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Brexit deals blow to UK economy: Expert

London, UK | Xinhua | Three years after the United Kingdom’s (UK) departure from the European Union (EU), there is now a reasonable consensus that the effects of Brexit on the country’s economy have been negative, and public support for it has been decreasing, a scholar has said. “It’s more an …

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WWII sex slavery victims in Philippines urge Japan to recognize war crimes

During World War II, hundreds of thousands of women and girls from China, the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia and other countries and regions were forcibly conscripted by Japanese militarists as sex slaves and experienced horrific sexual violence, both mentally and physically Manila, Philippines | Xinhua | Surviving Filipino women sexually enslaved by …

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COVID-19 still int’l health emergency: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic still constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the WHO’s highest alert level. The announcement came amid the recent increase of weekly reported deaths worldwide. After its quarterly assessment meeting on the …

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Biden says “no” to sending fighter jets to Ukraine

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday that he won’t approve sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. “No,” Biden said in response to a question about the possibility of such a decision. As he spoke, Biden arrived back at the White House from a trip to …

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British PM sacks party chairman after tax probe

London, UK | XINHUA | British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday fired chair of the ruling Conservative Party Nadhim Zahawi from the government after an investigation into his tax affairs found “a serious breach” of the ministerial code. Zahawi, who last year was briefly Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, …

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Sweden’s NATO process paused, says FM

Stockholm, Sweden | Xinhua | Sweden’s Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said on Saturday that the country’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) process has paused, local media reported. “The events of the last few weeks have temporarily caused the process to a pause,” Billstrom told Expressen newspaper, adding that the Swedish government was …

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UN chief calls for actions to stop online hate speech, extremism

United Nations, USA | Xinhua | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged the establishment of “guardrails” to prevent hate speech, extremism and misinformation. “The online world is one of the main reasons that hate speech, extreme ideologies and misinformation are disseminating so fast around the world,” said the UN chief, calling …

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