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Nissan sets up new business unit for African region
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 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
Egypt Rights Advocates Appear in Court Amid Global Outcry
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Jared Malsin | ) sentiment -0.88   time to read: 1 min
Three prominent Egyptian human-rights defenders appeared in a Cairo terrorism court on Tuesday as a part of a high-profile case that has drawn international pressure to release them. The three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were arrested in November in a crackdown that sparked outcry from European governments, United Nations officials, members of Congress, and President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state.
Persons: Joe Biden’s Organizations: Egyptian, United Nations Locations: Cairo
FILE PHOTO: Egyptian Finance Minister Mohamed Maait speaks during a news conference in Cairo, July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt expects to receive a $1.6 billion disbursal from the International Monetary Fund by end-December, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said on Monday. The IMF said earlier this month it had reached a staff-level agreement with Egypt after the first review of a $5.2 billion financing agreement.
Persons: Mohamed Maait, Mohamed Abd El Ghany Organizations: Egyptian, REUTERS, International Monetary Fund, IMF Locations: Cairo, Mohamed Abd El Ghany CAIRO, Egypt
Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, White, Ivanka Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, Adam Boehler, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu, bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Bin Salman, Netanyahu, Biden, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al, Mohammad Al Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Saudi Arabia's, White, Global Center, REUTERS, Saudi, Middle, U.S . International Development Finance Corporation, United Arab, U.S, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Arab Emirates, GCC, Qatar Locations: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Riyadh, Saudi, Neom, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Tehran, Iranian, Iran, Sabah . Kuwait, Egypt
Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nidal Al-Mughrabi | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
GAZA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory’s under-developed health system. “These devices will help medical teams provide better service to patients, but it is not enough,” said Abdullatif Alhaj of Gaza’s health ministry. Alhaj said hospitals had suffered acute shortages in oxygen essential in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. “The health system right now can hold on for a few weeks after the expansion of beds,” said Abdelnaser Soboh, emergency health lead in the World Health Organization’s Gaza sub-office. Soboh said Gaza is also experiencing severe shortages of medications and disposable equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients.
Persons: , Abdullatif, Alhaj, Abdelnaser, Soboh Organizations: World Health Organization, Gaza Health Ministry, Health Locations: GAZA, Gaza, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt
SAN FRANCISCO — When Chirag Bhakta saw a headline recently that said tech workers were fleeing San Francisco, he had a quick reaction: "Good riddance." You can make a lot of money here, obviously, but that's not the persona of San Francisco." From what I can tell, tech workers weren't being oppressed in San Francisco," he said. And recently, protesters demonstrated outside the couple's San Francisco house over Facebook's role in politics, including its decision not to fact-check political ads. "The level of tech blowback in San Francisco and the Bay Area was going up in intensity," she said.
Persons: Chirag Bhakta, , San, Bhakta, We're, John Elberling, San Francisco ” “, CbotMnpuYb —, that's, Elberling, Joe Lonsdale, Francisco —, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Andrea Buffa, Tracy Rosenberg, they've Organizations: FRANCISCO, Chirag, San, Software, “ Tech, CbotMnpuYb — Chirag, Street, Google, San Francisco Apartment Association, San Francisco, Supervisors, Media Alliance Locations: San Francisco, Denver, Miami, Austin , Texas, Market, Francisco, Texas, California, Austin, Egypt
Hollywood’s Obituary, the Sequel. Now Streaming.
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Brooks Barnes | ) sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
LOS ANGELES — “Hollywood’s like Egypt: full of crumbled pyramids. A new entertainment technology, TV, was emasculating cinema as a cultural force, and film studios had started to fossilize into bottom line-oriented businesses. As Selznick put it, Hollywood had been “grabbed by a little group of bookkeepers and turned into a junk industry.”Since then, Hollywood has repeatedly written its own obituary. The 1980s (VCRs), the 1990s (the rise of media super-conglomerates), the 2000s (endless fantasy sequels) and the 2010s (Netflix, Netflix, Netflix) each brought new rounds of existential hand-wringing. Sure, we churn out lowest common denominator junk, studio executives would concede over $40 salads at the Polo Lounge.
