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As Covid-19 cases surge across the United States, the outbreak is threatening to overwhelm the testing capacity at facilities that have spent months and millions of dollars to ramp up their capabilities, according to laboratory directors in six states. “It's unimaginably gigantic, the amount that we're doing, but it's still insufficient compared to the demand,” Baird said. He said he had essentially built an entirely new second laboratory for the coronavirus, and must often ensure all six test platforms are humming at once just to keep up with demand. Several officials said that over the course of the summer, shipments ordered to their labs were reduced by manufacturers or redirected elsewhere to parts of the U.S. where facilities were facing even more pressure from Covid-19 patient requirements. But in areas with high Covid-19 prevalence, this kind of pool testing can become numerically inefficient.
Persons: Geoffrey Baird, ” Baird, , , Robin Patel, Kathleen Beavis, “ We're, ” Beavis, Gary Procop, “ It’s, That's, Baird Organizations: University of, , Infectious Diseases Research, Mayo Clinic, University of Chicago’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Locations: United States, Rochester , Minnesota, Covid, Ohio
Recently, a second metal monolith appeared in eastern Romania, and a third in California. Then, the Utah monolith disappeared — reportedly destroyed and removed by people worried it would attract hordes of unwanted tourists. This week, a group of people destroyed the California monolith while ranting about Jesus, nationalism and making racist jokes. As far as we know, and despite the fact that the Utah monolith spent five years sitting in the sun, none of the various lizards that scurried around it was nudged toward greater enlightenment. So by Kubrick’s standards, the Utah monolith was a dud.
Persons: Stanley Kubrick’s, ” —, Julius Caesar, Thomas Edison, it’s, , countertops Organizations: Beehive State, Berlin Reichstag, FedEx, Locations: Utah, Beehive, Romania, California, Berlin
Wyoming health official says 'so-called pandemic' a communist plot
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( The Associated Press | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
— A Wyoming Department of Health official involved in the state's response to the coronavirus questioned the legitimacy of the pandemic and described a forthcoming vaccine as a biological weapon at a recent event. Shepherd was introduced as and talked about being a Wyoming Department of Health employee in the hour-plus presentation in Loveland, Colorado. Shepherd's baseless and unsubstantiated claims undermined Wyoming's public health measures — and public exhortations — to limit the spread of the virus, as well as its plans to distribute Covid-19 vaccines in the months ahead. Shepherd has worked for the health department since 2013 and has been a part of the state’s team responding to Covid-19, though not in a leadership role, department spokeswoman Kim Deti said. Researchers have worried for months that politicized skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines could hurt their efficacy.
Persons: CASPER, Igor Shepherd, Shepherd, Mark Gordon, knuckleheads, , Mike Ceballos, Alexia Harrist, weren’t, Kim Deti, we’ve, ” Deti Organizations: Wyoming Department of Health, Colorado Free, Gov, State, Casper Star, Tribune, Johns, Texas State University, Star - Tribune Locations: Wyo, , Russia, China, Loveland , Colorado, Wyoming, Johns Hopkins, U.S
The report, obtained Friday by NBC News, does not conclude that the directed energy was delivered intentionally, by a weapon, as some U.S. officials have long believed. Many reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads, and then experienced dizziness, unsteady gait and visual disturbances. CIA officials consider that a promising lead but not conclusive evidence. The study examined four possibilities to explain the symptoms: Infection, chemicals, psychological factors and microwave energy. Alexandre Meneghini / ReutersElectromagnetic energy, including frequencies such as radio and microwave, have been considered a leading possibility since the earliest days of the mystery.
