From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

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11/1/2021 Port Of L.A. Faces Worsening Supply Glut, Up To 170 Cargo Ships Stranded Off The Coast by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Cargo containers sit stacked at the Port of Los Angeles, Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021 in San Pedro, Calif. California Gov.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will begin fining shipping companies if they let cargo containers
stack up as the nation’s busiest twin harbors deal with an unprecedented backlog of vessels. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    Supply glut is worsening at the Port of Los Angeles despite Joe Biden’s attempts to ensure 24/7 operations at the port.    According to new reports, around 169 cargo ships are anchored off the coast of Los Angeles and are trying to unload.    This is up from 100 ships two weeks ago.
    This comes as the Port of Los Angeles decided to impose fines on carriers who take too long to offload amid labor shortages and a lack of trucks.    Business owners say large corporations are benefiting from this bottleneck while small distributors are being pushed out of business.
    Meanwhile, economists are blaming labor shortages on the Biden administration and California Democrats.
    “The major retailers like Amazon, Target — they’re doing their own shipping so they can get the new product in,” explained Los Angeles business owner Lou Calderon.    “And like me, I’m basically depending on my wholesaler to get it and they are smaller wholesalers so they can’t get it.    So we don’t have the resources to compete with those big companies.”
    In the meantime, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) invited ships to offload in his state while touting quick and smooth operations in Tampa as well as other ports.

11/1/2021 Biden Says ‘Build Back Better’ Bill To Be Voted On This Week by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow,
Scotland, Monday Nov. 1, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow gathers leaders from around the world, in Scotland’s biggest city,
to lay out their vision for addressing the common challenge of global warming. (Yves Herman/Pool via AP)
    Joe Biden touted his Build Back Better agenda on the international stage while domestically the reconciliation bill struggles to gain support.    During a press conference to wrap up the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday, he presented his spending plan as a guideline for other countries to follow.
    “I found in all of my meetings here, in both the larger sessions and the one-on-one sessions, I had many of those, a real eagerness among our partners and allies for American leadership to help bring the world together and solve some of these big problems,” he stated.
    Biden expressed optimism the agenda would pass despite the legislation seeing opposition from Democrat moderates and progressives over several different issues.
    “I believe we will pass my Build Back Better plan and I believe we will pass the infrastructure bill,” he continued.    “Combined, they have $900 billion in climate resistance and dealing with climate and resilience, and it’s the largest investment in the history of the world that has occurred.    And, it is going to pass, in my view, but we will see, we’ll see.”
    House Democrats are eyeing a vote on both the reconciliation package and the infrastructure bill sometime this week.

11/1/2021 Deliver On Promises, Developing World Tells Rich At Climate Talks by Elizabeth Piper and William James
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool
    GLASGOW (Reuters) -A crucial U.N. conference heard calls on its first day for the world’s major economies to stick to promises of financial help to address the climate crisis, while big polluters India and Brazil made new pledges to cut emissions.
    World leaders, environmental experts and activists all pleaded for decisive action to halt the global warming which threatens the future of the planet at Monday’s start of the two-week COP26 summit in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
    The task was made even more daunting by the failure of the Group of 20 major industrial nations to agree ambitious new commitments at the weekend in Rome.
    The G20 is responsible for around 80% of global greenhouse gases and a similar proportion of carbon dioxide, the gas produced by burning fossil fuels that is the main cause of the rise in global temperatures which are triggering an increasing intensity of heatwaves, droughts, floods and storms.
    “Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change.    It’s one minute to midnight on that Doomsday clock and we need to act now,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the opening ceremony.
    Delayed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, COP26 aims to keep alive a target of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels
    To do that, it needs to secure more ambitious pledges to reduce emissions, lock in billions in climate financing for developing countries, and finish the rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, signed by nearly 200 countries.
    The pledges made so far to cut emissions would allow the planet’s average surface temperature to rise 2.7C this century, which the United Nations says would supercharge the destruction that climate change is already causing.
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reminded delegates that the six hottest years on record have occurred since 2015.
    Other speakers, including activists from the poorer countries hardest hit by climate change, had a defiant message.
    “Pacific youth have rallied behind the cry ‘We are not drowning, we are fighting’,” said Brianna Fruean from the Polynesian island state of Samoa, at risk from rising sea levels.    “This is our warrior cry to the world.”
    Leaders of countries such as Kenya, Bangladesh, Barbados and Malawi called rich nations to task for failing to deliver promised financial help to deal with climate change.
    “The money pledge to least developed nations by developed nations … is not a donation, but a cleaning fee,” Malawi’s President Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera said.
    “Neither Africa in general, nor Malawi in particular, will take ‘no’ for an answer.    Not any more.”
    President Xi Jinping of China, by far the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, told the conference in a written statement that developed countries should not only do more but also support developing countries to do better.
    Xi’s absence, along with that of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, president of one of the world’s top three oil producers along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, may hinder progress.
    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg tweeted an appeal for her millions of supporters to sign an open letter accusing leaders of betrayal.
    “This is not a drill.    It’s code red for the Earth,” it read.    “Millions will suffer as our planet is devastated — a terrifying future that will be created, or avoided, by the decisions you make.    You have the power to decide.”
    India and Brazil, two of the world’s largest polluters, both used the platform to provide new emission cutting pledges.
    “We will act responsibly and search for real solutions for an urgent transition,” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has presided over more than two years of soaring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, said.
    Brazil said it would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to a previous pledge of 43% in that period.
    However, the cuts are calculated against emissions levels in 2005, a baseline which was retroactively revised last year, making it easier for Brazil’s targets to be met.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi set 2070 as a target for India to reach net-zero carbon emissions, much later than those set by other polluters and twenty years beyond the U.N.’s global recommendations.
    In Rome, the G20 failed to commit to the 2050 target to halt net carbon emissions, undermining one of COP26’s main aims.
    Instead, they only recognised “the key relevance” of doing so “by or around mid-century”, and set no timetable for phasing out domestic coal power, a major cause of carbon emissions.
    The commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies “over the medium term” echoed wording they used as long ago as 2009.
    Discord among some of the world’s biggest emitters about how to cut back on coal, oil and gas will make progress difficult in Glasgow, as will the rich world’s failure to keep its promises.
    In 2009, the developed countries most responsible for global warming pledged to provide $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing nations deal with its consequences.
    The commitment has still not been met, generating mistrust and a reluctance among some developing nations to accelerate their emissions reductions.
    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley compared the vast sums pumped into the global economy by rich countries’ central banks in recent years with those spent on climate help.
    “Our people are watching and our people are taking note … Can there be peace and prosperity if one-third of the world lives in prosperity and two-thirds lives under seas and face calamitous threats to our wellbeing?” she said.
    Developed countries confirmed last week they would be three years late in meeting the $100 billion climate finance pledge – which many poor countries and activists say is insufficient anyway.
    U.S. President Joe Biden said the rich must do more, admitting that “right now we’re falling short,” while French President Emmanuel Macron also called on all developed countries to deliver their fair share of climate funding.
    Txai Surui, a 24-year-old indigenous youth leader from the Amazon rain forest, said too much damage had already been done.
    “The animals are disappearing, the rivers are dying and our plants don’t flower like they did before.    The Earth is speaking.    She tells us that we have no more time.”
(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, Katy Daigle and Mark John; Writing by Kevin Liffey and Gavin Jones; Editing by Barbara Lewis and Alexander Smith)

11/1/2021 Britain Tells France: Back Down In 48 Hours Or We Get Tough by Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout
FILE PHOTO: Britain's recently appointed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss leaves Downing Street
after the cabinet meeting, in London, Britain September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) -Britain gave France 48 hours on Monday to back down in a fishing row that threatens to escalate into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe’s biggest economies or face tortuous legal action under the Brexit trade deal.
    Post-Brexit bickering over fish culminated last Wednesday in the French seizure of a British scallop dredger, the Cornelis Gert Jan, in French waters near Le Havre.    Paris has threatened sanctions from Nov. 2 that could snarl cross-Channel trade.
    The measures could include increased border and sanitary checks on goods from Britain and banning British vessels from some French ports.
    “The French have made completely unreasonable threats, including to the Channel Islands and to our fishing industry, and they need to withdraw those threats or else we will use the mechanisms of our trade agreement with the EU to take action,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told Sky News.
    “If somebody behaves unfairly in a trade deal, you’re entitled to take action against them and seek some compensatory measures.    And that is what we will do if the French don’t back down.”
    Asked over what time frame France should back down, Truss said: “This issue needs to be resolved in the next 48 hours.”
    A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain had “robust” contingency plans in place if France follows through on the threats.
    “Depending on if, or what, the French decide to do we will enact them as and when we need to,” he said.    He also said Britain would “retaliate accordingly” to the measures.
    Britain and France have squabbled for decades over access to the rich fishing grounds around their Channel coasts.
    The fishing issue dogged the negotiations that led to Britain’s exit from the EU, not because of its economic importance – it is scant – but rather its political significance.    If not resolved, it could trigger the beginning of dispute measures in the Brexit trade deal as soon as this week.
    The latest row erupted in September after Paris accused London of failing to allocate enough post-Brexit licences to French boats to fish in the zone 6-12 nautical miles from UK shores.
    Britain says it is issuing licences to vessels that can prove they have previously fished in its waters – a central demand from British fishermen who fear French boats could wipe out their own profits.
    French President Emmanuel Macron and Johnson discussed the fishing spat on Sunday on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Rome, but failed to narrow their differences.
    Johnson said he had been “puzzled” to read a letter from Paris to the European Union.    Sent by French Prime Minister Jean Castex, it called on the bloc to demonstrate there was “more damage to leaving the EU than to remaining there.”
    Relations between London and Paris have become increasingly strained since Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU.    London’s recently struck security pact with the United States and Australia did little to rebuild trust with Paris.
    The dispute also risks distracting from Britain’s hosting of the current United Nations COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.
    Pressed on Monday on why the fishing issue had again soured bilateral relations, Truss suggested it might have something to do with next year’s presidential election in France.
    While fishing accounts for just a tiny fraction of Europe’s second and third largest economies, it is of vital importance to coastal communities in both Britain and France who say their way of life is threatened by foreign fishermen.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout, Additional reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Kate Holton, Gareth Jones and Mark Heinrich)

11/1/2021 French Port Braces For Storm In Fishing Row With Britain by Layli Foroudi and Clotaire Achi
FILE PHOTO: Fishing trawlers are docked at Boulogne-sur-Mer after Britain and the European Union brokered a
last-minute post-Brexit trade deal, northern France, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo
    BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) – People who earn a living from fishing in the English Channel battened down the hatches on Monday for an escalation of a Franco-British row over fishing licences that they anticipate will be costly on all sides.
    France alleges Britain is not honouring a post-Brexit deal on access to British fishing grounds and has said that from midnight (2300 GMT) on Monday it will retaliate by stepping up checks on trucks coming from Britain and barring British trawlers from docking in French ports.
    Olivier Leprêtre, president of the regional sea fishing committee for northern France, said he had advised his group’s members to steer clear of British waters, in case they were caught up in tit-for-tat British measures.
    Tracking data for marine traffic in the English channel on Monday afternoon showed that most of the French fishing fleet were staying close to their shorelines.    British trawlers were also staying in their own sector.
    Lepetre said France needed to take tough action on Britain, but his members also worried about collateral damage from a worsening row.
    Britain’s government on Monday issued its own threat to France, telling Paris it had 48 hours its planned retaliatory measures, or face legal action.
    Stephane Pruvost is boss of sea food processing firm JP Marée, one of several in the port of Boulogne which import part of their raw materials from Britain.
    He said he feared disruption to his supply chain on Tuesday if France follows through on threats to step up checks on trucks entering France from Britain at the port of Calais, and arriving in Boulogne.
    “Is blocking imports the solution?” he asked, in an interview with Reuters.
    Referring to French President Emmanuel Macron, he said: “Macron isn’t aware of the effects of all of this.    We are only listening to the voice of the fishermen and not anyone in any other stage of the chain.”
    Stephane Fournier, a 44-year-old fisherman in Boulogne-sur-Mer, is among dozens waiting for Britain to issue his vessel with a licence to fish in its waters.
    He said France had to retaliate against Britain, even if there is blowback for French fishing crews.
    “I prefer losing one month’s salary to losing our livelihood, our way of life,” he said.
    The row being played out between London and Paris over fishing licences was, he said, a “political game with pride on each side and we are in the middle watching the match.”
(Additional reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro, Sarah Meysonnier and Stephane Mahe; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alison Williams)

11/1/2021 Chile Right-Wing Kast Gains Edge In Polls As Presidential Vote Nears by Natalia A. Ramos Miranda
Chilean presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast from far-right Republican Party meets with
supporters during a campaign rally in the outskirts of Santiago, ahead of the first round
of presidential elections on November 21, Chile, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s right-wing presidential candidate, José Antonio Kast, is pulling ahead in pre-election opinion polls just weeks before the country’s November ballot, though is still seen losing a likely second-round run-off against a candidate from the left.
    The Pulso Ciudadano study, released on Sunday by the consulting firm Activa Research, showed the ultra-conservative candidate sometimes likened to Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro gaining 26.5% of the vote, pulling slightly ahead of center-left former student leader Gabriel Boric, at 25%.
    In third place is center-left former minister and Christian Democratic candidate Yasna Provoste, with 12.1%.
    The presidential election, the first since widespread protests in 2019 rocked the Andean copper-producing country, will be held on Nov. 21.    If no candidate gets an absolute majority, there will be a head-to-head vote in December between the top two competitors.
    In a hypothetical second round between Kast and Boric, the leftist would gain 42.9% of the vote compared to 36.8% for Kast, who has surged in the polls in recent weeks.    Critics compare Kast to Bolsonaro and former U.S. President Donald Trump.
    The fortnightly Pulso Ciudadano survey was carried out using 2,027 online interviews from October 25-29, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2%.
    The weekly Cadem survey released on Monday also showed Kast climbing in the polls, gaining 24% of voter preference compared to 19% of Boric, who has been falling in recent weeks.    The poll surveyed 1,005 people with a margin of error of +/-3.1%.
(Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Mark Porter)

11/1/2021 UK Records 40,077 New COVID-19 Cases, 40 Deaths On Monday
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit van, amidst the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom recorded 40,077 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 40 deaths of people who had tested positive for the disease within 28 days, government data showed.
    That compares with 38,009 coronavirus cases and 74 deaths a day earlier.
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, editing by David Milliken)

11/1/2021 Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Gets First Authorization; Expects More Within Weeks, CEO Says by Carl O’Donnell and Dania Nadeem
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical
syringe in front of displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
    (Reuters) - Novavax Inc expects regulators in India, the Philippines and elsewhere to make a decision on its COVID-19 vaccine within “weeks,” its chief executive told Reuters, after the shot on Monday received its first emergency use authorization (EUA) from Indonesia.
    Novavax shares were up about 13% after the company also said it had filed an application for emergency use of the vaccine to Canada and the European Medicines Agency.
    For Indonesia, the shot will be manufactured by the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute in India (SII), and sold under the Indian company’s brand name, Covovax.    Novavax said initial shipments into     Indonesia are expected to begin imminently.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is also reviewing Novavax’s regulatory filing and the U.S. drugmaker expects that review to be resolved in the coming weeks, Chief Executive Stanley Erck told Reuters in a phone interview on Monday.
    A green light from the WHO would set the stage for Novavax to begin shipping doses to the COVAX program that supplies shots to low-income countries.    Novavax and SII have together committed to provide more than 1.1 billion doses to COVAX, which is co-led by the WHO.
    “I think we’ll get some doses to COVAX this year,” Erck said.    “But I think (Novavax is) going to really start being able to ship large quantity to COVAX in the first quarter” of 2022.
    Erck said Novavax has resolved all of its manufacturing challenges and does not expect regulators to have any further concerns about its production processes.
    He said Novavax is “in dialogue with the U.S. FDA and … we expect a full submission within the next several weeks.”
    Novavax had delayed filing for U.S. approval, and Politico reported last month that the company faced production and quality problems.
    SII is authorized to make the Novavax vaccine and the U.S. company said it will apply for regulatory authorization for other facilities, such as its plant in the Czech republic, in the coming weeks.
    Indonesia is slated to receive 20 million doses of the protein-based vaccine this year, according to the government.
    Penny Lukito, chief of the National Agency for Drug and Food Control of Indonesia, did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
    Novavax has so far applied for EUA in various countries, including the UK, Australia, India and the Philippines.
    “It will be weeks, not months, for them to review” Novavax’s regulatory submissions and potentially clear the shot for use, Erck said.
    The company, along with Japanese partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, said on Friday it was preparing to seek regulatory approval for a rollout in Japan early next year.
    The Novavax shot was shown to be more than 90% effective, including against a variety of concerning variants of the coronavirus in a large, late-stage U.S.-based trial.
(Reporting by Dania Nadeem in Bengaluru and Carl O’Donnell in New York; additional reporting by Leroy Leo in Bengaluru and Stanley Widianto in Jakarta; Editing by Maju Samuel and Bill Berkrot)

11/1/2021 Seattle Mayor Grants Hiring Bonuses For Officers Amid Staffing Crisis’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Seattle Police officers confer after taking part in a public roll call at Hing Hay Park in
Seattle’s Chinatown-International District Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    The mayor of Seattle is facing major backlash after offering big hiring bonuses to incoming police officers to make up for staff shortages.    Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order Friday, granting bonuses for new hires up to $25,000 depending on their experience and skill levels.
    However, the police union fired back at Durkan for the move while suggesting the city betrayed its loyal police officers after violent protests over the death of George Floyd.    The union added, the staff shortage was caused by the ‘defund the police’ movement and worsened by the city’s vaccine mandate.
    Just a few months ago, the mayor claimed she was focused on police response amid rising crime in the city.
    “So we are focused on two things: number one is to make sure we have the adequate police response we need when police are needed and two is to continue our work community-based strategies to interrupt this violence,” she stated.
    President Donald Trump and other Republicans have criticized Mayor Durkan in the past, specifically over Seattle’s police-free autonomous zones. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) even went as far as to offer out-of-state police who move to Florida bonuses.
    “NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here,” stated the Republican.    “You can fill important needs for us and we’ll compensate you as a result.”
    Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department reportedly doesn’t have enough cops to meet daily minimum staffing in any precinct across the city.    It appears that both vaccine mandates and the ‘defund the police’ movement are to blame.

11/1/2021 NYC Workers Placed On Unpaid Leave Due To Vaccine Mandate, De Blasio Downplays Public Safety Concerns by OAN Newsroom
File – Two New York City Police officers patrol a busy intersection on Main Street in Flushing, a largely
Asian American neighborhood, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Queens borough, N.Y. More than 26,000 of New York
City’s municipal workers remained unvaccinated after the deadline on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, to show
proof they’ve gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
    New York City is experiencing a major staffing crisis as thousands of workers, including first responders, are on put on unpaid leave due to the city’s vaccine mandate.    The mayor’s office confirmed, 9,000 city employees were placed on leave without pay Monday.
    According to city data, however, more than 22,000 municipal workers remain unvaccinated.    Those employees have not been placed on unpaid leave yet as they wait for exemption requests to be reviewed.
    This comes as Democrat Mayor Bill De Blasio tried to downplay the crisis and even accused first responders of lying.    Meanwhile, police precincts are short-staffed and fire companies have been temporarily shut down.    This is prompting major concerns over public safety.
    The New York Fire Department admitted Monday that 18 units were down, but De Blasio has continued to falsely claim there have been no disruptions.

11/1/2021 Ala. GOP Rep. Gary Palmer Slams Joe Biden’s Energy Policies by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., speaks to the media. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP)
    Alabama Republican congressman Gary Palmer is criticizing Joe Biden’s energy policies.    In a recent interview, the lawmaker, who is also the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, noted energy prices will spike under the Biden administration like they have in Europe.
    Rep. Palmer warned elderly people across the U.S. will have to choose between what they can afford for utility bills and buying food and medicine.    The congressman also said he anticipates more deaths from cold related illnesses to be a result of Biden’s energy policies.
    “You’re talking about Democratic policies that have already been responsible for thousands of people dying from COVID in nursing homes in New York and Pennsylvania, in New Jersey and Michigan,” he stated.    “It’s just going to add to the massive increase in the cost of energy.”
    Palmer also cited a report saying 9,700 deaths are occurring annually in the U.K. because people can’t afford to keep their homes warm.

11/1/2021 Va. Gubernatorial Candidate McAuliffe Says Youngkin Using Racist Dog Whistle by OAN Newsroom
Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to supporters during a rally in Richmond, Va.,
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. McAuliffe will face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe doubled down on his belief that government, not parents, should have the final say on what kids learn.    While appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, the former governor was applauded by the audience when commenting parents can’t decide their kids curriculum.
    The Democrat also said that experts know much more about what kids should be taught than parents ever will.    According to McAuliffe, wanting parents to control their kids education is just racist dog whistling by his opponent Glenn Youngkin.
    “He wants to ban Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved,” so he’s going after "one of the most prominent female African American writers in American history…won the Nobel Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and he wants her books banned,” said McAuliffe.    “Now in all the hundreds of books you could look at, why did you take the one black female author?    Why did you do it?    He’s ending the campaign on a racist dog whistle.”
    The controversy is based on a bill vetoed by then-governor McAuliffe in 2013, which was supposed to allow parents to know that explicit material was going to be taught in the classroom.
    Youngkin believes parents should have the final say in what is taught to their kids in schools.    He took to Twitter to note, “let’s rise above the rhetoric, rise above the division, and enable the dreams and pursuits of the next generation by securing safety and excellence in our schools.”

11/2/2021 Oil up $0.62 to $83.92, DOW up 33 to 35,853.

11/2/2021 Migrant Caravan Limps North Through Mexico, Despite Dengue And Exhaustion by Lizbeth Diaz and Jose Torres
Migrants continue walking as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City,
in Ernestina de Montes, Mexico November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
    MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) – A caravan of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean resumed its trek through southern Mexico on Monday, despite concerns that half of them could be injured or sick, including some from dengue fever.
    Over the past week, the approximately 3,000 migrants, mostly women and children, have trekked over 100 km (60 miles) from the city of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border, struggling through sweltering heat and evening rains.
    Kabir Sanchez, a volunteer doctor helping to look after injured caravan members, said he and his colleagues treated dozens of people on Saturday with foot injuries, respiratory problems, infections and pregnant women at risk of miscarrying.
    “More than 50% of the people in the caravan are sick,” he told Reuters by telephone.
    He said other caravan members had possible cases of coronavirus, but that the government had not provided COVID-19 tests.
    The government’s National Migration Institute (INM) did not immediately reply to a request for comment on COVID-19 testing.
    The INM did say in a statement that six people in the caravan, including five children, had contracted dengue.
    On Sunday night, the caravan members slept outside in the rain having paused their trek during the day due to the health concerns.
    Most of the migrants are fleeing poverty, violence and the impact of adverse environmental conditions linked to climate change in their homelands.    Many hope to make it to the U.S. border.
    Leaders of the caravan last week rejected the Mexican government’s offer of visas that are meant to grant migrants access to healthcare and regular work, arguing it had failed to keep promises to help them in the past.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City and Jose Torres in Mapastepec; Additional reporting by Daniel Becerril; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Alison Williams)

11/2/2021 Sen. Manchin: Reconciliation Bill A ‘Recipe For Economic Crisis’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., pauses while speaking with reporters during a news conference
on Capitol Hill, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has thrown yet another wrench in the Democrats’ massive spending plans.    In a press briefing on Monday, the moderate Democrat said he would not support the Democrat-devised reconciliation package and stressed it’s time to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
    Manchin then took aim at progressives in the lower chamber for holding the infrastructure bill hostage in an attempt to tie their massive social spending proposals to the much needed legislation.    Additionally, he condemned Democrat leaders for trying to jam the bill through Congress swiftly to score political points for the Biden administration.
    Joe Biden had hoped to pass his massive spending agenda before his international tour at the G20 and COP26 summits, but his agenda remains stalled in Congress.
    Manchin also criticized his fellow Democrats for trying to ram the massive spending package through without fully understanding the consequences. He said every elected representative needs to know what they are voting for and called for more transparency on the impact of Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better proposal.
    The West Virginia senator warned the bill doesn’t address the mounting economic problems brought on by the Biden administration, including skyrocketing inflation, debt and interest rates on the verge of running away.    Manchin added, based on what he has seen, the bill will actually cost double what Democrats say it will or around $3.5 trillion.
    The moderate Democrat ended by saying he will continue to negotiate in good faith and demanded that his colleagues reach across the aisle to pass a “sensible reconciliation package.”
    After Manchin’s briefing, the White House released a statement saying it’s confident the senator will “come around” and reiterated talking points that the bill will actually combat inflation and create jobs.

11/2/2021 Rep. Jordan: Biden DOJ Memo On ‘Domestic Terrorists’ The Last Straw For Va. Parents by OAN Newsroom
Patrick Novecosky, of Warrenton, Va., holds his son Daniel, 7, and son Peter, 9 stands beside them, as they participate in a rally
sponsored by Catholic Vote and Fight for Schools, in Leesburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    Republican congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the weaponization of the Department of Justice to target parents who oppose critical race theory may backfire on Democrats in upcoming Virginia elections.
    According to Jordan, the memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ labeling dissenting parents as “domestic terrorists” is an assault on the First Amendment.    He said for many parents, this assault on their rights is the last straw and they won’t stand for it.
    “I think your memo is the last straw, I think it’s a catalyst for this reawakening in freedom,” stated the Republican lawmaker.    “When government starts telling parents, hey ‘we’re smarter about your kids than you are,’ I don’t think moms and dads are going to take it.    And it sort of functions as the last straw.”
    Jordan added, Attorney General Garland must rescind that memo because it’s illegal and wrong.    He then pointed out GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin may win in the Virginia gubernatorial election due to blow back from parents.
    The attorney general doing his memorandum, which basically the committee sets up a reporting mechanism, a snitch-line on parents who just want to show up at school board meetings and say ‘hey don’t teach this racist American curriculum to our kids,'” Jordan continued.    “And for that they’re going to have the full wave of the Justice Department looking over their shoulder.    It’s really scary where it’s going.”
    The Ohio lawmaker went on to say it’s lunacy for schools and bureaucrats to attempt to cut parents’ out of their own child’s schooling.

11/2/2021 Indian Media Criticizes Pfizer After Ivermectin Success by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This October 2021, photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses
of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. (Pfizer via AP, File)
    A media company in India are ramping up criticism of COIVD-19 vaccine suppliers following the nation’s success at treating the virus with Ivermectin.    In a recent report, Indian television channel WION claimed Pfizer is maximizing revenues by selling COVID-19 vaccines to developing nations on often predatory terms.
    “What happens when vaccine manufacturers starts bullying? Governments are silenced, supplies are hoarded and profits take precedence over saving lives.”
— Palki Sharma, foreign affairs reporter – WION
    The channel cited a separate report by Public Citizen that detailed Pfizer’s distribution agreements in emerging markets.    WION found those contracts give up power to some government authority to Pfizer.
    “Practically anything that a sovereign government owns — foreign bank accounts, foreign investments, commercial property, state-run airlines, even oil companies — Pfizer can take over any or all of these from a government.    Basically, everything happens in Pfizer terms once a country decides to buy its vaccine.”
— Palki Sharma, foreign affairs reporter – WION
    WION’s report went on to describe Pfizer’s actions as having long-term political, economic and social risks to developing countries.

11/2/2021 Chicago Police Union Wins Minor Victory In City Vaccine Mandate Suit by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, June 5, 2020 file photo Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara
speaks to reporters outside the FOP lodge in Chicago (Tyler LaRiviere/Sun Times via AP, File)
    A police union in Chicago achieves the first victory in its litigation against the vaccine mandate imposed by city officials.    In a ruling on Monday, Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell said Chicago police officers do not have to take a COVID-19 vaccine, but they do have to report their vaccination status.
    “Thankfully, Judge Mitchell heard our argument that we’ve been saying all along,” stated union President John Catanzara.    “This fight was about collective bargaining rights and the obligation for the city to go to the bargaining table and to arbitration.”
    This order is temporary and it only applies to members of the Fraternal Order of Police union.
    Catanzara said the ruling is insufficient to settle the dispute.
    “That does not mean we are not gonna continue to address the concerns over the security of that portal and the information that’s provided in it that is going forward,” he continued.    “We are also requesting information from the city on the exemption requests that were requested, denied by category, and the processes that we’re following to make those decisions and where everybody’s exemption requests are currently.”
    The union explained that the city of Chicago may still withhold pay from non-vaccinated officers and its December 31 deadline for vaccine mandate still stands.    The city has yet to provide clarifications after which the legal battle will continue.

11/2/2021 White House Acquiring 28M Child Vaccine Doses by OAN Newsroom
Children ages 5-11 could receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
within the next two weeks. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
    The White House is preparing to acquire enough coronavirus vaccines for every child in the U.S.    On Monday, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said they have ordered 28 million child doses for all American children aged five-to-11.
    Zients said that while waiting for the CDC to give its final approval, they wanted to secure the doses in order to start distribution as soon as approval is granted.    They are expecting the first shipments of the vials to get to pediatric hospitals and doctors’ offices over the next couple days.
    “Over the next couple of days, several million doses will start arriving at local pediatricians and family doctors’ offices, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, community health centers, rural health clinics and other locations,” Zients confirmed.    “More doses will be packed and shipped and delivered each and every day over the next week or so, and more and more sites will come online as we ramp up.”
    The FDA approved emergency use of Pfizer vaccines for children on Friday.    The White House is hoping to start vaccinating children by mid-week.

11/2/2021 Unvaccinated Greeks Will Need A Negative COVID Test To Access Services by Unvaccinated Greeks Will Need A Negative COVID Test To Access Services
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past closed shops in the Monastiraki area, amid the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Athens, Greece April 4, 2021. REUTERS/Konstantinos Tountas/File Photo
    ATHENS (Reuters) – Unvaccinated Greeks will need to show a negative COVID-19 test to access state services, banks, restaurants and retail shops as cases hit a new daily record on Tuesday, health authorities said.
    Greece reported 6,700 new coronavirus infections in the preceding 24 hours on Tuesday, breaking a previous single-day record of 5,449 that was recorded on Monday.
    This took the total infections to 754,451 since the pandemic broke out last year.    Some 16,050 people have died of the COVID-19 disease so far in Greece.
    With the pandemic worsening and temperature falling, more measures are necessary to protect unvaccinated people, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said in a televised statement.
    All unvaccinated workers should also test negative twice a week, Plevris said, adding that the new measures will take effect on Nov. 6. Most unvaccinated in Greece are now required to present a negative test once a week to get to their workplace.
    About 60.5% of a population of about 11 million are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, less than the European Union average of 64.7%, according to the latest data.
    Plevris said that Greece will soon send letters and text messages on mobile phones as part of a new campaign to boost vaccinations.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Marguerita Choy)

11/2/2021 NATO Chief: Armies Must Keep Pace With Global Climate Efforts by Mark John
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg poses for a picture during the UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – The world’s armies must keep pace with global efforts to tackle climate change and cut their huge carbon footprints according to clearly defined benchmarks, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
    Little reliable data exists on emissions created by military activities but there is no doubt they are big: a 2019 report conluded the U.S. military would be the world’s 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases if it were a country.
    “There is no way to reach net zero without also including emissions from the military,” Stoltenberg said in an interview at the COP26 climate conference, referring to the ambitions of many nations to hit net-zero emissions by mid-century.
    Stoltenberg, a former U.N. special envoy on climate change, said work had already started within the alliance on a methodology to measure armed forces’ emissions and that his aspiration was that this should be completed by end-2022.
    “That is aim but of course I am dependent on agreement among 30 allies,” he told Reuters.
    Stoltenberg acknowledged the heavy existing footprint of the world’s armies but said there were already efforts to address it: for example, the U.S. military using solar panels in its installations, the British army exploring alternative fuels and Spain planting trees on military land to capture carbon.
    “There is an energy revolution taking place out there in civil society … and this is about keeping up the pace, being part of that transformation,” he said.
    Stoltenberg began pushing for joint NATO moves on climate change some time ago but NATO diplomats said efforts to focus on the issue were stymied during Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency.
    He likened the current energy challenge facing militaries to the pre-World War I decision of Winston Churchill to replace coal with oil as the main fuel for the British navy – a move Stoltenberg said had both environmental and strategic benefits.
    “We need to find a way to reconcile the need for green and environment-friendly armed forces with strong and effective armed forces,” he said.
(Editing by Gareth Jones)

11/2/2021 Nations Make New Pledges To Cut Methane, Save Forests At Climate Summit by Jake Spring and Jeff Mason
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during "Action on Forests and Land-Use" event at the UN Climate
Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS
    GLASGOW (Reuters) - Leaders at the COP26 global climate conference pledged on Tuesday to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and cut emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to help slow climate change.
    On the second day of the two-week summit in Glasgow, Scotland, wealthy nations took some overdue actions to provide long-promised financial help for the developing countries worst hit by global warming.
    The United Nations conference aims to keep alive a receding target of capping temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, to avert still greater damage than has already been caused by greenhouse gases.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the event attended by almost 200 countries, said he welcomed the latest steps but urged caution.
    “We must take care to guard against false hope and not to think in any way that the job is done, because it is not.    There is still a very long way to go,” he told a news conference.
    More than 100 countries joined a U.S.- and EU-led effort to cut emissions of methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels, potentially a step in stemming the overheating of the planet.
    U.S. President Joe Biden chided Chinese President Xi Jinping for his decision not to attend in person.
    “It’s been a big mistake, quite frankly, for China – with respect to China not showing up,” Biden said at a news conference.
    “The rest of the world is gonna look to China and say what value added are they providing?    And they’ve lost the ability to influence people around the world and all the people here at COP, the same way I would argue with regard to Russia.”
    China said Xi had not been given an opportunity to deliver a video address, and had to send a written response instead.    Xi offered no additional pledges.
    China was represented in Glasgow by its chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua, who said in remarks to reporters on Tuesday that “five years were wasted” because Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement and it was time to “work harder and catch up
    Leaders of developing countries most at risk from the effects of climate change, such as heatwaves, droughts, storms and flooding, told delegates the stakes could not be higher.
    “Let’s work for the survival of ours and all species.    Let’s not choose extinction,” said Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley.
    The Global Methane Pledge, launched on Tuesday after being announced in September with just a few signatories, now covers countries representing nearly half of global methane emissions and 70% of global GDP, Biden said.
    Methane is more short-lived in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide but 80 times more potent in warming the planet.    Cutting emissions of the gas, estimated to have accounted for 30% of global warming since pre-industrial times, is one of the most effective ways of slowing climate change.
    Among the signatories is Brazil – one of the five biggest emitters of methane, generated in cows’ digestive systems, in landfill waste and in oil and gas production.    Three others – China, Russia and India – have not signed up, while Australia has said it will not back the pledge.
    The United States also unveiled its own domestic proposal to crack down with a focus on the oil and gas sector, where leaky infrastructure allows methane to escape into the atmosphere.
    More than 100 national leaders also signed a promise to halt the destruction of the world’s forests which absorb roughly 30% of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the nonprofit World Resources Institute.
    In 2020, the world lost 258,000 sq km (100,000 sq miles) of forest – an area larger than the United Kingdom, according to WRI’s Global Forest Watch.    The conservation charity WWF estimates that 27 football fields of forest are lost every minute.
    The pledge to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade is underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to be invested in protecting and restoring forests.
    The signatories again include Brazil, which has carried out soaring deforestation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together they account for 85% of the world’s forests.
    Under the agreement, 12 countries pledged to provide $12 billion of public funding between 2021 and 2025 for developing countries to restore degraded land and tackle wildfires.
    At least $7.2 billion will come from private sector investors representing $8.7 trillion in assets under management, who also pledged to stop investing in activities linked to deforestation such as cattle, palm oil and soybean farming and pulp production.
    The funding may help reduce mistrust among developing countries caused by the failure of wealthy nations to deliver on a 2009 promise to stump up $100 billion per year by 2020 to help them tackle climate change.
    This mistrust is one of the main obstacles to climate progress, making some developing countries reluctant to embrace steep emission cuts.
    “We see double standards creeping into our thinking, whereby those who have already benefitted from carbon-driven economies would like to prevent emerging economies laying similar foundations for their political stability, social development and economic prosperity,” Suriname President Chan Santokhi said.
    On Tuesday, Japan said it would offer up to $10 billion over five years in additional assistance to support decarbonisation in Asia.
    U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said this could leverage another $8 billion from the World Bank and other sources, probably allowing the $100 billion threshold of climate financing to be reached by 2022, rather than 2023 as previously expected.
    In another deal signed on Tuesday, Britain and India launched a plan to improve connections between the world’s electricity power grids to help accelerate the transition to greener energy.
    But there was scant sign of shared resolve by the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, China and the United States, which together account for more than 40% of global emissions but are at odds on numerous issues.
    Biden has singled out China and leading oil producer Russia for failing to step up their climate goals in Glasgow, while Beijing has rejected Washington’s efforts to separate climate issues from their wider disagreements.
    The Communist Party-run Global Times said in an editorial on Monday that Washington’s attitude had made it “impossible for China to see any potential to have fair negotiation amid the tensions.”
(Reporting by Kate Abnett in Brussels, Valerie Volcovici in Washington; Jake Spring, Simon Jessop, William James and Ilze Filks in Glasgow; David Stanway, Josh Horwitz and Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Kevin Liffey and Gavin Jones; Editing by Janet Lawrence, Barbara Lewis and Grant McCool)

