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India hits 1B vaccine doses, worries about gap between shots
About 75% of India’s total eligible adult population have received at least one dose, while nearly 30% are fully immunized. The country of nearly 1.4 billion people is the second to exceed a billion cumulative doses after the most populous country China did so in June.
Ambassador pick emphasizes US strengths in countering China
Nicholas Burns, a former senior State Department official and diplomat with decades of experience in Washington and overseas, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when the Biden administration is trying to swing U.S. focus overseas to managing competition with China. The post of China ambassador stands to be one of the most important for U.S. foreign policy.
Lawmakers seek answers about Navy’s handling of Pearl Harbor fuel leak
A Navy pipeline failed two leak detection tests in January, just prior to the start of a contentious contested case hearing before the state Department of Health over the Navy's Red Hill permit. Navy officials didn't report the failures to state health officials for another three months, according to a June letter from the Health Department to the Navy.
China promotes Xinjiang official sanctioned by US
Wang Junzheng, 58, was given the top party position in Tibet, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday, promoted from party chief of a powerful economic and paramilitary organization accused of human rights abuses in the far western region.
Japan’s prime minister: Attack capability on enemy bases an option
The Japanese government is becoming increasingly concerned about North Korea's improved missile technology as Pyongyang continues to launch missiles with irregular trajectories that are difficult to intercept. If its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) become deployable, it will pose a serious threat to Japan, the United States and other allies.

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