China Eyes Banning Foreign Online News

The Chinese government will potentially block foreign current affairs content from being shown in the country, according to draft regulations from its National Radio and Television Administration.

The regulations, obtained Thursday by Reuters, will clamp down on what kinds of shows may be aired on domestic television stations or online video platforms. Current affairs shows were singled out as being barred from the country.

Also forbidden by the draft regulations were foreign content that contains violence, terrorism, incitement to crime, endangerment of social stability or material deemed harmful to national sentiment. The regulations also target film and animation. The Chinese government is in the midst of a push to restrict online content.

Source : VOA


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Ex-Malaysian PM Hit with 25 New Charges in 1MDB Looting Scandal

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing more than two dozen new charges related to the 1MDB embezzlement scandal, which led to the stunning defeat of his ruling party in May.

Prosecutors charged Najib with four counts of corruption and 21 counts of money laundering during a court appearance Thursday, one day after he was arrested for a third time in the case. He is accused of funneling $ 681 million dollars from the 1MDB state investment fund into his personal bank account. Najib pleaded not guilty to the new charges during Thursday’s hearing. He previously said the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

Najib is now facing a total of 32 charges in the embezzlement scandal. The earlier charges include criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering involving claims that he transferred about $ 10 million of funds from a subsidiary of 1MDB into his bank accounts.

Najib had pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges.

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Pompeo: US Ready to Restart Talks With North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed the “important commitments” made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit with his South Korean counterpart this week.

North Korea announced it would disassemble its nuclear missile test complex under a comprehensive agreement reached by the leaders of the two rival Koreas.

Pompeo said Wednesday that he had invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to meet with him in New York at next week’s United Nations General Assembly.

He also said Pyongyang’s representatives have been invited to hold talks with the U.S. special envoy for North Korea in Austria “at the earliest opportunity.”

Source : VOA


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