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COVID Jumped From Bats to Animal to Humans: WHO

Joint report with China finds that virus likely didn't originate in a lab

(Newser) - A joint China-World Health Organization study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft obtained by the AP . The findings offer...

US Move May Further Fray Relations With China

White House sanctions officials in Beijing over Uighurs

(Newser) - The US, the European Union, Britain, and Canada launched coordinated sanctions against officials in China on Monday over what they call human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, per the AP . "Amid growing international condemnation, the [People's Republic of China] continues to commit genocide and...

High-Level US, China Talks Were 'Unusually Undiplomatic'

Alaska meeting turned into war of words

(Newser) - America's top diplomats met their Chinese counterparts in Alaska Thursday—and it was clear from the start that relations would remain frosty. In his opening statement at the Biden's administration's first face-to-face high-level talks with China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would discuss its...

China Takes Big Step in Feud With Canada

The '2 Michaels' to go on trial within days for spying

(Newser) - The Chinese government will put two Canadians on trial for espionage within days, despite international calls for their release. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in 2018 in what was widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou , an executive and the daughter of the founder of...

China to Reopen to Foreigners, but There's a Significant Catch

Visitors will have to be vaccinated with a Chinese-made product

(Newser) - Chinese embassies in about 20 nations have announced that visas are starting to be processed for foreigners who want to visit again. The guidelines for each country vary, but the usual rules about having to quarantine and test negative for COVID-19 first will be in place, the Guardian reports. But...

This Was the Morning Commute in Beijing

A sandstorm descended on the city

(Newser) - China's capital and a wide swath of the country's north were enveloped Monday in the worst sandstorm in a decade, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, per the AP . Skyscrapers in the center of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand. Traffic was...

Marvel Concedes: Avatar Is Back Atop All-Time Box Office

Avengers: Endgame

(Newser) - The lastest expression of China's economic might came Saturday, when the rereleased Avatar sold enough tickets there to again make it the highest-grossing film of all time. As box office sales topped $2.8 billion, Avatar displaced Avengers: Endgame, CNBC reports. The Avengers installment, which took the title in...

IOC Makes Surprise Vaccination Deal With China

But Japan says its athletes won't take China's vaccine

(Newser) - Japan will not take part in China's offer—accepted by the International Olympic Committee—to provide vaccines for participants in the postponed Tokyo Games and next year's Beijing Winter Games. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said Friday that Japan had not been consulted by the IOC about the Chinese...

China 'Effectively Ends' Hong Kong Democracy

Legislature voted 2,895-0 to approve changes

(Newser) - China's ceremonial parliament has approved a resolution to alter Hong Kong's election law that many see as effectively ending the city's already weakened local democracy. By a vote of 2,895-0, with one abstention, the National People’s Congress voted to give a pro-Beijing committee power to...

They Paid $36M for Copper. Instead, They Got Rocks

Mercuria Energy is the victim of an elaborate fraud

(Newser) - One of the five biggest oil traders in the world paid $36 million for 6,000 tons of copper, but instead received a bunch of painted rocks. Mercuria Energy Group, a Swiss commodities trader, went to Turkish police after realizing the 300 containers shipped from Turkey to China on eight...

America's 2 Biggest Rivals Are Building a Lunar Base

China, Russia say they will 'conduct close interaction' on scientific base

(Newser) - China and Russia are gearing up to become America's biggest rivals on the moon as well as the Earth. China's National Space Agency and Russia's Roscomos agency have announced plans to jointly build a lunar research station, the BBC reports. "China and Russia will use their...

He Paid $35 at a Yard Sale for a Bowl Worth Up to $500K
Yard Sale Price: $35.
Sotheby's Wants $500K
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Yard Sale Price: $35. Sotheby's Wants $500K

Someone picked up 15th-century bowl at a Connecticut yard sale

(Newser) - It might be better if the poor soul near New Haven, Conn., who sold an old bowl for $35 at a yard sale last year never finds out about this. It turns out the porcelain bowl dates back to China's Ming dynasty of the 15th century and is expected...

China Makes Another Big Move on Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing committee will choose many legislators, vet other candidates

(Newser) - A largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader will also choose a large part of the legislature, a top Chinese official announced Friday as part of a major revamp that will tighten central government control over Hong Kong politics. The changes are part of a draft decision submitted...

China: We Didn't Ask US Diplomats to Take Anal COVID Tests

Whether it happened or not, it's not going to be happening from this point forward

(Newser) - No worries, American diplomats in China: You can keep your pants on. Per a report Wednesday in Vice , the Chinese government vowed this week to stop performing anal swab COVID tests on diplomats from the States, after news on that supposed occurrence prompted a complaint from the US State Department...

Landmark Ruling in China Puts Price on Wife's Housework

And it's not worth much

(Newser) - The outcome of a divorce case in China has sparked a conversation about the value of women's household labor. CNBC reports a Beijing divorce court has ruled that a wife should be compensated for her 5 years of housework, to the tune of 50,000 yuan. In dollars, that...

Chinese New Year Gala Features Blackface Performers

Black group calls broadcast 'extremely disappointing'

(Newser) - Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface portraying Africans during a national broadcast as Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Ox with subdued festivities Friday amid travel curbs to contain renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The "African Song and Dance" performance Thursday came at start of the Spring Festival Gala,...

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China Pulls
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China Pulls BBC News in Retaliation

Britain had dropped CGTN's license last week

(Newser) - In a clash that began over allegations of Communist influence on editorial policy, the BBC World Service has been canceled in China. British regulators had pulled the license of China's global television network last week, saying the Communist Party controlled CGTN's editorial policy, which is illegal in Britain....

Here's What Biden, Xi Jinping Talked About

US, China presidents share their first call

(Newser) - Joe Biden had his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing's crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. The two leaders spoke Wednesday just hours after Biden announced plans for a Pentagon task force...

WHO Ends Wuhan Mission, Pinpoints Likely Coronavirus Origins

Experts say it's not likely the virus leaked from a Chinese lab, but jumped from animal to humans

(Newser) - The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization expert said Tuesday. WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek made the assessment at the end of a visit to...

China Blocks the Buzzy 'Clubhouse' App

Citizens were using it to discuss sensitive topics

(Newser) - Chinese authorities are blocking access to Clubhouse, a social media app that allowed users in China to discuss sensitive topics with people abroad, the AP reports. The move adds Clubhouse to thousands of websites and social media apps to which the ruling Communist Party blocks access in an effort to...

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