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U.S. blacklists Libyan militia, leader after Russia stops U.N. sanctions
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com 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
UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. FILE PHOTO: The skyline including the Burj Khalifa tower is seen as ships dock at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 26, 2013. The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice. A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with some of the states listed, such as Turkey. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries, but that those already holding valid visas were not affected and could still enter the UAE.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Federal Authority, Identity, Embassy, Islamic State Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burj Khalifa, Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Israel
U.S. Blacklists Militia, Leader for Alleged Human Rights Abuse in Libya
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Mengqi Sun | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The U.S. imposed sanctions on a militia and its leader, alleging the group was responsible for torturing and murdering civilians in Libya, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The sanctions levied Wednesday under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act come as the U.S. increasingly uses sanctions as a tool to target corruption and alleged human rights abusers—a trend policy observers expect to continue under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. It was signed into law in 2012 and was intended to only target human rights abusers in Russia. Under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, alleged human-rights abusers face visa restrictions in entering the U.S. and their U.S. assets are blocked. “As more countries have their own Global Magnitsky sanctions programs, we expect more coalition-style sanctions for human rights violators.”Write to Mengqi Sun at mengqi.sun@wsj.com
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Mohamed al, “ Mohamed al, Steven Mnuchin, Sergei Magnitsky, Biden, , Cari Stinebower, Winston, Strawn Organizations: U.S . Treasury Department, Treasury, Magnitsky, Global, U.S, Dow Jones Risk, Wall Street, Dow Jones & Co, Saudi, European Union, Strawn LLP, Locations: Libya, U.S, Kani, Tarhouna, United States, Moscow, Russia, Russia’s
Germany, Turkey trade accusations over interception of Turkish vessel
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Germany traded barbs on Tuesday after German soldiers boarded a Turkish vessel on behalf of an EU military mission in the Mediterranean, with Berlin calling its NATO ally’s protests unjustified and Ankara saying the move was illegal. It later summoned the EU, German and Italian envoys to Ankara to protest. “The soldiers behaved correctly and acted absolutely in line with the mandate of the European mission Irini,” she said. Turkey denied that it had not responded, saying Irini forces “ignored the written and oral messages sent by Turkish authorities” before the boarding. The incident comes at a time of friction between Turkey and the European Union.
Persons: Annegret Kramp, Karrenbauer, , Hulusi Akar, , Turkey “, IRINI Organizations: NATO, German Defence, Turkish Defence, Turkey, European Union Locations: BERLIN, ANKARA, Turkey, Germany, Turkish, Berlin, Ankara, Libya, Greece, Cyprus
Germany rejects Ankara's protest against interception of Turkish vessel
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.50   time to read: 1 min
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey’s protest against German soldiers boarding a Turkish vessel on behalf of an EU military mission in the Mediterranean is unjustified, Germany’s defence minister said. “The soldiers behaved correctly and acted absolutely in line with the mandate of the European mission Irini,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday. “The accusations that are being raised against the soldiers are unjustified.”Turkey protested on Monday after German forces belonging to the EU mission tasked with enforcing a U.N. arms embargo against Libya boarded and tried to search a Turkish cargo ship that the EU suspected of taking weapons to Libya illegally.
Persons: , Annegret, Karrenbauer, Organizations: BERLIN, EU Locations: Turkish, ” Turkey, Libya
Lockerbie bomber appeal set to begin at Scotland's High Court
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A rose lies on the base of the main headstone in the Lockerbie Air Disaster Memorial garden in Lockerbie, Scotland May 20, 2012. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT CRIME LAW OBITUARY)LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland’s High Court will begin hearing an appeal on Tuesday against the conviction of a Libyan man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing, the deadliest militant attack in British history. Five judges will hear the appeal including the head of Scotland’s judiciary, Lord Justice General Colin Sutherland. Megrahi first appealed in 2002 but this was refused by Scotland’s High Court. However, Megrahi’s family and some relatives of the Scottish victims have always doubted his guilt.
