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US senators took a military aircraft to Taiwan to announce vaccine donation. To Beijing, that is a major provocation

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April: Videos show Chinese naval exercises amid rising tensions over Taiwan

Taiwan has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a potentially catastrophic US-China war. The worry about Taiwan comes as China wields new strength from years of military buildup. CNN’s David Culver reports.

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

Twenty-eight Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) Tuesday — the largest incursion since the self-ruled island began regularly reporting such actions last year, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense.

Opinion: Britney Spears has every right to be angry — at all of us

On Wednesday, Britney Spears told a judge she’s “traumatized” and “angry” because she can’t make key decisions about her life and asked for a court-established conservatorship to be abolished.

China’s escalating military intimidation of the Taiwan, a self-governed island, shows it must take the possibility of armed conflict seriously, Minister Joseph Wu says

China’s escalating military intimidation of Taiwan shows the self-governed island “needs to prepare” for a possible military conflict, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an exclusive interview with CNN.

Man carrying homemade bombs shot dead by Chinese police following 16-hour standoff

A suspected thief was shot dead by police at his home in southwestern China on Wednesday after he repeatedly threatened to detonate explosives during a 16-hour standoff.

Florida girls found dead in canal ID’d; mom may be person of interest, police say

Two young girls whose bodies were found, hours apart, in a South Florida canal this week have been identified, according to authorities.

San Francisco to require city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

San Francisco is the first large U.S. city to require that all city workers – 37,000 of them – be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Infrastructure bill: ‘Breakthrough’ in talks between WH, bipartisan group of senators

Senior White House officials met twice with a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to discuss the framework of a massive infrastructure bill and made enough progress to warrant another meeting Thursday at the White House.

New Mexico mom wants repeat-offender son, 23, who allegedly cut ankle monitor and fled, kept behind bars

A New Mexico mom wants her 23-year-old son to remain behind bars instead of constantly being released and reoffending, according to a report.