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  1. Lithuania will open an “enterprise office” in Taiwan by the end of the year, its Ministry of Economy and Innovation said on Wednesday, a move that risks irking Beijing at a troubled time for the European country’s relations with China.The office will be aimed at “strengthening and diversifying of economic diplomacy in the Asian region”, a department spokesperson said, confirming an earlier Reuters report.The move by Lithuania is just the latest sign of discontent by a member state in the “17+1”…
  2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reclaiming their narrative after Britain's Times newspaper published a report about a bullying complaint allegedly filed from inside Kensington Palace.According to the Times, a former communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their stint at Kensington alleged in 2018 that toxic behaviour by Meghan had forced two personal assistants to leave their positions and negatively affected another palace employee.“The Duchess is saddened by this…
  3. The Chinese English-language news network CGTN will be able to broadcast in Britain, despite being officially banned there, as a result of a ruling by a French regulator, it emerged on Wednesday.British regulator Ofcom slapped a ban on China Global Television Network on February 4, arguing that CGTN’s state-backed ownership structure violated UK law.According to Ofcom, a proposed transfer of CGTN’s licence to a different media group would still keep the network tied to the Chinese Communist…
  4. French President Emmanuel Macron has admitted for the first time that French soldiers murdered a top Algerian independence figure then covered up his death in the latest acknowledgement by Paris of its colonial-era crimes.Macron met four of the grandchildren of Ali Boumendjel and admitted “in the name of France” that the lawyer had been detained, tortured and killed in Algiers on March 23, 1957, his office said on Tuesday.French authorities had previously claimed that he had committed suicide…
  5. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes it is unlikely the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end in the coming months.“I think it will be very premature and unrealistic to think that we are going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Michael Ryan, director of the WHO's health emergencies programme, said at a briefing on Tuesday.“What we can, if we are smart, finish with is the hospitalisation and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic,” Ryan added.The WHO…
  6. Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, was awarded £450,000 pounds (US$630,000) on Tuesday as a provisional payment towards her legal costs after she won a privacy claim against The Mail on Sunday, which had printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father.Last month, a judge at London’s High Court ruled the tabloid had breached her privacy and infringed her copyright by publishing parts of the five-page letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, who she fell out with on the eve of…
  7. Warning: graphic content followsA Chinese university lecturer in Britain was viciously attacked last week, renewing fears of violent anti-Asian racism in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.Peng Wang, who teaches financial management at the University of Southampton, was attacked in broad daylight by four white men aged between 20 and 25 while jogging just minutes from his home last Tuesday.“Some crazy guys shouted at me from their car on the other side of the road,” the 37-year-old…
  8. Insults, beatings, arrests – health workers battling the coronavirus were subjected to more than 400 acts of violence related to Covid-19 worldwide in 2020, according to a report published on Tuesday by a health NGO.The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition unveiled an interactive map that shows 1,172 violent acts and attacks occurred against health workers or facilities last year, “a minimum estimate”, according to the NGO.More than a third (412) of the acts are directly related to Covid…
  9. A painting of Marrakech by Britain’s famed wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, owned by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, smashed expectations to sell for £7 million (US$9.75 million) at auction in London on Monday.Churchill, a keen artist, took inspiration from the Moroccan city and painted The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque in oil during a World War II visit in 1943. He gave the finished article to fellow wartime leader, US president Franklin Roosevelt.Auction house Christie’s called it …
  10. Prince Philip was transferred on Monday to a specialised London heart hospital to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition as he continues to be treated for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.The 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth was moved from King Edward VII’s Hospital, where he has been treated since February 17, to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which specialises in cardiac care.The palace says Philip “remains comfortable and is responding to…