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State Department tells staff: transition to Biden administration has begun
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Humeyra Pamuk | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to announce his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has informed staff that the transition process has begun and a team had been assigned inside the agency to support a handover to the incoming Biden administration, according to an internal email seen by Reuters on Wednesday. “Following the November 3 election, representatives of President-elect Biden’s Transition Team have arrived at the Department of State to support preparations for the transition,” the email said. A “dedicated” team would support Biden’s transition team to ensure they receive the necessary information and logistical support, the email said. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Biden, Mike Pompeo, We’ll, ” Pompeo, Trump Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Reuters, General Services Administration, GSA, Department of State, The State Department, Fox News, Trump, Electoral Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States
Don Hackett, founder and publisher of CoronavirusToday, said that cold chain vaccine storage itself is a standard requirement and shouldn't pose a challenge to U.S. hospitals or pharmacies. "In the developing world, cold chain requirements may be a show-stopper," he said. "Cold chain distribution in pharma is complicated even in normal times," David Gitlin, president and CEO of Carrier Global Corp. told CNBC. "Our healthcare and pharmacy supply chain knows how to properly store, distribute and administer these kinds of vaccines," he said. According to an HHS spokesperson, OWS will also ensure that administration sites have the cold-storage resources they need, including fresh dry ice to extend vaccine storage.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Don Hackett, David Gitlin, Sunny Jha, anesthesiologist, Francesca Marzullo, Danny Sanchez, EnlivenHealth, Trump, Paul Mango, Mango, Alex Azar, OWS, Azar, Johnson Organizations: Pfizer, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Carrier Global Corp, CNBC, University of Southern, LA Surge, GPS, Staff, Policy, U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Marshalls, Administration, Moderna, Johnson, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax, Oxford, AstraZeneca, CDC, of Prisons, Department of State, Indian Health Service, Veterans Health Administration Locations: U.S, University of Southern California, Europe, Kalamazoo , Michigan, Puurs, Belgium, Pleasant Prairie , Wisconsin, Karlsruhe, Germany
China's Xi congratulates Biden on election victory
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.63   time to read: +1 min
US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported. China's foreign ministry congratulated Biden on Nov. 13, nearly a week after many U.S. allies had, holding out as Trump, who is still challenging the election results, refused to concede defeat. In 2016, Xi sent congratulations to Trump on Nov. 9, a day after that year's election. Also on Wednesday, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan congratulated Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, on being elected as the next U.S. vice president, Xinhua said, without providing further details.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, John Kerry, President's Donald Trump's, Biden, Xi, Trump, Wang Qishan, Biden's, Kamala Harris Organizations: China, US, Department of State, Xinhua, U.S Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, Hong Kong
Social media users have been sharing a video online that claims data from the Pennsylvania Department of State reveals voter fraud as it shows ballots were mailed to voters and received by the state on the same day. The video discusses a dataset on Pennsylvania’s “Open data PA” website, which shows data on local topics, such as healthcare, education and COVID-19. “This would result in the ballot mailed date being the same as the ballot received date,” Murren said. Voters were able to visit an election office, request a mail-in ballot, receive it, complete it and return it on the same day. This process explains the data set showing that some voters received and returned their ballots on the same day.
Persons: ” “, Wanda Murren, Murren, ” Murren, Read Organizations: Pennsylvania Department of State, Communications, Press for Pennsylvania Department of State, Reuters
Hospitals in border cities like El Paso have been overwhelmed with cases, even bringing in extra morgue trucks to store the dead. The state rolled out its vaccine allocation plan Monday, outlining who will get it first. "We have known months in advance that the vials of the vaccine are already in place," Texas Gov. The institution cannot receive or begin immunizing healthcare workers until the FDA clears the vaccine, Young said Saturday in a phone interview with CNBC. She's helping lead the University of Texas' vaccine distribution effort as vice dean of professional practice at the Dell Medical School in Austin.
