US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

HONG KONG – The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies…
Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

TANZANIA – Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.” The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters in Iraq, said curfews, lockdowns…