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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
We are doing this in lab animals successfully.”Neurotechnology has the potential to alter the mechanisms that make people human, so putting it in a “human rights framework” is appropriate, he added. The U.N.’s declaration, which laid the groundwork for international human rights, was adopted after World War II in 1948. A need for neuro-rights will grow as the developments become more popular and commercialized, the neurologists said. Some private companies sell wearable devices to monitor brain activity that claim to be capable of tracking moods and emotions. In November, the Spanish government proposed new rules for regulating artificial intelligence that includes specific provisions for neuro-rights, Yuste said.
Persons: neurologists, Rafael Yuste, ethicists, ” Yuste, ” Neurotechnology, , John Krakauer, Krakauer, “ What’s, , Yuste, Organizations: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Universal, Human, United Nations, New York’s Columbia University, Morningside Group, Web, Johns Hopkins University, U.S . Food, Drug Administration Locations: Maryland, U.S, Chile
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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And thanks to climate change, experts warn, Central America will have to brace for stronger storm impacts in the future – as well as higher economic damages, unless they prepare. Hurricane Eta alone caused up to $5.5 billion in damage in Central America, the Inter-American Development Bank said, while the impact of Iota has not yet been determined. “We have more energy embedded in the oceans, and 90% from climate change,” said Belizean meteorologist Carlos Fuller, the lead climate change negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States. Iota for example spun from a 70 mile-per-hour (113 km-per-hour) tropical storm to a 160-mph (257-kph) Category 5 hurricane in 36 hours. This year, a record-tying two tropical storms were swirling over the Atlantic in May, before the season’s June 1 start.
Persons: Jorge Cabrera, Raul Quib, , Luis Miguel Galindo, Galindo, Carlos Fuller, Hurricane Harvey, Sally, Jim Kossin, Kossin, Philip Klotzbach, ” Klotzbach, Susan Lozier, Anna Wellenstein, “ Rice, Fuller, , Alejandro Giammattei, Sanimtaca Organizations: GUATEMALA CITY, REUTERS, Reuters, Iota, Hurricane, Inter, American Development Bank, Mexico’s UNAM, United Nations, Alliance of Small, National Oceanic, Atmospheric Administration, Colorado State University, Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Sciences, Northern, Bank, Central Locations: HAVANA, GUATEMALA, Tela, Honduras, Central America, Latin America, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Guatemalan, Alta Verapaz, America, Caribbean, Texas, Sanimtaca, American, Canada
(Reuters) - Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines. Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff. Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available to him, based on the priorities determined by public health officials,” his spokesman, Angel Urena, wrote in an email. Moderna Inc’s vaccine, which employs similar technology as Pfizer’s and was nearly 95% effective in its pivotal trial, is expected to be reviewed a week later. Asked if Guterres might take the vaccine publicly, Dujarric said: “We’ll see if he does it publicly.
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Biden taps Brian Deese to head White House economic council
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday he had selected Brian Deese, who helped lead President Barack Obama’s efforts to bail out the automotive industry during the 2009 financial crisis, to head the National Economic Council (NEC). “I’m asking Brian Deese to do this job because he’s someone who looks at hard problems and finds solutions that help make life better for American families,” Biden said in a video posted by his transition team. Deese also served as the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council. He is the head of sustainable investing at $7.4 trillion asset giant BlackRock Inc, which is shedding some coal investments but is also a major investor in fossil fuel companies.
Persons: Brian Deese, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, “ I’m, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll, ” Deese, Obama, Deese Organizations: White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, National Economic Council, NEC, U.S, Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc Locations: Paris, France, WILMINGTON, Del
FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. “I’m asking Brian Deese to do this job because he’s someone who looks at hard problems and finds solutions that help make life better for American families,” Biden said in a video posted by his transition team. He served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council and as a senior climate and energy advisor to Obama. Deese’s work at BlackRock prompted an outcry by several environmental and progressive groups who have criticized the appointee for working for corporate interests and said he was not aggressive enough on climate change. “Along with @JoeBiden and @BarackObama Brian Deese shepherded the rescue of the auto industry.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, Deese, Biden, I’m, he’s, ” Biden, “ He’ll, ” Deese, Obama, Evan Weber, , , Ed Markey, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio, Jennifer Granholm Organizations: National Economic Council, NEC, White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, U.S, Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise, White, Democratic, Green New, New York Representative, Cortez . Former Michigan, Twitter Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, Massachusetts, Cortez ., Michigan
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday named Brian Deese, who helped lead President Barack Obama’s efforts to bail out the automotive industry and negotiate the Paris climate agreement, as his top economic adviser. FILE PHOTO - White House senior advisor Brian Deese (L) walks with U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (R) to attend a meeting during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, France December 10, 2015. His appointment signals Biden’s intention to put climate change at the heart of his plans for reviving the U.S. economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deese said he would push for “bold, new actions” needed to combat climate change and address the racial inequities that he said were at the core of the climate crisis. During the Obama administration, Deese served as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and the National Economic Council, and as a senior climate and energy adviser to the president.
