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But meetings of the Joint Military Commission in northern Libya, attended by five officers each from the two sides, have yet to make progress on other key demands of a U.N.-brokered agreement, underlining its fragility. Its domed Ouagadougou Conference Centre, an undamaged part of which is now the Joint Military Commission headquarters, serves as a reminder of what is at stake. Today a new banner for the commission hangs where GNA and LNA negotiators hash out details of their October ceasefire. The U.N. process helped resolve an eight-month LNA blockade of oil exports which aggravated economic problems in both east and west. The third strand of talks beyond the military commission and the political process is economic negotiations.
Persons: Omran, , Mohammed Mofteh, Khalifa, Hamad, Gaddafi, Stephanie Williams, Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Military Commission, National Accord, Libyan National Army, OPEC, Ouagadougou Conference Centre, Islamic, Security, National Oil Company, Central Bank of Locations: SIRTE, Libya, TUNIS, Sirte, Benghazi, Tripoli, Misrata, Turkey, Russia, UAE, Egypt, FRONTLINES, Libya’s, Ouagadougou, frontlines, Western, Central Bank of Libya
Austria tightens security at churches, citing Vienna attack inquiry
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: People pay their respects on the site of an Islamist shooting attack in Vienna, Austria, November 4, 2020. The attacker, a 20-year-old born and raised in Vienna, was shot dead by police after firing on passers-by and bars on Nov. 2. Austria is investigating 21 people and has remanded 10 in custody on suspicion of being connected to the attack. “The investigation’s findings currently show that it cannot be ruled out that the perpetrator also wanted to deliberately seek out victims in churches,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told a news conference. Much about what happened before the attack, including how the gunman got to the scene of his rampage in the centre of the Austrian capital, remains unknown.
Persons: Leonhard Foeger, Karl Nehammer, Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Vienna, Austria, VIENNA, Slovakia
REUTERS/Aziz KarimovBAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan’s parliament called on Thursday for France to be stripped of its mediation role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to punish the French Senate for adopting a resolution backing the region’s independence. The French resolution adopted on Nov. 25 followed a Russia-brokered ceasefire ending weeks of fighting in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, part of Azerbaijan mainly populated by ethnic Armenians. The Azeri foreign ministry said the French senate resolution, which has no legal force, had tainted France’s reputation as a fair mediator and cast doubt on its neutrality. France’s foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed the senate resolution, saying it would contradict France’s neutral position and pointing out that even Armenia itself had not recognised Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan praised the resolution, describing it as a vital first step towards recognising the right of the region’s people to self-determination.
Persons: Aziz Karimov, Emmanuel Macron, Nikol Pashinyan Organizations: REUTERS, Paris, Organization for Security, Armenian Locations: Nagorno, Karabakh, Aziz Karimov BAKU, France, Russia, Azerbaijan, Europe, Minsk, United States, Armenia, Yerevan
That’s the message President-elect Joe Biden sent the world as he unveiled key Cabinet and national security picks earlier this week. Foreign governments will know Biden’s team from their time in office under President Barack Obama and other previous administrations. We are on the same page on climate, on Iran, on NATO,” one European official said about the picks. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida dismissed Biden’s new team members over their track record with China during Obama’s presidency. “Biden’s Cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences and will be polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.
