The United States imposed sanctions on two more Chinese officials and one Chinese regime entity over human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslim minorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang. The Trump administration on July 31 announced sanctions on current and former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials heading the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a regional paramilitary force under the Party, as well as the XPCC itself. The latest move builds upon sanctions issued earlier this month against four CCP officials—including a member of the CCP’s powerful Politburo Chen Quanguo—for their roles in overseeing the suppression in Xinjiang. The United Nations estimates that more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been detained in internment camps in the Xinjiang region. Survivors of the internment camps said they experienced torture, rape, and political indoctrination while…
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California, including Las Vegas and Phoenix. This warning signifies “dangerously hot conditions up to 120 [degrees]” and is in effect until 9 p.m. PST on Saturday.
“Heat of this magnitude is rare, dangerous, and deadly,” said the Phoenix National Weather Service of the temperatures predicted today for much of western Arizona.
A graphic tweeted by the NWS this morning titled “deadly heat wave” advises those in the area to remain aware of the heat and take safety precautions.
Temperatures in many southwest cities will reach over 110 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend, posing key health risks. Las Vegas is expected to reach 112 on Friday and Saturday, and Phoenix will hit 114 today. Palm Springs is forecast to hit 120 on Friday, and 118 on Saturday.
The NWS is asking residents to stay safe by keeping hydrated and avoiding outdoor activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat kills around 600 people per year. People with certain medical conditions, the elderly, and those without access to air conditioning are at particular risk.
A high-pressure system moving through the Southwest is bringing the heat, which will last through the end of the weekend. The heat combined with dry air and winds of up to 15 mph in some areas may also increase fire risk, says the NWS.
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An American former professor was sentenced for concealing his participation in a Chinese state-run recruitment program, while a Chinese researcher pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from her employer in order to benefit China. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced details of two separate cases on July 30. Dr. James Patrick Lewis, a former West Virginia University (WVU) professor, was sentenced to three months in prison for federal program fraud, while Chen Li pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Ohio, for the benefit of herself and the Chinese communist regime. According to the DOJ, she applied to multiple Chinese state-run talent plans. For years, China’s central authorities and regional governments have rolled out talent recruitment programs, targeting promising overseas Chinese and…