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Hector Retamal | AFP | Getty ImagesChina wants to lower its steel production this year, but that could prove difficult. In the first half of 2021, Chinese steel mills have churned out nearly 12% more crude steel compared to the same period in 2020, according to a Wood Mackenzie note. It will be "virtually impossible" for China to produce less steel this year compared to last year, Rohan Kendall, head of iron ore research at Wood Mackenzie, said at the Singapore Iron Ore Forum. High steel prices and high steel production (are) really just a symptom of high steel demand. "High steel prices and high steel production (are) really just a symptom of high steel demand," he said.
Persons: Hector Retamal, Wood Mackenzie, Paul Bartholomew, P Global Platts, Rohan Kendall, Hesteel, Mu Guoqiang, it's, Zhuang Bin Jun, Zhuang, Wood Mackenzie Bartholomew, Bartholomew, Kendall of Wood Mackenzie Organizations: AFP, Getty, China, Reuters, P Global, CNBC, . Industry, Singapore International, Singapore Iron Ore, Singapore Steel Forum, Fortescue Metals Locations: Zhenjiang, China's, Jiangsu, China, Beijing, Singapore, steelmaking, Tangshan
Courtesy Ghada OueissOueiss is one of several high-profile female journalists and activists who have allegedly been targeted and harassed by authoritarian regimes in the Middle East through hack-and-leak attacks using the Pegasus spyware, created by Israeli surveillance technology company NSO Group. The spyware transforms a phone into a surveillance device, activating microphones and cameras and exporting files without a user knowing. The investigation — coordinated by Paris-based nonprofit organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International in collaboration with 16 media partners — appears to show how Pegasus spyware is linked to human rights violations around the world. Public shamingUntil the jacuzzi photos were posted online, Oueiss said she had worked hard to maintain a professional public image as a serious journalist. Alhwaiti said she contacted digital forensic firm Citizen Lab, home to some of the world’s experts in Pegasus spyware, and asked them to check her phone.
Persons: Ghada, Oueiss, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, , , ” Ghada, ” Oueiss, , Jamal Khashoggi, I’m, Ouiess, Mohamed bin Zayed, Rasha Abdul Rahim, ” Abdul Rahim, Louis Rynsard, ” Rynsard, Rynsard, ” ‘, Alya, Alhwaiti, Alya Alhwaiti, Khashogghi, pushback, Josh Cooper, Cooper, Alaa, Siddiq, Lina al, Loujain, Rania Sanjar, Lina, Hathloul, didn’t, ” Lina al Organizations: Al, Saudi, Pegasus, NSO Group, NSO, Amnesty International, Washington Post, Amnesty, Twitter, United, United Arab Emirates, United States, Court, Southern, Southern District of, Amnesty Tech, NBC News, Emirates, of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Scotland, Scotland Yard, Lab, Citizen, Valley Police, Getty, United Arab, Line Defenders Locations: Lebanese, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Paris, Turkey, United Arab, Florida, Southern District, Southern District of Florida, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, London, McDonald’s, Costa Coffee, Oxfordshire, England, AFP, United Arab Emirates
Sir Richard Branson speaks after he flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a voyage he described as the "experience of a lifetime" and one he hopes will usher in an era of lucrative space tourism at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico on July 11, 2021. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images
Persons: Sir Richard Branson, Patrick T, Fallon Organizations: Virgin, America, AFP, Getty Locations: New Mexico
This impending "benefits cliff" appears different from others that loomed this past year, when Congress was able to keep aid flowing after eleventh-hour legislative deals. There doesn't seem to be an urgency among federal lawmakers to extend pandemic benefit programs past Labor Day, their official cutoff date. About 7.5 million will still be collecting benefits by the time they end Sept. 6, Stettner estimates. That aid ceased in December 2013, at which time 1.3 million workers lost benefits. Twenty-six states ended their participation in federal unemployment programs over June and July, to try to encourage recipients to return to work — effectively moving up the benefits cliff for residents by about two to three months.
