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UPDATE 1-China says U.S. audit law targeting Chinese firms discriminatory

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SHANGHAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – China’s securities regulator said on Friday that U.S. legislation that threatens to kick Chinese firms off its exchanges is “clearly discriminatory” and politically driven, but China is still willing to talk.

The U.S. Congress passed legislation on Wednesday that would force Chinese firms to delist from U.S. exchanges unless they abide by U.S. accounting rules. It is expected soon to be signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement that the “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act” is “clearly discriminatory” and not based on professional grounds.

The Act would force U.S.-listed companies to prove that they are not controlled by a foreign government, and require companies name Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on their boards, and disclose whether their articles of incorporation contains any charter of the CCP.

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Australian spy law review says Asio should seek approval before targeting citizens overseas

An extensive review of Australia’s intelligence laws has found that Asio should seek government approval before targeting citizens overseas.



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The 1,300-page review, completed by former Asio director general Dennis Richardson, was released by the attorney general, Christian Porter, on Friday.

It makes 203 recommendations, 13 of which are classified. Porter said the government would accept all but four of the public recommendations.

Richardson recommended that the Asio Act should be amended so that it required ministerial authorisation for offshore intelligence collection relating to Australians, if those activities would require a warrant should they have occurred inside Australia.

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Porter would not be drawn on whether any particular Asio activity had raised Richardson’s concerns, but said it was likely he considered specific case studies.

Asio has repeatedly emphasised a focus

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Organized criminal networks could be targeting COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol warns



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Coronavirus vaccines could be the target of organized criminal networks that could look to sell fake shots, Interpol warned Wednesday, according to a report.

Interpol said it alerted law enforcement across its 194 member countries about the threat. The agency warned the vaccines could be threatened both physically and online, Reuters reported.

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organizations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains,” said Interpol secretary general Juergen Stock. “Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.”

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Former Gordhan spokesperson says public enterprises department targeting whistle-blowers

By Siviwe Feketha Time of article published12h ago

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Johannesburg – Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is again caught up in an irregular appointment scandal.

This time, he is pressured to produce the qualifications of his chief of staff after ongoing claims that she did not qualify for the job.

This comes after the spokesperson for the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), controversial journalist Sam Mkokeli, openly bashed an ongoing forensic investigation into those who leaked information on Nthabiseng Borotho.

Gordhan is accused of having approved Borotho’s appointment last year despite her not having a matric certificate.

Borotho is also believed to have been a “runner” in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 campaign where Gordhan was campaign principal. She is also accused of having employed two of her relatives in the department.

On Sunday, the protracted controversy around Borotho’s qualifications and suitability for her post

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Judge Esther Salas speaks about law named after her son, killed by a gunman targeting her

Federal judge Esther Salas has been motivated by the memory of her son to fight for a new state law to protect public officials after her only child was murdered by a gunman at her family’s home this summer.

Salas, 51, and her husband, Mark Anderl, had been celebrating the 20th birthday of their son, Daniel, when he was killed on July 19 by a gunman posing as a delivery driver. The man came to the front door of their New Jersey home, rang the doorbell and then shot Daniel to death. He also shot Salas’ husband three times.

That tragic day fueled Salas to push for “Daniel’s Law,” a new law signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Nov. 20 that makes it a crime to publish the personal information of New Jersey judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, including their phone numbers and home addresses.

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China Retains Trade Secret Provision Targeting Foreigners

On October 21, 2020, China’s National People’s Congress released a second draft of the amended criminal law.  Perhaps because of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) increased enforcement of the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) targeting China as a beneficiary, the Chinese draft retains a provision for foreign-related trade secret theft from the first draft. Specifically, Article 219 will have a new paragraph, “For stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing trade secrets to foreign institutions, organizations, or personnel, it shall be punished with  imprisonment or detention for not more than five years and a fine; if the circumstances are serious, they shall be imprisoned for more than five years with fines.”

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Of interest, the terms of imprisonment are more severe under this clause than for trade secret theft to benefit a domestic entity. For example, under the current law and proposed amendment, the term of imprisonment is

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Officials investigating alleged arson targeting an Oregon law enforcement officer

Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating a fire in Washington County that took place outside a law enforcement officer’s home Wednesday.

The fire was arson and burned a vehicle, according to a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement said they are still investigating, but believe the incident may be linked to recent protests in Portland and could be a form of intimidation.

“There’s concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home,” one law enforcement officer with knowledge of the investigation told OPB.

During the summer, protesters and activists have regularly photographed and videotaped people leaving federal office buildings in the downtown core.

In July, lists allegedly containing the names of federal law enforcement officers were circulated among protesters and more recently, protesters vandalized City Commissioner Dan Ryan’s home after he voted against a proposal to reallocate police funding.

For months, stories have circulated

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Activists Are Targeting an Elite Law Firm for Helping Trump Undercut the Election. Good.

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Following a New York Times story about the Jones Day law firm’s involvement in Donald Trump’s legal war against the 2020 election results, Twitter was ablaze Tuesday with outrage toward the international mega firm. By mid-morning, the Lincoln Project had gotten on board, vowing to launch a multi-platform campaign not only against Jones Day, but also targeting its largest clients for continuing to stick by the firm. The strong reaction is warranted, obviously—but it’s a little late.

Jones Day has been Trump’s outside campaign counsel since he was a long-shot candidate in 2016, defending him in a number of morally reprehensible matters over the course of his presidency. When peaceful protesters who were assaulted at a Trump rally sued—noting that Trump had repeatedly encouraged his supporters to “get ‘em out of here”—who got the case tossed out? Jones Day. The firm also batted back a lawsuit

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Attorney general warns of false robo calls targeting Flint voters

FLINT, MI — Robocallers are targeting Flint residents on Election Day with messages telling them that they should vote tomorrow due to long lines, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says.

In a Twitter message Tuesday, Nov. 3, Nessel called the messages lies and warned of multiple reports of the attempted voter suppression.

“Obviously this is FALSE and an attempt to suppress the vote,” Nessel’s tweet says. “No long lines and today is the last day to vote. Don’t believe the lies! Have your voice heard!”

Soon after the attorney general’s message posted, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also warned voters about the calls in a Twitter message.

“We received reports that an unknown party is purposefully spreading misinformation via robocalls in Flint in an attempt to confuse voters,” Whitmer’s tweet says. “Let me be clear — if you plan to vote in-person, you must do so, or be in line to do

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Cook County state’s attorney candidates say targeting violent crime is top priority

Both Cook County state’s attorney candidates say prosecuting violent crime will be their main priority if elected on Nov. 3.

During a joint appearance before the Daily Herald Editorial Board, incumbent Kim Foxx, a Democrat, cited the establishment of a gun crimes strategy unit to help get firearms off the streets as an accomplishment. She also said she has increased felony conviction rates for gun violence, homicide, sex crimes, aggravated battery, violence against police officers, robbery and other violent offenses.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

If reelected, Foxx says, she will continue to combat systemic racism within the criminal justice system that has “historically and disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income individuals.”

Republican challenger Patrick O’Brien said he would form a new rackets unit “to attack the hold that gangs have on the community.” He proposed the unit be composed of assistant state’s attorneys experienced in the prosecution of gang, drug and gun crimes

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