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Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID-19 in NYC
  + stars: | 2021-09-22 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano MachadoBRASILIA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the government said. It added that the rest of the delegation tested negative for the virus. read moreThe health minister was the second member of the Brazilian delegation in New York to have tested positive. A young diplomat who was part of an advance team preparing Bolsonaro's visit tested positive on the weekend and was isolated.
Persons: Marcelo Queiroga, Adriano Machado BRASILIA, Jair Bolsonaro, Queiroga, Bolsonaro, Donald Trump, coronavirus, Trump, Anthony Boadle, Stephen Coates, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: Brazil's Health, REUTERS, United Nations General Assembly, CNN Brasil, COVID, Brazilian, Thomson Locations: Brasilia, Brazil, New York, United States, Lago, COVID
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lauded state troopers for erecting a "steel barrier" of vehicles to stop people from crossing into the US. He said Texas is sending a message to those thinking about crossing the border that they may be jailed. Thousands of refugees seeking to enter the US are camped underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian refugees are camped underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — a border town of around 35,000 on the about 150 miles west of San Antonio. It's unclear why so many migrants have amassed at Del Rio so quickly, but misinformation that the border would be easier to cross there may have played a part, reported The New York Times.
Persons: Greg Abbott, Abbott, Jovenel Moïse, Joe Biden, Jozef, Biden Organizations: Texas, Service, Policy, Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, Migrants, White, Department of Homeland Security, CNN, Del, New York Times, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Times Locations: Texas, Del Rio , Texas, San Antonio, Haiti, Del Rio
Hong Kong (CNN Business) It's been nearly two years since Norris Fong has seen his family back in his native Singapore. Like many Asian countries , Hong Kong has embraced a "zero Covid" strategy, placing emphasis on social distancing, limiting travel and shutting most non-residents out. No end in sightBut for many in Hong Kong, the grass is still greener on the other side of the South China Sea. Reopening to the mainland has been crucial for businesses who view Hong Kong as a gateway to the vast market there. In some cases, the quarantine restrictions in Hong Kong have sped up the decisions for job-seekers to head to Singapore, said Dass.
Persons: It's, Norris Fong, he's, Fong, Fong isn't, weren't, Frederik Gollob, Gollob, Carrie Lam, Edward Yau, Yau, Let's, Hong, Jaya Dass, Motley, TikTok, Alexander von zur Muehlen, Dass, Carlotta Dotto Organizations: CNN, Versace, of Commerce, CNN Business, Hong, European Chamber of Commerce, Asia Pacific, Hong Kong Commerce, Malaysia, Basel, headhunters, American Chamber of Commerce, New York Times, Facebook, Netflix, Citi, Banks, Singapore . Deutsche Bank DB Locations: Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Sands, South China, Central , Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hong Kong, China, Macao, Macau, Malaysia, Randstad, Asia, Seoul, Southeast Asia
A CIA official reported symptoms consistent with so-called Havana Syndrome, a mysterious affliction that has struck diplomats, spies and other government workers at home and abroad, two sources familiar with the matter said Monday. Havana Syndrome first came into public view in 2017 after U.S. diplomats and other government workers stationed in Cuba reported feeling unusual physical sensations after hearing strange high- and low-pitched sounds. Late last month, at least two U.S. diplomats were medically evacuated from Vietnam after Havana Syndrome incidents were reported in the capital city, Hanoi, ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris' arrival. Many people who have experienced Havana Syndrome report experiencing vertigo, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and intense headaches. A CIA spokeswoman declined to confirm the case in India but said the U.S. government and the agency are taking every incident seriously.
Persons: William Burns, Kamala Harris, Burns, We've, David Cohen, Osama bin Organizations: CIA, CNN, Washington, U.S, National Academies of Sciences Locations: Havana, India, U.S, Cuba, China, D.C, Vietnam, Hanoi
REUTERS/Larry DowningWASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A CIA officer who was traveling with agency director William Burns to India this month reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome, CNN and the New York Times reported on Monday. Some 200 U.S. officials and family members have been sickened by Havana syndrome, a mysterious set of ailments that include migraines, nausea, memory lapses and dizziness. A CIA spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters the agency does not comment on specific incidents or officers. Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris delayed her arrival to Hanoi for three hours after the U.S. embassy there said someone had reported a health incident consistent with Havana syndrome. Burns has said there is a "very strong possibility" that the syndrome is intentionally caused and that Russia could be responsible.
