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Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Obama, Jeff Zients, Vivek Murthy, JEFF ZIENTS Zients, Barack Obama, Biden, VIVEK MURTHY, Murthy, JANET YELLEN, Donald Trump, Tanden, CECILIA ROUSE Rouse, BRIAN DEESE, ANTONY BLINKEN, JAKE SULLIVAN, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, AVRIL HAINES, Haines, LINDA THOMAS, GREENFIELD, Greenfield, KERRY, State Kerry, , Kerry, Michele Flournoy, Flournoy, Bill Clinton, Biden’s, Jeh Johnson, Johnson, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth, Sally Yates, Yates, Doug Jones, Jones, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Perez, Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Sherwood, Arun Majumdar, Stanford University’sfaculty, Jay Inslee, Inslee, Ernest Moniz –, Moniz, Heather McTeer Toney, Toney, Mary Nichols, Collin O’Mara, O’Mara, Michael Morell, Morell, Tom Donilon, Mandy Cohen, Cohen, David Kessler, Kessler, RON KLAIN, Klain Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, White House, REUTERS, Politico, Brookings Institution, Republican, Center, American Progress, Republicans, OF, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Obama, OF STATE, State Department, Immigration Services, Mayorkas, CIA, Columbia University, UNITED, GREENFIELD Biden’s, United Nations, Thomas, KERRY Former U.S, State, Biden Administration, Pentagon, Defense Department, Blinken, of Defense, Air Force, Clinton Administration, U.S, U.S . Central Command, Army, Senate, Justice Department’s Civil, Division, U.S . Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S . Department of, Google, Stanford, Clean, Force, California’s Air Resources Board, National Wildlife Federation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Environmental, CENTRAL, Beacon Global, North, North Carolina’s Health, Human Services Department, Centers, Medicare, Services, Food and Drug Administration, FDA Locations: Rehoboth Beach , Delaware, U.S, Obama’s, Paris, Cuba, United States, Black, Africa, Clinton, Illinois, Iraq, Thai, Alabama, Washington, Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Asia, North Carolina’s
Donna Plummer, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient, looks on as Patient Care Technician Fanta Keita comforts her laying on an emergency room bed at Roseland Community Hospital on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonHalf a million deaths occurred in just the last two months, indicating that the severity of the pandemic is far from over. Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease and the worst affected country, United States, is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections. North America and Latin American regions combined have more than 50% of all coronavirus deaths that have been reported. The continent of 1.3 billion people has recorded more than 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally.
Persons: Donna Plummer, Keita, Shannon Stapleton, Robert Redfield, ” Redfield, Germany’s BioNTech Organizations: Reuters, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, World Health, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, U.S . Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The, Pfizer Inc, COVID Locations: Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, U.S, United States, The United States, America, Britain, Africa
Ethiopia's war still churns, but relief aid coming
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
One aid worker in touch with Tigray told Reuters that fighting continued to the north, south and west of the highland city of 500,000 people. WAR CHILDEthiopia’s government and the TPLF have both accused each other of targeting civilians - and both denied that. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags. “Aid is needed now as there’s an acute shortage of food, medicine and other relief,” tweeted Norwegian Refugee Council head Jan Egeland, saying relief convoys were ready to go. The TPLF accuses their ex-military comrade and government coalition partner of trying to increase his personal power over Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Diplomats, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Tigrayan, Humera, Sudanese, Africa
Aid coming to north Ethiopia, refugees recount war suffering
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian refugees sit on bags of food aid at the Village 8 refugees transit camp, which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, December 2, 2020. “The war is a people’s war and will not end easily,” its spokesman Gebre Gebretsadkan said on Tigray TV, adding that fighting had continued round Mekelle. One aid worker in touch with Tigray said clashes had been taking place to the north, south and west of the city. Claims from all sides have been hard to verify while access to Tigray region was blocked and communications largely down, though internet and phone services were returning this week. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Humera, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Humera, Sudanese, Eritrea, Africa
How COVID upended life as we knew it in a matter of weeks
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Alexandra Hudson | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Almost 1.5 million people have died globally from the COVID-19 disease related to the coronavirus, and some 63 million people have been infected. Among the most haunting images to emerge from the pandemic in 2020 are those of medics on the frontlines of the battle against the virus. So, too, have images of medics collapsing from exhaustion or grief at losing one of their own to the disease. At the usually crowded Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, a coyote stood by the roadside. There is hope that some aspects of life as we knew it will return.
