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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Around the World on 8 April 2021

The US is considering boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics: The Biden administration is exploring a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China as one possible option to punish the country for its treatment of its ethnic Uighur minority, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said yesterday.

IN DIPLOMACY: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry pushed efforts to form a new Lebanese government in a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Beirut yesterday. Shoukry also met with caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri and House Speaker Nabih Berri, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Shoukry’s visit is part of a France-led push to see Lebanon appoint an emergency cabinet that will agree to reforms and unlock international assistance needed to stave off an economic collapse.

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