Persons: Larry Downing WASHINGTON, William Burns, Kamala Harris, Burns, Osama bin Laden, Eric Beech, Christian Schmollinger Organizations: CIA, REUTERS, CNN, New York Times, U.S, U.S . National Academy of Sciences, Thomson Locations: McLean , Virginia, India, Havana, U.S, Cuba, Hanoi, Russia
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Bitcoin is falling as fears of the Evergrande crisis sweep through global markets. Other cryptocurrencies are tumbling, too. Ethereum and dogecoin have each declined 4.4% and about 6%, respectively, in the past 24 hours. The fall followed a major drop in US stocks on Monday, as Wall Street's fears turned to China. Investors have been uneasy over the deepening crisis of Evergrande, a massive Chinese property conglomerate that's at risk of defaulting.
Organizations: CNN, Investors Locations: Hong Kong, China
(CNN) A military coup d'etat attempt failed in Sudan on Tuesday and most of the involved officers were arrested, according to three senior government and military sources. About 40 officers were arrested after attempting to take over the state broadcaster's television buildings and the military general command, one senior government source said. Following the attempt, Sudan's military spread across the capital Khartoum. A military statement is expected to be issued later on Tuesday. This is a developing story.
Organizations: CNN Locations: Sudan, Khartoum
France weighs Australia options, urges Britain to restore trust
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolBRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - France is assessing all options in response to Australia's scrapping of a $40 billion submarine contract, French European affairs minister Clement Beaune said on Tuesday, while urging Britain to respect its post-Brexit commitments. Australia said last week it would cancel an order for conventional submarines from France and build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology under a new security partnership named AUKUS. We need to look into all options," he told reporters before a meeting of EU counterparts in Brussels. Beaune said this marked a further erosion of trust in Britain post-Brexit. Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop, Marine Strauss, Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold; Editing by Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: European Affairs Clement Beaune, Benoit Tessier, Clement Beaune, Ursula von der Leyen, Michael Roth, Philip Blenkinsop, Marine Strauss, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Giles Elgood Organizations: French Junior, European Affairs, REUTERS, French, U.S, EU, European, CNN, European Union, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, BRUSSELS, Britain, Beaune, Australia, Brussels, EU, New York, European, German Europe, Canberra, Washington, Northern Ireland
REUTERS/Lee Celano LC/File PhotoSept 21 (Reuters) - George Holliday, the plumber who shot video of Los Angeles police officers beating Black motorist Rodney King in 1991, has died at a hospital in California due to complications from COVID-19, a friend said. Long before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, the name Rodney King was synonymous with the use of excessive force in policing minority groups. The video of King's beating, shot in grainy black and white, was played on hundreds of television stations. On March 3, 1991, Holliday stood on his balcony and used his Sony Video8 Handycam to record the police officers beating King. King - who was on parole for robbery - had led police on a high-speed chase through Los Angeles.
Persons: George Holliday, Rodney King, James Jordan, Holliday, Lee Celano, Robert Wollenweber, Long, King, George Floyd, Kanishka Singh, Robert Birsel Organizations: Los Angeles Police, KTLA, CNN, REUTERS, TMZ, LA, Sony, NPR, Los Angeles Police Department, Thomson Locations: California, COVID, Los Angeles, American, Bengaluru
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Evergrande's chairman promised his employees Tuesday that they will "walk out of the darkness" caused by the embattled Chinese conglomerate's historic debt crisis. But it's not clear how much — if any — of its debt obligations Evergrande will be able to meet. official comment from Beijing over how the Evergrande crisis may be resolved The lack ofofficial comment from Beijing over how the Evergrande crisis may be resolved appears to be a major source of uncertainty . But Beijing will also want to "maintain stability" in the property sector, they added. Evergrande alone holds about 6.5% of the total debt held by the country's property sector, according to an estimate by UBS.