Persons: , David Relman, Julie Pavlin, Marc Polymeropoulos, Alexandre Meneghini, State Rex Tillerson, Mike Pompeo, , ” Pompeo Organizations: National Academies of Sciences, NBC News, CIA, State Department, Stanford, GQ Magazine, Russia, Tourists, U.S, Embassy, FBI, Diplomatic Security Service, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, State, NBC, University of Pennsylvania Locations: China, Cuba, Russia, U.S, Washington, Europe, Asia, Moscow, Havana
U.S. ends exchange programs with China, calling them 'propaganda'
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Raphael Satter | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
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. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has ended five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them “soft power propaganda tools.”The Department said on its website it had “terminated” the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, the U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program and the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program. It said that the programs had been set up under the auspices of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act - a 1961 law signed by President John F. Kennedy and aimed at boosting academic and cultural exchanges with foreign countries. “While other programs funded under the auspices of the MECEA are mutually beneficial, the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the (Chinese) government as soft power propaganda tools,” the statement said. Attempts to reach representatives for the programs singled out by the State Department were not immediately successful.
Persons: Aly, John F, Kennedy Organizations: Bund, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . State Department, Educational China Trip Program, U.S ., China Friendship, China Leadership Exchange, China Transpacific Exchange, Hong Kong, Mutual, Embassy, State Department Locations: Shanghai, China, U.S, Washington
The Florida group Boricuas for Biden is helping a lawmaker in Georgia find Puerto Rican voters. — Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) December 4, 2020About 270,000 Georgia Latinos are registered to vote, although there are ongoing efforts to sign up more of the approximately 377,000 who are eligible. Latino Decisions, a national polling firm, estimates at least 185,000 Latinos voted in Georgia on Nov. 3. Larger national Latino groups such as Mijente and Mi Familia Vota have canvassers on the ground in the state. Otero-Santiago said she has connected with Georgia state representative Pedro “Pete” Marin, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and José Alejandro la Luz, who formed “Latinos Against Trump” in Georgia.
Persons: Julián Castro, Boricuas, Biden, Joe Biden, Deborah Gonzalez, Sens, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Mike Pence, Castro, Warnock, “ Young, , Stacey Abrams, — Julián Castro, Chuck Rocha, Bernie Sanders ’, Rocha, Osoff, Bernard Fraga, runoffs, Fraga, Georgia, Brenda Lopez, Lopez, Lopez Romero, PODER, Dalton, Perdue, Daniel Garza, Garza, Natascha Otero Santiago, Boricuas con, mofongo, Nydia Velazquez, Nellie Gorbea, Santiago, Pedro “ Pete ” Marin, José Alejandro la Luz, Otero, Zoe Saldaña, Rosario Dawson, maki, ord, bec, ena Organizations: Democratic, Puerto Rican voters, National, U.S . Senate, Latina, Republican, Ossoff, Young, Nuestro PAC, Emory University, Georgia, Equity, State, Georgia Association of, Latino Community Fund, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Latino, MFV, Hispanic Federation, LIBRE, LIBRE Initiative, Boricuas con Biden, Puerto Ricans, Trump, Puerto Rican, Puerto Locations: Georgia, Florida, Georgia's, runoffs, GEORGIA, Atlanta, America, Puerto, Rhode Island, Puerto Rican, Otero, Santiago
U.S. government ordered to reinstate protections for 'Dreamers'
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Mimi Dwyer | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Garaufis directed the Department of Homeland Security to post a public notice “displayed prominently” on its websites by Monday announcing that it is accepting new DACA applications. The judge also ordered that the notice make clear that employment authorization under DACA would last for two years rather than one. Trump’s administration had argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers when he created DACA by executive action, bypassing Congress. Obama created DACA after Congress failed to pass bipartisan legislation to overhaul U.S. immigration policy. DACA recipients often are called “Dreamers” based on the name of legislation considered but never passed in Congress.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Nicholas Garaufis, Barack Obama, DACA, Joe Biden, Garaufis, , Chad Wolf, Wolf, Trump’s, Obama Organizations: U.S, Trump’s Democratic, Democratic, Department of Homeland Security, Supreme, DHS Locations: United States, Brooklyn, DACA
California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House. There have been no suggestions that any of Biden's pledged electors would contemplate not voting for him. Results of the Electoral College vote are due to be received, and typically approved, by Congress on Jan. 6. Trump has fruitlessly tried to stop those states from certifying Biden as the winner and appointing electors for the former vice president. If they don't, the electors appointed by the states' governors — all pledged to Biden in these cases — must be used.
