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China urges Brazil to step up protection for diplomatic buildings after attack on Rio consulate

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  • 21st September, 2021 07:10:25 PM
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China urges Brazil to step up protection for diplomatic buildings after attack on Rio consulate

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China has urged Brazil to ensure there is no repeat of an incident in which a man threw an explosive device at its consulate general in Rio de Janeiro.

The device damaged the premises but no one was injured in Thursday evening’s attack, the consulate said in a statement.

Qu Yuhui, a minister counsellor from the Chinese embassy in Brasília, has raised the issue with the Brazilian foreign ministry.

Hundreds of Hongkongers queued in sweltering temperatures on Tuesday to be among the first to try out the city’s new water park, which officially opened to the public after a four-year delay.

Wearing swimsuits and flip-flops, about 100 people were waiting at the entrance to Ocean Park’s Water World 15 minutes before it opened at 10am.

Temperatures across Hong Kong reached a height of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), with the city again under a “very hot weather” warning at one stage.

Haitians made up most of the over 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under a bridge in southern Texas on Friday, in a growing humanitarian and political challenge for US President Joe Biden.

The Haitians were joined by Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans under the Del Rio International Bridge connecting Mexico to south Texas. They slept under light blankets, while a few pitched small tents, with temperatures forecast to go above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) in coming days.

Officials on both sides of the US-Mexico border said most of the migrants were Haitians and more are expected to arrive. Most of the migrants Reuters spoke to had not come direct from Haiti but had made long and harrowing journeys through Mexico and Central and South America.

Despite a slow start plagued by much controversy that still haunts President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s coronavirus vaccination campaign is now one of the fastest-paced and farthest-reaching in the world.

While boasting a globally renowned vaccination system, the country of 213 million people only started coronavirus inoculations in January, several weeks after the United States, many European countries and others in South America.

The roll-out was delayed by political bickering under a president who belittled the pandemic and spread vaccine falsehoods, then hamstrung by logistical difficulties in the vast country.

Source: The Coronavirus Pandemic