The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the decision of the Commerce Department on Monday to add 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies. The visa restrictions “complement” the Commerce Department actions, he said.
The White House told House Democrats it will not comply with demands for documents and testimony in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, setting up a legal showdown between the two branches of government. “You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in an eight-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the committees leading the inquiry.
GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the popular heartburn medicine Zantac in all markets, days after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found “unacceptable” levels of probable cancer-causing impurity in the drug. Zantac, also sold generically as ranitidine, is the latest drug in which cancer-causing impurities have been found. Regulators have been recalling some blood pressure and heart failure medicines since last year.
The FBI has confirmed an imprisoned murderer who confessed to 93 murders over four decades is the most prolific serial killer in US history. Police have matched Samuel Little, 79, to 50 cases from 1970 to 2005 thus far. He has been serving life in prison since 2012 for the murders of three women. Little targeted vulnerable individuals, mostly black women, many of whom were sex workers or drug users, officials say.
German police have opened a terrorism investigation after eight people were injured by a lorry that rammed into traffic. Officers have arrested a Syrian man in connection with the incident in the western town of Limburg on Monday night, which is being treated as attempted murder.