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, Alex Padilla's, Donald Trump, it’s, Biden, Edward B, Foley, ” Foley, Biden's, Pat Toomey, Joe Biden, Biden —, Trump, , George W, Bush Organizations: Democrat, Electoral, White, Associated Press, Ohio State University, Democratic, Republican, Republican U.S, Biden, Electoral College, Trump Locations: That’s, Pennsylvania, Democratic California, Biden — Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed TikTok logo is placed on a keyboard in front of U.S. flag in this illustration taken October 6, 2020. Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States granted ByteDance a one-week extension until Friday over the order to shed TikTok’s U.S. assets. President Donald Trump’s August order gave the Justice Department the power to enforce the divestiture order once the deadline expired, but it is unclear when or how the government may seek to compel divestiture. The Justice Department and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while the White House did not comment. TikTok declined to comment.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Trump, ByteDance, Donald Trump’s, TikTok Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, TikTok’s, Foreign Investment, Justice Department, Treasury Department Locations: TikTok’s U.S, United States
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed TikTok logo is placed on a keyboard in front of U.S. flag in this illustration taken October 6, 2020. President Donald Trump’s August order gave the Justice Department the power to enforce the divestiture order once the deadline expired, but it is unclear when or how the government may seek to compel divestiture. The government had previously issued a 15-day and seven-day extension of the initial 90-day deadline, which was Nov. 12, in Trump’s order. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while the White House did not comment. The Trump administration contends TikTok poses national security concerns as the personal data of U.S. users could be obtained by China’s government.
Persons: Trump, Dado Ruvic, CFIUS, Donald Trump’s, TikTok, ByteDance, , ” ByteDance Organizations: WASHINGTON, TikTok’s, REUTERS, Department, Foreign Investment, Justice Department, Justice, U.S ., Walmart Inc, Oracle Corp, Reuters, Oracle, Walmart, U.S, Appeals, Apple Inc, Google Locations: TikTok’s U.S, United States, U.S, ByteDance, Washington
Trump tried to end the program in September 2017, and this past July Chad Wolf, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, suspended DACA pending a “comprehensive” review. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration wrongly tried to shut down the program. This is a major victory for immigrant youth, led by immigrant youth. — National Immigration Law Center (@NILC) December 4, 2020"This is a major victory for immigrant youth, led by immigrant youth. "This is a day to celebrate, and we look forward to working with the incoming Biden administration to create a permanent solution for immigrant youth and communities."
Persons: Obama, Donald Trump, Nicholas Garaufis, Barack Obama's, Trump, Chad Wolf, Garaufis, Wolf, Biden Organizations: Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security, DHS, Obama, U.S, Supreme, Immigration Law Center Locations: York, U.S, United States,
A San Diego State University Student says that a hacker breached her Snapchat account and posted her private nude photos while demanding she pay a ransom. Ultimately, Snapchat informed her that her account was disabled 30 minutes after Business Insider reached out for comment on this story. For five days a desperate San Diego State University student emailed and messaged Snapchat pleading for the company to disable her hacked account. A cyber-criminal had posted nude photos she had privately sent her boyfriend via the app, and demanded payment to stop. The company said it responded quickly in the case of the student, taking down the nudes and disabling the account.
Persons: Snapchat, they're, messaged Snapchat, Snapchat sextortion, I'm, Erica MacDonald of Minnesota, Matt Ashburn, Raj Samani, Marsha Blackburn, Blackburn Organizations: San Diego State University Student, Business, FBI, San Diego State University, San, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco FBI, San Diego State, Twitter, CIA, White, McAfee, New Locations: San, San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, Ventura County, Snapchat, San Diego, Diego, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Florida, Virginia, The New Jersey
The Trump administration on Friday declined to give TikTok more time to comply with an order requiring it to divest from its US assets. Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States gave TikTok a one-week extension. But two sources told Reuters that talks between TikTok and the US government over the app's fate are expected to continue. Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States granted ByteDance a one-week extension until Friday over the order to shed TikTok's US assets. The Justice Department and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while the White House did not comment.
