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Members of a China-centered Asian trade bloc that takes effect Jan. 1 are hoping the initiative, encompassing about a third of world trade and business, will help drive their recoveries from the pandemic. Hau Dinh/AP hide caption

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China escalated its crackdown on press freedoms this year

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I have an unfinished mission in Afghanistan, says exiled Afghan politician

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Patrick Lam, an editor at Stand News, is escorted into a van by police officers after they searched for evidence at his office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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Hong Kong police close pro-democracy outlet Stand News

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Beijing cracks down on cities' land-selling model. Nanning feels the effects first

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Commuters wearing face masks ride an escalator at a subway station in the central business district in Beijing. Caseloads of omicron have remained relatively low in many parts in Asia. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Homeless people gather beside a portrait of Saint Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, to collect free food outside the order's headquarters in Kolkata, India, in August. Bikas Das/AP hide caption

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Iraq's average annual temperatures are increasing at nearly double the rate of Earth's temperature rise. This photograph accompanies Ruth Sherlock's story about how climate change is affecting marshlands and the way of life in Iraq. Mootaz Sami for NPR hide caption

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Jonathan Spence, Yale historian who specialized in China, dies at 85

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