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China NATO response 

China has accused the Western military alliance, NATO, of artificially creating confrontations with Beijing. The Chinese Mission to the European Union has urged NATO to stop exaggerating what it called a threat theory against Beijing. The mission says NATO’s latest stance proves to be the continuation of a Cold War mentality. On Monday, NATO leaders vowed to work together to counter challenges posed by China. They accused the Asian powerhouse of threatening the international order through assertive actions among other things. Tensions have mounted between China and the West in recent months over a range of issues including human rights. 

Right of Rohingya

A prominent rights group says the United Nations improperly collected data on more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and passed them to Myanmar. Human Rights Watch has said the move by the UN refugee agency is contrary to its own policies and exposes Rohingya to further risk. The group urged the UNHCR to investigate the issue. The UN agency has been registering the Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps since they fled a 2017 deadly crackdown in their homeland, Myanmar. The agency says the data was meant to provide the refugees with identity cards. But Human Rights Watch says the Rohingya were given consent forms, they could not read, to share their data with Myanmar. Many of the refugees have refused to return to Myanmar, fearing a repeat of the 2017 crackdown that the UN has called genocide.

COVID-19 in India

India has registered more than 60,400 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours. It is the lowest daily rate the country has logged since March 31. The new figure brings India’s total caseload to over 29.5 million. The South Asian nation also reported over 2,700 new fatalities in the past 24 hours. Its overall deaths now stand above 377,000. COVID-19 surged in India in April and May. That caused daily infections to reach their peak of more than 400,000 last month. Strict lockdowns and mass vaccine rollouts have helped contain the surge. The country now has the second largest caseload and the third highest death toll in the world. 

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