According to the indictment, the bank officials — one of whom had served in North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau — set up branches in countries around the world, including Thailand, Russia and Kuwait, and used more than 250 front companies to process US dollar payments to further the country’s nuclear proliferation program. … [Read more...] about US charges North Koreans, Chinese in $2.5B sanctions-busting scheme
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In total, five vaccines developed by Chinese companies are being tested on humans, the most in any country. Beijing has mobilized its health authorities, drug regulators and research institutes to work around the clock with local companies to come up with the world’s first successful one for Covid-19. … [Read more...] about Chinese Covid-19 vaccine expected to begin mass output this year
The Holy Mecca in Saudi Arabia is a site of monumental importance in Islam. The holy site, Kaaba, the cubic building which used to be surrounded by devotees offering prayers, now lies deserted.Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that mosques would no longer accept worshippers for the customary five daily prayers or the weekly Friday prayer, exceptional measures intended to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.The crowd, however, has reduced and only a small number of worshippers are performing the ritual called ‘Tawaf’ where they circumambulate the Kaaba. … [Read more...] about What is the right way to clean and store a face mask?
The prosecution underscores ongoing concerns about sanctions violations by North Korea. Last month, United Nations experts recommended blacklisting 14 vessels for violating sanctions against North Korea, accusing the country in a report of increasing illegal coal exports and imports of petroleum products and continuing with cyberattacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to gain illicit revenue. … [Read more...] about U.S. Charges N.Korean Bank Officials in Sanctions Case
"The way they've done that is they are the Chinese Communist Party, but they know what that communist word – the baggage it brings, and so you hear them speaking a lot about socialism with Chinese characteristics. It just sounds nicer. But we need to get past the nice language and face what we're up against," Stilwell said. … [Read more...] about ‘Muscular Chinese policy to have impact on India’