Persons: Greg Abbott, Amy Young, Young, we'll, She's, Alex Azar, Pfizer isn't, Azar, Kim Bencker, Lara Anton, it's Organizations: Pfizer, Reuters, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Lone Star, Texans, Johns Hopkins University . Hospitals, Gov, CNBC, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, FDA, Products Advisory, Moderna, University of Texas, UT, Dell Medical, Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, UT Health Austin Locations: Puurs, Belgium, Reuters Texas, U.S, New York, El Paso, Texas, Austin, Texas , New Mexico , Tennessee, Rhode
Veteran diplomat and longtime Biden foreign policy adviser Antony "Tony" Blinken is President-elect Joe Biden's top choice to serve as Secretary of State, multiple sources told NBC News. A transition official said that Blinken is the most likely candidate for the position but couldn't confirm until Biden's announcement. Blinken's top government roles include serving as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 under former President Barack Obama and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. NBC News previously reported Blinken was a favorite for Secretary of State. A source familiar told NBC News that Biden's first Cabinet selections will be in the diplomacy and national security realm.
Persons: Anthony Blinken, Antony, Tony, Blinken, Joe Biden's, Barack Obama, Ron Klain, Biden Organizations: U.S . Department of State, Washington , DC, Biden, State, NBC News, White House, Sunday Locations: Washington ,
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a screen attending the virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. His campaign has not provided evidence for its claims of widespread and coordinated electoral fraud. “Massive voter fraud will be shown!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Senior Republicans have remained largely silent about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but several voiced doubts on Friday. The single-day death toll surpassed 2,000 this week for the first time since late June, according to a Reuters tally.
Persons: Donald Trump, Democrat Joe Biden, Lim Huey Teng, Biden, Trump, , ” Trump, Brian Kemp, counterprotest, “ Defendants, , Trump’s, ” Biden, Rudolph Giuliani Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democrat, U.S, APEC, REUTERS, Republican, Republican National Committee, Michigan Republican Party, Department of State, Republicans, Democrats, Michigan, Twitter, Democratic, Georgia, Trump, statehouse, Electoral, Detroit, Senior Republicans, General Services Administration, Public, Reuters Locations: Michigan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wayne County, Black, Detroit, Washington, Georgia, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Sterling , Virginia
Parler's founding principles of "constitutional free speech" mean it doesn't have to wrestle with the thorny issues of content moderation that have plagued the mainstream social networks. Parler COO Jeffrey Wernick Business InsiderUntil recently, said Wernick, "many people just didn't even know we existed." For a platform devoted to free speech and "ethical, transparent corporate policy," Parler divulges very little about itself. The Parler cofounder "was very supportive when I was banned everywhere because he believes in free speech," she said. For outspoken conservative figures, the attraction is obvious — Parler does not believe that social media platforms should moderate free speech.
Persons: Rebekah Mercer, Dan Bongino, Jeffrey Wernick, Wernick, Parler, that's, Sean Hannity, Texas Sen, Ted Cruz, John Matze, Jared Thomson, Ryan, Matthew Matze, Candace Owens, Trump, Owens, Matze, Tucker Carlson, Charlie Kirk, Brad Parscale, Cassandra Fairbanks, Laura Loomer, Jack Posobiec, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paige Leskin, Robert Mercer, Mercer, Donald Trump's, Robert, Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica, Patrick McMullan, Loomer, Stephanie Keith, I'm, Business Development Robertson Williams, Williams, Henderson, clampdowns, Allana Akhtar, Joe Biden's, SimilarWeb, Jonas Kaiser, Berkman Klein, Richard Grenell, Kaiser, Michael, Enoch, Peinovich Organizations: Facebook, Twitter, Wall Street, Business, Fox News, Texas, University of Denver, Lambda Chi Alpha, Big Tech, Amazon Web Services, Politico, Trump, Wall, CNBC, Reuters, Communications, Business Development, LinkedIn, US Federal Communications Commission, FBI, US Department of State, Parler, SimilarWeb, Berkman, Berkman Klein Center, Internet & Society, Harvard University, Suffolk University, ADL, Southern Poverty Law Center Locations: Parler, North Carolina, Seattle, Henderson , Nevada, Fairbanks, Yiannopoulos, Cambridge, New York City, Florida, Washington ,, Saudi, Minneapolis, United States, CarePics
Vials of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate BNT162b2 are sorted at a Pfizer facility in Puurs, Belgium in an undated still image from video. Five federal agencies have started telling employees they could receive Pfizer or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine in as little as eight weeks as the U.S. prepares to distribute the potentially life-saving doses across the country, according to a person with first-hand knowledge of the plan. If either company's vaccine isn't authorized by the FDA, it would delay that timing, the person said. Those include: the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Defense, Department of State, Indian Health Service and Veterans Health Administration. If Pfizer's application is OK'd by the FDA, the vaccine will likely be very limited and rolled out in phases.
