Chip Starnes, the American executive held hostage by Beijing factory workers, has now been released. Starnes recounted that the workers would deprive him of sleep by shining bright lights and banging ... more 
Chip Starnes, the American executive held hostage by Beijing factory workers, has now been released. Starnes recounted that the workers would deprive him of sleep by shining bright lights and banging on windows of his office. The dispute arose after the company moved a part of its Chinese factory to India, laying off about 35 Chinese workers in the process Wang Jing, the mysterious Chinese businessman behind a $40 billion plan to build a canal through Nicaragua pledged transparency - but refused to even reveal where he attended college. As President Obama heads to Africa, he is visiting a continent where U.S. influence is waning, and Chinese influence is growing.On this visit, only Obama's second to Africa since he became president (Xi visited Africa during his first foreign tour as head of state, in March this year), he will be visiting a continent which feels increasingly less beholden to American dictates. less 
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