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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s core machine orders likely rebounded in October along with demand for Japanese exports, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, but a resurgence in coronavirus cases at home and abroad could dampen the economic outlook. REUTERS/Issei KatoCore machinery orders, widely considered an indicator of capital spending in the next six to nine months, likely rose 2.8% in October from the previous month, when orders fell 4.4%, according to the poll of 18 economists. “Machinery orders in the manufacturing sector likely grew led by a recovery in exports,” said Yusuke Shimoda, senior economist at Japan Research Institute. Capital spending, a key component of GDP, likely eased 3.2% in the third quarter, little changed from a 3.4% fall in a preliminary reading, the poll showed. Household spending likely rose 2.5% in October from a year earlier, the poll showed, rebounding from a 10.2% drop in September.
Persons: Issei Kato, , Yusuke Shimoda Organizations: Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Bus Corp, Daimler AG, REUTERS, “ Machinery, Japan Research Institute Locations: TOKYO, Germany, Kawasaki, Tokyo, Japan
TAIPEI (Reuters) - A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of “unrelenting intimidation” from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 10, 2020. Tsai said she was thankful for bipartisan support from U.S. politicians for such a deal. “Such an agreement would further enhance our close economic and trade partnership, and also reinforce America’s support for Taiwan in the face of unrelenting intimidation from across the Strait,” she added. Tsai alluded to the incoming administration, saying: “As we move towards 2021, the Taiwan-U.S. partnership holds enormous opportunities for growth”.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Ann Wang Taiwan, Tsai, , , Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, American Legislative Exchange Council, Leadership, Taiwan - Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, United States, China, Taipei, U.S, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan - U.S
LONDON (Reuters) - British food banks are seeing more families needing their support as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forces struggling people to seek help, charities and volunteers say. The rise in those out of work has resulted in more people turning to food banks, which provide emergency food supplies to families in need. The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 1,300 food bank centres across Britain, says it provided 1.2 million food parcels between April and September, with a huge rise in people needing its support for the first time. It forecasts there will be a 61% increase in food parcels required across its network from October to December, the equivalent of six parcels given out every minute. “The ideal would be for the government obviously to up everybody’s payment that they get every week to a reasonable amount where they don’t have to then seek help from food banks,” said Sahar Beg, chief executive of the Tooting Community Kitchen.
Persons: COVID, they’re, , Vilma Tunylaite, it’s, Alexander Shahid Khan, Sahar Beg Organizations: Bank of England Locations: London, Britain, Tooting
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors worried about whether a looming government shutdown could slow U.S. stocks’ recent surge can take comfort in history: markets have tended to shrug off shutdowns despite their potentially nasty economic impact. FILE PHOTO: A Wall St. sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the financial district in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSince 1984, the S&P 500 has averaged a 1.3% gain during government shutdowns, having edged lower in only two out of the last 10 instances. It did not do much to deter stocks, however, with the S&P 500 rising more than 9% during that period. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes touched all-time highs on Thursday as investors looked past bleak economic data, while remaining focused on a COVID-19 vaccine.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, shutdowns, , Jamie Cox, Paresh Upadhyaya Organizations: YORK, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Congressional, Office, Nasdaq, Harris Financial, Democratic, Republican, Asset Management, COVID Locations: New York, U.S, Boston
UBS appoints Sabine Keller-Busse as president of Swiss unit
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.60   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen at a branch office in Zurich, Switzerland, January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) - UBS Group AG said on Friday it appointed Chief Operating Officer and President EMEA Sabine Keller-Busse as president of UBS Switzerland, while Iqbal Khan, co-president of global wealth management, will succeed Keller-Busse as president EMEA, in addition to his current role. Keller-Busse, who joined UBS in 2010 and was named Group COO in 2018, succeeds Axel P. Lehmann who has decided to step down from his current roles as president personal & corporate banking and president UBS Switzerland at the end of January 2021, and will leave the bank after a transition phase at the end of July, UBS said in a statement. All changes are effective Feb. 1, 2021, UBS said.
