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360 Warning Shots Fired at Russian Plane

South Korea, Japan claim A-50 violated airspace over East Sea island

(Newser) - South Korea says it fired 360 warning shots early Tuesday as Russia violated its airspace for the first time in a confrontation involving four countries. South Korea's defense ministry claims two Russian Tu-95 bombers and two Chinese H-6 bombers spent some 24 minutes together in the Korea Air Defense... More »

Arrival of 'Triads' Doesn't Bode Well in Hong Kong

Organized gangs go after pro-democracy demonstrators

(Newser) - Unrest in Hong Kong reached a disturbing new level over the weekend, with a mob of men clad in white shirts brutally attacking pro-democracy demonstrators in black shirts at a subway station. Police didn't intervene in the beatings, which followed a major protest in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, China sent... More »

Swimmer Won't Share Podium With Winner

Australia's Mack Horton has accused China's Sun Yang of doping

(Newser) - Chinese swimmer Sun Yang edged Australia's Mack Horton to win a race at a world tournament in South Korea, but the real drama came afterward. Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, whom he has previously accused of sports doping, reports the Australian . Asked why he made the... More »

Amid Hong Kong Protests, Mystery Attack on Subway

Attackers wear white as they ambush commuters

(Newser) - Hong Kong's protest movement took a violent turn Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters after a massive march continued late into the evening, and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who apparently were targeting pro-democracy demonstrators, the AP reports. The firing of the tear gas was... More »

Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a 'Racist Disgrace'

He brought up US race relations in defense of Xinjiang policy

(Newser) - Former national security adviser Susan Rice called a Chinese diplomat a "racist disgrace" after he brought up race relations in Washington, DC, while defending China's detention of an estimated 1 million Muslims in Xinjiang province. In a now-deleted tweet, Zhao Lijian said: "If you’re in Washington... More »

Peter Thiel: Google Made 'Seemingly Treasonous' Choice

He calls for the FBI, CIA to investigate the company

(Newser) - Silicon Valley bigwig Peter Thiel spoke at the nationalism-focused National Conservatism Conference on Sunday night, and he suggested the government place a big target on Google's back. Axios reports that the PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member called for the FBI and CIA to investigate the search giant over... More »

China's Growth Slumps Amid Trade War With US

It's now at its lowest level in at least 26 years

(Newser) - Chin a's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington . The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the... More »

China Breaks Silence on Unrest in Hong Kong

Beijing condemns 'serious illegal acts' by protesters

(Newser) - China's government strongly backed Hong Kong's embattled administration Tuesday, saying pro-democracy protesters who occupied and vandalized the city's legislature committed "serious illegal acts" that endangered the social order. Chinese state media broadcast video of police in Hong Kong clearing protesters from the streets earlier in the... More »

In Trump-Xi Meeting, a 'Surprising Move' by Trump

President says trade talks are back on, appears to reverse ban on US companies selling to Huawei

(Newser) - What had been dubbed a "most suspenseful meeting" between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit is now over, and by Trump's account, the meeting went well. So well, in fact, that trade talks between the US and China are now... More »

Mac Pro Production Moves to China

Computer had been built in Texas plant

(Newser) - Apple says its new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the US and includes American-made components. But it will no longer be built in the US. With trade tensions between the US and China worsening, Apple is cranking up production of the $6,000 desktop computer at a factory... More »

China Will Make Big Demand of Trump

Xi Jinping reportedly wants tariffs nixed and Huawei ban lifted to jump-start trade talks

(Newser) - There's a sliver of hope trade talks may resume between the US and China and that a trade war could soon be over, but China has some demands first. The Wall Street Journal reports Robert Lighthizer, the chief US trade representative, is set to meet with his Chinese equivalent... More »

Feds Charge Shooting Victim With Contempt

'I just said I want to remain silent'

(Newser) - Deshawn Danzler is tight-lipped even by the standards of the "no snitch code" of Chicago gangs—in a grand jury hearing last month, he not only refused to say who shot him in his apartment in June 2015, he refused to confirm that he had been shot. The 24-year-old... More »

Missing Teacher Found Buried Under School Track

His son says it's all about official corruption

(Newser) - A teacher missing for over 16 years has finally turned up—buried right out in the schoolyard, the BBC reports. Police in China say they've found the remains of Deng Shiping under the track of a school sports facility he wouldn't approve because he thought it was poorly... More »

From Interpol Ex-President Who Vanished in China, a Confession

Chinese court says Meng Hongwei admitted taking $2M in bribes

(Newser) - Former Interpol President Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a hearing. That move... More »

China Forcefully Harvests Organs From Detainees, Tribunal Finds

Independent group calls practice 'unmatched wickedness'

(Newser) - China is harvesting organs from detainees in prison camps to feed a $1 billion transplant business, an international tribunal has found. More than 1.5 million people are being held in the camps, and some of them are being killed for their organs, NBC reports. In London, the independent China... More »

Estimated 2M Hit the Streets of Hong Kong

This protest seems far from over

(Newser) - Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony, the AP reports. Nearly 2 million of the city'... More »

Man Who Fled US After Graduation: 'College Ruined My Life'

Student loan debt made living in America unbearable for Chad Albright, and others

(Newser) - You just graduated college. What are you doing next? The answer was not "going to Disney" for these three grads profiled by CNBC —it was fleeing to Ukraine, Japan, and even a jungle in India, all to escape the crushing debt from their student loans back in the... More »

China Blames 'Foreign Forces' for Massive HK Protest

Leader says she won't scrap extradition bill

(Newser) - Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam was unswayed by one of the biggest protests in the territory's history. Lam announced Monday that a controversial bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China for the first time will not be scrapped despite widespread opposition, the BBC reports. A crowd estimated... More »

Sea of Protesters Stuns Hong Kong

They're protesting a law against extradition to China

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China where they could face politically charged trials, the AP reports. The massive demonstration took place three days before the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's... More »

Hong Kongers Hold Huge Vigil on Tiananmen Anniversary

Organizers say 180K attended

(Newser) - Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong gathered Tuesday night to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, underscoring continuing concern for Chinese human rights in the semi-autonomous territory, even as its own civil liberties are under threat . Hong Kong is the only... More »

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