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Hong Kong: A city on the brink

China | Residents see their freedoms diminish rapidly as the Beijing government implements a draconian national security law it forced on the city
by June Cheng
Posted 7/16/20, 02:35 pm

Daniel Cheung first heard of Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong in late May, while he was stuck inside a Causeway Bay hotel for his mandatory 14-day quarantine. He had just returned to Hong Kong from the United States, where he is getting his Ph.D. in theology, and he remembers feeling angry and frustrated as he read the news on social media. He had known one day mainland China would clamp down on the city’s autonomy, but he had no idea it would be so soon.

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Britain and France tighten mask requirements

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/14/20, 03:43 pm

The two European countries had both hesitated to require face coverings because of the coronavirus pandemic. But British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday announced that customers in shops and supermarkets must begin wearing masks on July 24. And French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will require masks in all indoor public spaces starting on Aug. 1 in anticipation of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

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COVID-19 hits Syria

International | Russia chokes off needed medical and food supplies to the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/10/20, 12:28 pm

SYRIA: Authorities reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Idlib, where protracted fighting has displaced about 1 million Syrians and destroyed hospitals. Medical personnel believe they have been treating COVID-19 cases for weeks but lack testing to be sure, one nongovernmental organization leader told me.

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