Here’s what we’re reading today:
1. Spies sent to coerce Chinese expats into returning home
“China’s security services have been sending undercover agents into Canada on tourist visas to strong-arm expatriates to return home, including some suspected of corruption and other criminal activities.
“The secret Chinese visits have raised concern among lawyers and prompted investigations by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP, even as the Trudeau government begins negotiations for an extradition treaty with China.”
2. Russia probably attacked UN convoy in Aleppo
“Russia was probably responsible for the deadly bombing of a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy in Syria, American officials said Tuesday, further shredding what remained of a severely weakened agreement between the United States and Russia aimed at halting the war.
“Aghast at the attack on Monday night, United Nations officials on Tuesday suspended all aid convoys in Syria, describing the bombing as a possible war crime and a cowardly act.”
3. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan just pledged $3b to ‘end all disease’
“To accomplish this, the initiative is going to invest at least $3 billion into scientific research over the next decade, including a $600 million investment into what’s being called the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub — a new interdisciplinary research center that is being formed in cooperation with the Standford University as well as the UC San Francisco and the UC Berkeley.”
4. ‘Big Lonely Doug’
“How a single tree, and the logger who saved it, have changed the way we see British Columbia’s old-growth forests.”
5. If you want to be a slob, be a slob
“In an age of cleanup manifestos, tidy needn’t trump chaos.”