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The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Jacobi Niv had paid Larry King a few thousand dollars apiece to narrate half a dozen videos for companies or projects in Israel, where King is still a big name. But what Niv wanted King to tape on March 27, 2019, wasn’t the usual infomercial. It was more like a disinfomercial. An Israeli with designer clothe...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Rihanna, California, Youtube, Washington, White House, China, Russia


Document behind News Corp's 'bombshell dossier' on China coronavirus may be released … in 2023

Australia rejects freedom of information request for ‘reference paper’ that touched on Wuhan laboratory theoryIt was described as a “bombshell dossier” that detailed China’s “assault on international transparency” and gave some weight to Donald Trump’s disputed claims that the coronavirus may have leaked out of a laboratory in Wuhan.But the document that formed the basis of tabloid reports in Australia – and triggered a flurry of follow-up stories in the US and elsewhere – may not be released to...
Tags: Australia, China, US, Australia news, Foreign Policy, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Canberra, News Corporation, News Corp, Donald Trump, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak


'Apparently I have the Wuhan virus': Texas rep.

Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman who steadfastly refused to wear a mask as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The U.S. representative from Texas, where coronavirus cases have surged since the state reopened, said he tested positive in a prescreening at the White House. Gohmert was supposed to fly to his home state with fellow Republican President Donald Trump. Gohmert was on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing with U.S...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Capitol Hill, Johnson, Justice Department, Wuhan, Louie Gohmert, Hill, Barr, Biggs, Gohmert, White House Gohmert, Donald Trump Gohmert, William Barr During, Democratic Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler


'Dad's a dictator, anything goes with Mum': how masks and distancing rules are dividing Britain

What do you do when your loved ones flout the law – or nag you about going out? As lockdown eases, attitudes to Covid-19 seem more polarised than everMichael, a 35-year-old university lecturer from Sheffield, barely speaks to his brother nowadays. For years, they had been drifting apart over political differences such as Brexit. “He hates my leftwing, liberal beliefs as much as I hate his way of looking at the world,” Michael says. “We used have a pint together occasionally, or go to a match.” B...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Family, Politics, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Sheffield, Young People, Older people, Wuhan, Michael, Coronavirus outbreak


Navarro Laments The ‘Politicization’ Of Coronavirus As He Does Just That

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday griped about the politicization of the coronavirus — even as he referred to it as the “China virus” during an interview on “Fox and Friends.” After “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy brought up that some are suggesting that President Trump wants an “October surprise” with a COVID-19 vaccine that would potentially boost his re-election prospects, Navarro launched into a xenophobic rant about being fed up with the “politicization” of the coron...
Tags: Usa, News, White House, China, Fox, Usa Today, Anthony Fauci, Wuhan, Trump, Peter Navarro, State, Steve Doocy, HHS, Navarro, Wuhan China, Mike Pompeo


Coronavirus in Wuhan: The son who lost his father to Covid-19

Zhang Hai travelled to the city with his father for routine surgery just before it went into lockdown.
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China orders U.S. to shut Chengdu consulate

China has ordered the U.S. to shut down its consulate in the city of Chengdu. It's a move widely seen as equal retaliation for Washington ordering Beijing to shut down its own mission in Houston, Texas this week. The order is another sign U.S.-China ties have hit their lowest point in decades. China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday (July 24) the Chengdu closure was a fair response to what happened in Houston. "The U.S. move seriously breac...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Washington, China, America, Beijing, United States, Chinese communist party, Houston, Wuhan, Chengdu, Reuters, Nixon, Ccp, State, Foreign Ministry


NYT Publishes Op-Ed by Chinese Professor Without Disclosing Ties to Beijing

The New York Times on Wednesday published an op-ed by a Chinese scientist without noting that the professor has taken credit for helping create the Thousand Talents Program, which funds the work of foreign scientists in exchange for their agreeing to share information about their work with Beijing.In his Times op-ed, Yi Rao, a neuromolecular biologist at Peking University, lamented the death of his uncle in New York during the coronavirus pandemic. Yi claimed that his uncle would have survived i...
Tags: New York, News, China, US, Cotton, Harvard, Beijing, New York Times, The Times, Chinese communist party, Times, Justice Department, Wuhan, Trump, Tom Cotton, James Bennett


Explainer: What are the main areas of tension in the U.S.-China relationship?

