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Cartoon Panda Explains: China's Belt and Road Death Trap 'Is Like a Chorus of Nations'

Cartoon Panda Explains: China's Belt and Road Death Trap 'Is Like a Chorus of Nations'

The official publication of China's Communist Party, thePeople's Daily, published a video Tuesday promoting its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative featuring a cartoon panda named "Pan Pan," heavily quoting communist party leader Xi Jinping and claiming the plan will enrich the world through "common development.

Brazil: Bolsonaro Gains 6 Points with Women After Claim He Threatened to Kill Ex-Wife

Brazil: Bolsonaro Gains 6 Points with Women After Claim He Threatened to Kill Ex-Wife

Brazilian conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro gained six points among women voters in a poll released Tuesday, less than a week after he was accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife and after a weekend in which leftist feminist protests drew thousands to convene nationwide to reject his candidacy.

China Forces Civilians to Conduct Air Raid Drills in Major Cities

China Forces Civilians to Conduct Air Raid Drills in Major Cities

Chinese citizens in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major population hubs throughout the country spent the weekend observingNationwide National Defense Education Day, forced to practice air raid drills to know how to react to a military invasion.

Kenya Arrests Chinese Businessman for Calling Kenyans 'Monkey People'

Kenya Arrests Chinese Businessman for Calling Kenyans 'Monkey People'

Kenyan police arrested a Chinese motorcycle dealer operating in the country this week after an employee recorded the man berating his native Kenyan employees, calling them "monkey people" and referring to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as a "monkey.

Beijing's Censorship Push Failing as Xi Jinping's Incompetence Becomes Focus of Protests

Beijing's Censorship Push Failing as Xi Jinping's Incompetence Becomes Focus of Protests

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has carefully crafted an image of himself as a big-picture visionary, tasked with turning China into the world's preeminent superpower. While Xi has focused on taking over the world, however, the average Chinese citizen appears increasingly frustrated with his inability to provide competent government functions like adequate education and health care.

Report: North Korea Still Making Cluster Bombs

Report: North Korea Still Making Cluster Bombs

An NGO specializing in the proliferation of cluster bombs released a report Thursday at the United Nations accusing the communist government of North Korea of continuing to build and stockpile the weapons.

China Mulls Plan to Tax Adults Under 40 for 'Reproduction Fund'

China Mulls Plan to Tax Adults Under 40 for 'Reproduction Fund'

A Chinese academic report published this week suggested the nation should begin taxing all adults under 40 and using their money for a "reproduction fund" that would benefit families with more than one child in an attempt to raise birth rates, triggering widespread outrage.

China Forces All Religious Buildings to Fly Communist Flag

China Forces All Religious Buildings to Fly Communist Flag

China's state-run newspaperGlobal Times derided critics in the West Thursday for condemning a new initiative forcing all religious buildings to fly China's red flag as a means to "enhance the concept of nation.

North Korea: 'Our Society Is the Best in the World'

North Korea: 'Our Society Is the Best in the World'

North Korea's state newspaperRodong Sinmun published a column Wednesday urging North Koreans not to be enticed by other cultures or ways of life, insisting instead that the brutally repressive communism of the Kim family regime is the "best in the world.

State Department: Russia's Response to Indictments 'Absurd,' No Agreements Made

State Department: Russia's Response to Indictments 'Absurd,' No Agreements Made

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert sharply rebuked the Russian government during Wednesday's regular press briefing, calling Moscow's response to election meddling allegations "absurd" and insisting that the two countries did not come to any agreements at this week's Helsinki summit.

China Warns Russia: U.S. Friendliness Will Not Last Past Trump Presidency

China Warns Russia: U.S. Friendliness Will Not Last Past Trump Presidency

China's state-runGlobal Timeswarned Russia in a Tuesday column not to trust that any agreeableness on President Donald Trump's part will be a permanent change in U.S. policy, adding that Trump's "America First" policy makes it impossible for Washington to have true international allies.

Erdogan Adopts Xi Jinping's Language and Strategy in Turkey's 'New Era'

Erdogan Adopts Xi Jinping's Language and Strategy in Turkey's 'New Era'

Turkish President Recep TayyipErdoğan announced during his inaugural address Monday that Turkey is entering a "new era," where the nation will take center stage in geopolitics and citizens are expected to submit to the will of the state for the greater good of Turkish identity.

