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US President Joe Biden has sparked concern around the world after announcing a change in America's policy towards Taiwan. The gaffe-prone politician said the US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, but a White House spokesman later contradicted the president.
China says here is “no room” for compromise or concessions over the issue of Taiwan, following a comment by U.S. President Joe Biden that Washington is committed to defending the island if it is attacked by Beijing. https://t.co/ojfI1YZ2fe— The Associated Press (@AP) October 22, 2021
The Queen spent Wednesday evening hospital, Royal officials have explained. They originally said she was resting. The 95-year-old monarch is now back at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II visited a hospital on Wednesday afternoon for “some preliminary investigations,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement. She has since returned to Windsor Castle, the statement added. https://t.co/7Oh6cYNefC— CNN (@CNN) October 21, 2021
Tuskless elephants have evolved in response to ivory poaching in Mozambique, a new study suggests. A previously rare genetic condition of tusklessness has become more common due to rampant tusk harvesting in Gorongosa National Park, the study claims.
Elephants have evolved to be tuskless in response to ivory poaching, study finds. https://t.co/vTDZMP92db— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 22, 2021
The French government has pledged to give roughly 38 million people a one-off payment of 100 euros to help with soaring energy costs. The "inflation allowance" will go to people whose monthly net income is 2,000 euros or less.
France to pay 38m citizens €100 each to ease costs https://t.co/vEunF8lQiz— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 22, 2021
Ride-hailing app Lyft has said 4,158 sexual assault reports were made to the company between 2017 and 2019. The US firm said the vast majority of rides concluded without incident, however.
Lyft recorded more than 4,000 claims of sexual assault from 2017 to 2019, according to a newly released safety report https://t.co/mNHXoup9Ur— Bloomberg (@business) October 21, 2021
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