Persons: Joe Biden, “ We’re, ” Biden, Lester Holt, Donald Trump’s “, Biden, John Kerry, Antony Blinken, Isabelle Dobbs, Higginson, Mike Segar, Reuters Biden, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Alejandro Mayorkas, Barack Obama, Jake Sullivan, , Trump, Blinken, Sullivan, Kerry, Vladimir Putin, Wang Yi, Andy Wong, Obama, , Emmanuel Macron, Putin, Neil Melvin, Israel —, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Biden —, Blinken —, Melvin, Nicholas Stern, multilateralism, Stern, Mike Pompeo, Bret Baier, ” Biden’s, China — Marco Rubio, Thomas, ” Pompeo, that’s, Republican Sen, Marco Rubio, Biden’s, ” Rubio Organizations: NBC News, United, United Nations, Reuters, NATO, Trump, Foreign, Olive, Foreign Ministry, Harvard University, Columbia Law School, Le Figaro, London’s Royal United Services Institute, Haaretz, Relations, Security, Royal United Services Institute, NBC, National Security, London School of Economics, Obama, Fox News, Ivy League, Republican, China, Obama’s, Cabinet Locations: “ America, United States, U.S, Saharan Africa, Iran, Europe, Paris, Kerry, Germany, Beijing, France, Russia, China, Moscow, Israel, Palestinian, Asia, United States of America, Florida
America celebrates scaled-back Thanksgiving as COVID-19 surges
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: A person walks at Reagan National Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in Arlington, U.S. November 25, 2020. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, a spectacle of giant character balloons that has delighted children for nearly a century, has been scaled back significantly. Many Americans see the annual ritual get-together for turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie as important enough to risk possible infection. On Wedneday Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo implored her constituents to make Thanksgiving gatherings as small as possible, arguing it would save lives. With hospitalizations surging, the state will begin a two-week “pause” on Monday, with bars, fitness gyms and other establishments shut down.
Persons: Hannah McKay, , Susan Tercero, Gina Raimondo, ‘ I’m Organizations: Reuters, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, NBC, Centers for Disease Control, U.S . Transportation Security Administration, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Locations: Arlington , U.S, New York, , COVID, Wedneday Rhode
FILE PHOTO: Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon attends a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) at the White House in Washington February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is considering naming Tom Donilon, a veteran diplomat and national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, as director of the CIA, a person familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, is also said to be considering Michael Morell, who was the CIA’s deputy director and acting director of the agency twice under Obama. Biden, an integral part of Obama’s national security team during his eight years as vice president, would have worked closely with both men. He has already picked other Obama administration veterans for major national security posts, including Antony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state, for secretary of state, and Avril Haines, a deputy at the CIA under Obama, to be director of national intelligence.
Persons: Tom Donilon, Barack Obama, Carlos Barria, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, Michael Morell, Obama, Antony Blinken, Avril Haines Organizations: National, U.S, White, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Democratic, CIA, Republican, Politico Locations: Washington
SINGAPORE — Top Glove, the world's largest medical glove maker, has shut 20 manufacturing sites in Malaysia after thousands of workers tested positive for Covid-19. A total of 2,684 Top Glove employees — most of them foreign workers — have tested positive as of Wednesday, local media reported, citing Malaysia's Senior Minister for Security and Minister of Defence Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Authorities in the country are testing all Top Glove workers in the affected factories and dormitories for the coronavirus. Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali told CNBC on Thursday that the government hopes to "mitigate this problem within next two weeks." Azmin pointed out that Top Glove was one of companies allowed to continue with full operations throughout Malaysia's lockdown, given its importance to both the local and global markets.
Persons: Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali, CNBC's, Azmin Organizations: Malaysia's, Security, Authorities, of International Trade, Industry, CNBC Locations: SINGAPORE, Malaysia
A pair of pranksters have taken over the website domain 'DonaldJTrump2024.com' and given it subheadings which include 'Trump Lost' and 'Trump is a loser.' The stunt was carried out by Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, who call themselves 'The Good Liars,' on Twitter. Pranksters have claimed a website domain that could have been used by President Trump for a potential presidential run in 2024, plastering it with messages including one which reads "Trump lost the election." Comedy duo Jason Selvig and Davram Steifler, also known as "The Good Liars," wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that they had claimed the domain name DonaldJTrump2024.com. One reads "Trump Lost," another reads "Trump is a Loser," and a third reads "Trump lost the election."
Persons: Trump, Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler, Joe Biden, Biden, Pranksters, President Trump, Davram Steifler, ", Robert O'Brien, Michael Pompeo, Mike Pence, O'Brien, Pence, Pompeo, Donald Trump Organizations: Trump, Twitter, Bloomberg, National Security, General Services Administration
U.N. mulls U.S. proposal to streamline, lengthen North Korea aid exemptions
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A United Nations Security Council sanctions committee is considering a U.S. proposal to streamline and lengthen exemptions from U.N. sanctions on North Korea for humanitarian aid groups working in the isolated Asian state. FILE PHOTO: A person walks past a banner showing North Korean and U.S. flags ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThe updates to an implementation assistance note - first issued in August 2018 - will be approved by the council’s 15-member North Korea sanctions committee on Friday if there are no objections, diplomats said. North Korea has been subjected to U.N. Security Council sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. An independent U.N. human rights investigator last month called for sanctions on North Korea to be eased because they may be worsening problems from the coronavirus lockdown.
