Angry tourists confront armed guards as Chinese airport placed in Covid lockdown

Angry tourists have been filmed confronting armed guards in full hazmat suits in China after an entire airport was locked down. Officers armed with guns and shields moved to push back crowds of people who have been left stranded by the lockdown in Xishuangbanna airport in the province of Yunnan. The lockdown was introduced after … Read more

Drink for fertli-tea! Lovers of a cuppa have more swimmers, study finds

Men who drink tea may have better luck conceiving, a study suggests. Researchers in China studied the sperm quality of nearly 1,400 men. Their results revealed men partial to a cuppa had a higher sperm concentration and count.  Sperm-boosting benefits were only seen in men who drank tea three days a week, so experts don’t know … Read more

Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war – POLITICO

NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience. Throughout the annual gathering, world leader after world leader had expressed deep discomfort if not outright condemnation over Russia’s war in Ukraine. … Read more

EU plans new sanctions after Putin’s nuclear escalation threat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe is drawing up plans to hit Russia with fresh sanctions amid demands for a swift response, after Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.  The Russian dictator announced a major escalation on Wednesday, including the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists and a warning … Read more

Putin’s Russia is already learning the cost of becoming a vassal state of Xi’s China

No one is quite sure whether he meant to admit it or not, but there it is. China, said Vladimir Putin after his first tête-a-tête with Xi Jinping since the war started, has “questions” and “concerns” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I’ll bet it does. A year ago, Xi was pleasantly contemplating the West’s inevitable … Read more

Sir Lindsay Hoyle ‘bans’ Chinese officials from late Queen’s lying in state

A delegation of Chinese government officials will not be allowed to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state in Parliament after Sir Lindsay Hoyle imposed a ban on Beijing representatives, it has been claimed. Sir Lindsay, the Commons Speaker, has reportedly refused a request for a Chinese delegation to enter Westminster Hall to pay their … Read more

Vladimir Putin says Xi Jinping has questions about invasion of Ukraine

He said both Mr Putin and himself advocated a “fairer and more equitable international order”, in a veiled critique of Western hegemony. The Russian leader said Moscow condemned “provocation of the United States and its allies in the Taiwan Strait”, words of encouragement for Mr Xi who is seeking to “reunify” Taiwan with mainland China. … Read more

Chinese delegation barred from viewing Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in parliament – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — A Chinese government delegation has been refused permission by the House of Commons authorities to attend the queen’s lying-in-state, opening a fresh diplomatic rift with Beijing. House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has told colleagues he declined a request for Chinese officials to be allowed to … Read more

Why Xi Jinping won’t ride to Putin’s rescue at first meeting since Ukraine war began

Vladimir Putin is unlikely to gain desperately-needed military support from Xi Jinping on Thursday when the leaders of Russia and China meet for the first time since the war in Ukraine began. The two presidents will gather at a summit of Asia’s strongmen leaders for a rare in-person meeting, just as Mr Putin’s forces suffer … Read more

China opens unofficial police stations in Britain to hunt down people for their return

A family member of the man was asked to sit next to the Chinese authorities in China during the call – a move that can be interpreted as a thinly veiled threat. Other examples of possible blackmail listed by Safeguard Defenders are authorities threatening to cut electricity to the homes of families back home, or … Read more