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LONDON — Countries across the world rushed Friday to identify potential cases and halt travel from southern Africa where a new variant of Covid-19 emerged as a sudden source of global alarm. The World Health Organization (WHO) convened for an emergency meeting to assess the variant, currently identified as B.1.1.529. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist and Covid-19 technical lead at the World Health Organization said Thursday that if it was designated it would be given a Greek name. "We don't know very much about this yet, what we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations," Van Kerkhove said in a video on Thursday. But Van Kerkhove said it was good that the mutations had been detected, as it meant that there was a system in place.
Persons: Ursula von der Leyen, , Jenny Harries, Waldo Swiegers, Naftali Bennett, Maria Van Kerkhove, Van Kerkhove Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, European Union, Reuters, The, Health Security Agency, . Health Security Agency, , Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Africa, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Croatia, South, Hong Kong, Malawi
WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares for yet another showdown over the debt ceiling, long-term solutions for addressing what has become an increasingly partisan issue are re-emerging. The U.S. narrowly avoided default in October after Republicans refused to vote for a debt limit increase. The debt ceiling limits how much the government can borrow to pay its bills. Abolish the debt ceilingRep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., reintroduced a measure in February that would abolish the debt limit. Yarmuth said he believed it would have a better chance than the bill abolishing the debt limit.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Brendan Boyle, James Clyburn of, , John Yarmuth, it's, ” Yarmuth, Boyle, , ” Yellen, Steny Hoyer, Treasury Yarmuth, Yarmuth, Nancy Pelosi, Hoyer, Mitch McConnell, Shai Akabas, Yellen, “ I’m, Lloyd Austin, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Schumer Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Treasury, Center, Federal Reserve, CNBC, Social Security, Defense, Republican, Democrats Locations: James Clyburn of South Carolina, Ky
Driven by pre-Thanksgiving travel, 2.3 million people passed through airport screenings Wednesday in what the Transportation Security Administration said was its busiest day since travel plummeted to coronavirus lows in April 2020. That is more than double the 1.1 million people who went through TSA checkpoints a year earlier on the day before Thanksgiving, according to a TSA database. The day before Thanksgiving is typically among the busiest travel days of the year, along with the days after the holiday as people return home. Still, airlines advised passengers to arrive at airports early in case of long security lines. Delta Air Lines suggested two-plus hours early for domestic flights and three-plus hours early for international flights.
Persons: It's, Lorie Dankers, ” Dankers Organizations: Transportation Security Administration, TSA, Reuters, Delta Air Lines
REUTERS/Florence Lo/IllustrationSHANGHAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Chinese regulators have asked top executives of ride hailing giant Didi Global Inc (DIDI.N) to devise a plan to delist from the New York Stock Exchange due to concerns about data security, Bloomberg News reported. Shares in Didi investors SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) and Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) fell more than 5% and 3.1%, respectively following the report. Soon after, the CAC launched an investigation into Didi over its collection and use of personal data. It said data had been collected illegally and ordered app stores to remove 25 mobile apps operated by Didi. SoftBank Vision Fund owns 21.5% of Didi, followed by Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) with 12.8% and Tencent's 6.8%, according to a filing in June by Didi.
Persons: Didi, Florence Lo, Brenda Goh, Sneha Bhowmik, Arun Koyyur, Sam Holmes Organizations: REUTERS, Inc, New York Stock, Bloomberg News, U.S . bourse, Cyberspace Administration, China, SoftBank Group Corp, Tencent Holdings, Reuters, CAC, Vision Fund, Uber Technologies, Thomson Locations: SHANGHAI, U.S, HK, Hong Kong, United States, York, Shanghai, Bengaluru
China's tech watchdog wants Didi to be taken off the NYSE due to concerns about data security. Didi went ahead with its US listing in June despite Chinese authorities urging the company to put it on hold. China's tech watchdog wants the management to take the company off the New York Stock Exchange on concerns about leakage of sensitive data, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. Soon after, the CAC launched an investigation into Didi over its collection and use of personal data. It said data had been collected illegally and ordered app stores to remove 25 mobile apps operated by Didi.