11/2/2021 Mexico’s National Guard Kills Cuban Migrant, Wounds Four Others As Caravan Advances
Migrants walk as they take part in a caravan heading to Mexico City
in Las Almendras, Mexico November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Cuban migrant was shot dead by the Mexican National Guard and four others were wounded after the vehicle they were in did not stop when ordered to do so, Mexican authorities said on Tuesday.
    The shooting occurred early on Sunday in the southern state of Chiapas, in an area where a caravan of migrants was heading towards the U.S. border. About 3,000 people set off on foot last month from the city of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border. Many have rejected visas offered by Mexico, saying they distrust the authorities.
    Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said it had opened an investigation into the shooting, which it said apparently took place when a vehicle ferrying migrants did not adhere to National Guard troops’ requests to stop.
    “Elements of the National Guard attacked a group of foreigners with firearms, causing the death of a person of Cuban origin and injuring four more foreigners,” CNDH said in a statement late on Monday.
    The National Guard confirmed in a statement that a person had been killed and four injured in the shooting.    It said the pick-up truck on a dirt road failed to stop despite audio and visual signals requesting the driver to so do.
    “Contrary to the instructions, the driver tried to ram elements of the National Guard,” the National Guard said in a statement, adding that the driver of the truck has been detained.
    The National Guard said the incident occurred after three cars earlier evaded a security checkpoint, triggering a search.
    Basing their investigation on a complaint filed by non-governmental organization Pueblos Unidos Migrantes, CNDH said the incident occurred in the municipality of Pijijiapan during the transit of people as part of the migrant caravan in Chiapas.
    The caravan, made up mostly of Central American and Caribbean migrants, has been making very slow progress amid extremely hot weather.    Many members in the caravan have also fallen ill.
    Mexico’s La Jornada newspaper said on Tuesday that the bulk of the caravan was now approaching Pijijiapan, about 1,000 km (620 miles) by road from the capital Mexico City.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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11/3/2021 The World Needs Truth, U.N. Chief Says At Cambridge
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 76th Session of the
U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool//File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received a degree from the University of Cambridge on Wednesday, warning that the world risked falling into a spiral of crises unless it put critical thinking and truth back to the centre of global discourse.
    Cambridge conferred a honorary degree of Doctor of Law on Guterres, recognising his work and the work of the United Nations, founded in 1945 as a way bring peace after the horrors of World War Two.
    “We face a crisis in the values on which the United Nations was founded 76 years ago: trust, solidarity, truth,” Guterres told Cambridge academics and students.
    Guterres, 72, said inequality was breathtaking: billionaires competing in outer space while millions struggled to survive on earth, with poverty rising and human rights under fire.
    “Trust between people and institutions is fraying. Conspiracy theories and disinformation are fueling social divisions and polarization,” he said.    “We must make lying wrong again.”
    Humanity, he said, needed truth, critical thinking, facts and institutions such as Cambridge which he said were dedicated to learning, rather than profit, and to pushing the boundaries of human understanding.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

11/3/2021 Pentagon Sharply Raises Its Estimate Of Chinese Nuclear Warheads by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart
FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their
Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday sharply increased its estimate of China’s projected nuclear weapons arsenal over the coming years, saying Beijing could have 700 warheads by 2027 and possibly 1,000 by 2030.
    While the numbers would still be significantly smaller than the current U.S. nuclear stockpile, they represent a significant change in the U.S. projection from just last year, when the Pentagon warned the Chinese arsenal would top 400 by the end of the decade.
    Washington has repeatedly called on China to join it and Russia in a new arms control treaty.
    In its wide-ranging annual report to Congress on China’s military, the Pentagon reiterated concern about increasing pressure on self-ruled Taiwan, an island China sees as a breakaway province, and China’s chemical and biological programs and technological advancements.
    But the report put particular emphasis on China’s growing nuclear arsenal.
    “Over the next decade, the PRC aims to modernize, diversify, and expand its nuclear forces,” the report said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.
    It added that China had started building at least three intercontinental ballistic missile silo fields.
    “Whether China follows through with these estimates from the United States will depend in great part on the policies and actions of the United States,” Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said.
    “The potential for China to increase its arsenal to these levels underscores the urgent necessity of pragmatic bilateral or multilateral talks to reduce nuclear risks,” Kimball added.
    China says its arsenal is dwarfed by those of the United States and Russia, and that it is ready for dialogue, but only if Washington reduces its nuclear stockpile to China’s level.
    The United States has a stockpile of 3,750 nuclear warheads, of which 1,389 were deployed as of Sept. 1.
    Beijing has vowed to bring fiercely democratic Taiwan, which it considers its “sacred territory,” under its rule and has not renounced the use of force.
    The Pentagon report renewed concerns about China’s increasingly muscular military and its development of options to take Taiwan, one of several scenarios the U.S. military cautioned Beijing could pursue.
    But a senior U.S. defense official, who briefed reporters, declined to speculate about whether that scenario was likely or say if they saw a near or even a medium-term risk of armed conflict between Beijing and Taipei.
    On the long list of potential Taiwan scenarios outlined in the briefing, the U.S. official cited the possibility that China could work on options for everything from a joint blockade campaign against Taiwan to a full-scale amphibious invasion.
    It could carry out air and missile strikes or cyber attacks. China could also potentially seize offshore islands.    The official declined to say which one of these contingencies was most likely or if any were likely at all.
    But the Pentagon has voiced concern about China’s pursuit of capabilities that would enable such actions.
    “They have a range of different things that they are wanting to be prepared to do,” the official said.
    Separately, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday that China was unlikely to try to militarily seize Taiwan in the next couple of years.
    “Based on my analysis of China, I don’t think that it is likely in the near future – being defined as, you know, six, 12, maybe 24 months, that kind of window,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of     Staff, said when asked if China was preparing to make a move on Taiwan in the near future.
    The Pentagon report added a section on China’s biological weapons and potential dual use, but did not look at the origins of COVID-19.
    There has been increased focus on China’s chemical and biological capabilities after COVID-19 was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
    U.S. intelligence agencies said last week that they may never be able to identify the origins of the pandemic, as they released a detailed version of their review of whether the coronavirus came from animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a lab.
    China has consistently denied allegations that the virus was leaked from a specialist laboratory in Wuhan.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Nick Macfie)

11/3/2021 Analysis-Country By Country, Scientists Eye Beginning Of An End To The COVID-19 Pandemic by Julie Steenhuysen
FILE PHOTO: Diners at a restaurant pose for a photo with a server wearing a protective mask, as
Sicily returns to being a 'yellow zone' with tighter coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
restrictions, in Catania, Italy, August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – As the devastating Delta variant surge eases in many regions of the world, scientists are charting when, and where, COVID-19 will transition to an endemic disease in 2022 and beyond, according to Reuters interviews with over a dozen leading disease experts.
    They expect that the first countries to emerge from the pandemic will have had some combination of high rates of vaccination and natural immunity among people who were infected with the coronavirus, such as the United States, the UK, Portugal and India.    But they warn that SARS-CoV-2 remains an unpredictable virus that is mutating as it spreads through unvaccinated populations.
    None would completely rule out what some called a “doomsday scenario,” in which the virus mutates to the point that it evades hard-won immunity. Yet they expressed increasing confidence that many countries will have put the worst of the pandemic behind them in the coming year.
    “We think between now and the end of 2022, this is the point where we get control over this virus … where we can significantly reduce severe disease and death,” Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist leading the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 response, told Reuters.
    The agency’s view is based on work with disease experts who are mapping out the probable course of the pandemic over the next 18 months.    By the end of 2022, the WHO aims for 70% of the world’s population to be vaccinated.
    “If we reach that target, we will be in a very, very different situation epidemiologically,” Van Kerkhove said.
    In the meantime, she worries about countries lifting COVID precautions prematurely.    “It’s amazing to me to be seeing, you know, people out on the streets, as if everything is over.”
    COVID-19 cases and deaths have been declining since August in nearly all regions of the world, according to the WHO’s report on Oct. 26.
    Europe has been an exception, with Delta wreaking new havoc in countries with low vaccination coverage such as Russia and Romania, as well as places that have lifted mask-wearing requirements.    The variant has also contributed to rising infections in countries such as Singapore and China, which have high rates of vaccination but little natural immunity due to much stricter lockdown measures.
    “The transition is going to be different in each place because it’s going to be driven by the amount of immunity in the population from natural infection and of course, vaccine distribution, which is variable … from county by county to country by country,” said Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
    Several experts said they expect the U.S. Delta wave will wrap up this month, and represent the last major COVID-19 surge.
    “We’re transitioning from the pandemic phase to the more endemic phase of this virus, where this virus just becomes a persistent menace here in the United States,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
    Chris Murray, a leading disease forecaster at the University of Washington, likewise sees the U.S. Delta surge ending in November.
    “We’ll go into a very modest winter increase” in COVID-19 cases, he said.    “If there’s no major new variants, then COVID starts to really wind down in April.”
    Even where cases are spiking as countries drop pandemic restrictions, as in the UK, vaccines appear to be keeping people out of the hospital.
    Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said that for the UK, the “bulk of the pandemic as an emergency is behind us.”
    COVID-19 is still expected to remain a major contributor to illness and death for years to come, much like other endemic illnesses such as malaria.
    “Endemic does not mean benign,” Van Kerkhove said.
    Some experts say the virus will eventually behave more like measles, which still causes outbreaks in populations where vaccination coverage is low.
    Others see COVID-19 becoming more a seasonal respiratory disease such as influenza.    Or, the virus could become less of a killer, affecting mostly children, but that could take decades, some said.
    Imperial College’s Ferguson expects above-average deaths in the UK from respiratory disease due to COVID-19 for the next two-to-five years, but said it is unlikely to overwhelm health systems or require social distancing be reimposed.
    “It’s going to be a gradual evolution,” Ferguson said.    “We’re going to be dealing with this as a more persistent virus.”
    Trevor Bedford, a computational virologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center who has been tracking the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, sees a milder winter wave in the United States followed by a transition to endemic disease in 2022-2023.    He is projecting 50,000 to 100,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths a year, on top of an estimated 30,000 annual deaths from flu.
    The virus will likely continue to mutate, requiring annual booster shots tailored to the latest circulating variants, Bedford said.
    If a seasonal COVID scenario plays out, in which the virus circulates in tandem with the flu, both Gottlieb and Murray expect it to have a significant impact on healthcare systems.
    "It’ll be an issue for hospital planners, like how do you deal with the COVID and flu surges in winter,” Murray said.    “But the era of … massive public intervention in people’s lives through mandates, that part I believe will be done after this winter surge.”
    Richard Hatchett, chief executive of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, said with some countries well protected by vaccines while others have virtually none, the world remains vulnerable.
    “What keeps me up at night about COVID is the concern that we could have a variant emerge that evades our vaccines and evades immunity from prior infection,” Hatchett said.    “That would be like a new COVID pandemic emerging even while we’re still in the old one.”
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Bill Berkrot)

11/3/2021 COVID-19 Has Retreated Across The Americas, Regional Health Agency Says by Anthony Boadle
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during a
vaccination campaign inside the University of Santiago, Chile June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
    BRASILIA (Reuters) -COVID-19 deaths and infections have declined across the Americas for the 8th consecutive week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, warning that a very high percentage of hospitalized cases now are unvaccinated people.
    In North America, all three countries reported drops in weekly cases and deaths, and there has been a notable decline in hospitalizations in the United States and Canada, PAHO said, with similar declines in South and Central America.
    The regional health branch of the World Health Organization said 46% of the Latin American and Caribbean population have been fully vaccinated, and a majority of countries have already reached the WHO’s 40% vaccination coverage target set for the end of the year.
    “Vaccine inequity remains the biggest barrier to reaching our coverage targets,” PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said in a briefing.
    Given the limited supply of vaccines, he urged authorities to prioritize the elderly, frontline workers, and people with pre-existing conditions, to protect them and also to prevent health systems from becoming overburdened with severe cases.
    PAHO recommends providing booster doses to people who are immunocompromised, including cancer patients, HIV positive individuals, patients on corticoids and transplant recipients.
    PAHO said people over the age of 60 who received inactivated virus vaccines made by China’s Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm should also get booster shots.
    Barbosa dismissed as “fake news” the view that people who had coronavirus are immune to COVID-19 and do not need to get vaccinated.    He pointed to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control study published on Friday that found people who are not vaccinated but previously tested positive are 5.49 times more likely to get reinfected than those who are fully vaccinated.
    In Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic who caught COVID-19 in July 2020, has said he is immune and has no need for a vaccine.
    “That is not true. It is fake news,” Barbosa said.    “The protection the disease gives you naturally is insufficient and people can get infected with the new variants,” he said.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Giles Elgood)

11/3/2021 China Unlikely To Try To Militarily Seize Taiwan In Near Future, Top U.S. General
FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley, responds to questions during
a House Armed Services Committee hearing on "Ending the U.S. Military Mission in Afghanistan" in the Rayburn
House Office Building in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is unlikely to try to militarily seize Taiwan in the next couple of years, even as its military develops capabilities that would enable forcibly retaking the self-ruled island, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.
    Based on my analysis of China, I don’t think that it is likely in the near future — being defined as, you know, six, 12, maybe 24 months, that kind of window,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Aspen Security Forum, when asked if China was preparing to make a move on Taiwan in the near future.
    “Having said that, though, the Chinese are clearly and unambiguously building the capability to provide those options to the national leadership if they so choose at some point in the future.    But near future?    Probably not.    But anything can happen.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

11/3/2021 House GOP Leaders Slam Democrat Policies by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington o( J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ AP PHOTO)
    The gloves came off when House GOP leaders held a live stakeout during a key Election Day.    The press conference kicked off Tuesday with the chair of the House republican conference, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), citing Joe Biden’s unpopularity in a recent NBC poll.
    “We’re just nine months into Joe Biden’s Presidency and 71 percent of Americans say this country is headed into the wrong direction,” she stated.    “In Joe Biden and House Democrats’ America, it’s crisis after crisis and American people are taking notice.”
    The third-ranking House Republican named multiple subjects in which those polled largely favored Republicans over Democrats.    The majority of those polled trusted Republicans in key issues such as border security, inflation and national security.    Based on the poll numbers, Stefanik took a jab at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by calling her a lame duck speaker.
    Eventually, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took the stage to highlight how rapidly Americans are bearing the brunt of Biden’s bad decisions.    Scalise pointed out the hypocrisy of Biden’s COP26 visit and how out of touch his administration is with the American people.
    “…Jet off to Europe in planes that are fueled by jet fuel, which is fossil fuels, to try to tell other people around the world that we shouldn’t use fossil fuels,” he noted.    “And then ironically, the two biggest emitters, China [and] Russia, are exempt.    They’re not even going to be participating in this folly in Europe.”
President Joe Biden listens to a question during a news conference at the COP26 U.N.
Climate Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Scalise also called Biden’s vaccine mandates nonsensical for thinning out already strained industries.    The minority whip even inferred the mandates were a strategy to defund the police.
    “You’re seeing police officers get fired and don’t make any mistake about it, this is part of their defunding the police strategy,” he stated.    “When you look at some of the states where they know they want to defund the police, but they also know the public is against defunding the police, they know that if they put a vaccine mandate in place about 20 percent of the police officers and firefighters will ultimately get fired.”

11/3/2021 Republican Glenn Youngkin Wins Va. Gubernatorial Race by OAN Newsroom
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Republican Glenn Youngkin delivered a victory speech after the tight race for Virginia’s governor.    He outlined his plan for the state while speaking in Chantilly early Wednesday morning, Youngkin wasted no time in addressing the needs of the people.
    “Together, we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth and friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one,” stated the newly elected governor.
    The Republican asserted he would restore excellence in schools throughout the state.
    “We will invest the largest education budget in the history of the commonwealth,” he noted.    “We’re going to invest in teachers, new facilities, special education.    We’re going to introduce choice within our public school system.”
    Additionally, the 54-year-old also promised to protect law enforcement funding.
    “We are going to keep our communities safe, we’re going to comprehensively fund law enforcement because they stand up for us and we are going to stand up for them,” he stated.    “Higher salaries, better equipment, more training, programs like unity in the community to work to build trust between law enforcement and those they protect and serve.”
    The Associated Press called the race on Tuesday, saying Youngkin pulled ahead of his Democrat competitor, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, with 51 percent of the vote.    The race had been considered a national bellwether that could give a glimpse into the 2022 midterm elections.
    McAuliffe conceded the gubernatorial race to his republican successor in a statement released Wednesday.    The Democrat congratulated Youngkin for his victory and wished the best to him and his family.
    McAuliffe was vying to earn a second term in the governor’s office after previously serving from 2014 to 2018.    despite the loss, McAuliffe said he will never stop fighting to make Virginia stronger and brighter for all.
    Youngkin will succeed outgoing Governor Ralph Northam in 2022.

11/3/2021 Trump Celebrates Youngkin’s Win As Newest Va. Governor, Victory Predictor For Midterms by OAN Newsroom
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin speaks at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The 45th president gave himself a pat on the back for helping Republican Glenn Youngkin get elected in Virginia.    Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday, thanking his base for showing up to the polls and voting for the Republican.    He noted, if it was not for his supporters Youngkin would not have been close to winning.
    Youngkin welcomed Trump’s endorsement during his bid, but never campaigned with him.    He said the MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before while thanking those in the commonwealth of Virginia as well as the MAGA voters.
    The 45th president went on to ensure that Youngkin will be a great governor.    Meanwhile, this huge GOP win in Virginia is a indicator of what may happen in the 2022 midterm elections.
    In an interview Tuesday, GOP pollster Frank Luntz said Republicans will try to keep the momentum going as Democrats face a rough road ahead.    The pollster added, the outcome of Virginia’s off-year election is usually a predictor of which party will be victorious in the following year’s midterms.
    “There have been four times when the party that has been on the outs has won the House from the predicted incumbents; four times in the 50 years,” he explained.    “Every one of those four times, 100 percent Virginia has predicted the outcome.”…The Vice President (Kamala Harris) herself said that Virginia is going to tell what’s going to happen in 2022.”
    Luntz went on to say the GOP’s victory in Virginia is a huge wake up call for Democrats as they push for higher spending and policies which will raise taxes.

11/3/2021 McConnell: Biden Proposal To Give Illegal Immigrants $1M Sounds Like It Was A Parody Created By GOP by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 02: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on during a press availability following the republican caucus
luncheon at the United States Capitol on November 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into Joe Biden’s reported plan to pay out millions to illegal immigrants separated under President Trump.    On the Senate floor Monday, McConnell said Biden is further incentivizing illegal immigration with six-to-seven figure checks.
    “Honestly, this absurd idea feels like satirical policy proposal that Republicans would’ve invented to make a parody out of the radical left.    And the next thing, you know, they’ll be sending out million-dollar checks to illegal immigrants.    But this is literally what the Biden administration wants to do according to reports that they have not denied,” said McConnell.
    Last week, the Biden administration announced a program to give around $450,000, or up to $1 million, to separated immigrants whose children suffer from psychological trauma.    McConnell pointed out this comes at a time when American taxpayers are barely scraping by amid Biden’s economic policies.
    “The American people are hurting,” expressed McConnell.    “Inflation just hit another 30-year record high, families are paying skyrocketing prices for everyday needs, the murder rate across the country just recorded its biggest jump ever…but here’s what the Biden administration is focused on, handing out six-figure and seven-figure payments to illegal immigrants.”
    The Kentucky Republican stressed Democrats who are advocating for compassionate immigration policies are in turn getting a weaker border.
    “They think compassion requires weakness, weak security, weak enforcement, weak on upholding the rule of law, and now apparently we’re a cruel country unless we hand out a million dollars per family to illegal immigrants who sue America.    But the entire concept is dead wrong,” said McConnell.    “It is not compassionate to lure people from all over the world through dangerous journeys with a promise of open borders, socialism.    In fact, the government paying out six-figure sums that multiply with every additional child in toe will only incentivize the riskiest and most dangerous kinds of illegal immigration.    We will be guaranteeing that even more children are dragged along the dangerous journey.”
    McConnell asserted that rewarding financial payments to illegal immigrants who have violated federal law by breaking into the U.S., will only encourage more lawlessness at the border.
    Meanwhile, 11 other Republican senators wrote a letter to Biden urging him to reject the potential payouts.

11/3/2021 200 GOP Lawmakers Tell Biden Not To Reopen Jerusalem Consulate For Palestinian Groups by OAN Newsroom
Israelis hold signs and flags during a protest against the possible reopening of the American consulate in front of
the site of the former consulate, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. U. S. President Joe Biden promised in his
election campaign to reopen the consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
    Republican lawmakers are warning Joe Biden against reopening a U.S. consulate for Palestinian groups in Jerusalem.    In a letter to Biden on Tuesday, 200 congressional Republicans stressed the U.S. is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and reopening a consulate for the Palestinian authority would strain U.S.-Israeli ties.
    Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) argued the first U.S. diplomatic mission in Jerusalem opened in 1844 and it was not designed as outreach to Palestinians.    Republicans added, the U.S. already has an embassy in Jerusalem.
    Israeli officials are also warning Biden against opening a Palestinian consulate. When asked if this was something officials were willing to sign off on, Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar said, “I want to make it very clear, we oppose it.”
    The State Department has yet to comment whether it’s possible to open a diplomatic mission overseas amid objections by the host country.
    DANIEL 9:27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
    The biggest problem is Joe BIden is so bone-headed to do stupid things and after the last 8 things he has done that have failed badly that he may do it thinking it was important to do it since Trump had a connection to it or worse Satan told him to do it for that very reason to implement the prophecy

11/3/2021 Sen. Cotton Slams Childless Leftists For Trying To Control Americans by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) questions U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland
as he testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about oversight of the Department
of Justice on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) weighed in yet again on the left’s growing influence on public schools.
    During an interview on Monday, the Arkansas Republican pointed out bureaucrats are trying to convince parents that they know what’s best for their kids despite not having children themselves.
    “In some cases, [they] don’t even have kids. Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Teacher’s Federation, the biggest teacher’s organization in America, doesn’t even have children of her own, yet she presumes to dictate to parents about how they should care for their kids, about what they should think about their kids’ own education.    It’s just a perfect example of the modern left and their bureaucratic mindset about how they know better than everyone,” said Cotton.
    Last week, Randi Weingarten, the head of the nation’s biggest teacher’s organization, praised an op-ed titled “Parents Claim They Have the Right to Shape Their Kids’ School Curriculum…They Don’t.”    However, Cotton stressed parents’ growing concern about what their children are being taught behind closed doors is justified.
    On the other hand, Cotton noted that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe had dismissed concerns about public schools, yet is known to send his own children to expensive private schools that average Americans can’t afford.
    Cotton warned the left will continue pushing for further centralization of control, planning and power over all aspects of American life.    Although, he suggested parents are making a huge difference simply by standing up for their right to have control over their children’s education and upbringing.

11/3/2021 GOP Senators Demand NDAA Be Brought To The Floor by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) speaks to reporters following Senate Republican
Policy luncheons at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Senate Republicans criticized Joe Biden’s plan to remove all troops from Afghanistan by September 11,
which has been delayed from its initial deadline of May 1. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
    Senate Republicans are demanding action on bipartisan legislation to support U.S. troops and strengthen national defense.    During a press conference on Tuesday, the bipartisan group asserted the country is in the most endangered position it has ever been in.
    They referred to China, Russia, North Korea and Iran’s military capabilities, saying national security must be made a top priority. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s ranking member, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), relayed their main message and called on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to bring the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act up for a vote.
    Inhofe said he believes the NDAA is the most important bill passed every year.    The legislation provides funding to the Pentagon, as well as the Department of Energy.
    Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker (R) urged Schumer to take action on the bill in the near future.
    Meanwhile, GOP senators say Schumer hasn’t devoted any time to the NDAA, insinuating the military is a low priority for him and other Democrat leaders.
    The NDAA for 2022 imposes specific focus on modernizing the country’s nuclear triad.    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) added it’s about presenting America’s strength.
    Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) voiced frustration over the act being placed on the backburner, suggesting it’s blatant hypocrisy.
    “How can you support our troops, or say you support our troops, and authorize the budget,” asked Tuberville.
    The group is now asking for floor time and said the reason they haven’t gotten it is clear.
    “Why is it that Chuck Schumer is not bringing this bill forward?    The reason is because it is not a priority for him, and it’s not a priority for the Democrat Party.    They would rather be talking about climate change and social programs than fulfilling a constitutional duty,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
    The House passed its version of the bill in September and the Senate Armed Services Committee passed their version in July, but still the full Senate has yet to take it up.    Meanwhile, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) says Democrats have been preoccupied with their tax and spend policies and have overlooked and ignored some of the basic responsibilities of governing.

11/3/2021 GOP Senators Ask GAO To Tally Biden’s Carbon Emissions At ‘Climate Summit’ In Glasgow by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Edinburgh Airport after attending the UN Climate
Change Conference COP26, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Republican lawmakers are requesting information on carbon emissions used to transport government officials to the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
    In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with two others, said Joe Biden and 13 members of his cabinet used jets to travel to the Glasgow climate summit.    The lawmakers said Democrat officials also used extensive motorcades to travel around the town while visiting.
    Republicans said this shows the hypocrisy of Democrat officials trying to restrict travel for everyone else due to so-called climate change, but enjoying carbon-based transportation themselves.
    Republican senators are now asking the GAO to calculate the “total amount of carbon emissions” resulting from Biden’s travel to the Glasgo’ summit.

11/3/2021 Sen. Braun, Colleagues Challenge Biden’s Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 07: U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) speaks to members of the press
at the U.S. Capitol October 7, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Indiana Sen. Mike Braun (R) takes the lead to challenge Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses.
    Braun led an official challenge against the federal vaccine mandate for businesses across the nation, a law he said is a “vast overstep of authority by the federal government.”    Backed by 40 other Senate Republicans, Braun announced the initiative Wednesday in D.C., asking all his fellow senators to join him in disapproving and nullifying Biden’s vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act.
    The vaccinated businessman said he believes getting the shot should be a personal medical decision for every American and hopes this action will help protect the liberties of millions of Americans in the private sector workforce.
    Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) voiced his concern over the unfavorable law after encouraging businesses not to terminate employees who refuse to comply with the order.    Sullivan previously sent a letter to the White House asking the Biden administration to clarify potential flexibility on the Dec. 8 deadline and is determined this initiative led by Braun is a step closer to getting rid of the federal law.
    The White House is officially expected to issue a rule this week to mandate vaccination requirements for businesses with more than 100 workers, which may spell trouble for the estimated 80 million Americans who have not yet gotten their first shot.

11/3/2021 Gov. DeSantis Unveils New Agency To Probe Election Fraud by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks the crowd “How about Virginia,” as he arrives at an event in West Palm Beach, Fla., to
announce proposed election reform laws, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced new measures to protect election integrity and defend constitutional freedoms in his state at an event in West Palm Beach.
    In a news conference on Wednesday, the governor said he has established a new law enforcement agency to investigate all reports and evidence of election fraud.    DeSantis said the new agency will look into illegal ballot harvesting, ballot dumping and other types of election crimes.
    He also stressed Florida has increased criminal penalties for tampering with elections.
    “If you see somebody brings a stack of ballots and they’re stuffing them in a drop box, you have a place that will field these complaints and will immediately be able to investigate and hold them accountable,” said DeSantis.    A news release said the Office of Election Crimes and Security would be formed “within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud.”
    Meanwhile, DeSantis also stressed he’s ramping up the fight against vaccine mandates in order to protect the jobs and livelihoods of all Floridians.

11/3/2021 Rep. McCarthy: Today Is A Wake Up Call For Washington Democrats by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 03: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) holds a news conference to talk about
Republican victories in Tuesday’s elections with members of the Virginia delegation, including (L-R) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.),
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Va.), Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) and Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.), in the U.S. Capitol Visitors
Center on November 03, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    House Republicans reflect on Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
    During a press conference on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Youngkin’s win a “wake up call for Washington Democrats.”    McCarthy pointed out crime rates across the U.S. have risen in cities where Democrats have pushed to defund the police.    McCarthy also suggested Youngkin’s victory is a sign Republicans could flip more than 60 Democrat held seats in the lower chamber in the 2022 midterms.
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called the results of Virginia’s governor’s race “encouraging” and called out congressional Democrats for supporting “big government socialism.”
    “It was so encouraging to see people take their government back,” said Scalise.    “And that’s what you saw last night, and yet here in Washington the same big government socialists who were rejected in states like Virginia, are doubling down on their failed policies.    Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi did not get the message from what happened last night.    Now, maybe more of their members will look in the mirror and say I don’t want to be the next Terry McAuliffe, but if they keep voting for big government socialism, they’re gonna go the same way as Terry McAuliffe.”
    Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow (R) then touched on the importance of education and putting students first.    GOP lawmakers closed the conference by saying Youngkin’s win is indicative of the issues that matter most to the American people.

11/3/2021 Rep. Crenshaw Discusses Critical Race Theory With Daily Show’s Trevor Noah by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AUGUST 30: Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) speaks about the American military
withdrawal in Afghanistan, during a meeting with House Republicans, including those who
served in the military, on August 30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) entered the lion’s den to debate critical race theory on the liberal talk show “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah.    The pair talked about a range of topics during Crenshaw’s appearance this week, starting with their view points as people who have lived outside the U.S.
    Crenshaw said his upbringing helped him appreciate America and showed him there is no other place like it to which Noah agreed.    They went on to discuss topics such as immigration, cancel culture and critical race theory.
    The Texas Republican said critical race theory is a misrepresentation of history, which led to the two offering differing opinions.
    “If you’re teaching white students that they’re evil…when a child has to come home and say ‘Mom, am I evil because I’m white?’ or a Black student has to say ‘Am I disempowered, am I automatically disempowered and at a disadvantage because I’m Black,’ that’s bad.    You’re setting that Black student up for basically to be imprisoned by the sense of despair for the rest of their life,” mentioned Crenshaw.
    Noah responded stating, “there’s a difference, I feel, between telling somebody where they are or what obstacles they may face, and victim mentality.    And I think there’s a difference between the two.”
    In the end, the pair acknowledged their differing views and shook hands.

11/3/2021 Leading Democrat Adam Schiff Urges Less U.S. Ambiguity Over Taiwan Defense
FILE PHOTO: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) arrives for a national security briefing before members of
the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the influential House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday urged the Biden administration to be less ambiguous about what he called a U.S. obligation to defend Taiwan from attack by China.
    “I think probably less ambiguity is better than more ambiguity,” Democrat Adam Schiff told the Aspen Security Forum, referring to a long-held policy of strategic ambiguity over U.S. military intervention in the event of an attack.
    “We need to be much clearer about our obligation to defend Taiwan,” he said.
    Washington needed to work with international partners “to make it abundantly clear to China what a significant cost it would pay were it to use force to try to invade and take over Taiwan,” he said.
    Citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, Schiff said that without stronger international deterrence, “China and Russia will feel that in this century, it is once again permissible to remake the map of the world by dint of military force.”
    Schiff said China needed to understand from the United States and its allies that the economic consequences of attacking Taiwan would be too great for it to bear, adding: “That, I think, may be the most effective deterrent.”
    While urging greater clarity about the U.S. response, Schiff said there was “a fine line to walk in when we talk about coming to Taiwan’s military aid.”
    “We don’t want to make any pronouncement that will accelerate Chinese thinking or timetable in terms of using military force against Taiwan,” he said.
    Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden caused a stir last month when he said the United States, which is obliged by a 1979 law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, would come to Taiwan’s defense if China attacked.
    Those remarks appeared to depart from strategic ambiguity, but the White House quickly said Biden was not signaling a change in policy, and some analysts dismissed his comments as a gaffe.
    The top U.S. general, Mark Milley, told the Aspen forum on Wednesday that China was unlikely to try to seize Taiwan militarily in the next couple of years, even as it develops capabilities that would enable forcibly retaking the self-ruled island.    “But anything can happen,” he added.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Howard Goller)

11/4/2021 Oil down $2.78 to $80.22, DOW up 102 to 36,155.

11/4/2021 Mexican Congress Pushes Back Debate On Power Bill Into 2022
FILE PHOTO: A general view shows high voltage power lines owned by Mexico's state-run
electric utility known as the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), in Santa Catarina, on the
outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party on Wednesday pushed back into next year debate on a constitutional overhaul of the electricity market, eyeing possible approval after a recall vote on the president’s mandate planned for March.
    The reform pitched by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador foresees giving state power utility the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) over half of the market and putting it in charge of setting terms for private generators.
    Private sector business leaders and foreign officials, including from the United States, have expressed concern the bill could deter private investment in generation, as well as be in breach of Mexico’s international trade commitments.
    Leaders of Lopez Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and their congressional allies agreed to seek passage of the legislation by mid-April.    The next regular session of Congress is due to finish at the end of April.
    “We proposed concluding the reform process, which includes approval in the chamber of deputies, senators and at least 17 local congresses, no later than April 15.    We urge the owners and executives of generating firms to participate in the debate,” MORENA’s lower house leader Ignacio Mier said on Twitter.
    The bill requires a two-thirds majority to pass Congress.
    Lopez Obrador plans in March to hold a recall vote on his six-year term in order to bolster his democratic mandate.    Opinion polls suggest he should win such a referendum with ease.
    A senior MORENA politician told Reuters the party believed that a Lopez Obrador victory in that vote could lend momentum to its efforts to secure the constitutional change, which will require opposition support that so far has not materialized.
(Reporting by Cassandra Garrison and Dave Graham; Editing by Robert Birsel)

11/4/2021 Clutching Graveyard Crosses, Hundreds Protest Violence Against Women In Mexico
Relatives and friends of victims of femicide hold a march called "Voices of the Absence" in memory of their
loved ones and to demand justice in Mexico City, Mexico, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Holding aloft crosses bearing the names of murdered women, hundreds of people marched in Mexico’s capital on Wednesday to protest violence against women amidst a steady nationwide increase in femicides.
    Chanting “We are your voice,” organizers used megaphones to read out the names of murdered women in downtown Mexico City.
    The “Day of Dead Women” march took place a day after Mexico’s national holiday Day of the Dead.
    About 500 people took part in the protest, according to a Reuters witness.
    Some 762 women were murdered between January and September this year, a 5% rise from the same period in 2020, according to government data published in October.
    The recent uptick continues the 130% increase in femicides from 2015 to 2020 that has sparked widespread protests calling for urgent action to stop the violence.
    From 2015 to 2018, the year President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office, annual femicides went from 427 to over 900 and have only increased each year of his administration.
    Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez earlier in the day touted a decline in femicides between August and September this year, adding the government has opened 73 centers for women’s justice across Mexico to help female victims of violence.
    Emergency calls related to violence against women in Mexico rose more than 30% in 2020, as COVID-19 lockdowns kept families stuck at home.
    In March, protesters wrote the names of femicide victims on barricades erected outside the National Palace and clashed with riot police on International Women’s Day.
(Reporting by Jake Kincaid; Editing by Drazen Jorgic and Karishma Singh)

11/4/2021 Rep. McCarthy: Democrats Are Tone-Deaf If They Pass Reconciliation Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 03: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) holds a news conference to talk about Republican victories
in Tuesday’s elections with members of the Virginia delegation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said if Democrats move forward with reconciliation, they are deaf to the expectations of Americans.
    During an interview on Wednesday, McCarthy said Democrats’ recent losses have made it clear that Americans are tired of their multi-trillion dollar spending packages.    This comes less than a week after Kamala Harris said what happens in Virginia will determine a lot of what happens in 2022 and 2024.
    McCarthy added Terry McAuliffe’s loss in Virginia should be a wake-up call and predicted Democrats will continue to lose seats.    Meanwhile, he and other House Republicans reflected on Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
    McCarthy pointed out how crime rates across the U.S. have risen in cities where Democrats have pushed to defund the police.    He also noted how Youngkin is a great leader because he listens to Americans and urged the left to do the same and stop pushing failed policies.
    "Today is a wake-up call for Washington Democrats.    To abandon the partisanship, the extremist agenda of Washington based programs that cost trillions of dollars and have programs that nobody even wants." – @GOPLeader
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 3, 2021
    McCarthy suggested Youngkin’s victory is a sign Republicans could flip more than 60 Democrat held seats in the lower chamber when it comes to the 2022 midterms.
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called the results of Virginia’s governor’s race “encouraging” and called out congressional Democrats for supporting “big government socialism.”    In addition, Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow (R) touched on the importance of education and putting students first.
    GOP lawmakers closed the conference on Wednesday by saying Youngkin’s win is indicative of the issues that matter most to the American people.

11/4/2021 Sen. Paul: Fauci Continues To Lie About NIH Funding Of Wuhan Experiments by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 04: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questions National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions Committee about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Dirksen Senate Office
Building on Capitol Hill on November 04, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is yet again urging Dr. Anthony Fauci to admit to National Institutes of Health funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.
    “We’re not going to get anywhere close to trying to prevent another lab leak of this dangerous sort of experiment.    You won’t admit that it’s dangerous.    And for that lack of judgement, I think it’s time for you to resign,” Paul told Fauci.
    During a Senate hearing on Thursday, Paul cited evidence that Wuhan scientists created viruses that don’t exist in nature.    They also reportedly worked on making viruses more infectious.
    The senator said Fauci’s NIH changed the definition of gain-of-function once its involvement was revealed.    Paul referenced the altering of the definition on the NIH’s website that originally defined that sort of research as “a type of research the modifies a biological agent so that it confers new or enhanced activity to that agent.”
    “The preponderance of evidence now points towards this coming from the lab.    And what you’ve done is change the definition on your website to try and cover your a** basically.    That’s what you’ve done, you changed the website to try to have a new definition that doesn’t include the risky research that’s going on.    Until you admit that it’s risky, we’re not going to get anywhere,” Paul stated.
    Sen. Paul pointed out the NIH has admitted it funded those experiments through EcoHealth Alliance.    In response, Fauci again refused to acknowledge those concerns.

11/4/2021 Senate Confirms Thomas Nides As Ambassador To Israel by OAN Newsroom
Thomas Nides, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley and former Deputy Secretary of the State Department, meets U.S. veterans on December 13, 2014,
in Bastogne, during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. (ANTHONY DEHEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Senate has confirmed Thomas Nides to serve as ambassador to Israel.    Nides was confirmed in a voice vote on Wednesday.
    He was nominated by Joe Biden back in June and approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month.    Nides is the Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley and previously served as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources in the Obama administration.
    Israel’s ambassador to the UN offered his congratulations to Nides in a tweet.    It read, “I wish you much success in your role and a fruitful tenure at the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.    I’m sure that you will further strengthen the special bond between Israel and the U.S.”
    Nides has said preserving Israel’s security serves U.S. national security interest and ensures the nation has a strong, reliable and secure partner.    He affirmed the U.S. is committed “to advancing the bonds between our people” and added “Biden announced we will work with Israel in hopes of them joining the visa waiver program.”
    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee also offered congratulations to the newest ambassador stating, “we congratulate Thomas Nides on his confirmation as U.S. ambassador to Israel.    We wish him great success in this critical position.”

11/4/2021 GOP Senators Challenge Biden’s Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., arrives for a vote on Capitol Hill,
Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Members of the U.S. Senate launched a challenge to rollback Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for large businesses.    During a news conference Wednesday, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said he’s joined 40 others to formally disapprove and nullify the vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act.
    “Isn’t the question: who is best to decide whether or not a person should be vaccinated other than that person in consultation with his or her position?” asked the Republican lawmaker.    “No one would think it’s the best result to have something in Washington D.C. dictate whether you or a member of your family must be vaccinated.”
    Moran stressed the measure is a vast overstep of authority of what should be a personal medical decision for every American.    He explained that if Biden decides to halt the mandate, it will only benefit Americans still struggling from the coronavirus pandemic.
    “The consequences [of the vaccine mandate[ that it has to individuals, to workers who are contemplating what life will be like without their current job,” he continued.    “And secondly, their employer who desperately needs them be at work…I would ask the President to not be tone deaf…step forward and alter this, eliminate this mandate and let the decisions be made back home.”
    Under the Congressional Review Act, the lawmakers seek to overturn the order for employers with 100 or more employees to have workers vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers.
    This comes after Republican senators wrote a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) expressing their intent to block federal funding for the potential COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) also weighed in on the unfavorable measure, saying it’s unfair for hard-working Americans who put their life on the line to help from the very beginning of the pandemic.    He stressed they will perceive it as betrayal for being left without a job when they were expected to report to the frontlines when the virus swept the country.
    “You know, it was just months ago that we asked heroes to run to the sound of this battle, to this epidemic,” Marshall stated.    “A time when we didn’t know what the consequences were, with the morbidity and the mortality was from this virus.    We asked nurses and health care workers, emergency responders to run to the sound of this battle…and those people feel like they are about to get a slap in the face.    That they are no longer essential employees, obviously.”
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the new rules under the Labor Department Thursday, saying all businesses with 100 employees or more must make sure their workers are vaccinated by January 4.
    If employees maintain their right to choose whether to get the vaccine or not, they must wear masks by December 5 and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test after the January 4 deadline.    Not only are employees expected to comply with these tyrannical requirements, the companies are not required to pay for those weekly tests.    This means the cost will come out of the worker’s pocket.
    The move follows an announcement by Biden back in September in which expressed intent to increase vaccination rates and reduce the risk of exposure.    This mandate is expected to impact over 8 million Americans who have chosen not to get the vaccine.

11/4/2021 Professor Weighs In On Democrat Defeats by OAN Newsroom
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin holds a broom as he greets supporters at an election night party in
Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrats may control the White House, but Republican campaigns built back better.    The party won the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and a majority of the General Assembly in Virginia on Tuesday.    They also came within one percent of taking the governor’s mansion in New Jersey.
    These are two states Joe Biden won by 10-points and 16-points respectively in 2020.    Though some could brush these outcomes as a fluke, University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato believes this may be a sign of things to come.
    “This is a very high DEFCON rating for Democrats, that’s what this small midterm election was,” he stated.    “And unless Democrats have a major course correction in the White House and Congress, it’s going to be the same DEFCON rating next year for the midterm elections nationally.”
    Sabato believes the elections were a referendum for democrats on a federal level.
    “I would say Joe Biden’s low ratings and the absolute inability of the Democrats in Congress to get their act together and to do so in the most embarrassing way possible in public…had an impact,” he continued.    “There’s no question, it depressed the Democratic vote. And the Republican vote, meanwhile, was sky high.”
    Sabato, a critic of President Donald Trump, believes the 45th president would have hurt Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin had he been heavily involved in the campaign.    He believes the Youngkin campaign courted Trump in a way future campaigns could emulate for success moving forward.
    “They have to keep Trump’s voters on their side by not being too offensive to Trump, but at the same time, in order to win the independents and to win enough votes maybe even from a slice of Democrats, they have to keep Trump, I would say, more than arm’s length,” said the professor.
    Sabato now looks for the Democrats to develop a new strategy in next year’s midterms.    If they don’t, he believes they may suffer defeats similar to Terry McAuliffe.

11/4/2021 Biden Reacts To Reports Of Migrant Family Payments by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciudad Acuna, some to
avoid possible deportation from the U.S. and others to get supplies on Sept. 22, 2021. In September, about 15,000
mostly Haitian migrants camped in the small Texas border town of Del Rio. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
    Joe Biden denied plans for $450,000 payments to migrant families separated at the border, saying it’s “not going to happen.”    During a press conference in D.C. Wednesday, he called the plan “garbage.”
    His remarks came after reports circulated that his administration planned to pay taxpayer money to illegal immigrants separated from their families at the border under the Trump administration.    When asked if his plan would incentivize illegal immigrants, Biden said “yes” if it were true but it’s not.
    While Biden denied the plan, the Wall Street Journal citied anonymous sources in an October article who claimed Biden was planning the big payout to resolve lawsuits on behalf of illegal immigrant families.
    The ACLU has maintained Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his own Department of Justice.    They claim he would be abandoning his campaign promise to provide justice for thousands of separated families if he doesn’t follow through with the plan.

11/4/2021 Democrat Phil Murphy Projected Winner In N.J. Governor Race by OAN Newsroom
New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy delivers his victory speech in front of supporters at Convention Hall, after winning
the gubernatorial race against Jack Ciattarelli Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Asbury Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
    The gubernatorial race in New Jersey has come to a close with voters narrowly re-electing Democrat Phil Murphy as governor.    The New York Times, CBS, ABC and NBC have now*all called the race for Murphy.
    The race was won by razor-thin margins being decided within around a single percentage point.    This makes Murphy the first Democrat to win re-election since 1977.    His republican challenger, Jack Ciaterelli, has yet to concede the race.    Ciattarelli flipped counties Murphy won four years ago and Joe Biden won just a year ago to keep it too close to call for awhile.
    The Republican Party of New Jersey called out mainstream media for claiming an early election victory for incumbent Murphy.    In a statement on Wednesday, the GOP said was irresponsible of the media to proclaim a winner in a race where ballots were still being counted.    New Jersey Republicans stressed they would fight for every single legal vote.
    Meanwhile, government watchdog group Project Veritas released undercover footage of gubernatorial election workers allowing a self-proclaimed non-citizen to still cast a vote in the election despite him admitting that he was not registered to vote.
    The RNC sent 20 lawyers to New Jersey as the vote count continued.    On Wednesday, the New jersey GOP said the RNC legal team would help the campaign of Ciattarelli make sure the election is free and fair.    Garden State Republicans said they are prepared to go to court over any potential irregularities or violations in the voting and counting process.
    The GOP has already gained at least six seats in the State Assembly as well as several Senate seats.

11/4/2021 Biden Vaccine Mandate For Businesses Gets Jan. 4 Deadline by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden talks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 from the South
Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Businesses have until just after the holiday season to get their employees vaccinated.    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the new rules under the Labor Department Thursday, saying all businesses with 100 employees or more must make sure their workers are vaccinated by January 4.
    Biden is FORCING his unconstitutional vaccine mandates on private businesses.    He is taking away 84 million Americans’ freedom to choose for their families.    This is nothing more than an authoritarian power grab! Government overreach at its WORST! — Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)
    If employees maintain their right to choose whether to get the vaccine or not, they must wear masks by December 5 and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test after the January 4 deadline.    Not only are employees expected to comply with these tyrannical requirements, the companies are not required to pay for those weekly tests.    This means the cost will come out of the worker’s pocket.
    Many Republicans are blasting Joe Biden’s order as government overreach and an an “unlawful” push against working Americans.    For instance, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said it’s not the government’s role to force people into getting vaccinated or lose their jobs.    He went on to call the measure “cruel, immoral and wrong.”
    “Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots.    On a principal basis, we have the responsibility to stand up for people’s individual rights and individual freedoms, and make sure…people can make those decisions,” — Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
    The GOP has continued to push back against Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates. Republican leaders have taken a stand against such measures since they were first announced back in September as well as against those imposed by Democrat figures and large corporations following his lead since.
    Officials have argued no entity has the right to spy on a citizen’s personal health information, while also adding that requiring someone to disclose their vaccine status or be fired is discrimination.

11/4/2021 SCOTUS Hears Arguments In Major Second Amendment Case by OAN Newsroom
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through a metal baracade on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court
is set to hear arguments in a gun rights case that centers on New York’s restrictive gun permit law and whether
limits the state has placed on carrying a gun in public violate the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in what many consider to be the most significant Second Amendment case in over a decade.    Justices considered New York’s so-called “proper cause law” on Wednesday, which requires applicants to demonstrate a special need for self-defense to qualify for an unrestricted concealed carry license.
    Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general representing two New York residents who were denied unrestricted carry licenses, argued the law violates the Second Amendment in that citizens need to satisfy a government official to exercise their constitutional right.
    Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that it seems inconsistent with an objective constitutional right if it’s dependent upon the discretion of an individual licensing officer.
    “On the standard particular to them, why isn’t it good enough to say ‘I live in a violent area and I want to be able to defend myself?'” asked the Supreme Court Justice.
    A decision in the case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, is expected in the summer of 2022.

11/4/2021 Gov. DeSantis: Fla. Will Fight Biden’s Unconstitutional OSHA Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at the
Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) lays out a plan to fight Joe Biden’s OSHA mandate to force vaccinate private business employees by Jan. 4.
    Talking to reporters on Thursday, DeSantis said Biden has no authority to impose medical mandates on private businesses, which amounts to yet another instance of federal overreach.
    “The state of Florida’s gonna respond and we will combat the OSHA rule as soon as it’s published.    The state of Florida will be joining Georgia and Alabama, as well as private plaintiffs to file a suit,” said the Republican governor.
    He also pointed out private sector employers can be held liable for adverse effects of COVID vaccines under existing OSHA rules.    Earlier in the day, DeSantis stressed the vaccine mandate will further dampen employment numbers and hurt the U.S. economy.
    DeSantis alluded to the fact that the federal government is abusing their power asking, “at what point does the federal government have the limit to their power if they can just go ahead and impose this on the entire private economy through an executive fiat?    That’s not the way our constitutional system is set up.”
    “People should not be in a situation where they’re faced with the jab or their jobs,” said DeSantis.    “People have been working, we don’t want to kick people out of their jobs and that’s true if you’re a police officer, you’re a firefighter.    It’s also true if you’re in the private sector and wanna protect people’s jobs.    It’s not right to treat people that way.        So, that’s just bottom line fundamental.”
    Meanwhile, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody confirmed on Thursday she will be initiating a lawsuit against Biden’s mandate, saying it will not go into effect in the Sunshine State.

11/4/2021 Portland Mayor Calls For Big Police Budget Increase by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 30: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks to the media at City Hall
on August 30, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has pledged to increase the police budget one year after defunding the police.
    During a community town hall meeting on Wednesday, Wheeler said he’s targeting around $7 million dollars in new public safety spending.    This comes as Portland experienced its most violent year on record, with a historic 72 homicides this year.
    “Many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city,” said Wheeler during a news conference.
    “Business owners have closed up shop, for fear of doing business in high-risk areas.    Commuters fear for their safety, whether taking public transport or going by foot.    Parents are scared to let their children play outside.”
    The mayor said he will begin investing this fall into hiring more police officers and purchasing equipment such as body cameras.    Wheeler said he hopes to increase police staffing by at least 300 officers over the next three years.
    “Our police bureau staffing levels are at record lows and based on projected retirements, staffing levels will continue [to decrease] unless we take decisive action now,” said the mayor.    Upon their departure, officers cited low morale and lack of support from city officials amid the defund the police movement.
    In the meantime, Wheeler said he believes he has support on the city council for a vote on the new investments.


11/4/2021 U.S. Republicans Want Billions For Taiwan Military Aid To Counter China
FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting in
Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to provide $2 billion per year and other assistance to bolster’s Taiwan’s defenses as it faces rising pressure from China.
    The legislation, reviewed by Reuters, would authorize $2 billion a year in Foreign Military Financing – U.S. grants and loans that enable countries to purchase weapons and defense equipment produced in the United States – through 2032 for the self-ruled island.
    While the bill is sponsored only by Republicans, the minority party in the Senate, it adds to pressure from Congress on Democratic President Joe Biden for bolder action to strengthen ties with diplomatically isolated Taiwan.
    The United States is the main military supplier for the democratic island nation.
    The bill’s lead sponsor is Senator Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.    Co-sponsors include Republican Senators Mike Crapo, John Cornyn, Bill Hagerty, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio.     It was not immediately clear how Democrats view the bill.    Support for Taiwan is a rare issue that garners bipartisan backing in the deeply divided Senate.
    The funding would come with conditions, including Taiwan committing to match U.S. spending, and whether Taipei and Washington agree to conduct joint long-range planning for capacity development.
    The United States has urged Taiwan to pursue defense reforms to focus on capabilities to make its military forces more mobile and harder to attack, as well as to ensure it maintains a strong reserve force.
    The “Taiwan Deterrence Act” also would amend the existing Arms Export Control Act, which governs foreign military sales, to make it easier for U.S. firms to sell arms to Taiwan.    It also would require an annual assessment of Taiwan’s efforts to advance defense strategy toward China.
    The bill also would improve military exchanges with Taiwan and expand professional military education and technical training opportunities in the United States for Taiwanese military personnel.
    “The defense of Taiwan is critical to retaining the credibility of the United States as a defender of the democratic values and free-market principles embodied by the people and government of Taiwan,” the bill’s text says.
    China recently has ramped up military pressure, including repeated missions by Chinese warplanes near democratic Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own and has not ruled out taking by force.
    Biden has confirmed a “rock-solid” commitment to Taiwan and criticized China.    Beijing blames Washington’s policies of supporting Taiwan with arms sales and sending warships through the Taiwan Strait for raising tensions.
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Defense in its annual report to Congress on China’s military reiterated concern about increasing pressure on Taiwan.
    The report renewed concerns about China’s development of options to take Taiwan, although a defense official declined to speculate to reporters about whether that scenario was likely or say if the department sees a near- or even medium-term risk of armed conflict.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Mary Milliken and Dan Grebler)

11/4/2021 Migrants Injured After Clashes With National Guard Troops In Southern Mexico
Migrants rest in a public square as they take part in a caravan heading to
Mexico City, in Pijijiapan, Mexico November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Dozens of migrants traveling north to Mexico City clashed with the National Guard in the southern state of Chiapas on Thursday, near to where a Cuban national was killed on Sunday by the militarized police force.
    The group of mostly Central American women and children resumed their journey on Monday in the Pijijiapan municipality of Chiapas, after fatigue and illnesses among some members prompted a two day break.
    “There are two injured migrants, they were badly beaten.    The officers tried to surround them with their shields,” Luis Garcia, who helped organize the migrant caravan, told Reuters over the phone.
    “Everything was chaotic. It’s not right that the authorities keep acting this way.    Despite all the repression we’re not going to stop,” Garcia said, adding that authorities had escorted away migrants in at least four buses.
    The National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    National Guard troops, who donned helmets and riot shields, confronted migrants, according to images on social media.    Other videos shared with Reuters showed several migrants being detained by National Migration Institute agents.
    The National Migration Institute also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    The clashes occurred near to where a Cuban migrant was shot dead by the National Guard while four others were wounded by National Guard officers early on Sunday in an area where a caravan of migrants was heading towards the U.S. border.
    About 3,000 people set off on foot last month from the Mexican city of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border.    Many have rejected visas offered by Mexico, saying they distrust the authorities.
(Reporting by Jose Torres and Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

11/4/2021 Factbox-Parties And Leaders Contesting Portugal’s Snap Election
FILE PHOTO: Portugal's Left Bloc (BE) party leader Catarina Martins shouts as she attends a march marking the
Carnation Revolution's 43rd anniversary in Lisbon, Portugal April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Portugal will hold a snap general election on Jan. 30
    Following are snapshots of the main parties and leaders contesting the vote:
    The centre-left party of Prime Minister Antonio Costa is one of two main parties that have dominated Portugal’s political landscape since 1974’s ‘Carnation revolution’ that ended decades of Antonio Salazar’s dictatorship.    It has been in government longest since then.
    Costa, 60 and a former mayor of Lisbon, has led two consecutive minority governments since 2015, when the Socialists, with support from the hard left, unseated a centre-right coalition government, which presided over four years of tough austerity under an international bailout.
    His pioneering pact with the Communists and Left Bloc for support in parliament ended in 2019, ultimately leading to the rejection of the 2022 budget bill last week, which triggered the snap election.
    Under Costa, Portugal achieved solid economic growth and the first budget surplus under democracy in 2019, winning praise from its European partners.    The hard left argued he is too focused on spending controls.
    The PS has 108 seats in the 230-seat parliament after winning 36% of the vote in 2019. Opinion polls show it at similar levels of support.
    The centre-right party has been the Socialists’ main rival for decades.
    Its leader Rui Rio, 64 and former mayor of Porto, faces an internal leadership vote next month that could see him out, with rival Paulo Rangel widely expected to succeed him.
    Rangel has criticised Rio for his non-confrontational stance with the Socialists that he says has weakened the opposition.    He has ruled out any alliance with the Socialists.    The PSD has 79 seats and is polling at around 27%.
    The bloc reached the peak of its popularity on a wave of anti-austerity protests, winning 19 seats in 2015.    Aside from its many legislative proposals defending salaries, pensions and the welfare state, it has championed civil rights.
    Catarina Martins, a 48-year-old actress-turned-politician, has struck a chord in Portugal’s male-dominated politics by mixing an often tough message with a soft delivery.
    Its support has waned of late and opinion polls show it would lose some seats, unless the break up with the government over the budget gives it a boost.
CHEGA (‘Enough’)
    Vying for the title of the third-largest force in parliament is the populist, right-wing Chega.    Formed in 2019, it won one parliament seat the same year – the first for a far-right party since the end of the dictatorship, and could win over a dozen now.
    It owes much of its growing popularity to its tough-talking leader, former sports commentator Andre Ventura, 38.
    Often borrowing populist rhetoric from former U.S. President Donald Trump’s book and encouraged by the fast rise of similarly-minded anti-immigraton, anti-feminist Vox in neighbouring Spain, political analysts see Chega as too toxic a potential partner for any other party in Portugal.
    Led by former metalworker Jeronimo de Sousa, 74, who has honed his skills attacking capitalism for almost five decades in parliament, the party moderated its stance after the pact with Costa, ditching calls to leave the euro zone.
    After shedding support for years, the party could radicalise its message to try and win back voters.    It has 10 seats on its own, plus two in alliance with the Greens.
    The conservative CDS-PP is PSD’s traditional ally, but has been bleeding voter support to new rivals Chega and Liberal Initiative (IL) and risks losing most of its five seats.    The IL, now with one seat, could take as many as CDS-PP’s current representation.
    The environmentalist animal rights party PAN has sided with the Socialists on various occasions and is seen as a potential kingmaker and coalition partner, be it to the centre-left or centre-right.    It won four seats in 2019 and could win a few more in this election.
(Reporting by Andrei Khalip; editing by Grant McCool)

11/4/2021 U.S. Indicts Russian Analyst Who Contributed To ‘Steele Dossier’ by Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: A person stands behind textured glass at an address which has been linked by local media to
former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who has been named as the author of an intelligence
dossier on President-elect Donald Trump, in Wokingham, Britain, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted the Russian analyst who contributed to the “Steele dossier” alleging potential ties between Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, a special prosecutor investigating the matter said on Thursday.
    Analyst Igor Danchenko is accused of five counts of making false statements to the FBI relating to sources for the material he gave a British firm that prepared the dossier, said John Durham, the special prosecutor appointed by the U.S. Justice Department during Trump’s administration.
    At a brief hearing on Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan ordered Danchenko’s pretrial release on $100,000 unsecured bail after his lawyer told the court he lived with his family in Virginia.
    Danchenko’s lawyer indicated his client would plead not guilty to the charges although his plea was not formally entered.    A prosecutor said that, if convicted, Danchenko could face up to five years in prison on each count of his indictment.
    The indictment alleges that between June and November 2017, Danchenko made false statements regarding the sources of certain information he provided to a British investigative firm which Durham did not identify.
    Sources identified the firm to Reuters as having been linked to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
    The dossier, which was circulated to the FBI and media outlets before the November 2016 election, set out still-unproven assertions that Russia had embarrassing information about and some of his Republican campaign’s advisers and that Moscow was working behind the scenes to defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
    The indictment alleges Danchenko made false statements about information he said he had received from an anonymous caller who claimed the Kremlin might have been helping to get Trump elected. It says Danchenko knew the information to be untrue.
    A lawyer for Danchenko did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Two sources familiar with Durham’s activities said he had issued subpoenas seeking evidence from multiple sources, including people linked to Fusion GPS, the Washington investigations firm that commissioned the dossier.
    Steele is a former British intelligence officer who prepared the dossier for Fusion GPS, which was working for a law firm that represented the Democratic Party and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
    Steele declined to comment in an emailed message.
    One of the sources familiar with Durham’s activities said Fusion GPS was not a target of Durham’s investigation. Steele had previously declined to cooperate with investigators working for Durham.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Scott Malone, Howard Goller and Jonathan Oatis)

11/4/2021 U.S. Calls On Nations To Set Bold Targets For Offshore Wind
FILE PHOTO: Power-generating windmill turbines are seen at the Eneco Luchterduinen
offshore wind farm near Amsterdam, Netherlands September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    (Reuters) – A top U.S. official on Thursday challenged nations to join the United States in setting aggressive goals to expand electricity production from offshore wind.
    Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued the call during an appearance at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
    The administration of President Joe Biden has moved swiftly this year to support a nascent offshore wind industry in the United States, a key part of its plan to decarbonize the power sector by 2035 and address global warming.
    “We are in an exciting time – and the Biden-Harris administration is taking bold action to advance clean energy to make people’s lives better and build a more sustainable future,” Haaland said.    “Together, we need to set ambitious goals and commit the resources to get it done.”
    This year, the White House set a target of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy along every U.S. coastline by 2030.    That would be enough electricity to power 10 million homes.
    The 30-GW goal is roughly the amount that already exists in Europe’s two-decade old industry, but is a tall order for a nation that currently has just two small offshore wind farms.
    At a press conference in Glasgow, Haaland dismissed concerns that Washington’s efforts to boost offshore wind would be hindered by tough environmental review process and opposition from fishing interests.
    “It’s a priority and we’ll just make sure that it gets done,” she said.
    Haaland’s agency has stumbled in its effort to restrict fossil fuel development on public lands after a federal judge in June ordered the government to resume drilling auctions that were paused by Biden in January.
    Because of that ruling, Interior is scheduled to hold a sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico later this month and has proposed to auction onshore parcels to drillers in several states in early 2022.
    Interior is “making a lot of changes now” to its oil and gas leasing program, Haaland said at the press briefing, including evaluating its impacts on climate change.
    “We are doing everything we can at the department to ensure that we are analyzing these leases with climate change as a backdrop,” Haaland said in response to a question about the future of the program.
(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Marguerita Choy and David Gregorio)

11/4/2021 France Leaves Door Open For IAEA Action On Iran by John Irish
FILE PHOTO: Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, is held in Vienna, Austria, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Thursday it could still act with its partners against Iran at an upcoming meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board after Tehran said it would return to nuclear talks with world powers at the end of November.
    Western powers scrapped plans in September for a resolution criticising Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency after Tehran agreed to prolong monitoring of some nuclear activities and invited IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Tehran for talks on key outstanding issues.
    The decision by the United States, France, Britain and Germany not to push for a resolution by the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors avoided an escalation with Iran that could have killed hopes of resuming wider talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.
    Iran and the European Union, which coordinates those negotiations, said on Wednesday that all sides had agreed to return to the Austrian capital on Nov. 29.
    Western states have increasingly become frustrated that Iran has failed to fully honour a monitoring agreement with the IAEA, continues to breach its 2015 accord, and has yet to allow Grossi to come to Tehran for high-level talks that had been promised in September.    It has also not properly addressed outstanding questions on past nuclear activities.
    “Iran must resume dialogue and cooperation with the agency without delay to make progress on outstanding issues,” French Foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters in a daily briefing.
    When asked whether Iran’s decision to return to the nuclear talks would make it unlikely that Western powers rebuke Tehran when the IAEA board holds it next quarterly meeting from Nov. 18, Legendre said Paris remained extremely concerned about Iran’s breaches of its obligations and commitments, including those made in September.
    “Together with our partners, we remain very attentive to ensuring that Iran respects its commitments, and we remain in close consultation on the response to be provided on this,” she said.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood)

11/4/2021 N.C. High School Students Protest After Student Suspended For Reporting Sexual Assault by OAN Newsroom
A picture taken on March 13, 2020 shows an empty corridor at a
high school. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER/AFP via Getty Images)
    Students at a North Carolina high school walked out of class after a teenage girl was suspended for reporting a sexual assault.
    On Wednesday, more than 100 students at Hawthorne Academy High School protested outside the building following the suspension of a 15-year-old girl who has remained anonymous.    The 15-year-old reportedly notified school officials she was being sexually assaulted by another male student, where she was then accused of filing a false report and later suspended.
    “The school did their investigation, gave me a phone call and said ‘hey, look, unfortunately it looks like there’s no evidence that shows that what your daughter’s saying took place, did.    We’re going to have to give her a day of suspension’.”
    The girl’s mother said she then went to the principal and said “the police are telling me that he did do these things, he admitted to them, and that I have the right to press charges…you’re telling me this didn’t happen?
    Many students are calling it victim-blaming as others applauded in support of the girl and in protest of the school’s handing of reported sexual violence.    Meanwhile, local police reportedly investigated and pressed charges against the male minor for sexual battery despite school administrator’s failing to take action.

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9/10/2021 Kentucky Lawmakers Scrap Statewide Mask Mandate In Schools, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks about the increases in COVID-19 cases in the state and the opening day of the
Kentucky State Legislature special session in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Timothy D. Easley/AP
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers, many not wearing masks, voted Thursday to scrap a statewide mask mandate in public schools and shifted masking decisions to local school boards, acting in a special session as the state's worst COVID-19 surge threatens to overwhelm hospitals.
    The GOP-dominated legislature set education policies in response to disruptions caused by the virus, which has forced dozens of school districts to close classrooms.    The masking provisions sparked emotional debate on the third and final day of the special session called by the Democratic governor to address the pandemic.     Gov. Andy Beshear responded late Thursday night by vetoing portions of the bill nullifying mask mandates for K-12 public schools and child-care centers. Republican lawmakers quickly overrode his vetoes, completing their work to end statewide mask mandates.
    Lawmakers ended the special session soon after that.
    Beshear's veto message referred to masks as a "safe and effective way" to combat the spread of COVID-19.    The governor previously issued statewide mask mandates and recently said he thought another mask order was needed to confront the current surge.
    The special session marked a power shift in the state's response to the virus.    Throughout the pandemic, Beshear acted unilaterally in setting statewide virus policies, saying his actions saved lives. Republicans branded his actions as overly broad and stringent.
Kentucky Governor Encourages Mask Use And Vaccinations As Delta Variant Spreads
    The special session comes as Kentucky's hospitals struggle with a record influx of virus cases.    Beshear warned Thursday that only 90 adult intensive care beds were available statewide.    He noted nearly two-thirds of Kentucky's hospitals face critical staffing shortages, and more than 300 Kentucky National Guard members will be headed to 21 hospitals to assist health care workers.
    "Our hospital situation has never been more dire in my lifetime than it is right now," Beshear said.
    Working late into the night, Republican lawmakers asserted their newfound dominance in shaping Kentucky's pandemic policies — the result of a state Supreme Court ruling last month.    The court cleared the way for laws to take effect limiting the governor's emergency powers to impose virus restrictions. The governor responded by calling the legislature into session.
    The school-related bill nullified the state school board's requirement that anyone in public K-12 schools wear a mask.    It also ended a separate state mask mandate for child-care centers.
    Another bill winning final passage Thursday night imposed a prolonged ban on any statewide mask mandate, leaving masking decisions up to local governments and businesses.    It was part of a broad measure addressing medical staffing, vaccines, tests and treatments related to COVID-19.
    Beshear also vetoed mask provisions in that bill. Republican lawmakers swiftly overrode that veto as well.
    The legislature also passed a measure to appropriate more than $69 million in federal funds for pandemic-related efforts. The funds are aimed at increasing COVID-19 testing for health care providers, schools, health departments and correctional facilities.    The governor signed that measure into law, his office said.
    During debate on the schools bill, supporters said mask decisions are best left to local boards, to reflect the will of their communities.
    "This bill will give local control back to the districts — not mandating they do, not mandating they don't," said Republican Sen. Max Wise, the bill's sponsor.    "They make the decision of what they think is best for their constituents in their communities."
    Opponents warned that lifting the mask mandate would put children and school staffs at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.    By putting the burden on school boards to decide mask policies, Democratic Sen. Karen Berg said the legislature was abdicating its responsibility.
    "I think you are asking for fights in school board meetings, where parents are going to be intimidated, where school board members are going to be intimidated," Berg said.
    Sen. Morgan McGarvey, the chamber's top-ranking Democrat, said removing blanket masking protections comes when the delta variant is infecting more young Kentuckians.    More than 300,000 Kentucky students aren't old enough to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, he said.
    "This bill ... is really a life-and-death bill," Democratic Sen. Reggie Thomas said.    "If we eliminate mask mandates, then we are putting all children and all school personnel at severe risk."
    In the House, Democratic Rep. Pamela Stevenson warned the virus is so pervasive that the lack of masking requirements in schools would mean that children are going "into the lion's den."
    Republican Rep. John Blanton countered that the bill removes a "one-size-fits-all" approach.
    "We are not taking masks away from your children todayz," he said.    "Masks are still part of the tools that's provided for each and every school district across this state."
    Beshear had asked legislators to give him authority to, at a minimum, require masking when COVID-19 infection rates reach high levels.
    The school measure gives districts more scheduling flexibility to cope with virus outbreaks.    It allows local school leaders to limit remote instruction to a particular school, grade or classroom — depending on the extent of the outbreak — instead of closing the entire district.    The overriding goal is to keep children in class when possible, Wise said.

11/5/2021 Britain Approves Merck’s COVID-19 Pill In World First by Pushkala Aripaka
FILE PHOTO: An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed
by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released
by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS
    (Reuters) -Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by U.S.-based Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against the pandemic.
    Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommended the drug, molnupiravir, for use in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 and at least one risk factor for developing severe illness, such as obesity, older age diabetes, and heart disease.
    It will be administered as soon as possible following a positive COVID-19 test and within five days of the onset of symptoms, the regulator said, citing clinical data.
    The green light is the first for an oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 and the first for a COVID-19 drug that will be administered widely in the community. U.S. advisers will meet on Nov. 30 to review the drug’s safety and efficacy data and vote on whether molnupiravir should be authorized.
    The pill, which will be branded as Lagevrio in Britain, is designed to introduce errors into the genetic code of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and is taken twice a day for five days.
    Drugs in the same class as molnupiravir have been linked to birth defects in animal studies.    Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has said animal testing shows that molnupiravir is safe, but the data have not yet been made public.
    Treatments to tackle the pandemic, which has killed more than 5.2 million people worldwide, have so far focused mainly on vaccines.    Other options, including Gilead’s infused antiviral remdesivir and generic steroid dexamethasone, are generally only given after a patient has been hospitalised.
    Merck’s Molnupiravir has been closely watched since data last month showed it could halve the chances of dying or being hospitalised for those most at risk of developing severe COVID-19 when given early in the illness.
    Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the National Health Service (NHS) in England, said the drug would be administered to patients at higher risk of complications as Britain heads into one of the most challenging winters ever.
    A wider rollout will follow if it is clinically and cost effective in reducing hospitalisations and death, he added.
    “We are now working across government and the NHS to urgently get this treatment to patients initially through a national study so we can collect more data on how antivirals work in a mostly vaccinated population,” UK vaccines minister Maggie Throup told parliament.
    The speedy approval in Britain, which was also the first Western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, comes as it struggles to tame soaring infections.
    Britain has about 40,000 daily cases of COVID-19, according to the latest seven-day average.    That is second only to the roughly 74,000 a day in the United States, which has five times more people, and has fuelled criticism of the government’s decision to abandon most pandemic-related restrictions Data released on Wednesday night showed COVID-19 prevalence in England hit its highest level on record last month, led by a high number of cases in children and a surge in the south-west of the country.
    Pressure is growing on the government to implement its “Plan B” aimed at protecting the NHS from unsustainable demands, involving mask mandates, vaccine passes and work-from-home orders.
    Many other big economies, including Germany, France and Israel, have either retained some basic COVID-19 measures like mask mandates or reintroduced them in response to rising cases.
    The UK government has said its focus remains on administering vaccine boosters and inoculating 12- to 15-year-olds.
    “With no compromises on quality, safety and effectiveness, the public can trust that the MHRA has conducted a robust and thorough assessment of the data (on molnupiravir),” MHRA chief June Raine said in a statement.
    Last month, Britain agreed a deal with Merck to secure 480,000 courses of molnupiravir.
    Professor Penny Ward, an independent pharmaceutical physician, welcomed the approval, but said the NHS needed to outline its plans for rollout and cautioned that supplies were likely to be tight given the strong global demand.
    “Comments made by Mr Javid today suggest that it may be made available via a clinical trial, presumably to investigate its effectiveness in vaccinated patients with breakthrough infections, as the original study incorporated unvaccinated adults,” she said.
    If given to everyone becoming unwell, the nearly half a million courses would not last very long given the more than 40,000 current daily case rate, she said.
    In a separate statement, Merck said it expected to produce 10 million courses of the treatment by the end of this year, with at least 20 million set to be manufactured in 2022.
    The U.S.-based drugmaker’s shares rose 2.1% to close at $90.54 on Thursday.
    Pfizer and Roche are also racing to develop easy-to-administer antiviral pills for COVID-19.
    Both Merck and Pfizer are studying their drugs in late-stage trials for preventing coronavirus infection.
    Viral sequencing done so far has shown molnupiravir is effective against all variants of the coronavirus, Merck has said, including the more-infectious Delta, which is responsible for the worldwide surge in hospitalisations and deaths recently.
    While it is not yet clear when Merck will deliver doses to Britain, the company has said it is committed to providing timely access to its drug globally with plans for tiered pricing aligned with a country’s ability to pay.
    Merck has licensed the drug to generic drugmakers for supply to low-income countries.
    Antibody cocktails like those from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have also been approved for non-hospitalised COVID-19 patients, but have to be given intravenously.
(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru and Josephine Mason in London; additional reporting by Kate Holton;Editing by Anil D’Silva and Mark Potter)
[Molnupiravir, sold under the brand name Lagevrio, is an antiviral medication that inhibits the replication of certain RNA viruses, and is used to treat COVID-19 in those infected by SARS-CoV-2.    Molnupiravir is a prodrug of the synthetic nucleoside derivative N4-hydroxycytidine (also called EIDD-1931), and exerts its antiviral action through introduction of copying errors during viral RNA replication.    Molnupiravir was originally developed to treat influenza at Emory University by the university's drug innovation company, Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE).    It was then acquired by Miami-based company Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, which later partnered with Merck & Co. to develop the drug further.    Molnupiravir was approved for medical use in the United Kingdom in November 2021.]