Persons: Evergrande's, Xu Jiayin, Xu, Larry Hu, Xinyu Ji, Hu, Ji, Tommy Wu, Wu, Robert Carnell, Xi, Carnell, Macquarie's Hu, Lu Stout, Jadyn Sham Organizations: CNN, Evergrande, Macquarie Group, UBS, Oxford Economics, ING Economics, Asset Management Locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, Hong Kong , New York, Shenzhen, Asia, Pacific
A member of CIA director Bill Burns team reported symptoms of Havana Syndrome this month, CNN said. The incident happened on Burns' trip to India and left him "fuming," sources told CNN. At least 130 US personnel have reported symptoms, including in China, Vietnam, the US, and Russia. The individual who reported the symptoms was returned to the US and recieved immediate medical attention, CNN reported. At least 130 US personnel have reported symptoms following other incidents in China, Russia, Germany, and the US.
Persons: Bill Burns, Burns, Marc Polymeropoulos, Insider's Aylin Woodward, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Lloyd Austin Organizations: CIA, CNN, Service, Employees Locations: Havana, India, China, Vietnam, Russia, Cuba, Germany, Moscow, Hanoi
He has called for Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own through a special budget process. Republicans supported raising the debt ceiling three times during the Trump administration. Yes, you've seen this movie before: President Joe Biden and McConnell played major parts in it too. Spurred on by the tea-party movement, Republicans sought to use raising the debt ceiling as a political cudgel against the Obama White House in 2011. Anxiety about congressional action over the debt ceiling didn't help matters either.
Persons: Phil Rosen, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Alex Wong, Kevin Dietsch, Mitch McConnell isn't, McConnell, Donald Trump —, Trump, Janet Yellen, you've, Joe Biden, John Durham's, Michael Sussmann, aren't, Justin Trudeau, DAVE CHAN, Alejandro Mayorkas, Jen Psaki, Alan Braid, San Antonio, Oscar Stilley, Stilley, BioNTech, Brian Laundrie's, fiancée, Gabby Petito, Dow, Emily Zugay, Benedict Arnold Organizations: iOS, Android, Republicans, Washington, Obama White House, Clinton, Democratic, Canadian, Getty, DHS, Federal, Associated Press, Homeland, White, The Washington Post, Pfizer, Food and Drug, CNN, Johns Hopkins University, FBI, Authorities, NASCAR Locations: AFP, Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, The Washington, Florida, China, Wisconsin, Saratoga
London (CNN Business) Africa's space industry has been slow to take off, but it's predicted to skyrocket in the next few years. Another South African company, Dragonfly Aerospace, provides imaging systems for satellites and is now working on launching its own constellation. "The new space industry has a lot of opportunity because there's a lot of growth," says Bryan Dean, Dragonfly Aerospace's CEO. Overcoming roadblocksMinoo Rathnasabapathy, a South Africa-born space research engineer at MIT, says the continent's space industry still has challenges to overcome, most notably a lack of resources. Manjoo adds that government bureaucracy is holding back the African space industry and investment is needed to support local businesses.
Persons: skyrocket, Khalid Manjoo, it's, Manjoo, Bryan Dean, Dragonfly, Max Polyakov, Dean, we're, Astrofica's Manjoo, Astrofica's Jessie Ndaba Organizations: London, CNN, Space, World, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Russian Soyuz, American SpaceX, Dragonfly Aerospace, Aerospace, MIT, NASA, ESA, European Space Agency Locations: Africa, Russian, Baikonur, Kazakhstan, American, India, Stellenbosch , South Africa, South Africa, Europe
(CNN) Russia was responsible for killing Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent turned Kremlin critic who died in London by polonium poisoning in 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Tuesday. The ruling found that "Russia was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko in the UK." "The Court found in particular that there was a strong prima facie case that, in poisoning Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoi and Mr Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian State," it said, referring to the names of two Russian agents accused of killing Litvinenko. The court also ruled that Russian authorities "had not carried out an effective domestic investigation capable of leading to the establishment of the facts and, where appropriate, the identification and punishment of those responsible for the murder." This is a developing story ... more to come
Persons: Alexander Litvinenko, Aleksandr Litvinenko, Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoi, Mr Kovtun, Litvinenko Organizations: CNN, of Human Rights Locations: Russia, Russian, London, Russian State
And, when a booster of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is given, the strength of protection against COVID-19 further increases." "The Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine showed vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19-related hospitalizations at 86% for participants younger than 60 years, and 78% for those 60 years and older," the company said. Barouch, who has worked with Janssen to test the vaccine but who was not directly involved in the three studies, said people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be reassured by the data. Johnson & Johnson has said it will submit all of this data to the FDA for potential consideration for adding a booster dose, and perhaps for consideration to authorize a two-dose regimen. It circulated widely in South Africa but has been outcompeted in the US by Delta, which does not appear to escape immune protection as well.