Persons: EMEA Sabine Keller, Busse, Iqbal Khan, Keller, Axel P, Lehmann Organizations: Swiss, UBS, REUTERS, Wiegmann, UBS Group, EMEA Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, Wiegmann ZURICH, UBS Switzerland
FILE PHOTO: Ineos Team UK's new America's Cup AC75 yacht is seen outside the British team's base in Portsmouth, Britain, October 4, 2019. “We’re testing all the data and software from next week,” Animation Research’s Taylor told Reuters by telephone from Dunedin. “Nobody has seen the boats (in race action) and we haven’t had any data from them in a proper environment. Animation Research’s graphics have been credited by sailing commentators with helping the casual fan follow the event, with the package showing real-time animations of racing. “The thing that will be different in this America’s Cup will be the boat.
Persons: Ian Taylor, Alexander Smith, Taylor, Research’s Taylor, haven’t, ” Taylor, , Riedel, Organizations: WELLINGTON, Reuters, British, REUTERS, Team New Zealand, Riedel Communications Locations: Portsmouth, Britain, Dunedin
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s exports and imports are expected to rise at a faster pace in November, helped by strong demand and coronavirus-related disruptions at factories in other countries, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Imports likely rose 6.1% on-year, also accelerating from the previous month’s 4.7% pace, buoyed by improving domestic demand and higher commodity prices. “The substitution effect of China’s exports will continue to increase as supply capacity of emerging economies has not recovered yet.”China’s official and private manufacturing surveys also showed new export orders expanded at a faster pace. Some firms reported that a strong yuan squeezed profits and reduced export orders in November, the statistics bureau said this week. [CNY/]UBS forecast China’s GDP growth would rebound to 8.2% in 2021, led by exports and domestic consumption.
Persons: Organizations: REUTERS, Stringer, U.S, China Minsheng Bank, UBS Locations: BEIJING, Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China
Buddhist prayer ceremony held in Cambodia for missing Thai activist
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Prak Chan Thul | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The sister of a Thai pro-democracy activist who rights groups say was abducted by unknown gunmen in Cambodia called on Friday for authorities to solve the case after holding a Buddhist prayer ceremony to mark six months since his disappearance. Slideshow ( 4 images )Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, was bundled into a vehicle in front of his Phnom Penh apartment in June, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. “We do not know the perpetrator; however it is the duty and responsibility of authorities both in Cambodia and Thailand to find the truth,” Wanchalearm’s sister, Sitanun Satsaksit, told reporters after the ceremony. At least eight other Thai activists who fled the country after a 2014 military coup have disappeared from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some later found dead. Thai authorities have said they had nothing to do with the disappearances.
Persons: Wanchalearm Satsaksit, , Sitanun Satsaksit, Wanchalearm, Sitanun, Chhay Kim Khoeun Organizations: Reuters, Rights Watch, Cambodian Locations: PHNOM PENH, Thai, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, New York, Wanchalearm’s, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam
India says cyclone Burevi weakens after bringing rain to south
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
CHENNAI (Reuters) - A cyclone that brought heavy rain to parts of southern India and neighbouring Sri Lanka has weakened into a “practically stationary” deep depression, India’s weather office said on Friday. It was not immediately clear how much damage the rains caused in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which had declared a government holiday in some areas and urged people to stay at home ahead of the cyclone. “(A) deep depression over Gulf of Mannar...is close to Ramanathapuram district coast, remained practically stationary,” the Indian meteorological department said in a statement, referring to the state’s southeast. A cyclone that lashed Tamil Nadu last week killed 23, uprooting trees and cutting power and communication links.
Locations: CHENNAI, India, Sri Lanka, Indian, Tamil Nadu, of Mannar, Ramanathapuram
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will establish subsidies for regional banks that shore up their core strength through mergers and integration as part of efforts to revive regional economies hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a draft stimulus package seen by Reuters showed on Friday. The draft stimulus package is expected to be finalised and approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet on Dec. 8.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga’s Organizations: Reuters Locations: TOKYO, Japan
U.S. expected to report slowest job growth in six months
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Lucia Mutikani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonThe Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday will only cover the first two weeks of November, when the current wave of coronavirus infections started. “The November employment report may be the last ‘strong’ employment report for a while until a vaccine is widely available,” said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina. That would be the smallest gain since the jobs recovery started in May and a fifth straight monthly deceleration in job gains, leaving employment 9.621 million jobs below its February peak. The number of people out of work for more than six months surged by 1.2 million in October. Slower job and wage growth would lead to weakness in a proxy for take-home pay.
