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Workers in protective gear gather for their duties in Beijing.

China eases anti-Covid rules amid massive stir, blames ulterior motives: Top 5

Amid widespread anger and protests among people in China against the Zero-Covid policy to contain the pandemic, authorities on Monday eased anti-virus rules in scattered areas. According to the National Health Commission, the country registered 39,452 new Covid infections on Monday, including 36,304 local asymptomatic cases. On Sunday, the daily cases in the country stood at 40,347.

Associates of 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh brought to Baba Bakala Court amid heavy police presence, in Amritsar, India on Thursday. (ANI)

Indo-Canadian journalist faces threats over critical show on Amritpal Singh

An Indo-Canadian mediaperson in the GTA has faced death threats after featuring guests critical of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh. Sameer Kaushal, a Punjabi-language radio outlet in British Columbia, was also "threatened" by protesters who blocked the entrance to a venue hosting India's High Commissioner to Ottawa. Both have not been contacted by police over the incidents.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) steams in the Philippine Sea, on March 13, 2023. The United States denied Chinese claims Thursday, March 23, that its military had driven away an American guided-missile destroyer from operating around disputed islands in the South China Sea, in an incident that comes as tensions in the region between the two powers continue to rise. The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said that a statement from China's Southern Theatre Command that it had forced the USS Milius away from waters around the Paracel Islands — called Xisha by China — was “false.”(Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson/U.S. Navy via AP) (AP)

China “expels” US destroyer from South China Sea, US rejects claim

The US Navy 7th Fleet has denied Chinese claims that it expelled an American warship from the South China Sea, saying it was conducting routine operations in the region. China's People's Liberation Army said the US vessel was found in the region "without authorisation" and had "sabotaged the peace and stability" of the strategic waterway. The US Navy said it will continue to operate where international law allows. China has called on the US to "stop such provocations".

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Canada’s population sees record growth as immigration rises

Canada's population grew at a record pace in 2022, adding over 1 million people, mostly due to immigration. India was the top source country, with 127,933 permanent residents admitted in 2021. Canada's population growth rate of 2.7% was among the top 20 in the world, and the country could double its population by the middle of this century. 437,180 permanent residents and 607,782 non-permanent residents were welcomed in 2022.

Dmitry Medvedev said that if this happened "all of our means, rockets and others, will fly on the Bundestag, in the Chancellor's Office and so on.

Arrest of Putin abroad would mean 'declaration of war': Russia's ex-president

Russia's ex-president Dmitry Medvedev warned that attempts to arrest Vladimir Putin abroad would be seen by Moscow as a "declaration of war". He said Russian weapons would hit a country if it arrested Putin, in response to the International Criminal Court's warrant against him. The Hague-based court had also issued a warrant against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for children's rights. The ICC's legislative body said it regretted "threats" against the tribunal.

Royal Family: Britain's King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.

King Charles’ affectionate term for Queen Consort Camilla revealed

Royal photographer Arthur Edwards revealed in his new book that King Charles III refers to his wife Queen Camilla as ?my darling wife?, noting that she ?brings out the best? in him and has ?a wonderful sense of fun?. Edwards also praised the King for ?doing everything he could to make a difference? and said the couple?s coronation will take place in May 2021.

Russia-Ukraine War: A Ukrainian MSLR BM-21 "Grad" of 95 Air Assault brigade fires towards Russian positions at the frontline near Kreminna, Ukraine.

Russia has regained part control of approaches to Ukraine's Kreminna, UK says

British military intelligence said on Thursday that Russia had regained control of areas near the eastern Ukrainian town of Kreminna, with gains of up to several kilometres. The move follows a wave of air strikes in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Moscow.

China-Taiwan Conflict: A Chinook helicopter carrying a Taiwan flag flies over the city during the country's National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan.

Imminent threat of China invading Taiwan? What US official said

The US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said there is no imminent threat of China invading Taiwan, but the US is ready to defend the self-ruled island. China has become more assertive in its territorial claims, and Kendall said Beijing has done "a number of things that are fairly aggressive", including "militarising" the South China Sea. He called for increased cooperation between the two countries.

US Visa News: The agency asked prospective employees to ensure the applicants have changed their visa status.

Tourists can apply for jobs while on temporary visa in US: Details

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that people travelling to the US on a business or tourist visa can now apply for new jobs and even appear in interviews. They can also remain in the US for up to 60 days during which they can file an application for a change of nonimmigrant status. If they take no action within the grace period, they and their dependents may need to depart the US within 60 days.

Protesters gather during a demonstration after the pension reform was adopted in France.

Macron doubles down on France pension bill, triggers nationwide protests

Hundreds of thousands of people in France are set to strike and demonstrate against President Macron's pension reform, which lifts the retirement age by two years to 64. Labour unions have described Macron's decision as "scorn" and "lies" and have called for his Prime Minister to be fired. Protests have been peaceful, but scuffles with police have broken out in Paris and other cities. Macron has refused to back down, and has tasked his Prime Minister with re-engaging with unions. Polls show a wide majority of French oppose the reform.

Jill Biden On Women's Rights: First lady Jill Biden speaks during an event.

It's time for men to…: US first lady Jill Biden on women's rights

At a Women's History Month event, US First Lady Jill Biden called on men to step up and fight for women's rights, lamenting that these are battles that were thought to have been won long ago. Joe Biden also spoke, emphasizing that his administration is focused on improving the economic status of women, and that all pressing issues are related to their economic security.

Gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest against Uganda's tough stance against homosexuality.

Uganda passes one of world's most extreme anti-LGBTQ laws, US fumes

The White House condemned Uganda's passage of an anti-gay bill on Tuesday, calling it one of the most extreme actions taken against the LGBTQ community in the world. The law gives authorities broad powers to target and discriminate against gay Ugandans, who already face legal and mob violence.

Rishi Sunak On UK Economy: Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is seen.

'Can't afford a lightbulb': Watch Rishi Sunak cornered on UK economic crisis

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was asked by BBC Breakfast about the cost of living crisis in the UK, using the example of a woman named Nikki from Cornwall who can't afford a light bulb for her kitchen. Sunak responded that he was proud of the difficult decisions he had made, and that the government was putting billions of pounds into social care to help people like Nikki and was covering her energy bill.

Prince William: Prince William is seen during Poland visit.

Prince William visits troops in Poland on surprise trip: ‘I’m here because…’

Prince William made an unannounced trip to Poland to thank British and Polish troops involved in the Ukraine war, and meet refugees who have fled the conflict. He spoke to members of the Polish defence force and British troops and will meet President Duda and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

China has maintained its presence in the South China Sea.

China's military says US warship illegally entered waters in South China Sea

China's military said it drove away a U.S. destroyer that had illegally entered its waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Tension between the two countries has been growing in the area, as the U.S. seeks to counter China's assertiveness in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

US President Joe Biden.

Joe Biden's Ramadan wish has special mention of China's Uyghurs

President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with China's Uyghur minority and other Muslim communities facing persecution in a message for Ramadan. He reaffirmed US support for those suffering hardships, including earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, and flood victims in Pakistan. Biden's highlighting of the Uyghurs, who the US government says are subjected to genocide, comes at a time of tension between Washington and Beijing.

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