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Ng Han Guan / AP

The latest Chinese regulations allow the government to shut down sites putting out video content that defies "core socialist values," Reuters reports. The definition includes content alluding to homosexuality, drug addiction and prostitution.

Per the new regulations, auditors will review everything from short clips to feature-length films to screen for "inappropriate content." Among the platforms already affected are celebrity gossip sites and channels which show films that have not been approved for distribution in cinemas.

Why it matters: China already tightly controls its news media, but the government's crackdown on online entertainment targets its young population, Qiao Mu, a Beijing media expert, told Reuters. The regulations could also hurt China's social media giants — Baidu, Tencent, and Weibo — which host much of the video content that is now banned.

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Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Senator Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Senator Leader Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the senate for 27 years, including including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

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Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.