Persons: Bryan Woolston, , Sam Bullard, ” Nonfarm, hospitalizations, Sung Won Sohn, Payrolls, , Dean Baker, Kathy Bostjancic Organizations: WASHINGTON, Kentucky, Center, REUTERS, Labor, Wells, Wells Fargo Securities, Republicans, Congress, Loyola Marymount University, Retailers, Institute for Supply Management, Industries, Center for Economic, Research, Oxford Economics Locations: Frankfort , Kentucky, U.S, Wells Fargo, Charlotte , North Carolina, United States, Los Angeles, Washington, New York
Australian media trial over Pell reporting to continue in January
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Sonali Paul | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian court on Friday dismissed eight out of 87 contempt of court charges against media on their reporting of ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell’s 2018 conviction for child sex assault. REUTERS/Alberto LingriaThe trial on the remaining 79 charges that media breached a suppression order on reporting of the cardinal’s conviction will continue in January, Supreme Court of Victoria Justice John Dixon said. Local media did not report the December 2018 verdict, but after overseas media reported the news, naming Pell and the charges, Australian media ran stories saying they were unable to report major news regarding an unnamed high profile figure, and flagged the news was accessible online. Australian media were charged after that for contempt of court. He said those newspapers and radio station did not have wide enough circulation in Victoria to taint potential jurors in Melbourne for Pell’s second trial.
Persons: George Pell’s, George Pell, Alberto Lingria, John Dixon, Pell, Dixon, ” Dixon Organizations: MELBOURNE, Rome's, Airport, REUTERS, Victoria, High, Australia, News, Courier, Daily Telegraph, Morning Herald, Locations: Australia, County, Victoria, Melbourne
Nasdaq apologises for Australia stock exchange outage
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )(Reuters) - Exchange operator Nasdaq Inc on Friday apologised for an Australian stock exchange outage last month, which wiped out nearly a full session of trading. “We take our role as a provider of mission-critical technology seriously and apologise to ASX, its customers and all those impacted”, Nasdaq Chief Executive Officer Adena Friedman said. Australia’s central bank and corporate regulator had expressed concerns over bourse operator ASX Ltd’s trading systems after the glitch halted trade on Nov. 16. ASX and its technology provider Nasdaq said they had identified the root cause of the outage as a software issue that caused incorrect functionality in the tailor made combinations (TMC) order book. ASX said it plans to reintroduce some TMC functionality on Dec. 21.
Persons: Adena Friedman Organizations: Nasdaq
Analysis: Is a post-COVID currency war coming?
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Marc Jones | Elizabeth Howcroft | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
In Sweden, whose crown is this year’s best-performing currency, the central bank unexpectedly increased its money-printing programme last week. (Graphic for Emerging market currency rebound: )ROOM TO BOOMIt is not only the expectation that COVID-19 vaccines will normalise trade, travel and commodity prices driving the trend. (Graphic for MSCI EM FX index 2012 and 2020: )IIF chief economist Robin Brooks doubts even that kind of move would trigger a full-blown currency war. Nevertheless, he thinks the euro and the yen will be shoved higher, requiring the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan to respond. “Our concern is the speed of the adjustment,” Thailand’s central bank governor, Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, said last week.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, , , Manik Narain, splurged, Joe Biden’s, Pramol Dhawan, Narain, Brazil’s Guido Mantega, Morgan Stanley, Robin Brooks, ” Brooks, Sethaput Organizations: ., Swiss, REUTERS, Institute of International Finance, UBS, FX, Citi, Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan Locations: Budapest, Western, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Brazilian, Turkish Lira, South, Russian, China, U.S, India
(Reuters) - Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said. The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.
