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Xi Jinping only wants the most devoted Chinese Communist Party members. His tough membership rules could backfire

In a meeting room decorated with a stylized hammer and sickle flag, Kelly Hu detailed her shortcomings. Since childhood, the 20-year-old student had wanted to join the longest-running and largest communist party in the world, having grown up hearing “red tales” of its revolutionary past from her family. In recent years, as she embarked on […]

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Biden nominates Khizr Khan, others to key religious freedom roles

The Biden administration on Friday announced its nominees for two key faith-related posts at the State Department, signaling an interest in stepping up its efforts to combat religious persecution around the world. Rashad Hussain, who is currently the director for partnerships and global engagement at the National Security Council, has been selected for the role […]

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Turkey battles wildfires in south for third day, launches investigation

Four people have been killed along Turkey’s southern coast since Wednesday, as soaring temperatures fan wildfires in the region, with the Interior Ministry probing the cause. A firefighter tries to battle a massive wildfire that has engulfed a Mediterranean resort region along Turkey’s southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 29, 2021. (ILYAS […]

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CDC shares ‘pivotal discovery’ on Covid-19 breakthrough infections that led to new mask guidance

A new study shows the Delta Covid-19 variant produced similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people if they get infected — illustrating a key motivation behind the federal guidance that now recommends most fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors. Experts say that vaccination makes it less likely that you’ll catch Covid-19 in the […]

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Coronavirus relief programs begin expiring for millions of Americans

The massive – but temporary – social safety net that Congress put in place to financially support millions of Americans reeling from the coronavirus pandemic is unraveling. Over the course of a year, Congress approved several sweeping legislative packages worth close to $6 trillion, setting up historic relief programs to help struggling individuals as the […]

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Georgia mother pulls kids from school over mask mandate, says we’re not ‘compromising’ anymore

A Georgia mother is fighting back against the mask mandate in her children’s school and argued she is not willing to compromise anymore. Holly Terei, from Gwinnett County, the largest school district in Georgia, decided to pull her kids out of the school system after district officials on Tuesday reinstated mask mandates regardless of vaccination […]