Syrian Pro-Government News Crew Missing One Reported Killed

Al-Ikhbariya TV cameraman Abboud Tabarah * (pictured) is feared dead as he and several others went missing on Friday (August 10) in the suburbs of Damascus.

The news crew reported missing were reporter Yarah Saleh, Tabarah and his assistant Hatem Abu Yehiah, and driver Housam Imad according to the website Reporters Without Borders.

The crew had been accompanying an army unit in al-Tal.

During the evening on Friday the TV station had lost contact with the crew as they were returning.

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China Blocks Bloomberg Website After Report On Xi Jinping’s Family

Yesterday (Friday June 29) Bloomberg News published a report investigating China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping’s extended family and their ownership worth millions in a variety of companies and property.

While Bloomberg didn’t offer any charges of wrongdoing with the holdings, apparently the fact Bloomberg ran the report was enough to block Internet users in China’s mainland from using Bloomberg’s website. Bloomberg reporters used public documents for the report.

The article titled, “Xi Jinping’s millionaire relations reveal elite Chinese fortunes” shows Jinping is in direct contradiction of what he has said, “Rein in your spouses, children, relatives, friends and staff” when speaking out against corruption and party members whose influence may serve family members from profiting through party members position and rank.

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