Persons: Didi, Organizations: Service, Inc, Bloomberg News, New York Stock Exchange, Cyberspace Administration, China, SoftBank Group Corp, Reuters, CAC Locations: Hong Kong, United States, York
In a news conference Wednesday, Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, noted reports of the shooting, without offering any details. Taiwan and China have extradited suspects and convicted criminals across the Taiwan Strait in the past. Since then, Taiwan has received 502 suspected criminals from China, according to data provided by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice. China, on the other hand, has received 21 people from Taiwan, according to the island's Ministry of Justice. Last year, only four suspects were returned to Taiwan from China.
Persons: gunning, Huang, China's, Zhu Fenglian, Lee Dong, Chen Yung, Tsai Ing Organizations: CNN, Investigation, Taiwan's Central News Agency, CNA, Taoyuan International Airport, Ministry of Public Security, China's Twitter, Weibo, China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Taiwan, Chinese Communist Party, Kinmen, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice, island's Ministry of Justice, Democratic Progressive Party Locations: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xiamen, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Weibo, Taipei, Beijing, People's Republic of China, China's, Guangdong
A man enters the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 15, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization will meet on Friday to discuss a new heavily-mutated variant of Covid-19. The variant known as B.1.1.529 has been detected in small numbers in South Africa, WHO officials said. The U.K. Health Security Agency is investigating the variant, which Health Secretary Sajid Javid said is "potentially concerning." The South African rand nosedived on Friday morning to more than 16.2 against the dollar as investors rushed for cover.
Persons: 1.1.529, Tulio de Oliveira, Maria Van Kerkhove, Sajid Javid, Joe Phaahla Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, South Africa Department of Health, Health Security Agency, African Health Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Gauteng, South, Europe
Here’s how to get a jump-start on the upcoming tax season
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Kate Dore | Cfp | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +1 min
But people should also invest a little time to get a jump-start on the upcoming tax season. There are still opportunities to lower tax bills, such as 401(k) contributions, tax-loss harvesting, charitable giving or Roth individual retirement account conversions. However, filers should also take steps to prevent headaches amid the recent flurry of tax law changes, according to advisors from CNBC's 2021 FA 100 list. Some taxpayers may opt for an Identity Protection PIN to prevent someone from filing a fraudulent return by Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. "It's another way of protecting yourself from identity theft," said John Dahlin, director of tax at IFA Taxes, a division of Index Fund Advisors in Irvine, California, ranked No.
Persons: Roth, filers, John Dahlin Organizations: Social Security, IFA Locations: Irvine , California
Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterSouth African scientists detected a small number of the variant - called B.1.1.529 - on Tuesday, in samples from Nov. 14-16. On Wednesday South African scientists sequenced more genomes, informed the government that they were concerned and asked the World Health Organization to convene its technical working group on virus evolution for Friday. South African scientists say early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest it has spread rapidly in Gauteng and may already be present in the country's other eight provinces. The variant is relatively easy to distinguish in PCR tests from Delta, the dominant COVID-19 variant and the most infectious so far. The work will take a few weeks, the World Health Organization's technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said on Thursday.
Persons: Hisham, Susan Hopkins, Maria van Kerkhove, Africa's NICD, Alistair Smout, Alexander Winning, Tim Cocks, Olivia Kumwenda, Stephanie Nebehay, Ari Rabinovitch, Josephine Mason, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, Global, EU, Register, Wednesday, World Health Organization, Africa's National Institute, Health Security Agency, BBC, Health, UN, WHO, Beta, Gamma, Lambda, Thomson Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa, Hisham JOHANNESBURG, LONDON, Britain, India, Gauteng, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, Malawi, Delta, Peru, Colombia, London, Mtambo, Geneva, Jerusalem
REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasNEW DELHI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - India issued an advisory to all states to rigorously test and screen international travellers from South Africa and other "at risk" countries amid concerns over a new coronavirus variant, after easing some of its travel restrictions earlier this month. The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the new variant, identified as B.1.1.529, had "serious public health implications". Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterWhile some major Asian countries rushed to tighten border controls and restrict travellers, India had not yet issued a notification, a senior government source said. The federal health and foreign ministries did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on whether India will ban foreign travellers. Earlier this month, India identified 10 countries "at risk" that includes Europe, Britain, China, South Africa, and New Zealand, among others.
