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* Vietnam gives longest jail term for trading rhino horns: NGO

Dec 08 (CNA) A rhino horn trader has been sentenced to 14 years in jail, the longest prison term a vietnamese court has handed down for the crime, a local conservation group said on Wednesday (Dec 8). Vietnam is both a consumption hub and popular transit point for the multibillion-dollar trade in animal parts.
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* UN Chief Isolating After COVID-19 Exposure

Dec 08 (VOA) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was exposed to the coronavirus Tuesday by a UN official who already had Covid-19 and is isolating for the next few days, diplomatic sources said. Guterres, 72, has canceled his upcoming in-person engagements, sources told AFP.
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* US diplomats to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Dec 06 (BBC) The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. The White House said no official delegation would be sent to the games because of concerns about China’s human rights record.
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* Putin, Modi Reaffirm ‘Time-Tested’ Ties at New Delhi Summit

Dec 08 (VOA) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed their ties at a New Delhi summit that aimed to reboot a relationship that has stagnated in recent years as India moves closer to the United States and Russia to China.
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* 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Australia joins US diplomatic boycott

Dec 08 (BBC) Australia has said it will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to "human rights abuses" in China’s Xinjiang province and "many other issues that Australia has consistently raised".
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* Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court sentences ousted leader in widely criticised trial

Dec 06 (BBC) Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules, in the first of a series of verdicts that could see her jailed for life. Her sentence has been reduced from four years to two years. Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total and denies them all.
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