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China builds new quarantine centre as virus cases rise

China builds new quarantine centre as virus cases rise

BEIJING — A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the annual Lunar New Year travel rush.
Amid cacophony since Capitol siege, key officer stays silent

Amid cacophony since Capitol siege, key officer stays silent

In the week since a mob laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, the House has impeached President Donald Trump. Dozens of people have been arrested nationwide over participation in the riots.
Rare conviction of South Sudan soldiers for rape raises hope

Rare conviction of South Sudan soldiers for rape raises hope

YEI RIVER, South Sudan — First, the soldiers stole their belongings. Then they took their food. On their third and final visit, the woman said, the soldiers raped her and her daughter-in-law until they were unable to walk.
Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction.
Impeachment complicates the early days of Biden's presidency

Impeachment complicates the early days of Biden's presidency

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden already faces the daunting task of steering a newly announced $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill through a closely divided Congress as the pandemic and its economic fallout grow.
GOP senators in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms

GOP senators in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms

WASHINGTON — For a second time, Republican senators face the choice of whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial.

12 Pakistani police fired for not protecting Hindu temple

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities sacked a local police chief and 11 other policemen for failing to protect a Hindu temple that was set on fire and demolished last month by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party, pol
EXPLAINER: What's next after House impeachment vote

EXPLAINER: What's next after House impeachment vote

WASHINGTON — Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate.
Spain rejects virus confinement as most of Europe stays home

Spain rejects virus confinement as most of Europe stays home

MADRID — While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a sharp resurgence of cases and that the country can avoid
Cambodian labour leader's trial for border remarks begins

Cambodian labour leader's trial for border remarks begins

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The trial of a Cambodian labour union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened in Phnom Penh on Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics.