SEE NEW POSTSPfizer's Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport The very first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on a United Airlines flight from Brussels, Belgium, NBC News has learned. However, it remained unclear how many doses were on board or when exactly the cargo shipment arrived at O'Hare. The party, held as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, was in violation of city and state orders against holding mass gatherings. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department. Share this -New York City public schools will reopen on Dec. 7 after closing amid Covid-19 surge New York City public schools will reopen for in person learning on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.


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Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department. Share this -New York City public schools will reopen on Dec. 7 after closing amid Covid-19 surge New York City public schools will reopen for in person learning on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday. Share this -North Korea toughens rules of seaborne entry to fight virus North Korea is building anti-epidemic measures along its borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, state media reported Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines.


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Hawaii selling itself as appealing place to work remotely
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SEE NEW POSTSHawaii selling itself as appealing place to work remotely HONOLULU — A group of Hawaii leaders launched a campaign Sunday to promote the islands as an appealing location for a remote office with a view. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department. Share this -North Korea toughens rules of seaborne entry to fight virus North Korea is building anti-epidemic measures along its borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, state media reported Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines.


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Virus hospitalizations hit record in California
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SEE NEW POSTSVirus hospitalizations hit record in California LOS ANGELES — More than 7,400 people are hospitalized for the coronavirus in California, the state’s highest number yet. The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. As of Sunday, California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 19,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The party, held as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, was in violation of city and state orders against holding mass gatherings. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department.


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SEE NEW POSTSNearly 400 people at illegal club party busted in New York City, officials say Approximately 400 people were busted for gathering at an illegal club party early Saturday morning in New York City's Midtown neighborhood, according to NBC New York. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department. Share this -New York City public schools will reopen on Dec. 7 after closing amid Covid-19 surge New York City public schools will reopen for in person learning on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines.


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CDC advisers to vote on key vaccine decisions Tuesday
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As of Sunday, California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 19,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Counties statewide are preparing for stricter COVID-19 restrictions that will take effect Monday amid surging cases and Thanksgiving travel. The party, held as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, was in violation of city and state orders against holding mass gatherings. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department. Join @NYCMayor for today’s briefing at City Hall now: https://t.co/Rc8vYmpRYK — NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) November 29, 2020 Share this -


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On Monday, Biden will begin receiving the classified presidential daily briefing, after weeks of the Trump administration refusing to provide it. They include several officials with whom Biden worked when serving as vice president to Barack Obama. ‘BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’Despite Trump’s pledge to keep fighting, a few Republicans appeared to acknowledge that Biden had won. The former vice president also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular-vote tally. Trump said for the first time on Thursday that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden on Dec. 14.


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Trump’s team was dealt another blow with the completion on Sunday of recounts in Wisconsin’s two largest counties that confirmed Biden won the hotly contested state by more than 20,000 votes. Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis said the recounts “revealed serious issues regarding the legality of ballots cast,” without elaborating or providing evidence. The words of President Trump are not quite as significant.”Trump used his Fox News interview to repeat unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud. “The problem is it’s hard to get it to the Supreme Court,” Trump said. Biden won the presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump’s 232.


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The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. As of Sunday, California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 19,000 deaths since the pandemic began. Health officials are preparing for a wave of cases in the next two or three weeks that could be tied to holiday gatherings. The party, held as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, was in violation of city and state orders against holding mass gatherings. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department.


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SEE NEW POSTSVirus will worsen malaria death toll in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO says LONDON — Deaths from malaria due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic to services designed to tackle the mosquito-borne disease will far exceed those killed by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization warned on Monday. The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. As of Sunday, California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 19,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The party, held as Covid-19 cases surge across the country, was in violation of city and state orders against holding mass gatherings. Additionally, the party was operating without a liquor license, according to a tweet from the New York City Sheriff's Department.


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SEE NEW POSTSNew York City public schools will reopen on Dec. 7 after closing amid Covid-19 surge New York City public schools will reopen for in person learning on Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines. Share this -Runners race in New Delhi, Shanghai amid pandemic Runners take part in the 2020 Shanghai marathon in Shanghai on Sunday. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.


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REUTERS/Mike SegarBiden is also expected to pick Wally Adeyemo, senior international economic adviser in the Obama administration, to serve as Janet Yellen’s top deputy at the Treasury Department. Economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey are expected to be named as members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the person said. Biden has also picked Brian Deese, another adviser under Obama, to head the White House National Economic Council, the New York Times reported, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Bernstein served as Biden’s chief economic adviser as the Obama administration fought to pull the United States out of the Great Recession. The chief executive and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank, Boushey has been working with the Biden team as an unofficial economic adviser.


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REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe challengers to Trump’s July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, is scheduled to hear an 80-minute oral argument by teleconference. The challengers argued that Trump is prohibited by the Constitution’s text from excluding illegal immigrants from the population count. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census. Trump’s administration would base its numbers on data gathered elsewhere.


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Share this -North Korea toughens rules of seaborne entry to fight virus North Korea is building anti-epidemic measures along its borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, state media reported Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines. Share this -Runners race in New Delhi, Shanghai amid pandemic Runners take part in the 2020 Shanghai marathon in Shanghai on Sunday. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.


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John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, spoke to Business Insider about President Donald Trump, voter fraud, criminal justice reform, and his state's East vs. West rivalry. In 2024, however, he fully expects Donald Trump to be a candidate for US president. And I think that's one of the main missing links and criminal justice conversation in America today. If Donald Trump tweeted one plus one equals three, they would put a thing saying "this is in dispute." Like, if that doesn't help my Philadelphia cred, oh my god, I don't know what I got for you.


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U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir(Reuters) - The European Union is seeking to forge a new alliance with the United States to bury the tensions of the Trump era and meet the challenges posed by China, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing a draft plan. The plan proposes rebuilding ties with common fronts on issues from digital regulation to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the FT said. Relations between the United States and Europe have been strained under President Donald Trump. reut.rs/3fUT8ReEU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis earlier said the European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 27 EU member states, had made some informal contacts with the Biden team.


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(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Center for American Progress Chief Executive Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget and economist Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, the Wall Street Journal reported here on Sunday. Economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey will be nominated to serve as members of the Council of Economic Advisers, the report added. Rouse, a labor economist at Princeton University, whose research has focused on the economics of education, previously served as a member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. The chief executive and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a progressive economic think tank, Boushey has been working with the Biden team as an unofficial economic adviser. Biden’s economic agenda is likely to focus on getting the country past the coronavirus crisis, both as a health and economic issue.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.


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Biden names all-woman communications team
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving address at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday tapped key campaign staff and advisors to lead his all-woman communications team, naming former Obama State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary and campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield as communications director. Senior advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign Symone Sanders will be Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ chief spokeswoman and Biden’s former press secretary as vice president, Elizabeth Alexander, will be First Lady to-be Jill Biden’s communications director. “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. Psaki said on Twitter that the communications team is the “most diverse team in history and also 6 Moms of young kids.”Several members of President Donald Trump’s communications team are also women including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned whether the Supreme Court would ever hear a case airing his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud as senior U.S. Republicans said a transition to a Joe Biden presidency looked inevitable. “The problem is it’s hard to get it to the Supreme Court,” Trump said, without clarifying whether he thought the court would decline to hear an appeal or whether his campaign may not even make one. “On to SCOTUS!” Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis wrote on Twitter after the ruling, suggesting a plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Later, however, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly told One America News Network that the legal team was still weighing which case might be appropriate to pursue at the top court. Biden won the presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump’s 232.


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Share this -North Korea toughens rules of seaborne entry to fight virus North Korea is building anti-epidemic measures along its borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, state media reported Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines. Share this -Runners race in New Delhi, Shanghai amid pandemic Runners take part in the 2020 Shanghai marathon in Shanghai on Sunday. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.


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**Embargoed until 12.01 am (Dublin/Lisbon/London time, GMT) November 30th 2020**LONDON — Six Portuguese children and young adults cleared a major legal hurdle on Monday in a climate litigation case they brought against 33 European countries, claiming government climate inaction jeopardized their futures. The European Court of Human Rights on Monday said it would greenlight their climate lawsuit against countries including Germany, France, the U.K. and Greece. André's big sister, Sofia Oliveira, 15, is a fellow applicant in the European lawsuit and cited teen climate activist Greta Thunberg along with British television naturalist David Attenborough as her major inspirations. "The climate movement as a grassroots movement reinforces the climate litigation," he told NBC News ahead of the decision. Johanna Geron / ReutersThe European court's decision to proceed comes weeks ahead of a European Union decision on its 2030 emissions target.


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Heading into his administration, the relationship between President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking center stage. Those talks often took place by phone and with only the two men and staffers present, sources familiar with their relationship told NBC News. "But President-elect Biden — or, at the time, Vice President Biden — is quite opposite," the person continued. Reflecting on his dealings with Republicans, Obama this month expressed amusement with recent coverage of the relationship between Biden and McConnell. "I'm enjoying reading now about how Joe Biden and Mitch have been friends for a long time," Obama told The Atlantic.


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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump during a brief appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo(Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday that it might be difficult to get his election fraud allegations heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, expressing doubt about his legal strategy as his hopes of overturning the Nov. 3 election dwindle. “The problem is it’s hard to get it to the Supreme Court,” Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox News. Trump said he would still continue to fight the results of election, which was won by Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. “My mind will not change in six months,” Trump told Fox News.


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Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas is one of a few Republicans to refer to Biden as the president-elect. The words of President Trump are not quite as significant,” Hutchinson told “Fox News Sunday,” adding that he understood the legal reason Trump is not conceding. Biden won the presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump’s 232. In the latest legal blow to the Trump team, a federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to block Biden from being declared the winner in Pennsylvania. A recount in Wisconsin’s largest county demanded and paid for by Trump’s election campaign ended on Friday with Biden gaining votes.


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The decision to runCorona is only about a month younger than West Wendover, which incorporated in 1991. “I’d never seen or heard of anyone really doing anything like that in town before,” Carolyn Santillanez, 51, who was raised in West Wendover, said. In July 2019, Corona invited then-Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro to West Wendover, which marked the first visit of a presidential candidate. A DACA recipient, Rojas was born in Mexico but had lived in West Wendover since he was a year old. Councilwoman Kathy Durham is also a teacher at West Wendover High School.


Persons: Corona, , ” Corona, , Barack Obama, “ I’d, ” Carolyn Santillanez, Kim Raff, ’ Corona, Julian Castro, Donald Trump, ” Alan Rojas, Rojas, Kathy Durham, Councilwoman Kathy Durham, , Jorge Aguirre, ” Aguirre Organizations: Corona, Wendover, Democrat, NBC News, NBC, Republican, Residents, Democratic, Obama, Wendover City, West Wendover High School Locations: West Wendover, Utah, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Vegas, West, Elko County, United States, Mexico, Wendover, ” Durham
Cuban government backtracks on deal with protesters
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FILE PHOTO: People gather in front of the culture ministry to show solidarity with dissident artists and to demand a dialogue over limits on freedom of expression, in Havana, Cuba, November 27, 2020. The revolutionary ones will fight back,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in one of a series of Twitter posts accusing the San Isidro movement of being a “reality show” on social media created by “U.S. Friday’s protest came after authorities besieged the movement’s headquarters in Old Havana’s San Isidro district on Thursday, breaking up a hunger strike there that had started to gain international attention. “We support the Cuban people in their struggle for liberty,” Jake Sullivan, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser wrote on Twitter. “The Cuban people must be allowed to exercise the universal right to freedom of expression,” he said.


Persons: Alexandre Meneghini, creatives, Timothy Zúñiga, Brown, Miguel Diaz, Canel, San Isidro, ” Diaz, Tania Bruguera, ” Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden’s, , Organizations: REUTERS, San Isidro Movement, San Isidro, Miami, , Cuba, San, Ministry, CIA, Security, Twitter Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, United States, Havana, “ U.S, Old Havana’s San Isidro, Cuban, U.S

Under his plan, the Census Bureau would report two sets of figures to the White House — one including everyone counted and another allowing him to leave out undocumented immigrants. The states would lose an equal number of Electoral College votes, which are based on the size of their House delegations. When Congress adopted the current federal law governing the census, it considered excluding non-citizens but rejected the idea, he added. But the Justice Department said federal law gives the president authority to direct how the census is conducted. For now, the states are assuming that the census figures will be ready in time to meet the deadline and Trump will make the calculations.


Persons: WASHINGTON, Trump, Donald Trump, Letitia James, Dale Ho, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Constitution, Representatives, Pew Research Center, Arizona, Electoral College, New, ACLU, Department, Census Bureau Locations: U.S, California, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Minnesota, Ohio, Montana, New York, United States
Wisconsin counties finish recounts, Biden's lead reconfirmed
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers an address ahead of Thanksgiving at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsNEW YORK (Reuters) - The recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin’s two largest counties finished on Sunday, confirming that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the key swing state by more than 20,000 votes. Dane County finished its recount on Sunday, according to the county clerk, a few days after Milwaukee County finished its. Each recount produced little change in the final breakdown of the more than 800,000 ballots cast in the state. In the end, Biden’s lead over Trump in Wisconsin grew by 87 votes.


Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Donald Trump, Dane County Organizations: REUTERS, YORK, Democratic, Milwaukee County, Trump Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Wisconsin

FILE PHOTO: Deserted street leading to the historical Galata Tower is seen at the popular touristic neighbourhood of Beyoglu after a partial weekend curfew started during the COVID-19 outbreak in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File PhotoTurkey is expected to report this week that its economy bounced back from a sharp coronavirus-induced slump earlier this year. Doctors and opposition politicians have called for stricter measures, but with shops, restaurants and hotels already hit by the new clampdown, the government is anxious to avoid further economic pain and said people had a personal duty to cooperate. As long as these are not heeded, especially in big cities, the increasing continuation of (the virus) becomes inevitable,” he told reporters. “Based on current data, we look to be at the top of the worldwide list of cases per population,” he told Reuters.


Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Umit, Fahrettin Koca, Erdogan, , Meral Aksener, , Mr Erdogan, ” Celallettin Organizations: REUTERS, Twitter, IYI Party, Reuters Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul, United States, India, Brazil

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders set high hopes that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solution to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict, officials said. FILE PHOTO: Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the group photo with Arab leaders, ahead of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia March 31, 2019. “His Majesty stressed Jordan stood with all its resources alongside Palestinians in achieving their legitimate rights to set up an independent state,” the monarch was quoted as saying in the statement. Trump’s peace plan was also seen as posing an existentialist threat to Jordan with the demise of a Palestinian state through the annexation of large parts of the West Bank pushing the kingdom to become an alternative state for Palestinians. In another joint communique with Abbas, both leaders said Israel “attempts to impose new realities” by annexing and accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory.


Persons: King Abdullah, Mahmoud Abbas, Joe Biden, King Abdullah II, Zoubeir, Abbas, Jordan, Biden, Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Israel “, ” Abbas Organizations: Sunday, REUTERS, Israel, Diplomats, Israeli, West Bank Locations: AMMAN, Tunis, Tunisia, Red, Aqaba, East, U.S, Israeli, Jordan, Palestinian, East Jerusalem, Israel, Cairo

The rush to risk has also benefited oil and industrial commodities while undermining the safe-haven dollar and gold. “November looks set to be an awesome month for equity investors with Europe leading the charge at a country/regional level,” said NAB analyst Rodrigo Catril. Many European bourses are boasting their best month ever with France up 21% and Italy almost 26%. Early Monday, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4%, to be up almost 11% for the month in its best performance since late 2011. Japan’s Nikkei 225 eased 0.4%, but was still 15.4% higher on the month for the largest rise since 1994.


Persons: Issei Kato, , Rodrigo Catril, Shane Oliver, Sweden’s Riksbank, Jerome Powell, Janet, Yellen, Powell, Robert Rennie, Sterling, wagered Organizations: SYDNEY, REUTERS, Japan’s Nikkei, AMP, European Central Bank, U.S, Westpac, Brent Locations: Tokyo, Japan, China, Europe, France, Italy, Asia, Pacific

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gives a thumbs up after voting during the municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar OlivaresRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he will wait “a little bit longer” to recognize a winner in the U.S. presidential election, suggesting there was evidence of fraud in the process. After voting in local elections in Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, said he had heard the U.S. vote was rigged, but presented no evidence. “I have sources and they said there was a lot of fraud,” Bolsonaro said of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. “You need to have a more reliable way to vote and the count has to be public,” he said.


Persons: Jair Bolsonaro, Pilar Olivares RIO, Donald Trump, ” Bolsonaro, , , Democrat Joe Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Trump’s, Biden Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Democrat, Electoral, Supreme, Republicans Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, JANEIRO, Bolsonaro, U.S

FIILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will receive on Monday his first presidential daily briefing, a report with information from the intelligence agencies of the United States, Biden’s office said. In a short statement released on Sunday regarding Biden’s plans for the following day, his office said that following the briefing, Biden would meet with advisers.


Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Biden Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States

Interviews with more than 80 current and former drivers in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa show that, in Kenya's biggest markets, untold numbers of Uber drivers are drowning in debt. But Uber drivers in Kenya are not alone in their experiences. Some Uber drivers have adapted their vehicles for alternative uses, saying they earn more selling fruit and vegetables than driving with the app. At the outset, Uber drivers were making 60 shillings per kilometer — about 97 cents a mile. Onduru, the Uber spokesperson, said that "in order to partner with Uber, drivers are asked to review and agree to Uber's terms and conditions."


Persons: Uber, Harrison, he'd, Munala, Harrison Munala, Nichole, Louis, Noah Edwardsen, Paul Oyer, Lorraine Onduru, Onduru, Peter Mwinga, Toyota Fielder, Julie Zollmann, Izwe —, Raymondu Gitau, Emmanuel Bitok, Suiyanka, Lempaa, Alissa Orlando, Orlando, Huber Horan, Patrick Ombongiga, Wycliffe Alutalala, David Mutera, Loic Amada, Cornelius Schmahl, Schmahl, Amada, Hamza Tufail, repossessions, Suzuki Organizations: Kenya —, Toyota, NBC News, NBC, U.S . Federal Trade Commission, Washington University, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Uber, British, Young, Tufts University, Private, Bolpak, Katiba Institute, Kenyan, Sidian Bank, Zohari Leasing, Drivers, Uber's, American Affairs, Saharan Africa, Digital Partners Society, Nobel Motors, Stanbic Bank, Twitter Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Nairobi, East, Izwe, Mombasa, Kenya's, St, United States, Africa, New York, Gitau, Saharan, Orlando, Johannesburg, Sidian

MILAN (Reuters) - UniCredit’s board was holding informal discussions over the Italian bank’s governance on Sunday, a person familiar with the matter said, amid doubts over whether its chief executive will stay. FILE PHOTO: Unicredit bank logo is seen in the old city centre of Siena, Italy June 29, 2017. The tensions are focused on a potential bid for bailed-out Monte dei Paschi di Siena and a plan to split UniCredit’s domestic and foreign assets, the people said. Il Sole 24 Ore reported that UniCredit’s board was set to discuss conditions set by Mustier to stay on at Italy’s only “global systemically important” bank for another three years. UniCredit will update its business plan in the second quarter, and is working with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs on strategy.


Persons: Stefano Rellandini, Jean Pierre Mustier’s, Mustier, UniCredit, Pier Carlo Padoan, Goldman Sachs Organizations: MILAN, REUTERS, HSBC, Monte, Treasury, European Central Bank, JPMorgan Locations: Siena, Italy, Italy’s, Monte dei, Brussels, Germany, Austria, UniCredit’s

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir(Reuters) - The European Union is seeking to forge a new alliance with the United States to bury the tensions of the Trump era and meet the challenges posed by China, the Financial Times reported on.ft.com/3lijxJF on Sunday, citing a draft plan. The plan proposes rebuilding ties with common fronts on issues from digital regulation to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the FT said.


Persons: Mike Pence, Francois Lenoir, Trump Organizations: European Commission, REUTERS, European, Financial Times Locations: Brussels, Belgium, United States, China

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s UniCredit will hold informal discussions on Sunday on governance issues, a person familiar with the matter said, as doubts mount over the future of Chief Executive Jean Pierre Mustier. FILE PHOTO: Unicredit bank logo is seen in the old city centre of Siena, Italy June 29, 2017. A potential bid for bailed-out Monte dei Paschi di Siena and a plan to split UniCredit’s domestic and foreign assets are the focus of tensions, the people said. UniCredit has already said it will put forward former Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan for the role of chairman. UniCredit will update its business plan in the second quarter, and is working with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs on strategy.


Persons: Jean Pierre Mustier, Stefano Rellandini, UniCredit, Mustier, Pier Carlo Padoan, Goldman Sachs Organizations: MILAN, REUTERS, HSBC, Monte, Treasury, JPMorgan Locations: Siena, Italy, Italy’s, Brussels, Monte dei, Germany, Austria, UniCredit’s

REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File PhotoEx-Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna pled not guilty last month to U.S. charges involving a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The new arrest warrant was issued on Friday and resulted from a charge of illegal enrichment in Mexico, according to an official with the attorney general’s office. “We already have an arrest warrant against Garcia Luna and we’re studying the viability of requesting and starting his extradition process,” the official said. Milenio newspaper reported earlier on Sunday that an extradition request would follow the conclusion of the former minister’s trial in the United States. Garcia Luna is accused of taking suitcases of cash from the Sinaloa cartel to ensure safe passage for its drugs as well as passing on information about its rivals.


Persons: Genaro Garcia Luna, Robert Levy, Jane Rosenberg, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Garcia Luna’s, , Garcia Luna, we’re Organizations: MEXICO CITY, Reuters, REUTERS, Security Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, United States, Mexican, Brooklyn, New York, U.S, Sinaloa, Dallas

MILAN (Reuters) - UniCredit is expected to hold an extraordinary board meeting on Sunday to discuss governance issues as Chief Executive Jean Pierre Mustier’s mandate comes up for renewal in the spring, a person familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: Unicredit bank logo is seen in the old city centre of Siena, Italy June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File PhotoA second source said a board meeting had been called for Monday and could be brought forward to Sunday. Seen at risk of leaving UniCredit after overseeing its turnaround, earlier this year Mustier ruled himself out for the role of CEO at HSBC. UniCredit will update its business plan in the second quarter and is working with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs on strategy.


Persons: Jean Pierre Mustier’s, Stefano Rellandini, Mustier, Italy’s, Goldman Sachs Organizations: MILAN, REUTERS, HSBC, Monte, Treasury, JPMorgan Locations: Siena, Italy, Brussels, Monte dei, Germany, Austria, UniCredit’s

FILE PHOTO: George Washington is seen with printed medical mask on the one Dollar banknotes in this illustration taken, March 31, 2020. The risk-sensitive New Zealand dollar hit a two-and-a-half year high and is headed for its best monthly percentage gain in seven years. “The themes remain familiar: broad dollar weakness amid improving risk appetite,” ANZ Bank analysts said in a note. Month-end dollar demand weighed on the Chinese currency on Monday, offsetting another month of strong economic data, and the yuan fell 0.2% to 6.5851 per dollar. It is up 34% this month, its largest monthly gain since April.


Persons: George Washington, Dado Ruvic, Sterling, Jerome Powell, Chris Turner, Francesco Pesole, , Christine Lagarde Organizations: SYDNEY, REUTERS, Zealand, ” ANZ Bank, . Federal Reserve, ING, European Central Bank Locations: United, United States, Europe

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Sunday announced an all-female communications team aimed at bringing "diverse perspectives" to the White House. Kate Bedingfield, who was the deputy campaign manager for the Biden-Harris campaign, will serve as White House Communications Director. Symone Sanders, one of the most prominent faces of the Biden 2020 campaign, will serve as a senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Harris. Ashley Etienne, a senior campaign adviser who will serve as Harris’ communications director. Karine Jean Pierre, a senior adviser to Biden who will serve as deputy press secretary.


Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Jen Psaki, Biden, Kate Bedingfield, Harris, , Symone Sanders, Elizabeth Alexander, Jill, Ashley Etienne, Karine Jean Pierre, Pili, Janet Yellen, John Kerry, Ron Klain, Trump, Donald Trump Organizations: Sunday, Obama, White, Biden, White House Communications, America’s, Fox News

FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. The group held an initial round of talks on Sunday, but has yet to reach consensus on oil output policy for 2021 ahead of key meetings on Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC+ sources told Reuters. “While we base-case a 3-month delay to prevent a return to a global oil surplus through 1Q21, not all producers appear onboard,” Goldman Sachs analysts said. The winter wave of infections is expected to crimp global oil demand by 3 million bpd, they said, which would only partially be offset by heating and restocking demand in Asia. ANZ estimated that the oil market surplus could run as high as 1.5 million to 3 million bpd in first half of 2021 if OPEC+ did not extend cuts.


Persons: Angus Mordant, Brent, ” Goldman Sachs Organizations: REUTERS, . West Texas, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Reuters, ANZ Locations: SINGAPORE, Loving County , Texas, U.S, Russia, OPEC, Asia, Iraq, United States, China
HK's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctions
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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference following the annual policy address in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam YikHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city. Beijing circumvented Hong Kong’s legislature and imposed a national security law on the former British colony on June 30, a move condemned by some foreign governments, business groups and rights groups. Hong Kong and authorities in Beijing said the law was necessary to restore stability after more than a year of anti-government protests. ($1 = 7.7503 Hong Kong dollars)


Persons: Carrie Lam, Lam, , ” Lam, HKIBC, Organizations: Hong, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, British, Hong Kong SAR, U.S ., HK Locations: Hong Kong, China, HONG KONG, Kong, Beijing, Hong, United States

FILE PHOTO: Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attends a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerZURICH (Reuters) - Austria should expect further heavy restrictions when its current lockdown measures expire in just over a week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian paper Kleine Zeitung. Speaking to Kleine Zeitung, Kurz said Austrians would need to contend with further restrictions for weeks and months, adding new measures to be announced on Wednesday depended on COVID-19 case developments. “The higher the infection numbers, the harder it will be to introduce steps for reopening,” Kurz said in the interview published on Sunday. Asked about the potential for a ski season, Kurz told the paper sports and leisure facilities would not be part of the first easing measures, but the government intended to enable more outdoor and individual sports in the foreseeable future.


Persons: Austria's, Sebastian Kurz, Lisi Niesner, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Kurz, ” Kurz, , Organizations: REUTERS, Lisi Niesner ZURICH, Zeitung Locations: Vienna, Austria, France, Italy, Germany

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will give a “calculated and decisive” response to the killing of its top nuclear scientist, said a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, while a hardline newspaper suggested Tehran’s revenge should include striking the Israeli city of Haifa. Fakhrizadeh, long suspected by Western and Israeli government of masterminding a secret nuclear weapons program, was ambushed on a highway near Tehran on Friday and gunned down in his car. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.


Persons: Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ” Kamal Kharrazi, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, , Saadollah, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Iran’s Strategic, Foreign Relations, Islamic, U.S Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Haifa, masterminding, Tehran, Israel, Iranian, Washington, United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is poised to add China’s top chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to U.S. investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )Reuters reported earlier this month that the Department of Defense (DOD) was planning to designate four more Chinese companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, bringing the number of Chinese companies affected to 35. A recent executive order issued by President Donald Trump would prevent U.S. investors from buying securities of the listed firms starting late next year. “The Company has no relationship with the Chinese military and does not manufacture for any military end-users or end-uses.”The DOD, the Chinese embassy in Washington and CNOOC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The directive is unlikely to deal the firms a serious blow, experts said, due to its limited scope, uncertainty about the stance of the Biden administration and already-scant holdings by U.S. funds.


Persons: Trump, CNOOC, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, SMIC, , Donald Trump’s, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reuters, Department of Defense, Federal, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China National Offshore Oil Corp, U.S, DOD, U.S . Commerce Department, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, Congress Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, Hong Kong, American

REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File PhotoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s attorney general is seeking the extradition from the United States of a former security minister wanted on corruption charges, but only after his U.S. trial is concluded, a local newspaper reported on Sunday. Reuters could not independently confirm the report by Milenio, which cited officials with the attorney general’s office. Garcia Luna pled not guilty last month to U.S. charges stemming from a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Garcia Luna is accused of taking suitcases of cash from the cartel to ensure safe passage for its drugs as well as passing on information about its rivals. Citing sources, Milenio said Garcia Luna would be tried in the United States before being extradited to Mexico.


Persons: Genaro Garcia Luna, Robert Levy, Jane Rosenberg, Garcia Luna, Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman, Milenio Organizations: REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Milenio Locations: Mexican, Brooklyn, New York, U.S, United States, Mexico, Sinaloa, Dallas

Nearly every business on Tennyson Street, in a gentrifying neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown Denver, was hit hard by the pandemic. People walk by the Wana Art House on Tennyson Street, in Denver on Wednesday. A person walks by shops on Tennyson Street in Denver on Wednesday. … If I had to be fully open, I’d be very scared.”The handful of developers who have staked their claim on Tennyson Street also face uncertainty. Lenny Taub, who owns First Stone Development, is working on his second project on Tennyson Street.


Persons: Alyssa Manny’s, Little, Biju Thomas, , ” Thomas, ” Thomas ’, Rachel Woolf, , Manny, ” Manny, Tennyson, Corepower Yoga, Drew Watson, Leah Watson, Watson, Chuck's Barber, Tyler Quinn, “ It’s, ” Quinn, Quinn, Elias Lehnert, Lehnert, “ Lehnert, ” Lehnert, Lenny Taub, Rachel Lehnert, ” Taub, Taub, It’s, Alyssa Manny Organizations: DENVER, NBC News, Small Business Administration, Restaurants, , Tennyson, Corepower, NBC, Beach, Fencing, Colorado Cherry Company, Asana Partners, Stone, Colorado Cherry Co Locations: Denver, India, U.S, Barre, Minneapolis, Colorado
Amazon workers at German warehouse to strike again
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FILE PHOTO: The Amazon logo is pictured outside the company's JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York, U.S. November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File PhotoBERLIN (Reuters) - Trade union Verdi on Sunday called on workers at a German Amazon warehouse to strike for the second time in a week to disrupt the processing of orders following the ‘Black Friday’ discount shopping sales on Nov. 27. An Amazon spokesman said last month that the company offered “excellent” salaries, with benefits and working conditions comparable with other major employers. The U.S. retail giant has seen sales soar globally as restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus sent consumers online, making it difficult for some bricks-and-mortar shops to compete. Verdi argues this has strengthened the case for higher wages, adding workers were not sufficiently protected against the spread of the coronavirus.


Persons: Brendan McDermid, Verdi Organizations: REUTERS, BERLIN, Trade, Amazon Locations: Staten Island , New York, U.S, Germany, United States

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s prime minister said a fake image of an Australian soldier posted on a Chinese official’s Twitter account was “truly repugnant” and Canberra was demanding it be taken down, amid deteriorating relations between the two countries. The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the tweet, posted on Monday by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, Morrison said. Morrison said countries around the world were watching how Beijing responded to tensions in Australia’s relationship with China. Zhao wrote on Twitter: “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. Australia had “patiently sought” to address tensions in the relationship with China and wanted direct discussion between ministers, he said.


Persons: Scott Morrison, Issei Kato Scott Morrison, Zhao Lijian, Morrison, ” Morrison, , Zhao Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian, REUTERS, Canberra, Twitter Locations: Canberra, Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, Australia, Afghanistan

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget and Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers, three people familiar with the process confirmed to NBC News on Sunday. He also is expected to nominate Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo to be deputy Treasury secretary alongside Janet Yellen, NBC News has learned. Biden is expected to introduce members of his economics team Tuesday in Wilmington. The anticipated appointments come on the same day that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced their all-female communications team. Adeyemo served as a senior international economics adviser to former President Barack Obama and was named last year as the Obama Foundation’s first president.


Persons: Joe Biden, Tanden, Cecilia Rouse, Adewale, Wally ” Adeyemo, Janet Yellen, Biden, Kamala Harris, Sen, John Cornyn, ” Drew Brandewie, Brianna Joy Gray, Bernie Sanders ’, , ” Gray, Rouse, Adeyemo, Barack Obama, Obama Organizations: Management, of Economic Advisers, NBC News, Street Journal, Center for American Progress, Obama, Biden, Democratic, Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, Obama Foundation’s Locations: Wilmington, Texas, Vermont

FILE PHOTO: The Rio Tinto logo is displayed on a visitor's helmet at a borates mine in Boron, California, U.S., November 15, 2019. Some leading mining chief executives such as Newmont Corp’s Tom Palmer and Anglo American’s Mark Cutifani have publicly ruled themselves out, while Newcrest Mining’s Sandeep Biswas has said he is very happy where he is. Given community relations issues across the sector, some favour a new CEO from outside mining. Some investors believe a candidate out of left field is also a possibility, and point to precedents. Iron ore miner Fortescue’s Elizabeth Gaines came from the travel industry, although she had spent time on the board, while the former CEO of Denmark’s oil and gas giant Orsted came from Lego and the financial industry.


Persons: Patrick T, Brian Gilvary, Stephen Pearce, Andrew Cole, Nev Power, , George Cheveley, Jean, Sébastien Jacques, Tom Palmer, Mark Cutifani, Newcrest Mining’s Sandeep Biswas, Doug McMurdo, Simon Thomson’s, Elizabeth Gaines Organizations: MELBOURNE, Rio Tinto, REUTERS, BP, OZ Minerals, Fortescue Metals, Local Authority, Fund Locations: JOHANNESBERG, Rio, Boron , California, U.S, American, London, China, Mongolia, Guinea, Bougainville, Western Australia
U.S. CDC reports 265,166 deaths from coronavirus
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FILE PHOTO: A medical personnel registers people before administering free Covid-19 tests at a state run drive-through testing site in the parking lot of the University of Texas El Paso campus amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in El Paso, Texas, U.S. November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ivan Pierre Aguirre(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported a total 13,142,997 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 143,333 from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,210 to 265,166. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 28 compared with its previous report a day earlier. (bit.ly/36f8EUx)The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.


Persons: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, Jose Garcia, Carolina Garcia, , we’ve, Organizations: University of Texas El, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Sunday, CDC, Memorial Medical Locations: University of Texas El Paso, El Paso , Texas, U.S, Las Cruces , New Mexico, America

HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Higher natural gas futures prices for 2021 and a continued glut of crude oil are prodding U.S. shale firms to boost gas drilling and production. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoShale producers are increasing spending on natural gas, a change from the past, amid forecasts for a 45% jump in gas prices next year compared to a 15% gain for Brent prices. The number of U.S. rigs drilling for natural gas, an indicator of future output, has climbed 13% to 77 since July. Natural gas “has not been hit as hard as crude,” by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Bernadette Johnson, a vice president at data provider Enverus. GAS SHARES CLIMBGas prices are benefiting in part from oil drilling cutbacks that reduced associated gas, or gas produced as a byproduct of oil output.


Persons: Shannon Stapleton, Brent, , Christopher Kalnin, Banpu Kalnin, Baker Hughes, Marcellus, Raymond James, Bernadette Johnson, Ken Boedeker, Eugene Kim, Wood Mackenzie Organizations: HOUSTON, REUTERS, Organization of, Petroleum, Continental Resources, Oklahoma . Apache Corp, Denver, Kalnin Ventures, Devon Energy, Bank of America, U.S . Energy, Administration, Wood, Resources, Southwestern Energy Co, P Oil & Gas Exploration Locations: Western Pennsylvania, Union City , Pennsylvania, U.S, OPEC, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Raymond James .

A computer screen shows the suspension of a pro-royalist Twitter account, in Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2020. The pro-monarchy @jitarsa_school account was suspended after Reuters sought comment on Wednesday from Twitter on the recent royalist campaign on the social media platform, where protesters have long had a strong presence. A Facebook page for the Royal Volunteers School, which posts pro-monarchy videos and news of the programme, also identifies the Twitter account as its own. “Government forces have been trying to counter the protesters,” said Saijai Liangpunsakul of the independent Social Media Monitoring for Peace group. Royalist group leader Warong Dechgitvigrom declined to comment on the account’s suspension, saying he was unaware of it.


Persons: King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Matthew Tostevin, Prayuth Chan, FIGHTBACK, hashtags, jitarsa_school, , Saijai, ” Hashtags, Warong Dechgitvigrom, Parit, Chiwarak, “ They’re Organizations: Twitter, REUTERS, Reuters, Protesters, Royal Volunteers, Royal Office, Royal Volunteers School, “ Government, Social Media, Saturday Locations: BANGKOK, Thai, Bangkok, Thailand, hashtags

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Sunday approved the establishment of a new national cybersecurity council, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and ruler of Dubai, said on Twitter. The cabinet of the UAE government also appointed minister of state and head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Sultan al-Jaber as a special envoy for climate change.


