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China orders US to close its Chengdu consulate; Turkey purging the Gülenists; Mexico City's public square storytelling

China has followed through on its promises of retaliation toward the US. Beijing on Friday ordered the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. And, the Gülenists, dubbed by Turkey as FETO, the Fethullahist Terror Organization, are being purged on a massive scale. Also, as the coronavirus lockdown forced people indoors, Percibald García, an architect, grabbed a microphone and portable speaker and began doing readings of children’s stories in an empty public square in Mexico City.

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Environment

Chinese earthquake death roll rises to 10,000

More than 12,000 are dead in the Sichuan province alone in the 7.9 earthquake that struck southwestern China yesterday. Rescue efforts are being stalled by rain throughout the region, which is expected for the next few days. China says it would welcome international help, but even their own people are having trouble getting to the affected regions.

Arts, Culture & Media

New spice for Sichuan's cuisine

For our Geo Quiz, we're on the lookout for a city in southwest China known for its silk, teahouses and traditional spices. We're talking peppercorns, ginger and chili peppers. But new spices and western-style dishes are starting to appear around town.

China's death toll rises

'The Takeaway' reports on the more than 12,000 dead in the Sichuan province alone in the earthquake that struck southwestern China yesterday