Persons: It’ll, David O, Selznick, , Hollywood ” Organizations: ANGELES, Hollywood, Western Industries, , Netflix Locations: Egypt, Hollywood
Some hard-liners argued that the killing of Mr. Fakhrizadeh showed that Tehran should give up on holding out for a new start with Mr. Biden, if only because restraint was emboldening its foes. “If you don’t respond to this level of terrorism, they may repeat it because now they know Iran won’t react,” the conservative political analyst Foad Izadi said in an interview from Tehran. Israel for decades has embraced a strategy of targeted assassinations in attempting to slow down potential progress toward the development of a nuclear weapon among its hostile neighbors. Israeli intelligence agencies have been linked to the killings of scientists working for Egypt in the 1960s and for Iraq in the 1970s for the same reason, historians say. Iran first accused Israel of killing one of its scientists when he dropped dead in his laboratory after a poisoning in 2007, and a series of more violent attacks on Iranian scientists between 2010 and 2012 have been widely attributed to Israel as well, too.
Persons: Mr, Fakhrizadeh, Biden, Foad Izadi, Israel Organizations: Mr, Saturday Locations: Tehran, Iran, , Israel, Egypt, Iraq
Archaeologists have found 160 sarcophagi at Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian city of the dead, since September. According to experts, some of the Saqqara tombs have colorful curses inscribed on the walls to warn away intruders. 'Fear of seeing ghosts'Inside one Saqqara tomb, where archaeologists discovered sarcophagi belonging to priests buried 2,500 years ago. This rekindled talk of a "mummy's curse," a concept writer Louisa May Alcott had explored 50 years earlier. Carter never put any stock in the myth of a mummy's curse, dismissing it as "tommy rot."
Persons: Salima, Ziad Ahmed, NurPhoto, Ankhmahor, Ikram, trespassers, Osiris, Howard Carter, King, George Herbert, Louisa May Alcott, Herbert, Carter Organizations: American University, Getty, Netflix Locations: Saqqara, Egypt, Cairo, Ankhmahor
Some critics, however, call it a risky gambit that puts someone with a questionable human rights record and who has been close to Iran at the heart of the Iraqi military. Egyptian military officials denied Lami was among a batch of Iraqi officers undergoing training in Egypt. Kadhimi has made security sector reform a priority, focusing on a reshuffle of top state security posts. Yet U.S. and Iraqi officials say the militias continue to harass the 3,000 or so remaining U.S. troops based in Iraq. An Iraqi security official said recruiting Lami into the army was part of an attempt by Kadhimi to bring the PMF closer to his government.
Persons: Hashid, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al, Muhandis, Thaier, Sudani, Hussein Falih Aziz, Abu Zainab al, Mustafa al, Washington’s, Lami, , , Kadhimi, Saddam Hussein, Sheikh Ali al Organizations: Popular Mobilization Forces, Iran's Quds Force, REUTERS, Reuters, Popular, Forces, Iraqi, U.S Locations: BAGHDAD, Iraqi, Iran, U.S, Iran's Quds, Baghdad, Iraq, Egypt, United States
But meetings of the Joint Military Commission in northern Libya, attended by five officers each from the two sides, have yet to make progress on other key demands of a U.N.-brokered agreement, underlining its fragility. Its domed Ouagadougou Conference Centre, an undamaged part of which is now the Joint Military Commission headquarters, serves as a reminder of what is at stake. Today a new banner for the commission hangs where GNA and LNA negotiators hash out details of their October ceasefire. The U.N. process helped resolve an eight-month LNA blockade of oil exports which aggravated economic problems in both east and west. The third strand of talks beyond the military commission and the political process is economic negotiations.