Persons: Shivaji, Francis Mascarenhas, Rajesh Bhushan, Neha Arora, Lincoln, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Francis Mascarenhas NEW, Ministry of Health, UK Health Security Agency, Thomson Locations: Shivaji Maharaj, India, Mumbai, South Africa, Britain, COVID, Europe, China, New Zealand, Asia
Boeing and other travel stocks tumbled in premarket trading Friday after several European and Asian countries announced new travel restrictions from southern Africa because of a new Covid variant. The U.K. on Thursday said it would temporarily suspend flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The European Commission recommended a pause on travel between the EU and southern Africa. Boeing shares were down more than 6% in premarket trading, while Delta Air Lines was down 7% and United Airlines fell 8%. Though domestic travel had largely recovered from early pandemic lockdowns, international travel remained a missing piece in airlines' recovery.
Persons: Hilton, we're, Virgin Atlantic, didn't, Biden, Matt Clinch Organizations: London Heathrow Airport, Boeing, European Commission, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Health, British Airways, Virgin, State Department, White, U.S, Transportation Security Administration Locations: Africa, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, France, Italy, Johannesburg, EU, Brazil, U.S
B.1.1.529 is spreading rapidly in South Africa and may be harder to contain than prior variants. The new variant, B.1.1.529, appears to have spread rapidly in South Africa. European Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday the EU planned to introduce a bloc-wide ban on air travel from South Africa and neighboring countries, Reuters reported. India told individual states to screen and test travellers from South Africa and other "at risk" countries, Reuters reported. As of Friday, the Africa CDC said the B.1.1.529 had been detected in 77 samples from South Africa, 4 from Botswana, and 1 from Hong Kong.
Persons: Sajid Javid, Javid, Ursula von der Leyen, 1.1.529, Anthony Fauci, Jenny Harries Organizations: Service, Politico, Reuters, Disease Control, Prevention, World Health Organization, NBC News, Africa CDC, UK Health Security Agency Locations: Europe, Asia, South Africa, Germany, France, Italy, India, Japan, Israel, Botswana, Hong Kong, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Africa, Geneva
The UK Health Security Agency said that the variant - called B.1.1.529 - had a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 vaccines are based on. The variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong, and Britain has banned flights from South Africa and five neighbouring countries. South Africa has said that Britain's decision to halt flights from the country seemed rushed. Earlier, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps defended a temporary ban on flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini. "As scientists have described, (this is) the most significant variant they've encountered to date in their research," Shapps told Sky News.
Persons: Sajid Javid, Javid, Transnet, Sibeko, Grant Shapps, Shapps, Guy Faulconbridge, Costas Pitas, Alistair Smout, William Schomberg, Alex Richardson Organizations: UK Health Security Agency, REUTERS, British, Sky News, Virgin, Thomson Locations: Britain, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Africa, South, Springs, Rand, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Heathrow, Johannesburg
"One way or another, he wants Ukraine neutralized," Fiona Hill, a top Russia expert, told Insider. See all newslettersFor the second time this year, there are serious concerns that Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine. The world is on edge, with leaders in Washington and beyond contemplating what Russian President Vladimir Putin will do next. "There is a major risk of Russian military activity in Ukraine in the next few months. This came after the Kremlin in September warned that NATO expanding military infrastructure in Ukraine would cross Putin's "red lines."
Persons: Fiona Hill, Vladimir Putin, Putin's, Antony Blinken, Putin, Ivo Daalder, Daalder, Trump, You've, Hill, Sergei Malgavko, Steven Pifer, Pifer, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg, Karen Donfried, Kuznetsov, Mikhail Svetlov, We're, Putin —, , Russia aren't, underscoring, Russia isn't Organizations: NATO, National Security Council, Ukraine, Kremlin, Russia, Alliance, Friday, Associated Press, Reuters, Putin, Russian Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Ukraine's, Washington, Georgia, Crimea, Donbass, Europe, Putin Russian, Sevastopol, Russia's, Moscow, Soviet, Russian
U.S. news Blue skies as the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes a return. 22 PHOTOS The Tom Turkey float on show during the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, on November 25, 2021. — Brendan McDermid / Reuters ShareCheerleaders parading down 6th Ave. — Brendan McDermid / Reuters ShareMiss America, Camille Schrier, keeps warm as she waves from above the streets. — Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters ShareMusician Jon Batiste gestures from a float during the 95th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. — Seth Wenig / AP ShareSpectators were treated to blue skies and sunshine this year.
