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Chinese minister vents anger when Canadian reporter asks about human rights: China’s foreign minister berated a journalist during a visit to Canada on Wednesday for asking an “irresponsible” question about China’s human rights record. Wang Yi was in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Stéphane Dion, the minister of foreign affairs. At a joint news conference offered by Wang and Dion, Canadian journalists were limited to one question and a follow-up for both ministers. Reporter Amanda Connolly of online news site IPolitics directed a question to Dion that touched on the case of Canadian Kevin Garratt, detained since 2014 in China on charges of espionage and stealing state secrets. Connolly said: “There are no shortages of concerns about China’s treatment of human rights advocates such as the Hong Kong booksellers and its detention of the Garratts, not to mention the destabilising effects of its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.” She followed up with another question, which had been agreed upon by several news media.

New York Times

Hillary Clinton to portray Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions as dangerous: Hillary Clinton plans to deliver a scorching assessment of Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy prescriptions on Thursday, casting her likely Republican rival as a threat to decades of bipartisan tenets of American diplomacy and declaring him unfit for the presidency. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aides said the speech, which she will deliver in San Diego, would be the start of a persistent assault to portray a potential Trump presidency as a dangerous proposition that would weaken American alliances and embolden enemies. The argument will include specific criticism of comments Mr. Trump has made about rethinking the United States’s support of NATO; his proposal to allow Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons; his vow to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States; and his pledge to advance the use of torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists.

The Economist

Romania’s anti-corruption drive reveals another extraordinary tale: Until a month ago Dan Condrea was, to all appearances, a successful Romanian businessman. His company, Hexi Pharma, made a healthy income supplying disinfectant to Romanian hospitals. That was before a team of journalists revealed that Hexi Pharma had been diluting its products, possibly causing patients to die from antibiotic-resistant infections. On May 22nd Mr Condrea drove his car into a tree. Witnesses said he was going over 60mph, and police said there were no signs of an attempt to brake. It took over a week to confirm that the badly damaged body was his. The public reaction since the scandal broke in late April has been furious. The health minister was forced to resign on May 9th after he tried to play down the seriousness of the situation. The health ministry has withdrawn all Hexi Pharma products from hospitals. Journalists began looking into hospital supplies after another scandal, a fire in Bucharest last October at a nightclub that violated safety regulations.

Financial Times

Saudi wealth fund takes $3.5bn Uber stake: Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is investing $3.5bn in Uber, marking the largest single investment ever made in a private company. The deal solidifies Uber’s place as the most-funded start-up in the world and brings its war chest to more than $11bn, at a time when the company is aggressively expanding in nearly 70 countries worldwide. The investment also marks a bold step for Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund, which has come under new management as part of a broader reshuffle that put in place the team handpicked by Mohammed bin Salman, deputy crown prince, as he implements an ambitious reform programme. After its investment, the PIF will own approximately 5 per cent of Uber, and its managing director, Yasir Al Rumayyan, will join Uber’s board. The huge sums raised by Uber and others underscore a tectonic shift in the markets for private capital, as private companies are able to raise more from investors than ever before.

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