, newspapers run stories of people attempting or making records: […]

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Challenger Benny Gantz fails to form Israeli government, deepening political crisis

Washington Post Gantz said in a statement Wednesday that he had informed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that it was not possible to form a government. “I left no stone unturned. I sifted through every grain of sand,” Gantz said in a televised address. He accused Netanyahu, the prime minister, of negotiating not in good faith […]

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Iranian environmentalists sentenced to prison for ‘collaborating’ with U.S.

Washington Post The sentences were handed down in secret Wednesday and without the presence of defense lawyers, according to a Human Rights Watch researcher and a former environmental official. The verdicts were announced to the prisoners, who relayed the information to family members, relatives said. The verdicts came as Iran grappled with a wave of […]

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Britain’s Prince Andrew quits public duties after Epstein controversy

Washington Post In a statement Wednesday, Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, said: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work.” He added: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged […]

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Skepticism runs deep at NATO as Pompeo meets with allies

Washington Post Once pretty staid affairs, NATO gatherings nowadays are infused with melodrama and cliffhanging uncertainty about global challenges and the willingness of the United States to aid its allies. Diplomats were particularly unnerved by the U.S. decision last month to withdraw troops from northern Syria before a Turkish invasion, without consulting the Europeans in […]

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Years after freezing new projects, China is back to building coal power plants

Washington Post Here on the Shandong Province coastline, cranes perched over a half-built smokestack and two furnaces show how once-suspended coal power projects are being revived — and entering service — across China, tilting the balance of coal power worldwide and worrying climate scientists. In the past two years, China has expanded its coal fleet […]

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Former British consulate worker tells of torture by China over Hong Kong

Washington Post British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said his government was shocked and appalled by the “brutal and disgraceful treatment” that Cheng said he was subjected to after being detained during a business trip to Shenzhen in mainland China in August, and said it had summoned the Chinese ambassador in London to protest. But China […]

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Israel strikes Iranian military targets in Syria following missile launch

Washington Post Israel said the strikes were in response to the launch into northern Israel early Tuesday of four reportedly Syrian-based missiles, which were downed by Israel’s air defense systems. Officials said Iran was behind that launch. “I made it clear that whoever hurt us — we will hurt him,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said […]

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Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.

Washington Post Now, a growing appetite for electric vehicles is creating new demand for nickel, whose chemical derivatives are increasingly used in cathodes of lithium-ion batteries. But the push for clean energy is coming at an environmental cost to forests and fisheries in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. Sahman does not know how […]

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