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused China of a lack of transparency about the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. Trump said Chinese officials "ignored their reporting obligations" to the World Health Organization about the virus - that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally - and pressured the U.N. agency to "mislead the world." China says it has been transparent about the outbreak and the WHO has denied Trump's assertions that it pro...
Tags: News, China, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Wuhan, Trump


Fact check: Viral photo shows Obama, Fauci visiting NIH lab in 2014, not a 'Wuhan lab' in 2015

In social media posts, the photo has been taken out of context. It depicts Obama, Fauci and Sylvia Burwell visiting a U.S. lab in the D.C. area.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Fact check: Viral photo shows Obama, Fauci visiting NIH lab in 2014, not a 'Wuhan lab' in 2015

In social media posts, the photo has been taken out of context. It depicts Obama, Fauci and Sylvia Burwell visiting a U.S. lab in the D.C. area.
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Biden Says Trump Is America’s First ‘Racist’ President

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called President Trump the country’s first racist president during a virtual town hall Wednesday.“The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening,” Biden said at the virtual event organized by the Service Employees International Union when a healthcare worker brought up Trump’s habit of blaming Asians for the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has regularly referred to...
Tags: News, Washington Post, China, America, Joe Biden, Biden, Wuhan, Trump, Service Employees International Union, George Floyd, Biden Says Trump, No Democratic, Franklin -RSB- Roosevelt




US Escalates Tensions With China As It Orders Consulate In Houston Closed

BEIJING (AP) — The United States said Wednesday that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston “to protect American intellectual property” and the private information of Americans. China strongly condemned the move, the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration as it ratchets up pressure on the world’s second-largest economy over trade, technology, human rights and security. Firefighters responded to reports of papers being burned on the consulate grounds Tuesday ni...
Tags: Texas, News, California, Washington, China, US, America, Ap, Beijing, United States, State Department, Houston, Xinjiang, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Wuhan


China says U.S. told it to shut its Houston consulate

China said on Wednesday the United States had abruptly told it to close its consulate in the city of Houston, a move that Beijing said it strongly condemns, threatening retaliation. The United States gave the Chinese side a deadline of three days to close the mission in the Texas city, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated significantly since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the beginning of the y...
Tags: Texas, News, China, Beijing, United States, Houston, Wuhan


U.S. tells China to shut Houston consulate in move China calls 'unprecedented escalation'

The United States has told the Chinese consulate in Houston to shut down in three days, citing a need to protect American intellectual property and information, amid a sharp deterioration in relations between the two countries. A source said China was considering closing the U.S. consulate in the city of Wuhan. Ties between the United States and China have become increasingly tense since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan at the beginning of the year.
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Full Text of US State Department Cables Finally Released, Showing Safety In Chinese Lab

Slashdot reader destinyland writes: On April 7th, a Trump campaign advisor told the Los Angeles Times "One way we still win this election is by turning it into a referendum on China." Within weeks the Washington Post noted "reports that the Trump administration has sought to pressure U.S. intelligence agencies to search for proof of a link between the Wuhan lab and the covid-19 outbreak." And that same month selected portions of two diplomatic cables from 2018 were leaked to the Washington Post,...
Tags: Post, Washington Post, China, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Cnn, Columbia University, Wuhan, Trump, Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch, Center for Global Development, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology WIV, US State Department Cables


China's mighty Yangtze nears crest again, new floods feared

Engorged with more heavy rains, China’s mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction, as the seasonal floods that already have left 141 people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. The heavy rains are putting renewed pressure on the massive Three Gorges Dam that straddles the river upstream of the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. The official Xinhua News Agency said the rate of flow in the reservoir behind the dam would hit a record for the year...
Tags: News, China, Wuhan, Yangtze River, Hubei, Yangtze, Xinhua News Agency, Three Gorges Dam


The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food.Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market.Testing has been stepped up on incoming food shipments, and on Friday customs officials said they are halting imports from three Ecuadorian shrimp producers after tests showed the virus present in recent shipments.Auth...
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Coronavirus live news: Australia's Victoria state begins weekend in lockdown, France exceeds 30,000 deaths

San Quentin prison in US has seven deaths and 1,500 positive tests; Serbia has record 18 fatalities; Australia caps incoming flights and charges for quarantine 1.27am BST Guardian reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy writes that the former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark has been told a vaccine for Covid-19 may be years away;This isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I am told by informed sources in Geneva that it will be at least two-and-a-half years until there could be a widely available vac...
Tags: Science, Australia, France, China, US, World news, Beijing, Infectious Diseases, Serbia, New Zealand, Geneva, Victoria, Wuhan, San Quentin, Andrew Forrest, Knaus


