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  • China to Lose Access to Space Tracking Station in Australia

    SYDNEY—China will lose access to a strategic space tracking station in Western Australia when its contract expires, the facility’s owners said, a decision that cuts into Beijing’s expanding space exploration and navigational capabilities in the Pacific region. The Swedish Space Corp. (SSC) has had a…
  • Baltic Sea Ferry Runs Aground in Finnish Waters, No Injuries

    HELSINKI—A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard ran aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries Sunday, and rescuers evacuated the vessel’s passengers to shore, Finnish authorities said. The Finnish coast guard tweeted that the M/S Amorella operated…
  • China Wields Billion-Dollar Campaign to Influence Dissidents, Foreigners

    Beijing pours billions of dollars each year to fund its influence operations worldwide, which seeks to silence dissidents, suppress minority groups, and acquire foreign technology, a new report has found. Chinese diplomats have insisted that united front groups—state-affiliated organizations in charge of spreading Beijing’s agenda…
  • Why ‘herd immunity’ is a distraction

    There has been a spectrum of actions taken by governments to address near-term prevention of the spread of Covid-19. The extremes have ranged from total lockdowns (for example, Italy, Belgium and Spain) to legal enforcement of quarantines and contact tracing (for example, Canada and Germany)…
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