News: World

China is removing domes from mosques as part of a push to make them more ‘Chinese’
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Emily Feng | October 24, 2021
The Dongguan Great Mosque in Xining, China, photographed in 2018. Its main green dome and minaret domes have since been removed.Zhang Peng | LightRocket via Getty Images XINING, China — The Dongguan Mosque has adopted some very different looks in its nearly 700 years in China's northwestern city of Xining. ...
Inside the jaw-clenching world of cricket fighting in China
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Emily Feng | October 23, 2021
Men crowd over a cricket fight in Beijing in September. Competitive cricket fights are believed to have been held for more than 1,000 years in China.Yufan Lu for NPR BEIJING — The window shades are drawn, the air's filled with cigarette smoke and tension. About three dozen people, mostly men, ...
It started with 5 families. Now hundreds are biking to school together in Barcelona
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Deepa Shivaram | October 22, 2021
Children joining the bicibús in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain, make their way to school on a recent Friday morning. The community is hoping to build a school-friendly bike lane for a safer commute for kids.Mireia Boix | Bicibús Eixample The Friday commute to school looks a little different ...
Celtics games have been turned off in China after one player’s pro-Tibet tweet
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Becky Sullivan | October 21, 2021
Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics has not shied from political activism.Mike Ehrmann | Getty Images On Wednesday afternoon, Enes Kanter, a center for the Boston Celtics, traded his uniform for a t-shirt bearing an image of the Dalai Lama, and read a pro-Tibet message that has prompted Chinese broadcasters ...
Long before Havana Syndrome, the U.S. reported microwaves beamed at an embassy
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Greg Myre | October 21, 2021
Russian demonstrators hold anti-American posters outside the U.S. Embassy in 2015. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the U.S. said the Soviet Union beamed microwave signals at the U.S. Embassy in an attempt to collect intelligence.Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP In 1996, Michael Beck and a colleague at the National Security ...
Behind murky claim of a new hypersonic missile test, there lies a very real arms race
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Geoff Brumfiel | October 20, 2021
China's DF-17 missile is a medium-range hypersonic weapon capable of traveling over five times the speed of sound.Mark Schiefelbein | AP It began with what appeared to be a missing rocket. In July, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology announced the 77th launch of one of its Long March ...
Europe is giving its top human rights prize to Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic
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The Associated Press | October 20, 2021
In this March 30, 2017 file photo, Alexei Navalny, right, poses for the press in court in Moscow. The imprisoned Russian opposition leader was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize on Wednesday.STR | AP BRUSSELS — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was awarded the European Union's top ...
Queen Elizabeth has canceled a trip to Northern Ireland on the advice of her doctors
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The Associated Press | October 20, 2021
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, greet guests at a reception at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Oct. 19, 2021.Alastair Grant | AP LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days and has canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, ...