Persons: FREDERIC J, BROWN, Andrew Stettner, They'd, Stettner, they've, , Marcia Hultman, Fiona Greig, Daniel Sullivan, Peter Ganong, Pascal Noel, Joseph Vavra Organizations: Angeles, Angeles County Regional Food Bank, AFP, Getty, Labor, The Century Foundation, Labor Department, American, Commerce Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Dakota Department of Labor, JPMorgan Chase & Co . Institute Locations: Angeles County, Willowbrook , California, U.S
Team USA’s Lydia Jacoby is speaking out after experiencing a mishap during the Olympic debut of the mixed 4x100m medley relay on Friday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Jacoby, who followed Ryan Murphy in the relay, was disrupted when her goggles slipped down beneath her nose after she dove into the water. During replay footage of the relay, the young swimmer appeared to be squinting as she continued to soldier on through her stroke to continue the relay. The United States did not medal in the mixed 4x100m medley relay, placing in fifth while Great Britain took the gold with a world record time of 3:37:58. The rest of the relay did really nice as well.”While the goggles might have caused a predicament during the mixed 4x100m medley relay, they still hold a special place in Jacoby’s heart.
Persons: Lydia Jacoby, Jacoby, Ryan Murphy, hadn’t, “ I’ve, ” Jacoby, Oli Scarff, Murphy, , “ I’m, Lydia, Jessica Hardy Meichtry, Hardy Meichtry Organizations: Tokyo Aquatics, Great, Getty, Twitter, USA, Foundation Locations: United States, Great Britain, Tokyo, AFP, Seward , Alaska, Alaska
SYDNEY — Win Htet Oo has dreamed about competing in the Olympics since he was 6 years old. Instead, he’s hoping to help keep the world’s attention on the country and put pressure on what he calls the “hypocritical” International Olympic Committee. Win Htet Oo now works as a lifeguard at the pool where he trains in Melbourne, Australia. He wrote to the International Olympic Committee and asked if he could come to Tokyo as an independent athlete. “People need to know that the Myanmar military isn’t just another military that has taken power in some backwater, developing country,” he said.
Persons: “ It’s, , , he’s, Oo, Kyi, Win Htet, Htet Oo, Htet, Sandra Sanders, Manny Maung, , Tom Heenan, NBCUniversal, Aung, Heenan, Thomas Bach, Win Organizations: SYDNEY, Games, NBC News, Olympic, NBC, Tokyo, Reuters, Human Rights, IOC, Myanmar Olympic, International Olympic Committee, Myanmar, isn’t, , Olympic Committee, Myanmar Olympic Committee, Olympics, Melbourne’s Monash University, Getty Locations: Tokyo, Myanmar, Australia, Malaysia, New York, Melbourne, United States, Rakhine, Rio de Janeiro, Aung Thu, AFP, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tibet, China
Team USA’s youngest-ever beach volleyball team was able to dispatch Ana Patricia Silva Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbossa Silva in three sets to win their third straight victory in the Tokyo Olympics and stay in medal contention. “Yes,” they answered in unison when asked if they find it jarring to compete to an audience of empty seats. “We’ve gotten kind of used to it, but it’s still weird,” Claes, her skin glazed with sweat and sand, said after the match. USA's Kelly Claes, left, and USA's Sarah Sponcil celebrate winning in their women's preliminary beach volleyball pool D match between Brazil and the USA during the Tokyo Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, on July 31, 2021. Loic Venance / AFP - Getty ImagesBecause of the high temperatures that have blanketed Tokyo through much of the Games, maintenance crews have been wetting down the sand at the beach volleyball venue after the competitors complained it was burning their feet.