11/5/2021 EU Warns Britain: Don’t Press The Emergency Brexit Button by Guy Faulconbridge and Gabriela Baczynska
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Europe adviser David Frost leaves the European Commission
headquarters after a meeting with officials in Brussels, Belgium, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union said on Friday that Britain had made no move to seek a compromise on post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and cautioned London against triggering emergency unilateral provisions in the Brexit deal.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiator David Frost ruled out immediately triggering such provisions, a move that would sour ties with the EU, concern the United States and anger Ireland.
    But Frost made clear he wanted Brussels to offer more.
    Maros Sefcovic, a deputy head of the bloc’s executive European Commission, said the EU had “seen no move at all from the UK side.”
    “We hear a lot about Article 16 at the moment,” Sefcovic said after talks with Frost.    “Let there be no doubt that triggering Article 16 to seek the renegotiation of the Protocol would have serious consequences.”
    Britain has repeatedly warned that it may trigger emergency measures called Article 16 which allows either side to take unilateral action if they deem their agreement governing post-Brexit trade is having a strongly negative impact on their interests.
    Sefcovic said triggering Article 16 would lead to instability in Northern Ireland and amount to a rejection of the EU’s attempt to find a compromise. He said he would go to London to continue talks next week.
    Frost “underlined that progress had been limited and that the EU’s proposals did not currently deal effectively with the fundamental difficulties in the way the Protocol was operating,” a British spokesperson said of the talks.
    “In the UK view, these gaps could still be bridged through further intensive discussions,” the spokesperson said.
    Britain left the bloc last year, but it has since refused to implement some of the border checks between its province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland that the 27-nation union says London is obliged to under their divorce deal.
    London says the checks are disproportionate and are heightening tensions in Northern Ireland, putting at risk a 1998 peace deal.
    The 1998 peace deal largely brought an end to the “Troubles” – three decades of conflict between Irish Catholic nationalist militants and pro-British Protestant “loyalist” paramilitaries in which 3,600 people were killed.
    By putting checks on some goods crossing between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, many pro-British unionists say the protocol has breached the 1998 peace settlement.    The EU says tighter controls are necessary to protect its single market of 450 million people.
    “We are not going to trigger Article 16 today, but Article 16 is very much on the table,” Frost told journalists.
    A spokesperson for Johnson told reporters Britain would press on with negotiations to try to resolve the issues with the so-called Northern Ireland protocol that governs post-Brexit trade with the province.
    As expectations grow that London might resort to that option, Frost said the best way of avoiding it was “if we can reach an agreement, an essential agreement… that provides a sustainable solution.”    He said there was a “significant” gap between the EU and the UK on the matter and that time was running out for his negotiations with Sefcovic.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge in London, Christian Levaus and Johnny Cotton, Jan Strupczewski in Brussels and Elizabeth Piper in Glasgow; Writing by Gabrela Baczynska; Editing by Jan Harvey, William Maclean)

11/5/2021 UN Rights Body Agrees To Monitor Sudan Violations by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a news conference at the European
headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights council on Friday adopted a British-led resolution on Sudan condemning the military coup and appointing an expert to monitor alleged rights violations in its aftermath.
    The resolution agreed at an emergency session in Geneva means that an expert will be appointed to monitor the situation on the ground and prepare a written report by mid-2022.    Several members including China and Russia stood apart from the consensus but stopped short of calling a vote.
    “This afternoon, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave people of Sudan who have demonstrated in their millions on the streets of their country in defence of democracy, and of their fundamentals rights,” Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Simon Manley told the Council.
    In the same session, the top U.N. rights official Michelle Bachelet called on Sudan’s military leaders to step back and end the deadly use of force that she said has so far killed at least 13 civilians.
    “I urge Sudan’s military leaders, and their backers, to step back in order to allow the country to return to the path of progress towards institutional and legal reforms,” she said.
    Bachelet said the release of politicians, journalists and protesters was “essential for an inclusive dialogue and a swift return to civilian rule” in remarks widely echoed by the council’s 47 members.
    The United Nations is seeking an end to the political crisis following the coup via talks between Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was placed under house arrest, and coup leaders.
    Germany’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Katharina Stasch said the resolution also prepared by Germany, Norway and the United States marked “an important step to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed.”
    U.S. envoy Robert Riley vowed to continue “full throttle efforts” to support democratic aspirations in Sudan.    Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Ali Ibn Abi Talib Abdelrahman Mahmoud, a representative of the ousted government, attended and told Reuters on the sidelines that he supported the resolution.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Toby Chopra, John Stonestreet, Jonathan Oatis, William Maclean)

11/5/2021 Republican Governors Lead Attack On Biden Vaccine Mandate by Tom Hals
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the authorization of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, during a speech in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s
South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
    (Reuters) -Republican governors began filing lawsuits on Friday to stop the Biden administration’s requirement that nearly 2 million U.S. employers get workers tested or vaccinated for COVID-19, saying it trampled civil liberties.
    After President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Thursday he will enforce the mandate starting Jan. 4, the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama jointly sued in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
    “The federal government can’t just unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Thursday.
    The lawsuit by the three states, as well as two trade groups, two private companies and two schools, said the mandate exceeded the administration’s legal authority and conflicted with the First Amendment of the U.S.     Constitution and with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
    The Republican governors of more than a dozen other states also vowed to challenge the mandate in court and several cases were filed by private employers.
    The regulation was implemented as a rarely used emergency rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal workplace regulator.
    “Biden just announced his plan to wield OSHA to mandate vaccines on private businesses,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.    “I’m announcing my plan to sue him once this illegal, unconstitutional regulation hits the Federal Register.”
    Texas is among the Republican-led states that have issued executive orders or enacted laws that ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates or prevent employers from seeking an employee’s vaccination status.
    OSHA said the rule takes precedence over conflicting state laws.    It will take effect on Friday when it is due to be published in the federal register.
    Responding to opponents of the rule, a senior administration official said OSHA clearly has the authority to act to protect workers from health and safety hazards.    COVID-19 has killed more than 745,000 people in the United States.
    Biden said in September that patience was wearing thin with the 30% of Americans who remain unvaccinated and who made up the vast majority of those hospitalized during the most recent wave of COVID-19 infections.
    Mandates have been used by private businesses and local governments to drive up COVID-19 vaccination rates and courts have generally upheld them because states typically have the power to regulate healthcare within their borders.
    Previous uses of OSHA’s emergency rule have a history of being blocked in court.
    Even if the mandate is upheld by the courts, some states still might not implement the rule.
    OSHA applies to private workplaces in 29 states.    The remaining states, including at least five with Republican leaders who have vowed to oppose the rule, have their own state-run OSHA that is required to adopt the federal rule.
    OSHA issued a similar COVID-19 rule for healthcare settings in June, and in October the federal agency threatened to take over the state-run OSHA agencies in Arizona, South Carolina and Utah for failing to adopt it.    Arizona and South Carolina have since said they have started the process to adopt the rule.
    Officials in Utah did not respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Additional reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington and Karen Pierog in Chicago; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Dan Grebler)

11/5/2021 Honour Your Climate Promises Or Face The Consequences – Al Gore
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaks at a news conference during the UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    GLASGOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday progress had been made on addressing rising global temperatures, but warned a United Nations climate conference of dire consequences if countries did not keep their promises.
    Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on informing the world about climate change, used an address on the main stage of the COP26 summit to deliver his verdict on the first week of the event.
    “We have the tools that we need to solve this crisis. We have heard pledges that will move us in a long direction toward these solutions,” he said.
    “We must ensure that these pledges are kept.    We must not declare victory here, we know that we have made progress, but we are far from the goals that we need to reach.”
    The conference has seen announcements meant to help speed a transition to cleaner forms of energy that scientists and world leaders say are needed quickly to slash greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
    Gore warned that current levels of “hyper inequality” were a threat to democracy and market economics and cautioned that large surges in immigration, such as those that may be triggered by climate change, could fuel rising xenophobia and violence.
    “We cannot allow this wave of authoritarian populism to spread around our world,” he said.
(Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

11/5/2021 ‘Go Be Happy’: Thousands Of Baby River Turtles Released In Peruvian Jungle by Alfredo Galarza
Baby river turtles native to the Amazon rainforest are seen before being freed in
Iquitos, Peru, November 4, 2021. Picture taken November 4, 2021. REUTERS/Alfredo Galarza
    IQUITOS, Peru (Reuters) – Some 3,000 baby river turtles native to the Amazon rainforest were released into a Peruvian river on Thursday after hatching from eggs kept on artificial beaches as part of a conservation effort.
    The river turtles are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for many years been killed for human consumption, or kept as pets.
    “The importance lies in the conservation of the species in the area because it has already been threatened for a long time,” said Sabrina Pipa, a biologist who works on the protection of freshwater turtles.
    “The objective is the repopulation of the species.”
    The turtles carry the scientific name Podocnemis unifilis, but Peruvians call them taricayas.    They are yellow-spotted and the baby ones measure just a couple of inches.
    Peru has the second largest share of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil.
    Scientists agree that conserving the Amazon rainforest is vital to avoid catastrophic climate change because of its ability to absorb greenhouse gases.
    But over the past two decades, more than 19,700 square kilometers (7,600 square miles) of the Peruvian Amazon have been destroyed.
    Pipa said the taricaya project began in 2019 and had protected about 6,000 river turtles, in addition to those conserved this year.
    People gathered in the city of Iquitos to see the baby turtles make their way down a river beach towards the water.
    “Go!    Go be happy!,” one onlooker chanted.
(Reporting by Alfredo Galarza; Writing by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Giles Elgood)

11/5/2021 Secy. Blinken Appoints 2 Diplomats To Oversee Probe Of Havana Syndrome, Treatment Of Victims by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) delivers remarks on the Havana Syndrome, which US officials
refer to as anomalous health incidents, as Ambassador Jonathan Moore (L), the new coordinator of the
department’s Health Incident Response Task Force, and Ambassador Margaret Uyehara (R), the State
Department team leader supporting affected employees, look on in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the
State Department in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced new efforts to get to the bottom of the mysterious Havana Syndrome.    The State Department is taking action against the mysterious illness that’s plaguing diplomats around the world.
    On Friday, Blinken announced two new officials to lead efforts to investigate Havana Syndrome.
    Blinken tapped Jonathan Moore, a principal deputy assistant secretary, to lead the Health Incident Response Task Force on the issue.    Additionally, he appointed former ambassador to Montenegro, Margaret Uyehara, to spearhead the Care Coordination Team of the task force.
    Secretary Blinken asserted it’s his duty to care for the staff of the State Department and track the disease’s origins.
    “And just as they work hard for us, we have to do all we can to protect their health, their safety, their security,” he said.    “That’s certainly the case when it comes to addressing the threat posed by anomalous health incidents.    These incidents have left our colleagues with profound harm. They’ve experienced serious physical consequences.”
    The first case of Havana Syndrome was reported in 2016 when the Obama administration was looking to re-establish positive ties with Cuba.    Since then, the illness has struck around 200 diplomats and intelligence officers, including those close to CIA Director William Burns.    The disease has also spread to other countries such as Russia, Vietnam and Austria.
    Although there is no conclusive evidence pointing to what is causing Havana Syndrome, preliminary reports indicate victims are being exposed to microwave emissions through devices being pointed at them.
    “We will continue to work tirelessly to provide the highest possible level of assistance and to ensure that those who are injured are treated with the empathy and compassion that they so richly deserve.    We took forward to working with our colleagues in other federal agencies, as well as in Congress, on this very important issue,” stated Uyehara.
    The task force leaders are encouraging all affected staffers to discuss their experiences with the disease and vow to conduct interagency reviews and investigations.    Victims are getting much needed relief through the bipartisan Havana Act signed into law last month, which directs the State Department and intelligence community to compensate affected workers for medical treatment.
    In the meantime, the State Department has already taken steps to create medical support groups to screen and treat diplomats, agency-wide trainings to bring awareness to the symptoms, and investigative groups to inspect and secure overseas facilities.

11/5/2021 Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Cancels Class In Efforts To Get Students Vaccinated by OAN Newsroom
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center
at Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) canceled classes for next Friday to give parents an extra opportunity to get their kids vaccinated. In addition to the cancellation announced on Friday, Lightfoot said all city workers will also get two hours of paid time off to get their children vaccinated.
    With the holiday season approaching and vaccines recently scoring approval for children ages 5-11, city leaders want all eligible students to get the shot as soon as possible.
    “It was a difficult decision for us to cancel classes on Friday,” said Pedro Martinez, CPS CEO.    “I know it creates challenges for our parents.    We are working with libraries, park district to provide family support.”
    Some parents who say they are uncomfortable with the idea of their child being vaccinated said it was disruptive to their schedules.    They pointed out they would make time to get their child vaccinated if they really wanted to do so.

11/5/2021 Texas Constructs Border Wall With Shipping Containers by OAN Newsroom
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during the Houston Region Business
Coalition’s monthly meeting on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    Texas is filling gaps in the border wall with repurposed shipping containers, creating their own makeshift border wall.
    In an interview on Thursday, Texas Rep. Troy Nehls (R) praised the undertaking, saying that Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has found a resourceful way to curb the approaching caravan.    He said they’re strategically placing the containers to channel migrants into areas where more police and Border Patrol agents are available.
    “It’s a tool that the governor is using to try to help slow down, curb this invasion, this invasion that we’re seeing at our southern border,” said Nehls.
    There is a total of 1,250 miles of border in Texas.    Nehls said it’s a lot of area to cover, but Texas is doing the federal government’s job for them because they refuse to do it on their own.
    Gov. Abbott said in an interview that they begin by dropping the large containers down on locations that could be used by caravans as crossings and they are meant to serve as a “blockade to prevent them from coming across the border.”

11/5/2021 Rapper Kanye West Expresses Support For President Trump by OAN Newsroom
In this file photo, President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the
White House in Washington, D.C., October 11, 2018. (Photo by SEBASTIAN SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
    Rapper Kanye West said he still rocks the red “MAGA” hat and continues to show his support of 45th President Donald Trump.
    “I still got a red hat on today.    I’ll let y’all know that,” said West.    “I might not got it on [at the moment], but I’ll let y’all know where I stand.”
    West sat down for a wide-ranging two-hour interview with music cable network Revolt this week, where he spoke on many topics including politics. The celebrity, who recently changed his official name to “Ye,” made it clear he’s still proud to stand by the 45th President.
    Ye has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump and even visited him at the White House at one point in time.    During the interview, Ye also slammed cancel culture and the #MeToo movement.

11/5/2021 11 States File Lawsuit Against OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 15: A nurse shows off a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of the
Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    Attorneys general in 11 states have filed a lawsuit challenging OSHA’s vaccine mandate for workers in company’s with more than 100 employees.    The suit filed with the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, argued the mandate is unconstitutional.
    The attorneys general contended the authority to compel vaccinations rests with the states and not the federal government.
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt spoke out calling the mandate “unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise.”    He contended he sued “to protect personal freedoms, preserve Missouri businesses, and push back on bureaucratic tyrants who simply want power and control.”
    The attorneys general of Missouri was joined by those in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming in filing the lawsuit.
    OSHA’s new regulations are set to go into effect Jan. 4 and require employees to be vaccinated or be tested weekly.    They are also instructed to wear a mask on the job.    A violation of the mandate could result in a $14,000 fine per case.

11/5/2021 House Democrats Force Build Back Better Act Forward Without CBO Score by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 01: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a news conference with
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to announce legislation that would tax the net worth of America’s wealthiest
individuals at the U.S. Capitol on March 01, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Democrats force the Build Back Better Act out of committee, but the future of the social spending plan still remains unclear.
    The House Rules Committee advanced the reconciliation package in a 9-4 vote along party lines late Thursday night.    This comes despite Republicans’ request for a motion to wait until the bill is scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
    “I have a feeling that no matter what that score says and whether or not it reinforces what I’m saying here today, I don’t think any of my colleagues on this side of the dice will vote for this bill at the end of the day anyway,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).    To which Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.) fired back stating, “but none the less Mr. Chair, we should be able to understand what’s in the bill.”
    Now, the motion to proceed on further debate of the bill has been stalled in the full House with moderate Democrats joining Republicans in their demand for a CBO score.    Democrat leaders had hoped to push the bill forward with cost analysis from the Treasury Department and the White House.
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters he thinks the House version of the bill is so “defective” it won’t pass in the Senate, even if it’s passed by the lower chamber.    Meanwhile, leadership sources say the CBO score isn’t expected until the week of Thanksgiving.

11/5/2021 Reports: ‘Build Back Better’ Will Raise Price Of OSHA Violations By Thousands Of Dollars by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 28: Joe Biden delivers remarks about his proposed ‘Build Back Better’
social spending bill with Vice President Kamala Harris in the East Room of the White House
on October 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Republicans are sounding the alarm over increased OSHA penalties included in Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.
    Reports on Friday, indicated Democrats’ $1.7 trillion spending proposal would bring OSHA violation fines up to $70,000 and in some cases, $700,000.    Earlier in the week, Biden unveiled an executive order forcing businesses with more than 100 employees to enforce vaccine mandates or face penalties.
    “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” said Biden.    “While America is in much better shape than it was seven months ago when I took office, we’re in a tough stretch and it could last for a while.”
    The deadline to get vaccinated has been changed to Jan. 4.    Businesses will be required to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.
    Currently, OSHA violations cost as much as $7,000.    Additionally, the Build Back Better agenda would provide OSHA with upwards of $707 million to enforce its penalties.
    Republicans warned the plan would only worsen an already tight labor market and could bankrupt some small businesses.

11/5/2021 White House: Biden ‘Comfortable’ With Paying Illegal Aliens, Separated Families by OAN Newsroom
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks at a press briefing
at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Republicans called out the Biden administration to clarify recent reports alleging White House plans to pay millions of dollars to illegal immigrants.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asserted that Joe Biden’s scheme to pay illegal aliens $450,000 each is likely true despite recent denial by the White House.    On Thursday, the senator told reporters Attorney General Merrick Garland must explain if the discussions of such payments took place.
    Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported the Biden administration was considering paying illegal immigrants separated at the border in 2018 “reparations” of up to a million dollars per family.    Graham went on to add,     Biden may have lied about the existence of those plans.
    Meanwhile, the ACLU maintains Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his own Department of Justice.    This assumption came after Biden recently called the plan “garbage” and said it’s not going to happen.    His remarks came at a press conference on Wednesday when he was confronted by a reporter on the matter.
    On the other hand, the ACLU maintains that if Biden doesn’t follow through with the alleged plan, he would be “abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families.”
    The White House refuted this comment made by Biden himself, who denied his administration would pay any reparations.    In a statement Thursday, Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Biden is, in fact, “comfortable” with the idea of paying families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018.
    “If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the United States government,” she stated.
    Biden’s officials have blamed the Trump administration for those separations despite the policy being mandated by the Flores Settlement reached in 1997.    The White House confirmed such payments may come as a result of an ACLU lawsuit against the U.S.

11/5/2021 Sen. Manchin Says Democrats Can’t Go Too Far Left With Biden’s Build Back Better Plan by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 01: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talks to reporters at the
U.S. Capitol on November 01, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) has urged his fellow Democrats to work across the aisle. Manchin said the Democrats will be hurt if the party moves too far left.
    During an interview Thursday, the West Virginia Democrat said he wants the Biden administration to succeed, but stressed Joe Biden must fulfill his campaign promises of building bridges with the Republican Party.    He added compromise is a must if the White House wants to get any legislation passed through Congress.
    “But come together, realize what can and can’t be done,” said Manchin.    “Don’t force basically something that’s not going to happen, make people believe it will.”
    Manchin also said the American people are not far-left and if anything, they are typically more center-right.
    “We can’t go too far left.    This is not a center-left or a left country.    We are a center, if anything, a little center-right country and that’s being shown.    And we ought to be able to recognize that,” stated the senator.
    Additionally, Manchin raised concerns about the rampant spending and fears of inflation getting out of control.    However, he asserted he still sees himself as a fiscally responsible and socially compassionate West Virginia Democrat.

11/5/2021 Sen. Blackburn: Biden’s Amnesty Invites Cheap Labor by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has sounded the alarm on buried policies in Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.    On Thursday, the Tennessee Republican stressed that usually lawmakers do not use budget reconciliation bills to reform immigration policies.
    Her comments come as Biden’s reconciliation bill aims to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.    According to Blackburn, Biden snuck this policy into the budget bill because he knows it would not get passed otherwise.
    “There is a process to go through to change law,” she stated.    They (Democrats) know this would never pass on its own, so they are putting it in and are going to try to get this provision through the budget bill.    We want to get the word out on it.”
    In the fiscal year of 202, U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the Mexico border.    Meanwhile, the House could vote on the reconciliation bill as early as Friday.

11/6/2021 Oil up $2.21 to $81.55, DOW up 204 to 36,328.

11/6/2021 AG Cameron joins another lawsuit to block Biden rules on vaccines, testing by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    For the second consecutive day, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined other states in a lawsuit to block new Biden administration rules on COVID- 19 vaccines or testing, which are set to go into effect Jan. 4.
    In the Friday lawsuit, Cameron joined six others states to challenge new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules requiring workers at companies with more than 100 employees to either be fully vaccinated by this date or face regular testing going forward.
    The previous day, Cameron joined attorneys general from Ohio and Tennessee to block a separate rule requiring federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, without the option of testing.
    In the new lawsuit, Cameron and attorneys general from Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to block the new rule from going into effect on private companies while its constitutionality can be reviewed.
    “Many Kentuckians are concerned by the overreach the Biden Administration is displaying in issuing a federal vaccine mandate through OSHA, and our office is taking action on their behalf and on behalf of the Commonwealth,” Cameron stated in a press release.    “The power to make these decisions belongs to the states, and the Biden Administration cannot commandeer it to issue an over-broad and illegal mandate.”
    The coalition of states argues that while Congress delegated to OSHA the power to issue emergency public health rules, “that authority does not extend to risks that are equally prevalent at work and in society at large.”
    The petition also argues that the vaccine and testing mandate infringes on states’ power to enact and enforce their own pandemic policies.
    Kentucky’s Asbury Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary based in Louisville also filed a petition with the appeals court Friday, arguing OSHA seeks to impose unconstitutional rules on religious institutions.
    “It is unacceptable for the government to force religious institutions to become coercive extensions of state power,” stated Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a press release.    “We have no choice but to push back against this intrusion of the government into matters of conscience and religious conviction.”
    A spokeswoman for Gov. Andy Beshear did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cameron’s new lawsuit, but at his press conference Thursday he said the U.S. Supreme Court and most federal courts thus far “have been supportive of the constitutionality of different vaccine programs.”
    Beshear also emphasized the OSHA rule should be referred to as a testing mandate instead of a vaccine mandate, as a shot is not a requirement for employment.
    The governor also said he believes state governments will apply as large employers under the OSHA rule, as he is already “putting together the apparatus” for state workers who are not fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 to be tested weekly — as Department of Corrections and state health facility workers have been required to do for much of this year.
    Several large employers in the Louisville area — such as GE Appliances, Ford, UPS and LG& E — are currently reviewing the new rules, while Norton Healthcare has already implemented a vaccine mandate and Jefferson County Public Schools now requires regular testing if not fully vaccinated.
    U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh wrote in a USA Today op-ed Thursday that “COVID-19 continues to hold back our workforce and our economy — and it will continue to do so until more Americans are vaccinated.”
    Reach reporter Joe Sonka at jsonka@ and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka.
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Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined other states Friday in a lawsuit to block new
Biden administration rules on vaccines or testing. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL

11/6/2021 11 states sue over vaccine mandate by David A. Lieb by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorneys general in 11 states filed suit Friday against President Joe Biden’s administration, challenging a new vaccine requirement for workers at companies with more than 100 employees.
    The lawsuit filed in the St. Louisbased 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that the authority to compel vaccinations rests with the states, not the federal government.
    “This mandate is unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise,” said the court filing by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, one of several Republicans vying for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat next>     New regulations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate that companies with more than 100 employees require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID- 19 or be tested for the virus weekly and wear masks on the job.    The requirement is to kick in Jan. 4. Failure to comply could result in penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation.
    Schmitt said Missouri has 3,443 private employers who could be covered by the vaccine requirement, with nearly 1.3 million employees.
    He said he sued “to protect personal freedoms, preserve Missouri businesses, and push back on bureaucratic tyrants who simply want power and control.”
    The Biden administration has encouraged widespread vaccinations as the quickest way out of the pandemic.

11/6/2021 Big Crowds Rally In Rainy Glasgow For COP26 Climate Action by William James, Lucy Marks and Simon Jessop
Demonstrators attend a protest as the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
takes place, in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 6, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Saturday through rainy downtown Glasgow, and in many other cities around the world, to demand bolder action at the U.N. climate conference.
    Students, activists and climate-concerned citizens linked arms as they moved slowly through the streets of the Scottish city, host of the COP26 meeting that began on Monday.
    Some pushed children in strollers, some danced to stay warm.    Police watched the procession from the flanks.
    “It’s good to have your voice heard,” said Kim Travers of Edinburgh.    “Even with the rain, I think it makes it a bit more dramatic.”
    Just a few blocks from the procession, back-room negotiations continued at the COP26 meeting.    On stage, speakers sounded the alarm over the threat of global warming to food security.
    Since the climate talks began, national delegations have been working to agree on technical details for the final pact, to be announced at the end of the conference after more negotiations this week.
    The first week also saw countries make a slew of promises to phase out coal, slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane and reduce deforestation.    Business leaders and financiers, meanwhile, pledged to invest more in climate solutions.
    But activists have demanded that the meeting make more progress.
    Ros Cadoux, a grandmother from Edinburgh, said she came to march for future generations.    “If you’ve got kids and grandkids – my God, What else could you do?
    Colorful banners bore slogans ranging from earnest calls for “Climate Justice Now,” to the more comical: “No planet = no beer.”
    One group bounced along to the sound of a drum and chanted “Get Up, Get Down, Keep that Carbon in the Ground.”
    “The climate crisis is about the survival of humanity as we know it,” said Philipp Chmel, who traveled from Germany for the march.    “It’s up to the youth and the workers, the working class, to bring about the change that is necessary.”
    One group of youths – some with bullhorns – blamed companies for the climate crisis and chanted calls in favour of socialism while punching their fists in the air.
    Around midday, the rain cleared for a few hours, and an enormous rainbow streaked across the sky.
    “If ever there was a time for activism, and if ever there was a time for the people to come out onto the streets, then it is today,” said University of Glasgow student Theo Lockett, 20.
    Climate activists held rallies in many other cities, including Seoul, Melbourne, Copenhagen and London.
    During a panel of speeches on Saturday, Democratic U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse urged companies to rein in groups lobbying politicians to block climate action.
    “Corporate members who made big promises here at this COP have got to get their trade associations under control so they’re not undercutting our work in Congress,” said Whitehouse, who was at COP26 with a bipartisan group of Congress members.
    He also told journalists that it was crucial to resolve a carbon price for carbon markets — one of the key sticking points in the negotiations.
    Earlier at the conference, actor Idris Elba acknowledged that he had few credentials to speak on climate change, but said he was at COP26 to amplify the climate threat to global food security.
    Sitting on the same panel, climate justice campaigner Vanessa Nakate of Uganda implored the world to stop burning fossil fuels, the main cause of rising global temperatures.
    “We are watching farms collapse and livelihoods lost due to floods, droughts and swarms of locusts,” she said – all of which scientists say are being exacerbated by climate change.
    “The climate crisis means hunger and death for many people in my country and across Africa.”
    Civil society leaders and representatives from companies like Unilever and PepsiCo spoke about corporate responsibility in making trade and commerce less of a burden on nature.
    Speaking about using satellite technology to monitor global landscapes, the director and founder of Google Earth Outreach urged better stewardship of the world’s forests.
    “We don’t want to be writing the obituary of our planet in high resolution,” Rebecca Moore said.
(Reporting by William James, Lucy Marks and Simon Jessop in Glasgow; Additional reporting by Natalie Thomas and Katy Daigle; Editing by Frances Kerry)

11/6/2021 Some Mexicans Seek Out New Jabs As U.S. Border Restrictions Relax by Lizbeth Diaz
FILE PHOTO: Vials and syringes are seen in front of displayed U.S. flag in
this illustration photo taken March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexicans who need to cross the U.S. land border for work or school are scrambling to get approved COVID-19 vaccines ahead of new rules set to go into effect next week, 20 months after the     United States shut crossings for non-essential trips.
    The rules specify that beginning on Monday only foreigners who have received World Health Organization-approved vaccines can cross, which effectively bars those who received jabs including China’s CanSino Biologics and Russia’s Sputnik V, among others.
    “I’m thinking about (flying) to Los Angeles to get a vaccine that will then let me cross,” said Jose Gonzalez, a teacher who is a resident of the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Gonzalez, a Mexican national, noted that he was first vaccinated with the CanSino shot only because he had no other choice.
    “Now I regret that,” he said, explaining that his work requires him to frequently cross into the United States.
    More than 15 Mexicans told Reuters that the were looking to get re-vaccinated, not with booster shots, but rather to simply comply with the new entry rule, which requires would-be border crossers to show proof of their vaccine status and will be enforced with random checks.
    The vaccine rule marks the latest obstacle faced by Mexican border residents, many of whom for years have crossed for jobs or classes, including many from families with mixed immigration status or even duel nationalities.
    “We’ve had a very rough time during the pandemic, like not being able to cross the border for emergencies like when a close relative died, and now we have to deal with this,” said Gabriela Preciado, a Tijuana resident and professor who also got the CanSino jab because it was the only one available at the time.
    Some have already made especially long trips to meet the new rule.
    “I went to Mexico City, and from there took a flight to Los Angeles,” said another Tijuana educator, who declined to provide his name for fear of problems with border agents.
    The Mexican capital lies some 1,700 miles (2,700 km) south of Tijuana.
    “It’s very important for me to be able to cross,” he added, describing his circuitous journey as both costly and risky.
    Health officials with the state of Baja California, home to Tijuana, said there are currently no plans to offer the internationally approved vaccines to would-be border crossers.
    Last year, facing delays procuring vaccines including from U.S. drugmakers, the Mexican government sought out millions of doses from both China and Russia.
    While coronavirus infection rates have dipped recently in Mexico, it remains one of the pandemic’s hardest hit nations globally, with a confirmed caseload of more than 3.8 million plus at least 289,000 deaths, according to health ministry data.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Alistair Bell)

11/6/2021 Costa Rica Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement For Children
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker
and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
    SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Costa Rican children aged five and up must get COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a new health ministry mandate, making the Central American country one of the first to adopt such a requirement for kids.
    The move would add COVID-19 to a list of other infectious diseases in which vaccines for children have for years been required, including for polio and smallpox.
    “Our basic vaccination scheme has made it possible to subdue many of the viruses that cause suffering and health consequences and even fatalities in the underage population,” Health Minister Daniel Salas said in a statement issued on Friday, announcing the addition of COVID-19 to the scheme.
    Coronavirus infection rates in Costa Rica have been trending down recently, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths totaling more than 7,000, according to official data, out of a population of around 5.1 million.
    So far, nearly three-quarters of the country’s 12 to 19-year-olds have received at least one vaccine dose, while about 54% of all Costa Ricans have been fully vaccinated.
(Reporting by Alvaro Murillo; Editing by David Alire Garcia and Alistair Bell)

11/6/2021 With Infrastructure Passed, Democrats Set Sights On Spending by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 06: Joe Biden speaks during a press conference in the State Dining Room
at the White House on November 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is standing by his partisan reconciliation package, saying he believes it will pass both the Senate and the House.
    “I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to see what happens in the Senate and whether or not I need only Democratic votes, which is likely, the likely outcome.    And the question is, can I get all of those votes,” said Biden.    “This is a process.    And all along, you’ve told me I can’t do any of it anyway.”
    At a press conference on Saturday, Biden stressed that passing the bill is a process.    The Democrat said he was glad the bipartisan infrastructure bill was able to be passed separately from the spending package so that new jobs could be created. This, as bickering continues within the Democrat Party.
    However, House progressives aren’t as happy as Biden. Up until the vote took place, they were sticking to the standard that the only way to pass infrastructure was to pass Build Back Better by its side.
    Moderate Democrats worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and gave assurances they would support the bill after it’s scored by the Congressional Budget Office.    They said they want to make sure it’ll cost no more than what the White House is claiming it will.
    Six progressives including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, voted against infrastructure because they were promised the bills would be tied together.    Others like Ro Khanna (Calif.) came around to voting for the infrastructure bill, but only after last minute attempts to force Build Back Better onto the floor.    He said if they both went to the floor together without scoring, they would still have passed and he’s concerned separating the bills would allow moderates an out of supporting Build Back Better.
    “First of all, what we want is to have the vote on both bills,” said Khanna.    “That’s what the president wanted. He wanted the vote on both bills today and those votes, I believe, would pass.    The question is if we have that conversation and vote on the rule, how do we know that we actually have the caucus’ commitment to vote for Build Back Better two weeks from now.”
    In the Senate, Build Back Better faces even lower odds of making it through the process with moderate Democrat Joe Manchin (W.Va.) maintaining his position as the most notorious question mark on the bill’s passage.    He said the U.S. isn’t a left wing country and wants to keep spending at responsible levels.
    “We just have to work together.    We can’t go too far left,” said the senator.
    After passing the infrastructure bill, the House adjourned for a week long recess.    The CBO still needs to score the Build Back Better legislation, but House leadership said they believe it can be passed by Thanksgiving, regardless of the infighting.

11/6/2021 Biden Says Illegal Border Crossers Separated From Families By Trump Deserve Compensation by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 06: Joe Biden speaks during a press conference in the State Dinning Room
at the White House on November 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden addressed paying illegal immigrants $450,000 in compensation after being separated at the border.    Meanwhile, blaming the Trump administration for all of it.
    At the White House on Saturday, Biden said families who were separated at the border due to President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” deserve compensation no matter the circumstances.    However, just a few days prior, Biden said the reports were “garbage” and that the million-dollar payments weren’t going to happen.
    “If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, you lost your child.    You deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstances,” stressed Biden.    “What that number will be, I have no idea.”
    In the meantime, House GOP leaders issued a bill earlier in the week to block Biden’s so-called compensation plan in efforts to secure the border and prevent further illegal immigration.

