The Chinese government systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterwards. Source The Hindu
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The ECB has approved the yuan as a reserve currency. This is a symbolic but historic step for China, which can now establish its currency in Europe as a counterweight to the US dollar, says DW’s Frank Sieren. Source Deutsche Welle
US authorities have issued international arrest warrants for five former VW managers and developers for their role in the Dieselgate scandal. Germany has reportedly refused to hand them over to the US. US authorities have issued international arrest warrants for five former Volkswagen (VW) managers and developers over the Dieselgate emissions scandal, reported Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday. Source Deutsche Welle
Government-owned Qatar Airways said it aims to buy a significant stake in American Airlines Group Inc.—a brash attempt by the fast-growing Middle East carrier to push into the U.S. amid political upheaval back home. In a filing early Thursday, American said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker told it of its plan to acquire up to a 10% stake. American said Qatar Airways informed it of its intention to buy at least $808. Source The Wall Street Journall