Persons: , Kelly Claes, Sarah Sponcil, USA’s, Ana Patricia Silva Ramos, Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbossa Silva, “ We’ve, ” Claes, Sponsil, Claes, Rebecca Silva, Petros Giannakouris, Japan Claes, “ We’re, , shooed, Yoshihide Suga, USA's Kelly Claes, Loic Venance, “ Woo, Organizations: Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo, Japanese, Olympic, Tokyo Olympic Locations: TOKYO, Shiokaze, Tokyo, Covid, Brazil, United States, Japan, USA, AFP
Experts have identified what appear to be hundreds of new missile silos under construction in China. To some experts Insider talked to, the huge silo fields look to be China's answer to rivals that have a lot more nuclear weapons. Silo construction is clearly visible and appears to be underway in Hami in Xinjiang province, Yumen in Gansu province, and Jinlantai in Inner Mongolia. Even empty silos would potentially help deter an adversary given the cost of destroying missile silos versus the cost to build them. "If it is a shell game, then it is partly the intention to force United States planners to waste a lot of warheads trying to chase down loaded missile silos."
Persons: Jeffrey Lewis, Lewis, MIIS Hans Kristensen, Kristensen, Matt Korda, Korda, GREG BAKER, Adm, Charles Richard, Xu Tianran, MIIS Fielding, " Kristensen Organizations: DF, Service, Privacy, Federation of American Scientists, Middlebury Institute of International, Strategic Command, Labs, Nonproliferation, MIIS, East Asia Nonproliferation, FAS, China's, Getty, US Strategic Command, Open Nuclear Network, Pentagon Locations: China, Hami, Xinjiang province, Yumen, Gansu province, Inner Mongolia, States, Russia, Beijing, People's Republic of China, AFP, United States
The Biden administration imposed new sanctions against two top Cuban officials and the Cuban National Revolutionary Police for their role in the crackdown against anti-government protesters in Cuba. People march during a protest in support of continued anti-government protests in Cuba near the White House on July 26, 2021. For weeks, Cuban Americans have held protests and rallies in support of those on the island and called on Biden to take more action against Havana. In the U.S., Cuban Americans have held protests and rallies in support of those on the island and called on Biden to take more action against Havana. The White House has held several meetings with Cuban American leaders and members of Congress since the protests swept through the island.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Sen, Bob Menendez, Gregory Meeks, Manny Diaz, Oscar Callejas Valcarcel, Eddy Sierra Arias, , Andrea M, , ” Biden, Brendan Smialowski, incommunicado, Donald Trump, Yotuel Romero, Felice Gorordo, Ana Sofía Peláez Organizations: Cuban, Cuban National Revolutionary Police, Florida Democratic Party, White, Treasury, U.S . Treasury, Treasury Department, Foreign, Getty, “ libertad, Havana ., Cuban American, Hope, Miami Freedom Project, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Cuba, Cuban, AFP, Havana . Cuban, Florida, United States, U.S, Havana, Miami
For most countries, the spike in Covid-19 cases playing out in China would register as little more than a blip on the chart. Infections have now been recorded in five different provinces including Beijing, and local health authorities have identified the strain as the delta variant. Residents queue to receive Covid tests Nanjing, China on July 21. Others believe the Chinese vaccines have shown good protection against severe disease. Medical workers at a temporary laboratory used for Covid testing in Nanjing, China on Wednesday.