Persons: Abdel Basset al, Megrahi, David Moir, Pam Am, Aamer Anwar, Colin Sutherland, Muammar Gaddafi Organizations: Lockerbie Air Disaster, REUTERS, LONDON, Lockerbie Locations: Lockerbie, Scotland, Libyan, Scottish, London, New York, Libya, United States, United Kingdom
LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland’s High Court was told on Tuesday that the conviction of a Libyan man over the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing, the deadliest militant attack in British history, rested on evidence that was badly flawed. FILE PHOTO: A rose lies on the base of the main headstone in the Lockerbie Air Disaster Memorial garden in Lockerbie, Scotland May 20, 2012. His family’s barrister, Claire Mitchell, told the court that the prosecution’s evidence in the original trial was flawed to the extent that the case against Megrahi was not proven. “No reasonable jury, properly directed, could have reached a guilty verdict” based on the evidence, she said. Megrahi’s family and some relatives of the Scottish victims have always doubted his guilt.
Persons: David Moir, Abdel Basset al, Megrahi, Pam Am, Claire Mitchell, Mitchell, Muammar Gaddafi, Gaddafi, Aamer Anwar Organizations: Lockerbie, Lockerbie Air Disaster, REUTERS, Scottish Locations: Libyan, Lockerbie, Scotland, Scottish, London, New York, Malta, Libya, United States, United Kingdom
Opinion | Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S.
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Fu Ying | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Both governments have heavy domestic agendas to attend to, and so even if competition between China and the United States is unavoidable, it needs to be managed well, cooperatively. It is possible for the two countries to develop a relationship of “coopetition” (cooperation + competition) by addressing each other’s concerns. Washington, for its part, should ensure a level playing field for Chinese enterprises to operate in the United States. Washington’s so-called national security argument against Chinese companies seems hypocritical to the Chinese considering that China, over the course of four decades or more of reform and opening up, welcomed all kinds of Western technologies and American companies into China — all the while maintaining its own national security. On the political front, it is high time that the United States drop its habit of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.
Persons: coopetition Organizations: National People’s, Huawei Locations: China, United States, Beijing, Washington, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya
Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's probable pick to run the Pentagon, would be the first female secretary of defense if confirmed and could appoint an unprecedented number of women to senior roles at the Defense Department. Biden is poised to announce Flournoy as his nominee as early as Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the decision. Brooks points out that as Pentagon policy chief Flournoy pioneered the creation of more flexible, family-friendly work policies, including four-day work weeks and job sharing. Brooks co-founded The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), which was created by a group of women, many of whom were alumni of Flournoy's team at the Pentagon.
Persons: Michele Flournoy, WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's, Biden, Harris, Deborah Lee James, Rosa Brooks, Flournoy, mentees, Said Brooks, Kathleen Hicks, Alice Hunt Friend, Michelle Howard, She's, Sharon Burke, Susanna Blume, Celeste Wallander, Mara Karlin, Janine Davidson, I'm, Joe Biden, Madame, , Hillary, Donald Trump, James Mattis, Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Antony Blinken, Booz Allen, Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, Mark Esper, Patrick Shanahan, Ro Khanna, Obama, Brooks, James, Michele Organizations: House Foreign, NATO, Pentagon, Defense Department, Biden, Harris Pentagon, Air Force, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Navy, Republican, Democratic, U.S, International Security Affairs, New American Security, Defense, WestExec, Booz, Reps, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, White, Aspen Security Forum, Leadership Council, Women, National Security, LCWINS, Hill Locations: Africa, America, Russia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, U.S, China
Sales kickoffs can be an incredible tool or they can fall incredibly flat when it comes to engaging sales teams— especially when teams are working from home. On December 10, 2020, Salesforce will host a free digital event to discuss how to plan an inspiring sales kickoff. Registration for "5 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Sales Kickoff" is now open — register below. Register now to hear how to plan the ultimate virtual sales kickoff event. But not all sales kickoffs are effective and it can be even more challenging to inspire sales teams remotely.
