April 20, 2021
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The family with no fingerprints

bbc– Apu Sarker was showing his open palm to me on a video call from his home in Bangladesh. Nothing seemed unusual at first, but as I looked closer I could see the smooth surfaces of his fingertips. Apu, who is 22, lives with his family in a village in the northern district of Rajshahi.
Asia

China Imposes New Visa Limits In Back-and-forth With US

republicworld– China hit back with reciprocal actions Tuesday against unnamed American officials in the latest back-and-forth, following a U.S. announcement of new visa restrictions on Chinese officials. The Foreign Ministry also called on President Donald Trump not to sign into law legislation approved by Congress on Tibet. The visa action came in response to a […]
Asia

China avoids ICC prosecution over Xinjiang for now, but pressure is growing

(CNN)China will not face a case at the International Criminal Court over its treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang — for now. Beijing is accused of numerous crimes against Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups in the far western region, including a mass detention system, forced labor, and claims of genocide and human rights abuses. As China […]
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Interior Chinatown: The novel taking on Hollywood’s Asian tropes

bbc– Instead, much to his dismay, the struggling ؤAmerican actor is only ever cast in parts like Generic Asian Man Number One or Background Oriental Male. He is, however, the main protagonist of the satirical novel Interior Chinatown, which last month won one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the US, the National Book […]
Asia Middle East

Iraqis Slowly Rebuild Mosul, With Little Aid From Government

republicworld– Anan Yasoun rebuilt her home with yellow cement slabs amid the rubble of Mosul, a brightly colored manifestation of resilience in a city that for many remains synonymous with the Islamic State group’s reign of terror. In the three years since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, liberated Mosul from the militants, Yasoun […]
Asia

China Coal Mine Accident Toll Climbs To 23

republicworld– The death toll due to a carbon monoxide leak inside a coal mine in southwest China has gone up to 23, while one person has been rescued, officials said on Sunday. The accident took place at around 5 pm (local time) on Friday at the closed Diaoshuidong colliery in Yongchuan district of Chongqing Municipality. […]
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China says probe sent to retrieve lunar rocks lands on moon

channelnewsasia– BEIJING: A Chinese robot probe sent to return lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s landed on the moon on Tuesday (Dec 1), the government announced, adding to a string of increasingly bold space missions by Beijing. The Chang’e 5 probe “successfully landed” at its planned site, state TV and […]