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Seven Facts About Jamal Khashoggi's Life, Writing, and Politics

Seven Facts About Jamal Khashoggi's Life, Writing, and Politics

Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi became a figure of global importance when he disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, leading to allegations that agents from Saudi Arabia lured him to the consulate so they could murder him.

Washington Post Publishes Jamal Khashoggi’s 'Final' Column

Washington Post Publishes Jamal Khashoggi’s 'Final' Column

The Washington Post on Tuesday published the final column submitted by Jamal Khashoggi’s assistant before Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Chinese Media Urges Seoul to Lift Sanctions on North Korea

Chinese Media Urges Seoul to Lift Sanctions on North Korea

When South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday her government was thinking about lifting some sanctions on North Korea, there were fears even a purely symbolic gesture along those lines could weaken the international coalition allied against North Korea’s nuclear missile program.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Plans Visit to China

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Plans Visit to China

Chinese officials announced on Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from October 25 - 27, in concert with the 40th anniversary of the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” signed by the two nations.

Obscure Chinese Telecom Company Dominates Africa

Obscure Chinese Telecom Company Dominates Africa

Chinese telecom company Transsion has not sold a single phone in China, but it beat out heavyweight competitors like Samsung and Apple to quietly dominate the African smartphone market, a CNN report revealed Wednesday.

Hong Kong Lawmakers Walk Out to Protest Crackdown on Press Freedom

Hong Kong Lawmakers Walk Out to Protest Crackdown on Press Freedom

Over a dozen Hong Kong lawmakers staged a protest in the legislature on Wednesday, chanting “Protect press freedom!” and holding up placards reading “Free Press, No Persecution,” until security guards escorted them from the chamber.

North Korean Media Tout China’s ‘Belt and Road’

North Korean Media Tout China’s ‘Belt and Road’

South Korea’s Yonhap News on Monday noticed North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun lavishing extraordinary praise on China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, an international infrastructure program China has invested a great deal of pride and money in.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Wins Crucial Election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Wins Crucial Election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put doubts about his political future to rest on Thursday by winning an overwhelming victory over challenger Shigeru Ishiba for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, consolidating control of the party and all but ensuring another three-year term as leader of his country.

China Applauds Moon-Kim Summit, Gushes over ‘Modern’ Pyongyang

China Applauds Moon-Kim Summit, Gushes over ‘Modern’ Pyongyang

The Chinese government and its carefully controlled media professed extreme pleasure with the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un Wednesday, lavishing praise on the North Korean leader and gushing over the glimpse of North Korea’s “modern” and upscale capital city of Pyongyang.

Japan Defies China, Sends Submarine to South China Sea Naval Exercise

Japan Defies China, Sends Submarine to South China Sea Naval Exercise

Japan courted the wrath of China on Monday by announcing its submarine Kuroshio has been dispatched to join an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday, marking the first officially confirmed drill for a Japanese sub in those contested waters.

Report: Iran Arming Shiite Proxies in Iraq with Ballistic Missiles

Report: Iran Arming Shiite Proxies in Iraq with Ballistic Missiles

A report published by Reuters on Friday revealed that Iran is moving ballistic missiles into Iraq, placing the weapons in the hands of its Shiite militia proxies, in order to expand its ability to hit targets across the Middle East in a regional conflict or war against Western powers.

China Denies Reported Military Base in Afghanistan

China Denies Reported Military Base in Afghanistan

The South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday that China is constructing a military base in a remote region of Afghanistan close to Xinjiang, the troubled province where much of China’s Muslim population lives.

Iranian Military Threatens War, 'Heavy Damage' for U.S. Again

Iranian Military Threatens War, 'Heavy Damage' for U.S. Again

Gen. Rasoul Sanayee Raad, deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on Wednesday became the latest Iranian military commander to threaten military action against the United States and confidently predict Iran would emerge victorious from such a conflict.

