Report: Cuba Using Dog Mauling, Grandma Beatings, Poison to Torture Political Prisoners

The human rights organization Prisoners Defenders published a study this week, based on interviews with Cuban political prisoners and other empirical data, finding that the communist regime tortures 100 percent of its political prisoners through a wide variety of tactics including beatings, starvation, sleep deprivation, rape and threats of rape, and physical attacks on their relatives.

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Ex-China CDC Head Says Wuhan Lab Accident a Possibility

The former head of China’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), Gao Fu (or George Gao), told the BBC in a podcast published on Tuesday that scientists should not rule out the possibility that the Wuhan coronavirus began spreading as a result of a laboratory leak.

Inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan in 2017.BY

China Promises to Pour Money into Rebuilding Post-War Ethiopia

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang vowed on Friday that his country would invest heavily in the “post-war reconstruction” of Ethiopia, which recently exited a two-year war between its government, supported by neighboring Eritrea, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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Canada Prepares to Fight Chinese Interference in June Elections

Canada is preparing for a fresh round of elections next month by empowering a task force to prioritize fighting foreign interference and ordering its spy service to promptly disclose threats to any candidates — moves Ottawa deems necessary as evidence mounts of expansive Chinese government operations to influence Canadian politics.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)