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From Tiananmen to Hong Kong, China's crackdowns defy critics

From the deadly crushing of Beijing's 1989 pro-democracy protests to the suppression of Hong Kong's opposition four decades later, China's Communist Party has demonstrated a determination and ability to stay in power that is seemingly impervious to Western criticism and sanctions.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote address for the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session in Beijing on Jan. 17, 2022. (Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via AP)

Ukraine's front line: Where lives turn on distant decisions

If war comes, it is as likely as not to strike first in eastern Ukraine, where the pro-Russia separatists have been in control since 2014. In Russia, across the border, more than 100,000 troops are gathering, and thousands more are going into position for what Russia says are military exercises on Ukraine's border to the north with Belarus.

FILE - A serviceman stands holding his machine-gun in a trench on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Jan. 25, 2022. (Alexei Alexandrov / AP)

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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)