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  • Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 17, 2020 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 17 Apr 2020
  • The Week In Russia: The Coronavirus And Kremlin Control RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- When Russian President Vladimir Putin was cracking down on opponents, critics, and protesters dismayed by his return to the Kremlin in 2012, I asked the human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva how far he would go -- and how close to the murderous methods used by dictator Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders.
  • Arrested Top Ukrainian Security Officer 'Planned Interior Minister's Assassination' RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- A top security official in Ukraine who was arrested for alleged collaboration with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is suspected in plotting the assassination of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
  • China Pushes Coal Power to Fight Economic Slump Radio Free Asia 17 Apr 2020 -- Environmental advocates are raising alarms about China's plans to build more coal-fired power plants as the government pursues economic recovery.
  • US Warned Israel of Coronavirus Outbreak in China in November, but 'Nothing Was Done' - Report Sputnik 17 Apr 2020 -- An earlier ABC News report stated that US intelligence officials had warned the military and White House about the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in China as far back as late November 2019, with the Pentagon denying the "product/assessment" existed.
  • Upcoming NPC sessions 'the first step' to two sessions, as China moves toward normalcy Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- The next session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) will be held in Beijing from April 26 to 29, the first step to the national two sessions, sources said. While Chinese President Xi Jinping's inspection of Wuhan on March 10 signaled the success of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic in the heavily hit province of Hubei, the opening of the "two sessions" indicates China is walking toward normalcy, which are milestone indicators of the country's epidemic battle.
  • What's next for China after record 6.8% GDP fall? Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- China on Friday provided the clearest and most complete picture yet of the economic cost of the deadly coronavirus, which has so far taken 4,642 Chinese lives. With first-quarter GDP shrinking 6.8 percent, the first decline since 1992 when quarterly data began to be reported, the damage amounts to an eye-popping 1.44 trillion yuan ($203.4 billion) in lost output, equivalent to the entire New Zealand economy in 2018.
  • US 'black hands' behind HK education shows need for national security law Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- The Fulbright Program - a flagship interna-tional educational exchange program of the US Department of State in China's Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) - has become a major platform for training students as part of anti-mainland forces while intervening in local education and manipulating important courses of higher education, local media reports said, reflecting "black hands" of the US behind of chaos in the city and that passage of the national security law is highly necessary, analysts said.
  • China-Kazakhstan ties unaffected by online article amid joint fight against pandemic: Chinese envoy Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- China and Kazakhstan are joining hands in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, and friendly relations between the two would not be affected at all by a minor episode caused by an online article by some we-media, the Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
  • China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for 17th lunar day PLA Daily 17 Apr 2020 -- The lander and rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have resumed work for the 17th lunar day on the far side of the moon after "sleeping" during the extremely cold night.
  • Taiwan warns against nationals working for CPC-affiliated agencies CNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Taiwan warned Friday of legal action against Taiwanese citizens working for China-based media outlets with links to the Communist Party of China (CPC), after an incident that came to light at a recent White House news briefing.
  • Taiwan DPP exploiting COVID-19 to attack WHO 'doomed to fail' Global Times 17 Apr 2020 -- The Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority has targeted the World Health Organization (WHO), seeking "Taiwan independence" by using the COVID-19 pandemic. Such an attempt is doomed to fail, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said, following the Taiwan authority's accusation that the WHO "refused to act" on an email it sent four months ago concerning the possible human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.
  • Mainland condemns Taiwan's DPP authority for using COVID-19 to seek independence People's Daily 17 Apr 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson Friday denounced the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan for taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to seek independence.
  • U.S.-Russian Crew Lands Safely In Kazakhstan After More Than 200 Days In Space RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- Three members of the U.S.-Russian crew have returned to Earth after spending several months at the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Ruling Party Lecturers Admit COVID-19 is Spreading in North Korea, Contradicting Official Claims Radio Free Asia 17 Apr 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have been telling citizens in public lectures that there were confirmed coronavirus cases within the reclusive country's borders as early as late March, contradicting Pyongyang's claims that it remains free of the epidemic that has spread to all of its neighbors, RFA has learned.
  • Kim's Absence at North Korean National Holiday Drives Health Problem Suspicions Sputnik 17 Apr 2020 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been absent from several important state functions recently, including the Day of the Sun this past Wednesday, leading experts to speculate as to why. While some believe he might be sick, most think it's an effort to distance himself from previous leaders.
  • Rouhani: Iran should sell-off crude oil IRNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday urged the petroleum minister to accelerate its stabilization polices to increase the production of petroleum products through selling off the crude oil as much as possible.
  • Russia says US continuing to violate Iran nuclear deal IRNA 17 Apr 2020 -- Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the United States continues to violate a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran – known as JCPOA – despite widespread appeal by the international community to save the deal.
  • Firefighters Battle New Blazes In Ukraine's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- More than 1,000 firefighters have been sent to extinguish new fires that broke out in the radiation-contaminated area around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant.
  • Cambodia's Senate Approves State of Emergency Law as UN Expert Warns of its Risks to Rights Radio Free Asia 17 Apr 2020 -- Legislation authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Cambodia risks violating the right to privacy, free speech, and peaceful assembly, a United Nations expert said Friday, as lawmakers gave their final approval of the bill.
  • Tajik President's Son Becomes Chairman Of Parliament's Upper Chamber RFE/RL 17 Apr 2020 -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's eldest son has become the chairman of the parliament's upper chamber, known as the Majlisi Milli.



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