Persons: hasn't, Emery Nelsen, CDC didn't, CNBC's Amanda Macias, Will Feuer Organizations: Pfizer, Moderna's, Centers, Disease, Diplomats, State Department, and Drug, Moderna, FDA, CDC, of Prisons, Department of Defense, Department of State, Indian Health Service, Veterans Health Administration, Prisons, Department of Health, Human Services, Centers for Disease Control Locations: Puurs, Belgium
On Tuesday, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted out who will be part of their senior White House staff. From Biden's deputy chief of staff to his director of oval office operations, meet the five high-ranking women who will be part of the Biden-Harris White House team. A graduate of Tufts University, O'Malley Dillon will now serve as Biden's deputy chief of staff, making this her first White House position. Dana Remus, White House CounselDana Remus, who served as general counsel to the Biden-Harris campaign, will now serve as Biden's White House Counsel. Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental AffairsJulie Chavez Rodriguez, who is the granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, has been appointed director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Biden-Harris administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, Harris, Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Beto O'Rourke's, Obama's, O'Malley Dillon, Dana Remus, Remus, Obama, Samuel A, Alito, Jr, Anthony J, Moore, Barack Obama, Brett Holmgren, Julissa Reynoso, Theo Wargo, Pantaleon, Jill Biden Julissa Reynoso, Winston, Strawn, Jill Biden, Reynoso Pantaleon, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Intergovernmental Affairs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Cesar Chavez, Chavez Rodriguez, Sen, Justin Sullivan, Annie Tomasini, Biden's, Tomasini, Cori Bush Organizations: CNN, White House, Biden, Harris White House, Staff, Democratic, Tufts University, Harvard College, Yale Law School, Obama Foundation, Obama, University of North Carolina School of Law, Supreme, U.S ., Appeals, Third Circuit, The New York Times, United, Variety's, Women, Lifetime, Cipriani, Getty, Strawn LLP, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Columbia Law School, U.S . Department of State, New York, Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, Lawyers, Committee, Civil, Law, Truman National Security, NBC, White, Office, Intergovernmental Affairs, University of California, Public, Coalition, Jasper Winery, Oval, Senate Foreign Relations, Rasky Partners, Inc, Boston University ., Black Locations: Delaware, America, New York, United States, Uruguay, York, New York City, Dominican Republic, New, California, Berkeley, Jasper, Des Moines , Iowa, Massachusetts
As cases of coronavirus surge, far fewer international students are choosing to study in this country, costing the United States billions. In the fall 2020 semester, the tally of international students studying in the U.S. and online at U.S. institutions sank even further — plunging 16% — due to the impact of the pandemic, according a fall snapshot also conducted by the Institute of International Education. The sudden decline in international student enrollment already cost the U.S. economy $1.8 billion last year, according to a separate report by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. For years, there has been a steady influx of students studying in this country, particularly from China. Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the number of Chinese students in America was roughly 370,000, according to the latest data.
Persons: It's Organizations: United, U.S . Department of State's, Educational, Cultural Affairs, Institute of International Education, NAFSA, Association of International Educators, Finance, U.S Locations: United States, U.S, China, America
SINGAPORE — Given its absence in the world's largest trade agreement, the U.S. might want to "keep some of the doors open" with the participating Asia-Pacific countries by negotiating bilateral deals with them, an economist from HSBC said Tuesday. China and 14 Asia-Pacific countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, on Sunday. "What the U.S. might do ... is strike more bilateral deals, bilateral agreements with individual RCEP members — not all of them but with some of them, just to keep some of the doors open," Frederic Neumann, HSBC's managing director and co-head of Asian economics research, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." Participating countries in RCEP include the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their top trading partners China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Among them, the U.S. only has bilateral trade deals with South Korea, Australia and Singapore, according to the Department of State.