Mike Pompeo Trashes North Korean Rant: If U.S. Is a Gangster, 'the World Is a Gangster'

Mike Pompeo Trashes North Korean Rant: If U.S. Is a Gangster, 'the World Is a Gangster'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded on Sunday to an extensive diatribe published against him in North Korea's official state media, asserting that his demand for complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) was not "gangster-like," but reflective of the world's hopes for the nation.

Turkey: Erdogan Fires 18,000 Civil Servants Before Inauguration

Turkey: Erdogan Fires 18,000 Civil Servants Before Inauguration

The government of Turkey issued a blanket decree Sunday firing18,632 state employees for unspecified "links with terror groups" and has increased the number of arrests for "insulting the president" ahead of the inauguration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Monday.

Private American in China Latest Victim of Unexplained Sonic Attacks

Private American in China Latest Victim of Unexplained Sonic Attacks

The State Department revealed Thursday that a second American citizen in China has suffered adverse health effects similar to those of an American diplomat in Shanghai and 26 diplomats in Havana, Cuba, part of a wave of attacks of unknown origin.

Xi Jinping Orders End to 'Pompous,' 'Blindly Optimistic' Chinese Propaganda

Xi Jinping Orders End to 'Pompous,' 'Blindly Optimistic' Chinese Propaganda

The official newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), thePeople's Daily, condemned "pompous" and "incredibly exaggerated" pro-Chinese propaganda in the country, reporting that CPC leader Xi Jinping has ordered state media outlets to temper their language.

Price of Child Brides Skyrockets to 300 Cows in South Sudan and Kenya

Price of Child Brides Skyrockets to 300 Cows in South Sudan and Kenya

An extensive report published byThomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday finds that the price of a child bride in eastern Africa, particularly South Sudan and Kenya, has skyrocketed as families seek ways to avoid starvation and ensure their children have food and shelter.

White House Confirms: Putin, Trump to Meet in Finland Capital

White House Confirms: Putin, Trump to Meet in Finland Capital

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 12. The announcement follows a meeting between Putin and Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, in Moscow this week.

Taiwan's President Asks World: 'Constrain China'

Taiwan's President Asks World: 'Constrain China'

Taiwan'sPresident Tsai Ing-wen asked the world to help Taiwan "constrain China" in an interview with Agence-France Presse (AFP) on Monday, warning that the world's "democracy, freedom and freedom to do business" were imperiled by the Communist Party.

China Complains: 'Nationalism' Making Asia Wary of One Belt, One Road

China Complains: 'Nationalism' Making Asia Wary of One Belt, One Road

China's state-controlledGlobal Times newspaper lamented on Monday the persistence of "nationalist" distrust of the Communist Beijing regime throughout the rest of Asia, warning Chinese corporations to "delicately" assert themselves and their projects.

Report: North Korea Begins Renovating Restaurants in China

Report: North Korea Begins Renovating Restaurants in China

The South Korean outlet Yonhap reported on Monday that closed North Korean restaurants near the border in China have begun renovations, a sign that they are preparing for sanctions to lift on the country as part of an ongoing dialogue with the United States.

Erdogan Declares 'Democracy Wins' as Arrests, Fraud Claims Mar Turkish Election

Erdogan Declares 'Democracy Wins' as Arrests, Fraud Claims Mar Turkish Election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrated his election victory Sunday, declaring that "the sufferers of our region and all oppressed in the world" won the election as opposition leaders and international observers decry widespread arrests, ballot irregularities, and censorship.

Turkey: Opposition Prepares Army of Monitors for Sunday's Election

Turkey: Opposition Prepares Army of Monitors for Sunday's Election

Turkey's ruling and opposition parties have launched the final stretch of this year's presidential campaign, with elections scheduled for Sunday, amid widespread concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will cruise to an easy win through irregular voting situations and possible election fraud.

Pompeo May Return to North Korea as Soon as This Weekend

Pompeo May Return to North Korea as Soon as This Weekend

Reports in South Korean media, citing a Korean lawmaker speaking on national radio, reported Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be visiting North Korea again as soon as this weekend.

Cuba Victims' Families Ask U.S. to Indict Raul Castro for American Citizen Murders

Cuba Victims' Families Ask U.S. to Indict Raul Castro for American Citizen Murders

The families of those killed in the 1996 shootdown of planes belonging to the Cuban-American Brothers to the Rescue charity requested support from Congress Wednesday in their mission to seek indictments against dictator Raúl Castro and other senior Cuban government officials for their relatives' murders.

