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China-U.S. spat escalates

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/20, 04:25 am

In retaliation for the Trump administration’s demand earlier this week to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Beijing told the United States it has 72 hours to close its consulate in the Sichuan capital, which monitors Tibet and southwest China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the closure a necessary response and urged the United States to retract its order to close the Houston consulate. U.S. officials accuse Chinese diplomats in Houston of stealing scientific research and economic secrets.

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U.S. holds militants who killed Westerners

International | Parents of slain Americans demand justice
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/23/20, 01:45 pm

SYRIA: Parents of four Americans killed by Islamic State (ISIS) are demanding the Trump administration transfer to the United States two surviving ISIS leaders to face trial.

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China launches mission to Mars

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/23/20, 03:43 am

A Long March-5 carrier rocket lifted off from Hainan Island, south of mainland China, on Thursday to the cheers of onlookers from a beach across the bay. Launch commander Zhang Xueyu confirmed the Tianwen-1, also called “quest for heavenly truth,” entered the scheduled orbit. The spacecraft, which includes an orbiter and a rover, is expected to journey for seven months to Mars, where it will look for underground water and evidence of possible ancient life. 

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