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Former NBAer Fined for Not Looking at China Flag

Guerschon Yabusele plays for the CBA now, says he was praying before game

(Newser) - Guerschon Yabusele, who played with the Boston Celtics for two seasons before moving to a professional team in China, was hit with a "serious warning"—and a $1,400 fine—for not looking at the Chinese flag while the country's national anthem was played before the Nanjing... More »

China Bans Foreign Computers

By 2022, all foreign tech must be out of government offices and public institutions

(Newser) - Within three years, there won't be a Dell computer or Microsoft software to be found inside China's government offices. Beijing has ordered all foreign computer equipment and software be eliminated from government offices and public institutions by 2022, reports the Guardian , which notes the move will likely be... More »

Plan to Edit Baby Genes May Have 'Created New Mutations'

MIT Technology Review is far from impressed

(Newser) - Looks like a highly controversial attempt to create HIV-immune babies didn't work out and may have even gone wrong, the Guardian reports. This according to an MIT Technology Review report on the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who sparked outcry with his plan to edit the embryonic genes... More »

California Student Sues TikTok

Class-action suit says video-sharing app has 'vacuumed up' user data, sent to China

(Newser) - In March or April of this year, Palo Alto college student Misty Hong says she downloaded the TikTok app, designed to create and share short videos. Now her complaints against the service have turned into a class-action lawsuit, alleging that TikTok has secretly taken user data and transferred it without... More »

China Retaliates for America's New Hong Kong Law

US military visits to Hong Kong banned

(Newser) - China said Monday it will suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats... More »

Teen Posts About 'Another Holocaust,' Gets Banned

Feroza Aziz talked about more than beauty in TikTok video

(Newser) - TikTok's decision to ban a US teenager and suddenly reverse course didn't pass unnoticed on Thanksgiving Day. "TikTok is trying to cover up this whole mess," Feroza Aziz, 17, tells the Washington Post . "I won't let them get away with this." It all... More »

China Furious After Trump Signs 2 Hong Kong Bills

Beijing threatens 'countermeasures' for 'evil' laws

(Newser) - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong held a rally Thursday night to thank President Trump for signing two bills supporting human rights in the territory —but the central government in Beijing was furious. China's Foreign Ministry accused the US of backing "violent criminals" and warned that "countermeasures"... More »

Trump Signs a Bill That Might Upset China

The president supports pro-democracy activists

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at supporting human rights and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, the AP reports. Trump signed the bills, which were approved by near unanimous consent in the House and Senate, even as he expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out... More »

He Was Filming a Reality Show. Then: 'I Can't Carry On'

Godfrey Gao dies after collapsing during 'Chase Me' competition in China

(Newser) - An actor's death in China during filming of a reality show that pushes contestants to their physical limits has been met with uproar. Godfrey Gao, a 35-year-old actor and the first Asian male model signed by Louis Vuitton, collapsed from an apparent heart problem Wednesday in Ningbo while filming... More »

In Hong Kong Election, a 'Big Slap in the Face'

Pro-democracy candidates win big in 'political message to the government,' China

(Newser) - On Sunday, about 75% of eligible voters turned up to cast ballots in the Hong Kong election—per the BBC , nearly 3 million people came out, compared to 1.4 million in 2015—and by the time voting was over, anti-government advocates were celebrating a big win. Reuters reports pro-democracy... More »

Hong Kong Election Has Already Broken a Record

And pro-democracy candidates are surging

(Newser) - Partial returns show that pro-democracy candidates won nearly half of the seats in Hong Kong's local elections as voters sent a clear signal of support for the anti-government protests that rocked the Chinese territory for more than five months, the AP reports. A record 71% of the city's... More »

Secret Documents Blow Lid Off Hidden China Policy

Beijing is detaining ethnic minorities 'before they commit a crime'

(Newser) - The watch towers, double-locked doors, and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there "to prevent escapes." Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet, scores... More »

Trump: I Stopped China From Attacking Hong Kong

'We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi. He’s a friend of mine'

(Newser) - President Trump didn't just talk about impeachment in his long phone-in to Fox & Friends Friday morning. He also touched on the unrest in Hong Kong , with some surprising statements. "If it weren't for me, Hong Kong would've been obliterated in 14 minutes," Trump said,... More »

Doctors Improvise to Save Sick Plane Passenger

It involved a makeshift catheter made of straws

(Newser) - It was 10 hours into a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to New York on Tuesday, and the crew suddenly had a problem: an elderly man who said he couldn't urinate, had a swollen stomach, and had broken into a cold sweat. Two doctors answered the call for... More »

Ex-UK Consulate Staffer Says He Was Tortured in China

Simon Cheng says interrogators demanded information on Hong Kong protests

(Newser) - A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory. Simon Cheng said in an online statement and media interviews that he was hooded, beaten, deprived of sleep, and... More »

China Threatens to Retaliate After Senate Passes Hong Kong Bill

Measures supports human rights in territory

(Newser) - The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar legislation.... More »

China Troops Emerge in Hong Kong—With Brooms

Much-anticipated moment wasn't so scary after all

(Newser) - Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday—not to quell protests but to help clean up, the AP reports. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of the semiautonomous territory, where the local government’s inability to... More »

2 People in China Contract the Plague

Couple diagnosed with pneumonic plague, the most serious form

(Newser) - The New York Times is reporting on "fears of an outbreak" of plague—and, no, you haven't traveled back in time. On Tuesday, officials in China announced that two people had been diagnosed with pneumonic plague, which the CDC calls the most serious of three forms of the... More »

Attacker Scaled Kindergarten Wall, Sent 54 to Hospital: Cops

Chinese suspect reportedly sought revenge on society

(Newser) - More than 50 children were injured at a kindergarten in China on Monday when an attacker sprayed the room with sodium hydroxide or lye. Three teachers and 51 children suffered injuries in the afternoon attack in Kaiyuan, Yunnan province, though none were life-threatening, reports CNN . The state-run Xinhua agency identified... More »

In 68 Seconds, $1B in Online Sales

China's Singles Day, world's biggest shopping event, was biggest by far this year

(Newser) - The 11th annual Singles Day has made Black Friday and Cyber Monday look quaint. CNBC reports the world's largest 24-hour shopping event took place Monday, and for Alibaba, it broke an e-commerce record, surpassing last year's record of almost $30.5 billion before the day was even through.... More »

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