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‘China’s Hawaii’ thrown into lockdown



It’s Dubbed “China’s Hawaii” for its Sandy beaches and high end hotels, now it’s a hotspot

The popular resort city of Sanya, on China’s tropical Hainan Island, has been thrown into Covid-19 lockdown.

Approximately 80,000 tourists remain stranded in the popular holiday destination, according to the Deputy mayor He Shigang.

Upwards of 800 cases have been reported so far, making it the latest hotspot.

From August 6, tourists are required to stay in the region for seven days and clear five covid tests before leaving.

80 per cent of flights leaving the area have been cancelled, all public transport has been halted, and peoples movements now being heavily restricted.

The city has been divided into medium and high risk zones, in an attempt to curb the growing number of cases.

However, the lockdown comes at the peak of summer tourism.

Authorities are working around the clock to help stranded travellers by offering them half-price discounts on hotels.

Mass testing has now begun, with reports tourists are queuing for up to 90 minutes.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York



Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video



An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”



Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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