Persons: Johnson, J's Janssen, Janssen, Mathai, Johnson COVID, Dan Barouch, Beth Israel Deaconess, Barouch, J's, that's, Dr, Sanjay Gupta Organizations: CNN, Johnson, COVID, Janssen Research & Development, US Food and Drug Administration, US Centers for Disease Control, for Virology, Vaccine Research, Moderna, Pfizer, FDA, Get CNN, CNN Health, Delta Locations: United States, Moderna's, South Africa
London (CNN Business) JPMorgan has launched a new digital retail bank in the United Kingdom under its Chase brand, marking its first push into consumer banking outside North America. Like most of its rivals, Chase won't charge any account fees, and clients will have 24-hour access to a customer support team. "Having spoken extensively to consumers across the [United Kingdom] we know that people want good value combined with an excellent experience, from a trusted bank," Chase UK CEO Sanoke Viswanathan said in a statement on Tuesday. Chase plans to offer savings and investment accounts to its UK customers in future, as well as lending products. JPMorgan said it plans to use the United Kingdom as a launchpad to expand into other international markets.
Persons: Lloyds Bank LLDTF HSBC HSBC Barclays BCS Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan JPM, Chase, Sanoke Viswanathan Organizations: London, CNN Business, JPMorgan, Lloyds Bank LLDTF HSBC HSBC Barclays BCS Goldman, NatWest, Chase Locations: United Kingdom, North America
Haitian migrants get off an aiport bus after U.S. authorities flew them out of a Texas border city where thousands of mostly Haitians had gathered under a bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy ErolWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The United States has moved about 4,000 Haitian migrants from a camp in Del Rio, Texas, where mistreatment was recorded, and more were expected to leave on four flights on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. "We are moving more migrants very quickly to other processing centers so that we can ensure their security and safety and the security and safety of the community," Mayorkas said in an interview with CNN. Hundreds of Haitians returned to Mexico from the sprawling migrant camp across the border in Del Rio, Texas, on Monday, fearing expulsion to their homeland as U.S. authorities organized flights back to Haiti. The White House criticized the use of horse reins to threaten Haitian migrants after images circulated of a U.S. border guard on horseback charging at migrants near a riverside camp in Texas.
Persons: Ralph Tedy Erol WASHINGTON, Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, Doina, Susan Heavey, Bernadette Baum Organizations: REUTERS, United, Homeland, CNN, U.S, Thomson Locations: Texas, Rio, Mexico, Port, Prince, Haiti, United States, Del Rio , Texas, U.S, Rio Grande
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Global markets are rebounding from a sharp selloff on Monday , when the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite logged their worst performances since May. The CNN Business Fear & Greed Index was last showing a reading of "extreme fear." The Back-to-Normal Index created by CNN Business and Moody's Analytics fell back to 89% as of Sept. 17 as Americans cut back on travel and dining out. Inflation: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development upgraded its inflation forecast for 2021 and 2022 on Tuesday.
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New York (CNN Business) US stocks are rebounding Tuesday, after concerns about potential contagion from Chinese real estate giant Evergrande's debt crisis led to the worst session for the market in months. After weeks without a clear driver for markets, Evergrande's trouble came at just the right time to trigger a massive selloff. Analysts have long said a correction of prices was necessary given how long the recovery rally has been going on. But after Monday's steep drop, investors are already taking a breather and Wall Street opened with green arrows across the board. Yields fell and prices rose Monday as investors rushed into the safety of Treasuries.
