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Russian plot in Africa has warnings for America

International | Deadly mercenary activities in the Central African Republic related to Russian hacking in the United States
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/22/18, 12:47 pm

RUSSIA: With Britain calling for stepped-up sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Skripal poisoning, this blockbuster story details the deadly mercenary activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs in the Central African Republic—and the three veteran Russian journalists apparently gunned down there last month while they tried to investigate.

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Chinese professor rebukes Xi

International | While Google’s censored search engine feeds China’s repression
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/01/18, 02:36 pm

CHINA: Beijing professor Xu Zhangrun last week delivered in essay form a fiery denunciation of President Xi Jinping, urging lawmakers to reverse a vote this year abolishing term limits for the presidency and describing “a degree of panic throughout society.” The professor wrote in concluding the rebuke (in Chinese, with a translation underw

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Russian journalists ambushed, killed in Central African Republic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/01/18, 10:41 am

Three Russian journalists were kidnapped and killed after an ambush 14 miles outside the town of Sibut in the Central African Republic, officials confirmed Tuesday. The journalists left Sibut at about 7 p.m. despite warnings from security officials. They were “kidnapped by about 10 men, all turbaned and speaking only Arabic,” said Marcelin Yoyo, a Sibut deputy official. The attackers killed the journalists and their driver ran away to inform authorities, he said.

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