Trump: Second Meeting with Kim Jong-Un ‘Likely’

Trump: Second Meeting with Kim Jong-Un ‘Likely’

President Donald Trump said in an interview on Monday that “a lot of good things are happening” with respect to North Korea, although he faulted China for scaling back its assistance due to trade disputes with the United States.

Chinese Museum ‘Upgrades’ by Replacing Past Leaders with Xi Jinping Propaganda

Chinese Museum ‘Upgrades’ by Replacing Past Leaders with Xi Jinping Propaganda

The Shekou Museum of China’s Reform and Opening-Up in Shenzhen, China, just emerged from a few months of renovations with an “upgraded” layout that replaces tributes to visionary President Deng Xiaoping with glowing tributes to China’s current and increasingly dictatorial leader, Xi Jinping.

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Impose Sanctions if China Buys Iranian Oil

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Impose Sanctions if China Buys Iranian Oil

Brian Hook, State Department director of policy planning and head of a special action group on Iran created this week, told a press conference on Thursday that China will not be exempt from penalties if it continues buying Iranian oil after the second, and much more strict, rounds of renewed U.S.

Feds Take Custody of New Mexico Muslim Cult Leader After Judge Orders Release on Bond

Feds Take Custody of New Mexico Muslim Cult Leader After Judge Orders Release on Bond

Jany Leveille, wife of Siraj Wahhaj and evidently the spiritual leader of his cult, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Tuesday just hours after a New Mexico judge controversially ordered all five members of the Muslim extremist group released on bond despite allegations of kidnapping, child abuse, and very likely killing a sick three-year-old child by withholding his medication.

Dean Cheng: Space Force Is Crucial Defense Against China's Attempts to 'Cripple' U.S. Satellite Infrastructure

Dean Cheng: Space Force Is Crucial Defense Against China's Attempts to 'Cripple' U.S. Satellite Infrastructure

Dean Cheng, the senior research fellow at the Asian Studies Center of the Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, joined SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and Rick Manning on Friday’s Breitbart News Tonight to discuss President Donald Trump’s “Space Force” proposal and compare it to China’s military space programs.

Trade War with U.S. Opens Rift in Chinese Leadership

Trade War with U.S. Opens Rift in Chinese Leadership

Several sources close to the Chinese government said an escalating trade war with the United States is creating serious divisions in Beijing, all the way up to the office of the seemingly unassailable President Xi Jinping, according to a Reuters report Thursday.

Exclusive -- Robert Epstein: Who Gave Private Big Tech Companies the Power to Decide What We Can See?

Exclusive -- Robert Epstein: Who Gave Private Big Tech Companies the Power to Decide What We Can See?

Dr. Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and a veteran of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall on Internet freedom, joined SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Monday’s Breitbart News Tonightto discuss the simultaneous banning of Infowars host Alex Jones by most major social media platforms.

Chinese State Media Warns U.S. Against ‘Power Games’ in Indo-Pacific

Chinese State Media Warns U.S. Against ‘Power Games’ in Indo-Pacific

China’s state-run Global Times did not enjoy Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday. A Tuesday editorial by the communist paper responded by accusing the United States of playing “power games” in the Indo-Pacific region.

Drop in North Korean Fuel Prices Suggests Sanctions Violations

Drop in North Korean Fuel Prices Suggests Sanctions Violations

An analysis of market data performed by Reuters on Tuesday found the price of fuel in North Korea declining by almost 50 percent since late March, which strongly suggests that tough sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear missile program have been systematically undermined, most likely with the assistance of China.

South Korean Politician Embroiled in Fake News Corruption Scandal Commits Suicide

South Korean Politician Embroiled in Fake News Corruption Scandal Commits Suicide

South Korean lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan, 61, evidently leaped to his death from an apartment building in Seoul on Sunday night or Monday morning. A suicide note was found in his jacket 17 stories up in which Roh apologized for his misdeeds and asked voters not to punish the Justice Party he belonged to.

Homeless Yemeni Refugees Line the Streets of South Korean Resort Island

Homeless Yemeni Refugees Line the Streets of South Korean Resort Island

When last we checked in on Jeju Island, the little South Korean resort that unexpected found itself dealing with hundreds of refugees from the brutal civil war in Yemen, the refugees were cautiously optimistic about the help they were receiving from private citizens and the South Korean government.