Persons: Joe Biden, Brian Deese, Barack Obama’s, Todd Stern, Le Bourget, Mandel Ngan, ” Biden, Deese, Biden’s, Trump, Larry Kudlow, Obama, Evan Weber, Bill McKibben, McKibben, Ed Markey, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez Organizations: White House, U.S ., United Nations, Le, REUTERS, National Economic Council, United, White, Office of Management, Budget, BlackRock Inc, BlackRock, Sunrise Movement, Democratic, Green New, New Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Paris, France, U.S, United States, New York
Egypt to free members of leading rights group - sources, state media
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: 1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the release of three members of a leading human rights group who were arrested last month after the group gave a briefing to senior diplomats, judicial and security sources said. The arrests have drawn widespread public criticism from the United Nations, Western governments, and international rights campaigners. State newspaper Akhbar el-Youm also reported the decision to free the three men.
Persons: Youm Organizations: Prosecutors, United Nations, State, Akhbar Locations: CAIRO, Egypt, Western
Egypt frees members of leading rights group
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities released on Thursday three members of a leading human rights organisation following widespread international criticism, the group said. Security services detained the three staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), including director Gasser Abdel Razek, after the group gave a briefing to senior diplomats on Nov. 3. The detentions, on charges including joining a terrorist group and publishing false news, drew public objections from the United Nations and Western governments, and triggered a broad campaign by international rights campaigners. A security source said earlier that the three would be released pending further investigations. Sisi has said there are no political prisoners in Egypt, and that stability and security are paramount.
Persons: Gasser Abdel Razek, Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah, Mohamed Basheer, EIPR, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden’s, Scarlett Johansson, Critics, Abdel Fattah al, Sisi Organizations: Egyptian, Personal Rights, United Nations Locations: CAIRO, Western, Cairo, Egypt
Almost half of Yemenis in acute food insecurity, new data shows
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Lisa Barrington | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute food insecurity, according to the U.N.’s Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis. Between January and June 2021 54% of Yemenis - 16.2 million people - are likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity. IPC data analyses for south Yemen, which is under the control of the internationally recognised Yemeni government, were released in July and October. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said the primary driver of food insecurity is the conflict, which must cease.
Persons: , David Beasley, Qu Dongyu, Mohamed Abdi, Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, IPC, Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, UNICEF, WFP Locations: DUBAI, Yemen, Iran, Norwegian
Ethiopia's war still churns, but relief aid coming
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
One aid worker in touch with Tigray told Reuters that fighting continued to the north, south and west of the highland city of 500,000 people. WAR CHILDEthiopia’s government and the TPLF have both accused each other of targeting civilians - and both denied that. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags. “Aid is needed now as there’s an acute shortage of food, medicine and other relief,” tweeted Norwegian Refugee Council head Jan Egeland, saying relief convoys were ready to go. The TPLF accuses their ex-military comrade and government coalition partner of trying to increase his personal power over Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Diplomats, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Tigrayan, Humera, Sudanese, Africa
Aid coming to north Ethiopia, refugees recount war suffering
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian refugees sit on bags of food aid at the Village 8 refugees transit camp, which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, December 2, 2020. “The war is a people’s war and will not end easily,” its spokesman Gebre Gebretsadkan said on Tigray TV, adding that fighting had continued round Mekelle. One aid worker in touch with Tigray said clashes had been taking place to the north, south and west of the city. Claims from all sides have been hard to verify while access to Tigray region was blocked and communications largely down, though internet and phone services were returning this week. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Humera, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Humera, Sudanese, Eritrea, Africa
Central African Republic court rejects ex-President Bozize's candidacy
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Antoine Rolland | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File PhotoBANGUI (Reuters) - The top court in Central African Republic (CAR) rejected on Thursday the candidacy of former President Francois Bozize in a Dec. 27 election being held despite security concerns because of fighting between rival militias. The court validated the candidacies of Touadera and 16 others, according to the order read by the court’s president. Bozize returned to CAR late last year and announced his presidential candidacy in July, saying an experienced leader to restore peace. Even though Touadera’s government sought the warrant for Bozize’s arrest, it has not sought to detain him since he returned to CAR.
