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Happy US Independence Day! Now can you sing it?

When the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, many Americans will be singing the Star-Spangled Banner at sports games, parties, and other patriotic-themed events. To mark the date, we take a look at some fun facts about national anthems around the world.

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What We're Watching: Putin's invisible red lines

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday threatened an "asymmetrical, rapid, and harsh" response for anyone that dares to cross a "red line" with Russia.

What's the red line? Putin says he'll decide on a case-by-case basis. And the cases at the moment are growing: the US has sanctioned Russia over cyber crimes; Putin critic Alexei Navalny is near death in a Russian prison; the Czechs say Russia blew up a Czech munitions depot; and as many as 120,000 Russian troops are reported to be massing along Russia's border with Eastern Ukraine.

Which is to say: there's potentially a Sol Lewitt's-worth of red lines to ponder now.

China appreciates Czech President's efforts to defuse row with Beijing over Speaker's Taiwan visit

September 08, 2020 8:00 PM

BEIJING - China has voiced appreciation for Czech President Milos Zeman's efforts to defuse a row with Beijing over a visit by the head of the Czech Senate to Taiwan, which Mr Zeman called a "boyish provocation".

China says Czech visit to Taiwan harmed its sovereignty

September 06, 2020 4:45 AM

PRAGUE (AFP) - The Chinese embassy in Prague on Saturday (Sept 5) condemned this week's visit to Taiwan by a Czech delegation as "a serious infringement on China's national sovereignty".

'I am Taiwanese', Czech speaker tells parliament, likely to rile China

September 01, 2020 11:31 AM

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - The head of the Czech Senate declared himself to be Taiwanese in a speech at Taiwan's parliament on Tuesday (Sept 1), channelling late US President John F. Kennedy's defiance of Communism in Berlin in 1963, in remarks likely to further rile Beijing.

China: Czech official will pay price for Taiwan visit

September 01, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • Mr Milos Vystrcil, Speaker of the Czech Senate, will "pay a heavy price" for making an official trip to Taiwan, China's State Councillor Wang Yi said yesterday, prompting Prague to summon China's ambassador to explain comments that it said "crossed the line".

Shanghai suspends all ties with Prague in spat over Taiwan

January 14, 2020 10:03 PM

SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (REUTERS) - The Shanghai city government said on Tuesday (Jan 14) it was suspending official contact with Prague after the Czech capital signed a sister-city agreement with Taiwan's capital, Taipei, instead of Beijing.

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