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US military exercise to take place near Chinese border – media

The American and Indian militaries will hold joint exercises in the Himalayan mountains in October, less than 100km from India’s disputed border with China, CNN reported. The location was announced amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan, while India and China have been clashing along their mountain …

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NATO talks options but sees no place for own troops in Ukraine

NATO members discussed Ukraine’s pleas to establish a ‘no-fly zone’ over the country, but the alliance is determined not to engage directly in the military confrontation between Moscow and Kiev, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday, after a meeting of foreign ministers of the allies. “NATO is a defense …

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‘Death Star’ moon could be another place hosting life

The number of places to search for life in our solar system could be expanded as scientists said they’ve discovered “compelling evidence” of a “stealth ocean world” on Saturn’s icy moon of Mimas.  So far, Saturn’s Enceladus and Jupiter’s Europa have been considered the prime candidates to host alien life. …

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The surprising place where sex change tourism is booming

Since the mid-1970s, foreigners have flown into Thailand as men and later flown back out as women. The Philippines, too, was something of a hotspot. Southeast Asia in general was long thought to be more tolerant of transgenderism. But now gender affirmation surgery is easing into the mainstream, it’s big business, and …

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Is a genocide taking place in Europe?

A historian must object. The notion of “genocide” is not a good reference point here. Even a wide definition does not fit this case, because there is no policy or systematic practice of killing the inhabitants of the breakaway areas merely due to their being who they are in some …

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Swiss get to choose whether to keep vaccine passports in place

Some 62% of voters chose on Sunday to maintain the country’s coronavirus measures. These measures include a controversial system of Covid vaccination certificates, required since September to enter bars, restaurants, theaters and other public spaces. Majorities in 24 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons backed the law, with only the tiny cantons of …

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‘Most vaccinated’ place on earth cancels Christmas

The government of Gibraltar recently announced that “official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings” have been canceled, and advised the public to avoid social events and parties for the next four weeks. Outdoor spaces are recommended over indoor ones, touching and hugging is discouraged, and mask wearing is advised. …

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