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Chinese counter-terrorism forces perform an anti-terrorism drill in Beijing on May 29, 2014
Chinese counter-terrorism forces perform an anti-terrorism drill in Beijing on May 29, 2014
Nan Hao

BEIJING — Recent acts of violence in China have prompted the country to step up its anti-terrorism measures, leading the Beijing government, for example, to give police more authority to use force to stop a terror attack.

The capital’s public security bureau has given anti-terror units twice the normal amount of bullets, Beijing News reports. And officers are being allowed to shoot attackers on site, skipping previous protocols that required addressing perpetrators and firing warning shots.

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A man walks on a tank left behind by Russian troops, on display in Kyiv’s Mykhailivska Square.

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Welcome to Tuesday, which marks three months since the war in Ukraine started. Meanwhile, BoJo is in trouble again, and millionaires at Davos ask to be taxed more. Persian-language, London-based media Kayhan explores what the future of Lebanon could look like after the election defeat of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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