Beijing Residents Fear Shanghai-style Lockdown

The mounting concerns about a city-wide lockdown were dispelled on Thursday by Beijing authorities despite the reported slight increase in new COVID-19 cases there.  Xu Hejian, a spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government in a report by Bloomberg, dismissed the …

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Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency Over Cyberattacks

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Costa Rican authorities declared a national emergency on Wednesday after the Russia-based Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyber-attacks on government systems.  President Rodrigo Chaves signed a decree believed to be the first-ever government response to a cyber-attack.   Chaves …

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China COVID Lockdown Extended to Wuhu

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The city government of Wuhu in Anhui province said it had taken decisive measures to lock down the city following a single confirmed COVID-19 case on Sunday. The city of 2.4 million inhabitants woke up to official orders to stay …

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Taiwan Distributes War Survival Manuals

Fourth EstateThe Ministry of National Defense has compiled the National Defense Manual, which contains wartime scenarios and responses. - Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

Taiwan’s military released a defense handbook with information on possible military crises and disasters to teach Taiwanese various emergency responses. The Ministry of National Defense has compiled the National Defense Manual, which contains wartime scenarios and responses.  Liu Taiyi, director …

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European Commission Adds 21 Russian Airlines to Ban List

The European Commission has added 21 Russian airlines to its list of banned carriers because they did not meet international safety standards. “The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has allowed Russian airlines to operate hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft without a …

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UK’s Portsmouth NHS and Ambulance Service Declare COVID related “Critical Incident”

The Portsmouth NHS Trust and ambulance service have declared a critical incident, due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19. “Due to extreme pressures on services, we have declared a critical incident at QA Hospital. We have limited space to treat …

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Large Fire Erupts at Waheen market in Hargeisa, Hundreds of Businesses Destroyed and Dozens injured

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Officials in northern Somalia said a massive fire has reduced Hargeisa’s main market into ashes overnight, injuring more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of businesses. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi said during a visit to Waheen that about 28 …

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Russia Accused of Creating Food Shortage Crisis at UN Security Council

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The UN Security Council accused Russia on Tuesday of causing a ‘global food crisis’ and putting people at risk of famine due to starting the war in Ukraine. World Food Progam Executive Director David Beasley told the United Nations Security …

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Azores Islands Prepares to Evacuate as Tremors Grow

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The regional government of the Azores Islands announced the possible evacuation of thousands of residents after a series of tremors have rocked the island of Sao Jorge in the past six days.  President Jose Manuel Bolieiro said he continued to …

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Japan Warns of Possible Power Disruption

Fourth EstateThe night lights of Tokyo, Japan, are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above the island nation in this image from February 2021 | NASA

Japan has asked businesses and residents of Tokyo and Tohoku to conserve electricity and brace for outages after powerplants were damaged by earthquakes last week. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) warned that a blackout could hit the greater Tokyo metropolitan …

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