China lashes out, Hong Kong clamps down

International | Plus more news and notes from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/21/20, 05:05 pm

CHINA: Beijing’s National People’s Congress, delayed since March, opens on Friday as the government of President Xi Jinping lashes out at those who blame China for aiding the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced he may permanently freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and reconsider its membership unless the WHO enacts reforms.

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Insurgents target Afghan maternity clinic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/12/20, 11:50 am

Two newborn babies, their mothers, and several nurses died in an attack in western Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Three militants stormed a maternity clinic and engaged police in an hourslong shootout that left 14 people dead. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said 15 others sustained injuries in the Doctors Without Borders clinic.

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Sealed borders and soft openings

International | Dealing with the ongoing pandemic at home and abroad
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/30/20, 02:14 pm

UNITED STATES: With grim milestones reached this week—more than 60,000 Americans dead, 1 million confirmed having COVID-19, and 30 million unemployed—President Donald Trump said he will not extend federal guidelines set to expire on Thursday on limiting activity.

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