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Crowd angered by lockdowns calls for China’s Xi to step down SHANGHAI (AP) — Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China’s powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party. Police using … Read more

What is it really like in Qatar, fan experience, beer and food prices, stadium atmosphere

This was always going to be a World Cup like no other, but perception and reality are proving to be two very different things at Qatar 2022. Major tournaments like these are often preceded by a sense of hysteria but until it begins, you never really know what it’s going to be like – and … Read more

Doha’s driving food scene traces transformation before World Cup

Doha’s restaurateurs say much has changed, but not their recipes As city grew, Indian, Lebanese, Qatari eateries expanded too New highways, relaxed social norms mark city’s transformation DOHA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A hummus recipe and cashier countertop are the only surviving elements of the original ‘Beirut’ restaurant, which opened its doors in Qatar in … Read more

Threats to peace dominate Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit

BANGKOK (AP) — Threats to peace and stability were dominating the agenda at a summit of Pacific Rim economies Friday in Bangkok, as leaders warned that war and tensions among the big powers threaten to unravel the global order. Underscoring the risks, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japanese territorial waters, … Read more

What does the COVID ‘variant soup’ mean for the Asia-Pacific region as travel ramps up?

As Australia anticipates a fourth wave the Asia-Pacific region has been served up what is been dubbed a “COVID variant soup”. Key points: New COVID variants are competing for dominance in the region Singapore recently had a rise in hospitalizations due to XBB Countries like Japan and South Korea are bracing for a “twindemic” of … Read more

Explainer: Can Ukraine’s grain deal ease the global food crisis?

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A deal to free up vital grain exports from Ukraine’s southern Black Sea ports – which had been due to expire on Nov. 19 – was extended on Thursday for 120 days. The agreement, originally reached in July, created a protected sea transit corridor and was designed to alleviate global … Read more

G20’s criticism of Russia reflects the rise of new Asian power: India

hong kong CNN — When world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine, a familiar sentence stood out from the 1,186-page document. “Today’s era must not be of war,” it said, echoing what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian leader Vladimir Putin … Read more

G20 leaders’ declaration condemns Russia’s war ‘in strongest terms’

Bali, Indonesia CNN — Russia’s international isolation grew Wednesday, as world leaders issued a joint declaration condemning its war in Ukraine that has killed thousands of people and roiled the global economy. The Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, concluded Wednesday with a leaders’ statement that “deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by … Read more

G-20 to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion, urge an end

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Leaders of most of the world’s economic powers are nearing approval of a declaration strongly denouncing Russia’s invasion that has devastated Ukraine and kinged the global economy. Even China, which has mostly declined to censor Russia until now, and India, which buys weapons from Russia, are providing encouraging words. On … Read more

G20: Biden steps into summit in Indonesia aiming to unite leaders in opposition to Russia’s war on Ukraine

Bali, Indonesia CNN — President Joe Biden is confronting competing issues at home and abroad while he’s at the Group of 20 Summit in Bali this week, using the moment on the world’s stage to lean into international support for condemning Russia’s aggression while also facing the prospect of hearing Donald Trump announce his next … Read more