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Police in Myanmar shoot protesters, killing at least nine
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Police in Myanmar shoot protesters, killing at least nine

Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, killing nine people, witnesses and media reported, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered to help Myanmar resolve the crisis. The security forces resorted to live fire with little warning in several towns and cities, witnesses said, as the junta appeared more determined than ever to stamp out protests against a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. “They marched towards us and fired tear gas, marched again and used stun grenades,” Si Thu Maung, a protest leader in the central town of Myingyan, said. “Then they didn’t spray us with water cannon, no warning to disperse, they just fired their guns.” A spokesman for the ruling military council did no...
One year after the Diamond Princess outbreak, COVID-19 lessons still to be learned
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One year after the Diamond Princess outbreak, COVID-19 lessons still to be learned

The coronavirus pandemic was still in its infancy a year ago when the eyes of the world — preoccupied by a burgeoning outbreak in China — turned to a quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama. In January 2020, the world watched as mainland China struggled to contain a deadly new virus that appeared to be spreading from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. On Feb. 5, the Diamond Princess docked in the port of Yokohama with more than 3,700 passengers and crew members who, upon arrival, were largely confined to their quarters for the next two weeks after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19 upon disembarking earlier in Hong Kong. By then, however, the virus had already begun to spread. Within 14 days, the cruise ship had become a floating incubator. By the time it was eventually evacuated,...
New York Stock Exchange to delist major Chinese oil company on March 9
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New York Stock Exchange to delist major Chinese oil company on March 9

In compliance with an executive order by former US President Donald Trump, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will move to delist CNOOC Ltd., the Chinese oil major“Trading in American depository shares of CNOOC will be suspended at 4 am ET on March 9,” the NYSE said in a statement.It’s the fourth Chinese company to be slapped with such a punishment.The exchange said in January that it would end trading of shares in China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to comply with Trump’s order targeting companies that the previous administration said had links to the Chinese military.CNOOC’s Hong Kong-listed shares dropped 1.1 per cent on Monday.The Big Board’s regulatory arm determined that CNOOC was ‘no longer suitable for listing’ in light of the executive order, which Trump signed in Novembe...
Microsoft alleges China-based cyber attackers of having accessed its email service servers
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Microsoft alleges China-based cyber attackers of having accessed its email service servers

A sophisticated group of hackers operating from China hacked into Microsoft’s email service that allowed them to gain access to computers, according to media reports.In a blog post on Tuesday, Microsoft said that four vulnerabilities in its software allowed hackers to access servers for Microsoft Exchange, “which enabled access to email accounts, and allowed installation of additional malware to facilitate long-term access to victim environments”.It further said the online platform for Exchange was not affected in the cyberattack. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) is now urging users to download software patches, or fixes, for the four different vulnerabilities that were found.The company also said it believes the attacks were carried out by Hafnium, “a group assessed to be state-sponsored and o...
China asks Australia to abandon its interference in Hong Kong’s affairs
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China asks Australia to abandon its interference in Hong Kong’s affairs

China’s Foreign Ministry has urged Australia to abandon its interference in Hong Kong’s affairs and lashed out at the country for granting protection visas to Hong Kong passport holders in December.“Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s internal affairs. No foreign country has the right to interfere,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.“China urges Australia to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way, to avoid further damage to China-Australia relations,” Wang said.A report from Australia’s Department of Home Affairs on the processing of Subclass 866 onshore protection visas indicated that fewer than five Hong Kong passport holders had their applications approved in December.The allocation marked the first time that ...
China’s ‘gray zone’ warfare against Taiwan at highest level: Experts
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China’s ‘gray zone’ warfare against Taiwan at highest level: Experts

Military experts have warned that China’s ‘gray zone’ warfare against Taiwan is now at the highest level, which could mean that Beijing is preparing for a full-scale invasion.Shu Hsiao-huang, an analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), said that in gray-zone conflicts, the participants rely on unconventional tools, tactics and the use of non-state entities that do not cross over into formal state-level aggression.“Due to ambiguity of the enemy’s actions, the targets of ‘gray-zone’ warfare are often uncertain how to immediately respond,” he said.Gray zone conflicts are activities by a state that are harmful to another state and are sometimes considered to be acts of war, but are not legally acts of war.“Beijing has been conducting “gray-...
India-Brazil space cooperation reaches new heights with launch of Amazonia-1 satellite
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India-Brazil space cooperation reaches new heights with launch of Amazonia-1 satellite

On the successful launch of the first dedicated commercial launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 Mission, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).India and Brazil cooperate extensively in many areas, including space. The Space sector has been identified by the leadership of India and Brazil as a major area of collaboration.Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Congratulations President @jairbolsonaro on the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by PSLV-C51. This is a historic moment in our space cooperation and my felicitations to the scientists of Brazil.”The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Space, India and the Brazilian Spac...
Guatemala President thanks India for providing Covishield vaccine doses
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Guatemala President thanks India for providing Covishield vaccine doses

Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing 200,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine — which is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.“Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the generous donation of 200 thousand doses of vaccines #Covishield that will help us save lives and immunize frontline healthcare workers,” the President wrote on Twitter in Spanish.Along with the tweet, he also shared a picture with the message “! Gracias India!” and “Dhanyavaad Bharat!”“I would like to thank the government, the people of India for this gesture of donating these vaccines as they learned about the difficulties, we have gone through in obtaining vaccines from international suppliers. The government of India did not hesitate to support...
Amid rising tensions, China suspends pineapples import from Taiwan
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Amid rising tensions, China suspends pineapples import from Taiwan

China has abruptly suspended imports of pineapples from Taiwan to step up its economic pressure against the Taiwanese government.The Chinese General Administration of customs reported that from Monday, China will stop importing pineapples from Taiwan.“This move was a normal precaution to protect biosecurity and prevent the import of plant diseases,” said the spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office.Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang said that China’s action is “unfriendly.”Taiwan produces nearly 420,000 tonnes of pineapples every year. It had exported 6,200 batches to China since last year, with only 13 batches, totalling 141 tonnes, failing tests, meaning the qualification rate was 99.79 per cent.“Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) announced that it would spend NT$1 billi...
US-China tensions over South China Sea to continue under Biden administration: Report
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US-China tensions over South China Sea to continue under Biden administration: Report

With Chinese military conducting a live-fire drill to test its response to repeated missile attacks in a “far sea” and US stepping up reconnaissance activities, it seems that tensions between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea will continue under the new Joe Biden administration.There are fresh signs from the Chinese and the American armed forces that tensions over the South China Sea will continue, according to media reports.The Chinese military’s Southern Theatre Command conducted a live-fire drill to test its response to repeated missile attacks in a “far sea”, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday without saying when or where the exercise took place.The drill involved the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan, guided-missile frigate Hengyang, the amphibious dock landing ...