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Rep. Gregory Meeks won the approval of his Democratic colleagues Thursday to become the first Black American to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill. “We've got to make sure that we get the State Department up and running,” Meeks, D-N.Y., told NBC News. He said the first thing the committee would do is work with expected incoming secretary of state, Tony Blinken. “How can you assure our diplomats that this won't happen again if we don't look into what did happen?” Meeks said, adding that included looking into the actions of the Trump administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Departing chair Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also extended his congratulations.
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“Just like the Rose Garden, the virus won’t touch the powerful,” one State Department official said sarcastically, referencing the White House event that became a super-spreader. Pompeo himself will host holiday parties on December 15 and 16, an official confirmed. The Washington Post first reported on Pompeo’s plans to invite hundreds to holiday parties. The State Department did not answer questions about how guests could consume the government-provided food and cocktails while wearing masks. The White House will host as many as 20 receptions in the next few weeks before Christmas.
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BRUSSELS/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was “a gift” to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. The meeting tone was described as “measured” but “more confrontational” than is usually the case at NATO. “We had to purchase (a weapons system) from Russia because we could not from our allies,” he added. Turkish sources with knowledge of the meeting said that Pompeo made “unjust accusations” and that were was no united front against Turkey.
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will temporarily draw down staff from the American Embassy in Baghdad as the fast-approaching anniversary of the U.S. strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani brings concerns of retaliation, two U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The State Department did not confirm the reduction, telling NBC News that the department does not comment on the details of staffing adjustments. His death prompted outrage in Iran, which retaliated with strikes against U.S. troops in Iraq. American troops left in 2011, but they returned in 2014 after the Islamic State militant group overran large parts of the country. In May 2019, after a series of rocket attacks were launched toward the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, the State Department ordered the departure of "nonemergency" personnel from Iraq.
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail after fraud charge
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Clare Jim | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge of fraud related to the lease of a building that houses his Apple Daily, an anti-government tabloid. FILE PHOTO: Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily, reports to the police station after he was released on bail following his arrest under the national security law in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2020. It’s Beijing’s policing brought to Hong Kong,” Mark Simon, an associate of Lai, told Reuters. Hong Kong police later said they had arrested nine men and one woman for suspected offences including “collusion with a foreign country/external elements to endanger national security, conspiracy to defraud” and others. Suspicion of colluding with foreign forces carries a maximum sentence of life in jail under the new security law.
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai in custody after fraud charge
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Clare Jim | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge of fraud related to the lease of a building that houses his Apple Daily, an anti-government tabloid. Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily, reports to the police station after he was released on bail following his arrest under the national security law in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2020. It’s Beijing’s policing brought to Hong Kong,” Mark Simon, an associate of Lai, told Reuters. An ardent critic of Beijing, Lai has been detained since Wednesday after reporting to the police for his arrest in August. Suspicion of colluding with foreign forces carries a maximum sentence of life in jail under the new security law.
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According to The Washington Post, large-scale holiday parties are being planned at the State Department, with one invitation sent out to 900 potential attendees. However, in a statement, the State Department told Business Insider it is following its own Diplomacy Strong guidelines as well as CDC guidelines. Large holiday parties are being planned at the US State Department despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from The Washington Post. A State Department spokesperson told Business Insider that, "We plan to follow all Diplomacy Strong guidelines in compliance with health officials' guidance." The statement referenced the CDC guidelines as well as the State Department's internal "Diplomacy Strong" guidelines.
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“The COVID-19 pandemic will bring some changes to this year's holiday season,” according to a notice dated November 25. "I'm going to be meeting with them today, by Zoom," Fauci said in an interview on CBS News' "The Takeout" podcast. Share this -Facebook bans false claims about Covid-19 vaccines Facebook on Thursday said it would remove false claims about Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, following a similar announcement by Alphabet’s YouTube in October. Facebook said in a blog post that the global policy change came in response to news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order amid a rise in Covid-19 cases in the state, the station reported.
