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Xi Jinping Personally Oversees Firing of 40 Officials over Vaccine Scandal

Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping personally presided over a hearing, along with the highest-ranking members of the Communist Party, on the dissemination of hundreds of thousands of faulty vaccines made in China by the company Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Limited on Thursday.

A picture taken on March 12, 2017, shows an Iranian tanker and a South Korean (R) tanker docking at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island on the shore of the Gulf

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Impose Sanctions if China Buys Iranian Oil

Brian Hook, State Department director of policy planning and head of a special action group on Iran created this week, told a press conference on Thursday that China will not be exempt from penalties if it continues buying Iranian oil after the second, and much more strict, rounds of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran go into effect in November.

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China Mulls Plan to Tax Adults Under 40 for ‘Reproduction Fund’

A Chinese academic report published this week suggested the nation should begin taxing all adults under 40 and using their money for a “reproduction fund” that would benefit families with more than one child in an attempt to raise birth rates, triggering widespread outrage.

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Hajj 2018: Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca Begins amid Saudi Diplomatic Turmoil

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj, which observant Muslims are supposed to make at least once during their lives, officially begins on August 19. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia, which is currently embroiled in serious disputes with Muslim nations such as Qatar, Iran, and Yemen, as well as Western countries with Muslim citizens who wish to make the pilgrimage, most notably Canada.

Choe Ryong Hae, center left, a vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party, shakes hands with Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song, center right, as a delegation arrives at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. The delegation of North Korean officials headed by one of …

North Korea Sends Second-in-Command to Cuba amid Denuclearization Talks

North Korea sent its vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North’s Workers’ Party Choe Ryong-hae, considered second in power only to dictator Kim Jong-un, to Cuba this week to reinforce bilateral ties as denuclearization talks continue with the United States.

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Witness: Publicist Who Sent Don Jr. Infamous Russia Email Known to Write ‘Clueless’ Messages

Rob Goldstone, the English publicist and music manager who sent the much publicized email to Donald Trump Jr. claiming to possess incriminating information on Hillary Clinton that originated with Russia’s nonexistent “Crown Prosecutor” is known to write “clueless” messages, according to a former associate who was also present at the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

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Israel’s Shin Bet Chief Issues Warning Over Truce with Hamas

The head of the Shin Bet security agency has warned cabinet ministers that excluding the Palestinian Authority from a long-term ceasefire deal between Israel and the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip will send a message that terrorism is rewarded, Israeli television reported Thursday.

Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson (R), escorted by Turkish plain clothes police officers as he arrives at his house on July 25, 2018 in Izmir. - A Turkish court on July 25, 2018 ruled to place under house arrest an American pastor who has been imprisoned for almost two years on …

Brownback on Brunson: U.S. Will ‘Continue to Apply the Pressure’ Until His Release

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said this week that the Trump administration would continue to put pressure on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through sanctions and other means until American citizen and pastor Andrew Brunson is released from house arrest and returned to the United States.

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U.S. Opioid Crisis Deadlier Than Global Terrorism in 2017, Say Feds

Drug overdoses, primarily driven by opioids like fentanyl and heroin, killed an unprecedented 72,287 people in the United States in 2017–proving to be more lethal than terrorist attacks across the world during the same period, a Breitbart News analysis of U.S. government data shows.

Photo released by the Taos County Sheriff's Office shows a view of a compound in Amalia, New Mexico, where police rescued 11 children and arrested two armed "extremists"

New Mexico Cult Update: Black Magic, Resurrection, and Immigration Violations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that Jany Leveille, the apparent spiritual leader of the New Mexico compound where a group of Muslim extremists held 11 starving children and evidently killed a small child, is an illegal alien from Haiti who overstayed her visa by over 20 years.