Persons: Trump, ByteDance, Donald Trump's, TikTok, David Shepardson, Echo Wang, Daniel Wallis Organizations: Foreign Investment, Reuters, Justice Department, Treasury Department Locations: United, TikTok, United States
President-elect Joe Biden officially received enough electoral votes to become the next president after California became the latest state to certify its election results. California appointed its 55 electors for Biden, putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency. President-elect Joe Biden officially received enough electoral votes to become the next president after California became the latest state to certify its election results, The Associated Press reported. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the state's presidential election on Friday, appointing its 55 electors for Biden and putting him over the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency. The president has mounted legal challenges in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada, all of which have certified their election results for Biden.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Alex Padilla Organizations: Associated Press, Biden Locations: California, Michigan , Wisconsin , Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada
If It’s Fiction, Can It Be an Invasion of Privacy?
  + stars: | 2020-12-05 | by ( Laura Cappelle | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
While Farrar, Straus and Giroux plans to publish the English translation of “Yoga” in the United States, it has not set a publication date. According to Devynck, she only learned about the existence and planned release of “Yoga” a few days after the divorce was finalized. When she received the manuscript, she didn’t recognize the chronology or the details of the events Carrère described. In “Yoga,” Carrère describes a two-month stay with migrants in Greece, and portrays it as a period of recovery after his illness. In reality, Devynck said, the trip actually lasted just a few days and took place before his stint in hospital.
Persons: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Devynck, Laurent Merlet, Merlet, Carrère, , ” Carrère, ’ ”, “ It’s Organizations: Carrère Locations: United States, France, Greece
Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller installed two close allies of President Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board Friday in an abrupt shake-up of the historically non-partisan advisory group. Miller removed nine members of the board and replaced them with a total of 11 others, including Lewandowski and Bossie. The board advises the defense secretary and deputy secretary on business management issues and is historically non-partisan. Lewandoski and Bossie co-authored a book, “Let Trump be Trump,” about their time working on the president’s 2016 campaign. Others appointed to the Defense Business Board Friday include: Henry Dreifus, Robert McMahon, Cory Mills, Bill Bruner, Christopher Shank, Joseph Schmidt, Keary Miller, Alan Weh, and Earl Matthews.
Persons: Chris Miller, President Trump, Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, Bossie, Miller, , Trump, State Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Jane Harman, Eric Cantor, Gary Roughead, Henry Dreifus, Robert McMahon, Cory Mills, Bill Bruner, Christopher Shank, Joseph Schmidt, Keary Miller, Alan Weh, Earl Matthews, Michael Bayer, Arnold Punaro, Atul Vashisitha, John O'Connor, David Venlet, Paul Dolan, Scott Dorn, David Walker, David Van Slyke Organizations: Pentagon’s Defense, Pentagon, Trump, White, Defense, State, Navy Locations:
He was a visiting professor at the University of Texas when he was arrested in August 2019. Mao was originally accused of entering into an agreement with an unidentified company to use its circuit board for research and sharing the proprietary information with a Chinese company. Mao’s arrest came amid a U.S. Justice Department crackdown on Chinese influence in universities over alleged spying and intellectual property theft by the Chinese government. The arrest also took place before Brooklyn federal prosecutors added trade-secret-theft charges to their 2018 indictment against Huawei, a telecommunications equipment maker. In 2018, the company and its finance chief, Meng Wanzhou, were charged with misleading banks about business in Iran.
