The Daily Populous

Sunday January 1st, 2023 day edition

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TAIPEI, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday offered to provide China with "necessary assistance" to help it deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases, but said Chinese military activities near the island were not beneficial to peace and stability.

Tsai, in her traditional new year message, delivered at the presidential office, said everyone had seen the rise in cases in China, which views Taiwan as its own territory and has ramped up military pressure to assert those claims.

Taiwan and China have repeatedly sparred over their respective measures to control the spread of COVID.

China had criticised Taiwan for ineffective management of the pandemic after soaring domestic infections last year, while Taiwan has accused China of a lack of transparency and trying to interfere with vaccine supplies to Taiwan, which Beijing has denied.

Tsai reiterated a call for dialogue with China, saying war was not an option to resolve problems.

China staged war games near the island in August after then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei, and those military activities have continued.

Tsai has repeatedly said she wants talks and peace with China but that Taiwan will defend itself if attacked and that only its 23 million people can decide their future. »

Clarence Thomas Must Be 'Subpoenaed' to Testify Over Jan. 6: Lawyers

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Lawyers Tristan Snell and Laurence Tribe took to Twitter this weekend, saying that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas must be "subpoenaed to testify under oath" before hearing cases related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

"Ginni Thomas and Clarence Thomas must BOTH be subpoenaed to testify under oath before one of the grand juries hearing evidence about the January 6 coup," Snell tweeted on Friday.

In addition, Agranoff thinks by Clarence Thomas recusing himself from cases involving his wife it would help the Court's integrity, doubting "very much" that the justice would resign. »

New York OKs human composting law; 6th state in US to do so

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New York OKs human composting law; 6th state in US to do so.

Fischer is one supporter who sees human composting as an eco-friendly way to return his remains to the earth as fresh, fertile soil when he dies.

Washington state became the first state to legalize human composting in 2019, followed by Colorado and Oregon in 2021, and Vermont and California in 2022. »

NKorea’s Kim orders ‘exponential’ expansion of nuke arsenal

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Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

During the six-day meeting meant to determine new state objectives, Kim called for “an exponential increase of the country’s nuclear arsenal” to mass produce battlefield tactical nuclear weapons targeting South Korea.

Kim Jong Un said the rocket launcher puts all of South Korea within striking distance and is capable of carrying a tactical nuclear warhead, according to KCNA. »

Former Pope Benedict XVI dies in Vatican monastery aged 95

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Pope Francis led tributes to his predecessor on Saturday, after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died in a monastery in the Vatican at the age of 95.

Francis went to see Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI soon after he passed away Saturday morning, according to Bruni.

News of Benedict’s death came days after Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for him, saying he was “very sick.”. »