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China looks past Covid as tourist bookings surge for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — People in China are moving past the pandemic and going out to travel, preliminary data for the Lunar New Year holiday show. “Pent-up demand is being released as many people rush to scenic spots, watch firework shows and crowd into restaurants and hotels,” Nomura’s chief China economist Ting Lu said in a report …

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Five Russian men fleeing conscription have been living at a South Korean airport for months

Seoul, South Korea CNN  —  Five Russian men who fled the country after Moscow’s military mobilization order last September have been stranded at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport for months after authorities refused to accept them. Three of the men had arrived in October, with the remaining two in November, said their lawyer Lee Jong-chan. …

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Leopards Into the Fray: How Will German Tanks Affect the Battlefield Balance in Ukraine?

The announcement this week that Germany will send tanks to Ukraine has dominated headlines. The momentousness of this decision is difficult to overstate. Germany was the European country most resistant to materially supporting Ukraine for years—motivated by a professed wariness of antagonizing Russia, its main energy supplier, and by a longstanding culture of antimilitarism that …

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Western Armored Vehicles Going to Ukraine to Fight Russian ‘Onslaught’

The US, UK, and Germany have agreed to provide their tanks to Ukraine, as have some other countries. Those tanks now join hundreds of other armored vehicles delivered or promised to Kyiv. That armor will be vital against Russia when fighting intensifies this spring, US officials say. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! …

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Jerusalem shooting and Jenin raid: Why Israel-Palestine violence is spiking

It’s been a violent two days in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. On Friday evening in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian gunman killed at least seven Israelis in the most lethal attack in the city since 2008. Israeli officials described the shooting outside a synagogue as an act of terrorism. Earlier Friday, three rockets were …

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Berlin made the historic move to arm Ukraine. But many Germans are uneasy

Berlin CNN  —  The biggest moment in the Ukraine war this week took place hundreds of miles from the battlefield. After days of diplomatic pressure from its increasingly exasperated NATO allies, Germany announced Wednesday that it would send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a potentially pivotal move in the conflict that could decisively tip the …

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Haitian gangs’ gruesome murders of police spark protests as calls mount for U.S., Canada to intervene

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Outraged rebel police officers paralyzed Port-au-Prince on Thursday, roaring through the streets on motorcycles in protest of a slew of killings of police officers by Haitian gangs. More than a hundred protesters blocked roads, shot guns into the air, and broke through gates in the capital’s airport and the prime minister’s house, with …

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The West Calls Putin’s Bluff

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin officials have warned multiple times over the 11 months since the invasion of Ukraine started that Western inference could result in an escalation. However, the United States and other Western allies of Ukraine have repeatedly crossed Putin’s supposed red lines. “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, …

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What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis | Ukraine

Every week we wrap up the must-reads from our coverage of the Ukraine war, from news and features to analysis, visual guides and opinion. Germany and the US pledge tanks A Leopard 2 main battle tank of the German armed forces shoots during a training exercise at the military ground in Ostenholz, northern Germany, on …

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