Russia Announces Nuclear Weapons Testing After Trump-Putin Summit

Russia Announces Nuclear Weapons Testing After Trump-Putin Summit

In addition to testing advanced weapons such as hypersonic missiles, lasers, and submersible drones, the Russian Defense Ministry announced new nuclear weapons testing this week, even as President Vladimir Putin was meeting with U.S.

North Korean Economy Shrinks 3.5 Percent Under Sanctions Pressure

North Korean Economy Shrinks 3.5 Percent Under Sanctions Pressure

According to a report from South Korea’s central bank on Friday, the North Korean economy contracted 3.5 percent in 2017 under pressure from international sanctions. It was the largest contraction of the North Korean economy in two decades.

Russia Tests ‘Invincible’ Hypersonic Cruise Missile

Russia Tests ‘Invincible’ Hypersonic Cruise Missile

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Thursday to have successfully tested the Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile, the weapon described as “invincible” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant Threat We Face as a Country’

FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant Threat We Face as a Country’

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday that investigations of Chinese espionage are open in all 50 states. “I think China, from a counterintelligence perspective, in many ways, represents the broadest, most challenging, most significant threat we face as a country,” he said.

China Could Ramp Up Iranian Oil Purchases to Blunt U.S. Sanctions

China Could Ramp Up Iranian Oil Purchases to Blunt U.S. Sanctions

The Wall Street Journal noted on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s plan to pressure Iran with renewed sanctions might have one big flaw: China. The Chinese are in a position to buy so much Iranian oil that the effect of isolating Iran from U.S.

China's Debt Imperialism Behind Montenegro's ‘Highway to Nowhere’

China's Debt Imperialism Behind Montenegro's ‘Highway to Nowhere’

Chinese companies are hard at work on building a road through the mountains to connect Montenegro’s port city of Bar with Serbia. The project is incredibly expensive, leaving Montenegro struggling to pay off titanic debt to Chinese financiers.

7 Times America Kept Talking to Russia After Severe Provocations

7 Times America Kept Talking to Russia After Severe Provocations

President Donald Trump has been roundly criticized for holding a diplomatic summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s ostensibly unforgivable “attack on democracy” by “hacking” the 2016 election.

China Suggests Trump Resolve NATO Dispute by Cutting Defense Budget

China Suggests Trump Resolve NATO Dispute by Cutting Defense Budget

China’s state-run Global Times was very taken with President Donald Trump’s declaration on Twitter that “NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS” because the current situation is “very unfair!” The United States spending less on defense sounds like a fabulous idea to aggressive expansionist China.

China Slams Pompeo’s Trip to North Korea

China Slams Pompeo’s Trip to North Korea

China’s state-run Global Times firmly took the North Korean regime’s side against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in editorials on Sunday and Monday, supporting Pyongyang’s denunciation of the message from Washington as a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.

Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Pompeo Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Monday while returning from his trip to Asia. At a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pompeo stressed that Kabul must take the lead in peace talks with the Taliban.

Japan Executes Doomsday Cult Leader for 1995 Nerve Gas Attack

Japan Executes Doomsday Cult Leader for 1995 Nerve Gas Attack

Shoko Asahara, founder of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was executed in Japan on Friday with six of his followers for perpetrating a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, along with several other crimes.

North Korean Media Shows Hard-Working Dictator Covered in Dirt

North Korean Media Shows Hard-Working Dictator Covered in Dirt

North Korean state media suddenly began depicting dictator Kim Jong-un covered in dirt this week, in a comically obvious bid to make the notoriously delicate leader appear hard-working and deeply in touch with working people.

FBI: Fourth of July Terrorist Attack Thwarted with Arrest in Cleveland

FBI: Fourth of July Terrorist Attack Thwarted with Arrest in Cleveland

A Cleveland man named Demetrius Nathanial Pitts, who wrote online under the names “Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq” and “Salah ad-Deem Osama Waleed,” was arrested by the FBI on Sunday for planning a truck bombing attack in the name of al-Qaeda on the Fourth of July.