Persons: Faustin Archange, Carlo Allegri, Francois Bozize, Bozize, Faustin, Touadera’s Organizations: African, United Nations General Assembly, REUTERS, Central African Republic, CAR Locations: U.N, New York City , New York, U.S, BANGUI, Central African
U.N. panel says South Sudan blocking its missions to violence-hit areas
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Denis Dumo | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The government disputed the findings, saying agencies had access to all areas and it was working to fix the economy. Oil-rich South Sudan erupted into civil war soon after securing independence from Sudan in 2011, leading to an estimated 400,000 deaths and one of the worst refugee crises on the continent since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. As fighting has erupted in areas across the country, the panel found that South Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service “routinely blocked the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and peace monitors from accessing conflict areas”. Deng Dau Deng, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, said the panel of experts themselves had been allowed entry into South Sudan, which shows “that the government of South Sudan is committed to meet the U.N. resolutions on South Sudan”. “South Sudan is cooperative,” he told Reuters on Thursday.
Persons: Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service “, Deng Dau Deng Organizations: Reuters, Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service, United Nations Mission, Sudan ” Locations: JUBA, Sudan, South Sudan,
Yemeni boy fights malnutrition as hunger stalks nation's children
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
HAJJAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Four months ago 10-year-old Hassan Merzam Muhammad was so severely malnourished he was unable to walk or react, carried limp into a Yemeni clinic by his father. But malnutrition hangs like a spectre over him and 2 million other Yemeni children as war, economic decline and COVID-19 push Yemen closer to what the United Nations warns could be the worst famine for decades. A struggling local health clinic sent him to the capital Sanaa for treatment, paid for by a charity. But this year coronavirus restrictions, reduced remittances, locusts, floods and significant underfunding of the 2020 aid response are exacerbating hunger. Doctor Ali Yahya Hajer, at Hassan’s local clinic, said the family needs nutritional baskets delivered to their home until the child’s and the family’s situation stabilises.
Persons: Hassan Merzam Muhammad, “ Hassan, , Tayeb Muhammed, Hassan, Doctor Ali Yahya Hajer Organizations: United Nations, Reuters Locations: HAJJAH, Yemen, Hajjah, Saudi, Iran
Rights groups urge Bangladesh not to ship Rohingya to island
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Ruma Paul | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
DHAKA (Reuters) - Human rights groups urged Bangladesh on Thursday to stop its plan to ship thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island as officials said the first group of 400 could leave later in the day. FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees carry bricks to a construction site at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 8, 2019. U.S.-based advocacy group Refugees International said the plan was “short-sighted and inhumane” while the Fortify Rights Group said the relocations may be “coerced and involuntary” and should cease immediately. More than 300 refugees were brought to the island earlier this year after several months at sea in an attempt to flee Bangladesh. Rights groups say they are being held against their will and have complained of human rights violations.
Persons: Mohammad Ponir Hossain, Char, Saad Hammadi, Mohammed Shamsud Douza, , Rohingya, Omar Faruq, Nurul Amin Organizations: REUTERS, Photo Police, Amnesty, Refugees International, Rights Group, Bangladesh, United Nations, Bangladeshi, Rights Locations: DHAKA, Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bengal, Myanmar, South Asia
(Reuters) - Refugees and humanitarian workers said on Thursday some of the thousands of Rohingya being shipped to a remote island had been coerced, despite government assertions that none would be forced to go. REUTERS/StringerTwo Rohingya told Reuters their names appeared on lists compiled by government-appointed local leaders without their consent, while aid workers said officials used threats and enticements to pressure people into going. Mohammad Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh government official in charge of refugees, said the relocation was voluntary. A Bangladesh naval official said the first 1,500 refugees would on Friday morning leave from the port to cross to the island. More than 300 refugees were brought to the island earlier this year after several months at sea in an attempt to flee Bangladesh.
