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A member of Pat Jasan, a grassroots organization motivated by their faith to root out the destructive influence of drugs, holds poppies as his group slashes and uproots them from a hillside, in Lung Zar village, northern Kachin State, Myanmar on Feb. 3, 2016. Hkun Lat/AP hide caption

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Students watch security personnel guard the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia university Wednesday in New Delhi, India. A student group said it planned to screen a banned documentary that examines Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role during 2002 anti-Muslim riots, prompting dozens of police equipped with tear gas and riot gear to gather outside campus gates. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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Cat stickers hang on display last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Lunar New Year begins on Sunday and marks the Year of the Cat in Vietnam and the Year of the Rabbit in China, South Korea and other East and Southeast Asian countries. Linh Pham/Getty Images hide caption

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A lantern show in Nanjing, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit. This year the holiday falls amid a massive COVID surge and an economic slump. STR/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Holiday Traditions in China and Ukraine Offer Comfort During Uncertain Times

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Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, one of the winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and Rappler CEO, speaks to the media after a court decision at the Court of Tax Appeals in Quezon City, Philippines. The court on Wednesday cleared Ressa and her online news company of tax evasion charges. Basilio Sepe/AP hide caption

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A crane lifts a shipping container at a container port in Tianjin, China, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. China's economic growth fell to 3% last year under pressure from antivirus controls and a real estate slump. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Rescuers scour the crash site and wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Monday, Jan.16, 2023. Nepal began a national day of mourning Monday a day after the plane crashed while attempting to land. Yunish Gurung/AP hide caption

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Locals watch the wreckage of a passenger plane in Pokhara, Nepal, Sunday, Jan.15, 2023. A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed near Pokhara International Airport in Nepal, the daily newspaper Kathmandu Post reports. The plane was carrying 68 passengers and four crew members. Ashish Puri/AP hide caption

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A passenger plane with 72 people on board has crashed in Nepal, killing dozens

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In hopes of getting a better sense of which SARS-CoV-2 variants might be coming into the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its voluntary testing of some passengers exiting from international flights at certain airports. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Rescue workers treat injured people on the street near the scene of a crowd surge in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 30, 2022. South Korean police on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, said they are seeking charges of involuntary manslaughter and negligence against 23 officials. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. This week, Zhao was assigned a new job: deputy director of the ministry's Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs — a lateral move to an obscure post that takes Zhao out of the spotlight. Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A 'wolf warrior' is sidelined, as China softens its approach on the world stage

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Students hold up placards including blank white sheets of paper on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in solidarity with protests held on the mainland over Beijing's COVID-19 restrictions, on Nov. 28. Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China's authorities are quietly rounding up people who protested against COVID rules

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Vir Das attends the International Emmy Awards in 2021 in New York City. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images hide caption

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His poem polarized India. Now comedian Vir Das is telling his side

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A gravedigger prepares to bury the coffin of a baby who died of COVID-19, at a cemetery in Bandung, Indonesia. Rates of childhood mortality are notably high in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but it is a worldwide concern. Timur Matahari/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers wearing face masks with their luggage head to the immigration counter at the departure hall at Lok Ma Chau station following the reopening of crossing border with mainland China, in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. Bertha Wang/AP hide caption

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