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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken in South Africa on tour of continent

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa Sunday by visiting a museum in South Africa commemorating how the country's Black youths helped to end white racist rule. Blinken’s visit to Africa is seen as part of a competition between Russia and Western powers for support from African countries over the war in Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as Antoinette Sithole, the sister of the late Hector Pieterson, right, speaks to members of the media after touring the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, South Africa on Aug. 7, 2022. Peaceful child protesters were gunned down by police 30 years ago in an attack that awakened the world to the brutality of the apartheid regime. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

China keeps up pressure on Taiwan with 4th day of drills

China said Sunday it carried out its fourth consecutive day of military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan in the wake of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island, despite international calls to calm the tensions.

A man rides past by a mural depicting a bridge between China mainland and Taiwan in Pingtan in eastern China's Fujian Province on Aug. 7, 2022. Taiwan said Saturday that China's military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei that infuriated Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)