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North Korean State Commission of Quality Management staff in protective gear carries a disinfectant spray can as personnel check the health of travelers and inspect goods delivered via the borders at the Pyongyang Airport in North Korea, on Feb. 1. Jon Chol Jin/AP hide caption

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The rocket, pictured on Nov. 17, will launch China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe on Tuesday. Here it is being transported to the launching area at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China's Hainan province. Stringer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In this Oct. 9, 2020, photo, people walk down a street in Hong Kong. Singapore and Hong Kong have postponed a planned air travel bubble meant to boost tourism amid a spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Residents inspect a damaged house after several rockets landed Saturday in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes the same day as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with Taliban leaders in Qatar. Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An ethnic Hui Muslim man stands in front of Laohuasi Mosque in Linxia, Gansu province, in 2018. Chinese Muslims are most densely clustered in the northwestern regions of Gansu, Ningxia and Xinjiang, but live across the country, as they have for more than a millennium. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China Targets Muslim Scholars And Writers With Increasingly Harsh Restrictions

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An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released on Thursday. A report found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Mick Tsikas/AP hide caption

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After Australian Report, Calls Grow For More Investigations Of Abuses In Afghanistan

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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito feeds on human skin. James Gathany/CDC/Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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A health worker wearing protective gear collects a swab sample from a woman during a medical screening for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a garment wholesale market in Mumbai, India, on Friday. Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pro-democracy protesters splash colored paint on the police headquarters sign in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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Thailand's Prime Minister Signals Tougher Measures Against Anti-Government Protests

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Sinovac has released data about early clinical trials of its vaccine against the coronavirus. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at a checkpoint near the Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, in April. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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What Joe Biden's Presidency May Mean For Afghanistan

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Chairman and CEO Bang Si-hyuk, center, photographed Oct. 15, 2020, the day his company, Big Hit Entertainment, debuted on the Korea Exchange in Seoul. To his left, Jiwon Park, Big Hit CEO of HQ & Management; right, Lenzo Yoon Big CEO of Global & Business. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and then Vice President Joe Biden attend an arrival ceremony in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in 2015. Biden is under pressure from both the left and the right to continue taking a hard line on trade with China. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump Launched A Trade War Against China. Don't Look To Biden To Reverse It

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh applaud next to a screen showing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Trade Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama holding up signed RCEP agreement, in Hanoi, Vietnam. China and 14 other countries have agreed to set up the trading bloc. Hau Dinh/AP hide caption

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'We Are Shipping To The U.S.': Inside China's Online Synthetic Drug Networks

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