Persons: Kim Kyung, , Kim Jong, Donald Trump Organizations: YORK, United Nations Security, REUTERS, . Security, Security Locations: North Korea, U.S, Hanoi, Vietnam, Korea, China, Korean, Russia, Kim, Pyongyang
Biden will struggle to cut defense spending despite pressure
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Mike Stone | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will come under immense pressure from progressives in the Democratic party to cut the defense budget once he takes office in January. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File PhotoBut defense spending is unlikely to be cut since it supports countless U.S. jobs during the coronavirus recession. In three years, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has increased defense spending 19% from $619.5 billion to $740 billion. The possibility of cutting defense jobs could hurt vulnerable Democrats seeking reelection at a time when their majority in the House is already razor thin. For that reason deep defense cuts may not be popular with many moderate Democrats either, a former Pentagon official added.
Persons: Joe Biden, Erin Scott, Donald Trump’s, , Todd Harrison, we’ll, ” Harrison, Toby O’Brien, Michele Flournoy, Booz Allen Hamilton, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Ronald Reagan, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Pentagon, REUTERS, Progressive Democrats, House, Representatives, Center for Strategic, Studies, Raytheon Technologies, Reuters, Congressional, Defense, U.S . Department of Defense, Booz, Homeland Security, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Co, Army, Navy, for Strategic, Ronald, Capitol Hill Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S
FILE PHOTO: Elliott Abrams speaks during a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2020. Biden, set to take office on Jan. 20, has said he will return the United States to the Obama-era deal if Iran resumes compliance. Abrams, at a virtual Beirut Institute event, said the Trump administration plans further pressure on Tehran, with sanctions related to arms, weapons of mass destruction and human rights. Abrams said he expects a negotiation to take place with Iran next year and that he believes a deal will be struck under the Biden administration. Abrams on Wednesday announced Iran-related sanctions on four entities in China and Russia, accusing them of activities promoting Iran’s missile program.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Elliott Abrams, Andrew Harnik, Iran Elliott Abrams, Barack Obama’s, Donald Trump, Biden, Obama, Abrams, ” Abrams Organizations: WASHINGTON, State Department, Security, State, Beirut Institute, Wednesday, Iran’s Locations: Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic, Washington , U.S, United States, Beirut, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Washington, China, Russia
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
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President-elect Joe Biden builds his economic team in the coming days, some influential lawmakers are urging him to choose Katherine Tai, the Democratic trade counsel on the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, as U.S. trade representative. The job, sometimes called the “trade czar,” is expected to be a lynchpin position as Biden pledges to reverse predecessor Donald Trump’s “America First” policies, build jobs at home, and punish Beijing for anti-competitive trade practices. A Yale and Harvard-educated Chinese-American who speaks fluent Mandarin and taught university English for two years in Guangzhou, Tai also headed China trade enforcement at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office (USTR) from 2011 to 2014, litigating trade violation cases before the World Trade Organization. Tai, 45, did not respond to a request for comment and a spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee said she was not granting interviews at this time. Tai faces stiff competition for the USTR post from Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and Representative Jimmy Gomez, a Ways and Means Committee Democrat from California.
Persons: Joe Biden, Katherine Tai, , Biden, Donald Trump’s “, Tai, Trump, “ Katherine Tai, Sherrod Brown, , ” Brown, Earl Blumenauer, Reuters Tai, Robert Lighthizer, China ”, ” Tai, Michael Wessel, Jimmy Gomez, Don Beyer, Nancy Pelosi Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic, Yale, Harvard, U.S . Trade, World Trade Organization, USTR, Democrat, Finance, Reuters, Capitol, Biden, , Center, American Progress, U.S ., China Economic, Security, Commission Locations: Beijing, U.S, Mexico, Canada, Guangzhou, Tai, China, CHINA, United States, California
Key takeaways: More than half of Black voters called the coronavirus pandemic the top priority that elected officials should address, followed by discrimination and racial justice. Black voters also expressed deep concerns about systemic racism, especially as it relates to the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. The poll found that 8 of 10 Black voters supported reducing prison and jail populations, as well as detention of immigrants. About 91 percent of Black women voted for Biden and Harris, most exit polling data show. "The holy grail for us as a community must be getting Black men to vote at the same rate as Black women."