Reports: China Opens Flow of North Korean Products, Workers on Border

Reports: China Opens Flow of North Korean Products, Workers on Border

North Korean products and workers reportedly began flowing into China at an accelerated rate following dictator Kim Jong-un's meeting with American President Donald Trump last week, and China has apparently begun lifting a ban on Chinese tourism to the fellow communist regime Tuesday – indications that China expects sanctions on North Korea to soon lift.

China Serves More Sour Grapes: North Korea Summit 'Vague,' 'No Timetable'

China Serves More Sour Grapes: North Korea Summit 'Vague,' 'No Timetable'

China's state media continued dismissing the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Thursday in a piece ostensibly meant to attack American media, but that described the summit's results as "a vague four-point joint statement with no timetable or roadmap.

South Korea: Joint Exercises Off Only if North Korea Denuclearizes

South Korea: Joint Exercises Off Only if North Korea Denuclearizes

South Korea's presidential office said Thursday that leftist President Moon Jae-in would consider ending joint military exercises with the United States if North Korea "implements denuclearization measures and sincere dialogue continues.

Pompeo Insists: No Sanctions Relief for North Korea Despite Pyongyang Claims

Pompeo Insists: No Sanctions Relief for North Korea Despite Pyongyang Claims

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured reporters in a joint press conference with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Seoul Thursday that the United States is not considering removing sanctions on North Korea until itsnuclear program verifiably ceases to exist.

North Korean TV Airs 40-Minute Documentary on Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean TV Airs 40-Minute Documentary on Trump-Kim Summit

State television broadcast an extensive 40-minute documentary-style feature on dictator Kim Jong-un's meeting with "supreme leader" U.S. President Donald Trump two days after Kim returned to North Korea, announcing that Trump treated Kim with "respect and endless admiration.

'Scam of the Century': South Korea's Conservatives Pan Trump-Kim Summit

'Scam of the Century': South Korea's Conservatives Pan Trump-Kim Summit

South Korea's conservatives, including members of the right-wing Liberty Korea Party, have expressed dismay at President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, decrying the lack of enforcement of any denuclearization agreement and substance in their joint declaration.

China on Kim-Trump Summit: Trump Has Too Many 'Unrealistic Ideas'

China on Kim-Trump Summit: Trump Has Too Many 'Unrealistic Ideas'

Chinese state media sought to reinject Beijing into the conversation following Tuesday's historic summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, suggesting Americans"borrow some wisdom from Eastern philosophy" and abandon "unrealistic ideas" that the U.S.

North Korea's Tourism Ambitions Cloud Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea's Tourism Ambitions Cloud Trump-Kim Summit

The looming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Tuesday has the potential to open up global tourism and foreign investment to North Korea, with little prospect of any profits reaching the North Korean people.

Trump-Kim Summit Makes Front Page News in North Korea

Trump-Kim Summit Makes Front Page News in North Korea

North Korea's state media outlets extensively covered dictator Kim Jong-un's departure to Singapore on Sunday to meet President Donald Trump, calling the meeting "historic" and telling readers the two leaders will share "wide-ranging and profound views" on everything from denuclearization to ending the Korean War.

'Everything in Cuba Is Stolen': U.S. Port Owners Warn Against Tourism

'Everything in Cuba Is Stolen': U.S. Port Owners Warn Against Tourism

The rightful owners of two of Cuba's largest ports, stolen from their families by the communist Cuban revolution, launched a campaign this week in conjunction with human rights organizations to discourage American tourism in the island nation.

North Korean Media Mentions 'DPRK-U.S. Summit' After Near Total Silence

North Korean Media Mentions 'DPRK-U.S. Summit' After Near Total Silence

North Korea's state media – the only means North Korean people have of learning about the outside world – mentioned the scheduled summit between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un in a report Friday, one of the few confirmations North Koreans know the summit is happening.

Report: Kim Jong-Un Forced to Take Foreign Plane to Singapore Summit

Report: Kim Jong-Un Forced to Take Foreign Plane to Singapore Summit

The conservative South Korean newspaperChosun Ilbo reported Friday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will have to borrow a foreign plane to reach the planned summit between himself and President Donald Trump scheduled for Tuesday.

John Bolton Will Be in Singapore for North Korea Summit

John Bolton Will Be in Singapore for North Korea Summit

The South Korean news service Yonhap confirmed on Wednesday thatU.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is going to Singapore next weekwhen President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Report: Kim Jong-Un Urging China to Invest in Special 'Economic Zones'

Report: Kim Jong-Un Urging China to Invest in Special 'Economic Zones'

South Korea'sJoongang Ilbo, citing "a source familiar" with China-North Korea relations, reported Wednesday that dictator Kim Jong-un requested Chinese economic investment in his country during his most recent summit with counterpart Xi Jinping.