Persons: Tom Turkey, — Brendan McDermid, — Shannon Stapleton, SpongeBob, — Eduardo Munoz Avarez, Claus, Brendan McDermid, Camille Schrier, — Theo Wargo, Shannon Stapleton, Turkey, — Seth Wenig, Kena, — Brendan Mcdermid, Jon, Smokey Bear Organizations: Reuters, Miss, Park West, Security, Radio City Music Hall, Hampton University Locations: New York City, Covid
The week leading up to this Thanksgiving has been the busiest for airports since the coronavirus pandemic began, and so far, travel has been going smoothly. For six days in a row, through Tuesday, daily airport passenger volumes exceeded two million people, a streak not seen since before the pandemic, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Sunday, when an estimated 2.4 million people are expected to stream through airport security, is likely to be the busiest day yet, TSA officials have said.
Organizations: Transportation Security Administration, TSA
The week leading up to this Thanksgiving has been the busiest for airports since the coronavirus pandemic began, and so far, travel has been going smoothly. For seven days in a row, through Wednesday, daily airport passenger volumes exceeded two million people, a streak not seen since before the pandemic, according to the Transportation Security Administration. U.S. airports bustled with over 2.3 million people Wednesday—the most hectic day since February 2020. Sunday is expected to be even busier, TSA officials have said.
Organizations: Transportation Security Administration, Sunday, TSA
A Ukrainian official said the United States was considering a package of increased military aid to Ukraine. (The Biden administration is sending more than $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine this year.) But American officials are hesitant to discuss Washington’s support, for fear of escalating the situation further. “This is really a challenge to Europeans to step up in solidarity with the United States,” she said. “The United States shouldn’t be the prime mover here.”But Ms. Kendall-Taylor said Mr. Putin might doubt Western willingness to follow through.
Persons: , Andrea Kendall, Taylor, Putin, Biden, Fiona Hill, United States shouldn’t, Kendall, Mr Organizations: Center, New, New American Security, Biden, Visa, Mastercard, National Security, Trump White House, United Locations: Europe, Russia, New American, Russian, Britain, United States, Ukraine, China
TSA expects to screen 20 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday, more than double last year. United Airlines told Insider it expects the Sunday after Thanksgiving to be the busiest travel day since before the pandemic with 450,000 customers in the air. Delta, for instance, told Insider it now validates a passenger's proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 tests online instead of at the gate. The influx of holiday travelers may also exacerbate the ongoing unruly passenger crisis impacting flight attendants and other crew members. Flight attendants told Insider alcohol has worsened passenger violence this year.
Persons: , Sara Nelson, Nelson Organizations: Airlines, FAA, Service, United Airlines, Delta, Transportation Security Administration, TSA, Southwest Airlines, Southwest, Airlines for America, JetBlue, Federal Aviation Administration, Association of Locations: Delta, United
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday directed government prosecutors to make federal crimes on commercial airliners a priority following a spate of violent outbursts on planes. “Passengers who assault, intimidate, or threaten violence against flight crews and flight attendants do more than harm those employees. They prevent the performance of critical duties that help ensure safe air travel,” Garland said. The face mask requirement for passengers on planes, buses and trains, imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, is slated to expire Jan. 18. Aviation officials said the number of passenger behavior incidents dropped after the FAA launched its Zero Tolerance campaign and began assessing stiff fines against unruly passengers.