11/6/2021 House Continues To Debate Reconciliation Bill In Hopes To Pass It Along With Infrastructure Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speak to reporters on their way to the
House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol November 05, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    House lawmakers passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill.    Late on Friday, the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in a 229-to-206 vote.
    A total of 13 Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the bill.    However, six Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) voted against the measure.
    The bill allocates $1.2 trillion for roads, bridges, public transportation systems and broadband internet.    It will also be funding the electric grid, water systems, airports, as well as electric vehicles.
    The bill was originally crafted in the Senate and is now headed straight to Joe Biden’s desk.
    However, the reconciliation bill will likely stall in the upper chamber amid Democrat infighting and near total opposition from Republicans.

11/6/2021 Rep. McCarthy Slams Democrats Over Push To Pass Build Back Better Bill Without Report From Congressional Budget Office by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 28: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) holds
his weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol building on
October 28, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called out House Democrats for pushing to pass the reconciliation bill without an assessment from the Congressional Budget Office.
    “There’s so many problems within this bill,” said McCarthy.    “I do not believe even if it passed the House that it could pass the Senate.”    McCarthy slammed the Biden administration’s trillion-dollar social spending bill adding “only 10 percent of Americans say they know what is in this bill.”
    During a press conference on Capitol Hill Friday, McCarthy said the Budget Office has not shown the American people what the bill will cost, let alone what it entails.    He also noted the agency’s report on the legislation won’t be completed until after Thanksgiving and pointed out how recent state elections show more and more people are rejecting the progressive left’s policies, including the vague spending bill.
    “Are members of Congress even aware of this estimate?    While Democrats’ reconciliation plan has no transparency, Tuesday’s results show an important truth,” stated the California Republican.    “Voters from Virginia to Texas to Seattle to Minneapolis to New Jersey, sent a mandate to their elected officials.    Stop catering to the progressive left and work on solutions that will improve the lives of your constituents.”
    McCarthy also pointed out how even left mainstream media outlets are criticizing and questioning the logistics of the bill saying “there are gimmicks behind this.”    The House minority leader went on to say it won’t be hard for the GOP to campaign against the bill in the midterms, especially since it’s been tearing progressive and moderate Democrats apart.
    “I don’t think it will be hard for Republicans to campaign against this bill at all.    The damage is done.    We warned them earlier when they took the majority, not to take the path they were doing and low and behold, what is happening a year later?    We have inflation like we haven’t seen in years,” he said.    “We have a border that is no longer secure where people on the terrorist watch list are being caught coming through.    We have got prices of gasoline that have not been this high since the last time Biden was in office, and his only answer is he can’t solve it quickly, but he hopes to.”
    Meanwhile, the vote is reportedly believed to be taking the longest in House history and in order to actually get the bill passed onto the Senate, Democrats will need the support of every Senate Democrat and no more than three defectors in the House.

11/7/2021 No Oil or DOW info.

11/7/2021 Global COVID-19 Cases Near 250 Million As Delta Surge Eases by Roshan Abraham and Rittik Biswas
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment carry a patient on a stretcher, as she
arrives on an ambulance at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward of the Ippokrateio
General Hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Worldwide cases due to COVID-19 were approaching 250 million on Sunday as the surge from the Delta variant eases and more normal trade and tourism resume, although some countries in eastern Europe are experiencing record outbreaks.
    Over the last three months, the daily average number of cases has fallen by 36%, according to a Reuters analysis.
    Even though the spread has slowed, the virus is still infecting 50 million people every 90 days due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, the analysis showed.    It took nearly a year to record the first 50 million COVID cases.
    Health experts are optimistic that many nations have put the worst of the pandemic behind them thanks to vaccines and natural exposure, although they caution that colder weather and upcoming holiday gatherings could increase cases.
    “We think between now and the end of 2022, this is the point where we get control over this virus … where we can significantly reduce severe disease and death,” Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist leading the World Health Organisation, told Reuters.
    In addition to vaccines, doctors now have better treatments.    Britain on Thursday became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing COVID-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics called molnupiravir. Studies showed it could halve the chances of dying or being hospitalised for those most at risk of developing severe COVID-19 when given early in the illness.
    Infections are still rising in 55 out of 240 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Greece at or near record levels of reported cases since the pandemic started two years ago, according to a Reuters analysis.
    Eastern Europe has among the lowest vaccination rates in the region.    More than half of all new infections reported worldwide were from countries in Europe, with a million new infections about every four days, according to the analysis.
    Several Russian regions said this week they could impose additional restrictions or extend a workplace shutdown to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases as the country witnesses record deaths due to the disease.
    More than half of the world’s population has yet to receive a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data.    Less than 5% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid groups last month appealed to leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies to fund a $23.4 billion plan to bring COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and drugs to poorer countries in the next 12 months.
    “Vaccine inequity remains the biggest barrier to reaching our coverage targets,” PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa, urging authorities to prioritize the elderly, frontline workers, and people with pre-existing conditions, to protect them from overburdening the healthcare system.
(Reporting by Roshan Abraham and Rittik Biswas in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

11/7/2021 Biden’s Democracy Summit: Problematic Invite List Casts Shadow On Impact by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks after late-night passage of a $1 trillion
infrastructure bill to repair the nation's airports, roads and bridges, at the
White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. November 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden is getting ready to deliver on a key campaign promise by convening a Summit for Democracy: a first-of-its kind gathering of more than 100 countries to help stop democratic backsliding and erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide.
    But rights advocates are questioning whether the virtual event can push those world leaders who are invited, some accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action.
    “If the summit is to be anything more than just another meeting, each attendee, including the United States, will need to follow through on meaningful commitments on democracy and rights issues in the year ahead,” said Annie Boyajian, vice president for policy and advocacy at Freedom House, a non-profit group specializing in human rights and democracy.
    Administration officials say the December event is just the “launch” of a longer conversation about democracy and that countries will need to fulfill the reforms they pledged to be invited to the follow-up summit planned next year.
    The event – to be held on Dec. 9 and 10 – is a test of Biden’s longstanding claim, announced in his first foreign policy address as president in February, that the United States would return to global leadership under his tenure to face down authoritarian forces led by China and Russia.
    A tentative invite list first reported by Politico and confirmed by a source familiar with the matter shows that the event will bring together mature democracies such as France and Sweden but also countries including Philippines and Poland, where activists say democracy is under threat.    In Asia, some U.S. allies such as Japan and South Korea were invited, while others like Thailand and Vietnam were not.
    Representation from the Middle East was slim with Israel and Iraq among the few countries invited and notable U.S. allies such as Egypt and NATO partner Turkey absent from the list.
    Rights groups praise Biden’s pledge to reinstate the promotion of rights and freedoms as a foreign policy priority, after the disinterested approach of his predecessor Donald Trump, who openly praised strongmen such as Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
    They also say the invitation to countries with problematic human rights records raises doubts about the credibility of the event, but at the same time illustrates the administration’s struggle to balance wider U.S. national security interests, such as countering a rising China, with higher ideals.
    “Clearly, strategic considerations about countering China are at play in inviting very troubled, backsliding democracies like India and the Philippines that are in China’s neighborhood,” said Amy Hawthorne, research director at the Project on Middle East Democracy, an advocacy group.
    “The same might be true for inviting deeply flawed democracy Iraq, the neighbor of U.S. adversary, the Iranian theocracy,” she added.
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has in the past stated he does not “care about human rights,” and Indian President Narendra Modi, who advocacy group Freedom House said is driving India toward authoritarianism, will be among those discussing with Biden how to help democracy flourish globally.
    An official at the Philippines’ foreign ministry confirmed Duterte was invited to the online forum and said Washington had imposed “absolutely no conditions” on his attendance.    The country’s government was still considering whether to participate, the official said.
    A senior U.S. official involved in the planning of the summit told Reuters that invites were sent to countries with different experiences of democracy from all regions of the world.    “This was not about endorsing, ‘You’re a democracy, you are not a democracy.’    That is not the process we went through,” the official said.
    Biden administration officials say they had to “make choices” to ensure regional diversity and broad participation.
    Human rights groups said that with only weeks until the summit it was unclear how Washington would monitor implementation of commitments and hold the leaders who participate to their word.
    Poland, which is locked in a feud with the European Union over what Brussels says is democratic backsliding, was invited, but officials there took umbrage at an earlier message from Washington that appeared to place conditions on the invitation, according to a Polish government source.
    The earlier email contained a list of suggested actions that would demonstrate Poland’s commitment to freedom and democracy, including respect for LGBTQI rights – a major sore point in Washington’s dealings with Poland’s right-wing government that has moved to restrict gay rights.
    U.S. officials said they did not dictate any conditions but called on invited countries to come forward with commitments to take action.
    “The idea has never been to prescribe or to be prescriptive,” said one of the officials.
    The United States would also make its own commitments, the official added, as Washington faces skepticism about the health of its own democracy.    After losing the November 2020 election to Biden, Trump’s false claims of fraud paved the way for his supporters’ Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, an unprecedented episode that stunned foreign governments and armed authoritarian leaders with cause to question the robustness of American democracy.
    “In all of our diplomatic communications around the summit, we are starting from a place of humility and recognizing that no democracy, including of course the United States, is perfect,” said a second administration official.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis; Additional reporting by Joanna Plucinska in Warshaw and Neil Jerome Morales in Manila; Editing by Mary Milliken and Daniel Wallis)

11/7/2021 Poll Sees Zemmour Making It To Second Round Of French Presidential Vote
FILE PHOTO: French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour attends a meeting for the promotion of his new book
"La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot" (France has not yet said its last word)
in Beziers, France, October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
    PARIS (Reuters) – A new poll sees French far-right commentator Eric Zemmour making it to the second round of the presidential election in April along with President Emmanuel Macron, confirming earlier polls that saw Zemmour overtaking far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
    An Ifop poll for newspaper Le Figaro and TV station LCI, published by BFM television, showed Macron would win 25% of the first-round votes, followed by Zemmour with 17%, Le Pen with 16% and conservative Xavier Bertrand with 13% if Bertrand wins the primary to be the presidential candidate for the Le Republicains party.
    Zemmour and Macron have not yet said whether they will run.
(Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Edmund Blair)

    And I am hearing that more are under suspect as Charles Dolan, the former Campaign Chairman for Hillary Clinton referred to as the next one being looked at by Durham.    And from there Fiona Hill, and HR McMaster one who was associated with the Brooking Institution which has been in the news or issues with this in our near past doing some dirty things.

10/22/2019 Rep. Schiff’s witness connections raise allegations of being compromised by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., arrives on Capitol Hill for the interview with U.S. Ambassador
to the European Union Gordon Sondland as part of the impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The star witness in Democrats’ impeachment effort is given preferential treatment behind closed doors, but is cross-examined by the press.    Reports on Monday detailed how Fiona Hill is being used in chairman Adam Schiff’s campaign against the president.
    The former adviser wasn’t even working at the White House during the infamous July 25th phone call with the Ukrainian president.    Not only did she not have first-hand knowledge of the call, but her resume shows she worked for the George Soros-funded Open Society Institute for six years.
    While speaking outside of Hill’s closed-door testimony last week, Representative Jim Jordan raised concerns about the secrecy of the process.
    The secrecy of the hearing is problematic for Republicans, largely because of Hill’s conflicts.    She has questionable publications for the left-leaning outlet Vox as well as ties to figures such as Joseph Mifsud, Christopher Steele, Bruce and Nellie Ohr.
Former White House advisor on Russia, Fiona Hill, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, after testifying
before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

11/25/2019 Fusion GPS co-founders reject Fiona Hill’s assessment of Steele dossier as ‘rabbit hole’ by OAN Newsroom
Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, right,
testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Controversial political consulting firm Fusion GPS has rejected criticism of the Steele dossier by former White House aide Fiona Hill.    In an interview Sunday, Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch defended the anti-Trump dossier by saying Christopher Steele is more proficient in Russian affairs than Hill.    Simpson and Fritsch rejected Hill’s assessment of the dossier as a “rabbit hole.”
    Last week, Hill claimed that Steele may have been played by the Russians to fabricate the document, but the Fusion GPS co-founders insist the dossier is credible.
    “She is not a disinformation specialist and so she is a Russia specialist in general, she is entitled to her opinion,” said Simpson.     “I know she knows Chris and has worked with him for a long time, so I am not sure that that is very well understood in that one remark.”
    The Steele dossier claimed President Trump may have been compromised by Russian intelligence, but those claims were later debunked.
Glenn R. Simpson, former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm
Fusion GPS, is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

1/15/2020 Researchers: Russia hacked Burisma by Bart Jansen and Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – A computer security company reported Monday that Russian hackers sought access to the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, and House Democrats warned the meddling threatened to interfere with the 2020 election.
    Area 1 Security, a California company focused on email security, reported that members of Russian military intelligence known as GRU launched a campaign in early November to steal email credentials from workers at Burisma Holdings.
    Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, previously served on Burisma’s board.    Trump’s call for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and Burisma led to the president’s impeachment.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray and others have said there is no evidence that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.    Other officials, such as Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official, testified in the impeachment inquiry that accusations against Ukraine are Russian propaganda to divert attention from their own election interference.     Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s 2020 campaign, said the Burisma hacking illustrated that Russia seeks to meddle in the campaign to help Trump.
    “Donald Trump tried to coerce Ukraine into lying about Joe Biden and a major bipartisan, international anticorruption victory because he recognized that he can’t beat the vice president,” Bates said.    “Now we know that Vladimir Putin also sees Joe Biden as a threat.    Any American president who had not repeatedly encouraged foreign interventions of this kind would immediately condemn this attack on the sovereignty of our elections.”
    The cyberattack against Burisma involved phishing, an effort in which hackers mimic legitimate organizations in order to trick targets into divulging email passwords and other information.    It wasn’t clear what information the phishing campaign sought, according to Area 1’s eight-page report.
    “The phishing campaign identified is designed to steal email credentials (usernames and passwords) of employees at Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries and partners,” the report said.
    The apparent cyberattack worried House Democratic chairmen because the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russians interfered with the 2016 election by hacking into Democratic Party computers and by circulating false information on social media.    Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian agents of GRU on charges of computer crimes and identity theft.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters the Burisma hack was evidence Russians were trying to help Trump again.
    “We know that the Russians wanted Donald Trump elected last time and they actively supported him,” Nadler said.    “We know the president tried to get foreign help, tried to extort foreign help for the next election campaign.    And it looks like the Russians are trying to open up again.”
    The House impeached Trump on articles accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.    Trump is accused of urging Ukraine to investigate his political rival while withholding $391 million in military aid from the country, and then defying congressional subpoenas during the inquiry.
Contributing: Nicholas Wu

    The following found at
7/28/2020 Source for Steele discredited anti-Trump dossier outed by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times -Sunday, July 26, 2020
Christopher Steele, a former British spy who wrote a 2016 dossier about alleged links between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin,
leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in the libel case brought against him by Russian businessman Aleksej
    The shadowy figure who funneled information to Christopher Steele for his notorious election-year dossier is Igor Danchenko, a Ukraine-born, Russian-educated researcher who worked in the U.S. traveled to Moscow to find supposed dirt on candidate Donald Trump.
    Washington lawyer Mark E. Schamel told The New York Times that Mr. Danchenko is his client.    “Igor Danchenko has been identified as one of the sources who provided data and analysis,” he said.
    A number of online activists had identified Mr. Danchenko, as did Real Clear Investigations.
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, released a 60-page declassified FBI report that detailed three interviews with Mr. Danchenko in January 2017.    The researcher’s name was omitted, and he was referred to only as Mr. Steele’s “primary sub-source.”
    Cybersleuths with the blog I Found the Primary Subsource took tidbits from the heavily redacted document and pieced together enough biographical information to name Mr. Danchenko.
    Mr. Danchenko describes himself on his restricted Twitter account as “Russia/Eurasia political & economic research & analysis, energy, due diligence.”
    Mr. Danchenko was on the payroll of Mr. Steele’s investigative firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, in London.    He also worked at the Brookings Institution.    He co-wrote with Fiona Hill a 2010 Brookings paper titled “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
    The Realities of a Rising China and Implications for Russia’s Energy Ambitions.”    Which now you see the connection of Fiona Hill with the fake impeachment of Adam Schiff and the rest of the Democrats and you willsee below how it is all connected to the Globalist agenda.

1/15/2021 Sen. Lindsey Graham, President Trump Shedding More Light On Russia Collusion Hoax by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spoke to reporters during a news conference at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released documents and transcripts surrounding the Senate’s investigation into the Russia probe. On Friday, Graham dropped information calling the investigation “one of the most incompetent and corrupt in the history of the FBI and DOJ.”
    The documents he released showed interviews conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee with the FBI and DOJ between March and October of 2020.    After interviewing the two departments, Graham said he considers operation Crossfire Hurricane, which was the codename behind the Russia collusion investigation, “a massive system failure.”
    Graham also called on officials to better regulate political investigations.
    The release came ahead of an expected larger release of all FBI documents surrounding the Russia probe by President Trump.    Journalist John Solomon announced the news during his podcast “John Soloman Reports” on Thursday. He said the most important revelation will be around Christopher Steele.
    “The entire narrative leaked to the news media driven to FBI, that Donald Trump was colluding with Russia was done specifically to neutralize Hillary Clinton’s concern that her email scandal had not yet gone away,” Soloman said.
    Solomon added the documents will also show holes in the Democrats 2018 impeachment trial of President Trump, particularly when it came to Fiona Hill.
    Hill testified as a witness before Congress during impeachment proceedings, but Soloman said in the years leading up to impeachment she also was working behind the scenes directly with Steele, hooking him up with sources which drove the false collusion narrative and were the basis of the infamous Steele dossier.
    Additionally, Solomon claimed, if nothing else, the documents would prove without a doubt that intelligence officials were spying on the Trump campaign.
    “Stefan Halper is the guy that put a wire on recorded people like George Papadopolous and Carter Page.    Well, his tasking orders are, I believe, going to be declassified,” Solomon said.    “I believe when people read these tasking orders, the facts will show the FBI intended to spy on the Trump campaign.”
    The wave of documents will undoubtedly take days, if not weeks, to go through, but Soloman said it’ll finally provide “the facts that were denied from us for years” and “the opportunity to get to the bottom of the Russia collusion hoax one last time.”

11/7/2021 Spurred By Reopening, More Migrants Head For U.S.-Mexico Border by Lizbeth Diaz
Migrants break for rest while traveling in a caravan heading to Mexico City, in Arriaga
near the border with Oaxaca state, Mexico November 7, 2021. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha
    TIJUANA (Reuters) – Emboldened by news that the United States and Mexico will reopen shared land-border crossings, hundreds of migrants have arrived at Mexican border cities like Tijuana, hoping the reset will make it easier to cross and seek U.S. asylum.
    Starting on Monday, the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-km) border will be open again to non-essential travel after a 20-month closure aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.    Both countries have succeeded in lowering new infections and vaccinating border communities.
    Another drive to enter the United States could increase pressure on Washington to tighten the border after a jump in migrants this year from troubled areas of Central America and the Caribbean tested President Joe Biden.
    “I’m going to try. We want to get across the border.    I can’t be in Mexico anymore. There’s a lot of violence here,” said Andrea Morales, a Guatemalan who has been living in a makeshift camp for a month next to Tijuana’s El Chaparral border crossing.
    “Four days ago, the government took away our lights and fenced us in like animals.    I put my faith in God so I can cross and give my kids a better life,” Morales said as she stood nursing her baby amid dozens of tents.
    Local authorities angered migrants last week when they threw away tents and other belongings that had been left in the camp they have occupied since February.
    Migrant advocates say many people have been misled about what the border restart means for their asylum prospects.
    “There’s a lot of misinformation.    We have explained to them that the reopening of the border is for people who have papers, a visa, to cross and it’s not a reopening for people to cross and ask for asylum and humanitarian aid,” said Jose Garcia, head of migrant shelter Movimiento Juventud 2000 in Tijuana.
    “They haven’t listened to us and they don’t want to wait,” he added, saying the number of migrants in the shelter had risen by a third since the reopening was announced on Oct. 15.
    Mexicans are also arriving.
    Many migrants in Tijuana said they were fleeing violence in Mexican states such as Michoacan and Guerrero, and aimed to cross on Monday to ask for asylum.
    In 2020, 9,700 Mexicans were displaced by violence, a jump of over a third from the previous year, according to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
    The pandemic, along with a surge in U.S. asylum requests, has meant thousands of migrants spend months in Mexico waiting for a response to their petitions or just a chance to file them.
    “I never left with the intention of staying in Mexico.    It’s like Honduras,” said Augusto Martinez, a Honduran who arrived in Tijuana three weeks ago with his wife and five children.    “We’re definitely going to try and cross.”
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Dave Graham and Peter Cooney)

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11/8/2021 German Coronavirus Infection Rate Hits Highest Since Pandemic Began
FILE PHOTO: People queue to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
during a night of vaccinations with music, at the Arena Treptow vaccination centre
in Berlin, Germany, August 9, 2021. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany’s coronavirus infection rate has risen to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, public health figures showed on Monday, and doctors warned they will need to postpone scheduled operations in coming weeks to cope.
    The seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week – rose to 201.1, higher than a previous record of 197.6 in December last year, the figures from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Monday.
    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 4,782,546 from 4,767,033 a day earlier.    The number of deaths increased by 33 to a total of 96,558.
    Bavaria state premier Markus Soeder called for more decisive action in view of the new peak in the incidence rate.    More needs to be done “than a little compulsory testing in old people’s homes,” he told Deutschlandfunk radio.
    He called for tests to be offered free of charge again, vaccination centres to be reactivated and for states and the federal government to coordinate their strategies. Germany has abolished free testing to incentivise people to get shots.
    Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director at the DIVI association for intensive and emergency medicine, said an expected rise in coronavirus cases in coming weeks meant some scheduled operations would have to be postponed.
    “We will only be able to cope with the burden of all emergencies if savings are made somewhere else, though definitely not with surgical cancer treatments,” he told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.
    Germany has already had to relocate some patients from regions with overburdened hospitals.
    The three German parties working to agree on a coalition government by early December will present proposals to combat a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country on Monday, daily newspaper Die Welt said.
    The plan includes the reintroduction of free tests.
(Writing by Vera Eckert and Paul Carrel, editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Heinrich)

11/8/2021 ‘Earth Began To Purge Us Too’: Slam Poet Brings Refugee Voices To Glasgow by Hanna Rantala
Emtithal Mahmoud, world champion poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador is seen during shooting of
her poem Di Baladna, which is about the devastating impact that climate change is having on humankind,
particularly on refugees, London, Britain November 2021. UNHCR/Andy Hall/Handout via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – She heard them when she spoke to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and when she met Syrians at a camp in Jordan: the same cries of the dispossessed that rang during her own childhood, when she escaped from Darfur.
    Now, Sudanese-American poet Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud – crowned world champion at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington DC – is carrying the message of those voices to world leaders at the climate summit in Scotland.
    Her mission, she explained to Reuters, is “to just get the most vulnerable people’s voices into spaces where we’re not normally represented.”
    “At 11 years old I saw my neighbour’s house crumble before my eyes,” she writes in her poem entitled ‘Di Baladna’, or ‘Our Land’ in Arabic, which she unveils on Monday at the COP 26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.
    “Our country was already locked in turmoil and now the earth began to purge us too,” it reads.
    As a refugee herself and a goodwill ambassador for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, she has spoken to fellow refugees around the globe.    She saw how much they had in common.
    “…You realise that the same vulnerabilities and issues and sensitivities and crises that we witnessed during the Darfur crisis are being repeated over and over,” she said.
    “I think I try to answer the question a little bit of how it is that we can bring everyone into the same cause that a lot of us are in right now.”
    At COP26, she will be appealing for urgent action but also highlighting the efforts refugees are already making to adapt to their habitats.
    “Is the situation dire?    Absolutely, yeah.    But can it be changed?    It can, and they’ve already changed it themselves.    But that work can go to waste if we don’t support them sometime soon.”
(Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Editing by Peter Graff)

11/8/2021 International Travellers Head To The United States As Flights Reopen
FILE PHOTO: Travelers wearing protective face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
reclaim their luggage at the airport in Denver, Colorado, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt
    PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Travellers across the world prepared on Monday to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years, as restrictions were lifted to allow non-U.S citizens to fly there, provided they are vaccinated.
    The extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions, first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19, had barred access to non-U.S. citizens who within the last 14 days had been in Britain, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
    Trade group U.S. Travel said the countries accounted for 53% of all overseas visitors to the United States in 2019.
    The unprecedented ban had dealt a huge blow to tourism but also kept friends and families from attending weddings, funerals, or meeting new babies.
    From Monday, travellers who can show official proof of vaccination and a recent, negative viral test can fly to the United States, and many headed to airports in London, Paris and beyond.
    “We went from zero activity to one that is similar to October 2019 levels, so before COVID,” said Jerome Thomann, of Paris-based Jetset Voyages travel agency, which specialises in trips to North America.
    There are expected to be few if any empty seats on many of the international flights on Monday, and passenger volume is expected to remain high in coming weeks.
    The reopening of the United States to British travellers will help all airlines operating between the two countries, but for UK-based trans-Atlantic-focused Virgin Atlantic, it means “the world,” its chief executive said.
    “This is the market that is at the heart of everything that we do,” CEO Shai Weiss said in an interview.
    Delta said in the six weeks since the U.S reopening was announced it has seen a 450% increase in international point-of-sale bookings versus the six weeks prior to the announcement.
    Airlines, which have warned there will likely be long queues at first, will check vaccination documentation for international travellers as they currently do for COVID-19 test results.
    Starting on Monday, the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-km) border between Mexico and the United States will also be open again.    Hundreds of migrants have arrived at Mexican border cities like Tijuana, hoping the reset will make it easier to cross and seek U.S. asylum.
    At land border crossings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will ask if travellers have been vaccinated and spot check some documentation.
    Children under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements.    Non-tourist travellers from nearly 50 countries with nationwide vaccination rates of less than 10% will also be eligible for exemption.
(Reporting by David Shepardson, Sarah Young, Clotaire Achi; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

11/8/2021 Britain Wants A ‘Rich Mix’ In The Lords, Minister Says
FILE PHOTO: Britain's International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan speaks during the UN Climate
Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants a “rich mix” of people in the upper chamber of parliament and wealthy businessmen should not be excluded from the House of Lords, Britain’s trade minister said on Monday after media reported that political donations led to peerages.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced criticism from opponents after pushing parliament to protect a lawmaker found to have broken lobbying rules, and for his own luxury holidays and refurbishment of Downing Street.
    The Sunday Times reported that those who had donated over 3 million pounds ($4 million) to the Conservative Party had then got peerages.
    “We want a rich mix in the House of Lords but voices with experience,” International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky when asked about the Sunday Times report.
    Trevelyan said Johnson had followed the guidelines on his holidays and the refurbishment of Downing Street.    Johnson has said the government followed the rules over the refurbishment.
    Former British Prime Minister John Major on Saturday attacked Johnson’s handling of a corruption row, saying the government’s behaviour was arrogant, broke the law and was “politically corrupt
    Major, Britain’s prime minister between 1990-1997, said his party had trashed the reputation of parliament.    The former premier, whose own government was accused of sleaze, said he would face a dilemma over whether to vote for Johnson at the next election.
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(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young)

11/8/2021 Veering From Democracy, Nicaragua’s Ortega Locks In Another Term by Daina Beth Solomon
Electoral workers place a Nicaraguan flag on the door of a classroom, at a school used as polling station
during the country's presidential election in Managua, Nicaragua, November 7, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
    SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Daniel Ortega easily secured a fourth consecutive term as Nicaragua’s president, early results showed on Monday, after the former guerrilla fighter suppressed political rivals in a vote critics said was rigged but which won Russian recognition.
    Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council said that with roughly half the ballots counted, a preliminary tally gave Ortega’s Sandinista alliance about 75% of votes.
    The European Union rejected the results, saying the elections “complete the conversion of Nicaragua into an autocratic regime.”
    But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov backed Ortega, saying U.S. calls for countries not to recognize the outcome were “unacceptable.”
    U.S. President Joe Biden, in a statement issued before the tally was announced, said Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, had orchestrated a “pantomime election that was neither free nor fair.”
    The criticism of Sunday’s contest by Western and many Latin American nations began well before the vote, after Ortega detained opponents and business leaders, canceled rival parties and criminalized dissent over the course of months.
    Election observers from the EU and the Organization of American States were not allowed to scrutinize the poll and journalists have been barred from entering the country.
    Monday’s statement by all 27 EU members accused Ortega of “systematic incarceration, harassment and intimidation” of opponents as well as journalists and activists.
    Ortega’s victory consolidates the increasingly repressive political model he has built in recent years.
    A former Marxist rebel who helped topple the right-wing Somoza family dictatorship in the late 1970s, Ortega says he is defending Nicaragua against unscrupulous adversaries bent on ousting him with the aid of foreign powers.    His government has passed a series of laws that make it easy to prosecute opponents for crimes such as “betraying the homeland.”
    On Sunday, Ortega – the longest-serving leader in the Americas – hailed the election as a victory delivered by the “immense majority of Nicaraguans,” and lashed out at domestic opponents, calling them “demons.”
    U.S. officials are considering new sanctions against his government and a review of Nicaragua’s role in a key regional trade pact.
    Biden called on Ortega to restore democracy and release detained opposition leaders.    Until that happened, the United States would use all available “diplomatic and economic tools” to hold the Ortega administration to account, he said.
    Just five little-known candidates of mostly small parties allied to Ortega’s Sandinistas ran against him on the ballot.
    “Most people I know decided not to vote, they say it’s madness,” said Naomi, an opponent of the government from the eastern port of Bluefields, who declined to give her last name for fear of reprisals.
    “What they’re doing here is a joke.”
    The Supreme Electoral Council said turnout was 65%.
    In the 1980s, Ortega served a single term as president before being voted out. He returned to the top job in 2007.
    After initially delivering solid economic growth and attracting private investment, Ortega’s government changed course in response to 2018 anti-government protests.    More than 300 people were killed during the ensuing crackdown.
    Thousands of Nicaraguans have since fled the country.    Many of them gathered in neighboring Costa Rica on Sunday in a show of defiance against Ortega.
    Prolonged discontent is expected to fuel more emigration to Costa Rica and the United States, where record numbers of Nicaraguans have been apprehended at the border this year.
    Rights activist Haydee Castillo, who was arrested in 2018 and now lives in the United States, called the election “a farce.”
    “He has not conceded anything despite the resolutions and declarations that the international community has made,” Castillo said.
(Reporting by Daina Beth SolomonAdditional reporting by Jake KincaidEditing by Dave Graham, Robert Birsel and Catherine Evans)

11/08/2021 Italy Judge Convicts 70 People In Major Mafia Trial
FILE PHOTO: Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri stands outside during a pause in a trial against
more than 320 suspected 'Ndrangheta mafia mobsters and their associates, accused of an
array of charges, in Lamezia Terme, Italy, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – An Italian judge found 70 defendants guilty in the first sentencing at one of the country’s largest-ever mafia trials.
    The case involves the ‘Ndrangheta clan, which is based in Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, and is considered by prosecutors to be the most powerful mafia group in the country, easily eclipsing the more famous Cosa Nostra gang in Sicily.     The fast-track trial, held over the weekend, involved 91 defendants and allowed those convicted to have their sentences reduced by a third.
    Some of those shown by prosecutors to be key ‘Ndrangheta members were handed jail sentences of up to 20 years.
    Chief prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said the first sentencing provided a basis for the wider proceedings involving a further 300 suspects which started in January in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme.
    The mobsters face charges including extortion, drug trafficking and theft.
    “We continue our work with serenity and the firmness needed for such an important trial,” said Gratteri, one of the country’s most respected anti-mafia magistrates.
    He added that most of the 19 people acquitted in the trial were marginal suspects.
    The last time Italy tried hundreds of alleged mafiosi simultaneously was in 1986 in the Sicilian city of Palermo, a case which represented a turning-point in the fight against Cosa Nostra and marked the beginning of the group’s sharp decline.
    The Calabrian trial involves a large number of white-collar workers and does not target the top hierarchies of the ‘Ndrangheta clans in the way the Palermo case did.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante, editing by Ed Osmond)

11/8/2021 Travellers Line Up For U.S. Flights As Curbs Are Lifted For First Time by Tara Oakes and Antony Paone
FILE PHOTO: Travelers pack a United Airlines check-in area ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday at Newark
International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo/File Photo
    LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Travellers excited at the prospect of seeing family and friends for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began took off for the United States on Monday as it lifted travel restrictions slapped on much of the world for the best part of two years.
    The travel ban, first imposed in early 2020, had barred access to non-U.S. citizens travelling from 33 countries – including China, India and much of Europe – and had also restricted overland entry from Mexico and Canada.
    The United States lagged many other countries in lifting the curbs, made possible by the rollout of vaccines despite rising infections in many countries and critical to reviving tourism around the globe.
    Months of pent-up demand triggered a major spike in bookings on Monday, with travellers only required to show official proof of vaccination and a recent, negative viral test.
    “Really, really exciting. I mean, I was meant to go just before COVID happened, and obviously it’s been delayed this long, so it’s really exciting to finally be able to go,” Alice Keane, travelling to Miami to see her sister, said at London’s Heathrow airport.
    Long-term rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic carried out simultaneous take-offs from Heathrow’s parallel runways just before 0900 GMT, a stunt aimed at highlighting the importance of the transatlantic market to the UK’s aviation market.
    The flights were full, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said, while passenger volume was expected to remain high in coming weeks with the approach of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    “It’s a major day of celebration,” Weiss said, adding that planes were “filling up nicely” in what he called a significant tipping point for an industry brought to its knees by the pandemic.
    The United States was preparing for long lines and delays on Monday, with United Airlines alone expecting about 50% more total international inbound passengers compared to last Monday when it had about 20,000.
    Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) Chief Executive Ed Bastian warned travellers should be prepared for long waits.
    “It’s going to be a bit sloppy at first. I can assure you, there will be lines unfortunately,” Bastian said, adding that “we’ll get it sorted out”
    The prospect of long queues did little to dent the enthusiasm of those preparing to be reunited with loved ones.
    “I think we might just start crying,” Bindiya Patel, who was going to see her one-year-old nephew in New York for the first time, said at Heathrow, where jugglers dressed in the colour of the U.S. flags greeted travellers.     Restrictions on non-U.S. citizens were first imposed on air travellers from China in January 2020 by then-President Donald Trump and then extended to dozens of other countries, without any clear metrics for how and when to lift them.
    In January, Trump issued an order to lift travel restrictions on people in Europe and Brazil.    But the order was reversed by President Joe Biden before it took effect.
    U.S. allies had heavily lobbied the Biden administration, which had repeatedly said it did not endorse so-called “vaccine passports,” to lift the rules.
    Airline officials stressed that tourism and family trips alone will not be enough for carriers whose profits depend on filling the most expensive seats. [L1N2RZ0LF]
    Experts say the real battle of the transatlantic, the world’s most lucrative travel market, takes place at the front of the plane, in first, business, and premium economy class, where those paying the top prices help drive airline profits.
    “As for business, we know the recovery is slower and so it’s a question mark but what we know is that there are a certain number of sectors, especially domestic and medium-haul travel, where recovery is already happening and we hope to see this same tendency for the United States,” said Air France-KLM commercial co-director, Henri de Peyrelongue.
    U.S. land borders also reopened to non-essential travel on Monday, though some inoculated Mexicans will not be able to enter the United States immediately if they received vaccines in Mexico that have not been approved by the World Health Organization, such as China’s CanSino and Russia’s Sputnik V.
    “I never imagined that because I got the CanSino vaccine I wouldn’t be able to cross,” lamented Donato Suarez, a driver at a private university in Tijuana who had hoped to visit relatives in the United States he has not seen for nearly two years.
    Hundreds of migrants have arrived at Mexican border cities such as Tijuana in recent days, hoping the reset will make it easier to cross and seek U.S. asylum and despite warnings from advocates that the re-opening is for people who have papers.
    In Canada, long lines formed overnight at U.S. border points for an early rush of travellers but a Canadian requirement that all returning travellers have a negative PCR test is expected to dampen travel.
    Canada, which allowed fully vaccinated Americans to cross the land border in August, is under pressure to drop the negative test requirement from businesses and travellers, who say showing proof of vaccination should be enough.
    At the land border crossings from Mexico and Canada, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will ask travellers if they have been vaccinated and will spot-check some documentation.
    Under-18s are exempt from the new vaccine requirements. Non-tourist travellers from nearly 50 countries with nationwide vaccination rates of less than 10% are also eligible for exemption.
(Reporting by Tara Oakes, Stuart McDill, Sarah Young, Antony Paone, David Shepardson; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Gareth Jones and Nick Macfie)

11/8/2021 WTO Fishing Deal Possible By Ministerial Meeting – Chair
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) building before a ministerial meeting to discuss a draft agreement
on curbing subsidies for the fisheries industry in Geneva, Switzerland, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of negotiations at the World Trade Organization aimed at cutting billions of dollars in subsidies for the fishing industry said on Monday that he thought an outcome was possible in time for a major ministerial conference later this month.
    Environmentalists say that a deal at the WTO to cap subsidies that promote unsustainable fishing would be the single biggest action that could be taken to help falling global fish stocks recover.    While negotiators have never been so close to a deal in 20 years of talks, some key points remain undecided such as details on how the deal applies to developing countries.
    “The work is not done yet – we still have some distance to cover,” Colombia’s Santiago Wills told journalists.    “But … I genuinely believe that we can deliver a balanced a meaningful outcome on fisheries subsidies by MC12,” he added, referring to the WTO’s ministerial conference held from Nov. 30.
    Wills on Monday presented to WTO members a revised draft agreement which he said took a “big step” in the direction of poorer nations seeking exemptions. Intensive negotiations on the draft deal “clause-by-clause” will begin on Tuesday, he added.
    Observers see agreement as essential to the WTO’s legitimacy and relevance, especially since its dispute-settlement capacities are hobbled by differences between the United States and other members on how to reform its top court.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Giles Elgood)

11/8/2021 Former U.S. President Obama Says ‘Act Now’ To Help Island Nations by Valerie Volcovici
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Terry McAuliffe in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
    GLASGOW (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama called on the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow on Monday to address the risks that island nations face from rising sea levels.
    Obama said their tales at the 2015 climate talks had been crucial to the resulting Paris Agreement, which commits countries to holding the rise in the average global temperature to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
    “I have been shaped by my experience growing up in Hawaii,” Obama said, adding: “we have to act now to help with adaptation and resilience
    Leaders of island nations at the COP26 summit pressed Obama about the failure of the United States and other Western countries to meet pledges to provide $100 billion a year in climate finance.
    “Among others, the USA is woefully short of paying its fair share of climate finance,” said Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, adding: “Now we are most vulnerable are told to suck it up and wait.”
    “Developed nations are failing us,” Bainimarama said.
    Obama arrived at the climate talks on Monday at the start of the second week of negotiations, which will focus on the nitty-gritty details that need to be agreed by over 190 countries to further implement the Paris agreement.
    Obama’s aim at the summit is to highlight how far the world has come since the Paris agreement was reached six years ago but stress that more difficult work lies ahead.
    He said there is a big gap between the optimistic projection made last week by the International Energy Agency that newly-made country and corporate pledges would limit global warming to 1.8C and the United Nations’ forecast that current plans would lead to a “catastrophic” rise of 2.7C this century.
    “That makes a big difference for island nations,” he said.    “Every degree to which we can mitigate counts.”
    Obama will also meet with youth climate activists on Monday, who he said will need to keep pressure on governments to deliver on climate action.
(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Alexander Smith and Jonathan Oatis)

11/8/2021 U.S. Seizes $6 Million In Ransom Payments, To Charge Ukrainian Over Cyberattack - CNN
FILE PHOTO: LED lights and toy figures are seen in front of displayed binary code and words
"Cyber attack" in this illustration taken, July 5, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    (Reuters) -U.S. law enforcement officials have seized $6 million in ransom payments and the Justice Department is expected to announce it has charged a suspect from Ukraine over a July ransomware attack on an American company, CNN reported on Monday.
    Yaroslav Vasinskyi, a Ukrainian national arrested in Poland last month, is to face U.S. charges for deploying ransomware known as REvil, which has been used in hacks that have cost U.S. firms millions of dollars, according to the CNN report.
    Vasinskyi conducted a ransomware attack over July 4 weekend on Florida-based software firm Kaseya that infected up to 1,500 businesses around the world, according to charges the Justice Department is expected to announce later on Monday, CNN said.
    Vasinskyi and another alleged REvil operative, Russian national Yevgeniy Polyanin, are expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other charges, the report added.
    Vasinskyi, 22, is being held in Poland pending U.S. extradition proceedings, while Polyanin, 28, remains at large, CNN said.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Dan Grebler)

11/8/2021 Fmr. FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Says International Travel Will Not Increase COVID Cases by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 05: FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 at on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he believes the U.S. is close to seeing the pandemic phase of COVID-19 come to an end as the U.S. reopens its borders.    As the U.S. has begins lifting border restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers, Gottlieb predicts it will not contribute to more coronavirus cases.
    “I don’t think the travel coming in from outside the U.S. feed additional infections, or a lot of additional infections.    It’s really going to change the equation. A lot of people coming into the U.S., first of all they have to show that they’ve been vaccinated.    A lot of them will make sure they aren’t carrying the infection with them, they’re not going to want to get caught in a foreign country,” said Gottlieb.
    During a recent interview, Gottlieb said he doesn’t think the new policy starting on Monday will result in an increase in cases and predicted the Delta virus will play its way out through the country.
    “What you’ve seen nationally is a stall in the decline of cases.    That’s not because we’re seeing a pick up of cases necessarily across the country.    What’s happening is the Delta infection is moving from less populated areas, where it had engulfed those areas with infection, to more populated areas,” Gottlieb claimed.
    Airline companies braced for a surge in passengers on Monday as the U.S. opened its borders to Canada and Mexico.    Additionally, with travelers patiently waiting to see their separated loved ones, Delta Airlines has seen a 450 percent increase in international bookings in just six weeks since the reverse order was first announced.    The move adds new regulations for travelers arriving by air, land and ferry, with officials saying it’s going to be a bit sloppy at first.
    Circling back to the virus, however, Gottlieb said the U.S. is close to the end of the pandemic phase of COVID-19.    He asserted the last spike in cases was caused by the Delta variant and believes COVID-19 in the U.S. would soon shift from a pandemic to an endemic.
    “I think we’re close to the end of this, this Delta wave was the last major wave of infection,” he said.    “We’ve always said that two events that would demarcate the end of this pandemic was being able to vaccinate our children, we’re now able to do that down to age five and also having a widely available orally accessible drug which could treat coronavirus at home and prevent people from being hospitalized and dying, we now have both.”
    Last week, Pfizer said their experimental COVID-19 pill was 89 percent effective in reducing hospitalization and death rates in high-risk adults. Meanwhile, Gottlieb said developing remedies such as the COVID-19 pill and vaccine for children would aide in lowering case counts nationwide.

11/8/2021 Biden Admin. Confident Vaccine Mandate Will Be Upheld by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, N.Y. – JULY 21: Vivek Murphy speaks onstage during OZY Fest 2018 at Rumsey Playfield,
Central Park on July 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Media)
    The Biden administration appears confident its vaccine mandate will be upheld in the courts despite the major win for medical and personal freedom stemming from a federal appeals court’s ruling that temporarily halted the requirement.    In an interview Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement, saying Biden has faith in both the legality and effectiveness of such mandates.
    “The president of the administration wouldn’t of put requirements in place if they didn’t think that they were appropriate and necessary, and the administration is certainly prepared to defend them,” said Murthy.
    He asserted the vaccine requirement will survive the legal challenges ahead, claiming it serves as a necessity to protect the population and keep people safe.
    “When you think about the workplace in particular, it’s so important that our workplaces are safe, that workers feel safe there, the customers also feel safe.    And we know that at this point in the pandemic, when we’ve come so far but we still have 75,000 cases a day, that it’s important we take every measure possible to make our workplaces safe,” Murthy stated.    “It’s good for people’s health, it’s good for the economy, that’s why these requirements make so much sense.”
    Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is also certain the court will uphold the mandate.
    “These vaccine requirements have been litigated up and down the courts all over the country.    State requirements, for example, one in Maine.    And every single court before this one, ruled that they were valid.    The Supreme Court has turned back several times already, various efforts to enjoin other vaccine requirements.    I’m quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld,” said Klain.    “It’s common sense.”
    This comes after a three-judge panel court temporarily halted Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees on Saturday.    Republicans have praised the appeals court’s decision, saying Biden’s overreach must face the checks and balances afforded by the Constitution.
    Louisiana’s attorney general called the ruling a major victory for Americans, adding he believes the heart of the issue is that never before has the federal government tried in such a forceful way to get between the choices of an American citizen and their doctor.
    In the meantime, the White House is confident the case will be litigated before Jan. 4, which is the deadline for vaccination under Biden’s rule.

11/8/2021 Sen. Scott Endorses Lisa Murkowski Over Trump Endorsed Opponent by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) speaks alongside other
Republican Senators during a press conference on rising gas an energy prices at the
U.S. Capitol on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) announced his endorsement for Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) as opposed to her Trump endorsed opponent, Kelly Tshibaka.
    In an interview on Sunday, the GOP chairman said although he fully supports the incumbent, he added any Republican candidate would be “foolish” not to embrace the 45th president’s endorsements.    Scott also emphasized Democrats being “obsessed with Trump” is going to benefit Republicans who are focused on winning by actually solving current issues in the U.S., such as inflation.
    “I think it’d be foolish not to want and accept Donald Trump’s endorsement, but you’re gonna win not because somebody endorses you, you’re gonna win because you focused on making sure inflation gets stopped, making sure people get a job, making sure your kids aren’t indoctrinated on critical race theory, make sure we have safe communities,” said Scott.    “That’s gonna be the issues people care about.”
    Scott’s endorsement for Murkowski comes as a surprise since she was one of seven Republican senators to vote to impeach President Trump earlier this year. Although Trump said she needs to be replaced, the Florida senator said he stands with, and supports all of his incumbents.

11/8/2021 Rep. McCarthy: Over 70 Democrat Seats Vulnerable After Va., N.J. by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California gives a speech during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting
at The Venetian hotel-casino Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
    Republicans are feeling emboldened going into 2022 after storming their way to victory with upsets in last week’s elections, starting in Virginia.    Republicans dominated races across the country, from picking up the governor of Virginia to the city of Seattle’s attorney’s office.
    Wisconsin congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden predicted the electoral prospects for Democrats have narrowed out of existence.
    “People are absolutely angry,” he said.    “They want to be able to have a say in their child’s education.    They want to be able to have a say in whether or not they want the government is able to force them through mandates to do things they don’t want to do.    That was a referendum on the failed big government, socialist policies of the Biden-Harris administration.”
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is also feeling optimistic about Republican chances next November.    A major Democrat donor group recently announced they won’t be focusing on taking his seat, placing the focus on what they see as better pick-up opportunities in Massachusetts and Maryland.
    DeSantis is buoyed by the results in Virginia and the subsequent Democrat abandonment in his state.    He announced he’d be implementing even more measures to protect Florida’s election systems, eyeing an opposite approach taken by Joe Biden’s administration.
    Most emboldened by the results nationwide is GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).    In Virginia, parental rights took over the debate and pushed Republican Glenn Youngkin over the line.    Upon noticeable support, McCarthy announced his caucus would introduce a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
    “We make this promise to you, we will soon unveil a Parents’ Bill of Rights.    It doesn’t matter your wealth, the color of your skin, once you have a child, it is no longer what you become, it is now what opportunities your children will have,” said McCarthy.    “You have the right to know what is being taught in school.”
    As for Democrat chances in the midterms, McCarthy has predicted a bigger landslide than most Republicans could even dream of. He believes voters are so enraged at Democrat policies that seats in districts Biden won by as much as 16 points, could become battlegrounds.
    “If you’re a Democrat and President Biden won your seat by 16 points, you’re in a competitive race next year.    You are no longer safe,” he noted.    “It’s no longer will the competition of competitive seats be small.    It will be more than 70 Democrats that will be competitive.”
    Republicans need only five seats to elect McCarthy as House speaker following the midterms.    Of the seats Democrats barely held onto in 2020 that Republicans are setting their sights on, several are in Virginia and New Jersey, where Biden won big statewide.    However, Democrats underperformed him by over 10 points this year.

11/8/2021 Beefed Up EU Tech Rules Could Be Global Standard, Says Facebook Whistleblower by Foo Yun Chee
FILE PHOTO: Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen reacts during an interview with Reuters ahead of a
meeting with German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, in Berlin, Germany, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s draft rules requiring tech firms to do more to tackle illegal online content could become a global gold standard for a safer online world if they are beefed up, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told EU lawmakers on Monday.
    Haugen, a former Facebook employee who worked as a product manager on the company’s civic misinformation team, has accused the social media giant of repeatedly prioritising profit over clamping down on hate speech and misinformation.
    Her testimony to a European Parliament committee comes after stops in London, Lisbon and Berlin, and at a time when EU lawmakers are debating whether to firm up the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager.
    “The Digital Services Act that is now before this Parliament has the potential to be a global gold standard,” Haugen said.
    “It can inspire other countries, including my own, to pursue new rules that would safeguard our democracies but the law has to be strong and its enforcement firm.    Otherwise, we will lose this once in a generation opportunity to align the future of technology and democracy,” she told EU lawmakers.
    Haugen said the DSA should be expanded to include online content that violates a platform’s terms and conditions, and should force platforms to take responsibility for risks beyond the spread of illegal content such as election manipulation and disinformation about the harms of mental health.
    Haugen said news media content should not be excluded from the rules because disinformation campaigns could still game the system by exploiting digital platforms used by publishers.
    In a blog post ahead of the EU hearing, Facebook rejected Haugen’s claims that it prioritises profits over user safety.
    “Contrary to recent claims about our company, we’ve always had the commercial incentive to remove harmful content from our platform,” Monika Bickert, vice president of content policy, wrote in the blog.
    She said Facebook would spend more than $5 billion this year on safety and security.
    EU industry chief Thierry Breton, who met Haugen earlier on Monday, criticised the increased lobbying by technology companies over the draft rules and urged lawmakers fighting over the scope of the DSA to step up their deliberations.
    “Speed is everything.    We need the DSA/DMA package adopted in the first half of 2022,” he said after the meeting.
    The DMA, or Digital Markets Act, is the EU’s other planned landmark legislation which sets out the do’s and don’ts for global technology companies.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by David Clarke)

11/8/2021 Regeneron’s Antibody Drug Shows Protection Against COVID-19 For Up To 8 Months
FILE PHOTO: The Regeneron Pharmaceuticals company logo is seen on a building at the company's Westchester campus
in Tarrytown, New York, U.S. September 17, 2020. Picture taken September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
    (Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday a single dose of its antibody cocktail reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 81.6% in a late-stage trial, in the two to eight months period following the drug’s administration.
    Shares of the company were up about 1.2% on the update as the data is expected to support the ongoing regulatory review to extend therapy’s use in preventing COVID-19 in people who are not exposed to the virus.
    The antibody therapy, REGEN-COV, is currently authorized in the United States to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and for prevention of infection in those exposed to infected individuals, and others at high risk of exposure in settings such as nursing homes or prisons.
    The extended authorization could help boost sales of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, in the face of competition from oral COVID-19 pills such as those being developed by Pfizer Inc and Merck & Co.

    Data showed that Regeneron’s drug has the potential to provide long-lasting immunity from COVID-19 infection, said Myron Cohen, who leads monoclonal antibody efforts for the U.S. National Institutes of Health-sponsored COVID Prevention Network, making it particularly helpful for immunocompromised people and those unresponsive to vaccines.
    “With infections still occurring despite widespread vaccination, the immunocompromised face an ongoing risk of encountering the virus during their daily lives,” Regeneron Chief Scientific Officer George Yancopoulos said.
    During the 8-month assessment period, there were no hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the REGEN-COV group, but in the placebo group 6 such incidents were recorded, Regeneron said.
    Regeneron said researchers were able to demonstrate the impact of its drug even after the immediate risk of household infection had subsided.    It intends to rapidly share the additional data with regulatory authorities.
(Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

11/8/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Launches Reelection Bid by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at The
Venetian hotel-casino on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has officially launched his bid for reelection.    DeSantis filed paperwork to run for reelection on Friday.
    The Republican said he has “delivered on all fronts” for Florida residents, but asserted he’s “only just begun to fight.”    The governor pointed to the state’s economic growth, historic restoration efforts in the Everglades and support of small businesses statewide as reasons for his reelection.
    DeSantis has held his position as Florida’s governor since 2018 and his current term is set to expire in January 2023.    DeSantis added over the course of the pandemic especially, he has championed the rights of parents by keeping school’s open and in-person.
    “I also protected individual Floridians and small businesses by keeping Florida open and stood up for students and parents by ensuring schools provided in-person instruction and by championing the rights of parents,” DeSantis stated.    “We’ve also taken on Big Tech censorship, banned sanctuary cities, ensured that municipalities cannot defund law enforcement and stood up to the Biden regime.”
    The Republican is seeking a second term in charge of the Sunshine State while several Democrats are competing in a primary to challenge him.

11/8/2021 Sen. Kaine: Democrats Blew Timing Of Infrastructure Bill by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations
in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine criticized his own party over the timing of the infrastructure and spending bills.    During an interview on Sunday, Kaine said Democrats on Capitol Hill should have passed the two bills in October instead of letting internal party disagreements delay the vote.
    This comes as the House passed the Democrats’ trillion-dollar infrastructure bill on Friday.    The senator also claimed an earlier vote would have helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe win the state’s governor race.
    “Democrats blew the timing and as you know Margaret, in politics timing is everything.    We’ll get the bills done, but we’re gonna get them done weeks after the election.    We should’ve had them done weeks before the election,” said Kaine in an interview.
    In the meantime, the Democrats’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is now awaiting Joe Biden’s final approval.    A decision was finalized after months of negotiations, drawn out by disagreements between members of the Democrat Party.

11/8/2021 Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Takes Aim At Democrat Strategist For Blaming Loss In Va. Gubernatorial Race On ‘Wokeness’ by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 26: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a
news conference to discuss legislation that would strengthen Social Security benefits,
on Capitol Hill October 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Far-left lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) slammed a Democrat political strategist for blaming the party’s losses in Virginia on progressive “wokeness.”
    Ocasio-Cortez ripped into former Bill Clinton campaign strategist James Carville in a tweet on Friday, accusing him of causing division in the Democrat Party through his comments.    She asserted Carville and other “old people” use the term “woke” to denigrate voters under the age of 45.
    Her comments come after Carville blamed Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s loss to Glenn Youngkin on “stupid wokeness.”
    “Well, what went wrong is this stupid wokeness.    Alright?    Don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey.    Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis.    Even look at Seattle, Washington,” said AOC.    “I mean, this defund the police lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln’s name off of schools, that…people see that.    And it’s just really has a suppressive effect all across the country to Democrats.”
    Carville’s comments appeared as others in the party have also questioned the appeal of progressive policy goals.

11/8/2021 House GOP: Biden Must Explain Push To Reduce Role Of Nuclear Weapons by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPTEMBER 29: Ranking Member Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) speaks during a House Armed Services
Committee hearing on Ending the U.S. Military Mission in Afghanistan in the Rayburn House Office Building
at the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images)
    Republican lawmakers are demanding answers from the Biden administration about its proposed changes to America’s use of nuclear weapons.
    On Monday, top House Republicans highlighted the concerns by U.S. allies over Joe Biden’s proposal to limit the conditions under which America would consider a nuclear strike.    Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) sent a letter to both state and defense secretaries requesting clarifications on the matter.
    This comes after the State Department said it’s seeking to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. national security strategy.    However, Republicans worry such a policy shift would give another strategic advantage to China.
    Concerns among lawmakers began to surface when Biden suggested he may support a “no first-use” policy back in 2017, saying “given our non-nuclear capabilities and the nature of today’s threats, it’s hard to envision a plausible scenario in which the first use of nuclear weapons by the United States would be necessary. Or make sense.”
    Meanwhile, the State Department’s latest statement highlighted “taking steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the U.S. national security strategy, while ensuring the U.S. strategic deterrent remains safe, secure and effective, and that U.S. extended deterrence commitments to U.S. allies remain strong and credible.”
    The Pentagon has not yet responded to the letter brought forth by McCaul and Rogers.

11/8/2021 Defense Lays Out Self-Defense Case For Kyle Rittenhouse In Opening Arguments by OAN Newsroom
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder presides over a pre-trial hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse, foreground, at
the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Schroeder laid out the final
ground rules on what evidence will be allowed when Rittenhouse goes on trial for killing two people and
wounding a third during a protest against police brutality in August 2020. (Mark Hertzberg/Pool Photo via AP)
    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, which started Tuesday in Kenosha, Wisconsin with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during Black Lives Matter riots in August of 2020.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    “Kyle Rittenhouse protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken, used against him or other people,” said Mark Richards, attorney for Rittenhouse.    “From Mr. Rosenbaum who had made threats to kill and the other individuals, who didn’t see that shooting, attacked him in the street like an animal.    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what the evidence will show.”
    A witness and only surviving shooting victim wounded by Rittenhouse said he was pointing his own at the defendant prior to being shot.    Monday on trial, 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz said he thought Rittenhouse was an active shooter and thought he was going to die.
    Grosskreutz admitted it wasn’t until he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse and advanced on him that Rittenhouse fired off his own gun.
    During jury selection Monday, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted, their decision cannot be influenced by politics.
    The 18-year-old faces life in prison on seven charges, including homicide and attempted homicide.    The trial is expected to last two weeks.

11/8/2021 Pa. Gov. To Give Power To K-12 School Officials To Enforce Mask Mandates Jan. 17 by OAN Newsroom
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial
in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The governor of Pennsylvania said he will devolve power to local leaders regarding the issue of face mask mandates.
    In a press release on Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced he intends to let K-12 school officials decide how to enforce mask wearing.    Wolf stressed the move aims to transition the state back to normalcy.
    The Democrat governor imposed a strict statewide mask mandate in September, sparking fierce backlash and lawsuits from many Pennsylvania parents.    Wolf claimed he would likely announce the order on Jan. 17.
    “Now, we are in a different place than we were in September, and it is time to prepare for a transition back to a more normal setting.    Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus is now a part of our daily lives, but with the knowledge we’ve gained over the past 20 months and critical tools like the vaccine at our disposal, we must take the next step forward in our recovery,” explained Wolf in a statement released by his office.
    Meanwhile, at least two lawsuits are pending against the Wolf administration, which claim it had no legal right to impose the mask mandates.    The ruling is still pending.

11/8/2021 Trump Says He Will Be ‘Very Involved’ In Midterms by OAN Newsroom
DES MOINES, IOWA – OCTOBER 09: President Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the Iowa State
Fairgrounds on October 09, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    The 45th president said he will be “very involved” in the 2022 midterms.
    In an interview published on Sunday, Trump said he will be supportive of some GOP candidates in the midterms while being “very non-supportive” of others.    He said he plans on backing state lawmakers in Michigan who fought for the election, while lacking support for those “who have been terrible.”
    Trump also called out the most recent Virginia governor’s race, calling what happened interesting.    “They used my name…the Democrats.    So much that they ended up losing.    One of the reasons [McAuliffe] lost is because he kept saying Trump, Trump, Trump.”
    He added the Democrats played it wrong because of their obsession towards him.    “They put me on the ballot.    The Democrats put me on the ballot,” said Trump.
    Trump didn’t name any candidate in particular, but said he would “stay busy for good people, not for bad people.”    He has suggested he will be providing even more candidates with his critical endorsement as the campaigns continue on.

11/8/2021 Blinken Says Egypt Has More ‘Issues Of Concern’ On Human Rights Ahead Of Dialogue by Simon Lewis and Daphne Psaledakis
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, gestures, to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during a U.S.-Egypt
strategic dialogue at the State Department, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Washington, U.S., Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. diplomat Antony Blinken said on Monday that Egypt had more work to do on human rights amid calls for Washington to take a tougher stance on Cairo’s crackdown on political opponents during meetings in with Egyptian officials.
    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry suggested some resistance to Washington’s push, saying human rights must be balanced with other considerations and emphasizing the importance of stability.
    The two met ahead of a U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue in Washington, the first such talks since President Joe Biden took power, pledging to put human rights at the center of his foreign policy.
    Blinken in September announced the United States would withhold $130 million worth of military aid from Egypt until President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government takes action on human rights.    Egypt was not invited to Biden’s flagship Summit for Democracy next month.
    On Monday, Blinken credited Egypt for launching a national rights strategy and said the two countries are working together on reforming pre-trial detention and protecting a free press and free expression in Egypt.
    “There are also other issues of concern, more areas where positive steps can be taken, not because the United States or anyone else is asking, but because… it’s what’s in the interest of the Egyptian people,” Blinken said.
    The Working Group on Egypt, foreign affairs experts who advocate for more principled U.S. policies toward Egypt, wrote to Blinken on Monday, urging him to “speak forthrightly about Egypt’s appalling human rights record” and press the Egyptian delegation visiting Washington for meaningful improvements.
    Sisi, a former general who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, has overseen a crackdown on dissent that has tightened in recent years, but denies detaining his opponents.
    State Department spokesperson Ned Price later told reporters the dialogue would include a discussion of specific human rights issues and cases, but declined to outline those.
    “We have conveyed to Egypt’s leaders specific steps we urged them to take,” Price said.    “Of course these steps are conveyed privately but also very clearly.”
    Speaking alongside Blinken earlier, Shoukry said Egypt under Sisi would “forge our path towards a more democratic state” but that equal attention should be paid to “economic and social rights” alongside “political rights and civil liberties.”
    Shoukry also said there was a need for “mutual introspection regarding the challenges faced by our respective societies,” in what seemed to be a reference to internal strife in the United States like the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
    “The experience of the last 10 years (in Egypt) has demonstrated that protecting the social cohesion and territorial integrity of the nation state as well as preserving the stability and efficacy of its institutions is vital in order to fulfill the hopes for change and modernization and to guard against the rise of identity-based politics and sectarian divisions,” he said.
(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Daphne Psaledakis; additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dan Grebler)

11/9/2021 Oil up $1.08 to $82.22, DOW up 111 to 36,439.

11/9/2021 U.S. Eyes January Rollout Of First Projects To Counter China’s Belt And Road - Official by Andrea Shalalbr>
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh speaks during a news conference as the last stop
on his three-country Latin America tour to promote a G7's infrastructure program aimed at countering
China's Belt and Road initiative in Panama City, Panama, September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Erick Marciscano
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to invest in five to 10 large infrastructure projects around the world in January as part of a broader Group of Seven initiative to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.
    A U.S. delegation led by President Joe Biden’s deputy national security adviser, Daleep Singh, identified at least 10 promising projects in Senegal and Ghana during the latest in a series of “listening tours” last week, the official said.
    Officials are meeting with government and private-sector leaders as they hunt for projects to be funded under the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative launched by the G7 rich democracies in June.    Plans could be finalized during a G7 meeting in December, the official said.
    A U.S. delegation visited Ecuador, Panama and Colombia during a similar tour in early October, with another slated to visit Asia before year-end, the official said, without naming any specific Asian countries.
    The G7 B3W initiative is aimed at narrowing the $40 trillion in infrastructure investment that developing countries will need by 2035 and providing an alternative to problematic lending practices by China, officials have said.
    The United States will offer developing countries “the full range” of U.S. financial tools, including equity stakes, loan guarantees, political insurance, grants and technical expertise to focus on climate, health, digital technology and gender equality, the official told reporters.
    The effort is seeking to “identify flagship projects that could launch by the start of next year,” the official said.
    Singh was joined in Africa by Alexia Latortue, deputy chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corp, and Travis Adkins, deputy assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corp, said Emily Horne, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council.
    Biden sought to advance the initiative during a meeting on the sidelines of the COP26 UN climate conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other G7 partners, she added.
    The administration official said senior officials in Senegal and Ghana welcomed U.S. assurances that unlike China, the world’s largest creditor, the United States would not require non-disclosure agreements or collateral agreements that could result in later seizure of ports or airports.
    Projects discussed included setting up a possible vaccine manufacturing hub for West Africa in Senegal, bolstering renewable energy supplies, boosting lending to women-owned businesses, and narrowing the digital divide.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Peter Cooney)

11/9/2021 Nicaragua’s Ortega Secures Fourth Term, U.S. Threatens Sanctions by Daina Beth Solomon
Electoral workers place a Nicaraguan flag on the door of a classroom, at a school used as polling station
during the country's presidential election in Managua, Nicaragua, November 7, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
    SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega clinched a fourth consecutive term, results showed on Monday, after jailing political rivals ahead of a vote that prompted threats of sanctions from the United States and international calls for free elections.
    Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council said that with nearly all the ballots counted, a preliminary tally had Ortega’s Sandinista alliance winning with about 76% of votes.
    In the months leading up to Sunday’s election, Western and many Latin American nations had expressed deep concern about the fairness of the vote as Ortega detained opponents and business leaders and criminalized dissent.
    Election observers from the European Union and the Organization of American States were not allowed to scrutinize the process and journalists were barred from entering Nicaragua.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country will work with other democratic governments and was ready to use a range of tools, including possible sanctions, visa restrictions and coordinated actions against those it said were complicit in supporting the Nicaragua government’s “undemocratic acts.”
    Democrats in the U.S. Congress pushed for President Joe Biden to back the so-called Renacer Act that aims to intensify pressure on Ortega and pursue greater regional cooperation to boost democratic institutions.
    A statement by all 27 EU members accused Ortega of “systematic incarceration, harassment and intimidation” of opponents, journalists and activists.
    The elections “complete the conversion of Nicaragua into an autocratic regime,” the EU said.    Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain and Britain called for detained opposition leaders to be freed.
    “Elections were neither free, nor fair, nor competitive,” said Jose Manuel Albares, Spain’s foreign minister.
    In a speech that lasted more than an hour on Monday evening, Ortega fired back against the United States and Europe, labeling them “Yankee imperialists.”
    “They wanted to be at the head of the Supreme Electoral Council… counting the votes of the Nicaraguans,” Ortega said, addressing supporters from Revolution Square in Managua.    “That won’t happen again in Nicaragua.    Never again, never again.”
    Of his jailed opponents, Ortega said, “They are not Nicaraguans, they have no homeland.”
Cuba, Venezuela and Russia all offered Ortega their backing.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said U.S. calls for countries not to recognize the outcome were “unacceptable.”
    Argentina’s foreign ministry said it was concerned over the arrest of opposition leaders, but said it maintained its diplomatic tradition of “non-interference in internal matters in other nations.”
    Mexico’s foreign ministry said it would not comment on the election until official results were posted.    Mexico maintained a critical view of Ortega’s jailing of opponents but backed non-intervention in Nicaragua’s affairs, a Mexican official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. FORMER REBEL
    Ortega’s victory consolidates the increasingly repressive political model he has built in recent years along with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.
    A former Marxist rebel who helped topple the right-wing Somoza family dictatorship in the late 1970s, Ortega says he is defending Nicaragua against unscrupulous adversaries bent on ousting him with the aid of foreign powers.    His government has passed a series of laws that make it easy to prosecute opponents for crimes such as “betraying the homeland.”
    Just five little-known candidates of mostly small parties allied to Ortega’s Sandinistas were allowed to run against him.
    “Most people I know decided not to vote, they say it’s madness,” said Naomi, an opponent of the government from the eastern port of Bluefields, who declined to give her last name for fear of reprisals.
    “What they’re doing here is a joke.”
    Nicaragua’s electoral authority said turnout was 65%.
    In the 1980s, Ortega served a single term as president before being voted out. He returned to the top job in 2007.
    After initially delivering solid economic growth and attracting private investment, Ortega’s government changed course in response to 2018 anti-government protests. More than 300 people were killed during the ensuing crackdown.
    Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have since fled the country.    Many of them gathered in neighboring Costa Rica on Sunday in a show of defiance against Ortega.
    Prolonged discontent is expected to fuel more emigration to Costa Rica and the United States, where record numbers of Nicaraguans have been apprehended at the border this year.
    Rights activist Haydee Castillo, who was arrested in 2018 and now lives in the United States, called the election “a farce.”
    “He has not conceded anything despite the resolutions and declarations that the international community has made,” Castillo said.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon in San Jose; Additional reporting by Alvaro Murillo in San Jose, Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City, Natalia Ramos in Santiago, Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber in Moscow, Adam Jourdan in Buenos Aires, Guy Faulconbridge in London, Inti Landauro in Madrid, Patricia Zengerle in Washington and Dave Graham and Jake Kincaid in Mexico City; Writing by Cassandra Garrison, Editing by Catherine Evans, Rosalba O’Brien and Grant McCool)

11/9/2021 U.S. Charges Ukrainian And Russian In Major Ransomware Spree, Seizes $6 Million by Mark Hosenball, Kanishka Singh and Joseph Menn
FILE PHOTO: LED lights and toy figures are seen in front of displayed binary code and words
"Cyber attack" in this illustration taken, July 5, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
    (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department charged a Ukraine national and a Russian in one of the worst ransomware attacks against American targets, court filings showed on Monday.
    The latest U.S. actions follow a slew of measures taken to combat a surge in ransomware that has struck several big companies, including an attack on the largest fuel pipeline in the United States that crippled fuel delivery for several days.
    An indictment accused Ukrainian Yaroslav Vasinskyi, who was arrested in Poland last month, of breaking into Florida software provider Kaseya over the July 4 weekend.
    From there, he and accomplices simultaneously distributed REvil ransomware to as many as 1,500 Kaseya customers, encrypting their data and forcing some to shut down for days, it said.
    Vasinskyi is charged with breaking into the victim companies and installing encryption software, developed by the core REvil group.    REvil directly handled the ransom negotiations and split the profits with affiliates like Vasinskyi.    This model allowed the notorious ransomware gang to extort numerous companies for cryptocurrency.
    Kimberly Goody, director of financial crime analysis at security company Mandiant, said targeting affiliates could be more effective than going after the core gangs, because their skills are more prized than encryption software, which is ubiquitous.    Some affiliates also work with multiple gangs.
    The arrest was part of a major ongoing sweep against key ransomware figures coordinated by the FBI, Europol and national police organizations throughout Europe, with help from private security companies.
    REvil, also involved in an attack against top global meatpacker JBS SA, was penetrated by the joint operation, Reuters reported previously, and authorities recovered $6 million in ransom payments.
    REvil announced it was shutting down last month, as did a rival gang involved in the hack of Colonial Pipeline.
    Vasinskyi and another alleged REvil operative, Russian national Yevgeniy Polyanin, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other offenses.
    The Treasury Department said the two face sanctions for their role in ransomware incidents in the United States, as well as a virtual currency exchange called Chatex “for facilitating financial transactions for ransomware actors.”
    Latvian and Estonian government agencies were vital to the investigation, the Treasury said.
    “International partnerships can disrupt bad actors,” former U.S. civilian cyber defense Chris Krebs said on Twitter.
    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco credited Kaseya for its help in the investigation.    “We are here today because in their darkest hour, Kaseya made the right choice and they decided to work with the FBI… in doing so, we were able to identify and help many victims of this attack.”
    The Treasury said more than $200 million in ransom payments were paid in Bitcoin and Monero.
    Vasinskyi, 22, was being held in Poland pending U.S. extradition proceedings, while Polyanin, 28, remains at large. Russia’s tolerance of major gangs targeting U.S. critical industry has been a flashpoint in relations with the Biden administration.
    President Joe Biden said on Monday that his administration has taken “important steps to harden” critical U.S. infrastructure against cyberattacks.    “When I met with President Putin in June, I made clear that the     United States would take action to hold cybercriminals accountable.    That’s what we have done today,” he said in a statement released by the White House.
    Although discussions continue, security experts and most U.S. officials said they had not seen an overall decrease in ransomware attacks.    Encryption software used for such attacks is freely available.
    Reuters could not reach legal representatives for the two men accused on Monday, and no attorneys for them were listed in court filings.
    The indictment said the Ukrainian hacker and other conspirators started deploying hacking software around April 2019 and regularly updated and refined it.    It said he also laundered money obtained through the extortion scheme.
    Europol said earlier on Monday that Romanian authorities on Nov. 4 arrested two other individuals suspected of attacks deploying the REvil ransomware.    Officials in South Korea previously arrested three more people associated with REvil and two related strains of ransomeware, Europol added.
    Twelve suspects believed to have mounted ransomware attacks against companies or infrastructure in 71 countries were “targeted” in raids in Ukraine and Switzerland, Europol said on Friday.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Mark Hosenball, Diane Bartz and Susan Heavey in Washington, and Joseph Menn in San Francisco; Editing by Dan Grebler)

11/9/2021 Bolivia Unions Go On Strike As Political Tensions Rise by Daniel Ramos
Demonstrators carry an oversized Bolivian flag in the street during protests against legislation
that opposition groups say will hit private property and centralise political power in the hands
of the ruling socialist party, in La Paz, Bolivia November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Claudia Morales
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivia’s transport and retail unions launched an indefinite strike on Monday to protest a law against so-called “illicit profits” and terrorist financing that critics allege is a government ruse to seize private property.
    Opposition civil and political groups joined the strike, accusing the socialist government of President Luis Arce of using laws and the justice system to centralize power and crack down on dissent.
    “They want to investigate us as criminals to find out where we get our money and our merchandise,” said Francisco Figueroa, a top union leader involved in the strike.
    “There is fear that they will take everything from us.”
    The strike, while widespread, did not have the support of the powerful Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) union, which is more closely allied with the government.
    Thousands of union members marched in the main cities of the landlocked South American country against the law, while drivers suspended public transport service.    In the lowland city of Santa Cruz, protesters blockaded roads.
    The country has been sharply divided since the abrupt resignation of former socialist leader Evo Morales in 2019 amid protests.    His party, back in power with a new president, accuses the conservative opposition of leading a coup against him.
    Over Sunday a fight had broken out between Bolivian lawmakers in Congress, with the opposition saying that ruling party was seeking to perform a “legislative coup.”
    Bolivia’s interior minister Eduardo del Castillo downplayed the strike and told the state TV channel that in many parts of the country things were operating as normal.
    “In almost eight departments of the national territory there is complete normality, free movement.    In the department of Santa Cruz there are sporadic blockade points that have been made up more by stones than by people,” he said.
(Reporting by Daniel Ramos; Editing by Adam Jourdan and David Gregorio)

11/9/2021 Okla. Gov. Calls Out School District Over Firing Of 6 Teachers by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JUNE 18: Governor Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) speaks during a roundtable at the State
Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) tore into the city’s public school system over the firing of six teachers for standing against mask mandates.
    In a recent video posted to Twitter, Stitt stressed the city’s absurd firing spree comes in the middle of an alarming teachers shortage, leaving parents frustrated with their local schools.
    “Earlier this week, the Oklahoma City Public School District had the audacity to fire six talented teachers.    They were fired because they wouldn’t follow an illegal mask mandate issued by their superintendent,” said Stitt.    “This is preposterous, especially in a time when talented teachers are needed more than ever.”
    He added the firings are in violation of state law banning school mandates.
    Just last week, the District Board of Education unanimously ruled to fire the staff members after they stood against the mask mandate set by the district.    All six teachers were placed on administrative leave when the mandate originally went into effect back in August.    Five of the fired teachers suing the district said wrongful termination would be added to the lawsuit.
    Stitt asserted Oklahomans believe in common sense, not “political pandering and bureaucratic overreach.”    He ultimately called on Superintendent Sean McDaniel and other districts to hire the talented teachers back.    However, officials at the Oklahoma City Public Schools said they would continue to require teachers and students to wear masks with only a few exceptions.

