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Hamas Gaza chief tests positive for COVID-19, spokesman says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Gaza's Hamas Chief Yehya Al-Sinwar talks to media before meeting with Chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Committee Hana Naser, in Gaza City October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File PhotoGAZA (Reuters) - Hamas’s Gaza leader, Yehya Al-Sinwar, has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group, which runs the Palestinian territory, said on Tuesday. Sinwar, 58, is “following the advice of health authorities and taking precautionary measures”, spokesman Hazem Qassem said, without disclosing whether the Hamas chief was in quarantine. Sinwar, a former head of Hamas’s security apparatus, became the movement’s Gaza leader in 2017, six years after he was freed in a prisoner swap with Israel after more than 20 years in jail. Gaza has logged nearly 21,000 coronavirus cases and 111 deaths, mostly since August, amid concern of a wider outbreak in the densely populated enclave of 2 million people.
Persons: Yehya Al, Sinwar, Hana Naser, Mohammed Salem, Hazem Qassem, ” Qassem Organizations: Palestinian, REUTERS, Gaza, Israel Locations: Gaza City, GAZA, Sinwar, Gaza
Pandemic brings dark times to Jerusalem's Old City
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - As night grips Jerusalem’s walled Old City, its ancient alleyways become a ghost town of haunting shadows and light. But a modern-day plague, the coronavirus pandemic, is now keeping the visitors away from the Old City and bringing hardship and heartbreak to residents. “In previous years, the city used to be filled with tourists during Christmas time. Before the pandemic struck, overseas tourism had been booming in Jerusalem, whose Old City was captured by Israel in a 1967 war. Khaled Salfiti, a 70-year-old souvenir shop owner, recalls how the Old City used to be “vibrant and alive” before a series of coronavirus lockdowns.
Persons: , Hisham Qweder, Khaled Salfiti, “ Corona Organizations: Old Locations: JERUSALEM, Old City, , Jerusalem, Israel
Draft bill hardening Iran's nuclear stance clears first hurdle in parliament
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - A draft bill requiring Iran’s government to pursue uranium enrichment of 20%, and to disregard other restraints put on its nuclear programme by an accord reached with foreign powers in 2015 cleared its first hurdle in parliament on Tuesday. The legislation was proposed in the wake of the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, and the hardline-dominated parliament cleared the draft on the first reading in a session broadcast live on state radio. Parliament has often demanded without much success a hardening of Iran’s position on the nuclear issue in recent years. Iran has already breached limits in its nuclear deal with world powers to protest at a U.S withdrawal from the accord. The maximum fissile purity to which it has enriched uranium has remained around 4.5%, above the deal’s 3.67% cap but below the 20% Iran has achieved before and the 90% required for a nuclear bomb.
Persons: Israel, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Organizations: Reuters Locations: DUBAI, Tehran, Iran
Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after scientist killed
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )But the government promptly said the move, proposed in response to the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, could not change Iran’s nuclear policy, which was the province of the Supreme National Security Council. Parliament has often demanded a hardening of Iran’s position on the nuclear issue in recent years, without much success. A senior Iranian official said on Monday that Tehran suspected a foreign-based opposition group of complicity with Israel in the killing of Fakhrizadeh, whom Western powers see as the architect of an abandoned Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Biden has said he will return the United States to the 2015 deal if Iran resumes compliance. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.
Persons: Israel, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, , Ali Rabiei, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, law.Iran, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Supreme National Security Council Locations: DUBAI, United States, Iranian, Tehran, Iran
The 1993 race was a rematch of their 1989 contest, when Mr. Dinkins beat Mr. Giuliani by less than 50,000 votes out of nearly two million cast. In the rematch, Mr. Giuliani won by about 53,000. Second, Mr. Giuliani benefited from a Staten Island secession referendum that Republicans had led the way to getting on the ballot. It goosed turnout in that borough, which benefited Mr. Giuliani (Republicans knew how to put a finger on the electoral scale even then). For decades before him, New York City politics had been dominated by “the three I’s”: Italy, Ireland and Israel.