Organizations: Nanjing Lukou International, NBC, United, Johns Hopkins University, Central Commission, Chinese Communist Party, AFP, Getty, Sinopharm, Wednesday Locations: China, Nanjing, Shanghai, Russia, Beijing, Xinhua, Wuhan, United States, Hebei province, Indonesian, Chile, West
Philippine President fully restores key U.S. troop pact
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
It has assumed additional importance as the United States and its allies contend with an increasingly assertive China. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila on July 29, 2021. Duterte's decision won't change much on the ground as the pact had not been terminated but it provides stability for both countries. Duterte vowed to terminate the pact after the United States denied a visa to a Philippine senator who is an ally of the president. There are long-standing tensions between the Philippines and China over disputed waters in the South China Sea.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Delfin Lorenzana, Duterte, Lloyd Austin, Defense Lloyd Austin, Harry Roque, Austin, Greg Poling, Aaron Connelly Organizations: Forces, Philippine Defense, U.S, Defense, Philippine, AFP, Getty, Mutual, VFA, United, NBC, Center for Strategic, International Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies Locations: U.S, Washington, Manila, Philippines, United States, China, Malacanang, Philippine, South China, South
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Residence in New Delhi on India on 28 July, 2021. "Both countries really want to work together to bring about an inclusive, secure (and) stable Afghanistan," said Navtej Sarna said Thursday on CNBC's "Street Signs Asia." Sarna was the Indian ambassador to the U.S. from November 2016 to December 2018. Afghanistan was one of several topics discussed Wednesday when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi. Navtej Sarna Former India ambassador to the U.S.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Narendra Modi, Navtej Sarna, Sarna, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Blinken, Subrahmanyam, Jonathan Ernst, Wang Yi, Jaishankar Organizations: Indian, External Affairs, Government, India, Handout, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Afghanistan —, CNBC, U.S, Affairs, State, Afghan, India's, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, AFP Locations: New Delhi, India, United States, Afghanistan, Indian, Afghan Government, U.S, Pakistan, Tianjin, Japan, Australia
What the Dutch can teach the world about flood preparedness
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( Sam Meredith | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
Flood experts told CNBC that while there are several reasons that make it difficult to directly compare the destruction seen in the Netherlands with other countries in western Europe, decades of investment into flood preparedness certainly helped to limit the damage. "I don't want to compare [to other countries], but if I look at the Netherlands, our efforts helped and worked. It prompted the construction of the Delta Works, the world's largest flood protection system, in the southwestern part of the country. "For other countries, too, creating more space for the water is essential because the bigger the river, ultimately the bigger the catastrophe if that river floods. "I would say those are two fields in which all three countries in this case can still improve on," Veerbeek said.
Persons: ROB ENGELAAR, Netherlands —, Flood, Elke Wissmann, Sascha Schuermann, Henk Ovink, Ovink, William Veerbeek, there's, Veerbeek, SEBASTIEN BOZON Organizations: Society for Preservation, AFP, Getty, CNBC, Delta Works, IHE Delft, Water, Water Education Locations: Netherlands, Meers, Europe, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, GERMANY, Bad, Ahrweiler, Paris, Blessem, Erftstadt, China, Siberia, North America
Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz wins the gold medal in the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 26, 2021. Vincenzo Pinto | AFP | Getty ImagesTwo years before Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country's first ever Olympic gold medal, she was swept up in an alleged "plot" against President Rodrigo Duterte. Three days later, the spokesman said Diaz, who was then preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, was not part of the alleged plot against Duterte. Gold is gold. Panelo said then that Duterte had received "intelligence information" about the alleged plot and "validated" the diagram, according to the Philippine News Agency.
Persons: Hidilyn Diaz, Vincenzo Pinto, Rodrigo Duterte, Diaz, Salvador Panelo, Duterte, Panelo, Duterte's, , Noel Celis Organizations: AFP, Getty, Tokyo Games, Duterte's, Tokyo, Duterte, CNBC, Wednesday, newswire Philippine News Agency, ABS, CBN, Philippine News Agency Locations: Philippines, Tokyo, Philippine, Manila
When one of Dámaso's children was injured in an accident, it was El Chapo who paid the child's medical bills. And on January 18, 2001 everything changed for El Chapo when the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled that the United States could extradite Mexican prisoners such as El Chapo, as long as the death penalty was taken off the table. A vendor in Sinaloa state, El Chapo's birthplace in Mexico, shortly before he was sentenced in 2019. For several years after the escape from Puente Grande, José did not meet the man to whom he paid taxes. When El Chapo received them, José made his proposal: What if El Chapo covered the expense of planting, and then they split the eventual profit fifty-fifty?
