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International loans, with strings attached

China | Some poorer nations are growing wary of generous Chinese investments
by June Cheng
Posted 8/23/18, 09:56 am

During a five-day trip to Beijing this week, the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, took a strong stance against further Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation, canceling $22 billion worth of China-backed infrastructure projects. Malaysia is the latest country to adopt a cautious view of generous Chinese investments as poor countries fall into China’s debt trap.

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Malaysia jails former leader, robber baron

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/03/18, 11:08 am

Malaysian police arrested former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, punctuating the downfall of one of the country’s wealthiest political families. Authorities accuse Najib of stealing billions of dollars from a state investment fund he set up when he took power in 2009. Police have seized truckloads of luggage filled with cash, jewelry, and designer bags worth $272 million from his home and other properties. Najib’s father and uncle served as Malaysia’s second and third prime ministers, respectively.

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Facing genocide in Syria

International | Turkish-linked forces are chasing Christians and Yazidis from their homes under the guise of fighting terrorists
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/30/18, 03:07 pm

SYRIA: Over the weekend we received new eyewitness reports that Turkish forces who carried out a spring offensive in Afrin, a border enclave inside Syria, forced tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis to flee. Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which includes ex-ISIS militants, have taken over their homes and other areas. This is the latest example of “fighting terrorists” used as a cover for ethnic and religious cleansing.

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