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Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans.

Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans.

Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans. Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans. WASHINGTON — Senior military officials are set to brief President Trump in the coming days on options for pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan, with one possible timeline for …

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China’s Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger

China's Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger

China’s Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger China’s Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger At the height of China’s coronavirus outbreak, officials made quick use of the fancy tracking devices in everybody’s pockets — their smartphones — to identify and isolate people who might be spreading the illness. Months later, China’s official statistics suggest …

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Coronavirus Hits China’s Economy, and Young Workers Suffer

Coronavirus Hits China's Economy, and Young Workers Suffer

Coronavirus Hits China’s Economy, and Young Workers Suffer Coronavirus Hits China’s Economy, and Young Workers Suffer Ms. Huang, who graduated last year from one of China’s most prestigious drama schools, got an offer in December for her first job in show business, working for a company that books bands for bars in Beijing and Shanghai. The coronavirus, which virtually froze …

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China’s Military Vows to Defend the Country’s Interests in Hong Kong

China’s Military Vows to Defend the Country’s Interests in Hong Kong

China’s Military Vows to Defend the Country’s Interests in Hong Kong China’s Military Vows to Defend the Country’s Interests in Hong Kong The commander of China’s military garrison in Hong Kong said in an interview posted Tuesday that forces stationed there would “resolutely” protect the country’s national security interests, a pointed reminder of Beijing’s ultimate power to enforce its rule …

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Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals

Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals

Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals At Chilli Kitchen in Beijing, spicy and mouth-numbing Sichuan dishes are laid out family style. Using red chopsticks, diners dive into steaming bowls of pork won tons bathed in fragrant chili oil and sesame seeds, and rummage through platters filled with dried …

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New Zealand Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern’s TV Interview

New Zealand Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern’s TV Interview

New Zealand Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern’s TV Interview New Zealand Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern’s TV Interview A sizable earthquake struck New Zealand on Monday, shaking Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a live television interview, but failing to cause major damage or disrupt Ms. Ardern’s calm demeanor. “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here, Ryan, quite a decent shake,” …

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Afghan Sides Agree to Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr

Afghan Sides Agree to Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr

Afghan Sides Agree to Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr Afghan Sides Agree to Rare Cease-Fire During Eid al-Fitr KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban and the Afghan government announced a cease-fire for the three days of the Islamic festival Eid al-Fitr, which starts on Sunday in Afghanistan, offering the war-torn nation a rare respite from violence that has been intensifying. The …

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Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength

Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength

Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength SEOUL, South Korea — After another weekslong absence from public view, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has convened the country’s top military-governing body, outlining “new policies for further increasing” its nuclear capabilities and promoting top weapons officials, the North’s state-run media said …

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Democracy Fades in Malaysia as Old Order Returns to Power

Democracy Fades in Malaysia as Old Order Returns to Power Democracy Fades in Malaysia as Old Order Returns to Power BANGKOK — The members of Malaysia’s Parliament, wearing face masks to match their crisp white uniforms, convened this week in the vast lower house chamber for the first time this year. Malaysia’s king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, sat on …

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Malaria Drug Taken by Trump Is Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Problems and Death in New Study

Malaria Drug Taken by Trump Is Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Problems and Death in New Study

Malaria Drug Taken by Trump Is Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Problems and Death in New Study Malaria Drug Taken by Trump Is Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Problems and Death in New Study The malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine did not help coronavirus patients and may have done harm, according to a new study based on the …

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