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A deliveryman walks away from the entrance of a JW Marriott hotel in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The Marriot hotel chain apologized Thursday to China's government for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey that news reports said Chinese police investigated as a possible crime. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Western Companies Bow to Chinese Bullying, Censor Mentions of Taiwan, Tibet on Websites

Marriott International was one of several companies caught up in China’s crackdown on foreign corporations that allegedly insult its territorial integrity by treating controversial or semi-autonomous regions like Tibet, Hong Kong, Macao, and especially Taiwan as separate “countries” on their websites. Days after the story broke, Marriott is still offering fulsome apologies and implementing a draconian “eight-point rectification plan” to get right with Beijing.

SR-71B Blackbird aerial reconnaissance aircraft photographed over snow capped mountains in 1995.

Return of the Blackbird: Mach 6 Spy Plane May Soon Be Ready to Fly

The fabled SR-71 Blackbird high-speed reconnaissance plane has been officially out of service since 1990, even though it might still be the fastest airplane in the sky – fast enough to outrun a North Korean missile in 1981. Judging by recent comments from a Lockheed Martin executive, the Blackbird’s long-rumored, even faster successor might be closer to going operational than anyone thought.

Japan Claims Chinese Nuclear Attack Sub Spotted Near Disputed Senkaku Islands

The Japanese military claims to have discovered a Chinese Shang-class nuclear attack submarine in the East China Sea, operating submerged near the disputed Senkaku Islands on the perimeter of Japanese territorial waters. The sub was initially detected on Thursday and then spotted again on Friday cruising on the surface and sporting a Chinese flag.

Iranian officials denied that the death of a young man in Tehran's infamous Evin prison was linked to recent protests

Death Toll in Iran Protests Rises to 25, over 400 Still Under Arrest

According to the Iranian judiciary, around 456 people remain in jail after the crackdown against the recent popular uprising, following the release of 440 “arrested rioters” over the past few days. The judiciary counted 25 deaths during the uprising, blaming them entirely on demonstrators while laughably claiming that government security forces fired no shots because they were “ordered not to use their weapons.”

RFA Discussion - Guo Wengui a Chinese billionaire businessman turned political activist

China’s Flamboyant Renegade Billionaire Battles Beijing from New York Penthouse

The New York Times published a lengthy profile on renegade Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui on Wednesday that paints a very odd portrait of a man who might be either the Communist Party’s worst nightmare, a sharp businessman using global politics to make a few bucks, or an eccentric with an appetite for media attention. Actually, none of those possibilities is exclusive, so he might be all three.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Micheal Rouwhorst, 28, prepares a shot of heroin and cocaine near the train tracks along E Tusculum St on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Hayward: Trump Claims to ‘Know the Answer’ to Drug Crisis, But Experts Disagree About Causes

2017 was the year rising mortality rates for middle-aged whites in America came onto the public and government policy radar screen, two years after a landmark study from Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case first detected the statistical spike. The causes of the White Death are complex, but it seems clear that one of the important factors is the rise of drug addiction, particularly opioids – from prescription painkillers to heroin.

Ayatollah Khamenei and Donald Trump

Trump Keeps Iran Nuclear Deal But Still Wants Changes

The Iran nuclear deal will apparently survive its latest 90-day review, despite President Trump’s frequent criticisms of the arrangement and requests for alternatives from his advisers, and the Trump administration’s strong criticism of the Iranian government’s crackdown on the recent popular uprising.

Competitors consider their next moves at the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships, the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh on December 26, 2017

Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world, and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this transformation will be an Islamic reformation in the notoriously strict kingdom.

Saudi Arabia's government has taken control of the construction giant owned by Osama Bin Laden's family

Saudi Government Takes Control of Binladin Group Construction Giant

The Saudi government has assumed managerial control of the enormous Saudi Binladin Group, the largest construction company in the nation, and may nationalize some of the group’s assets. The move is part of an anti-corruption crackdown that some view as an effort to grab money and resources for a once-profligate government in deep financial trouble, and a consolidation of power by the recently-named heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Saturday ordered extra pay for Saudi government workers and soldiers after the implementation of value-added taxation. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

Saudi Prince Fired After Criticizing Royal Arrests

Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed was named president of the Saudi Marine Sports Federation in October. His tenure came to an abrupt end after three months on Wednesday, when he was sacked over his criticism of royal arrests seen by skeptics as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s effort to consolidate power.