The Latest: Texas governor warns 'things will get worse'

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says “things will get worse” in the state as more than 10,000 patients are now hospitalized with the coronavirus.The deadliest week of the pandemic yet in Texas continued Friday with 95 new deaths.On the Texas-Mexico border, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera says his rural community is trying to get a refrigerated trailer because the local funeral home can’t keep up with more than two bodies a day.Texas members of Congress are asking the Trump administration for...
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WHO advance team heads to China to set up probe into coronavirus origin

A two-member advance team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus behind a pandemic that has killed more than 550,000 people globally, the U.N. agency said on Friday. The virus is believed to have emerged in a wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year after jumping the species barrier from the animal kingdom to infect humans. The two WHO experts, specialists in animal health ...
Tags: News, China, Who, Wuhan, World Health Organization WHO, Margaret Harris, U N agency


Rescuers seek 9 people missing in central China landslide

Rescuers in central China were searching Wednesday for nine people left missing in a landslide amid widespread flooding in much of the country. The disaster struck Huangmei county in Hubei province at around 4 a.m., according to rescue services. This year’s annual floods come as China appears to have won at least a temporary victory over the coronavirus outbreak that is believed to have originated in Hubei’s provincial capital of Wuhan late last year.
Tags: News, China, Wuhan, Hubei, Huangmei county


Wuhan residents told to stay indoors again after record rainfall

City at centre of coronavirus outbreak faces new crisis as China suffers weeks of floodingPeople living in Wuhan, the central Chinese city that bore the brunt of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, have been told stay indoors once more after record rainfall prompted authorities to raise the city’s emergency response to the second highest-level.A prolonged period of heavy rain is the latest disaster to strike China, where people are only just recovering from the coronavirus outbreak. Continue rea...
Tags: China, World news, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Flooding, Wuhan


Bubonic Plague Case Emerges In China’s Inner Mongolia Region, Authorities Report

BEIJING (AP) — While China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Authorities in the Bayannur district raised the plague warning on Sunday, ordered residents not to hunt wild animals such as marmots and to send for treatment anyone with fever or showing other possible signs of infection. Plague can be fatal in up to 90% of people inf...
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Coronavirus: Former MI6 boss says theory COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab must not be dismissed as conspiracy

A former British spy chief says he wants a more open debate on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and warns against dismissing as conspiracy the idea that it might have come from a laboratory. Sir Richard Dearlove doubled down on his belief the virus that causes COVID-19 was engineered and escaped by accident from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first victims were identified. "I subscribe to the theory… that it's an engineered escapee from the Wuhan Institute (of Virol...
Tags: Science, News, Richard, Wuhan, Secret Intelligence Service, Richard Dearlove, Wuhan Institute of Virology


Asia Today: Australian state's cases spike, borders to shut

MELBOURNE, Australia — The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria recorded a death and its highest-ever daily increase in coronavirus cases on Monday as authorities prepare to close its border with New South Wales.The death of a man in his 90s brings the national death toll from COVID-19 to 105.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said of the 127 new cases, 53 were among 3,000 people who have been confined by police to their apartments in nine public housing blocks since Saturday.Australia’s Acting C...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Australia, China, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Philippines, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Melbourne, Daniel Andrews, Wuhan, Manila, Department Of Health


The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

The agency says its China office found out about the "viral pneumonia" cases from reading an online press release from the Wuhan health commission.
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Coronavirus live news: worldwide cases top 11m as US states hit fresh highs

4 July holiday weekend set to start with continued rise in infections; Brazil cases pass 1.5m; Boris Johnson defends decision to reopen pubs on Saturday. Follow all the developments liveWhat we’re learning about Covid as US states open upHow Victoria’s outbreak divided AustraliaScotland and Wales attack UK government’s shambolic travel changes 1.22am BST AFP is reporting that the World Health Organisation has changed its account of the initial stages of the early stages of the coronavirus p...
Tags: UK, Science, Wales, China, US, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Brazil, Un, Boris Johnson, World Health Organisation, Victoria, Wuhan, Hubei


WHO Quietly Changes COVID Timeline following Republican Questioning

The World Health Organization quietly changed its timeline of the coronavirus pandemic’s first days on Tuesday, clarifying that the Chinese Communist Party never informed the organization of the pandemic on December 31, despite previous claims to the contrary.In the new timeline, which the WHO says has been updated “in light of evolving events and new information,” the organization reveals that its Chinese Office “picked up” an online statement — which has since been deleted — made by the Wuhan ...
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