Beijing back in partial lockdown after new coronavirus cases emerge in airport district

A partial lockdown has been imposed in China’s capital, specifically its southern district of Daxing, which has registered a new Covid-19 outbreak. The 1.6 million residents of the area have been banned from leaving the city. … Read More >Beijing back in partial lockdown after new coronavirus cases emerge in airport district

New administration, same old regime change? Biden to recognize Guaido as self-declared leader of Venezuela & will keep sanctions

The incoming Joe Biden administration will maintain Washington’s view that opposition figure Juan Guaido is the legitimate president of Venezuela, dashing hopes that the new president might rethink US policy towards Caracas. … Read More >New administration, same old regime change? Biden to recognize Guaido as self-declared leader of Venezuela & will keep sanctions

Pompeo’s successor says Trump was right to be tough on China as Beijing dismisses Washington’s ‘lies’ about Uighur repression

US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the secretary of state has said Trump’s tough approach on China was right, but claimed he disagreed with the tactics of the outgoing president. … Read More >Pompeo’s successor says Trump was right to be tough on China as Beijing dismisses Washington’s ‘lies’ about Uighur repression

‘Big show every day’: China says damage done to Washington’s image by Pompeo will be ‘hard’ to repair

Beijing has said that the tenure of outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has brought “a lot of fun,” but made a dent in America’s prestige and credibility on the world stage. … Read More >‘Big show every day’: China says damage done to Washington’s image by Pompeo will be ‘hard’ to repair

China’s CDC director on country’s coronavirus response, vaccine safety & the West’s mistakes

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to George Fu Gao, the director-general of China’s Center for Disease Control and the man who released the Covid-19 genome. He discusses the safety of vaccines and why we should remain cautious as we pursue mass-vaccination drives, why it is urgent to roll out the vaccine as fast as possible … Read More >China’s CDC director on country’s coronavirus response, vaccine safety & the West’s mistakes

EU could approve Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for use as early as February, amid concern over missed shipments from US

The European Medicines Agency is considering an application to approve the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, to protect the EU against coronavirus infection, the team behind the jab says. … Read More >EU could approve Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for use as early as February, amid concern over missed shipments from US

Serbian lawyers to file first lawsuits against NATO over use of depleted uranium munitions in 1999

A team of legal experts is set to file the first cases against the NATO alliance on behalf of people who developed cancer after being exposed to depleted uranium munitions during the Serbian bombings in 1999. … Read More >Serbian lawyers to file first lawsuits against NATO over use of depleted uranium munitions in 1999