Beijing students protest against Covid-19 controls

Hundreds of students at an elite Beijing university have protested against strict Covid-19 curbs on campus, in a rare show of defiance as anger mounts over virus controls. China is the only major country adhering to a rigid zero-Covid policy and its restrictions have prompted frustration with lockdowns, spartan quarantine facilities and heavy handed enforcement. … Read more

US to establish ‘persistent’ military presence in Somalia

US president Joe Biden has approved the establishment of a small but “persistent” military presence in Somalia, reversing the Trump administration’s withdrawal of some 750 troops from the country in the Horn of Africa. Biden’s decision was made in light of growing concern about the threat posed by al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based terrorist network affiliated with … Read more