Persons: Katharina Franz, Andreas Hankel, Christoph Giessen, Kai Pfaffenbach, Lily Hendrickx, Marie, Christine Desoer, Birdsong, Ashlee Montague, Jonathan Costa, Dom Bosco, Marzio Toniolo, Bianca Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Times Locations: Wuhan, Hanau, Germany, China, San Raffaele, COVID, Belgian, San Francisco, Manhattan, , New York, Brasilia, Shinagawa, El Salvador’s, Fiorano, Italy, South Africa, Laudium, Pretoria
Africa foresees 60% of people vaccinated against COVID in two to three years
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa aims to have 60% of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next two to three years, the African Union’s disease control group said on Thursday. Some European countries expect to start rolling out vaccination campaigns in the next few weeks, but the control group said that vaccinations were unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year. “We hope that for that for this to be meaningful, our 60% must be reached in the next two to three years. We should be deliberate in this,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a window from now to January and February to keep strengthening our systems, which is the refrigeration,” said Nkengasong.
Persons: Baz Ratner JOHANNESBURG, , John Nkengasong Organizations: REUTERS, COVID, Reuters, for Disease Control Locations: Machakos, Kenya, Africa
FILE PHOTO: Cainiao's logo, Alibaba's logistics unit, is seen at the warehouse in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Aly SongBEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group’s Cainiao is in talks with Chinese vaccine makers over COVID-19 vaccine logistics, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, as the company launched a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines to transport medicine to the Middle East and Africa. “We are currently in discussion with some domestic COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and international organizations on cooperation over COVID-19 vaccine logistics,” the spokeswoman said. Cainiao, a logistics company, underpins delivery for Alibaba’s e-commerce marketplace, and it says it aims to deliver across the globe in 72 hours. China has several vaccine developers running the final stages of clinical trials to determine the efficacy of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
Persons: Aly Song, Addis Abba, ” Cainiao Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian Airlines, Sinovac Biotech, China National Pharmaceutical Group, Pfizer Locations: Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China, Aly Song BEIJING, SHANGHAI, East, Africa, Shenzhen, Dubai, Addis, CanSinoBio
The current number of hospitalized patients underscores the scope and severity of the current phase of the U.S. outbreak. Never before had the number of hospitalized Covid patients surpassed 60,000, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. Orlowski explained that crisis care essentially means the rationing of care in hospitals. Ranney said her time training in East Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer helped her prepare for the current crisis. 'Surge with no staff'Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the systemwide special pathogens program at New York City Health + Hospitals, said the country is in a "very dire moment."
Persons: Go Nakamura, Janis Orlowski, we've, Orlowksi, Orlowski, AAMC, we're, We're, Dr, Megan Ranney, Ranney, she's, Syra Madad Organizations: United Memorial Medical Center, Getty, The, Association of American Medical Colleges, CNBC, Digital Health, Peace Corps, New York, New York City Health Locations: Houston , Texas, U.S, El Paso , Texas, Utah , North Dakota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Rhode, East Africa, United States, Covid, New, New York City
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
George W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Russia sets new daily record in cases
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Virus-related restrictions vary from region to region but are largely mild. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. MOSCOW — Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country’s authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases — the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day. African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Africa needs Covid vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years, official says
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. When will Americans actually get the Covid vaccine? Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots. FDA scientists are reviewing data on two vaccine candidates, made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
World leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
SEE NEW POSTSWorld leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 100 world leaders and several dozen ministers are slated to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s special session starting Thursday on the response to Covid-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic which has claimed 1.5 million lives, shattered economies in countries rich and poor. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "I will be taking it, and I may end up taking it on TV or having a film just so people know that I trust this science," Obama said. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Bill Gates says 'almost all the vaccines are going to succeed’
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
California reports a record 28,000 Covid cases, the most in a day in any state yet On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. This comes amid the 200,000 cases and 2,700 reported deaths recorded countrywide. The U.S. has averaged 165,671 cases and 1,603 dead per day the last week, up from an average of 128,058 cases and 1,106 reported deaths per day four weeks ago. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
These Kenyan gamers are putting Africa on the esports map
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Jo Munnik | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
This year, South African esports athlete Thabo "Yvng Savage" Moloi made history by becoming the first-ever player from Africa to be sponsored by Red Bull. Meet two Kenyan gamers who are looking to help put African esports on the global map. "I have to make sure that I'm an example to other women, and other people who aspire to be in the gaming industry." JUST WATCHED Watch: The "king of sport" returns in Mauritius Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Watch: The "king of sport" returns in Mauritius 22:34But through gaming, he found purpose. Across Africa, the esports industry still faces significant challenges including slower internet connections, lack of infrastructure and heavy import duties on equipment -- making them hard and expensive to come by.
