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NATO: China calls the US “very sick indeed”

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Fractured relationship between US and China after NATO summit

China hits back at US in response to recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting

China hit out at the United States, after President Joe Biden met with European NATO leaders to discuss the growing threat posed by the communist nation.

The NATO leaders agreed to put up a united front against China. They signed a communique, expressing concern about China’s policies towards Taiwan and Hong Kong.

However, China was less than impressed with the meeting, seeing it as a confrontational move.

“The U.S. is ill and very ill indeed.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said

“The G-7 had better take its pulse and come up with a prescription,” he said.

He also added the NATO meeting “exposes the bad intentions of the U.S. and a few others,” who he says are seeking to “expand differences and disagreements”.

NATO leaders put up a united front against China

US President Joe Biden had wanted an even stronger response to China from the other world leaders. However, he settled for a modest condemnation.

The events of this week show that despite Donald Trump leaving the White House, Washington’s tone against China hasn’t changed.

They see China as a growing threat, and are building up a coalition around the world to try and contain China.

China says it won’t “sit back”

The communist nation warned NATO it won’t “sit back” in the face of any challenges.

The move illustrates the potential for tensions to escalate while the United States tries to convince its allies to take a tougher approach to the Asian nation.

In a statement, Beijing says it doesn’t pose a “systemic challenge” to any country.

According to a statement posted Tuesday on the website of its mission to the European Union, China added that NATO should not exaggerate Beijing’s military power.

NATO calls for measures to safeguard international and regional stability

The comments from Beijing come after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told members of the media that NATO is “concerned by China’s coercive policies, which stand in contrast to the fundamental values enshrined in the Washington Treaty”

Stoltenberg cited the country’s rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal, military cooperation with Russia, and its use of disinformation as the reason for concern.

The communique released after the NATO meeting mentioned China 10 times, compared to just once after the last summit in 2019.

Russia was named more than 60 times this year. The document also said that the bloc “maintains a constructive dialogue with China where possible.”

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Outcry at the Supreme Court after Roe ruling

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Protesters have gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court to voice their opposition to the controversial Roe Versus Wade ruling.

President Joe Biden says his administration will fight any attempts by states who ban a pill used for medication abortion.

Hundreds of protesters descended on the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to denounce the justices’ decision to overturn the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion.

The crowd featured both abortion rights supporters…

ABORTION RIGHTS SUPPORTERS:

“My body my choice.”

…and anti-abortion activists.

ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST:

“We are the post-Roe generation.”

Meanwhile, tensions were high at Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, nicknamed the “Pink House” because of its bubble gum-colored paint, was named in the Supreme Court case.

The clinic was still operating Saturday morning but is set to close in nine days.

Both supporters of abortion rights and those that want to see them curtailed were looking ahead to what comes next.

COLEMAN BOYD, ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST, SAYING:

“We need to work in states like New York, in Colorado, New Mexico, those places that have really liberal abortion laws in California. Now, we do need to be working there.”

LAUREN SPIGNER, ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING:

“I think Clarence Thomas made it pretty clear his opinion that this is just the beginning of the rights they want to take away.”

U.S. President Joe Biden said Saturday his administration would look to police how states enforce bans and signaled that the White House will fight attempts by states to ban a pill used for medication abortion.

“A decision is implemented by states. My administration is going to focus on how they administer and whether or not they violate other laws, like deciding not to allow people across state lines to get public health services.”

And when asked if he thought the Supreme Court was broken after the Roe decision and a recent one on gun rights, he had this to say:

“The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions.”

The court’s ruling is at odds with broader public opinion – a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that about 71% of Americans said the decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor and not regulated by the government.

Twenty-six percent of respondents polled said abortion should be legal in all cases while 10% said it should be illegal in all cases, with the majority supporting some limits.

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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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