119. NIH flags 500+ scientists with foreign ties; Chinese eatery denies sending footage to China

A popular Chinese restaurant chain denies sending surveillance footage from overseas locations back to China. But some say they’re not so sure. The U.S. is stepping up to help India. That’s after the White House faced criticism in the past for not doing enough to aid the important ally. 500 American scientists are under investigation over “concerning ties” with foreign regimes. Over 90% of those investigated last year had been receiving undisclosed funding from Beijing. A Chinese priest urges Pope Francis to speak up for China’s orphans. At the same time, Beijing is ramping up its crackdown on Catholics in the country. And, Germany has approved stricter rules for its 5G networks. The move boosts politicians’ power to block foreign gear that could endanger national security.

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