Persons: El Chapo, Mexico's Puente, Noah Hurowitz, Joaquín, Loera, he'd, Dámaso, who'd, El, Pedro Pardo, Anabel Hernandez, Chapo, Hernandez, Ismael, El Mayo, Hector Guerrero, Let's, El Cielo, It's, Doña Consuelo, Maria Consuelo Loera, Ronaldo Schemidt, José, that's, Jonathan Levinson, Luís Astorga, Noah Hurowitz Jacqueline Hall José, El Chapo's, , narco Organizations: Service, El, Getty, La, Growers, Santiago De Los Caballeros, Washington, Sierra, Institutional Revolutionary Party, Simon & Schuster, Inc, Stone Locations: Sinaloa, Mexico's, Colorado, Mexican, Puente Grande, Guadalajara, El, Mexico, United, Brooklyn, El Mayo, AFP, La, La Palma, El Cielo, Mexico City, La Tuna, Santiago De Los, United States, New York, Philadelphia, Sierra, Badiraguato, New York City
But he's spending the bulk of his time on a project he started four years ago with the help of old friend and Google co-founder Larry Page. He didn't want to return to Google, so Page — through parent company Alphabet — agreed to help finance a holding company that Friedberg would operate. Google CEO Larry Page holds a press annoucement at Google headquarters in New York on May 21, 2012. While Page was the initial Alphabet sponsor, Friedberg said the Google co-founder hasn't been involved in the company for a while. That means Alphabet and other outside investors own shares in the parent entity but not the portfolio companies.
Persons: David Friedberg, Kevin Dietsch, Friedberg, Quinoa, Jason Calacanis, Chamath Palihapitiya, David Sacks, Larry Page, EMMANUEL DUNAND, Getty Images Friedberg, He's, Baillie Gifford, Page, hasn't, Alphabet's Anil Patel, it's, TPB, Josh Edelson Organizations: Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, Getty, Climate Corporation, Monsanto, Canadian, NorQuin, Google, CornellNYC Tech university, AFP, Getty Images, Allen, Co, Koch, Technologies, Biosciences Locations: Sun Valley , Idaho, Silicon Valley, Friedberg, NorQuin, New York, BlackRock
A missile race is heating up all across Asia
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( Benjamin Brimelow | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
"It's a full acceleration of a missile race, frankly," Cronin told Insider. Japan has plans for two hypersonic weapons: the Hypersonic Cruise Missile and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile. Brahmos cruise missiles at a Republic Day parade rehearsal in New Delhi, January 23, 2006. It is acquiring new long-range anti-aircraft and cruise missiles, developing new submarine-launched ballistic missiles for its new Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile subs, and working on a hypersonic variant of its Brahmos cruise missile. A Taiwan missile boat launches a Hsiung Feng II missile during an exercise on the island's northeastern coast, September 4, 2003.
Persons: Patrick Cronin, — Cronin, Cronin, GREG BAKER, It's, Rachael Jeffcoat, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Kamal Kishore India, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, Feng, Simon Kwong Taiwan, Yun Feng Organizations: Service, Pacific Security, Hudson Institute, Getty, Defense Force, US Army, Missile, Missiles, REUTERS, South Locations: China, South China, Asia, Pacific, Korea, India, Japan, Australia, Beijing, AFP, South Korea, Hawaii, Tokyo, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, Canberra, New Delhi, Seoul, Philippines, Vietnam
The Treasury sanctions designate Cuban police director Oscar Callejas Valcarce and his deputy Eddy Sierra Arias as well as the island's police force. "Today's action serves to further hold accountable those responsible for suppressing the Cuban people's calls for freedom and respect for human rights," the statement added. Last week, Washington slapped sanctions on Cuba's defense minister and the communist nation's special forces brigade for the suppression of peaceful protests that broke out on the island last week. The U.S. sanctions were coupled with a warning that there would be more to come if the Cuban government did not rectify the situation. Earlier this month, thousands of protestors filled the streets over frustrations with a crippled economy hit by food and power shortages.
