Chinese Police Detain Journalist Who Wrote About Missing Wuhan Students
A Chinese journalist who wrote an article about dozens of university students who have gone missing in recent years in the central city of Wuhan has been detained on suspicion of “rumor-mongering.” The 39-year-old journalist, identified only by his surname Wang, has been detained on suspicion of “faking the facts and spreading rumors” after he wrote an article titled “32 Students Mysteriously Disappear in Wuhan,” featuring interviews with their family members, the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper reported.
US Intelligence Agents Most Severly Affected By “Sonic Attacks”
Mark Moore, The New York Post
US intelligence agents were among the first and most severely affected victims of mysterious sonic attacks targeting American personnel in Cuba, a report on Monday said. The attacks began shortly after President Trump’s election in November and it wasn’t until spies posted at the US embassy in Havana under diplomatic cover began reporting bizarre sounds and experiencing strange physical effects that officials finally realized something was wrong, the Associated Press reported.
A Terrible Fate Awaits North Korean Women Who Escape To China
As North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and provocative missile tests draw the world’s attention, one crucial reality about the totalitarian regime has been left largely unnoticed: as bleak as life is for most who live in North Korea, it is often far worse for those who flee—most of whom are forced to suffer horrific human rights abuses away from the world’s scrutiny. Since China shares a border with North Korea, it has become the first destination for desperate North Koreans who risk their lives to escape. An unofficial figure estimates that there are between 50,000 and 200,000 North Koreans living in China.
As Sanctions Bite, North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub
Phillip Wen, Reuters
North Korean workers have begun to leave the Chinese border city of Dandong, following the latest round of sanctions seeking to restrict Pyongyang’s ability to earn foreign currency income, local businesses and traders say. Almost 100,000 overseas workers, based predominantly in China and Russia, funnel some $500 million in wages a year to help finance the North Korean regime, the U.S. government says.
The Warmbiers Are Right: North Korea Should Be Back On The State Sponsors Of Terror List
Marc Thiessen, Fox News
In the months since his death, Fred and Cindy Warmbier made a shocking discovery. “It was astounding to us to discover that North Korea is not listed as a state sponsor of terror,” said his father Fred. “We see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them, and we’re here to tell you: North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him. They are not victims.”
Council Of Europe’s Rights Chief Decries Abuses, Says Russia “Only Country Not Cooperating”
Pete Baumgartner, RFE/RL
The Council of Europe’s human rights chief says there is a “lot of work to do” in Russia as he criticized Moscow’s lack of cooperation amid reports of rights abuses in Chechnya and Russia-occupied Crimea. “Russia is the only country that has not cooperated with my office in the last couple of years; every other country has cooperated,” said Nils Muiznieks, the human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, which has 47 member countries.
Kremlin Critic Navalny Detained Before Rally
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a staunch Kremlin critic, has been detained in advance of a rally in a major city. Navalny on Friday posted a video on his Instagram account of what he said were officers outside his home in the capital, Moscow, asking him to come to a police station. He tweeted from the station later, saying he had not been told why he had been detained. Navalny had planned to travel to the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s fifth-biggest city, where he was to lead a rally later in the day.
Trump Says Tillerson Is “Wasting His Time” On North Korea
Peter Baker and David Sanger, The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump undercut his own secretary of state on Sunday, calling his effort to open lines of communication with North Korea a waste of time, and seeming to rule out a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear-edged confrontation with Pyongyang. A day after Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said he was reaching out to Pyongyang in hopes of starting a new dialogue, Mr. Trump belittled the idea and left the impression that he was focused mainly on military options.
Death Penalty For Ex-Head Of OceanBank In Vietnam Fraud Trial
The former head of a major Vietnamese bank has been sentenced to death for his role in a fraud case involving millions of dollars of illegal loans. Nguyen Xuan Son, who served as general director of OceanBank, was convicted of embezzlement, abuse of power and economic mismanagement. Vietnam is one of the world’s biggest executioners, according to Amnesty International, but this is believed to be the first time in years that the death penalty has been given to such a high-flying former official.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
October 2nd, 1949: The Soviet Union recognizes the People’s Republic of China, proclaimed the previous day by Mao Zedong.