Persons: I’ve, Dinkins’s, I’m, Dinkins, Giuliani, Mr, , Koch, Bill Lynch Organizations: Crown, Republicans, , Wall Street Locations: New York City, New York, Brooklyn, Black, Staten Island, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Manhattan
WAM/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates after talks between Saudi officials and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said. Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue shortly after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks. “We were able to reconcile the issue,” the official told Reuters. The agreement was hammered out just hours before Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was planned on Tuesday morning. “This should resolve any issues that should occur with Israeli carriers taking people from Israel to the UAE and back and to Bahrain,” the official said.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Steve Mnuchin, Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, , Israel, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: U.S, Treasury, UAE, State, Financial Affairs, Ben Gurion, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, White House, Trump, Middle, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, Handout, Saudi Arabia, United Arab, UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar
Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border - Iraqi officials
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the Iraq-Syria border sometime between Saturday and Sunday, Iraqi security and local militia officials said on Monday. The vehicle was carrying weapons across the Iraqi border and was hit after it had entered Syrian territory, two Iraqi security officials separately said. Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups helped retrieve the bodies, the two officials said, without elaborating or giving the exact time of the incident. Local military and militia sources confirmed the account, although Reuters was unable to verify independently that an Iranian commander had been killed. Iraqi officials fear a conflagration ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office because he is viewed as less confrontational with Iran than the Trump administration.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al Organizations: Guards, Local, Reuters Locations: BAGHDAD, Iraq, Syria, Syrian, Iran, Iraqi, Tehran, Israel, United States
Bank of Israel leaves benchmark rate unchanged at 0.1%
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Bank of Israel held its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% for a fifth straight meeting on Monday, preferring to keep it above zero while using bond purchases and other measures to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Fifteen of 16 economists polled by Reuters had believed the monetary policy committee would keep rates steady at its final meeting of 2020 after holding pat in May, July, August and October following a reduction from 0.25% in early April. Despite an economy set to shrink this year and with unemployment rising amid a second lockdown to contain the COVID-19 virus, central bank officials have expressed reluctance to lower the key rate from an all-time low to zero or into negative territory, preferring instead to use measures such as buying currency and government and corporate bonds. With most of the economy open during the summer after the first lockdown, growth spiked to an annualised 37.9% in the third quarter, according to preliminary data, after a 29.8% contraction in the previous three months.
Organizations: Bank of Israel, Reuters Locations: JERUSALEM
Factbox: Moderna's mRNA coronavirus vaccine
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Pfizer’s vaccine also uses mRNA technology. - Other firms developing COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA technology include Germany’s Curevac and U.S. biotech firm Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc.- An authorized, safe and effective mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 would be a first for the technology, which has previously not been used for an approved vaccine or drug. - Moderna’s vaccine can be stored for up to six months at -20 Celsius though it is expected to be stable for 30 days at normal fridge temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36°-46°F). REGULATORY AND PRODUCTION TIMELINE- The United Kingdom’s health regulator started a real-time review of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in October. TRIALS- The company was among the first to conduct COVID-19 vaccine human trials, starting in March and its late-stage 30,000 participant testing began on July 27 in the United States.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Moderna, Takeda Israel Organizations: Reuters, Moderna Inc, COVID, REUTERS, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, European Union, Pfizer Inc, BioNTech, Moderna, U.S, Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc, European Medicines Agency, Biomedical Advanced Research, Development Authority, National Institute of Allergy, National Institutes of Health Locations: U.S, Canada, Switzerland, United States, MODERNA, Japan, Qatar
Lebanon urges self-restraint after killing of Iranian scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario”. Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran. In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region”. Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and exercises major influence in Lebanon, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Iran’s, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Iran’s, Guards, West Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Iranian, Tehran . Iran, Lebanese, Israel
Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the last decade, has declined to comment on the attack. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. Though long suspicious of Iran's nuclear program, the Emirates has said it wants to de-escalate the crisis. Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran on Saturday. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Hossein, Gen, Esmail Ghaani, Ali Akbar Sahei, Mamoud Alavi, Amir Hatami, Fakhrizadeh's, Hatami, hadn't, Majid Asgaripour, Reuters Hatami, , Alam, Ali Shamkhani, ” Shamkhani, Donald Trump’s, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran's Defense Ministry, Revolutionary Guard, Force, Intelligence, Defense, United Arab Emirates, U.S, Protesters, Reuters, , Press, NBC, country’s Supreme National Security Council, Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s Guardian Council Locations: TEHRAN, Iran, Israel, Tehran, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Emirates, Imamzadeh Saleh, , Al, Fars
Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, officials say
