Gabrielle Reyes

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Hundreds of Beijing Students Protest Coronavirus Lockdown Measures

Hundreds of students across two universities in Beijing staged anti-Chinese coronavirus lockdown protests on Monday and Tuesday this week, one day before Beijing’s top health official was fired on Wednesday for “serious violations of discipline and laws.”

A swab sample is taken from a woman to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Beijing on August 2, 2021, amid the country's most widespread coronavirus outbreak in months. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Report: North Korea Asked China for Help Fighting Coronavirus

Pyongyang has allegedly requested medical assistance from Beijing in recent days to help North Korea combat its first officially declared epidemic of the Chinese coronavirus, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources in both countries.

Students of the Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce undergo temperature checks before entering the campus, as part of preventative measures against Covid-19, in Pyongyang on August 11, 2021. (Photo by KIM Won Jin / AFP) (Photo by KIM WON JIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Pakistan: Violent Riots Erupt in Support of Islamist Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan’s army deployed troops to protect Islamabad’s federal government buildings on Thursday in response to riots that broke out on Wednesday during citywide marches in support of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was ousted from the office in April, Pakistan’s Geo News reported.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 27, 2019. - India is planning a "bloodbath" in Kashmir, Khan told the UNGeneral Assembly. The Indian-controlled part of the disputed territory has been under lockdown since New …

China’s Top Uyghur Region Official in Hacked Speech: ‘We Must Exercise Firm Control over Religious Believers’

An audio transcript of a May 2017 meeting chaired by China’s top Communist Party official in the country’s western Xinjiang territory published on Tuesday reveals the regional chief urged Xinjiang officials to “exercise firm control over the religious community,” referring to the largely Sunni Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang.

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Audio of Alleged Chinese Military Meeting Goes Viral on Indian Media

Beijing has allegedly launched strategic preparations for a potential war with Taiwan according to an audio recording purportedly leaked from a recent and top-secret Chinese military meeting that went viral across Indian media on Monday, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), reported.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 1: (CHINA OUT) Security guard walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. From March 1, the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution becomes the first national level museum which opens to the …

China Is Turning Olympics Housing into Quarantine Camps

Chinese health officials recently transferred more than 1,800 residents of Beijing’s Haidian district to nearby hotels used to accommodate participants of the 2022 Winter Olympics in February as part of a mass quarantine effort to contain transmissions of the Chinese coronavirus, the state-run Global Times reported on Monday.

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 26: Health workers wear protective suits as they stand outside a tent while waiting to perform nucleic acid tests to detect COVID-19 on local workers at a makeshift testing site in Haidian District on April 26, 2022 in Beijing, China. China is trying to contain a …

Iraq: Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Kills 18, Infects 90

Iraq’s Ministry of Health announced Saturday that the country was experiencing “a dangerous rise in viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) cases,” with the ministry recording 90 infections and 18 deaths from the disease in recent days, India’s Zee News reported on Sunday.

TOPSHOT - A member of a veterinary team sprays a farm's cattle and enclosures with disinfectant in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, on May 7, 2022, a day after registering the first death of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever as cases of the virus spread to the country's north. - Iraq has …

Nigeria: Terrorists Behead Lawmaker, Leave Severed Head in Park

Unidentified terrorists in southern Nigeria’s Anambra state beheaded a local legislator in recent days after kidnapping him and another person as they traveled by car along a road in the state’s Aguata area, Nigeria’s the Guardian newspaper reported Monday.

Policemen patrol at the internally displaced people camp occupied largely by women and children affected by herders and farmer's violent clashes from Logo and Guma communities at Gbajimba IDPs camp on the outskirts of Makurdi, capital of Benue State in northcentral Nigeria on January 3, 2018. Nomadic cattle herders have …

Mozambique: Polio Outbreak Causes Public Health Emergency

Mozambican state health authorities declared a “public health emergency” on Wednesday in an effort to contain a case of wild poliovirus confirmed in a child in the nation’s western Tete province days earlier, the state-run Mozambique News Agency (AIM) reported on Thursday.

Polio Ward Overburdened in Nigeria KANO, NIGERIA - APRIL 13: A child with polio has his legs massaged at the polio ward of Murtala Muhammed Public Hospital April 13, 2005, in Kano, Nigeria. Polio, a disease that health workers once had hoped to eradicate worldwide by 2005, is on the …

China Sends Its Most Powerful Bombers near Japan as Biden Arrives in Asia

China’s military deployed its “most powerful bombers” to conduct drills near Taiwan on Wednesday just 48 hours before U.S. President Joe Biden embarked on a six-day East Asia tour on Friday in what observers believe may have been a show of defiance against Washington’s support of Taipei’s sovereignty, China’s state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.