Persons: Donald Trump, , Frederic Neumann, HSBC's, CNBC's, Obama, Joe Biden Organizations: HSBC, Comprehensive Economic, China, Pacific Partnership, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South, Department of State, Nikkei, Trans, Pacific Locations: SINGAPORE, U.S, Asia, Pacific, China, RCEP, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Nikkei Asia
Health workers represent a sixth of all COVID-19 cases, and a disproportionate portion of that group are migrant health workers. Migrant health workers need more personal protective equipment, living wages, less immigration barriers, and the right to raise concerns without fear of reprisal. Migrant health workers make up many of these cases. Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) health workers in the United Kingdom's National Health Service have become ill and died in disproportionate numbers. Psychological stress suffered by health workers of all kinds, especially migrants, in this context is unprecedented.
Persons: Lisa A Organizations: Solidarity, George Mason University, Vice, International Association of Bioethics, Independent, Global Health Justice, Health, World Health Organization, United, National Health Service, Department of State, Human Services, Immigration Services Locations: United States, COVID, Quebec
Alleging widespread voter fraud, the online rumors, dubbed #MaidenGate, sought to sow distrust in the electoral process and delegitimize election results. It also includes a link to the website “Maidengate.com,” which redirects to a Google doc ( here ) with links to check voter registration and ballot status for every state. MICHIGANThe Michigan Secretary of State’s office published its own fact check on how security protections prevent voting in another person’s name here . Perez said that registering and voting with a stolen identity “requires luck going their way a bunch more times than it will.”A Reuters explainer on mail-in voter fraud is visible here, and fact check explaining obstacles to mail-in voter fraud is visible here . The is no evidence of a fraud scheme involving the use of women’s maiden names to cast fraudulent ballots.
Persons: Joe Biden, “ Lauren, , Lisa Brown, Diana Solorio, Mark Brnovich, Brnovich, Brad Raffensperger, Donald Trump, Raffensperger, Hood, ” Hood, “ That’s, Myrna Perez, NYU Law School’s Brennan, Perez, Read Organizations: Democratic, Reuters, Maricopa County, Department, Arizona, Republican, Republicans, Fox Business, Arizona voters, U.S, CNN, PENNSYLVANIA, Pennsylvania Department of State, Division, University of Georgia, Social Security, NYU Law, NYU Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice, National Conference of State Legislatures Locations: United States, Oakland County , MI, Maricopa County, AZ, Fulton County, Allegheny County ,, MICHIGAN, Michigan, Oakland County, ARIZONA, Maricopa, Arizona, GEORGIA, Fulton, Allegheny, Georgia, Pennsylvania
The transition team disclosed the members of its agency review groups on Tuesday. Most of the tech employees listed are serving as volunteers, which the transition website says means they are serving in a personal capacity. Watchdog groups have worried that having former tech employees staff the administration could weaken efforts to regulate the industry. Apart from the agency review teams, Biden has brought some other tech employees into the fold. Correction: Tom Sullivan, an Amazon employee volunteering for the Biden agency review group for the State Department, is a member of its international policy team.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Facebook's, he's, Obama, Nicole Wong, Austin Lin, Chan Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Lin, Tom Sullivan, Mark Schwartz, Clare Gallagher, Airbnb, Divya Kumaraiah, Brandon Belford, Matt Olsen, Uber, Sarah Miller, Gene Kimmelman, Jessica Hertz, Cynthia Hogan, Carlos Monje Organizations: Queen Theater, Trump, New York Times, Biden, Justice, Google, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook, Labs, Department of, Science, Technology, National Security Council, Twitter, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CZI, Management, Administration, National Security, Dell, LinkedIn, Obama, Department of State, Amazon Web Services, Intelligence, American Economic Liberties, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, Politico, Apple, State Department, Big Tech Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, Lyft
Dr. Vivek Murthy, a doctor of internal medicine, served as the surgeon general of the United States beginning in December 2014 under President Barack Obama. After his FDA tenure, he served as the dean of Yale Medical School and is a professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Loyce PaceLoyce Pace has led the Global Health Council since December 2016. Loyce Pace has served as the executive director and president of Global Health Council since December 2016. Her bio on the Global Health Council says she "championed policies for access to essential medicines, testified for congressional global health appropriations, and elevated the voices of people at the community level around various shared advocacy goals."
Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, David Kessler, Vivek Murthy, Marcella Nunez, Smith, Zeke Emanuel, Atul Gawande, Rick Bright, Biden, Barack Obama, Trump, Murthy, David A, Kessler, George H.W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Smith Dr, Luciana Borio Luciana Borio, Luciana Borio, Borio, Zeke Emanuel Dr, Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Ari Emanuel, Rick Bright Dr, Richard Bright, Bright, Gawande, MacArthur, Celine Gounder Dr, Celine Gounder, Gounder, Julie Morita Dr, Julie Morita, Robert Wood Johnson, Michael Osterholm Michael Osterholm, McKnight, Michael Osterholm, Osterholm, Loyce Pace Loyce Pace, Loyce Pace, Johns Hopkins, Robert Rodriguez Dr, Robert Rodriguez, Harris, Rodriguez, Eric Goosby Eric Goosby, Eric Goosby, Clinton Organizations: CNN, Yale, Harvard Medical, Kessler Former, Drug, Harvard Medical School, University of Chicago, Yale Medical School, University of California, Yale University, Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine, US, US Virgin Islands, Jefferson Medical College, Counterterrorism, Foreign, Council, Foreign Relations, FDA, Carnegie Corporation of New, National Security Council, Affordable, Chicago, Biomedical, Research, Development Authority, Energy, National Institutes of Health, Emory University, World Health Organization, New, Ariadne Labs, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Gates Foundation, of Tuberculosis, New York City Department of Health, Mental Hygiene, NYU, Yorker, Chicago Department of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Epidemic Intelligence, US Centers for Disease Control, Public Health, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, Health Security, US Department of State, Minnesota Department of Health, Global Health Council, for Human Rights, Catholic Relief Services, Livestrong, San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF School of Medicine, Biden, Global AIDS, Congressional, AIDS Caucus, Capitol Locations: Washington, United States, India, San Francisco, UCSF, US Virgin, Brazil, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Danville , Pennsylvania, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, Chicago, Johns, Africa, Asia, Europe, Brownsville , Texas, Mexico, Washington , DC
REUTERSThe post (here) shows a printed table which compares the “Number of Registered Voters 2020” and “Votes Counted 2020” for all the U.S. states. In the 15 states in the table where the number of votes counted exceeds the number of registered voters, the “votes counted” figure is highlighted in yellow. Minnesota allows same day voter registration, which may have increased the number of registered voters even more (here and here) . Wisconsin allows same day voter registration, which may also mean the registered voters for election day could be higher than 3,684,726 (here) . In all 15 states highlighted in the table the most up to date number of registered voters is higher than the number of registered voters listed in the table.
Persons: Read Organizations: , Reuters, Colorado, State, Delaware, Delaware Department, Florida Department of State Division, Voters, Hawaii Office, State’s, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New, NORTH, North Carolina, North Carolina State Board, Virginia Department, Wisconsin Locations: “ North Carolina, Colorado , Delaware, Florida, Hawaii , Idaho , Iowa, Louisiana , Massachusetts, Minnesota , Nebraska , New Hampshire , North Carolina , Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, COLORADO, Colorado, DELAWARE, Delaware, FLORIDA, HAWAII, Hawaii, State, IDAHO, Idaho, IOWA, Iowa, LOUISIANA, Louisiana, MASSACHUSETTS, Massachusetts, MINNESOTA, Minnesota, NEBRASKA, Nebraska, HAMPSHIRE, New Hampshire, North, North Carolina, VERMONT, Vermont, VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN
The table compares the number of registered voters, projected votes and percentage of turnout for each state. Nevada has same day registration available, so registered voter numbers may have increased on the day of the election ( here and here ) . Minnesota allows same day voter registration, which may have increased the number of registered voters even more ( here and here ). Wisconsin allows same day voter registration, which may also mean the registered voters for election day could be higher than 3,684,726 ( here ) . The table shows outdated and incorrect information on voter registration in eight key states.