China Claims It Is 'Not Scared' of U.S. in South China Sea

China Claims It Is 'Not Scared' of U.S. in South China Sea

A report published Wednesday, as the Chinese Foreign Ministry asserted it was “not scared” of a growing U.S. presence in the region, suggests China has withdrawn some of its missile systems in the South China Sea.

North Korea: Capitalist Societies 'Doomed to Come to an End'

North Korea: Capitalist Societies 'Doomed to Come to an End'

North Korea's state media has not ceased its barrage of antagonistic propaganda against the free world, publishing a column Tuesday declaring that all capitalist societies are "doomed to come to an end" a week before a scheduled summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and the leader of the capitalist world, President Donald Trump.

Jeff Flake Lends Support to Cuba's Puppet President

Jeff Flake Lends Support to Cuba's Puppet President

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) enjoyed a "friendly meeting" with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Monday, praising his "fluent" understanding of internet issues as an engineer. The meeting was the first with an American government guest since taking office for Díaz-Canel, who remains subordinate to the country's leader, dictator Raúl Castro.

Report: Putin Invites Kim Jong-Un to Visit Russia in September

Report: Putin Invites Kim Jong-Un to Visit Russia in September

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly sent a letter last week to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inviting him to participate in the 4th Eastern Economic Forum, set to occur inVladivostok, Russia, in September.

China Brainwashing Priests at 'Patriotic' Training Courses

China Brainwashing Priests at 'Patriotic' Training Courses

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, theGlobal Times cites a "patriotic" Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without "core socialist values.

Kremlin: Putin Wants Meeting with Kim Jong-un

Kremlin: Putin Wants Meeting with Kim Jong-un

The Kremlin hinted at the potential for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, telling reporters Friday that such a summit "may indeed take place.

Pompeo Dines with U.S.-Sanctioned North Korean Terrorist in NYC

Pompeo Dines with U.S.-Sanctioned North Korean Terrorist in NYC

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enjoyed a 90-minute "working dinner" Wednesday in New York City with Kim Yong-chol, a U.S. Treasury-sanctioned "Specially Designated Person," intended to get the diplomats to know each other better and to discuss the preliminaries of denuclearization.

North Korea Walks Out of Talks with South over Joint Drills with U.S.

North Korea Walks Out of Talks with South over Joint Drills with U.S.

North Korean state media reported on Wednesday local time that the nation's senior diplomats would cancel scheduled high-level talks with South Korean counterparts, reportedly over military drills Seoul had planned to execute with the United States.

North Korean Defector Warns: Regime’s Goal Is Becoming a Nuclear Power

North Korean Defector Warns: Regime’s Goal Is Becoming a Nuclear Power

Former North Korean diplomatThae Yong-ho, who defected and now operates out of South Korea, warned in a press conference Monday that the "final destination" of the Kim regime is to possess nuclear weapons and that, in his estimation, Kim Jong-un "will never give them up.

North Korea Invites International Media to Watch Nuclear Test Site Shutdown

North Korea Invites International Media to Watch Nuclear Test Site Shutdown

North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday that the communist regime would hold a ceremony on a date between May 23 and 25 to permanently shut down the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, and journalists from five countries, including the United States, were invited to attend.

Kim Jong-Un Finally Mentions Trump Meeting in North Korean Press

Kim Jong-Un Finally Mentions Trump Meeting in North Korean Press

North Korean state media quoted dictator Kim Jong-un as stating in talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday that his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump would be an "excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula," the first mention of the meeting in state media.

China, South Korea Demand United States Pay North Korea for Diplomacy

China, South Korea Demand United States Pay North Korea for Diplomacy

Meeting in Japan for a summit between their three nations,South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Wednesday to pressure the United States into providing North Korea economic rewards for abiding by international law, if the Kim regime chooses to do so.

Turkey Will Keep U.S. Christian Pastor in Prison Until at Least July

Turkey Will Keep U.S. Christian Pastor in Prison Until at Least July

An American pastor facing 35 years in prison in Turkey for alleged ties to terrorist groups will not have a chance to leave prison until his next hearing on July 18, the court presiding over his case decided on Monday after dismissing all witnesses assembled to defend the pastor without listening to their testimony.

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