With the US battered by the coronavirus and political polarisation, China thinks its time has come.
New studies show an association between severe pollution and a spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Internet providers have been ordered to block the secure messaging app used by activists.
The world's second biggest economy saw growth of almost 5% in the third quarter of the year.
The southern state - home to a quarter of Australia's population - will loosen measures from Monday.
The huge landslide buried 22 soldiers as the country battles its worst floods for years.
The centre-right opposition concedes, with Labour set for a rare outright parliamentary majority.
All eyes will be on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose Labour Party is expected to win comfortably.
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters rally again in Bangkok to demand political reforms.