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File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

China passes border law to formalise its actions at LAC. And Jack Ma is back

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.

Fungus in 2,700-yr-old poop shows blue cheese likely dates back to Iron Age

Researchers analysed faecal samples from salt mines in Austria and found two fungal species used in the production of blue cheese and beer.
(L-R) Political analyst Ayesha Siddiqa and British-Pakistani YouTuber Gul Bukhari| Twitter and ThePrint file photo

Ayesha Siddiqa, Gul Bukhari among dissidents abroad on ‘Pakistan hit list’ — report

Pakistani dissidents living abroad warned of potential threat to life by British and other European security services, says Guardian report. Pakistan claims report is propaganda.
the skull bones of the man buried in Riukalns, Latvia, around 5,000 years ago | Credits: Dominik Göldner, BGAEU, Berlin

Bacteria that caused Black Death, killed half of Europe in 14th C traced to 5,000-yr-old man

Weaker strain of bacteria Yersinia pestis, that caused the bubonic plague, existed over 2,000 years before the event, in a hunter-gatherer German scientists have named 'RV 2039'.
A health worker preparing to administer Covid vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Nations offer India help to tackle Covid, but are opposing Delhi’s proposal on vaccines at WTO

WTO members US, UK, EU, Japan, Australia, Canada & Switzerland are offering stiff resistance to India and South Africa’s proposal to waive intellectual property rights on Covid vaccines.

Vaccine for China’s elderly now, Brazil’s govt shake-up as cases surge & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A view of the Jura mountains in Europe under a plume of Saharan dust | Photo: Twitter | World Meteorological Organization

How Saharan dust from Africa has turned skies orange & ‘Martian’ red in Europe

Carried by wind, Saharan dust travels hundreds of thousands of kilometres annually, replenishing ecosystems with nutrients and tempering hurricanes.
A pedestrian walks along Regent Street in London on Jan. 5. | Photographer: Hollie Adams | Bloomberg

UK to confirm Covid vaccine milestone for care home residents amid concerns over supplies

The UK aims to offer vaccines to 15 million people in its top four priority groups by 15 Feb, which includes care home residents, people over 70, and frontline workers.
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic exercises in his hotel room in Melbourne in January 17, 2021, as players quarantine in hotels ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament | Photographer: William | West/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Vaccine distrust in east Europe, tennis players’ hard quarantine in Australia & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A forest fire in Galicia, Spain | Commons

European satellites could help catch the next climate change disaster

With US climate research taking a backseat to human spaceflight, deep-space exploration, European scientists have focused on finding new ways to understand changing atmosphere.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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