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President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly giving serious consideration to selecting Michèle Flournoy, a former Obama administration official, as secretary of defense. According to numerous media reports, President-elect Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to selecting Michèle Flournoy, a former Obama administration official, as Secretary of Defense. Based on her track record, Flournoy would neither serve Biden nor the country well. But throughout her tenure in the Obama administration, Flournoy was often wrong on key matters of war and peace. Biden should nominate a secretary of defense that recognizes this reality and will break from the fundamental failures of the past by adopting a strategy that can succeed.
Persons: Joe Biden, Michèle, Obama, Daniel L, Davis, Flournoy, Biden, Barack Obama's, Michele Flournoy, Yuri Gripas, Trump, hasn't Organizations: US Army, Defense, Pentagon, Department of Defense, New, New American Security, Armed Services Committee, NATO, Center for Strategic, International Studies, REUTERS, Trump, America, AP, US Locations: New American, Afghanistan, Washington, America, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Africa, East, North Africa
(CNN) The young couple from Algeria must have thought their wedding rings were lost forever when their tiny boat capsized. Al Rousan was one of the team providing psychological support for the survivors rescued from Ahmed and Doudou's boat a few days after it capsized in mid October. Al Rousan has been working in various rescue operations for nine years and he can't remember it ever happening. "And then they called us and said the backpack belonged to Ahmed," Al Rousan said. "They were little bit broken," Al Rousan said.
Persons: Ahmed, Doudou, Ahmad Al Rousan, Al Rousan, Riccardo Gatti, he's, Gatti Organizations: CNN, MSF, Open Locations: Algeria, Libya, Italy, Europe
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the envoys to Ankara of the European Union, Italy and Germany on Monday to protest over a German attempt to search a Turkish cargo ship for a suspected arms shipment to Libya, the Foreign Ministry said. Earlier, Germany accused Turkey of preventing German forces belonging to an EU military mission from fully searching the ship, a move Ankara said was a violation of international law.
Organizations: European Union, Foreign Ministry Locations: ANKARA, Turkey, Ankara, Italy, Germany, Turkish, Libya, EU
Armed group deploys at Libya's NOC headquarters
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
TUNIS (Reuters) - An armed group attempted to storm Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli but was stopped by guards, the company said on Monday, underscoring the security risks that the North African nation’s energy industry continues to face. The group blocked the road in front of the building with vehicles, according to a video circulating on social media. A man speaking on the video, apparently a member of the armed group, can be heard calling for the resignation of NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanallah. NOC said in a statement the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) had stopped the armed group entering the building and that nobody was hurt in the incident. A Libyan oil source said the group had positioned itself outside the high fence of the headquarters but was not stopping people from entering or leaving the building.
Persons: Mustafa Sanallah Organizations: National Oil Corp, Petroleum, Guards Locations: TUNIS, Tripoli
Ankara prevented German vessel from policing Libya arms blockade - Berlin
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey prevented German forces belonging to a European Union military mission searching a Turkish cargo ship believed to be taking weapons to Libya, the German military said on Monday. Soldiers from the frigate Hamburg boarded the Turkish vessel, the Rosalina-A, during the night, but had to abandon checks and withdraw after Turkey protested to the EU mission, a German military spokesman said. Turkey said the Rosalina-A was carrying various materials such as food and paint, and that the search team had violated international law by not waiting for permission from Turkey.
Organizations: BERLIN, European Union, EU Locations: Turkey, Turkish, Libya
Germany says Turkey stopped it checking ship for arms-running to Libya
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey prevented German forces belonging to a European Union military mission carrying out a full search of a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya, both countries confirmed on Monday. FILE PHOTO: German Navy armed personnel stand in front of the Frigate Hamburg, docked at Port Rashid, in Dubai May 26, 2013. “By the time the soldiers left the ship, they had not found anything suspicious,” a German defence ministry spokesman said. It said the soldiers had found nothing despite spending the entire night opening containers on the ship. The 16,000-tonne container ship left the Turkish port of Gemlik near Bursa last week, and was last seen off Athens, heading southwest towards Libya, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah, , Der Spiegel Organizations: BERLIN, European Union, Navy, Frigate, REUTERS, EU Locations: Turkey, Turkish, Libya, Frigate Hamburg, Port Rashid, Dubai, , Hamburg, Libyan, Benghazi, Gemlik, Bursa, Athens
Turkey cries foul at German attempt to police Libya blockade
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: German Navy armed personnel stand in front of the Frigate Hamburg, docked at Port Rashid, in Dubai May 26, 2013. Turkey said the search, at sea southwest of the Greek Peloponnese peninsula, violated international law as permission had not been granted. A German Defence Ministry spokesman also said they had not found anything suspicious by the time they were ordered off the ship. Turkey said the Hamburg violated international law by not waiting for permission to board. “All procedures were followed correctly,” a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, adding that the sailors had withdrawn as soon as Turkey objected.
