August 4, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Weather officials have revised their highest-level emergency rain alert for Niigata Prefecture…to a warning. They are still urging people to watch for further potential hazards, with downpours forecast to continue across parts of the Hokuriku region.
2.China is ratcheting up military pressure on Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. She became the first speaker of the US House of Representatives in 25 years to visit Taiwan.
3.The US government has criticized China’s increasing military activity around Taiwan, which came in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stressed again that there is no change in the One China policy of the US. She said the speaker’s visit is consistent with the longstanding policy.