Persons: Esports, Thabo, Yvng, Moloi, Red Bull, Sylvia, Sylvia Gathoni, Gathoni, I've, I'm, Brian, Brian Diang'a, esports, Diang'a Organizations: CNN, Red, FIFA, Cape Town, esports, Gaming Locations: Europe, Esports, Paris, African, Africa, East Africa, Cape, Kenya, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Kenya's, Mauritius, Kibera
But after the COVID-19 pandemic derailed most international travel plans, parents have been left to rely on online tutoring and virtual experiences for their children instead. Many US families have had to cancel international travel this year as COVID-19 cut into their spring and summer plans. Multicultural learning begins with nannies and dual-language playgroupsAdams has witnessed above-and-beyond efforts to offer international exposure and experiences to even younger children. "These parents want their kids learning Spanish, the true international language." "Children who had a nanny speak to them in a different language or participated in a playgroup are often listed as native speakers by their parents," Adams added.
Persons: Cindy Chanin, Adam M, Karissa J, Alina Adams, Adams, Rybchin, Iliya Rybchin, Iliya, nannies, playgroups Adams, they've, Juguemos, Marc Tucker, doesn't, Rainbow EDU, who's, Chanin, Antony, Cleopatra, Lilly Liu Minkove, Goldman Sachs, Minkove, Andrea Bocelli COVID, Amber Faust, Faust, that's, I'm, we've, Amber Faust's, They've, it's, Aalap Shah, Shah Organizations: Business, High School, State Department's, Security, Initiative, Youth, New, Rainbow, Rainbow EDU Consulting, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCLA, McKinsey and Company, Little, Cape Town Locations: Los Angeles, California, New York City, Moscow, Amsterdam, Westport , Connecticut, Brooklyn , NY, Europe, Asia, Atlantic, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Paris, Dubai, England, Washington ,, China, Italy, Milan, South Carolina, American, Cape, Hawaii, India, Africa
They explained how the company was getting ready to help move as many vaccine doses as possible as soon as they're ready. But delivering enough vaccine doses to achieve herd immunity — or even just to inoculate those most at risk — will demand a feat of logistics unlike anything ever seen before. The primary challenge is the sheer number of vaccine doses that will ultimately be needed, St Onge said. "There are essentially four or five different biopharmaceutical platforms that are being used to develop vaccines," St Onge said. "So there are limits to the amount of dry ice you can have on an aircraft," St Onge said.
Persons: Oxford University —, Larry St Onge, David Goldberg, Onge, Goldberg, St Onge, they're, couldn't, it's, Onge —, , we're, We've Organizations: Business, DHL, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, Drug Administration, DHL Global, St Locations: Europe, South America, East, Africa
A man named after Adolf Hitler won a local election in Namibia. Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected councilor in the Ompundja Constituency in the Oshana region, located in northern Namibia. The result of a local election in Namibia is capturing attention far beyond the African nation's borders due to the name of the victor: Adolf Hitler Uunona. Uunona goes by "Adolf Uunona" in public, and said it's "too late" to change his name because it's on "all official documents." A man named Adolf Lu Hitler garnered attention when running for office in the Indian state of Meghalaya back in 2013.
