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As Hong Kong’s Civil Society Buckles, One Group Tries to Hold On

HONG KONG — Unions have folded. Political parties have shut down. Independent media outlets and civil rights groups have disappeared. The Hong Kong government, its authority backed fully by Beijing, is shutting down the city’s civil society, once the most vibrant in Asia, one organization at a time.But one group, the Hong Kong Journalists Association, has refused to fold, even as Hong Kong’s security secretary repeatedly singles it out for […]

todayOctober 24, 2021

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Biden Delays Release of Some J.F.K. Records, Citing Pandemic

The pandemic has created backlogs for multiple federal agencies, resulting in pileups of visa applications, unprocessed Social Security benefits and backlogs in F.D.A. inspections.On Friday, the White House announced another administrative casualty: a delay in the release of a trove of records related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.The White House statement, signed by President Biden, did not make clear exactly how the coronavirus had delayed the […]

todayOctober 23, 2021 1

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In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

On Feb. 4, 2019, a Facebook researcher created a new user account to see what it was like to experience the social media site as a person living in Kerala, India.For the next three weeks, the account operated by a simple rule: Follow all the recommendations generated by Facebook’s algorithms to join groups, watch videos and explore new pages on the site.The result was an inundation of hate speech, misinformation […]

todayOctober 23, 2021 1

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Singapore will require vaccination or daily tests for workplace access next year.

Though only 4 percent of the work force in Singapore is unvaccinated for Covid-19, the government announced on Saturday that a vaccine-or-test mandate would take effect in January for practically every worker in the public and private sectors.Those who refuse vaccination will have to pay for a daily test, and receive a negative result, before they return to the workplace.The announcement by the health ministry comes as the country is […]

todayOctober 23, 2021

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‘Completely Lost’: For Some Afghans, Returning Home Is as Difficult as Fleeing

NEW DELHI — The Afghans stranded in India held protests, went from office to office and pleaded with relatives around the world to chip in for plane tickets. There was only one flight available to take them back home, to a country that had fallen to the Taliban since they had left it.None of them had any doubts about what awaited them in Afghanistan: economic hardship, the loss of basic […]

todayOctober 23, 2021

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U.S. Struggles With Afghan Evacuees Weeded Out, and Now in Limbo

But the United States took them to military bases in Persian Gulf countries and Europe for scrutiny. At these transit zones, known as “lily pads,” teams drawn from Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center and intelligence agencies interviewed the Afghans and took their biometric and biographical information.Hundreds of analysts and agents were dispatched to work at the transit sites, officials said. Others contributed […]

todayOctober 23, 2021 2

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Struggles over vaccine mandates, the death of Colin Powell: the week in Covid news.

As tens of millions of Americans remain unvaccinated, state and local governments have introduced mandates requiring public employees be fully inoculated against the coronavirus. And while orders in some localities have translated into a last minute surge in vaccination rates, they are also met with steadfast refusal, leading to legal challenges or concerns over staffing issues.Washington State’s mandate, one of the strictest in the country, went into effect on Monday. […]

todayOctober 23, 2021

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On the Scene: Needle Spiking in the U.K.

On the Scene: Needle Spiking in the U.K.Megan Specia��Reporting from Nottingham, EnglandThe number of reports of “needle spiking” is small, but some lawmakers are calling for a nationwide police review to assess what’s happening. The Nottingham police said that some women who reported being injected had effects “consistent with a substance being administered.” So far, the police said none of those who reported being injected were assaulted, but the fear […]

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U.N. Flight Thwarted as Fighting Grows in Ethiopia

A United Nations humanitarian flight to the Ethiopian region of Tigray, epicenter of a year-old war that threatens to cause deepening famine, was ordered to abort a landing on Friday as government airstrikes hit the area for a fourth day.The flight by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, bound for the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, returned to the national capital, Addis Ababa, and all such flights were suspended, said Steve Taravella, […]

todayOctober 23, 2021

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