Persons: Aly, China Daily, Joe Biden, Cui Tiankai, , Meng Wanzhou, Biden, Trump, Marsha Blackburn, Chen Weihua, Blackburn, China “, Chen, ” Blackburn, Xi Jinping’s, ” Hu Xijin Organizations: Reuters, Bund, REUTERS, Chinese Communist Party, Twitter, Reuters U.S, Huawei, Democrat, New York Times, U.S, China Daily, Republican, China’s Global Times Locations: U.S, China, Shanghai, United States, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong
Bangladesh ships Rohingya refugees to remote island despite protests
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Ruma Paul | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
DHAKA (Reuters) - More than 1,600 Rohingya refugees sailed on Friday from Bangladesh’s southern port of Chittagong for the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, a naval official said. But refugees and humanitarian workers say some of the Rohingya had been coerced into going to Bhashan Char a flood-prone island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago. Pictures taken from aboard one of the vessels showed refugees lined up on blue plastic chairs under the watch of uniformed sailors. They were among more than 730,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar in 2017 following a military-led crackdown that the United Nations said was executed with genocidal intent. More than 300 refugees were brought to the island earlier this year after several months at sea in an attempt to flee Bangladesh.
Persons: Bhasan Char, Bhashan Char, Abdul Momen, , Char Organizations: , United Nations, Rights Watch, Refugees International, Rights Locations: DHAKA, Bangladesh’s, Chittagong, Bhasan, Bay, Bengal, Myanmar, Cox’s Bazar, , Bangladesh
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will start construction of 10,000 kilometres (6,213.7 miles) of intercity and urban railway over the next five years in Yangtze River Delta, Greater Bay and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei areas, the state planner said on Friday. The Greater Bay area is a region that includes Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in China’s southern Guangdong province. China plans to expand its railway network, the second largest in the world, by one-third in the next decade and a half, as part of a long-term plan to rev up urbanisation and stimulate local economies. The country aims to have about 200,000 kilometres of railway tracks by the end of 2035, including about 70,000 km of high-speed railway, according to the plan issued by state-owned China State Railway Group in August.
Organizations: China State Railway Group Locations: BEIJING, China, Greater Bay, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Hong Kong, Macau, China’s, Guangdong
U.S. Justice Department probed Kushner lawyer over alleged graft scheme: NYT
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether a lawyer for Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been involved in a bribery scheme to win clemency for a man convicted of tax crimes, the New York Times said on Thursday. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. As part of the plan, a San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, would make an unspecified political contribution, it added. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell released an order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. In October, Broidy pleaded guilty in a separate case to legally lobbying Trump to drop an investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scandal.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's, Carlos Barria, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Trump, William Burck, , Hugh Baras, Sanford Diller, Diller, Burck, Baras, Beryl Howell, Broidy Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, New York Times, White House, Fayetteville Regional Airport, REUTERS, ” Reuters, Lowell, Justice Department, San, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Twitter, U.S, District, Trump Locations: Fayetteville , North Carolina, U.S, Berkeley , California, San Francisco, Washington, Malaysian
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday a bipartisan coronavirus aid bill should be passed but that he will have to ask for more once in office. During an interview with CNN alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Biden said the $908 billion bill proposed by moderates in the U.S. Senate should be seen as a “start” to providing relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Kamala Harris, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, CNN, Senate Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S
Costa Rica signs COVID-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer and BioNTech
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado RuvicSAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica has signed an agreement with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE for the manufacture and delivery of 3 million COVID-19 vaccines next year, the office of President Carlos Alvarado said on Thursday. The deal will allow Costa Rica to provide two doses to 1.5 million people and follows accords with AstraZeneca and the Covax mechanism backed by the World Health Organization. In total, the agreements should cover about 3 million people, or almost 60% of the Costa Rican population. The Central American country has so far registered some 142,505 cases of coronavirus and 1,757 related deaths.