Persons: Dow INDU, Read Organizations: CNN Business, Analysts, Treasury Locations: York
(CNN Business) A longtime Theranos scientist depicted Elizabeth Holmes as prioritizing a business partnership over the possible well-being of patients in testimony capping off the first full week of witnesses taking the stand in the criminal trial of the disgraced founder. The witness, Surekha Gangakhedkar, a scientist who worked for Theranos for eight years before quitting over her concerns about the company's capabilities, will continue her testimony Tuesday when the high-profile trial resumes in a San Jose federal courtroom. Gangakhedkar testified Friday that Holmes was directly knowledgeable about the failings of its proprietary blood analyzer machine yet moved forward with the rollout of its devices to Walgreens locations. She said she felt pressured by Holmes to validate tests for patient use. "I was not comfortable with the plans they had in place so I made a decision to resign and not continue working there."
Persons: Elizabeth Holmes, Surekha, Gangakhedkar, Holmes, Theranos Organizations: CNN, Walgreens, Theranos Locations: San Jose federal
Chipotle is adding a new meat to its menu
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( Jordan Valinsky | Cnn Business | )   time to read: +1 min
New York (CNN Business) Chipotle is adding smoked brisket to its menus nationwide following a successful test conducted last year. The chain said the limited-time offering, which is one of its most requested menu items, will go on sale Thursday. Chipotle described the brisket as "smoked to perfect tenderness" and seasoned with a blend of spices and a Mexican pepper sauce. Chipotle adds new items to its menu at select restaurants and evaluates their performance before launching them nationwide. The most recent menu item it tested using this process was plant-based chorizo at locations in Denver and Indianapolis.
Persons: Chipotle, Brisket, Read Organizations: CNN Locations: York, Mexican, Ohio, California, Denver, Indianapolis
For McDonald's young customers, that means instead of some plastic figurines, they'll get 3-D paper-based toys they can put together themselves. In the past decade, the company has also tweaked the Happy Meal menu to make it healthier. McDonald's is making changes to its Happy Meal toys. McDonald's made changes to its Happy Meal toys a couple of years ago in the wake of backlash from consumers worried about plastic waste generated from the toys. In 2019, a petition started by two British girls asking McDonald's and Burger King to stop distributing plastic toys started gaining traction and media attention.
Persons: McDonald's, they'll, Burger Organizations: CNN Locations: York, United Kingdom
New York (CNN Business) Google is dramatically expanding its office presence in New York City with a $2.1 billion purchase on Manhattan's West Side. The move comes even as the company embracing a hybrid work model because of the pandemic. Google said Tuesday that the new office will be an "anchor" of its sprawling city campus that houses much of its 12,000-strong regional workforce. Rendering of the Manhattan office building Google has purchased for $2.1 billion. New York is home to Google's largest workplace outside of California, and the company's footprint has steadily grown across the city in recent yearsRead More
Organizations: CNN, Google, Street Locations: York, New York City, Manhattan, New York, California
'Dancing with the Stars' Season 30 premieres
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( Marianne Garvey | )   time to read: 1 min
(CNN) "Dancing with the Stars" 30th season premiered on Monday night, with a same-sex dancing team and one contestant who upset some viewers just by being there. Contestant Olivia Jade Giannulli (Olivia Jade) is under scrutiny because her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, served time in prison for the college admissions scandal that exploded in March of 2019. But the last few years I've been, I guess you could say, wrapped up in a scandal." She is paired with pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy and the two danced a salsa for Jade's first dance. One viewer wrote on Twitter, "SEND OLIVIA JADE HOME.
Persons: Olivia Jade Giannulli, Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli, Jade, I'm, I've, Val Chmerkovskiy, OLIVIA JADE HOME Organizations: CNN, Twitter
Rep. Tony Gonzalez defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed whipping at Haitian migrants. The Texas Republican said the agents were "doing God's work fighting everything they can." Haitian migrants told reporters that they were forced to leave the camp to find water and food for themselves and their families, including many young children. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday called the images of the Border Patrol agents whipping and yelling at barefoot migrants carrying bags of food "horrific" and "horrible." The US government has begun deporting thousands of Haitian migrants back to Haiti, even as the Haitian government pleads for a "humanitarian moratorium" on such removals.
Persons: Tony Gonzalez, Gonzalez, Jen Psaki, Jovenel Moïse, There's, can't, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Omar Organizations: US Border Patrol, Texas Republican, Department of Homeland Security, Service, CNN, Border Patrol, Al, United Nations, Democratic Locations: Texas, Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio, Al Jazeera, Haiti, Rio Grande, Haitian, Alexandria
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