Persons: Turkey, Ahmed Jadallah, Hami Aksoy, , Der Spiegel Organizations: Navy, Frigate, REUTERS, EU, German Defence Ministry, European Union, Russian, Turkish Foreign Ministry, German Foreign Ministry Locations: BERLIN, ANKARA, Germany, EU, Turkish, Libya, Ankara, Frigate Hamburg, Port Rashid, Dubai, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Hamburg, Libyan, Benghazi, Gemlik, Bursa, Athens
Germany angers Turkey with attempt to police Libya arms embargo
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Soldiers from the frigate Hamburg, part of an EU mission enforcing a U.N. arms embargo, boarded the Roseline A overnight but withdrew after Turkey raised objections with the EU mission, which had ordered the search, the German Defence Ministry said. It summoned the EU, German and Italian ambassadors to hear a protest. “All procedures were followed correctly,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. Turkey is backing the internationally recognised government in Libya in its fight against Russian- and Egyptian-backed rebels in the east. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the Roseline’s captain had shared information with the Hamburg about his ship’s freight and its course.
Persons: , Hami Aksoy, Organizations: EU, German Defence Ministry, European Union, Foreign Ministry, Russian, Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hamburg Locations: BERLIN, ANKARA, Turkey, Germany, EU, Turkish, Libya, Hamburg, Greece, Cyprus, Ankara, Gemlik, Bursa
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wasted no time in seizing on US President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election to boost Russia's strategic goals. Russian President Vladimir Putin has wasted no time in seizing on the discord that US President Donald Trump and his allies have sowed about the 2020 election. On Monday, Putin said he will not congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, claiming the election results are not clear. More importantly, Putin weaponized Trump's conspiracy theories about the election to denigrate the US's support of free and fair elections around the globe. "It is clear to Putin and the Russian foreign policy establishment that the Biden administration represents a return" to that approach.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Putin, Trump's, John McLaughlin, Donald Trump, Biden, Putin weaponized, Trump, they've, haven't, hasn't, it's, Vadim Nikitin, McLaughlin, Obama, Michael David, Fox, Glenn Carle, , David Organizations: CIA, Democratic Party, Republicans, Wall Street Journal, US, Georgetown University, Trump, Russia, NATO, Biden, Republican Party Locations: Soviet, Russian, Russia, United States, USSR, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria, Libya
Russia stops U.N. blacklisting of Libya militia, leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Russia on Friday stopped a U.N. Security Council committee from blacklisting a Libyan militia group and its leader for human rights abuses because it said it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians. The United States and Germany proposed that the council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on the al-Kaniyat militia and its leader Mohammed al-Kani. Such a move has to be agreed by consensus, but Russia said it could not approve. Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In addition, UNSMIL verified numerous summary executions at Tarhouna Prison conducted by the al-Kaniyat militia on September 13, 2019,” the proposal read.
Persons: Mohammed al, Kani, Khalifa, Muammar Gaddafi, Organizations: YORK, Security, Reuters, National Accord, Libyan National Army, NATO, United Arab, Tarhouna Locations: Russia, United States, Germany, Libya, Russian, Libyan, Tarhouna, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
Oil rises about 1%, posts third week of gains on vaccine hopes
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Stephanie Kelly | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Brent crude LCOc1 futures rose 76 cents, or 1.7%, to settle at $44.96 a barrel. Prospects for effective COVID-19 vaccines have bolstered oil markets this week. Also boosting sentiment was hope that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers will keep crude output in check. The oil and gas rig count, an early indicator of future output, fell by two to 310 this week, with oil rigs alone dropping by five to 231, after hitting their highest since May last week. Money managers raised their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to Nov. 17 by 3,100 contracts to 277,080, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.
