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New York Times | Oct 18, 2018

Researchers say that emissions of formaldehyde from autos and chemical and oil refineries play a larger role in China’s smog than previously known.

Time | Oct 18, 2018

A woman in rural China killed herself and her children in Hunan province after her husband allegedly faked his own death, according to Chinese police.
The 32-year-old woman’s husband, had faked his death by driving a borrowed car into a near by river. Though his body was not found, the man identified by his last name He was pronounced dead and subsequently went into hiding, according to the BBC.
Unknown to his wife, 34-year-old He hoped to use the insurance payout to support his family, which was...

Guardian | Oct 18, 2018

Fashion chain’s decision comes as it continues to face tough conditions on UK high streetNew Look is to close all its 120 shops in China by the end of the year after disappointing sales, as it continues to battle tough conditions on the UK high street.The fashion chain, which persuaded landlords to back the closure of up to 60 of its 593 UK stores and rent reductions on dozens more via an insolvency process...

Time | Oct 18, 2018

American shoppers may have to kiss goodbye to the $1 yoga pant deals with free shipping from Chinese sellers that have sprung up on EBay and other e-shopping platforms after the latest salvo in President Donald Trump’s trade war.
Trump’s ordering of the U.S. Postal Service to withdraw from an obscure 192-nation postal treaty threatens to hit American shoppers used to bargains on platforms such as EBay Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., where thousands of listings from sellers based in China hawking dirt-cheap consumer goods will likely disappear.

Guardian | Oct 18, 2018

All the day’s economic and financial news, as the World Trade Organisation rails against protectionism

Guardian | Oct 18, 2018

Shocking case sparks debate ranging from criticism of lending industry to harsh conditions for rural womenThe suicide of a woman in Hunan province who drowned herself and her two children after believing her husband had died has shocked China, prompting a national debate about life in rural areas for women.The husband, a man by the surname He, had allegedly faked his own death to escape financial debt and secure an insurance payout for his family. He is being held on suspicion of destruction of property and insurance fraud after handing himself in to police.We can’t measure this tragedy in...

Time | Oct 17, 2018

(VATICAN CITY) — South Korea’s president said he was certain peace could be achieved on the Korean Peninsula as he prepared for an audience Thursday with Pope Francis where he’s expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered remarks at a Wednesday evening “Mass for Peace” in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope’s top diplomat, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, celebrated the Mass.
In his homily, Parolin prayed for the “gift of peace” on the Korean Peninsula so “after so many years of...

New York Times | Oct 17, 2018

Recruited by Lt. Gen. Claire Chennault, Captain Smith flew over China, Vietnam and Laos on stealth Cold War missions for the American government.

Foxnews | Oct 17, 2018

No one – not even movie stars and top government officials – are safe from suddenly disappearing into the ruling Communist Party of China’s black hole.

Time | Oct 17, 2018

A Chinese vaccine manufacturer has been slapped with a $1.3 billion penalty and had its license revoked after it was found to have distributed thousands of faulty rabies vaccines earlier this year in China’s latest public health scandal.
Chinese state media said Tuesday that Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology had created defective vaccines by mixing fluids from different, and in some cases expired, batches before falsifying production dates.

Guardian | Oct 17, 2018

Experts to investigate delays that were so unprecedented the network’s handbook has no guidance on the scenarioHong Kong is investigating its worst train delay in the public transport system’s history, after a signalling failure of six hours left thousands of commuters stranded on Tuesday.MTR managing director Jacob Kam Chak-pui described the incident as so unprecedented that outside experts were being brought in. The investigation should take about two months, he said.

Guardian | Oct 17, 2018

Beijing’s message to Sweden and beyond – criticise us, and we’ll topple your agenda – won’t win it any hearts and mindsTwo days after Sweden’s election in September, a bizarre statement appeared in English on the website of the Chinese embassy in Stockholm. A “small handful of Swedish forces, media and individuals”, it said, had made “unwarranted claims” of Chinese interference in the Swedish vote. These were “groundless accusations”, and a “malicious attack and smear against China”. The...

Time | Oct 16, 2018

(SHANGHAI) — It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance and boarding powered by facial recognition technology, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Similar efforts are underway at airports in Beijing and Nanyang...

Time | Oct 16, 2018

(BEIJING) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the “modern, civilized” world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones.
The report is the ruling Communist Party’s latest effort to defend its extrajudicial detention of Central Asian Muslim minorities against mounting criticism.
China’s resistance to Western pressure over the camps highlights its growing confidence under President...

Guardian | Oct 16, 2018

Rivalry escalates amid concerns over trade, as warships nearly collide and an FBI trap angers BeijingThe US and China have shrugged off rules and constraints that have kept their 21st-century global rivalry in check, opening the way for an escalating conflict on many fronts that neither side appears willing or able to stop.Chinese officials have accused Washington of starting a new cold war, but the jostling between the two powers has already...

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