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Hong Kong Formally Reprimands Journalist for Asking WHO Official About Taiwan

The government of Hong Kong officially reprimanded Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reporter Yvonne Tong on Thursday, accusing her of violating the “One China” doctrine by asking World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director Bruce Aylward about Taiwan in an interview that became a viral sensation, and a global outrage, when Aylward refused to answer the question.

Yvonne Tong, interviewer (L), and Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general (R)

Syrian Kurds Struggle to Contain Islamic State Prison Riots

Islamic State militants on Monday night staged their second prison riot in 24 hours at the holding facility in Hasakah, a city in northeastern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces. Kurdish officials said they narrowly avoided a “catastrophe” and warned they are having increasing difficulty controlling the ISIS prison population. 

A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) monitors on Surveillance screens, prisoners who are accused of being affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, at a prison in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on October 26, 2019. - Kurdish sources say around 12,000 IS fighters including Syrians, Iraqis …

Xi Jinping Flees to Chinese Wetlands for Environmentalism Photo Op

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping made a rare public appearance on Tuesday at a wetlands reserve in eastern Zhejiang province to promote “protecting ecological environment,” failing to address reports that Beijing’s Chinese coronavirus data is significantly underreporting the extent of the epidemic there.

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with Russia's Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 17, 2018. (Photo by MADOKA IKEGAMI / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MADOKA IKEGAMI/AFP via Getty Images)