Persons: Omran, , Mohammed Mofteh, Khalifa, Hamad, Gaddafi, Stephanie Williams, Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Military Commission, National Accord, Libyan National Army, OPEC, Ouagadougou Conference Centre, Islamic, Security, National Oil Company, Central Bank of Locations: SIRTE, Libya, TUNIS, Sirte, Benghazi, Tripoli, Misrata, Turkey, Russia, UAE, Egypt, FRONTLINES, Libya’s, Ouagadougou, frontlines, Western, Central Bank of Libya
She Dove More Than 300 Feet Under the Sea. Can She Go Deeper?
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Adam Skolnick | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
She took her first free diving course in the open water the following spring and reached 28 meters (92 feet) in the Mediterranean Sea. When Molchanova disappeared, she was the only woman to have surpassed 100 meters, setting the world record at 101 meters (331 feet). Later that year, Artnik shocked much of the free diving world by matching it. By the end of that event Artnik and Zecchini held the record together at 113 meters (371 feet). The two have become close as they have electrified women’s free diving by hitting depths even the great Molchanova never approached.
Persons: , ” Artnik, Artnik didn’t, , Artnik, That’s, Molchanova, Alessia, Zecchini, Nationwide lockdowns Organizations: Caribbean, Nationwide Locations: Slovenia, Egypt, Italy, Roatán, Honduras, Europe, Asia
U.S. blacklists Libyan militia, leader after Russia stops U.N. sanctions
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States unilaterally blacklisted Libya’s Kaniyat militia and its leader on Wednesday after Russia last week prevented a U.N. Security Council committee from imposing sanctions over human rights abuses by the group. “Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia have tortured and killed civilians during a cruel campaign of oppression in Libya,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The United States and Germany earlier this month proposed that the U.N. Security Council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kaniyat militia and al-Kani. Last month Libyan authorities dug up 12 bodies from four unmarked graves in Tarhouna, adding to the scores of corpses already discovered since June. Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt support the LNA.
Persons: Libya’s, “ Mohamed al, Steven Mnuchin, Kani, Khalifa, Muammar Gaddafi Organizations: YORK, United, Russia, Security, Global, National Accord, Libyan National Army, NATO, United Arab Locations: U.S, Libya, ” U.S, United States, Germany, Kani, Russia, Libyan, Tarhouna, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
President-elect Joe Biden's pick for national security adviser warned Wednesday about the risk of war crimes in Ethiopia, where government forces are surrounding a city governed by rebellious regional leaders in what's threatening to spiral into civil war. In one of his first tweets after being named, Jake Sullivan warned about "the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes" in the East African country. I'm deeply concerned about the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes, in the fighting around Mekelle in Ethiopia. Marwan Ali / APThe TPLF regional leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters his fighters were "ready to die in defense of our right to administer our region." Sullivan isn't the first to warn about possible war crimes.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Jake Sullivan, I'm, — Jake Sullivan, Abiy Ahmed, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Donald Trump, rancor, Ahmed, Abiy, Tigrayans, Dejene Tsegaye, Marwan Ali, Debretsion Gebremichael, Sullivan isn't, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Ethiopia's Organizations: African Union, Aid, Democratic, NBC News, Associated Press, Communications, Amnesty, United Nations, Human Rights, Reuters Locations: Ethiopia, East, Mekelle, Tigray, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Mekele, Qadarif
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Cases Overwhelm the U.S., Health Officials Give Up on Contact Tracing As the country records its deadliest day in more than six months, Americans are rethinking Thanksgiving travel. ‘We missed the boat in the beginning’: Officials concede contact tracing is no longer effective at containing the virus in the U.S. A drive-through testing site in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Public health experts remain hopeful that contact tracing remains useful in identifying clusters and determining the broad contours of how and where infections are spreading. The article, by the agency’s finance arm, gave no further details and did not specify whether the application was for one or both of the coronavirus vaccines that CNBG manufactures. The Chinese government has approved three coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, including two made by CNBG.
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The previous day, one of my husband’s colleagues from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights — one of the last remaining human rights organizations in Egypt — had been arrested. But Karim reassured me: He was taking a few days’ break on the beach; he said there was no need to worry. Two months ago, Karim Ennarah and I were married in a short ceremony at Cairo’s Ministry of Justice. Two days later, state security forces arrived at a beachside restaurant where Karim was eating — it was one of his favorites, on account of the coconut ice cream — and took him away. Karim did this work at the same time as the United States offered Mr. Sisi aid, arms and political support.