Persons: Henry Fernandez, Fernandez, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Harris, We've, Derrick Johnson, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nick Turner, Glynda Carr, Biden, Trump, Terrance Woodbury, Woodbury, Black, Ben Jealous, Nixon, Melanie Campbell, Campbell, Quentin James, Stefanie Brown James, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nia Long, Quentin James said, Jennifer Epps Organizations: African American Research, Black, Biden, NAACP, Vera Institute of Justice, National Urban League, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Vera Institute, Voters, NBC, Trump, Higher, Associated Press, Republican, HIT, National Coalition, Social Security, Youth, NBC News, The, The Collective Education Fund, Center for Popular Democracy, Facebook, Twitter Locations: United States, Georgia, Wisconsin, Southern, Covid, Addison, American
Greek-operated tanker damaged by mine at Saudi terminal - security firm
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Greek-operated tanker was damaged by a mine at a Saudi Arabian terminal, damaging its hull, British maritime security company Ambrey said on Wednesday. The Maltese-flagged tanker Agrari is operated by Greece’s TMS Tankers, Ambrey said. TMS could not be reached for immediate comment.
Persons: Ambrey Organizations: Reuters, Greece’s TMS, TMS Locations: DUBAI, Saudi
Some 42,000 refugees have fled over the border to Sudan and TPLF rockets have hit neighbouring Eritrea. Tigrayan forces have fired rockets at the airport of Eritrea’s capital Asmara, while Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of its 2,000 troops in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Ethiopia has described the Tigray fighting as an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, al, ” Billene Seyoum, Mai Kadra, Tigrayans, of Sheba, Grant Harris Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, Union, United Nations Security, Ethiopian, Covenant, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Dansha, Adwa, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Africa, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mai, Axum, Barack Obama’s
African envoys head for Ethiopia as ultimatum expires for assault
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Thousands of people are already believed to have died and there has been widespread destruction from aerial bombardment and ground fighting since the war began on Nov. 4. If confirmed, the presence of Eritrean ground forces would amount to a major escalation of the conflict. In Tigray, satellite images showed Ethiopian troops in the ancient town of Axum and trenches dug across the local airport’s runway. Axum’s history and ruins give Ethiopia its claim to be one of the world’s oldest centres of Christianity. Abiy repeated his position on Wednesday that the Tigray fighting was an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, Grant Harris Organizations: Rights Watch, Reuters, Union, Maxar Technologies, Ethiopian, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Axum, Barack Obama’s
Biden to discuss coronavirus response as Thanksgiving holiday nears
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Simon Lewis | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will give a speech on Wednesday highlighting the challenges facing Americans as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the nation faces a surge in coronavirus infections and a wave of unpopular health restrictions. FILE PHOTO: President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. The number of patients being treated for coronavirus infections in U.S. hospitals surpassed 86,000, an all-time high, on Tuesday. Critics have said Trump’s refusal to accept the results undercut Biden’s ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic and deal with national security threats. “Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is really a difficult decision,” Biden said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines, John Kerry, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Kamala Haris, Joshua Roberts, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, “ It’s, ” Biden, , ” Trump, BIDEN, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Sanders, Warren, Michael Flynn, Axios Organizations: Queen Theater, Homeland Security, United Nations, Republican, Democratic, NBC News, Senate, FBI Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, COVID, Delaware, United States, America, Georgia
It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said. Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data. Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.
Persons: Paris Charles de, Benoit Tessier, Trump, Donald Trump, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reuters, Paris Charles, REUTERS, White, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, U.S . State Department, CDC, ” Airlines for America, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings, United, U.S . Transportation Locations: Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Roissy, Europe, France, China, Iran, U.S, United States
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a news conference following talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey has no peacekeepers there but has signed an agreement with Russia to set up a joint centre to monitor the ceasefire. The Minsk Group includes France, Russia and the United States. Erdogan said “discomfort” voiced over the agreement by some co-chairs of the Minsk Group “has no worth whatsoever.”
