WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing the previous directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks late Friday. Chao also announced new corporate board directors for the broadcasters. The moves follow the forced resignation of Trump’s agency head, Michael Pack, only two hours after Joe Biden took office Wednesday. Pack had been accused by Democrats and others of trying to turn Voice of America and the other networks into pro-Trump propaganda machines.
Month: February 2021
BEIJING (AP) — The former head of a Chinese state-owned asset management company has been executed on charges of taking bribes in one of the most severe penalties imposed in a recent corruption case. The government said Lai Xiaomin, 58, formerly of China Huarong Asset Management Co., was put to death by a court in the eastern city of Tianjin. The court ruled in January that the unusually severe penalty was justified because Lai took “especially enormous” bribes that exceeded 600 million yuan ($93 million) in one instance. Most death sentences imposed by Chinese courts are suspended for two years and usually are commuted to life. Death penalties without the chance of a reprieve are rare.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city was reviewing the teachers’ union latest proposal on COVID-19 safety protocols to return to classrooms. The development came hours after her demand for a deal by the end of the day. Lightfoot declined to say what she would do if the Chicago Teachers Union doesn’t reach an agreement by the end of the day. Lightfoot has threatened to lock out teachers from remote learning if they don’t show up to class as expected. Students are already scheduled to have Friday off, so negotiations could potentially stretch through the weekend, although Lightfoot insists that would not be acceptable.