Rep. Smith Calls for State Department Investigation into Bitcovs’ Case

Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) is requesting a State Department inspector-general investigation into a controversial case involving charges that a mainly U.S.-funded United Nations agency created to fight corruption in Guatemala colluded with Russia to prosecute a Russian family that says it fled after refusing extortion attempts by Russian government cronies.

China Releases Liu Xia from House Arrest, Allows Her to Leave Country

The Chinese government has released Liu Xia, the widow of world-renowned poet and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, from house arrest after renewed international pressure from human rights activists.

She departed Beijing overnight and is traveling to Berlin, according to her attorney, Jared Genser, who credited President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “and so many others in the international community who helped make today possible.”