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Month: June 2021

China promotes security officials to senior roles in Hong Kong

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) -China on Friday approved the promotion of Hong Kong’s security secretary John Lee to chief secretary, while police chief Chris Tang will take Lee’s position in what critics say will further tighten Beijing’s security squeeze on the global financial hub. The elevation of Lee, 63, a former police deputy

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Marine Le Pen’s far right defeated in local elections shunned by two thirds of French voters

Mainstream candidates delivered a stinging setback to Marine Le Pen’s far right on Sunday in a second round of regional elections that saw President Emmanuel Macron’s party suffer another drubbing at the polls. Le Pen‘s National Rally was once again thwarted in its ambition of winning a first region in elections marred by a woeful

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With propaganda push, China’s Communist Party celebrates 100 years

Hair windswept, handsome and 32-metres high, a statue of Mao Zedong presides over a crowd of millennials alternating between selfies and bubble teas — drawing a thread through the past, present and future of China’s Communist Party in its red heartland. As the party prepares to mark its 100th anniversary on Thursday, it has put

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Blinken meets pope as US bishops campaign to deny Biden Communion

Pope Francis expressed his “affection” for the American people as he met at length Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, with the latter declining to delve into “domestic politics” when later asked if the two discussed a campaign by U.S. bishops to deny Communion to Catholic politicians like the U.S. president who support

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Post-White House Donald Trump Continues to Destroy Norms

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. At the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, I came to know a routine all too well. President Obama or his top aides would seek to dismiss a reporter’s question

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