Persons: Miguel Diaz, Canel, Eva Marie UZCATEGUI, MARIE UZCATEGUI, WASHINGTON –, Biden, Oscar Callejas Valcarce, Eddy Sierra Arias, Andrea Gacki Organizations: Communist, Getty Images, WASHINGTON, Treasury, Cuban, Treasury Department, Foreign Assets Control Locations: Miami, AFP, Cuban, Washington, U.S, United States
Suni Lee was representing the United States when she won gold in the women's individual all-around gymnastics final on Thursday — but after a challenging couple of years, she was especially motivated to win for her family, her Hmong community back home and herself. "It feels super crazy, I definitely didn't think I'd be here in this moment with the gold medal," Lee said after her win. While her family's absence in Japan is "heartbreaking," Lee told People, "I think they're going to have a little watch party." Lee told Elle magazine in May that her Hmong community back home is "really close." Lee, who also won silver at the Tokyo Games in the team final Tuesday, will go on to compete for titles in the bars and beam finals next week.
Persons: Suni Lee, Lee, John Lee —, , Sunisa Lee, Loic Venance, NBC's, Covid, it's, I've, John Lee, Stephen Maturen, Hoda Kotb, , ” John Lee, He’s, Paul, Elle, Simone Biles, Biles, Harry Potter Organizations: National, United States, Tokyo Olympic Games, Getty, Team United States, Tokyo Olympic, Auburn University, New York Times, Olympics, Tokyo Games, USA Locations: United States, Minnesota, AFP, Tokyo, Oakdale, Minn, Japan, St, American
Ever Given, the Ship That Blocked the Suez, Makes It to Port
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( Benoit Faucon | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
The ship, a 1,300-foot behemoth that carries 18,000 container boxes of cargo, is one of the world’s biggest seagoing vessels. It got stuck in the Suez Canal on March 23, where it spent a week, closing the crucial waterway that connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas. The vessel is laden with goods worth over $700 million but now months late. Michael Shah, who owns Manchester, England-based catering distributor Easy Equipment Ltd., has $100,000 worth of commercial refrigerators aboard the ship. Footage shows the Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, moving again after the owner and Egyptian authorities struck a multimillion-dollar deal for its release, ending a monthslong saga at a critical global trade route.
Persons: Tyler Blint, Shoei Kisen, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, , Schoenmakers, Michael Shah, Mahmoud Khaled, Benoit Faucon Organizations: News, Suez, Suez Canal Authority, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Evergreen Marine Corp, PVH Corp, Nike Inc, U.K, Equipment Ltd Locations: ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Suez, Egypt, Rotterdam, Yantian, China, Red Seas, Japan, Europe, Texas, Manchester, England, AFP
Chinese billionaire Sun Dawu was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for crimes including "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and illegally occupying farmland, a court said, the latest stiff punishment of an outspoken corporate boss. Sun had built a major conglomerate in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, employing 9,000 people in activities ranging from poultry processing and pet food to hospitals, schools and resorts. Chinese pig farmer and billionaire Sun Dawu at a feed warehouse in Hebei outside Beijing in 2019. Sun had said dozens of its employees were injured in a fight with police after they tried to stop the state farm staff tearing down one of its buildings last year. Ren had referred to Xi Jinping as "a clown" after a speech the Chinese president made about government efforts to battle the coronavirus.