Persons: General Merrick Garland, ” Garland, Garland, Brian Hsu, Irvine Organizations: FBI, Justice Department, , The Justice Department, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Transportation Security Administration, Aviation, American Airlines Locations: WASHINGTON, California, New York, Orange County , California, Denver, Tampa , Florida, Miami
The warning was first reported by the Washington Post. The sources said he told the Russian spies that harming U.S. personnel and their family would break the unwritten rules of acceptable behavior for a professional intelligence service. Victims suffering from Havana Syndrome have reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads and then experiencing dizziness, unsteady gait and visual disturbances. NBC News reported in 2018 that U.S. intelligence officials considered Russia a leading suspect in what some of them assessed to have been deliberate attacks on diplomats and CIA officers overseas. Many U.S. officials remain convinced that Russia is behind the incidents, which Burns has privately called “attacks,” according to current and former officials.
Persons: William Burns, Burns Organizations: Washington Post, Russia’s Federal Security Service, country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, SVR, U.S, NBC News, CIA, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, State Department Locations: Havana, Moscow, Russia
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone to direct the war from the frontlines, state-affiliated media reported on Wednesday, as two Olympian athletes announced they were enlisting in the military. While Abiy is away, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen would take charge of routine government business in his absence, government spokesman Legesse Tulu told a news conference, according to a report from Fana news outlet. Ben Curtis / AP fileAbiy announced late on Monday he was planning to personally direct the fight against Tigrayan forces and their allies. Also on Wednesday, Switzerland and Britain advised their citizens to leave Ethiopia, citing the worsening security situation. France and the United States have already called on citizens to leave.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Haile Gebreselassie, Feyisa Lelisa, Abiy, Demeke Mekonnen, Legesse, Ben Curtis, “ Let’s, , Belete, Jeffrey Feltman, Feltman, Olusegun Obasanjo, Simon Coveney, Haile Gebrselassie, Minasse Wondimu, Ireland’s, “ We’ve, ” Dina Mufti Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Reuters, NBC, Ethiopian, Tiksa, Tuesday, Diplomats, Irish, Anadolu Agency, Getty, . Security, Ireland’s RTE, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: Fana, Agula, Mekele, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Tigray People's, Tiksa Negeri, Jan, Ireland, “ Ireland, Switzerland, France, United States
Best Buy shoppers can expect to find more high-value merchandise behind locked shelves and a larger security presence in certain stores. He also told NBC News that investigators are looking at how social media appears to have been used to orchestrate organized retail robbery. He said he plans to propose more funding in next fiscal year's budget toward combating organized retail thefts statewide. There's also money to be made by these organized retail rings which can amass millions of dollars worth of products and sell them online or in other countries with the earnings laundered back to the United States. And experts say it remains to be seen what kind of long-term effect factors such as the pandemic and friction between communities and the police will have on organized retail theft and how widespread it may become.
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The agent began suffering migraines and dizziness about a decade ago after a stint overseas in a country near Russia. The statement amounted to the FBI's first formal acknowledgment that some of its current or former employees could have symptoms of Havana Syndrome, which got its name after a group of diplomats and CIA officers reported symptoms in 2016 at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. Although the bureau did not confirm or deny the existence of FBI cases, NBC News has previously reported that several FBI personnel have reported possible symptoms, including some who had been posted to Vienna. Several U.S. officials said not all of those who have come forward fit the profile of the Havana cohort. He began experiencing symptoms shortly afterward, and he has lived the past decade with almost daily headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
Persons: David Cohen Organizations: FBI, NBC News, CIA, U.S, Embassy, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, State Department Locations: Havana, Russia, Cuba, Vienna, Russian
Aiden Henry Bilyard, 19, was arrested Monday in connection to the Capitol insurrection. On January 6, Bilyard is accused of using bear spray on police officers and breaking a window at the Capitol. Bilyard enlisted in the Air Force and was interviewed by FBI agents in August at a base in Texas. Bilyard was arrested on multiple criminal charges, including aiding and abetting civil disorder, destruction of government property, and assaulting law enforcement with a dangerous weapon, according to a criminal complaint. During the interview, he admitted that he was present at the Capitol on January 6 but only participated in lawful activities.
Persons: Aiden Henry Bilyard, Bilyard, rioter, Mitchell Todd Garner Organizations: Capitol, Air Force, FBI, Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Court, Eastern, Department of Justice, DOJ, Lackland Air Force Base, US, Office, District of Columbia, Department of Justice National Security Division's Locations: Texas, Cary , North Carolina, of North Carolina, Lower West Terrace, San Antonio , Texas
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