11/9/2021 Don Lemon Accuser Details Alleged Assault by OAN Newsroom
SEPTEMBER 22: In this screengrab Don Lemon speaks during the CITIZEN by CNN 2020 Conference
on September 22, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, United States. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for CNN)
    CNN host Don Lemon is facing accusations of sexual assault.     On the Megyn Kelly Show on Monday, accuser Dustin Hice gave details of what he claims Lemon did while the two were at a bar in the Hamptons three years ago.    Hice said he offered to buy the CNN host a lemon drop drink as a gesture of good will, but began to feel uncomfortable when an allegedly intoxicated Lemon started gesturing in a sexual manner towards him.
    In a lawsuit, the accuser claimed Lemon stuck his hand down his own pants and shoved his hand in Hice’s face. Hice said this could very well be a pattern for Lemon.
    “I don’t know anybody that acts like that in public and without any fear of what it might do to somebody and the consequences it might have and, that’s a pattern you know.    It’s, I don’t know, I wouldn’t be surprised,” said Hice.
    Lemon has denied all allegations and claims Hice has been trying to extort him for years.    According to Lemon’s attorneys, the host is often harassed based solely on his race and sexuality, which they say is the main basis for the suit.

11/9/2021 Sen. Cruz: Texas Has Responsibility To Union by OAN Newsroom
Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, questions U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland during a
Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C. October 27, 2021. (Photo by TASOS KATOPODIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) believes his state could secede if things get worse in the U.S. Speaking at Texas A&M recently, the Republican said he loves America and isn’t ready to give up on it.    However, he said he understands why some people would want to secede after months under Joe Biden’s administration.
    Cruz said if enough people see the end of the U.S. as founded, they will join in the movement and Texas will take its oil and NASA for itself.
    “We’re not there yet, and if there comes a point where it’s hopeless, then I think we take NASA, we take the military, we take the oil,” said Cruz.
    “If the Democrats end the filibuster, if they fundamentally destroy the country, if they pack the Supreme Court, if they make D.C. a state, if they federalize elections and massively expand voter fraud, there may come a point where it’s pointless.    We’re not there yet,” said the Texas Republican.
    Cruz said Texas still has a responsibility to the U.S., especially in keeping American values in the face of a radical left.

11/9/2021 Gov. DeSantis Announces Special Session To Counter Biden’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at
The Venetian hotel-casino on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) unveiled his plan to outlaw Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate in the Sunshine State for good in efforts to protect vaccine hesitant Floridians from losing their jobs.
    During a press conference on Monday, DeSantis made a series of proposals for an upcoming special session of the state legislature to counter Biden’s vaccine mandate.
    “Even though the Biden administration, it always said this would never be mandated, and even they acknowledged the federal government doesn’t have the power to mandate it.    Fauci said it would never be mandated and now all of a sudden they say there’s grave danger so it takes them two months to write a 500-page rule that they’re trying to shove down the throats of the American people,” said DeSantis.
    At the special session, Florida lawmakers are set to discuss a proposal to protect all public employees from having to get the vaccine.    The proposal also lays out what rights employees in the private sector would have.
    If private companies choose to impose vaccine standards, they would not have the authority to require pregnant women, employees with health and religious concerns or those who have already recovered from COVID-19 to get the jab.    In addition, they would need to give all other employees the option to take weekly testing.
    According to DeSantis, entities that violate these standards could face a fine of up to $50,000.    He stressed it’s wrong to deny people their livelihood due to their medical choices.
    DeSantis also pointed out forced vaccination is anti-scientific.
    “So these mandates ignore science because they don’t recognize immunity confer through prior infection, and it’s just wrong and so, we have a responsibility, yes, to stand up against Biden’s mandates, but we have a responsibility to protect Floridians regardless of those mandates and it doesn’t matter if the federal government stood down tomorrow, we still would need to be able to protect nurses, to be able to protect our firefighters, to be able to protect everybody in the economy,” stated the Republican.
    DeSantis said Florida lawmakers are going to be “striking a blow for freedom.”    Meanwhile, the special session of the Florida state legislature is set to begin on Nov. 15.

11/9/2021 White House Doubles Down On Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing
Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The White House continues to press forward with its nationwide vaccine mandate.    Despite a set back, the Biden administration believes it will succeed in implementing a vaccine mandate on large employers.
    Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre expressed the White House’s confidence during a press conference on Monday.
    “Congress empowered OSHA through a law, through a law that has been in the books for more than 50 years.    So, this is an authority that we believe the Department of Labor has,” said Jean-Pierre.    “We are very confident about it and just to say this is about keeping people safe in the workplace and it’s critical and it’s important to do.    And so, that’s the message that we want to send out.”
    The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay on the order, citing constitutional concerns of federal overreach.    According to Jean-Pierre however, COVID deaths should garner more attention than the legality of the actions to combat the virus.
    “And if you look around and if we really, you know, zero in this past year, more than 750,000 people have died of COVID,” she stressed.    “You have more, about 13-, approximately 1,300 people a day, who are also, who continue to die a day as I said, from COVID.    If that’s not a grave danger, I don’t know what else is.”
    The administration has urged the appellate court to lift the stay on the mandate, saying lives will be lost each day it’s not in place.    Jean-Pierre echoed these sentiments, asserting the pandemic won’t be over until people are forced to choose between their job and the jab.
    “In order to get this pandemic behind us, we need to get more people vaccinated.    And this is a way to do that and we see vaccination requirements work,” Jean-Pierre said.    “And also it’s important to keep people safe in their workplace.    That should be, you know, should be a critical mission in making sure that happens.”
    At least 27 states have challenged the federal vaccine mandate in various circuit courts around the country.    If the measure passes, all companies with over 100 employees will be forced to require proof of vaccination or weekly testing by Jan. 4.    In addition, employers will be fined up to $14,000 per violation of the policy.

11/9/2021 Sen. McConnell: I’m Delighted House Passed Infrastructure by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 03: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate Chamber
on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
    As infrastructure passes and the partisan Build Back Better spending bill continues to linger, Republicans are sending mixed messages about where they stand.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has remained a staunch supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure bill since the measure was first proposed.    On Monday, the Kentucky Republican said he was delighted the measure finally passed the House after lingering on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) desk for months.
    “I supported that measure,” he said.    “It passed the Senate, went over to the House with 69 votes and sat there for months and months and months.    So, I was delighted that the House finally found a way to pass the infrastructure bill last week.”
    Although, not all Republicans were as happy the bill passed as McConnell was.    Without the 13 Republican votes in favor, the bill would have actually failed in the House.
    Colorado’s Lauren Boebert (R) said she believes if the bill hadn’t passed, Pelosi would have been humiliated and it would have given conservatives a uniting win.    Instead, the bill passed because of the GOP’s efforts to reach across the aisle, and Boebert believes that only staunch conservatives should be a part of the House majority after 2022.
    Despite the open wounds on infrastructure, the party is nearly wholly united in opposition to the Democrats’ partisan Build Back Better package.    House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) believes the party is on the side of the vast majority of Americans.
    He noted how nobody supports trillions more in spending.    Instead, the recent elections show that voters are tired of politicians catering to the far-left of the Democrat Party.
    “Tuesday’s results show an important truth,” said McCarthy.    “Voters from Virginia, to Texas, to Seattle, to Minneapolis, to New Jersey, sent a mandate to their elected officials.    Stop catering to the progressive left and work on solutions that will improve the lives of your constituents.”
    Senate Minority Leader McConnell agreed, saying that Build Back Better is actually just more reckless spending without any significant benefits for the average American.
    “The other bill they’re trying to pass could best be described as the reckless tax and spending bill, a massive addition of another $2 trillion the country is not asking for and doesn’t want, and we had a referendum on what they’re doing last Tuesday in Virginia and New Hampshire and New Jersey.    I don’t think the American people are interested in seeing this go any further,” said the Republican.

11/9/2021 Iowa Gov. Orders Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Teacher by OAN Newsroom
This photo provided by the Fairfield (Iowa) Police Department
shows Nohema Graber. (Fairfield, Iowa Police Department via AP)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of a teacher who was allegedly killed by two students.
    On Tuesday, flags flew at half-staff in remembrance of 66-year-old Fairfield High School teacher Nohema Graber. Graber was allegedly murdered by two students, 16-year-olds Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale.
    “My heart goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, and students that are dealing with this tragic murder of Nohema Graber,” said Reynolds.    “Ms. Graber touched countless children’s lives through her work as an educator across our state by sharing her passion of foreign language.”
    Police reportedly received a tip that Goodale posted details about planning the killing on social media before discovering Graber’s body underneath a tarp at a local park last week.    Reports suggest she suffered from “trauma to the head.”
This undated photo provided by the Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, in Iowa, shows Willard
Noble Chaiden Miller (L) and Jeremy Goodale (R). (Assistant Jefferson County Attorney via AP)
    “If anybody, students or adults, has any information, we still want them to come forward whether they saw anything taking place last week in and around the park area,” said Mitch Mortved, Assistant Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation.
    Both students are being charged as adults with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.    In the meantime, they are being held on a $1 million bond and expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

11/9/2021 Justices Hear Oral Arguments In Case Regarding FBI Surveillance Of Calif. Muslim Community by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPTEMBER 28: The Guardian or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests
on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, D.C (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case involving allegations the FBI discriminated against a California Muslim community with their surveillance efforts.    U.S. Justices seemed puzzled at the questions surrounding the case.
    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for FBI v. Fazaga, which revolves around an FBI investigation that occurred in the mid-2000’s.    During the operation, an agent posed as a Muslim convert, infiltrated and ultimately electronically surveilled a Muslim community in Orange County, California.
    However, a trio of Muslims allegedly thought the agent’s behavior was peculiar and reported him to the FBI, claiming the agent attempted to incite violence.    The trio eventually sued the bureau and the agents involved, alleging the agency unlawfully targeted the community based on their religion.
    A U.S. district court dismissed the case siding with the federal government’s claims that the evidence accrued during the operation amounts to state secrets.    They also claimed any unauthorized eyes on the records would harm America’s national security.
    However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision and ordered the lower court to review the government’s evidence, behind closed doors if need be, and determine whether the FBI’s evidence was collected in violation of the U.S. Constitution or federal law.
    Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler argued in front of the Supreme Court that the Ninth Circuit misinterpreted federal law.    Although, Justice Stephen Breyer thought looking at the evidence would put the case in clearer view.
    “Here, we have a motion to dismiss, and all we have is that.    And before we decide whether the case should have been dismissed or not dismissed, doesn’t the district judge and perhaps the court of appeals and for all I know, maybe us, have to look at this information?
    Justice Brett Kavanaugh seemed to concur with this sentiment when pressing the attorney for the Muslim respondents.    But, the justices didn’t suggest they would make a sweeping decision on the scope of govenment’s state secret privilege claims.
    This marks the second case where justices heard issues of state secrets after hearing a case in October regarding what information the CIA tried to squeeze from a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
    In the meantime, the justices will hash out the details of the case before handing down a ruling as early as June 2022.

11/9/2021 Facebook Whistleblower Calls Out Company’s New Metaverse Over Safety Concerns by OAN Newsroom
This photograph taken on October 28, 2021 shows the META logo on a laptop screen in Moscow as Facebook
chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the parent company’s name is being changed to “Meta” to represent a future
beyond just its troubled social network. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
    A Facebook whistleblower says the company’s new rebranded “” would force people to give up even more of their personal information.
    In an interview this week, Frances Haugen, a former product manager for Facebook, said the new virtual reality world would require users to put more sensors in their homes and in the workplace.    She also expressed concern over its addictiveness, which may encourage people to unplug from their own realities.
    The former Facebook employee said the company is continuing to disregard transparency and prioritizing profits over safety.    She noted in her interview that she was shocked by the rebrand, pointing to the money spent on 10,000 new engineers to work on video games, but no further resources to keep women safe.
    “A classic public health crisis communication technique is that if you don’t like the conversation, you try to change the conversation.    I’ve heard from multiple sources that they rushed the launch of the Metaverse because they wanted to change the conversation,” said Haugen.    “They wanted to no longer talk about safety on their platforms.    Instead, they want to talk about video games.    I think, like it is a distraction.    Unquestionably, it is a distraction.”
    Last month, Haugen leaked documents to authorities regarding Facebook’s questionable business practices and has testified publicly against the company in the U.S. and in Europe.

11/9/2021 Biden-Xi Virtual Meeting Planned For As Soon As Next Week -Source by Trevor Hunnicutt, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina
FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool//File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A virtual meeting planned between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will be held as soon as next week, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.
    Spokespersons for the White House and the Chinese embassy in Washington declined to confirm whether the meeting would take place next week.
    Combative U.S. diplomatic exchanges with China early in the Biden administration unnerved allies, and U.S. officials believe direct engagement with Xi is the best way to prevent the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies from spiraling toward conflict.
    The two sides said they had reached an agreement in principle to hold the virtual meeting between Biden and Xi before year-end after talks in the Swiss city of Zurich last month between U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi.
    Sources told Reuters last month that, given China’s domestic COVID-19 restrictions and Xi’s reluctance to travel, Washington was aiming for a video conference call in November.
    White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean Pierre was asked at a briefing on Monday about the timing of the virtual meeting and reiterated there was an agreement in principle for Biden and Xi to hold it before the end of the year.
    She said working-level discussions were underway to confirm details, but declined to offer specifics.
    Stakes for the meeting are high – Washington and Beijing have been sparring on issues from the origins of the pandemic to China’s expanding nuclear arsenal – but Biden’s team has so far set low expectations for specific outcomes.
    Experts believe the two sides may work toward an agreement to relax curbs on visas for each other’s journalists and have also said a deal to reopen consulates in Chengdu and Houston shuttered in a diplomatic dispute in 2020 could help improve the mood.
    The Biden administration has said, however, that a deal on the consulates was not being discussed ahead of the meeting.
    A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said last week that the planned meeting was part of U.S. efforts to responsibly manage the competition with China and not about seeking specific deliverables.
(This story was refiled to fix garble in slug for media clients, add bylines, trim headline.)
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina; Editing by Franklin Paul and Jonathan Oatis)

11/9/2021 Sen. King Urges Lawmakers To Promote Domestic Electric Vehicle Supply Chains by OAN Newsroom
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – MAY 09: U.S. Sen. Angus King (ID-ME) speaks during
a confirmation hearing for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel before the Senate (Select)
Committee on Intelligence May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) touts America’s electric vehicle capabilities.    During an interview with Axios on Tuesday, King said EV companies would be able to recycle batteries within the next five years.
    King said the issue of EV independence isn’t only an environmental issue, but a national security issue as well.    He added right now the U.S. is over-dependent on supply chains with China when it comes to EV technology.
    “You don’t have to have much imagination to say okay, we get to a significant penetration of EV and then suddenly we get into some kind of conflict with China and they say, no more rare-earth minerals, no more cobalt, no more things you need for batteries.    Lithium, and we’re in a really bad place,” said King.    “So, as I say, there’s a very important national security aspect to this and it’s a matter of stimulating and developing the domestic industry.”
    Sen. King went on to promote a provision of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he says would help American companies develop their EV’s even better.
    “[We’re] trying to jumpstart an entire industry.    Here it is,” he said.    “It is feasible, but it’s not easy and it’s something that’s going to take some time.    And frankly, it’s going to take some federal support just as other areas of energy development have.”

11/9/2021 Okla. Supreme Court Overturns Opioid Lawsuit Against J&J by OAN Newsroom
A picture taken on November 30, 2017 shows the logo of U.S. multinational medical devices and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson
at the entrance of the research and development plant, in Val-de-Reuil, northwestern France. (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court overturned a $465 million lawsuit against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.
    In a 5-1 decision on Tuesday, the court overturned a lower court ruling from 2019, asserting the lower court wrongly interpreted the state’s public nuisance law.    The court also rejected a motion to increase the penalty to $9.3 billion.
    "J&J had no control of its products through the multiple levels of distribution, including after it sold the opioids to distributors and wholesalers, which were then disbursed to pharmacies, hospitals, and physicians’ offices, and then prescribed by doctors to patients,” the ruling said.
    This comes after a non-jury trial in 2019 ruled Johnson & Johnson had contributed to Oklahoma’s opioid crisis and ordered the company to pay the state.
    Statistics show more than 4,600 Oklahoma residents died from opioid overdoses from 2007 to 2017.    Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson have maintained its marketing and promotion of “these important prescription pain medications were appropriate and responsible.”

11/10/2021 Oil up $2.05 to $84.27, DOW down 112 to 36,320.

11/10/2021 UK Draft Climate Deal Urges Countries To Step Up Climate Goals by Valerie Volcovici and Kate Abnett
A cameraman sits in front of a screen displaying COP26 logo during a news conference at the UN
Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – The United Kingdom, host of the U.N. climate change summit in Glasgow, on Wednesday released a draft political decision, which will be negotiated over the next few days, urging countries to strengthen their national climate plans by the end of 2022.
    The first draft of the “COP cover decision” asks countries to “revisit and strengthen the 2030 targets in their nationally determined contributions, as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal by the end of 2022.”
    The draft also reminds countries that under the Paris Agreement they can submit new, more ambitious climate pledges at any time and for the first time calls for countries to phase out coal and fossil fuel subsidies.
    It is being closely watched for what it might commit countries to do to bridge the gap between their current climate targets and the more ambitious action scientists say is needed to avert disastrous levels of warming.
    Diplomats from the nearly 200 countries represented at COP26 will hunker down on Wednesday to negotiate a final text they are all willing to sign when the summit ends this weekend.
    Poorer, climate-vulnerable countries have called for countries to cap warming at 1.5C – a temperature increase scientists say is just short of calamitous.
    The push for more regular reviews of climate plans is seen as necessary because countries’ current 2030 pledges would lead to 2.4C of warming.
    The draft, which the UN released just before 0600 GMT, also calls on countries to “accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels,” a demand of climate change campaigners and “urges” developed countries to “urgently scale-up” financial support for developing countries to respond to their needs to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Bhargav Acharya; Editing by Tom Hogue and Gerry Doyle)

11/10/2021 Peru Protesters Block Las Bambas Copper Transport Road Again by Marcelo Rochabrun
FILE PHOTO: Residents block a street during a protest against Las Bambas
mine in Apurimac, September 29, 2015.REUTERS/ El Comercio
    LIMA (Reuters) – Protesters in Peru’s Cotabambas province on Tuesday blocked once again a key mining corridor used by the huge MMG Ltd’s Las Bambas copper mine, despite a preliminary agreement to keep the road free, a community leader said.
    Victor Limaypuma, the President of the Cotabambas Defense Front, told Reuters the protest was taking place because there were scheduled talks set for Tuesday, but the government and the mine failed to send senior representatives.
    Limaypuma said the blockade will last 48 hours.
    The blockade is the first protest since Peru’s socialist government and the Cotabambas province reached a tentative agreement on Oct. 27 to engage in formal talks.
    “We are really conscious of the fact all your demands are legitimate and that we should try to resolve them,” Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez told Cotabambas residents at the time.
    Cotabambas leaders say Las Bambas has brought pollution to the area and little in the way of economic development.
    Las Bambas is Peru’s fourth largest copper mine, and uses a dirt road to transport copper to port.
    The road is often the site of protests and has been blocked for over 300 days since Las Bambas started operations in 2016.
    Las Bambas representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

11/10/2021 France’s Ex-President Hollande Relives Night Of Paris Attack During Trial by Tangi Salaün
Former French President Francois Hollande arrives for the trial of the Paris' November 2015 attacks at
the Paris courthouse on the Ile de la Cite, in Paris, France, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
    PARIS (Reuters) – Former French president Francois Hollande on Wednesday told a court there had been intelligence failures ahead of an Islamic State attack against Paris in 2015, and took a swipe at Belgium for hindering efforts to shut their shared border.
    Hollande was watching a France-Germany soccer match at the Stade de France on the evening of Nov. 13, 2015, when the first blast outside the stadium detonated.    The militants went on to attack bars, restaurants and a concert hall, killing 130 people.
    Even before the assault was over, with the death toll rising and the horror of the violence sinking in, Hollande declared a state of emergency and ordered the frontiers closed.    Hours later, Salah Abdeslam, today the sole surviving attacker, fled to Belgium.
    “It wasn’t France’s fault, but that of another country,” Hollande told the court of Abdeslam’s escape from France.
    Abdeslam proclaimed himself to be an Islamic State “soldier” on the first day of his trial.    He has previously told investigators he planned to blow himself up but backed out.
    French police on Nov. 14 stopped the car carrying Abdeslam and asked the Belgian police if they had him on a watchlist, but did not get an answer and let him go.    He was only arrested in a raid by armed police in the Molenbeek area of Brussels four months later.
    The Belgian interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.    The Belgian government has accepted some blame in the past, with the interior and justice ministers offering to resign in 2016 in response to security lapses linked to the 2015 Paris attack and another in Brussels in March 2016.
    At the time of the Paris attack, France had been on high alert following militant attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a kosher supermarket in the capital in January of the same year.
    Several of the 10 attackers slipped into Europe from Islamic State strongholds in Syria, using fake passports and mixing with migrants fleeing war and poverty.
    Hollande told the court there had been gaps in the French intelligence.
    “There is clearly a failure when an attack takes place,” he said.
    Abdeslam previously told the court the attack had been to avenge French military action in Syria, ordered by Hollande.
    The court has heard recordings from inside the Bataclan concert hall – where 90 of the victims were killed – during which the jihadists can be heard citing Hollande’s name.
    Hollande said the attackers’ objective had been to divide France and compel him to cease France’s military interventions in Iraq and Syria.
    “My goal was to safeguard national unity,” Hollande added.
(Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Alex Richardson)

11/10/2021 UK’s Frost To EU: Stay Calm And Don’t Threaten Retaliation by Kylie MacLellan and Kate Holton
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Europe adviser David Frost leaves the European Commission
headquarters after a meeting with officials in Brussels, Belgium, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Brexit minister David Frost said on Wednesday that Brussels should stay calm and avoid embarking on “massive and disproportionate retaliation” if London follows through on its threat to escalate a post-Brexit trade dispute.
    Frost said he wasn’t yet ready to give up on talks aimed at finding a solution, but repeated that Britain could trigger emergency unilateral provisions in the Brexit deal, a warning which has increased tensions between the two sides.
    “They seem to be claiming that it will be entirely unreasonable for the British government uniquely to use these wholly legitimate safeguard provisions … they’re also suggesting that we can only take that action at the price of massive and disproportionate retaliation,” Frost told parliament’s upper chamber.
    “I gently suggest that our European friends should stay calm and keep things in proportion.”
    Since leaving the EU last year Britain has refused to implement some border checks agreed for Northern Ireland as a way to avoid introducing a hard frontier between the British province and EU-member Ireland.
    London says the checks are disproportionate and threaten Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal.
    The EU says tighter controls are necessary to protect its single market of 450 million people.
    Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has suggested that triggering Article 16, which allows either side to take unilateral action if they deem the agreement is having a strongly negative impact on their interests, would mean the 2020 trade deal would have to be set aside.
    Frost, who is due to hold further talks with the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic on Friday, said triggering Article 16 was not inevitable but may be Britain’s only option.
    While the gap between the EU and Britain has narrowed, it remains extremely wide, he said, adding that there were “a short number of weeks before us” and there remained possibilities which had not yet been seriously examined.
    “There is still a real opportunity to turn away from confrontation to move beyond these current difficulties and put in place a new and better equilibrium,” Frost said.
    “There is more to do and I certainly will not give up on this process, unless and until, it is abundantly clear that nothing more can be done.    We are certainly not at that point yet.”
(Reporting by Kate Holton and Kylie MacLellan, editing by Estelle Shirbon and Catherine Evans)

11/10/2021 Biden Signs Bill Calling For More Sanctions, Pressure On Nicaragua by Matt Spetalnick
FILE PHOTO: A poster promoting Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega as a presidential candidate is displayed on a public bus ahead of the
country's presidential elections in November, in Managua, Nicaragua October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law a bill calling for more sanctions and other punitive measures against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who extended his grip on power in an election that Washington denounced as a sham.
    Biden, who has accused Ortega of orchestrating Sunday’s vote as a “pantomime election that was neither free nor fair,” gave his approval to the bill a week after its final passage by the U.S. Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support.
    The Biden administration plans to announce new Nicaragua sanctions “very soon,” a senior State Department official told Reuters on Tuesday, saying it would be just the first in a series of U.S. steps that will “ramp up over time.”
    Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, clinched his fourth consecutive term after jailing political rivals and cracking down on critical media in an election that drew international condemnation before and after it was held.
    Ortega on Monday night derided his U.S. critics as “Yankee imperialists” and accused them of trying to undermine Nicaragua’s electoral process.    Cuba, Venezuela and Russia all have offered Ortega their backing.
    The White House announced Biden’s bill signing as members of the Organization of American States (OAS) gathered in Guatemala for a previously scheduled meeting where the United States is working with other countries on what they hope will be a strong resolution against Ortega.
    The so-called RENACER Act calls for sanctions on Nicaraguans deemed responsible for unfair elections, increased coordination of such measures with the European Union and Canada, and expanded U.S. oversight of international lending to Managua.
    Previous sanctions imposed by Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump failed to deter Ortega, and many analysts are skeptical whether new measures will have much impact.
    The State Department official declined to elaborate on sanctions in the works.    But a U.S. government source last week said initial targets would likely be individuals, security force members and government-controlled companies.
    The bill, which was introduced by Senator Bob Menendez, Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also requires U.S. government reports on alleged corruption by the Ortega family, human rights abuses by security forces and Russian activities in the country, including military sales.
    In addition, the administration is asked to review Nicaragua’s participation in the Central America Free Trade Agreement, which gives preferential treatment to exports to the United States.
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick, additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Tim Ahmann and David Gregorio)

11/10/2021 EU’s Von Der Leyen Says Sanctions Against Belarus To Be Widened by Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks after late-night passage of a $1 trillion
infrastructure bill to repair the nation's airports, roads and bridges, at the White House
in Washington, D.C., U.S. November 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst//File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union will widen sanctions against Belarus next week, European Commision President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday after a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden that touched on COVID-19, climate and foreign affairs.
    “Very rapidly at the beginning of next week there will be a widening of the sanctions against Belarus,” she told reporters after the meeting, noting that sanctions would apply to individuals as well as entities.
    EU diplomats have said the EU plans to target some 30 people and entities including the foreign minister and Belarusian airline Belavia.
    The EU and NATO accuse President Alexander Lukashenko of using migrants as a weapon to pressure the West by sending people fleeing the Middle East to Minsk and then onto the borders of Poland and the Baltic states.
    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his ally, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, have placed the blame on the EU.
    Von der Leyen said she understood the United States had prepared sanctions against Belarus that would be in effect at the beginning of December.
    “We will look into the possibility of sanctioning those airlines who facilitate human trafficking towards Minsk and then the EU-Belarus border,” she said.
    The get-together with Biden came shortly the two leaders met during the G20 gathering of world leaders in Rome and the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow.    Biden is seeking to mend relations with Europe after ties were strained under his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
    The White House said ahead of the meeting that the two leaders would discuss “rules of the road” for the economy through a joint U.S.-EU trade and technology council, global warming, and regional issues such as Ukraine and the Western Balkans.
    “President Biden will reaffirm his support for the European Union as a fundamental partner for the United States,” White House spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.
    Transatlantic relations have improved under Biden, with the United States and the EU settling two major trade disputes on aircraft subsidies and steel production to make common cause on bigger threats posed by China.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal; Additional reporting by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Stephen Coates and Alison Williams)

11/10/2021 China Says Agreed With U.S. To Boost Cooperation On Climate Change
A swan floats as the early morning sun shines on the River Clyde and the venue for the UN Climate
Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland Britain, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
    GLASGOW (Reuters) -China’s top climate negotiator on Wednesday said Beijing had agreed with the United States to boost cooperation on climate action, including by tackling emissions of methane.
    Speaking through an interpreter, Xie Zhenhua told reporters at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, known as COP26, that China would strengthen its emissions-cutting targets and intended to develop a national plan on methane. He also said both countries wanted to do more to stop deforestation.
    Xie said the United States and China, the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, had also reached agreement on Wednesday on a joint declaration, which would be released.
    “Both sides will work jointly and with other parties to ensure a successful COP26 and to facilitate an outcome that is both ambitious and balanced,” Xie said.
    Britain has organised the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, which aims to secure net zero carbon emissions pledges and keep the Paris Agreement target of a 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise within reach to curb the impact of global warming.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is not attending the United Nations meeting in person. Instead, last week he delivered a written statement to the opening section of the summit, when leaders usually give speeches.
    In it, he offered no additional pledges, while urging countries to keep their promises and “strengthen mutual trust and cooperation.”
    Xi pledged at the U.N. General Assembly in September that China would achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.
(Reporting by Jake Spring, writing by William James; Editing by Janet Lawrence, Barbara Lewis and Alex Richardson)

11/10/2021 Leaders Of U.S., Mexico And Canada To Hold First Summit In Five Years
FILE PHOTO: Flags of the U.S., Canada and Mexico fly next to each other
in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold their first in-person meeting in Washington on Nov. 18, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
    The meeting, which will be the first summit held by the three countries in five years, will address issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting the competitiveness of supply chains in North America, foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said.
    Mexico will also be focusing on economic development in southern Mexico and Central America, Ebrard told a regular government news conference alongside Lopez Obrador.
    Mexico’s announcement confirmed a report by Reuters on Tuesday that the meeting was planned for Nov. 18.
    It also came a day after the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, said that he hoped concerns could be resolved which the United States and private companies have expressed over a Mexican legislative initiative to reform the electricity market.
    The bill still in Congress championed by Lopez Obrador seeks to give precedence to Mexico’s state-owned energy companies over private firms, and the leftist president was asked at the news conference if he would address the matter in Washington.
    Lopez Obrador said it was not on the agenda, but that if it did come up, he would explain to Biden that Mexico was taking steps to ensure consumers were not subjected to price hikes.
    The president argues that past Mexican governments rigged the electricity market in favor of private capital at the expense of consumers and the Mexican state.
    Aside from taking part in the leaders’ three-way meeting, Lopez Obrador would also hold bilateral talks with Biden and Trudeau in Washington, Ebrard said.
    Mexico was scheduled to host the following summit of the North American leaders in 2023, he added.
    The leaders started holding what is informally known as the Three Amigos summit in 2005 and met most years until 2016.    The practice ended when U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.
    The countries are bound together by the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement that governs some $1.5 trillion in North American trade annually.
(Reporting by Dave Graham and Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Nick Macfie)

11/10/2021 ‘Europe Is In Danger’: Top Diplomat Proposes EU Military Doctrine by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell delivers a speech during a debate on the
future of EU-U.S. relations as part of a plenary session at the European Parliament
in Strasbourg, France, October 5, 2021. Frederick Florin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union’s foreign policy chief warned the bloc on Wednesday that it must agree an ambitious doctrine as the basis for joint military action abroad, including with a deployable crisis force.
    Josep Borrell told reporters his first draft of the “Strategic Compass” – the closest thing the EU could have to a military doctrine and akin to NATO’s “Strategic Concept” that sets out alliance goals – was crucial to security.
    “Europe is in danger,” Borrell said in the foreword of the full strategy document that has been sent to the EU’s 27 states for debate.    “We need to have rapid deployment capabilities,” he also told reporters.
    One idea is to have a 5,000-strong EU crisis force, Borrell said, stressing though that the U.S.-led NATO alliance remains primarily responsible for Europe’s collective defence.
    EU foreign and defence ministers will take up the issue on Monday, aiming to agree a political document in March.
    While European countries have highly-trained soldiers and cyber, naval and air power, resources are duplicated across 27 militaries and EU train-and-assist missions are modest in size.
    Member states also lack the logistics and command and control capabilities of the United States and cannot match its intelligence-gathering.
    A separate threat assessment is confidential, but diplomats cite the failing states on Europe’s frontiers as areas where the EU might need to send peacekeepers or evacuate citizens.
    With the blessing of U.S. President Joe Biden in a communique with French President Emmanuel Macron last month, the EU argues it can be a more useful ally to the United States if it develops standalone military capacities.
    Britain’s exit from the EU, while depriving the bloc of a military power, has given Paris an opportunity to push ambitions for a bigger EU role in defence, with Berlin.
    “We have a strategic responsibility.    Citizens want to be protected.    Soft power is not enough,” Borrell said of the economically powerful EU, the world’s largest trade bloc.
    But despite progress on building a common defence fund to develop weapons together since late 2017, the EU has yet to deploy its battalion-sized battlegroups in a crisis.
    “All the threats we face are intensifying and the capacity of individual member states to cope is insufficient and declining,” Borrell said in the foreword to the draft.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Catherine Evans and Andrei Khalip)

11/10/2021 EU Pressure On Migrants’ Countries Could Work Better Than New Belarus Sanctions - Official
A Polish soldier patrols Poland/Belarus border in Kuznica, Poland, in this photograph released
by the Polish Defence Ministry, November 9, 2021. Irek Dorozanski/DWOT/Handout via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Pressure on countries from which migrants fly to Belarus in hope of entering the European Union, and on airlines that take them, could do more to end the migration crisis on the Belarus-EU border than new sanctions on Minsk, a senior EU official said.
    “More sanctions against Belarus…I am not convinced they are the most effective.    In these circumstances we must make clear to third parties involved, even if not involved consciously, that they are participating in something that is not acceptable and they must stop,” the official said.
    EU ambassadors agreed on Wednesday that Belarus’ decision to encourage Middle Eastern migrants to enter Poland can legally be considered a “hybrid attack” that serves as a basis for a new round of sanctions Russia and NATO weigh in as crisis mounts on Belarus-Poland border on Minsk, diplomats said.
    The sanctions package will now be discussed by experts on Thursday with the possibility of approval on Monday when EU foreign ministers hold a scheduled meeting in Brussels.
    But the EU official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said pressuring countries from which migrants are coming, like Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, United Arab Emirates or Iraq, could be more effective, giving the example of the UAE.
    “We have a visa-free policy with the Emirates and companies there are part of this system (of transporting migrants to Belarus),” the official said.
    “We must tell the authorities there to stop this, or, if not, we should think about putting on hold the visa policy with the Emirates.”
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

11/10/2021 Rittenhouse Testifies In His Own Defense by OAN Newsroom
Kyle Rittenhouse is sworn in before he testifies at his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in
Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third
during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Mark Hertzberg/Pool Photo via AP)
    Kyle Rittenhouse stood his ground, saying he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense.    During his testimony Wednesday, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25.    He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
    Rittenhouse recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    Rittenhouse faces a life sentence if convicted of the more serious of the six charges against him.    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during Black Lives Matter riots in August of 2020.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    “Kyle Rittenhouse protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken, used against him or other people,” said Mark Richards, attorney for Rittenhouse.    “From Mr. Rosenbaum who had made threats to kill and the other individuals, who didn’t see that shooting, attacked him in the street like an animal.
    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what the evidence will show
    A witness and only surviving shooting victim wounded by Rittenhouse said he was pointing his own at the defendant prior to being shot.    While on trial, 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz said he thought Rittenhouse was an active shooter and thought he was going to die.    Grosskreutz admitted it wasn’t until he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse and advanced on him that Rittenhouse fired off his own gun.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision can not be influenced by politics.    The trial is expected to last two weeks.