Persons: Stringer, Rohingya, Mohammad Shamsud Douza, Char, , “ We’re Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Bangladesh, ” Police, United Nations, Rights Watch, Refugees International, Rights Locations: Bazar, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bengal, Myanmar
World leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
SEE NEW POSTSWorld leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 100 world leaders and several dozen ministers are slated to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s special session starting Thursday on the response to Covid-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic which has claimed 1.5 million lives, shattered economies in countries rich and poor. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "I will be taking it, and I may end up taking it on TV or having a film just so people know that I trust this science," Obama said. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Bill Gates says 'almost all the vaccines are going to succeed’
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
California reports a record 28,000 Covid cases, the most in a day in any state yet On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. This comes amid the 200,000 cases and 2,700 reported deaths recorded countrywide. The U.S. has averaged 165,671 cases and 1,603 dead per day the last week, up from an average of 128,058 cases and 1,106 reported deaths per day four weeks ago. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Ivanka Trump was deposed by Washington, DC investigators on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit on alleged misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing. The lawsuit in question was filed by the Washington, DC District Attorney's office in January 2020. It alleges that the Presidential Inaugural Committee enriched the Trump Organization by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in DC for President Donald Trump's inauguration events in 2017. In January, the Washington, DC attorney general's office sued the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), alleging that the committee had enriched the Trump family's company by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, for inauguration events. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, seen on November 3, 2020.
Persons: Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump, overpaying, Rick Gates, Vladimir Kostyrev, Gates, Ivanka, Wolkoff, Read, Biden, Trump, Gonzalo Marroquin, Patrick McMullan, Jared Kushner, Rudy Giuliani, Kayleigh McEnany Organizations: Washington, DC, Presidential, Trump Organization, overpaying, Trump International Hotel, White, Trump, Getty, Trump Hotel, Vogue, Justice Department, New, WIS Media Partners, UN, Peace, United Nations Headquarters, New York Times, Department, The Times, White House Press Locations: Washington, DC, Washington ,, Washington , DC, New York, New York City
IBM uncovers global email attack on Covid vaccine supply chain
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Noah Higgins-Dunn | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
IBM cyber security analysts on Thursday said they uncovered an email phishing scheme targeting global coronavirus vaccine supply chains, and urged cold-chain companies to remain "vigilant" and "on high alert." "From there, the adversary could gain insight into internal communications, as well as the process, methods and plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine." IBM said the attacks likely targeted organizations linked to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, which is working to supply low and middle-income economies with an affordable Covid-19 vaccine. "Gavi has strong policies and processes in place to prevent such phishing attacks and hacking attempts," a spokesperson told CNBC on Thursday. In April, the World Health Organization said it had seen a "dramatic increase" in the number of cyber attacks targeting the United Nations health agency.
Persons: Joachim Kuhn, Claire Zaboeva, Melissa Frydrych, Bill, Melinda Gates, Gavi, wasn't, Soumi Saha Organizations: IBM, Vaccine Alliance, Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, CNBC, Pfizer, Moderna, Drug Administration, Premier, World Health Organization, United Locations: Wurzburg, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Czech Republic, Europe, Taiwan, U.S, United Nations
The House will vote for the first time on a bill that would decriminalize cannabis. Cannabis execs say that while the House vote is encouraging, they're focused on state-level reforms. US lawmakers are set to vote for the first time to federally decriminalize cannabis. The bill facing a vote on Friday in the US House of Representatives is called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the "MORE Act." "This would be historic as it would be the first time the House has voted to legalize cannabis," they wrote.
Persons: Cannabis, they're, Friday's, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cowen, Ilhan Omar, Matilde Campodonico, Conor Lamb, Steve Scalise, Nancy Pelosi, Scalise, Jim McGovern, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ed Perlmutter, Read, David Klein, Charlie Bachtell, Heather Randazzo, Julio Cortez, Joseph Bayern, it's, Aurora Cannabis, Biden, who've Organizations: Representatives, Marijuana, Reinvestment, Democratic, GOP, Senate, United Nations, Biden, Minnesota Rep, Twitter, Democrats, Republicans, AP, Pennsylvania Democrat, Twitter . Louisiana, Texas Democrat, Bogota Reuters, Cannabis execs, Republican, Cresco Labs, Care, of Health, Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Getty, ACLU, Loans, Cannabis, Office, Veterans Administration Locations: Senate, Georgia, Tala , Uruguay, Pennsylvania, Ganja, Bogota, Chicago, Egg Harbor Township, N.J, Canada, Denver
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