Persons: Read Organizations: Reuters, Pennsylvania Department of State, NORTH, North, North Carolina State Board, Wisconsin, Michigan Voter, Detroit Free Press, State Locations: Nevada , Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Carolina , Wisconsin , Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, NEVADA, Nevada, PENNSYLVANIA, Pennsylvania, MINNESOTA, NORTH CAROLINA, North Carolina, WISCONSIN, Wisconsin, MICHIGAN, Michigan, ARIZONA, State, GEORGIA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces carried out a rescue operation in northern Nigeria on Saturday to recover an American citizen being held by armed men, the Pentagon said. “This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that no military personnel were injured in the operation. While the Pentagon did not provide the American citizen’s identity, a U.S. official told Reuters it was 27-year-old Philip Walton, who was kidnapped earlier in the week, and the raid included Navy SEALs. Six gunmen riding motorcycles and armed with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped an Walton from his home on the edge of a rural village in neighboring southern Niger early on Tuesday. Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.
Persons: Philip Walton, Walton Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pentagon, U.S . Department of State, U.S, Reuters, Navy SEALs, AK, Islamic, WASHINGTON (Reuters) Locations: Nigeria, Niger, . Niger, West Africa’s, al Qaeda, U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces carried out a rescue operation in northern Nigeria on Saturday to recover an American citizen being held by armed men, the Pentagon said. “This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that no military personnel were injured in the operation. While the Pentagon did not provide the American citizen’s identity, a U.S. official told Reuters it was 27-year-old Philip Walton, who was kidnapped earlier in the week, and the raid included Navy SEALs. Six gunmen riding motorcycles and armed with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped an Walton from his home on the edge of a rural village in neighboring southern Niger early on Tuesday. Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.
Persons: Philip Walton, Walton Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pentagon, U.S . Department of State, U.S, Reuters, Navy SEALs, AK, Islamic, WASHINGTON (Reuters) Locations: Nigeria, Niger, . Niger, West Africa’s, al Qaeda, U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces carried out a rescue operation in northern Nigeria on Saturday to recover an American citizen being held by armed men, the Pentagon said. “This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that no military personnel were injured in the operation. While the Pentagon did not provide the American citizen’s identity, a U.S. official told Reuters it was 27-year-old Philip Walton, who was kidnapped earlier in the week, and the raid included Navy SEALs. Six gunmen riding motorcycles and armed with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped an Walton from his home on the edge of a rural village in neighboring southern Niger early on Tuesday. Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.
Persons: Philip Walton, Walton Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pentagon, U.S . Department of State, U.S, Reuters, Navy SEALs, AK, Islamic, WASHINGTON (Reuters) Locations: Nigeria, Niger, . Niger, West Africa’s, al Qaeda, U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces carried out a rescue operation in northern Nigeria on Saturday to recover an American citizen being held by armed men, the Pentagon said. “This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that no military personnel were injured in the operation. While the Pentagon did not provide the American citizen’s identity, a U.S. official told Reuters it was 27-year-old Philip Walton, who was kidnapped earlier in the week, and the raid included Navy SEALs. Six gunmen riding motorcycles and armed with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped an Walton from his home on the edge of a rural village in neighboring southern Niger early on Tuesday. Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.
Persons: Philip Walton, Walton Organizations: WASHINGTON, Pentagon, U.S . Department of State, U.S, Reuters, Navy SEALs, AK, Islamic, WASHINGTON (Reuters) Locations: Nigeria, Niger, . Niger, West Africa’s, al Qaeda, U.S
U.S. Commandos Rescue American Held in Nigeria
  + stars: | 2020-10-31 | by ( Nancy A. Youssef | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
U.S military commandos rescued an American being held in Nigeria after he had been kidnapped from his home in neighboring Niger days earlier, the Pentagon said Saturday. Defense officials identified the American as Philipe Nathan Walton, 27, who had been taken Oct. 26 from his farm in Massalata, Niger, by attackers who demanded ransom. Massalata is near Niger’s border with Nigeria. Mr. Walton was living there with his wife and young daughter, officials said. “This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.
Persons: Philipe Nathan Walton, Walton, Walton’s, Jonathan Hoffman, , Trump, Organizations: Pentagon, Defense, Navy’s, U.S . Department of State, U.S . Special Forces, Niger Locations: American, Nigeria, Niger, Massalata, Niger’s, U.S, Nigeria, Massalata
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