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Chris Wallace asked Betsy DeVos "under what authority" she and Trump were going to "unilaterally cut off funding" to schools that refuse to reopen.
(Bloomberg) -- China announced sanctions against U.S. officials including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in a largely symbolic retaliation over legislation intended to punish Beijing for its treatment of ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said “sanctions” against the four officials would begin Monday, without elaborating. Hua listed Rubio and Cruz -- both Republicans and high-profile critics of China -- as targets of the unspecified measures, in addition to Sam Brownback, Representative Chris Smith and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.The moves come three days after the U.S. sanctioned a top member of China’s ruling Communist Party and three other officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, located in the country’s far west. Beijing has repeatedly vowed retaliation over U.S. actions intended to support residents of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accusing Washington of inappropriately interfering in China’s internal affairs.The sanctioned individuals include Chen Quanguo, the Xinjiang party secretary who sits on the 25-member Politburo, as well as Zhu Hailun, party secretary of the Xinjiang Political and Legal Committee, and the current and former directors of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, the Treasury Department said Thursday.Both the U.S. moves and Chinese response were largely symbolic, since both groups of officials were unlikely to have much financial or legal exposure to each other’s countries.The U.S. decision marked the firsttime the U.S. has sanctioned a sitting Chinese official under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which gives the U.S. broad authority to impose human-rights sanctions on foreign officials. Senior administration officials had been pushing for the sanctions for months but had been stymied by President Donald Trump, who fretted that they would complicate his U.S.-China trade deal.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Over 12.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations' outbreaks. For the first time since March, New York City on did not report a single confirmed or probable COVID-19 death on Saturday, according to preliminary data from the city's health department.
A cyclist captured an altercation between himself, a fellow cyclist, and a motorist just off the A1A in Palm Beach, Florida, on July 7.Diego Broglia was cycling along the A1A when a driver in a white SUV came close to him and the group of cyclists he was with. Broglia followed the SUV into a parking lot where he and another cyclist had a verbal altercation with the driver.In the footage, the driver can be seen holding a gun in his hand before putting it in his pocket. The cyclists approached the driver, asking him to “just be careful.” The driver then tells the cyclists “No, I’m not being careful. Stay the f*** off the road,” as the cyclists argue he was too close as he passed them.According to several Florida bicycle road safety organizations, the minimum clearance for passing a cyclist in a vehicle is three feet..“I just wanted help him understand that he has to share his road and that we all want to get home safe to our families,” Broglia wrote on Facebook.“He just went really close to us and we all freaked out because his mirror could just wipe us out,” Broglia told Local 10. Credit: Diego Broglia via Storyful
The rock band Great White have released an apology after performing at an outdoor concert in Dickinson, North Dakota in front of a crowd of fans that were not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing rules at a time when cases of COVID-19 cases are surging across the country. The concert took place on […]
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Caribbean countries are selling citizenship for as low as $100,000 — here's how the ultra-wealthy are cashing in to avoid pandemic travel restrictions
Travel restrictions on Americans and US passport backlogs have helped fuel demand for secondary passports and citizenship this year.
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"As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened," her mom wrote in an Instagram post.