Persons: Adolf Hitler, Adolf Hitler Uunona, Uunona, Adolf Uunona, Adolf, Adolf Lu Hitler, Lu, Hitler Organizations: Nazi, Bild, Associated Press Locations: Namibia, Ompundja, Oshana, German, West Africa, Nazi, Indian, Meghalaya
LONDON (Reuters) - Former London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet has joined a newly-launched “blank check” company that is hunting for technology deals across Europe under the leadership of ex Barclays banker Makram Azar. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe special purpose acquisition company, named Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a fundraising goal of $250 million (187 million pounds), a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed. Rolet, who left the LSE in 2017, will serve as an independent director of the new vehicle, the SEC filing showed. Golden Falcon will focus primarily on companies in Europe providing a wide spectrum of technology expertise. The special purpose acquisition company is offering up to 28.7 million units - inclusive of a greenshoe option - at $10 apiece.
Persons: Xavier Rolet, Makram Azar, Mike Blake, Azar, Golden Falcon, Scott Freidheim, Golden, Dominique D’Hinnin, Mikael Breuer, Weil Organizations: London Stock Exchange, Barclays, REUTERS, Falcon Acquisition, New York Stock Exchange, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, SEC, LSE, KKR, Golden, EMEA, Barclays Bank PLC, Eutelsat, Marylebone Partners, UBS, Moelis, EarlyBirdCapital Locations: Europe, Beverly Hills , California, U.S, East, North Africa
Rise in executions in Egypt in past two months-Amnesty
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt executed 57 men and women in October and November, nearly double the 32 people reported in the whole of 2019, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. At least 15 of those executed had been sentenced to death in cases related to political violence following what Amnesty called unfair trials, the London-based human rights group said in a report. The state press centre and the Interior Ministry could not be reached for comment on the Amnesty report. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said there are no political prisoners in Egypt and that stability and security are paramount. That compares with fewer than 800 death sentences in the previous six years, according to Amnesty International.
Persons: , Philip Luther, Abdel Fattah al, Sisi Organizations: Amnesty, North Africa Research, Interior Ministry, Arab Network for Human Rights, Amnesty International Locations: CAIRO, Egypt, London, East, North Africa
Nissan sets up new business unit for African region
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: The brand logo of Nissan Motor Corp. in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Japanese automotive group Nissan is to set up a new regional business unit for Africa as it seeks to boost manufacturing capacity and penetrate one of the world’s biggest undeveloped new car markets. But its 1 billion inhabitants account for only 1% of the world’s new passenger car sales, based on industry data. Most carmakers have focused manufacturing and sales in South Africa - the continent’s most developed economy - which accounts for 85% of Africa’s new car purchases. Nissan, along with competitors Volkswagen, BMW, and Toyota, have been lobbying African governments to grant conditions that favour local assembly and manufacturing while curbing imports of cheap used cars.
Persons: Issei Kato, Mike Whitfield Organizations: Nissan Motor Corp, REUTERS, Nissan, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, African Continental Free Trade Area Locations: Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan, JOHANNESBURG, Africa, South Africa, Egypt
Pope condemns "terroristic massacre" of Nigerian farmers
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads Angelus prayer from his window at the Vatican, November 29, 2020. Vatican Media/?Handout via REUTERSVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday the killing of scores of farmers and villagers in northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants as a “terroristic massacre” that offended the name of God. Francis spoke of Saturday’s attack during his weekly general audience, held virtually from his library in the Vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, which unfortunately once again has been bloodied by a terroristic massacre,” the pope said. Such massacres have been carried out in the past by Boko Haram or the Islamic State West Africa Province which are both active in the area, where Islamic militants have killed at least 30,000 people.
Persons: Pope Francis, Angelus, God, Francis, ” Francis, Boko Haram Organizations: Vatican, Vatican Media, REUTERS VATICAN CITY, Jere, Islamic Locations: Nigeria, Zabarmari, Borno, West Africa Province
Ethiopia's PM shifts focus from Tigray war to 2021 vote
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s prime minister met political parties on Wednesday to plan next year’s election and shift attention away from a month-long war in the north that was sliding into a messy guerrilla conflict. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders from Nov. 4. He took Ethiopia’s top job after nearly three decades of a TPLF-led national government, which had become increasingly repressive, jailing opponents and banning opposition parties. There was no immediate comment from TPLF leaders. TPLF leaders say they are continuing to fight from surrounding mountainous areas.
Persons: Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi, Jawar Mohammed, , , Will Davison Organizations: ADDIS, Abiy, Crisis Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Mekelle, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Bole, Horn, Africa, Oromia, Ethiopia
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