The Buzz | China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals. The Coast Guard

The Buzz | talian police find stolen copy of Leonardo ‘Salvator Mundi’

Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the pandemic without

The Buzz | Portugal leads in average virus cases per capita

Portugal has the highest seven-day average rate of new cases per capita and the second-highest rate of new deaths in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. The daily new cases

The Buzz | Xi, Modi expected for ‘virtual’ Davos in era of pandemic

World Economic Forum organizers are expecting leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for a virtual

The Buzz | China Slams US Covid lab claims as ‘conspiracy theories’

China accused the U.S. of spreading “lies” and “conspiracy theories” after the Trump administration said it had new information suggesting the coronavirus might have emerged from a Chinese laboratory. A U.S.

The Buzz | Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream

The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin,

The Buzz | US ambassador to UN and Taiwan’s president meet virtually

Her trip canceled in the final days of the Trump administration, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft instead met virtually yesterday with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and

The Buzz | US carries out its first execution of female inmate since 1953

A Kansas woman was executed yesterday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S.

The Buzz | FBI warns: Trump supporters planning armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests being held across the U.S. as Trump supporters and far-right groups call for demonstrations before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. There

The Buzz | Israel announces new settler homes, risking Biden’s anger

Israel yesterday advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden. Prime Minister

The Buzz | Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, have received their COVID-19 vaccinations, royal officials said. Buckingham Palace officials said in a statement that the 94-year-old monarch and Philip, 99, received

The Buzz | Virus restrictions heightened in Hebei province

Lockdown measures were being imposed in the northern Chinese province of Hebei where coronavirus cases more than doubled in the region near Beijing that’s due to host some events in

The Buzz | US election: Democrats on course for Senate control

The Democratic Party of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is on the verge of taking control of the Senate as results come in from two elections in Georgia. Pastor Raphael Warnock is

The Buzz | Hong Kong detects cases of new Covid-19 variant, mulls ban on UK flights

Hong Kong has detected four cases of the U.K. variant of Covid-19, health authorities said in a virtual press briefing yesterday. Among the cases was a 30-year-old female, a Hong Kong

The Buzz | Malaysia coroner rules out others in French-Irish teen death

A Malaysian coroner ruled that the death of a French-Irish teen whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on vacation was most likely a

The Buzz | UK judge to rule on US extradition for WikiLeaks’ Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out today whether he can be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges over the publication of secret American military

The Buzz | Cambodia’s first commercial extraction of oil begins

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that the country’s long-awaited first commercial extraction of oil has finally begun. Speaking nationwide on state television, Hun Sen said the first drop of

The Buzz | UK warns of ‘bumpy’ post-Brexit transition despite deal

First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government

The Buzz | At least seven killed in knife attack in northeastern China

At least seven people were killed and another seven injured in a knife attack in northeastern China, state media reported yesterday. The attack in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning province

The Buzz | China to provide financial support to key foreign companies

China’s government said it will provide financial support to some foreign companies to help them offset the impact of the pandemic and resolve funding difficulties, part of its efforts to

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