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Lon Adams, Slim Jim jerky recipe creator, dies of Covid
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
SEE NEW POSTSLon Adams, Slim Jim jerky recipe creator, dies of Covid RALEIGH, N.C. — Alonzo “Lon” T. Adams II, the man who created the formula for Slim Jim beef jerky sticks, has died from complications of Covid-19. Adams worked on the jerky recipe for more than 20 years at GoodMark Foods in Garner, North Carolina, from 1968 until his retirement in 1991. Share this -Covid vaccine could be available in NYC in less than 2 weeks The new Covid-19 vaccine is expected to make its New York City debut in less than two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. “The COVID-19 pandemic will bring some changes to this year's holiday season,” according to a notice dated November 25. Facebook said in a blog post that the global policy change came in response to news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world.
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Covid vaccine could be available in NYC in less than 2 weeks
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSCovid vaccine could be available in NYC in less than 2 weeks The new Covid-19 vaccine is expected to make its New York City debut in less than two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. Facebook said in a blog post that the global policy change came in response to news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world. “I have a tremendous amount of faith in folks to make those assessments relative to Covid,” Jones said at the time. The worsening public health outlook comes as millions of unemployed Americans are set to lose their benefits at the end of the year as emergency federal assistance expires. He added that while vaccine distribution would be difficult because “the federal government has abdicated some of its responsibilities in a public health crisis,” Gates said he remained optimistic.
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employees told to avoid holiday parties as Pompeo invites hundreds to indoor gatherings State Department leadership is instructing employees to avoid hosting non-mission-critical events in person and “opt for virtual events,” even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo invites hundreds to celebrate the holidays at large indoor parties. Share this -Criminals offering fake coronavirus vaccines, Interpol warns Interpol has issued a global alert that warns that criminals "have been advertising, selling and administering fake vaccines," particularly online. The alert comes in the wake of news that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, to be first administered this month, and the U.S. is likely to follow suit soon. Facebook said in a blog post that the global policy change came in response to news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order amid a rise in Covid-19 cases in the state, the station reported.
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'Madness': Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Mike Pompeo's planned holiday event
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.69   time to read: 1 min
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reacts to reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning a holiday party in which 900 people are invited.
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The worst symptom she had was a fever that lasted maybe 10 days," Merola said in a phone interview Thursday. This payout will be the fourth since the pandemic began, following bonus distribution in April, June and August. Several large companies, including Walmart, have recently come under fire for not resuming those payments as coronavirus cases and holiday demand surge. “The COVID-19 pandemic will bring some changes to this year's holiday season,” according to a notice dated November 25. The alert comes in the wake of news that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, to be first administered this month, and the U.S. is likely to follow suit soon.
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U.N. chief pans countries who ignored Covid facts, WHO guidance
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSU.N. chief pans countries who ignored Covid facts, WHO guidance UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday decried countries — without naming names — who rejected the facts about the coronavirus pandemic and ignored guidance from the World Health Organization. And in some situations, there was a rejection of facts and an ignoring of the guidance. And when countries go in their own direction, the virus goes in every direction," he said. Several large companies, including Walmart, have recently come under fire for not resuming those payments as coronavirus cases and holiday demand surge. The alert comes in the wake of news that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, to be first administered this month, and the U.S. is likely to follow suit soon.
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SEE NEW POSTSWalmart gives another round of employee bonuses, bringing 2020 total over $2.8B Walmart will give another round of cash bonuses to full- and part-time hourly employees, the company said Thursday. Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, will distribute up to $700 million in bonuses for this round alone, bringing the 2020 total up to over $2.8 billion. Several large companies, including Walmart, have recently come under fire for not resuming those payments as coronavirus cases and holiday demand surge. “The COVID-19 pandemic will bring some changes to this year's holiday season,” according to a notice dated November 25. Facebook said in a blog post that the global policy change came in response to news that Covid-19 vaccines will soon be rolling out around the world.