Persons: Sun Dawu, Sun, Noel Celis, Ren Zhiqiang, Ren, Xi Organizations: Getty, NBC Locations: Chinese, Hebei, Beijing, AFP, Gaobeidian, Hebei province
WASHINGTON — Frustrated with the U.S., Ukraine is cutting deals with a rival superpower, inviting China to build infrastructure while holding back criticism of Beijing's human rights record. Just days before the cooperation deals were clinched, Kyiv chose to stay silent about China's alleged human rights abuses. "When Ukraine signed the declaration, China started asking [Ukraine] to withdraw it. Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, said China has a pattern of coercing governments to refrain from criticizing Beijing's human rights record. Oleg Nikolenko, the spokesperson for Ukraine's foreign ministry, said Ukraine remained committed to a trans-Atlantic future.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Andriy Sharaskin, Sharaskin, Dmytro Kuleba, Oleksiy Arestovych, Arestovych, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Biden, Zelenskyy, Xi Jinping, Xi, Aleksandar Vučić, Jim Townsend, Brad Adams, Adams, Aleksey Filippov, Evelyn Farkas, Farkas, Oleg Nikolenko Organizations: U.S, Kyiv, Human Rights, NBC, Associated Press, Embassy, European Union, NATO, White, White House, Initiative, Center, New, New American Security, Asia Division of Human Rights, Ukraine, Motor Sich, Authorities, Skyrizon, Motor, Getty, Strategic and Security Studies, State Department, Moderna Locations: Ukraine, China, Xinjiang, Ukrainian, Central, Eastern Europe, Canada, China's, Washington, Russia, Moscow, Crimea, Europe, U.S, Piraeus, Serbia, Hungary, Balkans, Serbian, Beijing, New American, Kyiv, Motor Sich, Russian, Marinka, Donetsk, AFP, People's Republic of China, United States, Eurasia
A gutsy anchor leg from Katie Ledecky powered the United States 4x200m freestyle relay team to silver behind China in a gripping final where all three medalists finished ahead of world record time. Ledecky went 1:53.76 in her final leg to overtake heavily-favored Australia and come within four tenths of a gold medal Thursday. ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP - Getty ImagesChina's winning time of 7:40.33 broke the previous world record — set two years ago by Australia at 2019 Worlds – by more than a second. The expectation coming into the final was that Australia would surge ahead of the field and chase their own world record open water. But Ledecky closed on the two leaders furiously, swimming one of the most aggressive legs of her life.
Persons: Katie Ledecky, Ledecky, USA's Kathleen Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Paige Madden, Kathryn McLaughlin, ATTILA KISBENEDEK, Ariarne Titmus, , China's Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Emma McKeon's Organizations: United States, China, Getty, Australia Locations: Australia, Tokyo, AFP, China, U.S
Pfizer says its shot protection wanes after 6 months
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer | ) www.businessinsider.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. The pharma giant said protection against mild illness started to wane after about six months. The vaccine's protection against severe disease has held up, even against the Delta variant. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty ImagesUntil Tuesday, the CDC maintained that fully vaccinated people did not need to get tested for COVID-19, unless they developed symptoms. But, new data shows vaccinated people may be able to transmit the Delta variant just as well as the unvaccinated.
Persons: I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, Let's, Justin Tallis, Alain Jocard, who's, Amir Cohen, Lydia Organizations: Insider Healthcare, Getty, Pfizer, Wednesday, pharma, CDC, Reuters Locations: AFP, Israel
TikTok influencer Yusuf Panseri. TikTok's new "Spark Ads" allow marketers to promote user-generated videos through its ad portal. My colleague Dan Whateley spoke with a marketer who said Spark Ads had cost him 40% less than standard TikTok ads to achieve the same conversion goals. Spark Ads is primarily being used as an add-on to existing influencer-marketing campaigns, said Anish Dalal, the CEO of the marketing firm Sapphire Apps. Most brands are paying influencers for the use of their content in Spark Ads, Dalal said.
Persons: Amanda Perelli, Samantha Lee, Tana Mongeau, Daisy Keech, Bryan Whitman, Bryan, Diamond, Tesla, Sydney Bradley, Whitman, James, Darker4Serenity, Curtis James Curtis James, Curtis, Michael Espinosa, TikTok influencer Yusuf Panseri, Miguel Medina, Dan Whateley, Anish Dalal, Sapphire Apps, Dalal, TikTok, Here's, YouTubers Rhett, Link, YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, Launchmetrics, Kyra IQ Organizations: Twitter, Wash, Apex, YouTube, Getty Images, Pinterest, Olympics, UTA, United Talent Agency Locations: Orlando, Orlando , Florida, AFP, TikTok
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