Persons: Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al, Maktoum, Christopher Pike, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sultan al, Jaber Organizations: United Arab, Global, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, DUBAI, Reuters, United, Sunday, Twitter, Abu, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Locations: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Abu Dhabi

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Prime Minister Scott Morrison became Australia’s first leader on Monday to make an appearance before parliament by video link, as he spends time in quarantine following a recent trip to Japan. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoWhile not the first such session by a world leader, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson having addressed parliament online, Morrison spoke to Australian lawmakers on a big screen television placed at the back of the House of Representatives. Morrison, who last week became the first world leader to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, spoke on the coronavirus, which Australia has largely contained, and aspects of the country’s economic recovery. With infections curtailed, authorities in Victoria said they would resume a system of hotel quarantine for locals returning from overseas.


Persons: Scott Morrison, Australia’s, Issei Kato, Boris Johnson, Morrison, Yoshihide Suga, Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian, REUTERS, British Locations: Japan, Tokyo, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. The dip in ratings follows criticism over his hesitation to suspend a domestic travel campaign as new coronavirus infections rise, and potentially threatens the chances of his premiership extending beyond next autumn, when his current term ends. In the survey of 993 people, 61% agreed with the government’s decision to partially halt the domestic ‘Go To’ travel campaign, while 25% said the government needed to do more. New daily infections surged to an all-time high of 2,684 people on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK. The government has been attempting to keep the coronavirus under control while boosting Japan’s hard-hit economy with a national travel campaign that subsidises tourism.


Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Carl Court, Yoshihide Organizations: REUTERS, Nikkei, NHK Locations: Japan, Tokyo, REUTERS TOKYO, Europe, United State, Osaka, Sapporo
Italy reports 20,648 new coronavirus cases, 541 deaths on Sunday
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FILE PHOTO: A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File PhotoMILAN (Reuters) - Italy reported 541 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, against 686 the day before, and 20,648 new infections, down from 26,323 on Saturday, the health ministry said. The first Western country hit by the virus, Italy has seen 54,904 COVID-19 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February, the second highest toll in Europe after Britain. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi)Daily figures on Sunday confirmed a decline seen in recent days in the number of new cases. Italy is expected to adopt next week a new set of measures to contain the virus during Christmas holidays.


Persons: Remo Casilli, MILAN, Francesco Boccia Organizations: Fiumicino, REUTERS, Sunday, Regional Locations: Rome, Italy, Europe, Britain

REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAnalysts are projecting that earnings for S&P 500 companies will rise 23% next year after falling more than 15% this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The S&P 500 is trading at 23 times expected earnings for the next four quarters, only slightly lower than its June peak of 25 times expected earnings - its highest in roughly two decades. S&P 500 earnings growth estimates for 2021 have weakened from 28% on Oct. 1 to 22.5% as of Friday, based on Refinitiv’s data. “A disconnect is starting to occur,” said Nick Raich, chief executive of The Earnings Scout, an independent research firm. Analysts expect energy earnings to jump nearly 600% in 2021, while they project industrial earnings to climb 79%, based on Refinitiv’s data.


Persons: Brendan McDermid, , Nick Raich, Savita Subramanian, Jim Paulsen, Joe Biden’s, Biden Organizations: YORK, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BofA Global Research Locations: New York City, U.S, Minneapolis

REUTERS/Jason LeeThe People’s Bank of China (PBOC) injected 200 billion yuan ($30.4 billion) through one-year medium-term lending facility (MLF) loans to financial institutions on Monday, it said in a statement. The bank kept the rate on the loans unchanged from the previous such injection, at 2.95%. No MLF loans are set to expire on Monday. Monday’s MLF loans were issued alongside 150 billion yuan injected via reverse repurchase operations. With 30 billion yuan of reverse repos maturing on Monday, that made for a net injection of 110 billion yuan on the day.


Persons: Jason Lee, , , Ken Cheung, Larry Hu Organizations: People's Bank of China, REUTERS, People’s Bank of China, Mizuho Bank, China’s, Stability, Macquarie Capital Locations: SHANGHAI, Beijing, China, Shanghai, Hong Kong

REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (CANADA)The tightening supply of this high-yielding credit comes as many Canadian institutional investors have been accelerating their exposure to the private debt. Private credit is issued primarily by closely held companies, offering a premium over corporate bonds due to fewer disclosures and less liquidity. But the pandemic-induced repeated lockdowns have slammed smaller and privately-held business more than their larger rivals, limiting their need and ability to raise debt capital. “There has definitely been a ratings migration from higher ratings to lower ratings,” said Fitch Ratings Director Dafina Dunmore, adding this is likely to continue through 2021. Canadian institutions with global exposure can also look for investments elsewhere if they can’t find them at home, Fitch’s Dunmore said.


Persons: Christinne, , Andrew Luetchford, Ramesh Kashyap, Fitch, Dafina Dunmore, Corporate Credit Jérôme Marquis, Brad Meiers, Fitch’s Dunmore, Scott Hartz, , ” Hartz Organizations: TORONTO, REUTERS, Deloitte, Caisse, Sun, Ninepoint,