Persons: Marko Djurica, Bo Mao, Mao, Pamela Chen, Sarah Evans, Mao’s, Meng Wanzhou, Meng Organizations: Reuters, Huawei Technologies, FBI, Huawei, REUTERS, Labs, University of Texas, U.S, CNEX Labs, . Justice Department, U.S . Justice Department Locations: Belgrade, Serbia, Brooklyn, United States, Texas, Iran, Canada, China
Biden plans scaled-back inauguration to avoid spreading coronavirus in crowds
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in as his wife Jill watches during the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama in Washington January 20, 2009. (Reuters) - Setting a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, whose administration began with a fight over the size of his inaugural crowds, President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday he plans a scaled-back event for safety’s sake during the pandemic. “My guess is there probably will not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Democracy has functioned.”The ceremony typically begins with the outgoing president and the president-elect riding together from the White House to the Capitol. After the new president is sworn in, he rides back along Pennsylvania Avenue to assume his new duties while the former president departs, typically by helicopter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill, Barack Obama, Jim Bourg, Donald Trump, ” Biden, Trump’s, Sean Spicer, Barack Obama’s, Biden, , , we’ve, We’re Organizations: REUTERS, Democratic, U.S . Capitol, Convention, Democracy, Capitol Locations: Washington, WILMINGTON, Del, Jan, Pennsylvania, America, Wilmington , Delaware, COVID, United States
Trump campaign says it has filed election lawsuit in Georgia state court
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds next to retired football coach Lou Holtz after awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Holtz in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of President Donald Trump says it has filed a lawsuit in Georgia state court seeking to invalidate the presidential election results there - the latest in a series of legal challenges intended to reverse his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. In a statement, the Trump administration has said that the lawsuit would include sworn statements from Georgia residents alleging fraud. The Trump camp has filed a slew of lawsuits across the United States in a flailing bid to turn his defeat in the Nov. 3 election into a victory. Almost all of them have been rejected by the courts.
Persons: Donald Trump applauds, Lou Holtz, Holtz, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump Organizations: White, REUTERS Locations: Washington , U.S, Georgia, United States
Revamped, less political, UNESCO sets sights on tricky U.S. return
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( John Irish | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: The UNESCO logo is seen during the opening of the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at their headquarters in Paris, France, October 30, 2017. The United States left with $542 million in arrears. UNESCO says the budget from member states is now $534.6 million, with a further $189 million coming from extra voluntary budgetary contributions. He went to UNESCO when he was vice president and his wife, Jill, has been involved in past teaching programs. But things may prove complicated given a U.S. law that forbids the United States from funding U.N. bodies that have admitted Palestine as a full member, although a waiver can be sought.
Persons: Philippe Wojazer, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, , , Israel, It’s, Audrey Azoulay, Biden, Jill, “ Biden Organizations: PARIS, United States, UNESCO, United Nations, General Conference of, United Nations Educational, Cultural Organization, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, ” UNESCO, “ UNESCO, Reuters, United, U.S Locations: United, Israel, Paris, France, United States, U.S, European, Timbuktu, Jerusalem, Washington, Palestine
REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoThe United States has about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly all U.S. forces would leave Somalia, although some would remain in Mogadishu. Another U.S. official said the U.S. presence in Somalia was a point of contention between Trump and his former defense secretary, Mark Esper, who Trump fired last month. According to the official, Trump pushed for a drawdown citing a wish by Kenya “to police their own neighborhood,” but Esper resisted. The U.S. defense official said the withdrawal was ordered to be completed by Jan. 15 -- the same deadlines for drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Persons: Donald Trump, Feisal Omar, al, , Joe Biden, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Al, , Trump, Mark Esper, Kenya “, Esper, Christopher Miller, Jan Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republican, REUTERS, Pentagon, United, African, Twitter, Somali, U.S, African Union, Green Beret, Esper Locations: Somalia, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Hodan district, Mogadishu, States, United States, al Qaeda, Bossaso, Kismayo, Baledogle, Shabelle, East Africa, African Union, al Shabaab, Shabab, of Africa, Kenya, Somali, Al Shabaab, drawdowns
U.S. weapons exports rise 2.8% to $175 billion in fiscal 2020
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Mike Stone | ) sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
The U.S. State Department disclosed military sales figures for the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. Sales of U.S. military equipment in the prior fiscal year had totaled $170 billion. Major deals in fiscal 2020 included Japan’s purchase of 63 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for as much as $23 billion. The direct military sales by U.S. companies jumped 8.4% to $124.3 billion in fiscal 2020 from $114.7 billion in fiscal 2019, while sales arranged through the U.S. government fell 8.3% to $50.78 billion in 2020 from $55.39 billion the prior year, the State Department said. Trump's administration in 2018 rolled out a new "Buy American" program that relaxed restrictions here on military sales while encouraging U.S. officials to take a bigger role in increasing business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry.
