Apple in China, Anti-Terror Agreement, Overseas Chinese Troops, ISIS Leader Dead

Apple in China, Anti-Terror Agreement, Overseas Chinese Troops, and More
  • ​​Apple, Inc., on Wednesday said it is setting up its first data center in China, in partnership with a local Internet services company, to comply with tougher cybersecurity laws introduced last month by Chinese officials. The U.S. technology company said it will build the center in the southern province of Guizhou with data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Company Ltd (GCBD). Apple is the first foreign firm to announce amendments to its data storage for China following the implementation of a new Chinese cybersecurity law on June 1 that requires foreign firms to store data within the country.

  • The United States and Qatar signed an agreement on Tuesday aimed at combating the financing of terrorism. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the agreement signed with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, had been under discussion for weeks. "The memorandum lays out a series of steps that each country will take in coming months and years to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counter terrorism activities globally," Tillerson said.

  • China has dispatched troops to Djibouti in advance of formally establishing the country's first overseas military base. Two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang on Tuesday, taking an undisclosed number of military personnel on the journey across the Indian Ocean. The state-run Global Times said the main role of the base would be to support Chinese warships operating in the region in anti-piracy and humanitarian operations.

  • The top military commander leading the U.S. fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) says there is no evidence that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive, Politico reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group told Reuters on Tuesday that it had confirmed information that the ISIS Islamic leader had been killed, but ISIS itself has also not released any statements, as they have when high-profile militants have been killed in the past. Shy of confirming the death, Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told a group of reporters that there was no evidence to suggest that al-Baghdadi, who once led ISIS fights to capture entire cities in Iraq and Syria, is alive.