How China’s Zero-COVID Policy Affects Climate Goals

​​China’s policy of working to prevent every single COVID case, known as zero-COVID, has been controversial from the beginning. Observers raised questions about the possible economic impacts as well as the potential encroachment on civil liberties that might result from the surveillance necessary to enforce such a program. This week the situation boiled over as protesters in at least eight Chinese cities took to the streets in frustration with the restrictive program, a rare uprising…

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Alzheimer’s drug slowed cognitive decline overall in trial, but with major side effects for some

An experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease from Eisai and Biogen slowed cognitive decline in a closely watched trial, but may carry a risk of dangerous side effects for certain patients, according to new data presented on Tuesday. The drug, lecanemab, was associated with a type of brain swelling in 12.6 per cent of trial patients, a side effect previously seen with similar drugs. Fourteen per cent of patients had microhemorrhages in the brain — a…

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Column: Can DeSantis ride the culture war to the White House?

WASHINGTON —  If you’ve been yearning for a preview of the battle for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, the place to be last weekend was Las Vegas, where the Republican Jewish Coalition held what some attendees cheekily called a “kosher cattle call” for potential candidates. Former Vice President Mike Pence was there. So were former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. Former President…

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Taiwan president resigns as party leader after election loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party following local election losses on Saturday suffered by her party. Voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island in an election in which lingering concerns about threats from China took a backseat to more local issues. Tsai had spoken out many times about “opposing China and defending Taiwan” in the…

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Wefox CEO ‘disgusted’ by mass tech layoffs: ‘These are humans’

Wefox CEO Julian Teicke. Wefox HELSINKI, Finland — The boss of European digital insurance startup Wefox offered a damning response to tech companies that have laid off workers en masse. The likes of Meta, Amazon and Twitter have laid off tens of thousands of employees in response to pressure from investors, who want to see them cut costs to weather a global economic downturn. Swedish fintech firm Klarna was among the first major employers in tech to…

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Beijing shuts parks, Shanghai tightens entry as COVID cases spike | Business and Economy News

China’s capital closes more public venues, and Shanghai to impose strict entry rules from Thursday. Parks and museums have been closed in Beijing while Shanghai has tightened rules for people entering China’s financial hub as authorities grapple with a spike in COVID-19 cases and growing concerns about the economy. China reported 28,127 new domestically transmitted cases on Monday, close to its daily peak from April. About half of the total infections are in the southern…

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Teacher In Afghanistan Defies The Taliban By Running Secret School For Girls

In July, the Taliban announced a meeting of handpicked clerics to decide on the fate of the education ban. But only two clerics came in support of the girls’ education. Since then, the Taliban has not made any progress on whether they are willing to compromise “Initially, we were hopeful that they would reopen schools, but with the passage of time, we noticed that, no, they are doing something else. They just issue anti-women verdicts…

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G20 Summit, a Missed Opportunity to Tackle Global Cost of Living Crisis — Global Issues

Opinion by Matti Kohonen (london) Friday, November 18, 2022 Inter Press Service The G20 summit motto was “Recovering Together, Recovering Stronger” yet the Joint Declaration failed to deliver any alternatives to the wave of austerity engulfing the world. It ignored the option of raising enough tax revenues from large corporations, taxing the wealthy and tacking illicit financial flows and tax abuses which alone accounts for over US$200 billion of tax revenue lost per year due to…

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As Earth surpasses 8 billion people, ‘the planet can feed and sustain billions more,’ demographer says

Eight billion: That’s the number of people now living on planet Earth, according to a UN report. And it took only 11 years for the world’s population to grow from 7 billion to 8 billion. In a symbolic move, a baby girl born today in the Philippines was welcomed as number 8 billion, especially since it’s difficult to accurately calculate the number of people in the world, with sums possibly being off by a year…

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US bishops to elect new leaders, mark abuse reform milestone

U.S. Catholic bishops begin their fall meeting Monday and will be electing new leaders — a vote that may signal whether they want to be more closely aligned with Pope Francis ‘ agenda or not. Several of the 10 candidates to be the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are part of its powerful conservative wing, and have not fully embraced some of the pope’s priorities, such as focusing more on the…

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