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S.-mediated talks between Lebanon and Israel that were scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed until further notice, a Lebanese security source and an Israeli official said on Monday. The U.S. mediators, who informed the Lebanese side of the delay, will have bilateral contacts with both sides, the Lebanese source said. The Israeli official confirmed the delay but said he could give no further details. The Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals. Steinitz said he expected “many more hurdles and bust-ups” but hoped a breakthrough could be reached in a few months.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, Steinitz Organizations: Israeli Energy, Israeli Army Radio Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, U.S, Lebanese
Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, both sides say
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Tom Perry | Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and U.S. mediators will now contact the two old foes separately, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday. Slideshow ( 3 images )The negotiations were launched in October with delegations convening at a U.N. base to try to resolve a dispute about their maritime border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said it had been agreed with the Americans that talks would be postponed for a few weeks. Disagreement over the sea border had discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields but Lebanon has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, , Steinitz, Amal Organizations: Israeli Energy, , Israel’s Army, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, Iran, Lebanese, States
Israel-Lebanon sea border talks postponed
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Tom Perry | Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and U.S. mediators will now contact the two old foes separately, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said it had been agreed with the Americans that talks would be postponed for a few weeks. “In the interim, they will do some shuttling in order to better prepare the next round of talks,” he told Israel’s Army Radio. Disagreement over the sea border has discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. A Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, , ” Steinitz, Michel Aoun, Ras Naqoura, Steinitz, Amal Organizations: Israeli Energy, , Israel’s Army Radio, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, Washington, Iran, Lebanese, States
Iran begins burial of slain prominent nuclear scientist - TV
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran began the burial of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a cemetery in northern Tehran on Monday, state TV reported, as the defence minister promised the Islamic Republic would retaliate for his killing. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. His body was later transferred to the Emamzade Saleh cemetery in northern Tehran for burial. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , General Amir Hatami, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi Organizations: Reuters, Islamic Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, Islamic Republic, masterminding, Israel, Iranian, Fars
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV said on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last week was made in Israel. “The weapon collected from the site of the terrorist act (where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated) bears the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry,” an unnamed source told Press TV.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Organizations: Reuters, Press Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Israel
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV reported on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last week was made in Israel, the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground. Speaking before the Press TV report, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told radio station 103 FM on Monday that he did not know who was responsible. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel, for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Alam, Eli Cohen, Israel, Donald Trump’s, Cohen, , Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Press, Islamic, Alam TV, West, U.S, Trump Locations: DUBAI, Israel, Jerusalem, Fars, Iran, Tehran, Islamic Republic, Haifa, Washington, United States
Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSIran’s English-language Press TV reported the weapon used in Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was made in Israel. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Majid Asgaripour, , Eli Cohen, Ali Shamkhani, , Israel, Iran’s, Fakhrizadeh, Alam, Cohen, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Protesters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS Iran’s, Press, Supreme National Security Council of, Zionist, Council of Resistance, Iran, Alam TV, U.S, Trump Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Israel, Tehran, Iran, Jerusalem, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Paris, Islamic Republic, Fars, Haifa, Washington, United States
Iran's top nuclear scientist was killed with a remote-controlled machine gun, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Mohsen Fakhrizad, who was seen as the father of Iran's nuclear program, was killed while driving with his wife and security convoy near Tehran on Friday. The gun was mounted on the back of a Nissan truck which self-destructed after the three-minute attack, Fars said. Iran's foremost nuclear scientist was killed by a remote-controlled machine gun mounted atop a truck, the semi-official Fars news agency has said. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesAccording to Fars, after the hit on Fakhrizadeh was complete, the Nissan truck exploded.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizad, Israel, Ali Shamkhani, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Amir Hatami, Mohamed Ahwaze, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, , Donald Trump, Barack Obama Organizations: Nissan, Iranian, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, BBC, Organization of Iran, Terrorists, Getty Images, New York Times, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, International Atomic Energy Agency Locations: Fars, Tehran, Iran, Absard, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, Sharifi, Iranian
This is part of Iran's longstanding campaign to amass foreign — particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, US and European officials told Insider. "Iran thinks it will always be treated like a pariah state by the West," the official added. A funeral ceremony of Iranian Top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran on November 30, 2020. Moore-Gilbert familyIran's playbook — according to the US official, and seconded by the European intelligence official — for dual citizens were obvious:They would be interrogated for information about Western activities in Iran. Journalists have also been arrested, said the European intelligence official, pointing to dual-national Americans who have arrested and imprisoned in Tehran.
