US sanctions Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang Jul 10, 2020 0 3775 12345 DPAWashingtonThe US Treasury Department has sanctioned four Chinese officials over the alleged abuse of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, including one top Communist party leader who is seen as an architect of mass detention programmes.It is unclear if any of those sanctioned have financial links to the United States, making the move mostly symbolic, but coming at a time of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington.The US government estimates that over 1 million members of Muslim ethnic minority groups, in particular the Uighurs, have been held in so-called re-education camps in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region.Among those sanctioned is Chen Quanguo, a member of the Politburo and a top official in Xinjiang.“The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would “not stand idly by as the Chinese Communist Party carries out human rights abuses targeting [Uighurs], ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang. RELATED ARTICLES Russia arrests governor over murders, sparking party fury Jul 10, 2020 0 1321 US Supreme Court rules Trump must hand over his financial records Jul 10, 2020 0 1818 Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit Jul 10, 2020 0 1802 US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening AFP Washington The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite intense disagreements. “The United States .. Italy bans travel from Brazil, 12 other high-risk virus countries ROME: Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections. The travel ban applies to Armenia, Bahrain, .. Previously acquitted UK man convicted of terror attack plan AFP London A former Uber driver cleared of planning a terror attack at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday jailed for life after plotting a gun and knife rampage at London tourist sites. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was found .. Biden unveils $700 billion economic recovery plan AFP Washington Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping $700 billion plan on Thursday to help the battered US economy recover from the coronavirus crisis, a direct challenge to Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda as they square .. US charges man and sons who peddled bleach as virus cure WASHINGTON: US authorities have charged the leader of a fake church and his three sons with conspiracy and contempt for selling a toxic bleach as a cure for COVID-19. The Florida man, Mark Grenon, had seized in April on .. First WHO evaluation on handling of virus to be released in November DPA Geneva Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) will draw first conclusions about the global handling of the coronavirus pandemic in November, the UN agency announced on Thursday. An evaluation commission ..