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10 killed in apartment fire in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

BEIJING (AP) — An apartment fire in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has killed 10 and injured nine, officials said Friday, keeping many residents of the region trapped in their homes for more than three months. announced amidst a strict lockdown. Fires erupted in the region’s capital, Urumqi, on Thursday night, sending temperatures to below freezing as darkness fell. Multiple state media reports said the flames had spread upward from the 15th to the 17th floor and smoke billowed up to his 21st floor. The flames took about three hours to extinguish. Reports said casualties were due to inhalation of toxic fumes and all those taken to hospital were expected to survive.

Taiwan Lowers Voting Age, Mayor, City Council Vote

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lingering concerns about the threat posed by its huge neighbor China were put on the back burner in Taiwan’s high-profile local elections on Saturday, leaving voters to ditch air pollution, traffic jams and other issues at hand. focused on the pressing issue of Taiwanese had elected mayors, city councilors and other local leaders in all 13 counties and her nine cities. There is also a referendum to lower the voting age from her 20 to her 18. International observers and the ruling party have attempted to link the election to a long-term existential threat to Taiwan’s neighbor, but many local experts do not believe China is playing a major role. Hmm. To play this time.

Real test for Malaysia’s new prime minister begins as election campaign wins

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reform leader Anwar Ibrahim has won a bitter battle to become Malaysia’s new prime minister. But with a polarized nation watching, working with his former enemies to form a unified government would quickly test his political mettle. Anwar, 75, has no honeymoon period as he quickly landed a job less than 24 hours after he became his 10th leader in the country. State TV showed Anwar’s clock in the administrative capital of Putrajaya on Friday morning. His first test will be the construction of a cabinet and the distribution of portfolios, which will appease the diverse members of the unity government.

Beijing strains as city adds new quarantine center

BEIJING (AP) — Some residents of the Chinese capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps on Friday as the city government ordered faster construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals. rice field. Lockdown uncertainty and scattered unconfirmed reports in at least some districts of Beijing have increased demand for food and other supplies. An unusually high number of shoppers left market shelves bare in the city’s northern suburbs, while customers were relatively few in the supply-rich city center of 21 million people. Daily cases have reached a record, with 32,695 reported on Friday.

Casino licenses awarded to Macau, MGM, Sands, Wynn and three others

BEIJING (AP) — Macau has provisionally renewed the casino licenses of MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and three Chinese rivals. The companies announced Saturday after promising to help diversify the economy by investing in non-gambling attractions. The announcement is good news for the owners who invested billions of dollars to build the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong into the largest global gambling center. But the need to spend on theme parks, music and sports has put financial pressures on them now as revenues plummet due to virus restrictions. Regulators will negotiate final terms by January 25, when the license becomes effective.

China’s Xi Jinping promises to support Cuba in ‘core interests’

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Cuban leaders pledged mutual support for the “core interests” of fellow communist nations on Friday at a meeting that further welcomed Beijing’s return to face-to-face diplomacy. In comments to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Xi said China hopes to “strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs” with Cuba. In a Chinese government news release, President Xi Jinping said the two countries would “tread the path of building socialism with their own characteristics.” China generally defines its core interests as the defense of its economic and political development objectives and control of its claimed territories, particularly Taiwan’s autonomy.

Japanese Investigators Raid Dentsu, Expand Olympics Investigation

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors on Friday raided the headquarters of advertising giant Dentsu amid a growing corruption probe linked to the Tokyo Olympics. Major local television stations showed officials from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office and the Japan Fair Trade Commission entering Dentsu’s headquarters. Dentsu has a monopoly on event planning, marketing and public relations in Japan. Contributed to the hosting of the 2020 Tokyo Games and won record domestic sponsorships. Former Dentsu executive Haruyuki Takahashi has been arrested four times in recent months on charges of accepting bribes from various companies that sponsored the Olympics. Investigations centered on collusion for companies to be selected to participate in testing events.

Indonesia earthquake death toll reaches 310, more bodies found

Sianjur, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from the earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Java island earlier this week rose to 310 after rescuers found more bodies under landslides, officials said. Stated. At least 24 people remain missing. In a devastated town in western Java, residents gathered near a badly damaged mosque for Friday prayers. Some prayed with rescue workers between tents at the shelter. Bodies were recovered on Friday in two areas of the mountainous Cianjur district where landslides triggered by Monday’s quake brought large amounts of mud, rocks and broken trees, said Henri Alfiandi, director general of the National Search and Rescue Agency. said. More than 1,400 rescuers are searching through the rubble since the magnitude 5.6 earthquake injured more than 2,000 people.

Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zeng and five others over fund

HONG KONG (AP) — The 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong held a now defunct Friday event aimed at aiding those arrested during widespread protests three years ago. Fined after being convicted of failing to register the fund. Cardinal Joseph Zeng, a retired bishop and vociferous advocate for democracy in the city, arrived at the court in black and used a cane. He was first arrested in May on suspicion of colluding with foreign powers under Beijing-imposed national security laws. He only said that he was monitoring the

Australia publishes posts to avoid repeated power grabs

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An investigation into Australia’s former prime minister’s secret appointments to multiple ministries recommended Friday that all such appointments be made public in the future to maintain confidence in the government. Did. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said at a meeting next week he would recommend that the Cabinet accept all of the former judge’s recommendations. Albanese has revealed that his predecessor, Scott Morrison, has taken the unprecedented step of appointing him to five ministers between March 2020 and May 2021. He later ordered an investigation in August. An unusual power grab came to light after Morrison’s Conservative Coalition was ousted in May after being in power for nine years.

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