Persons: Karim, Egypt —, Karim Ennarah, , , Abdel Fattah el Organizations: Egyptian, Cairo’s Ministry of Justice, Justice, Criminal, Unit, Personal Rights Locations: Egypt, East London, United States
As winter approaches, Egypt braces for second coronavirus wave
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )Official warnings about a second wave of coronavirus infections are widely dismissed. Egypt’s first wave of COVID-19 subsided in the summer and restrictions on movement were gradually relaxed. Up to now the population of more than 100 million appears to have been spared the surge in infections seen in European countries. Egypt responded with a stimulus package of 100 billion Egyptian pounds ($6.4 billion) to support its economy, where most are employed informally. People live day by day.”Despite the threat of 4,000 Egyptian pound ($255) fines for ignoring the rules, many in shops, public offices, buses and metro carriages still go bare-faced.
Persons: , , Alaa Adel, Mohamed Sabry, Mohamed Mahmoud Locations: CAIRO, Cairo, Egypt, Moqattam
Russia Looks to Undercut Rivals With Cut-Price Covid-19 Vaccine
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Georgi Kantchev | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
MOSCOW—Russia will sell its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine internationally for under $10 a dose, a lower price than some Western-developed shots, as Moscow looks to gain economic and political leverage abroad by exporting its fast-tracked jab. At least 20 nations, including Brazil, Egypt and Mexico, have struck deals with Moscow to buy the vaccine, while more than 50 countries have requested more than 1.2 billion doses of the vaccine, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the country’s sovereign-wealth fund, which...
Organizations: Russian Direct Investment Fund Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico
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Head of Egyptian rights group held in solitary confinement, lawyers say
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - The director of a prominent Egyptian rights group was held in solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for three days after his arrest last week, his lawyers and the group’s founder said on Monday. View of the New Cairo Courthouse, where an interrogation session was held for arrested members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in New Cairo, Egypt November 23, 2020. REUTERS/StaffGasser Abdel Razek is one of three staff from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) arrested last week in a case that has drawn public criticism from the United Nations and Western diplomats. The arrests of the EIPR staff have been criticised by a number of European states, the United States and Canada. Critics see the arrests as the latest escalation of an unprecedented crackdown on civil society and political dissent overseen by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Persons: Staff Gasser Abdel Razek, Liman, Hossam Bahgat, Abdel Razek, Abdel Razek’s, he’d, Bahgat, , Negad El, Joe Biden’s, Antony Blinken, Public Prosecution ”, Critics, Abdel Fattah al, Sisi, Alaa Abdel Fattah Organizations: Egyptian, Personal Rights, REUTERS, Staff, United Nations, U.S, Democrats, Public Prosecution Locations: CAIRO, New Cairo, Egypt, Cairo, United States, Canada
TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, a senior Cabinet minister told local news media, signaling a potential breakthrough for Israel as it strives for acceptance in the region. On Israel's Army Radio, Education Minister Yoav Gallant congratulated Netanyahu on the "remarkable achievement" but did not say bin Salman and Netanyahu had met. I’m committed to strengthening Israel.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a statement in Jerusalem last Thursday. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, meanwhile, denied that a visit took place, saying in a tweet that "no such meeting occurred. After the deal with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia allowed Israeli airliners to fly over their territory.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo —, Yoav Gallant, Salman, , I’m, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Faisal bin Farhan, bin Salman, Daniel Shapiro, Prince Bandar, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Rachel Elbaum, Paul Goldman Organizations: Saudi Crown, Israel's Army Radio, , State Department, NBC, Saudi, Journalists, Gulfstream, Sunday, U.S, United Arab, Institute for National Security, UAE, Peace Initiative, West Bank, The Associated Press Locations: TEL AVIV, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jerusalem, Saudi, Iran, Neom, Tel Aviv, Sinai, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, U.S, Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, United States, Prince, London
Factbox: As mediation calls mount, who has leverage in Ethiopia?
