India Police Arrest NewsClick Founder, Raid Journalists' Homes Over Alleged China FundPolice in India have arrested the founder of independent news portal NewsClick after raiding the homes of dozens of journalists and staff on Oct. 3 amid allegations that the company received funding from communist China. Some 500 cops had been deployed to over 100 locations linked to the news site, according to local reports. Delhi police said they interrogated 46 “suspects” and seized their devices for the investigation. Those questioned include current and former employees, contributors, and cartoonists. Journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a consultant for NewsClick, said the police asked him various questions, including whether he had covered the 2020 Delhi riots. “Nine police personnel came to my home in Gurugram at 6.30 in the morning. They asked me various questions. I came with them voluntarily to the Special Cell of the Delhi Police,” he told ANI News....

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3 Filipino Fishermen Die in South China Sea After Their Boat Is Hit by Passing Commercial VesselMANILA, Philippines—Three Filipino fishermen died in the disputed South China Sea after their boat was accidentally hit by a passing commercial vessel, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday. The fishermen’s boat, F/B Dearyn, was moored in a fishing area in the high seas off the northwestern Philippines when it was hit before dawn on Monday by the passing vessel and capsized, killing its skipper and two crew members. Three other fishermen aboard the Dearyn survived, the Coast Guard said. Eight other men were fishing separately on board smaller boats at the time of the accident, officials said. Due to adverse weather conditions and the darkness, “the crew on board the mother boat failed to detect an unidentified vessel approaching, resulting in a collision that caused the mother boat to capsize,” the Coast Guard said....

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Millions of Made-in-China COVID Test Kits Are Making Their Way to American HomesThe return of the White House’s free COVID-19 test kits also brings back something else: the “Made-in-China” label. The program, the fifth of its kind, allows each U.S. household to order up to four free tests online starting from Sept. 25, with shipments delivered through the United States Postal Service without charge. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it has awarded $600 million to 12 “domestic COVID-19 test manufacturers” to produce 200 million tests to replenish government stockpiles in addition to meeting the demands from orders on COVIDTests.gov. But while the department described the spending as part of “critical investments in U.S. manufacturing” meant to “improve preparedness for COVID-19 and other pandemic threats of the future” and “strengthen the nation’s capacity to manufacture tests,” more than half of the funding has flowed to companies with connections back in China....

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Senators Demand Answers From TikTok Over Its Hiring of ByteDance ExecutivesTwo senators from the Republican and Democrat parties announced they’re seeking answers from Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok after it hired several high-level executives from its Chinese company ByteDance. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew in a letter (pdf) on Tuesday that the hirings “further [call] into question the independence of TikTok’s operations and the security of its U.S. users’ information.” The Wall Street Journal recently reported that many high-level executives have moved from ByteDance to TikTok since the start of the year, moving from China to the United States, the senators noted in their letter....

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