The Chinese Communist Party has boxed itself into a dilemma.
The Chinese Communist Party has boxed itself into a dilemma.
SOME of the best pictures from around the UK and world this week include countries at war, natural disasters, and sporting events.
Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on the chance to equal the all-time record for World Cup wins when she finished 0.06 seconds behind Lena Duerr in Sunday's slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn.Shiffrin is also closing in on a fifth overall title but her bid to equal and pass Stenmark's record of 86 wins will have to wait until after the world championships.
The festive period may be a distant memory for many but Bolton’s Ukrainian community took part in its Christmas concert last weekend.
The TV presenter is returning to screens for a second series of Clarkson’s Farm next month.
Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds has hailed his involvement with non-league side Wrexham as the "greatest experience" of his life after he jetted in to watch his team in the FA Cup."Genuinely speaking it has been the greatest experience of my entire life," Reynolds told the BBC on Sunday.
Plans to open a new late night bar in Bury could be approved next week amid security and noise concerns.
Kain Newell, 19, must damaged a screen at the train station
WORK is continuing to take a number of streets in Bradford city centre back to the Second World War for the filming of a star-studded Netflix movie.
James Cameron now has three movies in the top four
THIS week's Step Back in Time feature comes to you courtesy of the Falmouth History Archive at The Poly.
An urgent search is under way to find a tiny but potentially deadly radioactive capsule that has gone missing in Australia. The small silver cylinder contains caesium-137, a highly radioactive isotope which experts say cannot be weaponised. Contact could result in skin damage, burns and radiation sickness, including effects on the immune system.
Elena Rybakina said she struggled with the "pressure" and aggression from Aryna Sabalenka in falling to defeat in the Australian Open final on Saturday."With Aryna now, the score is 0-4," Rybakina said.
Italian energy giant Eni signed an $8 billion gas deal with Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation Saturday as Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni visited Tripoli.Meloni also visited Algeria this week seeking supply deals from Africa's top gas exporter.
When A&E doctor Mark Harmon’s elderly mother slipped on the ice recently, he knew that hospital was the last place that would be good for her.
Exclusive: from physical and mental health to education and careers, two studies detail ways in which young still suffer
The property is located on Burges Road, Thorpe Bay, and is a perfect “family home”.
PEOPLE in the Bradford district have been reminded to bring photo identification if they visit a polling station for this spring’s elections.
The frosty cold snap provided some classic winter scenes for this week’s selection of reader photos.
An assailant shot and wounded two people in east Jerusalem on Saturday, Israeli medics said, hours after a Palestinian gunman killed seven outside a synagogue in one of the deadliest such attacks in years.Police said the suspect was "neutralised" following the latest gun attack in the Silwan neighbourhood, just outside Jerusalem's old, walled city.Israel's Magen David Adom emergency response service identified the victims as two men, aged 47 and 23, both with "gunshot wounds to their upper body". It did not identify those involved.Police had earlier announced 42 arrests in connection with Friday's synagogue attack.The mass shooting unfolded as a 21-year-old resident of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem drove up to the synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighbourhood and opened fire during the Jewish Sabbath.The bloodshed, which unfolded on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked another dramatic escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It came a day after one of the deadliest army raids in the occupied West Bank in roughly two decades, as well as rocket fire from militants in the Gaza Strip and Israeli retaliatory air strikes.There have widespread calls to de-escalate the spiralling violence, but tensions are rising.Crowds shouted "Death to Arabs" as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the scene of the synagogue attack late Friday.Palestinians also held spontaneous rallies to celebrate the killings, in Gaza and across the West Bank, including in Ramallah where large crowds swarmed the streets chanting and waving Palestinian flags.Several Arab nations that have ties with Israel-- including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates -- condemned the synagogue shooting.The Lebanese group Hezbollah, one of Israel's most prominent foes, praised the attack as "heroic", voicing "absolute support for all the steps taken by the Palestinian resistance factions".- Dozens arrested -The gunman at the synagogue was shot dead by police during a shootout that followed a brief car chase after the attack.There has been no indication that he had prior involvement in militant activity or was a member of an established Palestinian armed group."The Jerusalem District Police and border police fighters arrested 42 suspects -- some of them from the terrorist's (immediate) family, relatives and (neighbours)", a police statement said."The police will thoroughly examine the connection between each of the arrested suspects and the terrorist who carried out the attack, as well as the extent of their knowledge and/or involvement," it added.In a separate statement, police said the force had been placed on the "highest level" of alert following the attack.Israel annexed east Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War. Palestinians claim the area as the capital of their future state.Israel's police chief Kobi Shabtai called the shooting "one of the worst attacks (Israel) has encountered in recent years."- Escalating violence -Nine people had been killed Thursday in what Israel described as a "counter-terrorism" operation in the Jenin refugee camp.It was one of the deadliest Israeli army raids in the occupied West Bank since the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising, of 2000 to 2005.Israel said Islamic Jihad operatives were the target.Islamic Jihad and Hamas both vowed to retaliate, later firing several rockets at Israeli territory.Most of the rockets were intercepted by Israeli air defences. The military responded with strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza.There were no injuries reported on either side, but Gaza's armed groups vowed further action.After the synagogue shooting, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the attack proved "the resistance knows how to find the appropriate response" to Israeli "crimes".Washington had announced Thursday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken would travel next week to Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he would push for an "end to the cycle of violence".A US State Department spokesman confirmed on Friday that the visit would go ahead and said Blinken would discuss "steps to be taken to de-escalate tensions".At least 26 Israelis and 200 Palestinians were killed across Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2022, the majority in the West Bank, according to an AFP tally from official sources.bs/dv
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