The US House passed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass surveillance and detention of Uighurs and other ethnic groups in the western Xinjiang region, a campaign that has drawn muted international response because of China’s influence around the world.
Unthinkable just four months ago, the United States on Wednesday surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, as the pandemic tightened its grip on Latin America. Confirmed US deaths just before 2200 GMT stood at 100,047, with 1.69 million infections, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician’s false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation.
The US will end the last remaining sanctions waiver that allowed countries like China to cooperate with Iran on civil nuclear projects under the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. The waivers were last renewed at the end of March and are due to expire at the end of the week.
China’s parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that has ratcheted up tensions with the US and sparked new protests over fears the city is losing its special freedoms. The vote by the rubber-stamp NPC came hours after the US revoked the special status conferred on Hong Kong, paving the way for stripping its trading privileges.
Fourteen members of the Afghan security forces were killed in two separate attacks Thursday in the first deadly assaults officials have blamed on the Taliban since the end of a three-day ceasefire. The temporary truce ended Tuesday but an overall lull in the country’s grinding violence has largely held, raising hopes for start of the much-delayed peace talks.
British police said Thursday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings likely broke the rules by travelling away from home during the lockdown, but will not face further action. Cummings has acknowledged driving 400 km to his parents’ house in Durham, northeast England, during the lockdown, and later taking another drive to a scenic town 50 km away.