Persons: Brent, CLc2, , Bjornar Tonhaugen, Rystad, , SEB, Mitch McConnell, Baker Hughes Organizations: YORK, West Texas, Pfizer Inc, of, Petroleum, U.S, Senate Republican, U.S . Commodity Futures Trading Commission Locations: Russia, OPEC, Washington, United States, Libya
Oil set for third week of gains on vaccine hopes
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Ahmad Ghaddar | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices firmed on Friday, and were on track for a third consecutive weekly rise, buoyed by successful COVID-19 vaccine trials, while renewed lockdowns in several countries to limit the spread of the virus capped gains. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Angus MordantProspects for effective COVID-19 vaccines and hopes OPEC and its allies will keep production in check have bolstered oil markets this week. The more active U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) January crude contract CLc2 gained 17 cents, or 0.4%, to $42.07 a barrel. Oversupply concerns, however, continue to weigh as Libya has raised production to pre-blockade levels of 1.25 million bpd.
Persons: Angus Mordant, Brent, CLc2, ” Commerzbank, , SEB, Mitch McConnell Organizations: REUTERS, West Texas, of, Petroleum, U.S, Senate Republican Locations: Loving County , Texas, U.S, Russia, OPEC, Washington, United States, Libya
MECKHE, Senegal (Reuters) - Seven neighbours from a village in western Senegal boarded a fishing boat crammed with migrants just after midnight on Oct. 26. Two of them are now missing, presumed dead, after the boat carrying dozens of people capsized in a collision with the Senegalese coastguard. Unlike the Mediterranean Sea route from Libya to southern Europe, the wooden fishing boats on the choppy Atlantic do not carry satellite phones, and people cannot make distress calls. Everything has become more expensive.”Soon after leaving, the Senegalese coastguard ordered the boat to stop, said four survivors, but the captain sped up. Eventually, the coastguard rammed the fishing boat, causing it to capsize, throwing about 80 passengers into the water, the survivors said.
Persons: Sidi Gaye, , Paola Arenas, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Abdou Aziz, , Mohamed Diop, Diop, Aziz, “ I’m Organizations: Senegalese coastguard, Spanish Interior Ministry, coastguard Locations: MECKHE, Senegal, Europe, Africa, Libya, Spanish, Meckhe,
Oil gains 1% on potential OPEC+ rethink and vaccine hopes
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Devika | Krishna Kumar | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices firmed by about 1% on Wednesday on hopes OPEC and its allies will delay a planned increase in oil output and after Pfizer said its COVID-19 vaccine was more effective than previously reported. REUTERS/Nick OxfordThe market was also supported by a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles last week. Both contracts jumped by about $1 after Pfizer Inc PFE.N said that final results from late-stage trial of its vaccine showed it was 95% effective. Moderna Inc MRNA.O on Monday said that preliminary data for its vaccine also showed it was almost 95% effective. “Oil prices today are modestly rising on hopes that OPEC+ will decide to postpone its planned production increase in January and on the latest vaccine euphoria,” said Rystad Energy’s head of oil markets, Bjornar Tonhaugen.
Persons: Nick Oxford, Brent, Pfizer Inc PFE.N, , Rystad, Bob Yawger, , WTI Organizations: YORK, Pfizer, REUTERS, West Texas, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Mizuho Locations: Midland , Texas, U.S, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United States, Libya
Who are the top contenders for the Biden administration?
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
Steve Ricchetti - long a close adviser to Biden, is also expected to take a senior role. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCYMichael Morell - He was the CIA’s deputy director and acting director of the agency twice under Obama. Avril Haines - She was the deputy national security adviser under Obama, and previously was the first woman to serve as CIA deputy director. She held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. She served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration.
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