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Pavel Golovkin, Mr Putin, ” Erdogan, Erdogan, Organizations: Reuters, Minsk Group, Organization for Security, Minsk Group “ Locations: Turkish, Moscow, Russia, ANKARA, Nagorno, Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Minsk, France, United States
President Trump said he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, using his lame-duck executive power to protect an ally who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”Mr....
Persons: Trump, Michael Flynn, Michael T, Flynn, ” Mr, Organizations: FBI, Twitter
Ethiopia war destabilising east Africa, warns EU
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire on Wednesday evening. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea, and Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation, and that its human rights division was following up. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of the roughly 2,000 troops it had in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Long lines of cars were forming in front of gas stations in Mekelle, the Tigray regional capital, according to satellite images taken on Nov. 23 and provided to Reuters by Maxar Technologies.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , ” Josep Borrell, Abiy Ahmed, , Borrel, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, al, UNMISS, ” Billene Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, African Union, United Nations Security, Reuters, Maxar Technologies Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Horn, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Niger, Tunisia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Axum
President Donald Trump may be planning a number of pardons between now and when he leaves office, including pardoning former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Axios reported. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia in December 2017. President Donald Trump plans to pardon former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Axios reported, citing sources with direct knowledge of discussions between Trump and close contacts. Trump reportedly told sources close to him that he plans to pardon Flynn who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia in a January 24, 2017 interview. Axios reported that Flynn's lawyer Sidney Powell said she told Trump not to issue a pardon, during a hearing in September, however it's not clear if Powell and Trump discussed anything else after that.
Persons: Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, Axios, Flynn, Trump, Robert Mueller's, Read, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, Sidney Powell, it's, Powell, Roger Stone, Stone Organizations: FBI, Justice Department, Flynn Visit, Trump, Biden White Locations: Russia
A new court motion in Georgia temporarily suspends deportation proceedings for at least four of the women who alleged suffering medical and sexual abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, according to VICE News. Prior to Tuesday's motion of consent, DHS had initiated deportation proceedings against several of the women, according to the Los Angeles Times. The US Justice Department agreed on Tuesday to temporarily suspend the deportations of detained immigrant women who have alleged abuse at an immigration detention facility in rural Georgia, according to new court filings. Tuesday's decision could dent the Trump administration's legal pursuits in the case and signal a broader victory for the whistleblowers and detainees at the privately-owned Irwin County Detention Center. Shortly after, the House Immigration Subcommittee announced an investigation into the facility and its medical care for detainees.
Persons: Mahendra Amin, hysterectomies, Harris, Biden, Dr, Elora Mukherjee, Mukherjee, Irwin, Dawn Wooten, Wooten, Amin, Pramila Jayapal, Nannette Barragan, Scott Grubman Organizations: Detention, DHS, Los Angeles Times, US Justice Department, US, Middle, Middle District of, VICE News, Biden, Justice, Trump, Irwin, ICE, Columbia University, Democratic, Rep, of Homeland Security, Department of Justice Locations: Georgia, Irwin, Middle District, Middle District of Georgia
Biden and Kerry Must Address the Climate Emergency - The New York Times
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Lydia Millet | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Who’s made John Kerry, a serious diplomat, his climate czar — and put him on the National Security Council, recognizing, as our military has for years, that an unstable climate is a matter of war and peace. In this life-support emergency, muddy, transactional compromise has failed us so far, over decades of destructive policy that propped up the good-ol’-boy bastion of fossil fuels. And it will fail us with a radical finality if Mr. Biden’s version of climate action turns out to be baby steps. He has told us that he’s committed to curbing climate change — that, unlike his White House predecessor, he recognizes its importance. Hedging for swing-state voters, however, he’s also shrunk away from the Green New Deal and banning fracking.
Persons: Who’s, John Kerry, , Joe Biden’s, he’s Organizations: National Security Council, Green New Deal
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