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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-06-06 17:15


>Wetland protection law takes effect

Volunteers patrol the Daqinghe Wetland in Laoting county, Tangshan, Hebei province in December. Near the Bohai Sea, the wetland is an important habitat for migratory water birds. [Photo by Zhu Xudong/Xinhua]

China's new law on wetland protection took effect on Wednesday. According to the law, the country will exercise the administration of wetlands at different levels, and significant wetland areas should fall under conservation red lines.

The new law will help encourage reasonable utilization of wetlands and ensure sound ecosystems to unify economic, social and ecological benefits, said Yang Zhaoxia, head of the ecological law research center at Beijing Forestry University.


>Plan issued for philosophy, social sciences
两部门: 促进高校哲学社会科学高质量发展

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, sits down with representatives of teachers and students at a symposium and delivers an important speech during a visit to Renmin University of China in Beijing, capital of China, April 25, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has released a medium- and long-term action plan to promote the high-quality development of philosophy and the social sciences in the country's higher education system and build an independent knowledge base to better answer questions. The plan was jointly released by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Ministry of Education and calls for using the CPC's theories to guide various disciplines, carrying forward Chinese culture and enhancing the capabilities of academic circles to communicate with the general public and the international community.


>Millions risk losing healthcare in US

A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health worker administers a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a pop-up clinic at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, California, US on Dec 22, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

When the US federal government’s pandemic health emergency declaration expires, millions of Americans are at risk of losing healthcare coverage through Medicaid with potentially devastating consequences.

According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an estimated 5.3 to 14.2 million could lose their Medicaid coverage when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends on July 15 if it is not extended.


>Canada proposes gun freeze

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in Ottawa on Monday with the mother of a victim of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in Montreal. PATRICK DOYLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canada should introduce a total ban on the buying and selling of handguns, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said.

His government is proposing a new law that would freeze private ownership of all short-barreled firearms.

The legislation would not ban the ownership of handguns outright, but would make it illegal to buy them.

Trudeau's proposal comes days after a deadly shooting at a Texas primary school in the neighboring US, which killed 21 people.

"Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives," Trudeau told reporters.


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