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New coronavirus hotspot; "The widest infection after Wuhan" VIDEO / PHOTO

According to state data, nearly 200 people have been infected since the virus was detected at the airport on July 20th.
All flights from Nanjing Airport will be suspended until August 11, the Global Times reported.
Officials also began mass testing after criticism for their "failure."

China names 'Wolf Warrior' diplomat as new ambassador in Washington

One of China's most prominent "Wolf Warrior" diplomats was on July 28 announced as his nation's new ambassador to the United States.

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The hawkish Qin Gang, a close confidante of President Xi Jinping, has arrived in the U.S. at a time of high tensions between Washington and Beijing, and is expected to deliver a combative message.

China sanctions US citizens, entities over Hong Kong

Beijing announced sanctions on seven American citizens and entities on July 23 in response to a U.S. advisory on deteriorating freedoms in Hong Kong, just days ahead of a visit from a senior Biden administration official.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have soured on a number of fronts, including human rights, trade, cybersecurity and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases

More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on July 22, as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.

The European Central Bank said uncertainty over the wave of infections meant it was keeping the cash taps open to ensure the nascent economic recovery isn't snuffed out.

Panda loaned to France by China is pregnant

Huan Huan, a giant panda on loan to France by Beijing since 2012, is pregnant again and could soon grace the country with her second cub, the Beauval zoo in central France said July 21.

"An ultrasound a few hours ago confirmed the presence of a panda embryo," a spokesman told AFP, adding that birth could occur late this month or in early August.

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