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Kim Jong Un reappears

by Mickey McLean
Posted 5/01/20, 08:40 pm

Rumored dead or seriously ill, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed up at a new fertilizer factory near Pyongyang on Saturday, according to state-run media. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plant, and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of him smiling as he toured the facility.

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Government renews crackdowns in Hong Kong

Hong Kong | Mass arrests of prominent pro-democracy figures signal China’s resumed pressure
by Erica Kwong
Posted 4/28/20, 11:03 am

With global attention focused on the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong authorities arrested 15 veteran pro-democracy figures April 18 for their involvement in last year’s protest movement.

Among those arrested is the founder of the Democratic Party, 81-year-old Martin Lee. Freshly released on bail, the “father of democracy” told media that after seeing so many young people arrested and prosecuted for protests, “I feel proud to finally be able to join the outstanding youth of Hong Kong to continue our path of democracy.”

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China’s real death toll

Coronavirus | How many people really died of COVID-19 in Wuhan?
by June Cheng
Posted 4/02/20, 05:31 pm

Signs of life are returning in China after a two-month lockdown. In Chengdu, rather than being cooped up in homes, citizens can freely enter and exit apartment complexes without a temperature check. Businesses have reopened, including the city’s ubiquitous hot pot restaurants. Pastor Paul Peng of Enfu Church recently went to a restaurant to eat for the first time in months, noting he was one of only a few patrons. The owner commented that business was slow. 

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