A China's H-6 bomber jet flies over the capital city in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist …

Taiwan, First to Warn of Chinese Coronavirus, Says W.H.O. Is Ignoring It Again

Taiwan on Thursday accused the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) of failing to remain politically neutral by declining to offer Taipei an “observer status” seat at an upcoming W.H.O. assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, implying that the United Nations (U.N.) public health body has expressed anti-Taiwan bias encouraged by Beijing.

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W.H.O.: Nigeria at Risk of ‘Ongoing Transmission’ of Monkeypox

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) warned on Monday that a recent case of monkeypox confirmed in a person who traveled from Nigeria to the U.K. in recent days indicates that there is a “risk of ongoing transmission” of the virus in the West African nation, Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Blood samples are drawn from a boy who didn't display any sign of monkeypox despite his all family has been contaminated, while at a quarantine area of the centre of the International medical NGO Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans frontieres - MSF), in Zomea Kaka, in the Lobaya region, in …

Coronavirus: Beijing Students Tear Down Metal Fence Trapping Them Inside Dorms

Peking University students in Beijing on Sunday night tore down part of a metal fence that administrators erected without warning hours earlier after the students realized it effectively sealed them inside their dormitories and prevented them from accessing any other section of the campus as part of the school’s anti-Chinese coronavirus protocol, Hong Kong’s the Standard newspaper reported.

This picture shows the logo of Peking University in Beijing on May 16, 2022. - Hundreds of students at an elite Beijing university protested on May 15 against strict Covid-19 curbs, in a rare show of defiance as anger mounts over virus control measures. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) …

Zimbabwe: Food Shortage Fears Grow as Bird Swarms Invade Major Farms

Massive flocks of the red-billed quelea bird — a notorious African crop pest — have decimated grain harvests across farms in western Zimbabwe in recent weeks, causing fears of a local food shortage in the near future, the online newspaper New Zimbabwe reported Monday.

Red-billed quelea flock flying back and forth between trees and the waterhole in the Kalahari, South Africa

Sri Lanka Runs Out of Fuel, Says it Faces ‘Most Difficult’ Summer

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced on Monday that his nation had “run out” of petroleum-based fuel during a national address in which he predicted that the next two months will be “the most difficult ones of our lives,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Motorists queue up to buy fuel at a Ceylon Petroleum Corporation fuel station in Colombo on May 2, 2022. - A strike by owners of fuel tankers over the weekend renewed Sri Lanka's long queues for diesel and petrol on May 2 as pumps ran dry, compounding the island nation's …

Nigeria: Muslim College Student Mob Beats, Burns Christian to Death over Alleged ‘Blasphemy’

A mob of Muslim students at a college in northern Nigeria beat a fellow student to death and burned her corpse on campus on Thursday after accusing the woman of “blasphemy” against Islam for allegedly suggesting her peers stop posting religious content on a student-run instant messaging group, the Nigerian online newspaper the Paradise News reported on Friday.

A mob of Muslim students at a college in northern Nigeria beat a fellow student to death and burned her corpse on campus on Thursday after accusing the woman of "blasphemy" against Islam for allegedly suggesting her peers stop posting religious content on a student-run instant messaging group, the Nigerian online …

Satellite Photos Suggest China Practicing Missile Strikes on Taiwan, Guam

Recent satellite images appear to suggest that China’s military has been practicing missile strikes on mock-ups of ships and targets resembling those operated by the Taiwanese and U.S. militaries in Taiwan and in the U.S. territory of Guam, respectively, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, pass by Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, …

Cuba Tells Farmers to Use Human Urine as Fertilizer

A Cuban state-run newspaper recently promoted an article touting the alleged benefits of using human urine as an agricultural fertilizer, the independent website Cubanet reported on Wednesday.

Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021.

Expert: Sri Lanka Has Only 3 Days of Fuel Left

A Sri Lankan petroleum industry leader told reporters Thursday there is a limited amount of fuel to distribute among Sri Lankans and this supply is expected to last no more than two to three days, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.

Sri Lankans wait in a queue to buy kerosene oil for cooking outside a fuel station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Sri Lanka's defense ministry ordered security forces on Tuesday to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property to contain widespread arson and mob violence targeting …