Jill Biden, Wife of US Vice President, Arrives in Cuba
Marc Frank, REUTERS
Jill Biden, wife of US Vice President Joe Biden, arrived in Cuba on Thursday, the latest sign of the rapprochement between the Cold War foes that saw President Barack Obama and his family visit in March. Some US lawmakers strongly oppose the move, arguing that Communist-ruled Cuba must do far more to improve human rights before it can deal normally with the United States.
North Korea Human Rights Law Can Apply to North Koreans Staying in 3rd Countries
THE KOREA TIMES
North Koreans staying temporarily in third countries such as overseas workers are subject to South Korea’s new law aimed at improving the North’s human rights situation, a government official said Tuesday. More than 50,000 North Koreans are believed to be forced to work overseas, mainly in China and Russia, sending substantial amounts of their salaries to the North’s regime.
Next US President Urged to Curb Chinese Investment in US Media
Tom Mitchell, FINANCIAL TIMES
A Congressional panel has urged the next US president to put curbs on Chinese investment in American entertainment, internet and media assets in response to trade barriers in the world’s second-largest economy.
Venezuela Skipping Regional Election to Keep Chavista Governors in Place
Alex Vasquez S., FOXNEWS LATINO
The Venezuelan Constitution mandates governors to be elected every four years, but this year’s election may have to wait. The National Electoral Council is not saying a word about it, but the clock keeps ticking and the mid-December vote has not even been scheduled. When confronted by the media, electoral officials skip the question or matter-of-factly explain that they are busy dealing with the presidential recall vote requested by the opposition.
Blogger’s Prison Sentence Reduced, News Site Shuttered in Vietnam
A Vietnamese appeals court yesterday reduced from four to three years a prison sentence given earlier this year to independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Gia on anti-state charges related to his critical journalism, according to news reports. In a related development, authorities revoked the press credentials of the editor of the state-owned PetroTimes news website, for “wrongdoing in press activities,” and removed him from his post.