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Takeaways: AP investigation of China COVID-19 disinformation

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the coronavirus spread last year, former President Donald Trump and leading U.S. conservatives floated the idea that the virus may have escaped from a Chinese lab or was created by ...

COVID conspiracy shows vast reach of Chinese disinformation

BRUSSELS (AP) — It took just three months for the rumor that COVID-19 was engineered as a bioweapon to spread from the fringes of the Chinese internet and take root in millions of people’s minds. ...

Anatomy of a conspiracy: With COVID, China took leading role

BRUSSELS (AP) — The rumors began almost as soon as the disease itself. Claims that a foreign adversary had unleashed a bioweapon emerged at the fringes of Chinese social media the same day China first...

Report: Social media manipulation affects even US senators

BRUSSELS (AP) — The conversation taking place on the verified social media accounts of two U.S. senators remained vulnerable to manipulation, even amid heightened scrutiny in the run up to the U.S. pr...

'No remedy, no rights': China blocks foreigners from leaving

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mandy Luo was supposed to get on a plane back to Seattle with her mother and finish high school like everyone else. But at the airport in Shanghai, a security office...

U.S. couple's nightmare: Held in China, away from daughter

SHANGHAI (AP) — The first thing Daniel Hsu noticed about the room was that there were no sharp edges. The walls were covered with beige rubber, the table wrapped in soft, grey leather. White blinds co...

Estonia won its war on fentanyl, then things got worse

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Igor Smirnov was introduced to opiates the day his first son was born, when he got celebratory drunk and a neighbor injected him with an intoxicating extract of opium poppies. ...

Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has some of the strictest regulation of opioids in the world, but OxyContin and other pain pills are sold illegally online by vendors that take advantage of China’s major e-comme...

China has pain pill addicts too, but no one's counting them

SHANGHAI (AP) — Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin. ...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Sackler family’s opioid empire in the United States is collapsing under an avalanche of litigation over marketing tactics. Their Purdue Pharma company is in bankruptcy, but the fam...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of usin...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspec...

China sentences 3 in fentanyl trafficking case after US tip

XINGTAI, China (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced three fentanyl traffickers Thursday in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on g...

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

SHANGHAI (AP) — The sound of doctors boring through his skull to feed electrodes deep into his brain made Yan tremble. "The drill was like bzzzzzzz," he later recalled. "The moment o...

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

SHANGHAI (AP) — Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation or DBS may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch. China is emerging as a hub ...