Chinese Media: Xi Jinping Talks, Mattis Listens

Chinese Media: Xi Jinping Talks, Mattis Listens

Although Chinese media strove to portray Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as polite and productive, the condescending tone of its coverage paints a picture of Xi delivering a lecture on China’s sacred territorial rights while Mattis listened quietly.

Iranian MP: Syria and Russia ‘Will Soon Sacrifice Us’ to America and Israel

Iranian MP: Syria and Russia ‘Will Soon Sacrifice Us’ to America and Israel

Iranian Member of Parliament Behrouz Bonyadi criticized Tehran’s allies Russia and Syria in unusually harsh terms during a speech on Wednesday, essentially agreeing with the Iranian protest movement that the nation has spent too many resources in propping up Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

A senior defense official giving a background briefing to reporters on Sunday stated that the Trump administration will soon present North Korea with a “specific timeline” for denuclearization filled with “specific asks,” and will judge Pyongyang’s degree of “good faith” by how well the timeline is received.

North Korea to Hold First ‘Mass Games’ Event in Five Years

North Korea to Hold First ‘Mass Games’ Event in Five Years

According to a tour group based in Beijing, North Korea has decided to hold its “Mass Games” event for the first time in five years. The North Korean government has never explained why the games were halted in 2013 after a big show to commemorate the Korean War armistice, or why they are being relaunched now, but the obvious inference is that Pyongyang wishes to appear more open to the West and welcoming to tourists as diplomacy with the United States unfolds.

South Korea Faces Wave of Refugees from Yemen

South Korea Faces Wave of Refugees from Yemen

South Korea has long faced the possibility of dealing with a refugee crisis from North Korea if the government collapses, but a wave of refugees coming from an entirely different direction have taken Seoul by surprise and caused a political crisis.

China Mocks Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Proposal

China Mocks Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Proposal

The Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily Online had a high old time on Tuesday mocking President Donald Trump’s proposal to create a “space force” that will be “separate but equal” from the U.S.

Reports: U.S. to Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Reports: U.S. to Withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are expected to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday afternoon, according to various reports.

Trump and Kim to Discuss Details of North Korean Denuclearization

Trump and Kim to Discuss Details of North Korean Denuclearization

The United States and North Korea are scheduled to begin discussing the details of denuclearization this week. According to President Donald Trump, he will handle some of these discussions directly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by telephone.

Veteran Journalist Gunned Down in Kashmir

Veteran Journalist Gunned Down in Kashmir

52-year-old journalist Shujaat Bukhari -- founder and editor of the English-language daily paper Rising Kashmir -- was reportedlymurdered by three motorcycle-riding gunmen outside his office in the city center of Lal Chowk on Thursday evening.

President Moon’s Party Wins Big in South Korean Elections

President Moon’s Party Wins Big in South Korean Elections

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party appears to have won 14 out of 17 mayoral and gubernatorial posts plus 10 out of 12 parliamentary seats in Wednesday’s elections, based on exit polling.

North Korea Apparently Destroys Missile Test Facility

North Korea Apparently Destroys Missile Test Facility

After his summit with dictator Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, President Trump indicated the North Koreans are dismantling another facility important to their development of nuclear missiles following the purported shutdown of the Punggye-ri nuclear bomb testing site.

North Korea’s Chamber of Horrors: Oppression, Slavery, and Starvation

North Korea’s Chamber of Horrors: Oppression, Slavery, and Starvation

President Donald Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as a “funny guy” who “loves his people” on Tuesday after concluding his summit with Kim. Kim definitely has a funny way of demonstrating that love, because North Koreans are the most abused people on Earth, and that is definitely not an easy title to win.

Asian Media Reacts to Trump-Kim Summit

Asian Media Reacts to Trump-Kim Summit

News organizations across Asia responded to the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un with a mixture of cynicism and guarded optimism on Tuesday.

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