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Putin's Tiger Goes Rogue, Attacks Chinese Chickens

Putin's Tiger Goes Rogue, Attacks Chinese Chickens

A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may now have to hunt it down, according to Chinese media reports quoted by the AP.

The official Xinhua news agency says the animal, known as Kuzya, was believed to have eaten five chickens in a raid on a farm in Luobei county, Heilongjiang province, over recent days.

Earlier this week, Russian officials tracking the tiger to try and capture it had reported that the animal had defected to China. It had been released into the wild from remote Siberia under the president's watchful eye in May, notes The Independent.

Putin's love of animals is well known. The Washington Post writes that this fact about the macho former KGB agent beguiles political scientists — though they realize animals are great for photo opportunities. From dolphins to polar bears and horses to puppies (and everything in between) the president is never shy of sharing media attention with the animal kingdom.

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Photo: Russian Prime Minister's Office

It is estimated that there are only 400-500 Siberian tigers left in the wild, and efforts to save them from extinction are ongoing.

Main photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Why The World Still Needs U.S. Leadership — With An Assist From China

Twenty years of costly interventions and China's economic ascent have robbed the United States of its global supremacy. It is time for the two biggest powers to work together, to help the world.

Photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden walking side by side in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California​

Nov. 15, 2023: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden take a walk after their talks in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California

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BOGOTÁ — The United States is facing a complex moment in its history, as it loses its privileged place in the world. Since the Second World War, it has been the world's preeminent power in economic and political terms, helping rebuild Europe after the war and through its growing economy, aiding the development of a significant part of the world.

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Its model of democracy, long considered exemplary around the world, has gone through a rough patch, thanks to excessive polarization and discord. This has cost it a good deal of its leadership, unity and authority.

How much authority does it have to chide certain countries on democracy, as it does, after such outlandish incidents as the assault on Congress in January 2021? The fights we have seen over electing a new speaker of the House of Representatives or backing the administration's foreign policy are simply incredible.

In Ukraine's case, President Biden failed to win support for the aid package for which he was hoping, even if there is a general understanding that if Russia wins this war, Europe's stability would be at risk. It would mean the victory of a longstanding enemy.

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