Persons: Kylie Moore, Gilbert, , Israel, Moore, Iran's, Trump, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, They've, Joe, Biden, Hassan Rouhani, wasn't Organizations: Top, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Trump, Reuters, University of Melbourne, Journalists, Intelligence, US Locations: Iran, Thailand, European, Tehran, British, Bangkok, Australia, Britain, Europe, Israel
Days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said that retaliation is all but inevitable. I don't see any way around it," McRaven, former head of US Special Operations Command and the Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said on ABC's "This Week." Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the former Navy SEAL and special operations commander who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said Sunday that Iranian retaliation for the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist is all but certain. "The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate," McRaven said. McRaven had a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL, serving as the 11th commander of Joint Special Operations Command and the ninth commander of US Special Operations Command.
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Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Mike Pompeo's, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi's, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Evan Vucci, Joe Biden, Biden, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, it's, King Salman, Prophet Muhammad Organizations: Saudi, Reuters, Street, Saudi Crown, Iran, United, United Arab, Trump White House, AP, Congress, Trump, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, United Arab Emirates, Initiative Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi, Neom, United States, Arab Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Riyadh, Evan Vucci Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestinian, France
The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist was designed to derail President-elect Joe Biden's plans to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to experts and former US diplomats. One top expert on the Middle East told Insider that the assassination "fits with Israeli long-standing policy of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists." A former US diplomat told Insider there are "are ample reasons to suspect US involvement" in last Friday's attack, citing President Donald Trump's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration aimed to cripple Iran's economy and squeeze it into negotiating a more stringent version of the 2015 nuclear deal. But the Soleimani strike essentially led Iran to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal altogether.
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President-elect Joe Biden has angered both progressive Democrats and Republicans with his announcement that he will nominate Neera Tanden to direct the Office of Management and Budget. But several prominent progressives, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Barbara Lee, endorsed Biden's pick. Briahna Joy Gray, a former press secretary for Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign, tweeted, "Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden." Justice Democrats celebrated Biden's decision to pick the progressive economists Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein for his Council of Economic Advisers. "People definitely understand that progressives might not have to expend a lot of powder on Neera Tanden because Republicans are already out there saying what they're saying," he said.
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Opinion | Thank You, Justice Gorsuch
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Bret Stephens | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.67   time to read: +1 min
It may take a terrorist attack, a war or some other national emergency, but America will one day thank Justice Neil Gorsuch for his stirring words last week in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo. In so-called orange zones, attendance is capped at 25 people; in red zones, at 10. That goes for churches and synagogues that can seat hundreds and that were already limiting attendance, barring singing, practicing social distancing and taking other precautions. The Catholic diocese, along with Agudath Israel of America and affiliated entities, sued, arguing the restrictions amounted to religious discrimination. “Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?”
Persons: Neil Gorsuch, Cuomo, , , Andrew Cuomo, Israel, Gorsuch Organizations: Roman, Roman Catholic Diocese, “ Government, New, Catholic Locations: America, Roman Catholic, Brooklyn, , New York, acupuncturists
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