'Together against apartheid'
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Tel Aviv to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new cabinet. The protesters held banners that read "Together against fascism and apartheid" and "crime minister". The protesters also denounced judicial reforms proposed by new Justice Minister Yariv Levin. Opposition parties say the proposed judicial reforms allow parliament to override decisions of the Supreme Court. Netanyahu, who is fighting corruption charges, took office late last month, and his new cabinet is regarded as the most right-wing in Israeli history.
UK health crisis
UK prime minister calls for radical actions to reform Britain’s crisis-hit healthcare system. Rishi Sunak made the remarks in an emergency meeting with British health leaders. He said bold moves should be taken like the ones during the Covid pandemic to resolve the crisis. The meeting comes as the UK is witnessing a rare strike by health workers, who want a salary hike at the time when inflation has soared to record levels in the country. Britain has faced a wave of industrial action over the last few months, with strikes crippling various sectors. The government is planning to introduce a new law that would make it harder for key workers to strike.
China Covid policy
China has officially ended its quarantine requirements for inbound travelers after nearly three years despite struggling with a nationwide surge of Covid cases. All travelers are still required to test negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours of departure. Mainland China has also opened its border with Hong Kong. Beijing last month began a dramatic dismantling of a hardline zero-Covid strategy. That involved mandatory quarantines and grueling lockdowns. The containment policy had generated resentment throughout China and led to nationwide protests just before it was eased.
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