Are Muslim Uyghurs being brainwashed by the Chinese state? – BBC News

Eye-witnesses and human rights experts claim up to 1 million people are being held in ‘re-education camps’ in China. In the north west province of Xinjiang in China, evidence is growing that hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uyghurs are being incarcerated by the authorities in ‘re-education camps’. A Newsnight investigation has interviewed two witnesses who say they have been inside the camps and have now managed to flee China. They say that the Uyghurs suffer physical torture and psychological thought control. The Chinese state has consistently denied the existence of…

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Why did Vladimir Putin attend the Austrian FM’s wedding? – BBC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended The Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s wedding Last August The wedding pictures – she insisted – were always meant to be private. They just got leaked to Russian TV. Karin Kneissl has spent the last few weeks trying to explain to her country what the Russian president was doing at her nuptials – and why she danced with him and curtsyed. Our diplomatic editor Mark Urban caught up with her for her first on camera interview since the Wedding. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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Is now the best time to be young in the US? – BBC News

President Trump says there’s never been a better time to be young and American. This is what young Americans told us. As part of the BBC’s Ask America project we want to hear voices and perspectives from all over this huge and diverse country. If you have story ideas or questions about the US you want us to explore please let us know. You can email askamerica@bbc.co.uk or use #BBCAskAmerica Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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🇻🇪 Guaido’s UK envoy: Transition to democracy ‘harder than it looks’ | UpFront (Headliner)

Norway stepped into the fray that is Venezuela this week, when it emerged Oslo was hosting talks between officials from the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition led by self-declared president Juan Guaido. The talks are the latest attempt to resolve a crisis that has hit a stalemate, following months of street protests, US sanctions and a failed opposition attempt to overthrow Maduro. Guaido’s UK representative Neumann says there’s a huge support for the opposition leader. “You see the people come out and weep with joy at the…

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🇺🇸 Is the so-called US ‘war on drugs’ really working? | UpFront (Reality Check)

The arrest and conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was hailed by US officials as a “victory for the American people”. But on the day his trial ended, US officials seized the largest amount of fentanyl ever recovered in the United States. Despite El Chapo’s arrest, drugs continue to pour into the US. So is it time to look at alternative ways to win the war on drugs? In this Reality Check, we ask whether Portugal’s radical drug policy is the way to go. Follow UpFront on…

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🗞 Iyad el-Baghdadi: ‘The idea of giving up is unimaginable’ | UpFront

Known for tweeting sarcastic and stinging critiques of unelected Arab leaders, Palestinian pro-democracy activist Iyad el-Baghdadi rose to prominence in 2011 during the Arab Spring. In April, officials in Norway, where he received asylum, placed el-Baghdadi in protective custody. They had received a warning from the CIA of a possible threat against him from Saudi Arabia. El-Baghdadi is a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and has worked with the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. El-Baghdadi said…

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