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    Apple, accused of supporting Chinese censorship, faces new criticism: NPR

    Protesters say Apple has kept tools that help circumvent censorship in China out of its app store inside the country. He now faces pressure from Chinese citizens who are not happy with it. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: When a man hung banners on a Beijing overpass in October to protest the government, an army of censors […] More

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    Invest in courageous and progressive journalism

    The fight for democracy persists as we enter the second half of 2022. As the year progresses, we face lies, corruption and violence. So the fight for America will continue as Senate Republicans work to stop Democrats from passing even the most popular measures under President Biden. As prices soar across the country and our […] More

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    The West will have to negotiate with Russia whether it likes it or not – Lavrov

    The Western world will see a “very serious reduction” in its ability to “steer the global economy” in the near future and will have to negotiate with Russia, according to the country’s foreign minister. Sergei Lavrov, foreign minister since 2004, made the comments on Monday, according to Russia CASS Press Agency. He said: “In the […] More

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    Central bank chief urges companies to raise wages by 5-7%

    Klaas Knot. Photo: De Nederlandsche Bank Dutch central bank president Klaas Knot has called on companies to raise wages, saying their profits are enough to deserve a decent pay raise. A pay rise of between 5% and 7%, coupled with the government’s energy price cap, would be enough to cushion the impact of the price […] More

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    The will of the people will be damned, Ron DeSantis appoints ousted judge to a higher post

    (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Getty Images) Next time a right-winger tries to trick you into thinking he cares about democracy, I want you to remember this story. (Well, also everything about Moore v. Harper.) Because it’s pretty clear that the only thing that motivates conservatives is to amass enough power to impose their will on the […] More

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    Bellingcat journalist who exposed Kremlin crimes wanted by Russia.

    The Russian Interior Ministry has placed Bulgarian investigative journalist Christo Grozev on its wanted list, Mediazona, a Russian news outlet, reported on Dec. 26, citing the ministry’s database. It is not known under which article of the Criminal Code Grozev is wanted, according to the publication. Grozev is the Principal Russia Investigator at Bellingcat, a […] More

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    ‘A step change’: Biden overturns decades of China trade policy

    “I worry about what the House might do” about Chinese investment screening, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), sponsor of the Senate outbound investment bill, said on Capitol Hill in November. . Free traders have the opposite concern. As the Biden administration and Congress try to reduce their exposure to the Chinese economy, lawmakers like Murphy are […] More

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    South Korea lifts ban on imported sex dolls

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has officially lifted a ban on imports of full-body sex dolls, ending years of debate about government interference in privacy. Although there are no laws or regulations prohibiting the importation of sex dolls, hundreds, if not thousands, have been seized by customs, who cited a clause in the […] More

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    Russian Navalny accuses authorities of using prison to break his health

    Jailed Kremlin critic says his back pain is getting worse Navalny says he is injected with unknown drugs Dec 26 (Reuters) – Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Monday he was suffering from back pain aggravated by long periods of solitary confinement which he said was part of a deliberate strategy by authorities […] More

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    Katie Hobbs asks judge to re-sanction Kari Lake’s lawyers

    Kari Lake (Screenshot via YouTube) Governor-elect of Arizona Katie Hobbs (D) asked a judge on Monday to sanction his defeated rival Lake Kari (R) and his attorneys for filing a ‘frivolous’ lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2022 Grand Canyon State gubernatorial midterm election. “Courts are established by the Arizona Constitution and statutes […] More

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    China’s COVID cases overwhelm hospitals

    BEIJING, Dec 26 (Reuters) – In more than three decades of emergency medicine, Beijing doctor Howard Bernstein said he had never seen anything like it. Patients arrive at his hospital in ever-increasing numbers; almost all are elderly and many are very sick with symptoms of COVID and pneumonia, he said. Bernstein’s account mirrors similar testimonies […] More

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    Jan. 6 panel’s package bolsters DoJ’s case against Trump, experts say | Attack on the United States Capitol

    After 18 months of investigation into Donald Trump’s drive to reverse his 2020 election defeat, the House Committee on the Jan. 6 Uprising has provided the Justice Department with a comprehensive legal roadmap as it is pursuing possible criminal charges against the former US president. Amid reports the panel is already cooperating with the DoJ […] More

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