Fentanyl surpasses heroin as deadliest drug in US

The synthetic drug, fentanyl, has surpassed heroin as the deadliest drug in the United States, taking more than 18,000 lives in 2016, federal health officials say.

DOJ: China poses serious national security threat

(12 Dec 2018) U.S. national security officials say China’s cyber threats and the theft of intellectual property from American companies pose one of the largest economic and national security challenges for the United States. (Dec. 12)

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AP: extradition hearing could be next for Meng

(12 Dec 2018) A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is accused of selling equipment to Iran. She must stay in or around Vancouver. An extradition hearing could be her next legal step. (Dec. 12)

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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou gets bail

(12 Dec 2018) A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request. Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, has to wear an ankle bracelet and stay in Vancouver and its suburbs. (Dec. 12)

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Expert asks will China keep it’s cool on Huawei?

(10 Dec 2018) China is upping the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets. (Dec. 10)

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Global arms trade

Videographic on the arms trade. Russia has overtaken Britain to become the world’s second biggest arms producer behind the United States, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said in a report published on Monday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Huawei case: media wait in front of court

Media teams wait outside a Vancouver court as a hearing takes place of the financial director of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, who was arrested in Canada at the request of the United States. Meng Wanzhou is suspected of lying about one of the group’s subsidiaries to gain access to the Iranian market by circumventing US sanctions. IMAGES

Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking

Uzbek farmers are on the front lines of an ambitious state-led winemaking drive in the majority-Muslim country. A decree published by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s office in February calls for an increase in wine exports of more than 60 percent by the end of 2021, aiming to cultivate varieties from France, Italy, Chile and the United States, along with the traditional varieties native to the former Soviet countries of the Caucasus.

Art Basel kicks off on Miami Beach

Considered the largest contemporary art fair in the United States, Art Basel brings international collectors, artists and gallery owners together – triggering a week of art-related events in Miami.

US to suspend arms pact over Russia’s ‘cheating’

(4 Dec 2018) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will suspend its obligations under a landmark nuclear treaty in 60 days in response to Russia’s alleged violations of the pact. (Dec. 4)

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