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The International Olympic Committee has admitted conditions for athletes forced to self-isolate due to testing positive for coronavirus have fallen short of expectations, after German team officials complained about limited access to quarantined food and internet.

Christophe Dubi, executive director of the Olympics, said most concerns about the isolation had been resolved, but admitted improvements were needed after German officials called the conditions “unacceptable”.

“It shouldn’t happen, and we want to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Dubi told reporters yesterday, adding that organizers “cannot be complacent” as they try to run the Games in accordance with the Beijing’s zero-Covid policy.

Dirk Schimmelpfennig, the German Olympic team’s chef de mission, said he was working with Chinese and IOC officials to get three athletes into cleaner isolation rooms, training equipment and regular food delivery. and PCR tests.

Learn more about the Beijing Games:

  • The Beijing Winter Olympics opened with a low-key ceremony that illustrated the closed nature of the games and the country’s attempts to defeat the coronavirus.

  • NBC has paid billions for exclusive US rights to the Games, but the US television network is facing declining public interest.

Have you watched the Olympics? Tell me what you think of the Games so far at [email protected]. Thanks for reading FirstFT Asia — Emily

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Lata Mangeshkar dominated Bollywood music, singing tens of thousands of songs in a career that reflected India’s independent history © JAGADEESH NV/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

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5. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp victim of a cyberattack Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, owner of the Wall Street Journal, is investigating a cyberattack he suspects is linked to China and has accessed reporters’ emails and documents.

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The day ahead

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Types of missile systems.  Chart explaining the trajectories of one maneuverability or three types of missiles in the North Korean arsenal.  Ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and glider vehicles are explained.  Ballistic missiles: Launched on elevated parabolic trajectories by thrusters towards predetermined targets.  In some cases warheads can be maneuvered by propulsion systems Glider Vehicles: initially boosted, they separate, re-enter the atmosphere and glide towards targets.  Their aerodynamic shapes increase range and maneuverability Cruise missiles: Continuously propelled by jet engines, like an airplane.  They remain in the Earth's atmosphere and can travel at low altitudes

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Six things I wish I had known about money when I was 20 Even after a decade of investing, Ken Okoroafor, co-founder of The Humble Penny, still struggles with what to do. But it is even more difficult for young people, who are taking their first steps in investing in this delicate period. Here are six tips he wishes he had known sooner.

To travel

Writer Pico Iyer has been visiting Kyoto for more than 30 years – but the past few months have offered a new perspective during a winter without tourists.

© Alamy | A monk in Chishaku-in

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