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SEE NEW POSTSWWII veteran released from Alabama hospital after recovering from Covid Major Lee Wooten, a 104-year-old World War II veteran, was released from an Alabama hospital after recovering from Covid-19. Courtesy Holly Wooten McDonald A World War II veteran was discharged from an Alabama hospital days before his 104th birthday after spending nearly a week in the hospital battling Covid-19. But after a six-day stay at Madison Hospital in Madison, Alabama, Wooten recovered and was released on Tuesday. “We feel very blessed and overwhelmed with relief,” McDonald told NBC News about his discharge from the hospital. That’s the secret to his longevity.” Share this -Which people get the Covid-19 vaccine first?
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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe called China "the greatest threat to America today" in a scathing opinion article published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. Accusing China of seeking to dominate, Ratcliffe called efforts to resist Beijing as "our once-in-a-generation challenge." Upping the pressure on Beijing, President Donald Trump's spy chief called China the greatest national security threat to the US in a scathing opinion article published in The Wall Street Journal Thursday. "The People's Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II," Director of National Intelligence Dan Ratcliffe wrote. He previously called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "thug."
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These events, coupled with the most recent assassination, will clearly exacerbate tensions in the Middle East in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Trump administration has avoided a truly major national security crisis over the past four years, but these last eight weeks may be some of its most dangerous. No country has benefited more from the Trump administration than Israel. Netanyahu recently argued that an attack by Iran could come at any time from various other countries in the region. No country has benefited more from the Trump administration than Israel.
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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a virtual roundtable on Wednesday with workers and small-business owners who are struggling because of the economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The briefs, which they started receiving on Monday, contain high-level intelligence and analysis about a range of national security issues. Instead of attending Biden’s inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump is considering announcing a 2024 campaign to retake the White House. The redacted documents do not name the individuals involved or Trump and do not indicate if any White House officials had knowledge of the scheme. Trump on Wednesday will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the only event on the president's official White House schedule.
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The agreement comes after months of talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, encouraged by the United States, despite the ongoing violence. A ceasefire remains the most urgent demand of international capitals and Kabul, even after the Taliban refused one during the preliminary stages of talks. “(The agreement) is a step forward towards beginning the negotiations on the main issues, including a comprehensive ceasefire as the key demand of the Afghan people,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, said on Twitter, quoting the Afghan leader. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020. A European Union diplomat familiar with the process said both sides had kept some contentious issues aside to deal with separately.
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President Donald Trump has "checked out" on his Iran policy, giving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo freedom to dictate policy short of "start[ing] World World III," The Daily Beast reported, citing US officials. Trump wants to deter Iran from rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal, a key plan of Biden's incoming administration. Former US diplomats previously told Insider the November 27 hit on Iran's top nuclear scientist — believed to be perpetrated by Israel — was also designed to damage Biden's plan. One White House official told the outlet that Trump has "checked out" over Iran, handing the reigns to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Iran hawks in the administration. But the news that Trump has given up on directing Iran policy indicates that his attention has run its course.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday that the US has achieved a "modicum of success" after nearly two decades "of consistent effort" in Afghanistan. The problem is that for the past few years, the situation in Afghanistan has been a "strategic stalemate," Milley added. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday that the US has achieved a "modicum of success" after nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan. "We believe now that after 20 years, two decades of consistent effort, that we he have achieved a modicum of success," Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, said Wednesday during a virtual event at the Brookings Institution think tank. The problem is that for the past few years, the situation in Afghanistan has been a "strategic stalemate," he said.
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Pompeo voices 'grave concern' about ongoing Tigray hostilities
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced grave concern about ongoing hostilities in the northerly Tigray region of Ethiopia during a telephone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday. “Secretary Pompeo took note of the Government of Ethiopia’s Nov. 28 announcement of the end of major military operations, but reiterated the United States’ grave concern regarding ongoing hostilities and the risks the conflict poses,” State Department spokesman Cale Brown said, saying that Pompeo called for a “complete end” to the fighting and constructive dialogue.
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The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
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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.
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