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News Brief Jan. 29 – Feb.2


Chinese foreign exchange students have faced scrutiny after returning to American universities after winter break.

The Chinese government is in protest due to their students experiencing long interrogations, device searches and even some students being deported. 

Xie Feng, the Chinese ambassador in Washington, said each month a number of students have been denied re-entry into the United States for studies. 

“When they landed at the airport, what awaited them was an eight-hour-long interrogation by officers who prohibited them from contacting their parents, made groundless accusations against them and even forcibly repatriated them and banned their entry,” Feng said at an embassy event on student exchanges. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

The Chinese embassy said some students were held for more than 10 hours and were not allowed to communicate with anyone outside the airport. The actions of border control officers “have had a serious impact on the studies of international students from China and caused great psychological harm,” according to the embassy.

China has more students studying abroad than any other country, the embassy noted. The U.S. has nearly 290,000 Chinese students, which is about a third of China’s exchange students. 

The embassy made specific reference to the Dulles airport in Washington, D.C., though it is unclear whether students are facing obstacles elsewhere. 


“The first human received an implant from @Neuralink yesterday and is recovering well. Initial results show promising neuron spike detection,” Elon Musk posted on X. 

Neuralink’s first product, called Telepathy, will allow users who have lost use of their limbs to control them again. Neuralink began testing on monkeys and faced a federal investigation after one of the animals died. 

The FDA approved Telepathy for human trial testing in May of last year. The trial is part of what Neuralink is calling its “PRIME Study,” short for “Precise Robotically Implanted Brain-Computer Interface,” which aims to study the safety of its implant and surgical robot, and to test the functionality of its device, CNN reported.

Trials consist of a chip being planted in part of a patient’s brain that controls movement. The chip will send brain signals to an app which will then allow patients to use a computer cursor with their mind.   


Oklahoma police are upset by Amazon’s new guidelines for  sharing Ring Doorbell camera footage. 

In the past, police officers could download footage directly from the app with the owner’s permission. Now, law enforcement has to obtain the footage from the Ring app with a subpoena or warrant. 

Law enforcement is concerned the extra step will hinder them.

“The sooner they get information, the quicker they can work cases, identify suspects and help solve crimes. So, anything that delays that process is not good for us, it’s not good for the general citizen,” Rob Gallavan with the Fraternal Order of Police said. 

Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley expressed discontent with the decision. 

“Amazon has taken away a person’s ability to decide for themselves whether to help in a criminal investigation,” Gourley said.

Bonus News: Trouble in Paradise 

Authorities in the Bahamas are cracking down on crime after the U.S. Embassy issued a security warning. In January alone, 18 murders occurred on the islands. 

Since the alert was issued, the number has risen to 19. None of the killings have targeted foreigners, and they have been mostly gang-related. 

“Murders have occurred at all hours, including in broad daylight on the streets,” the embassy said.

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