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Ukraine’s Zelensky Visits Russian Border as Moscow Arms Up

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to his nation’s embattled Donbass region, where Russia-backed separatists have waged a years-long war to break from Kyiv, on Thursday following the death of a 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to media during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

China Admits to Major Coronavirus Outbreak in South, Fires Local Leadership

A week after news reports began surfacing of a growing Chinese coronavirus outbreak in southern Yunnan province, Chinese state media confirmed Thursday that the Communist Party chief in Ruili, the city where the outbreak began, lost his job for “serious negligence in epidemic control.”

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus watch a walrus show at Haichang Ocean Park in Wuhan on November 23, 2020. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

China Honors Dead in India Clash Nearly a Year Later

China organized the first nationwide homages on Sunday to four soldiers killed fighting Indian troops on the nations’ border in June, the first time the Communist Party had allowed such public mourning over the incident in nearly a year.

WUHAN, CHINA - APRIL 03: (CHINA OUT) People sweep tombs during Qingming Festival on April 3, 2021 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Wuhan implemented a 76 day lockdown from January 23rd to April 8th.2020.because the local government strictly defends the Covid-19 Wuhan With no recorded cases of community transmissions since …

Brazil’s Top Diplomat Quits Under Pressure from China

Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araújo resigned on Monday, shortly after accusing pro-China lawmakers of pressuring him into supporting granting compromised telecommunications company Huawei Brazil’s lucrative pending contract to build a 5G network.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo arrives to give a press conference at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia on March 2, 2021. - Araujo discussed the possibility that members of the South American Mercosur bloc -Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay- sign individual deals outside the regional trade bloc, among referring to other …

Chinese Media Depict BBC Reporters as Klansmen for Exposing Uyghur Genocide

Two of China’s largest English-language state newspapers, the Global Times and the People’s Daily, published an illustration this weekend and on Monday showing what appeared to be a BBC reporter in Ku Klux Klan garb, interviewing a scarecrow in a field worked by black slaves.

Illustration by Chinese "patriotic" artist Wuheqilin (via Weibo)

China Launches Celebrity War on Brands Rejecting Slave-Picked Cotton

A Chinese state propaganda war against Western companies launched this week continued Friday with the announcement of dozens of Chinese regime-approved celebrities canceling sponsorship deals with brands that oppose the use of Uyghur slaves to pick cotton.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: Rapper Jackson Wang Visits Music Choice on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

China Defends Purge of ‘Two-Faced’ Communist Party Officials in Uyghur Xinjiang

The Chinese Communist Party previewed the upcoming broadcast of the latest installment in its propaganda series defending the genocide of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang on Friday with a column in the Global Times explaining the phenomenon of “two-faced persons,” or Party officials who did not agree with the genocide.


Cuban ‘President’ Claims to Earn Doctorate amid Pandemic

Cuba’s second-in-command, President Miguel Díaz-Canel, claimed to have successfully defended his dissertation this week for a doctorate from the Central University of Las Villas on the topic of “Science- and Innovation-Based Governance System for the Sustainable Development of Cuba.”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 17: Miguel Diaz Canel, President of Cuba poses during a state visit to Mexico at Palacio Nacional on October 17, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)