APPLE’S IBOOKS, ITUNES MOVIES MYSTERIOUSLY SUSPENDED IN CHINA; CUSTOMERS WANT REFUNDS


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Apple has not issued any statement to customers in China about the status of the services, but many users report that they have been unable to connect to the movie service and iBooks since April 15.

A Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman said: “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” but she would not elaborate on why the services were unavailable.

The Chinese government has not issued any statement on the matter. However, the New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, said the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television had ordered the services offline, though it was unclear why.

http://www.infowars.com/apples-ibooks-itunes-movies-mysteriously-suspended-in-china-customers-want-refunds/

 

N. KOREA FIRES SHORT-RANGE MISSILE INTO SEA OF JAPAN – REPORT


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The missile was fired from the North Korean resort town at Wonsan at 5:40 p.m. (08:40 GMT) and flew northeast over the sea for about 200km (124 miles) before it appeared to make contact with land, Yonhap reported.

It comes just one week after the North reportedly launched additional short-range missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan.

Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.

http://www.infowars.com/n-korea-fires-short-range-missile-into-sea-of-japan-report/

Beijing rejects Vietnam protest over South China Sea landing


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A Chinese “test flight” landed on Fiery Cross reef, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in an online statement late Saturday. Vietnam also claims the reef.

China has asserted its claim to almost all of the South China Sea by rapidly building artificial islands including airstrips said to be capable of hosting military jets.

It began work in 2014 on a 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) runway on Fiery Cross reef in the Spratlys island group, around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from China’s island province of Hainan.

Hua said the test flight was civilian in nature, adding that the “relevant activity falls completely within China’s sovereignty”.

Hanoi earlier strongly protested at the flight, labelling it a violation of sovereignty which “influences peace and stability in the South China Sea”.

http://news.yahoo.com/beijing-rejects-vietnam-protest-over-south-china-sea-084810874.html

Beijing issues first pollution red alert as smog engulfs capital


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Beijing has issued its first pollution red alert as acrid smog enveloped the Chinese capital for the second time this month.

The alert will begin at 7am on Tuesday and should see millions of vehicles forced off the roads, factories and construction sites shut down and schools and nurseries advised to close.

“It is history – this is a precedent set,” said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public an Environmental Affairs in Beijing. “This is extremely important to stop children from being exposed to such a high level of pollution.”

Chinese authorities faced fierce criticism last week when they failed to issue a red alert even as Beijing’s residents choked on smog levels that in some areas rose to 40 times those considered safe by the World Health Organisation.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/07/beijing-pollution-red-alert-smog-engulfs-capital

BEIJING ISSUES FIRST POLLUTION RED ALERT AS SMOG ENGULFS CAPITAL


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The alert will begin at 7am on Tuesday and should see millions of vehicles forced off the roads, factories and construction sites shut down and schools and nurseries advised to close.

“It is history – this is a precedent set,” said Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public an Environmental Affairs in Beijing. “This is extremely important to stop children from being exposed to such a high level of pollution.”

Beijing Issues First Pollution Red Alert as Smog Engulfs Capital

U.S. patrols to raise stakes with Beijing in disputed South China Sea


Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands U.S. plans to send warships or military aircraft within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, possibly within days, could open a tense new front in Sino-U.S. rivalry.

A range of security experts said Washington’s so-called freedom of navigation patrols would have to be regular to be effective, given Chinese ambitions to project power deep into maritime Southeast Asia and beyond.

https://news.yahoo.com/u-patrols-raise-stakes-beijing-disputed-south-china-080828322.html;_ylt=AwrC1DGBYitWXmYAlw7QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByNXQ0NThjBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM1BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

In Beijing, ‘Big Brother’ Now Sees All


GettyImages-456368846-676x450 Beijing police say they have video cameras manned by over 4,300 officers trained at “every corner” to cover “100 percent of the capital” during the week-long holiday to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, according to a statement by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. It is unclear if complete surveillence over Beijing will still be in place after the holidays.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1872484-in-beijing-big-brother-now-sees-all/