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China protests erupt against Xi’s regime

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China protests have erupted against Xi’s regime, as the nation’s leader meet for the Communist Party congress

China protests have erupted across the country, attacking President Xi Jinping and China’s Covid restrictions.

This comes just days before the nation’s leaders meet for their historic Communist Party congress.

It comes as Xi gets set to take on an unprecedented third term in office.

FILE PHOTO: China’s President Xi Jinping waves following his speech after a ceremony to inaugurate the city’s new leader and government in Hong Kong, China, July 1, 2022, on the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China. Selim Chtayti/Pool via REUTERS

China’s capital has been placed under tight security ahead of a major Communist Party meeting that is being held later this week.

Thousands of police officers have been deployed on the streets and security checks are being carried out at train stations and airports.

Online content is being heavily censored during this period, with social media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat blocked.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold banners during a protest over the freezing of deposits by rural-based banks, outside a People’s Bank of China building in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China July 10, 2022, in this screengrab taken from video obtained by Reuters. Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

China’s economic plan

The ruling party is set to unveil its new five-year plan. It will guide China’s economic and social development over the next five years.

The Communist Party is also expected to rubber-stamp Xi’s third five-year term as president.

This prospect of Xi staying in office indefinitely has led to some discontent among party members. Many are unhappy with his authoritarian style of leadership.

Online frustration has been mounting in recent days over strict security measures. People are unhappy about the Covid restrictions ahead of the congress.

Thousands of people have been forced into quarantine. While others have had their movements restricted or had their homes sealed off by authorities.

The heavy-handed security crackdown has led to comparisons with past Congresses held during times of political turmoil. Such as during the Cultural Revolution or following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

While protests are relatively rare in China, there seems to be growing dissatisfaction within the country. This is mainly directed towards those in charge.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns

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There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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