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Canada issues "high degree of caution" to citizens traveling to China

Justin Trudeau speaks at podium before four Canadian flags.
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Canada issued an update to its travel advisory for China on Monday warning Canadians to exercise a "high degree of caution" due to "the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws."

Driving the news: China sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on Monday over drug trafficking charges in what appears to be retaliation against Canada’s detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. The U.S. has also issued a travel warning to American citizens traveling to China, advising them to "exercise increased caution" due to "arbitrary enforcement of local laws."

Pakistan acquits Christian woman facing death penalty for blasphemy

Protestors in Pakistan
Protesters gather on the street against the court decision to overturn the conviction of Asia Bibi in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Irfan Chudhary/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Pakistan's top court has acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in 2010 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, reports BBC News.

Why it matters: The high-profile case set off an international debate about blasphemy laws in the Islamic world, particularly their application in cases involving religious minorities. The ruling has also triggered fears of violent demonstrations, as hardline Islamists gathered in Islamabad and other cities Wednesday to protest Bibi's release.

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