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rebuffed attempts at international mediation since conflict erupted in its northern Tigray region on Nov. 4. The AU fired its own security chief, an ethnic Tigrayan, after the Ethiopian government raised concerns over his loyalty. Regional experts have suggested that Sudan could use its control over key border crossings as leverage to press both sides in Ethiopia to talk. The Ethiopian foreign ministry said Redwan “commended China for understanding Ethiopia’s stance not to internationalize the undergoing operation in Tigray ... Ethiopia summoned the U.S. ambassador to seek clarification after President Donald Trump said Cairo could end up “blowing up that dam”.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Redwan “, , Abu Dhabi’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abdullah bin Zayed, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Blinken, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Gayle Smith, Meles Zenawi, Yoweri Museveni, Addis Ababa, Museveni Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, African Union, Monday, AU, Eritrean, ” UNITED, United Arab Emirates, Reuters, UNITED, United, U.S, USAID, European Union Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Hamdayet, Kassala, SUDAN, Sudanese, CHINA, Beijing, Addis Ababa, China, EMIRATES, UAE, Assab, Eritrea, of Africa, Africa, Egypt, U.S, Cairo, United States, Eritrea’s, Asmara, UGANDA, Addis, EUROPE, Oslo
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 3 million airline passengers passed through U.S. airports over the weekend, disregarding calls to avoid Thanksgiving trips and making it the busiest air-travel weekend since coronavirus lockdowns hit in mid-March. For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread of COVID-19, open here in an external browser. But there have been pockets of improvement, and some carriers were hoping for upticks in travel around the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. TSA screened 1.047 million passengers on Sunday -- the highest number of any day since mid-March, along with 984,369 on Saturday and 1.019 million on Friday. U.S. airlines say travel demand remains down 62% from a year ago, while international travel demand remains down more than 70%.
Persons: coronavirus lockdowns, Hannah Osnan, Caren Williams, Tom Bradley, Lucy Nicholson, Gary Kelly, Bill Flynn Organizations: LAX, REUTERS, Transportation Security Administration, Disease Control, Prevention, Southwest Airlines, TSA, Amtrak, CDC, U.S, American Airlines and United Airlines Locations: WASHINGTON, CHICAGO, U.S, Egypt, Los Angeles , California, United States, COVID,
The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which begins on Thursday, is traditionally the busiest U.S. travel period of the year, and 2020 may prove to be no exception. (Graphic: date, COVID-19 has killed more than 257,000 Americans, with over 12 million testing positive since the pandemic began. VACCINE HOPE ON HORIZONThe dire scope of the crisis has been tempered by promising news on the vaccine front. Still, the imperatives of family and fatigue with COVID-19 restrictions have left many Americans defying health advice that could save their lives. “Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, I’m, ” Hannah Osnan, coronavirus, BioNTech, , Brian McDonough, Edie Taylor, Taylor, Hope, , ” Hope Organizations: Reuters, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, California State University Long Beach, Los Angeles International Airport, U.S . Transportation Security Administration, American Automobile Association, U.S, Pfizer Inc, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Moderna Inc, FDA, AstraZeneca Locations: U.S, Egypt, State, Worth , Illinois, Oakland , California, Birmingham , Alabama, New Year’s, Oakland, Petersburg , West Virginia
Israel has charged past the U.S. and Switzerland to rank as the world's best place to be a woman entrepreneur, according to a new report released Monday. The country has set out bold ambitions to double its number of female entrepreneurs within two years, rolling out targeted funding and networking initiatives to do so. The U.S. retained second place due to high female business ownership and favorable cultural perceptions. Ranking among the toughest places to be a woman entrepreneur were Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Iran, Egypt, Algeria and Bangladesh — a list little changed from last year. Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs
Persons: Israel, MIWE, , MoMo Organizations: Mastercard, Women Entrepreneurs, World Bank, OECD, U.S, States, New Zealand, Getty Locations: U.S, Switzerland, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Iran, Egypt, Algeria, Bangladesh
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