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Your Thursday press conference: US requires Covid testing for travelers from China


As Covid cases increase in China, the United States said it would require all travelers from China to have a negative Covid test result, as well as those arriving from Hong Kong and Macau.

The move comes as China prepares to drop its quarantine requirement for travelers arriving on January 8 and amid growing concern about a rise in cases in China and a lack of transparency. the country’s white paper on the outbreak there.

Other countries are also worried about a potential wave of tourists from China.

Japan said it would limit the number of flights from China and require people who have recently been there to be tested for coronavirus upon arrival. If they test positive, they will be placed in a week-long quarantine.

India has also made Covid testing mandatory for travelers from China, and Taiwan plans to take similar steps, Reuters reported. Italy says all travelers from China will be required to take Covid antigen tests upon arrival so that the virus can be sequenced if it is detected.

Ukrainian and Russian officials have made peace proposals and insist they are ready to hold talks to end the war, now in its 11th year. But each side’s demands are unacceptable. received on the other side, leading American and European officials to conclude that serious negotiations on a peace agreement are unlikely to take place any time soon.

This week, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba proposed a “peace summit” to be held at the end of February, but he told the AP news agency that the country would only negotiate with Russia if Moscow first faced a war crimes court.

Russia responded by saying that Kiev would have to give up the four regions it annexed this fall, which Ukraine could not accept.

“There cannot be a peace plan for Ukraine that does not take into account today’s realities with the Russian territory,” the Kremlin spokesman said. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned that if Ukraine does not give up the regions, “Russian military will solve this problem.”

More wars to come: The tough stance shows that both sides believe they have more interests militarily. Ukraine kept momentum on the battlefield, but Moscow’s forces still held much of the east and south.

Other updates:

  • A Russian tycoon once critical of the war has been found dead after apparently falling from the rooftop of a hotel in India.

  • President Vladimir Putin said Russia would ban oil exports to countries that have agreed to Western price ceilings. It is likely to have limited impact.

  • The US is trying to prevent Iran from supplying drones to Russia.


Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the retired Pope Benedict XVI, his 95-year-old predecessor. Pope Francis said Benedict was “very ill” and the Vatican said his health “had deteriorated in recent hours due to advanced age”.

Benedict, the first pope to resign in six centuries, is growing weaker. In recent years, he has rarely appeared in public. Pope Francis urged everyone to “support him in bearing witness to this love for the Church, to the end.”

When he retired nearly 10 years ago, Benedict cited his declining health as the reason. Since then, he has lived at a convent on the grounds of Vatican City.

unexplored territory: Usually, after the death of a pope, a set of highly ceremonial traditions is established, culminating in a conclave to choose a successor. But it’s unclear whether any of those steps would apply in the case of a retired pope.

Heritage: Born in Germany, Benedict is considered conservative in his views. His tenure was marred by an unresolved sex abuse scandal in the church. After a report earlier this year said he mishandled four cases of sexual abuse of minors in Germany decades ago, Benedict asked for forgiveness.

The Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris attracts many visitors to the graves of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust and other famous artists buried there. In recent years, it has also become a haven for the city’s wildlife.

The greening of the cemetery is part of a plan to redesign Paris’ urban landscape first for climate. The curator of the cemetery said: “Nature is taking back its rights.

Life lived: Nélida Piñon, one of Brazil’s greatest contemporary writers, has strangely explored religious symbolism and eroticism. She died at the age of 85.

Mexico City is an attractive remote work destination: Affordable for Americans and Europeans, and offers a vibrant mix of food, history, and bustling street life.

But the influx of remote workers is pushing housing costs higher as homeowners capitalize on record demand for long-term stays on platforms like Airbnb. Local residents are being forced out of their apartments, upsetting the fabric of neighborhoods.

Housing activists say they are experiencing a modern-day “colonization”. According to a real estate website, the average monthly rent in Mexico City increased to $1,080 in November from $880 in January 2020. (Average monthly salary in Mexico City is 220 dollars.)

An Airbnb spokesperson said cities around the world, including Barcelona, ​​London and New York, have targeted Airbnb by imposing stricter rules on rentals, but at Mexico City, the company is working with government officials “to be part of the solution.”

The city’s left-wing mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, has partnered with Airbnb on a campaign to encourage expats to spend money in poorer neighborhoods. The campaign is expected to be fully implemented on the platform’s website early next year.

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