Persons: Carlos Barria, Donald Trump, Lockheed Martin, Barack Obama, Bill Hartung, Hartung Organizations: Pentagon, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . State Department, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Co, Raytheon Technologies, Defense Department, U.S, State Department, Trump, Arms, Security, Center for International Policy Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S
Canada trade deficit shrinks slightly in October, still higher than expected
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Mark BlinchOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s trade deficit narrowed slightly to a still greater-than-expected C$3.76 billion ($2.94 billion) in October as exports grew at a faster pace than imports, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast the shortfall would drop to C$3.00 billion from the revised deficit of C$3.82 billion in September. Imports rose by 1.9% to C$50.23 billion, in part due to higher imports of cell phones, for the first time exceeding the C$50.00 billion seen in February. Exports to the United States, by far Canada’s largest trading partner, rose by 2.0% while imports fell by 2.3%. As a result, the trade surplus with the United States in October grew to C$3.05 billion from C$1.69 billion in September.
Persons: Mark Blinch OTTAWA Organizations: REUTERS, Statistics, Reuters Locations: Toronto, Statistics Canada, United States
FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File PhotoAnd even if Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou does return to China, relations between China and Canada still face major challenges. “The only way to put real pressure on China is for a number of like-minded nations to form a common front. The United States are the key player here and without them, nothing will happen,” said one person directly familiar with the policy reset talks. Like-minded democracies in the region such as Japan or South Korea, are important allies for any coordinated China policy, said a person familiar with the matter, who added, however: “Without the United States, Canada doesn’t have a China policy.”
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Jennifer Gauthier, Meng, Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, charges.Having, Francois, Philippe Champagne, , , ” Guy Saint, Jacques, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Michaels, Phil Calvert, ” Calvert, Erin O’Toole, Joe Biden Organizations: OTTAWA, Huawei, Huawei Technologies, REUTERS, Huawei Technologies Co, Canadian, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ottawa, , University of Victoria, Liberal, Conservatives, Conservative Locations: Canada, China, United, Vancouver, Beijing, Vancouver , British Columbia, U.S, Hong, Ottawa, United States, Canadian, Japan, South Korea
And they need more to come early next year,” said Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. A government report on Friday showed the labor market slowing in November as the COVID-19 pandemic eclipsed its levels of the spring. Congress is going to need to act again in January,” Biden told reporters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. PRESSURE FOR DIVERSITYBiden, who earlier this week unveiled his economic team, faces intensifying pressure from congressional allies and advocacy groups to make ethnically diverse picks for the remaining slots in his administration. Transition spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden would announce more positions early next week, including members of his public health team.
Persons: Joe Biden, Friday’s, , Biden, Donald Trump, ” Biden, , Mitch McConnell, Jeff Zients, Obama, Leah Millis, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lujan Grisham, Janet Yellen, Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Jen Psaki, Mike Pence, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Trump, Perdue, Loeffler Organizations: U.S, Congress, Democratic, Republican, COVID, REUTERS, Biden, National Association for, Advancement of Colored People, Black voters, The League, United Latin American, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Human Services, Management, of Economic Advisers, U.S . Senate, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, COVID, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Mexican, United States, Georgia, Atlanta
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