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Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected
China

Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected

But the euphoria that saw a decline in COVID-19 cases and a successful rollout of vaccines didn’t last long. Lockdown was eased in the following months, and political rallies and protests, religious festivals, and public movements turned into superspreader events. The result was tragically predictable: Nepal was hit hard by a deadlier second wave. KATHMANDU, Nepal—Nepal was on the right track to defeat the pandemic with the launch of its vaccination campaign on Jan. 27, even as several Western countries lagged behind in the vaccination race. KATHMANDU, Nepal—Nepal was on the right track to defeat the pandemic with the launch of its vaccination campaign on Jan. 27, even as several Western countries lagged behind in the vaccination race. But the euphoria that saw a decline in COVID-19 cas...
Nagorno-Karabakh Is Moscow’s Latest Frozen Conflict
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Nagorno-Karabakh Is Moscow’s Latest Frozen Conflict

As we stood in the courtyard of Dadivank after a recent Sunday service, Narik, my Armenian escort, pointed to the remains of an old water tower on a hill above us. “There is an Azerbaijani outpost right over there,” he said. “Careful, I bet they’ve got their rifles trained on us as we speak,” he added, a touch dramatically. Dadivank, a beautiful Armenian monastery in the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan, could be the world’s most fortified church: Its ancient ramparts bristle with sandbags and gun emplacements, and cloisters have been turned into an army barracks. Just six months ago, Armenian pilgrims could worship here freely and in peace. Now, the only way to visit is with a Russian army escort that leaves twice a month from Stepanakert, the regional capital of what remains of the self-de...
Movierulz Releases ‘Jathi Ratnalu’ Download Link Shortly After Its Release In Theatres
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Movierulz Releases ‘Jathi Ratnalu’ Download Link Shortly After Its Release In Theatres

The Telugu Language film Jathi Ratnalu has opened to great responses. The film was released in select theatres on March 11. The comedy-drama is written by Anudeep KV and stars Naveen Polishetty, Faria Abdullah, Priyadarshi Pulikonda and Rahul Ramakrishna in the lead roles. Many fans were shocked to see a Jathi Ratnalu download link on pirate website Movierulz shortly after the film hit the theatres. Movierulz leaks 'Jathi Ratnalu' full movie Movierulz, Tamilrockers and Fimyzilla are some of the most infamous Indian piracy sites on the internet. These notorious piracy websites allow users to download entire film or shows in HD quality. Jathi Ratnalu is a recent Telugu movie that was released on piracy Movierulz. Only a few days after the movie was released in theatres, the notorious onlin...
U.S. Nears Extension on Philippine Basing Pact
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U.S. Nears Extension on Philippine Basing Pact

The text of the agreement, finished at the working level, is now sitting on the desk of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said people familiar with the talks. The so-called Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), first inked in 1998, gives the United States jurisdiction over its forces in the country and handles the entry and exit of U.S. troops. Losing the deal would remove legal protections that allow U.S. troops to use it as a forward base to respond to potential conflicts or crises. Duterte abruptly canceled the deal last year and since then has strung the United States along with six-month extensions. U.S. and Philippine negotiators concluded talks on the deal underpinning U.S. troop presence in the Philippines, people familiar with the matter told Foreign Policy , a move that could soo...
Iran’s Predictable Election
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Iran’s Predictable Election

Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Iran holds its presidential election, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza resume, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the country is ready for “dialogue and confrontation” with the United States. Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Iran holds its presidential election, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza resume, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the country is ready for “dialogue and confrontation” with the United States. Iran’s Predictable Election There will be a presidential election in Iran today, but it won’t be a contest. Four candidates, already vetted for their ideological purity by the country’s Guardian Council, vie for the presidency today, with one—Ebrahim Raisi, the head of the judiciary—widely tipped to win. Raisi, 60, comes to the job wi...
IIT Team Reported COVID’s ‘unnatural’ Nature In Jan 2020; Was Cyber Bullied, Withdrew
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IIT Team Reported COVID’s ‘unnatural’ Nature In Jan 2020; Was Cyber Bullied, Withdrew

Update: Nearly 20 months after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China, as the probe into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus widens, all fingers of suspicion and evidence seem to be pointing towards the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and Shi Zhengli's virus research that had entailed gain-of-function experiments since at least 2015. However, now Republic has ascertained that just a few days after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China and even before it was declared as a pandemic, research had begun in India on the SARS-CoV-2 virus which caused COVID-19. While the clamor seeking an investigative probe into the origins continues to grow, Republic has uncovered that an Indian group of IIT-Delhi researchers and professors, and also researchers from KSBS and Acharya Na...
Russia’s Surveillance State Struggles to Wean Itself Off the West
China, Human Rights

Russia’s Surveillance State Struggles to Wean Itself Off the West

But days later, the police began to show up at the homes of dozens of protesters and journalists who had covered the event, which was considered illegal by the Russian authorities. They had been identified by Moscow’s network of 200,000 facial recognition cameras, thought to be one of the largest networks in the world outside China. According to Amnesty International , some of the activists and journalists were detained immediately, while others were summoned to police stations. On April 21, as allies of the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny warned that his life was in grave danger three weeks into a hunger strike, protesters rallied in towns and cities across Russia. By the end of the day, only a few dozen people had been arrested in Moscow, a far cry from the thousands of protest...
Will Europe Get Tough on China?
China, Politics

Will Europe Get Tough on China?

The highlights this week: The G-7 summit shows some U.S. allies could get on board to counter China, Beijing admits damage to a reactor after an alert at a nuclear power plant , and the U.S. Defense Department plans a new task force in the Asia-Pacific. Welcome to Foreign Policy’s China Brief. The highlights this week: The G-7 summit shows some U.S. allies could get on board to counter China, Beijing admits damage to a reactor after an alert at a nuclear power plant, and the U.S. Defense Department plans a new task force in the Asia-Pacific. If you would like to receive China Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here. Biden Courts Allies to Counter China The G-7 summit that concluded this week produced a communiqué that was unusually strong on China, including planned a...
Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever
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Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

The recent conflict was different than previous wars in 2009, 2012, and 2014. It was also different than the two rounds of multiday fighting that took place in 2018 and 2019. What makes this round different is the unprecedented rocket fire Hamas unleashed and Israel’s diminishing returns when trying to counter Hamas. In the recent war between Israel and Hamas, a cease-fire was achieved after 11 days of fighting. Both sides claimed victory, and both are expecting another round in the future. For Israel, a key to its success has been the Iron Dome air defense system, which uses radar and missiles to intercept rockets and other threats. This kept Israeli civilians relatively safe from the 4,340 rockets the Israel Defense Forces say were fired from Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz i...
China’s Military Activities Near Taiwan ‘destabilising’, Pose ‘risk Of Miscalculation’: US
China, Human Rights

China’s Military Activities Near Taiwan ‘destabilising’, Pose ‘risk Of Miscalculation’: US

Weighing in on the latest incursion by the Chinese military warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (IZ), Pentagon not only said that it was “destabilizing” but flagged the “risk of miscalculation” with an increase in Beijing’s activity near the island. Taiwan which is claimed by Beijing, witnessed the largest daily incursion as more than two dozen Chinese military planes flew into the island’s air defence zone. In the wake of the latest move by China, a Pentagon spokesperson told the Japan Times that Beijing’s “increasing military activities conducted in the vicinity of Taiwan are destabilizing and increase the risk of miscalculation.” At least 28 Chinese military planes had entered Taiwan’s IZ on June 15 which also marked Beijing’s largest incursion since the self-ruled ...