Persons: Carlos Alvarado Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca, World Health Organization, Central Locations: Costa Rica, Costa Rican
Breakingviews - China's Xi has precious opportunity to clean up
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Yawen Chen | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Aly Song - RC2CWJ9UF05ZHONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - China is seizing an opportunity to clean house. From property to cars to chips, officials are pushing new rules and regulations to defuse risks and reallocate capital. The crackdown pushed up bond yields and slowed economic growth: Xi put the cleansing on hold a year later as trade tension with the United States erupted. Bond yields and interbank rates have climbed above pre-pandemic levels. With the world in turmoil, Xi can reasonably conclude that it’s an opportune time to stop kicking the can down the road.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Aly, Xi Organizations: China, REUTERS, Reuters, China Inc Locations: Shanghai, China, HONG KONG, United, chipmaking, Beijing
Dollar weakening expected to last into 2021 as risky bets remain
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Hari Kishan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: A trader shows U.S. dollar notes at a currency exchange booth in Peshawar, Pakistan December 3, 2018. Despite around 14 million people infected in the U.S. by the coronavirus, hopes for fresh fiscal stimulus and a vaccine will keep global stocks well bid and the dollar weak over the medium term. Over two-thirds of analysts - 51 of 72 - who answered a separate question expected the downward dollar trend to last at least until mid-2021. Most currencies that strengthened significantly against the dollar in 2020 were not expected to repeat their performances next year. “We knew all the issues of dollar weakness, we just didn’t see any currencies that looked attractive.
Persons: Fayaz Aziz, , Kit Juckes, , we’re, we’ve, Jane Foley, I’m, Steve Englander Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Societe Generale, Rabobank, , Standard Chartered Locations: BENGALURU, Peshawar, Pakistan, U.S, China
More than 211,762 new cases and 2,858 deaths were confirmed as of Thursday evening by a Reuters tally. The stay-at-home restrictions will begin with 48 hours’ notice and remain in place for at least three weeks once they are ordered. The public health crisis has taken on more dire dimensions following a week of Thanksgiving holiday celebrations in which millions of Americans disregarded warnings against traveling and large gatherings. Health experts predict that an even greater surge could kill about 3,000 people a day over the next two months. And if there’s repercussions along down the line I am going to say that it’s worth taking that risk.”
Persons: California’s, Hospitalizations, Gavin Newsom, ” Newsom, Shannon Stapleton, , Cruz Resendiz, Robert Redfield, ” Redfield, Mike DeWine, Gretchen Whitmer, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, Biden, , Nina Lyons Organizations: United, Reuters, San, Roseland Community Hospital, REUTERS, West Hollywood, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Midwest, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Former U.S Locations: SACRAMENTO, Calif, United States, Southern California, San Francisco Bay, California, U.S, Sacramento, Roseland, Chicago , Illinois, West, State, Michigan, Former, Pittsburgh
FILE PHOTO: An Uber logo is seen during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to designate its ride-hail and delivery drivers as non-health essential workers entitled to early COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The company, in a letter to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said its drivers provided critical transportation for essential workers and allowed others to stay home and order food. The letter comes as several industry groups, including in the food production, agricultural, consumer goods and trucking industry, are asking officials to prioritize their workers for early vaccine distribution. bit.ly/39Ke1xhA U.S. government agency in August included ride-hail, taxi, delivery and car rental services in a list of essential critical infrastructure workers that also included more than 300 other job categories.
Persons: Lucy Nicholson, , Uber’s, Danielle Burr Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Technologies, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, CDC Locations: Redondo Beach, Los Angeles , California, U.S, CDC’s
U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Engel voted for the 2003 Iraq War and opposed President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The caucus vote was 148-78 for Meeks over Representative Joaquin Castro, who had campaigned for the post as a more progressive alternative to Meeks. Castro, currently vice chairman of the foreign affairs panel, said he looked forward to working with Meeks on common goals such as promoting diversity at the State Department and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, Larry Downing, Greg Meeks, Joe Biden’s, Meeks, , ” Meeks, New York Representative Eliot Engel, Engel, Barack Obama’s, Joaquin Castro, Castro, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, House Foreign Affairs Committee, World Health Organization, Congress, New York Representative, Democratic, Israel, Democratic Party’s, State Department, Republican Locations: Washington, Iran, Iraq, United States, Tehran
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