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China: ‘No Need to Panic’ About Population Collapse

Chinese state media on Tuesday labored to downplay the results of the seventh national census, which found birth rates plummeting to the lowest levels in half a century, putting the enormous Chinese population on course for a devastating demographic crisis.

Police attempt to stop journalists from recording footage outside the Shanghai Pudong New District People's Court, where Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan - who reported on Wuhan's Covid-19 outbreak and placed under detention since May - is set for trial in Shanghai on December 28, 2020. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ …

W.H.O.-Commissioned Report Concludes Coronavirus Pandemic Was Preventable

An independent expert panel commissioned by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) issued a report on Wednesday that concluded the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented with a swifter and more decisive response in early 2020. The report was only tepidly critical of the Chinese government or W.H.O. itself, arguing that “global political leadership was absent” from all quarters.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JANUARY 22: A patient is transferred by an ambulance to the Infectious Disease Centre of Princess Margaret Hospital on January 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong reported its first two cases of Wuhan coronavirus infections as the number of those who have died from …

Biden Admin Urges Afghanistan to Cooperate with Taliban

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price encouraged the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to “engage in serious negotiations” to bring peace to Afghanistan on Tuesday, urging them to work together against the Islamic State the day before.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department on February 23, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANUEL BALCE CENETA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Teen Kills at Least Nine Eighth Graders in Russian School Shooting

At least nine fatalities were reported on Tuesday when a gunman attacked a school the southwestern Russian city of Kazan. According to regional governor Rustam Minnikhanov, seven of the dead were eighth-grade students at the school, while the killer is a 19-year-old “terrorist” who is now in custody.

People react at a makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting at School No. 175 in Kazan on May 11, 2021. - At least nine people, most of them children, were killed on May 11, 2021 when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the central Russian …

Census Shows China Inching Towards World’s Lowest Fertility Rate

China’s National Bureau of Statistics published the results of its 2020 national census Tuesday, revealing one of the most modest population increases in the country’s history and prompting panic in Chinese government media that the nation would soon have the world’s lowest fertility rate.

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 01: (CHINA OUT) A nursing worker takes care of new-born babies at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Hebei North University on October 1, 2015 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province of China. China has decided to abandon its 35-year-old one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children, …