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Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly
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Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly

United Nations — United Nations officials had hoped that this year's General Assembly in New York — the first annual gathering held by the nearly 200 nations of the global body since the coronavirus pandemic struck — would take a broad focus on the many crises facing humanity right now. But with the war in Ukraine threatening to add a nuclear disaster to that long list, it's hard to imagine the UNGA having much attention to spare on the other burning issues.After two years of video and hybrid meetings, the World Series of diplomacy returns to New York this week: Representatives from 193 governments gathered in the iconic General Assembly Hall, including more heads of state than ever before, according to the White House.  This year they meet as the ongoing war in Ukraine presents Eu...
Experts Warn US Is Falling Behind China in Key Technologies
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Experts Warn US Is Falling Behind China in Key Technologies

At a gathering of current and former U.S. officials and private-sector executives Friday in Washington, concern was rampant that the United States has fallen behind China in the development of several key technologies, and that it faces an uncertain future in which other countries could challenge its historic dominance in the development of cutting-edge communications and computing technology. The gathering was convened by the Special Competitive Studies Project, an effort spearheaded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the stated purpose of which is "to ensure that America is positioned and organized to win the techno-economic competition between now and 2030, the critical window for shaping the future." Among attendees, the prevailing sentiment was that the nation's ability to actually w...
Uzbekistan benefits from the arrival of Chinese agricultural technologies
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Uzbekistan benefits from the arrival of Chinese agricultural technologies

The cotton-picking season arrives in Uzbekistan this month. [Photo/Xinhua] The arrival of Chinese experts and agricultural technologies have brought hopes of higher yields, lower costs and increased income for thousands of cotton farmers in Uzbekistan. Since 2018, the Institute of Cotton Research affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has piloted a cotton production program in four regions of Uzbekistan, including a cotton field covering 50 hectares in Syrdarya and such fields covering a total of 18 hectares in three other regions. Researchers for the program piloted China's cutting-edge technologies in cotton production, including the use of mulch film, the tailored application of fertilizers based on soil conditions, green p...
Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News
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Tuvalu promises to ‘stand firm’ with Taiwan amid Pacific rivalry | Politics News

The tiny nation is one of four in the Pacific that still maintains formal ties with Taiwan.The leader of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has promised to “stand firm” on its ties with Taiwan, as China expands its influence in the region. Speaking at a welcome ceremony in Taipei hosted by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said “decent and common values” had always been an added strength to their bond. Tuvalu has maintained diplomatic relations with Taipei for more than 40 years. With a population of about 10,000, Tuvalu is one of 14 countries to retain full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that Beijing claims as its own, and one of four in the Pacific where China has been stepping up efforts to win support. “Through tumultuous t...
What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion
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What do retail and pharmacy have in common? How RFID technology can serve as part of a comprehensive solution to diversion

Retail and pharmacy – two very different industries that, on the surface, might not appear to have much in common. However, the two fields have found a use for an emerging technology to solve very similar problems. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is an incredibly valuable resource that has been introduced in the retail space to track inventory and detect and deter theft. Now, RFID is bringing immense value to the healthcare space,continuing to show promise and results, especially when incorporated into a comprehensive drug diversion prevention program. RFID technology uses wireless communication and radio waves to identify and track items and equipment. RFID tags can store a significant amount of data, whether it be a single serial number or several pages of material. Wi...
Chinese province plans to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars
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Chinese province plans to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars

Passengers walk by a billboard promoting Buick's new electric-powered SUV at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on August 23, 2022. Hainan island in the South China Sea said it will become China's first region to ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars as it seeks to cut back on climate-changing carbon emissions. Andy Wong / AP Beijing — Hainan island in the South China Sea says it will become China's first region to ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars, in an effort to curb climate-changing carbon emissions. Sales of fossil fuel-powered cars will be banned by 2030 and electric vehicles promoted with tax breaks and by expanding a charging network...
Robotaxis are taking over China’s roads. Here’s how they stack up to the old-fashioned version.
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Robotaxis are taking over China’s roads. Here’s how they stack up to the old-fashioned version.

Beijing — So-called robotaxis are popping up all over China. Tech giant Baidu, better known for its search engine and sometimes referred to as China's Google, is among the companies testing the self-driving taxi service. A view from the back seat as a Baidu robotaxi carries passengers in Beijing, China.  CBS News Baidu is currently testing its self-driving taxis in 10 cities across the country, and it just got approval to roll out fully driverless vehicles in the major metropolises of Wuhan and Chongqing. In the capital, Beijing, where the company is based, a human is still required by law to sit in the front passenger's seat — but they haven't got much to do. ...
Sri Lankan president flees the country amid economic crisis
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Sri Lankan president flees the country amid economic crisis

The president of Sri Lanka fled the country early Wednesday, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister amid a three-month economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives, according to an immigration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.Rajapaksa had agreed to step down under pressure. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would leave once a new government was in place. Lawmakers agreed to elect a new president next week but struggled Tuesday to decide on the ma...
China tests technology that could beam solar power from space to Earth
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China tests technology that could beam solar power from space to Earth

Chinese researchers have successfully tested a full-system model of technology that could one day wirelessly transmit solar power from outer space to Earth. A model power station at Xidian University in Shaanxi province captures sunlight high above the ground and converts it into microwave beams. It then transmits through the air to a receiver station on the ground, where it can be converted back to electricity. While the model only sends the energy 55 meters through the air, the researchers hope the technology could one day be expanded to send power from orbiting solar panels to Earth. The research team behind it recently c...
Police in Hong Kong warn over vigil as Tiananmen ‘erased’ | Politics News
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Police in Hong Kong warn over vigil as Tiananmen ‘erased’ | Politics News

For the first time, Hong Kong will not host an official memorial for the victims of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 as the city’s national security law takes full effect. Every year for more than three decades, Hong Kong people have gathered in Victoria Park for a candlelit ceremony with songs and speeches to mark the day on June 4 when the military brought a brutal end to months-long democracy protests in the heart of Beijing. Attendees braved pandemic protocols against public gatherings to gather in small numbers to mark the day in 2020, but at the end of that month Beijing imposed a national security law on the territory and no formal vigil was held last year. Ahead of this year’s anniversary, Hong Kong police again warned residents not to organize or attend events in Victori...