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China’s extensive internal spy network

International | Report reveals monitoring in Xinjiang is more detailed than previously known
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/07/19, 02:43 pm

In a mass surveillance effort that tracks personal information and private behavior, Chinese officials are keeping tabs on whether residents in the far west region of Xinjiang socialize with their neighbors or use excessive electricity, Human Rights Watch revealed in a report last week.

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Turkey builds border wall inside Syria

International | Meanwhile, the Assad regime escalates fighting in Idlib
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/03/19, 03:10 pm

SYRIA: The Assad regime with Russian air cover has carried out attacks on what was a demilitarized zone. In what’s become a familiar pattern, the Syrian army escalated attacks to defeat al-Qaeda-linked militant groups controlling Idlib, killing an estimated 50 civilians over the last two weeks and forcing thousands to flee. Kurdish forces in the northeast report that those al-Qaeda affiliates from Idlib are moving into Afrin—an area taken by Turkey last year.

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Cyclone Fani damages eastern India

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/03/19, 12:20 pm

Cyclone Fani made landfall on India’s eastern coast early Friday with torrential rainfall and winds of up to 127 miles per hour. The cyclone struck the coastal state of Odisha and later weakened to a “very severe storm” as it moved north to the state of West Bengal, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

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