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Researcher questions China’s population data, says it may be lower

China may be downplaying how fast its population is shrinking, and a recent policy to promote three-child families has poor chances to improve birth rates, a fertility expert told the Reuters Next conference on Friday. Fuxian Yi, senior scientist in the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the University of Wisconsin, …

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As US promotes democracy, China touts its own version

BEIJING: As US President Joe Biden prepares to host more than 100 participants in the initial “Summit for Democracy“, China – which was not invited – has increasingly talked up the advantages of its own “whole-process democracy”. Chinese state media and diplomats in recent weeks have ramped up criticism of …

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Omicron detected in 38 countries, no deaths reported so far: WHO

Omicron has been detected in 38 countries but there are no reported deaths so far from the new Covid-19 variant, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. A WHO spokesperson told reporters that the UN health agency had “not seen reports of Omicron-related deaths yet”. And Maria Van Kerkhove, the …

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WHO chief scientist urges people not to panic over Omicron

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) chief scientist on Friday urged people not to panic over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and said it was too early to say if vaccines would be need to be reworked. Speaking in an interview at the Reuters Next conference, Soumya Swaminathan …

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Victims to heroes: India’s lower castes take cinematic centre stage

Facing systemic exploitation and discrimination, India’s lowest castes have barely been acknowledged on the big screen. Now independent, mostly non-Hindi language filmmakers are challenging attitudes with powerful stories of injustice to give them a voice. Many of the directors are from the Tamil film industry “Kollywood” — nicknamed after Chennai’s …

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UAE buys record 80 French fighter jets as Macron starts Gulf tour

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates signed a record 14-billion-euro contract for 80 French-made Rafale warplanes and committed billions of euros in other deals as President Emmanuel Macron kicked off a Gulf tour on Friday. The biggest international order ever made for the Rafale jets came as Macron held talks with …

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