11/10/2021 Biden On State Of Country: There’s A Lot Of Anxiety by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the State Dinning
Room of the White House, on Nov. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    As inflation has continued to impact American households, Joe Biden decided to weigh in on the state of the country.
    “We’re in a situation where there’s a lot of anxiety,” he stated.    “Gas prices are up, exceedingly high.    They’ve been up this high before, but not recently.”
    Biden appeared to admit life is getting harder for the majority of Americans under his administration.    During a recent televised appearance, he even acknowledged his falling approval ratings.
    “My polling number is down, but it’s 48 percent to 52 percent,” said Biden.    “But look, the point is I didn’t run because of the polls.”
    Additionally, he admitted Americans are concerned about his policies.    This comes as gas prices are hitting record highs while inflation is far outpacing the increases in wages.    Biden also admitted his spending plans have nothing to do with infrastructure, but they fund his political agenda instead.
    According to reports, Biden is considering shutting down another oil pipeline called Line 5 following his crackdown on Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.    Meanwhile, the move is expected to push fuel prices even higher.

11/10/2021 Sen. Manchin: Record Inflation Threat ‘Getting Worse’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks through the subway on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has raised concerns about the rising inflation rate under the Biden administration.    In a tweet Wednesday, the Democrat said “the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not transitory and is instead getting worse.”
    His remarks came after the Consumer Price Index rose to 6.2 percent in October, which is the biggest inflation jump in more than 30-years.    Manchin has been outspoken about the negative impact of inflation on the economy as Biden pursues his spending agenda.
    “Throughout the last three months I have been straightforward about my concerns that I would not support a reconciliation package that expands social programs and irresponsibly, adds to our $29 trillion in national debt that no one seems to really care about or talk about,” stated the West Virginia lawmaker.    “Nor will I support that risks hurting American families suffering from historic inflation.”
    Manchin pointed out the high prices for gas and groceries, which have sky-rocketed under the Biden administration.    He added, “Americans know the inflation tax is real and D.C. can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day.”
    Meanwhile, Biden said there’s still “more work to do” before the economy is back to normal.    In a statement Wednesday, he said reversing the current trend of inflation is a top priority and stressed he’s taking action aimed at lowering energy costs.
    This comes as the Labor Department released new data showing the consumer price index rose 6.2 percent from October 2020.    Biden claims the recently passed infrastructure bill will make goods more available and less costly.    The Democrat is also pushing Congress to pass his Build Back Better plan and said it will “ease inflationary pressures.”
(White House Statement)

11/10/2021 Project Veritas Founder Speaks Out About FBI Raid by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden greets his daughter Ashley Biden after speaking about voting rights at the National Constitution
Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 13, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    The founder of non-profit journalism enterprise Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, discussed the FBI raid on his home over Ashley Biden’s stolen diary in recent interview.
    On Tuesday, O’Keefe detailed the pre-dawn raid when he was met at the door by FBI agents with blinding lights and a battering ram.    He said they hand cuffed him and went through his phone, which contained confidential information regarding his reporters’ investigations, sources and donor information.
    Project Veritas paid who they called “tipsters” for what was alleged to be Ashley’s diary, but could not verify its authenticity and chose not to publish its contents.    Instead, they turned it in to law enforcement.
    The New York Times first reported on federal agents executing search warrants at an apartment in New York City and another in Westchester County, New York.    O’Keefe confirmed the searches and said the company is unaware as to how the New York Times heard of the warrant, adding a grand jury investigation is secret.
    “I awoke to the news that apartments and homes of Project Veritas journalists, or former journalists, had been raided by FBI agents,” said O’Keefe.    “It appears the southern district of New York now has journalists in their sights for the supposed ‘crime’ of doing their jobs lawfully and honestly.    Or at least this journalist [pointing to himself].”
    The conservative website has been accused of publishing dozens of handwritten pages from Miss Biden’s diary ahead of the 2020 presidential election.    O’Keefe said his website obtained the pages from a tipster who claimed Ashley Biden had abandoned it in her room.    He has maintained the post was “ethical journalism.”
    “The FBI took materials of current and former Veritas journalists despite the fact that our legal team previously contacted the Department of Justice and voluntarily conveyed unassailable facts that demonstrate Project Veritas’ lack of involvement in criminal activity and/or criminal intent,” O’Keefe stated.
    The Project Veritas founder ahs called on all Americans to stand up for the right to free speech and against the “politics of fear.”    O’Keefe said this is an attack on the First Amendment and called on other journalists to stand up against the abuse of power.    He also pointed out that if it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.

11/10/2021 Biden Economic Advisor Says Supply Chain Crisis Is ‘A Good Thing’ by OAN Newsroom
Staff members pick out free groceries for a customer at a food pantry at Shiloh Mercy House in Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2021.
U.S. food banks dealing with increased demand from families sidelined by the pandemic now face a new challenge
– surging food prices and supply chain issues. As holidays approach, some food banks worry they won’t have enough turkeys,
stuffing and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Residents picking up free groceries in Oakland said
they’re grateful for the extra help as the price of dairy, meat and fuel has shot up. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
    The Biden administration has been scrambling to defend product shortages while Americans have continued to grow frustrated.
    During an interview Tuesday, Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, claimed the supply chain crisis just means “Americans are out there and able to buy goods again.”    His remarks comes as grocery stores across the country run low on popular items or are missing them entirely.    However, Deese was quick to dismiss concerns.
    “A lot of these supply chain challenges are actually reflections of the fact that we are moving more goods, more products through the American economy now than at any time in history,” he stated.    “Significantly higher than before the pandemic.    That’s a good thing.”
    According to reports, shortages are expected to continue and the cost of the average Thanksgiving meal will be the highest it’s ever been.    Meanwhile, Joe Biden attempted to ease ports and supply chains as many blame the administration for the failing economy.
    Also on Tuesday, the White House unveiled a Biden-Harris Action Plan that seeks to make amends regarding port congestion that has caused rising prices and a lack of items on store shelves.    The plan would allegedly pay for potential upgrades to U.S. ports within 90-days while redirecting funds to address the ongoing problem.
    While critics blame Biden’s “handouts” as one of the leading causes of supply chain backup, the administration is instead blaming “outdated infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic” for the issue.

11/10/2021 Progressives Demand Removal Of Buffalo Mayor From DNC Post by OAN Newsroom
Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton speaks to reporters outside an election
watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
    Far-left allies of failed democratic socialist Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton are targeting the current mayor and 2021 election winner Byron Brown’s seat on the Democratic National Committee.
    According to recent reports, some affiliated with Walton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) are upset about her loss in last week’s election.    They believe establishment Democrats failed to stand behind Walton, the party’s nominee, following the primary.
    Walton supports removing Brown from his post, saying the DNC would set a dangerous precedent if they didn’t.    Brown and his allies are unfazed, saying the people spoke clearly at the ballot box in rejecting socialism.
    “I think it clearly is a rebuke of defund the police,” Brown asserted.    “It is a rebuke of socialism and I think there were those from outside the city of Buffalo that underestimated the Buffalo community.”
    A local Democrat strategist called the effort to remove Brown “sour grapes” by progressives.

11/10/2021 U.S. Ambassador To Mexico: Hope To Reach Agreement On Mexico Power Legislation by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar spoke at the ambassador’s residence in Mexico City, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021,
about the discussions between the two nations on visas for United States DEA agents. and Mexico’s controversial
energy reform. Mexico has refused to grant more visas to US agents and has proposed limiting the amount
of electricity it will buy from gas and renewable power plants operated abroad. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
    The U.S. and Mexico are hoping to come to an agreement soon on a controversial energy bill heading through Mexico’s Congress.    The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, made those comments Tuesday.
    Last week, the legislation was postponed in Mexico’s Senate amid questions from the U.S. on whether the proposal would violate an agreement between the two nations.    Salazar claimed the bill may violate an energy-sharing deal between the U.S. and Mexico, adding it’s being studied and they may be able to come to a resolution.
    “We’ll see how this develops because the companies that have invested in renewable energies with backing from the U.S. have invested over a billion dollars,” stated the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.    “Of course they are worried, but it’s possible we can reach an agreement.    I’m not sure about that, but I do know we have a good relationship between both presidents.”
    The Mexican Senate is now set to vote on the legislation sometime next year.

11/11/2021 Oil down $3.26 to $81.25, DOW down 217 to 36,103.

11/11/2021 Germany Reports Another COVID-19 Record: 50,196 New Cases
FILE PHOTO: People queue up for vaccination at a temporary vaccination centre inside the campus building of
the Technische Universitaet university in Dresden, Germany, November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany reported a record 50,196 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the fourth day in a row it has posted a fresh daily high, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections sweeps the country.
    The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 4.89 million, and total deaths rose 235 to 97,198, according to the Robert Koch Institute public health authority.
    The institute reported a rise in the coronavirus seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week – to 249 from 232 on Wednesday.
    Reinhard Sager, the president of the association of German local authorities (DLT), called on the catering and event industry to more strictly check that customers are tested, vaccinated or recovered from the virus.
    “The concern about losing potential customers should be significantly less than the concern about the consequences that threaten if they continue to do too little to fulfil the control obligations,” Sager told the Rheinische Post newspaper.
    The three German parties in talks to form a coalition government by early December have agreed not to extend a nationwide state of emergency, despite the wave of infections.
    Instead, they presented a draft law on Monday that would amend existing legislation to allow for measures such as compulsory face masks and social distancing in public spaces to continue to be enforced until next March.
    The draft law is due to be presented to the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Thursday and voted on in a special session a week later.
    The parties are also considering allowing employers to impose a requirement for their staff to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for coronavirus, Dirk Wiese, the deputy parliamentary leader of the Social Democrats, told ARD television.
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Michael Perry and Toby Chopra)

11/11/2021 Amal Clooney Urges Businesses, Govts To Work Together On Human Rights Issues
FILE PHOTO: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney attends the Global Conference
for Media Freedom in London, Britain July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    (Reuters) – Liberal governments and companies should work hand-in-hand to uphold human rights, renowned lawyer Amal Clooney said at the APEC CEO Summit on Thursday, calling businesses “absolutely essential” to advancing rights.
    Speaking at the virtual forum in a Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting hosted by New Zealand, Clooney called for a multi-stakeholder response to preserve human rights and highlighted the increasingly intertwined role countries and businesses play in safeguarding them.
    “Businesses are not only incidental, but often absolutely essential to advance human rights in our interconnected world,” Clooney added.
    Her comments came as political and business leaders from across the APEC region stressed on the importance of keeping human rights front and centre of decision making, at a time when socio-economic disparity has been widened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “I believe we can make progress on human rights in the world if liberal democracies use the tools they have to pressure illiberal autocracies and if companies do what they can to move the needle in the right direction,” Clooney said.
    “If you can’t rely on liberal governments to solve global issues, you have to try and inspire the private sector to step in.    It’s sometimes the only option given that so many of the global challenges that we face call for a multi-stakeholder response.”
    She cited the case of Nobel Peace Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa, who has faced legal challenges in her native Philippines due to investigative reporting of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, and who Clooney said had been attacked on social media to dent her reputation.
    “Maria’s case is emblematic of how human rights abuses by governments can involve companies and how online and offline assaults can intersect… Just as human rights abuses may be the result of public and private actions, so to are the possible responses to such abuse,” she said.
(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi; Editing by Michael Perry)

11/11/2021 Rittenhouse Takes Stand In Own Defense, Heated Exchanges Ensue by OAN Newsroom
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder rebukes the prosecutor after a defense motion for a mistrial because of
prosecutorial misconduct during Kyle during Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in
Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a
third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Mark Hertzberg /Pool Photo via AP)
    Kyle Rittenhouse stood his ground, saying he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense. During his testimony Wednesday, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25.    He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
    Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel.    He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line.    This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.
    “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge.    “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years.    I have no idea why you would do something like that.    Well, I’ll leave it at that. So I don’t know what you’re up to.”
    Rittenhouse faces a life sentence if convicted of the more serious of the six charges against him.    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during Black Lives Matter riots in August of 2020.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    “Kyle Rittenhouse protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken, used against him or other people,” said Mark Richards, attorney for Rittenhouse.    “From Mr. Rosenbaum who had made threats to kill and the other individuals, who didn’t see that shooting, attacked him in the street like an animal.    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what the evidence will show.”
    A witness and only surviving shooting victim wounded by Rittenhouse said he was pointing his own at the defendant prior to being shot.    While on trial, 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz said he thought Rittenhouse was an active shooter and thought he was going to die.    Grosskreutz admitted it wasn’t until he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse and advanced on him that Rittenhouse fired off his own gun.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision can not be influenced by politics.    The trial is expected to last two weeks.

11/11/2021 Biden To Sign ‘Urgent’ Infrastructure Bill A Week After Passage by OAN Newsroom
ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 11: Joe Biden speaks in the Memorial Amphitheater, in Arlington National Cemetery
on Veterans Day, on November 11, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is set to sign the long-awaited and so-called “urgent” infrastructure bill on Monday, nearly a week later than expected.    Speaking in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, Biden said it is “monumental” for Congress to finally pass the bipartisan bill.
    “We took a monumental step forward as a nation, and we did something long overdue and long talked about in Washington, but almost never actually done,” said Biden.    The House of Representatives passed my bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
    According to the White House, Biden is waiting to sign the bill until Monday’s ceremony, which will include a “diverse group of leaders who fought for its passage across the country,” like governors, mayors and union bosses.    Meanwhile, Biden explained what the $1.2 trillion measure sitting on his desk can do for Americans.
    “We’re going to make high-speed internet available to everywhere in America.    Those of you who have kids in school, when we’ve been going this hybrid thing, some in class and some out of class…how many times, if you don’t live in an area where you have high-speed internet you can afford, you know how many times you’ve driven your kids to the parking lot of McDonald’s and sat there going off the McDonald’s internet so you could here,” he continued.
    Biden assured his audience the bill will be well worth the wait.
    Biden ended his speech by stating, “we’re gonna build a better America, not a joke.    We’re gonna lead the world again, not a joke.    We’re gonna be in a position where once again own the 21st century because when we own it, everybody does better; everybody, not only America, but around the world.”

11/11/2021 Biden Vs. Supply Chain Experts by OAN Newsroom
A cargo ship stacked with shipping containers is docked at the Port of Los Angeles
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Despite what Joe Biden claims about the supply chain crisis, industry experts are warning the worst is yet to come.    During a press conference Wednesday, Biden claimed there are more goods coming into the U.S. than ever before.
    “So we got nearly 20 percent more goods coming into the country than we did before the pandemic,” he stated.    “COVID-19 has changed the way we spend our time and our money.    More products are being delivered than ever before.”
    According to industry leaders, however, Biden is wrong and the U.S. is in the middle of a massive supply chain crisis.    The chairman of IBrands Global, one of the world’s leading supply chain platforms, warned of continuing problems.
    “Well, I’m sorry to say that I think it’s a very difficult situation at the moment and everybody is working hard to make it better,” said Marc Garson, chairman of IBrands Global.    “And there are a lot of things that are happening down the road that will improve the situation, but at the moment we are in a pretty bad log jam.”
    Biden also claimed “shelves will be stocked for holiday shopping,” adding retailers are working to make it happen.
    “The shelves will be stocked in stores this holiday because they signed on a 24/7 as well,” he stated.    “They provide more avenues.    They’re getting their containers off the ports quicker than ever before.”
    However, experts have said it’s unrealistic for the supply chain crisis to be fixed as quickly Biden promises.
    “To say that today we’re going to wake up and we’re going to fix the problem, and in two weeks we’re going to have all the goods in for Christmas on the shelves is really an unrealistic point of view,” Garson explained.    “Its’ a problem that will continue for quite awhile.    The supply chain is stopped up…the shelves are not as full as they should be and it’s our duty to come up with solutions to stop this problem from continuing.”
    Meanwhile, the price of consumer goods continues to rise, seemingly unchecked by the Biden administration.

11/11/2021 Harris Attends Armistice Day Ceremony In France by OAN Newsroom
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to Vice President Kamala Harris before ceremonies marking the
103rd anniversary of Armistice Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 in Paris. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)
    Kamala Harris attended an Armistice Day ceremony in France observing the end of World War I, which was 110 years ago.    She appeared at an event along with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday.
    Harris is on a multi-day trip to the European nation, which included a visit to the Suresnes American Cemetery Wednesday.    This location is the resting place of nearly 1,600 U.S. soldiers who died in World War I.
    Harris also held bilateral talks with Macron.
    “We have such a long-standing and very important relationship with France, and last night is evidence of the history and also our current relationship and our commitment to a new era,” she stated.    “And continuing the partnership to address the challenges we face and also the opportunities of this moment.    I really enjoyed the bilaterals because it was comprehensive, it was in-depth. We covered a lot of topics and we came out of it with agreements.”
    Harris’ visit to France is considered to be part of an effort to mend ties with the nation amid tensions over a submarine deal with Australia.

11/11/2021 Ariz. AG Brnovich Files Lawsuit Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks at a news conference in Phoenix, Jan. 7, 2020. Brnovich said Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021,
that he plans to sue to block the Biden administration’s new mandate that large employers require their workers
to either be vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing starting in January. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate.
    During an interview Wednesday, Brnovich announced the state’s lawsuit and voiced concerns over the mandate.    He noted, the Biden administration is trying to micro-manage the lives of American workers.
    “Our U.S. Constitution can’t be masked, can’t be distanced and it should never be canceled,” stated the Arizona Attorney General.    “And that’s what the Biden administration is essentially trying to do.    They’re using this COVID crisis in order to take unprecedented power that the federal government doesn’t have.”
    Brnovich said the far-left is not only forcing vaccination, but pointed out they want to “define, defame and shame anyone who disagrees with them.”

11/11/2021 Biden’s Nominee For Comptroller Of The Currency Wants To ‘Bankrupt’ U.S. Oil & Gas Industry by OAN Newsroom
This Oct. 1, 2020, photo shows onshore wind turbines that power a sewage treatment plant in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday,
Oct. 28, 2021, New Jersey officials announced significant expressions of interest from private companies in building clean energy projects in the state including solar and offshore wind power. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
    Joe Biden’s nominee for a top financial regulator suggested that U.S. energy companies must go bankrupt as part of her “climate agenda.”
    “The way we get rid of those carbon financiers is we basically starve them of their sources of capital.” — Saule Omarova – Joe Biden’s nominee for Comptroller of the Currency
    In a series of recent statements, Saule Omarova appeared to admit oil and gas have a competitive advantage over so-called “green” sources of energy.    She said fossil fuels producers must go out of business before the “green” agenda can prevail.
    Omarova received her education in the Soviet Union and has endorsed Soviet-style command economics in the past.
    Omarova has refused to disclose the contents of her thesis, written at the Moscow State University, for which she was awarded the Lenin Prize.

11/11/2021 Trump To Veterans: We Love You, Our Nation Respects You, The World Respects You by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to troops at a Memorial Day event aboard
the USS Wasp on May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The 45th president paid tribute to all those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. in a video released Thursday, Donald Trump thanked veterans for their service while calling them strong and incredible people.
    Trump also asserted the country would be back stronger than ever.    He has been touted by some as the president who did the most for U.S. veterans.

11/11/2021 Report: Anti-White Hate Crimes Went Up 127% In L.A. by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 04: People participate in a protest to demand an end to anti-Asian
violence on April 04, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Newly released data has shed some light on the growing division in America’s cities.
    According to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, the number of reported hate crimes rose 20 percent in Los Angeles last year. Of the 635 cases reported, 61 percent were racially motivated.
    The most dramatic increase was in crimes targeting white, Black, Latino and Asian residents.    In 2020, anti-white hate crimes climbed 127 percent, showing the highest increase of any other racial group.
    “This report is another alarming reminder that we have a long way to go in building a more inclusive and just society,” said Hilda L. Solis, the chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
    Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 76 percent, mirroring similar statistics in other major U.S. cities.    Meanwhile, anti-Black crimes increased by 35 percent, while anti-Latino crimes jumped 58 percent.

11/11/2021 Federal Court Orders Biden’s DOJ To Stop Extracting Data From Phones Of Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe by OAN Newsroom
DALLAS, TEXAS – JULY 09: Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe looks on during the Conservative Political Action
Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 09, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    A federal court ordered Joe Biden’s Department of Justice to stop extracting data from the phone of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe.
    According to court documents, the government must confirm by Nov. 12 that it has stopped the search of O’Keefe’s devices.    In addition, the court mandated the federal agents provide a response to O’Keefe’s request for explanation as to why the search was taking place.
    O’Keefe revealed the FBI took two of his iPhones and called the raids an “attack on the First Amendment.”
    The FBI claimed the search is connected to the alleged diary of Ashley Biden, which was never published by Project Veritas.    Meanwhile, Candace Owens said the FBI raided Project Veritas to uncover its contacts within the government and hinder its anti-corruption investigations.

11/11/2021 Honoring 100 Years Of The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier by OAN Newsroom
ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 11: Joe Biden places a wreath during a centennial ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
in Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden marked Veterans Day at the Arlington National Cemetery with a unique ceremony.    Biden laid a wreath at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” on Thursday, commemorating 100 years of the memorial.
    “Our veterans represent the best of America,” Biden told the crowd in attendance.    “You are the very spine of America.    On Veterans Day and every day we honor that great debt, recommit ourselves to keeping our sacred obligation as a nation.”
    The monument was dedicated in 1921 in honor of unidentified U.S. service members who died in past wars.    For the first time in nearly a century, the public was allowed to walk near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and place flowers at the memorial.
    Prior to the ceremony, service members participated in a Veterans Day procession, which also included a flyover with aircraft from all military branches.    Service members from various branches of the military joined together, clothed in uniforms that represented different past wars.
    The tomb stands as a representation of all American military members who lost their lives whose names remain unknown.    Biden said it is the country’s duty to honor and care for service members and their families.

11/11/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Says He Will Send Migrants To Del. by OAN Newsroom
SURFSIDE, FLORIDA – AUGUST 10: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives for a ceremony to present bonus checks to first responders held
at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside on August 10, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) suggested he may redirect illegal migrants that are being flown into Florida to Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.
    During a news conference on Wednesday, DeSantis said the state would provide buses to send migrants elsewhere and mentioned Delaware as a destination.    This comes as DeSantis has alleged the federal government sent 70 flights carrying illegal migrants to the state over the summer.
    “We’re going to get together and figure out what we can do in the immediate term to protect folks in Florida,” said DeSantis.
    The Republican governor added if the federal government isn’t going to do something about it, that “the state should be able to come in and provide protections,” adding that’s what he is looking to do. “I will send them to Delaware,” DeSantis stated.
    He said the state is considering all legal avenues regarding the move.    DeSantis also called out Biden for his double standard after he raised concerns over the recent migrant crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus, but has remained silent on the U.S. border crisis.

11/11/2021 Calif. School District Will Not Comply With Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 20,
2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    A school district in Sacramento, California unveiled they will not be following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-Calif.) coronavirus vaccine mandate.
    The announcement came Wednesday, after the Calaveras Unified School District voted to not “support, enforce or comply” with the order Tuesday night.    Earlier this month, the district noted they were made aware of potential impacts of liability exposure, funding loss and other formal actions that could be taken against the district.    However, they held strong in their unanimous decision.
    The mandate would apply to both students and staff and comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the jab for kids ages 5-11.    The school district’s decision also goes against doctor recommendations that have said vaccination is necessary in order to “keep our communities safe and our schools open.”
    Meanwhile, reports have suggested the board plans on meeting later this month to discuss mask mandates and testing protocols.

11/11/2021 President Trump Endorses Rep. Pfluger For Reelection In Texas by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 10: Rep. August Pfluger speaks remotely as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on The Biden Administration’s Priorities for U.S. Foreign
Policy on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
    President Trump has thrown his support behind Texas Rep. August Pfluger (R) for reelection in 2022.
    “I’m honored to have his endorsement again, to keep fighting for what we need in District 11, exactly what he did; for our energy security, for agriculture, for a strong border security.    Thank you, Mr. President, for fighting, not just for Texans, but for all Americans,” said Pfluger.
    Pfluger is a conservative Republican representing Texas’ 11th Congressional District.    A decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Col. Pfluger logged more than 300 hours of combat against ISIS and served in the Pentagon and NATO command.
    In 2019, Pfluger served as a member of President Trump’s national security council staff.    Entrusted with the highest security clearance, he advised Trump on both foreign and domestic threats to national security.
    After successfully running for the House in the 2020 election, Pfluger took office on Jan. 3 of 2021.    On Jan. 6, he voted against certifying Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.
    Pluger has also rebuked vaccine mandates, saying no worker should be forced to lose their job if they choose to make a different medical decision than Joe Biden.    The lawmaker also ardently promotes energy independence and believes Americans are paying the price for the Biden energy crisis.
    “This administration has taken a hard line against American energy.    By cancelling thousands of pipeline jobs, by cancelling drilling permits, by kneecapping our energy producers with targeted tax increases and harmful regulations,” the Republican said.
    In October, Pfluger introduced a resolution to expose the Democrats’ natural gas tax that would reduce GDP by an estimated $9 billion and cost $90,000.
    He added he believes in promoting a culture that honors all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death.    Earlier in the year, he fervently opposed a House spending bill that omitted the Hyde Amendment, a provision that prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.
    In the meantime, Pfluger has pledged to continually stand up to socialists and the liberal elites in Washington, and to defend conservative values of family, faith and freedom.

11/11/2021 Biden To Sign ‘Urgent’ Infrastructure Bill A Week After Passage by OAN Newsroom
ARLINGTON, VA – NOVEMBER 11: Joe Biden speaks in the Memorial Amphitheater, in Arlington National Cemetery
on Veterans Day, on November 11, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is set to sign the long-awaited and so-called “urgent” infrastructure bill on Monday, nearly a week later than expected.    Speaking in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, Biden said it is “monumental” for Congress to finally pass the bipartisan bill.
    “We took a monumental step forward as a nation, and we did something long overdue and long talked about in Washington, but almost never actually done,” said Biden.    The House of Representatives passed my bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
    According to the White House, Biden is waiting to sign the bill until Monday’s ceremony, which will include a “diverse group of leaders who fought for its passage across the country,” like governors, mayors and union bosses.    Meanwhile, Biden explained what the $1.2 trillion measure sitting on his desk can do for Americans.
    “We’re going to make high-speed internet available to everywhere in America.    Those of you who have kids in school, when we’ve been going this hybrid thing, some in class and some out of class…how many times, if you don’t live in an area where you have high-speed internet you can afford, you know how many times you’ve driven your kids to the parking lot of McDonald’s and sat there going off the McDonald’s internet so you could here,” he continued.    Biden assured his audience the bill will be well worth the wait.
    Biden ended his speech by stating, “we’re gonna build a better America, not a joke.    We’re gonna lead the world again, not a joke.    We’re gonna be in a position where once again own the 21st century because when we own it, everybody does better; everybody, not only America, but around the world.”

11/11/2021 Kamala Harris Talks Global Inequality In France As U.S. Border Crumbles by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the “Paris Peace Forum”
at The Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on November 11, 2021. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP)
    Kamala Harris has been promoting the global socialist agenda during her ongoing visit to France.    In a speech in Paris on Thursday, Harris claimed the U.S. has an obligation to help tackle inequality in other countries and so-called climate change.
    “No single nation can take on inequality alone,” she said.    “A challenge this sizeable and seismic demand that our world work together in solidarity.”
    Harris has faced criticism for neglecting her duty as Border Czar as the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border becomes increasingly worse. Instead, she has been praising international institutions on her trip to Europe.
    “And we have seen what is possible when we do less than two weeks ago, our world joined together at the G20 Summit in Italy.    And there are leaders from nations that comprise 80 percent of global GDP that agreed to the global minimum tax,” said Harris.
    Meanwhile, more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants have entered the U.S. this year alone, as border security agents lack the manpower and resources to contain the migrant flow.

11/12/2021 Oil down $0.05 to $81.25, DOW down 159 to 35,921.


11/12/2021 COP26 Publishes New Draft Declaration, Kicking Off More Horse-Trading
A delegate walks past a picture showing the Earth at night at the UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – A new draft document from the United Nations climate summit was published on Friday morning, touching off a new round of political skirmishing over what will be in the final COP26 declaration. (Reporting by Katy Daigle and Elizabeth Piper)

11/12/2021 Pressure Mounts As UN Climate Negotiations Enter Final Day by Kate Abnett, Jake Spring and Elizabeth Piper
A delegate walks past a sign during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – Negotiators at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow were locking horns on Friday for what is scheduled to be the final day of bargaining over how to stop global warming from becoming catastrophic.
    After nearly two weeks of talks, the almost 200 countries represented at COP26 remain at odds over a range of issues – from how rich nations should compensate poor ones for damage caused by climate-driven disasters to how often nations should be required to update their emissions pledges.
    A new draft document published on Friday morning weakened the language used in previous texts to address the phasing out of fossil fuels.
    European Union climate policy chief Frans Timmermans had said on Thursday that removing that language “would be an extremely, extremely bad signal.”
    The conference set out with a core aim: to keep alive the 2015 Paris Agreement’s aspirational target to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and so avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
    But under countries’ current pledges to cut emissions this decade, researchers say the world would hit levels of global warming far beyond that limit, unleashing catastrophic sea level rises, floods and droughts.
    While there is little hope that new promises to bridge that gap will appear in the final day of talks, negotiators are attempting to impose new requirements that could require countries to raise their pledges in future, hopefully fast enough to keep the 1.5C goal within reach.
    A draft of the COP26 deal circulated earlier this week, for example, would require countries to upgrade their climate targets in 2022.    Climate-vulnerable nations hope to strengthen this into compulsory annual reviews to ensure the target remains in sight.
    “Glasgow must be the moment when ambition-raising becomes a constant process at every COP, and this year’s COP decision must mandate annual ambition-raising platforms until 2025 to ensure that,” said Mohamed Nasheed, parliamentary speaker and former president of the Maldives and ambassador for the Climate Vulnerable Forum group of 48 countries.
    “Action is needed this very decade.    2030 feels like a cliff’s edge and we are running towards it,” said Nicolas Galarza, Colombia’s vice-minister for the environment.
    A senior United States official said the world’s biggest economy supported strengthening targets to meet the Paris goals, but could not support a requirement in the COP26 deal for yearly reviews of pledges.
    At the moment, countries are required to revisit their pledges every five years.
    Questions of finance continue to loom over the talks, with developing countries pushing for tougher rules to ensure that rich countries, whose historical emissions are largely responsible for heating up the planet, offer more cash to help the poorest nations adapt to climate impacts.
    Ministers are also attempting to finish the contentious rules that will put the Paris agreement into practice, requiring agreement on long-standing disputes over carbon markets and transparency.
    A final deal will require the unanimous consent of the nearly 200 countries that signed the 2015 Paris Agreement.
(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Kevin Liffey)

11/12/2021 El Salvador’s Bukele Deploys Military After Spike In Murders
A police officer and a soldier tape off a crime scene where a man was killed inside a car, as Salvadoran
President Nayib Bukele deploys military to patrol the streets throughout the country in response to a
sharp surge in murders this week, in San Martin, El Salvador November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) -Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Thursday deployed the military to patrol streets throughout the country in response to a surge in murders this week.
    The military deployment follows more than 30 homicides on Tuesday and Wednesday in the impoverished Central American nation of about 6.5 million people.    Average daily homicides had dropped to less than two per day under Bukele, who took office in 2019.
    “We have deployed our national police and armed forces to contain the increase in homicides registered over the last 48 hours,” Bukele posted on Facebook alongside videos of soldiers patrolling the streets.
    It was not clear how many soldiers were deployed or how long the operation would last.    Bukele alleged there were “dark forces” at work, without elaborating.
    A government source said that the majority of the troops would patrol densely populated areas of the capital, San Salvador.    The country has been terrorized by street gangs since shortly after the end of its civil war in 1992.
    The sight of soldiers on streets will sit uneasily with Bukele’s critics, who accuse the president of growing authoritarianism. Bukele, 40, proclaimed himself “dictator” in his Twitter bio in recent weeks in an apparent joke that did little to soothe the opposition fears. (Full Story)
    He was strongly criticized in 2020 for occupying congress with military and police, which many saw as an intimidation tactic.    Bukele has also announced plans to double the military in coming years to 40,000 troops from 20,>     Murder rates have dropped sharply under Bukele and newspaper El Faro last year alleged government officials negotiated with gang members to reduce violence in exchange for better conditions in prison.
    Bukele called the article a “farce,” but the attorney general said it would investigate.(Full Story)
    On Thursday, Bukele’s political opponents speculated on social media that the uptick in homicides could be a sign that the truce is falling apart.
    Bukele’s troop deployment is likely a political “stunt” that illustrates the limits and fragility of the security arrangement, according to Tiziano Breda, an International Crisis Group analyst for Central America.
    “It shows the extremely low levels of violence were not due to successful public security policies but rather they were a result of a decision by gangs to scale down the displays of violence,” Breda said.
    “The gangs still have the ability to change or alter these violence trends if they decide to do so.”
    The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Bukele said more measures to halt the violence would be announced in the coming hours.
(Reporting by Gerardo Arbaiza, writing by Jake Kincaid, editing by Drazen Jorgic and Cynthia Osterman)

11/12/2021 Unvaccinated Should Reflect On Their Duty To Society, Merkel Says
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears her protective mask after a news conference
following a meeting with the leaders of the country's 16 federal states to discuss
COVID-19 measurements in Berlin, Germany, June 10, 2021. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – People who are still not vaccinated as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic takes hold in Germany must understand they have a duty to the rest of society to protect others, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
    Merkel, speaking at the invitation of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at an Asia-Pacific business summit, said it was the task of politicians to make the case for serious interventions by being honest with the public.
    Coronavirus case numbers have surged across Europe in recent weeks, with experts worrying that health systems risk once again being overwhelmed, in part because unvaccinated people are still spreading the disease to the older and more vulnerable.
    “We have to make it clear that I have the right to get vaccinated, and that is a great fortune, a huge achievement of science and technology,” Merkel said over a video link.    “But I also have a certain obligation to contribute to protecting society.”
    While many of the unvaccinated are in age groups that are statistically likely to experience less severe cases of COVID-19, they can pass the virus to older people with weaker immune systems, who can then end up in intensive care even with a vaccination.
    Merkel, who was being interviewed by Microsoft president Brad Smith, added that the challenges of the pandemic and of climate change were similar, since they were both exponential processes whose severity was hard to recognise at the start of a growth curve.
    “When you see the start of an exponential increase you have to act immediately, and an understanding of what exponential means isn’t widespread in our societies,” Merkel said.
    “That’s also why we have been so unconcerned about climate change – that also has exponential growth and we have to act at a time when it is not at all visible how the numbers will grow.”
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

11/12/2021 Analysis: Argentina’s Fernandez Faces Political Acid Test In Midterm Vote by Horacio Soria and Juan Bustamante
Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez heads the closing campaign rally before midterm
elections, in Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Matias Baglietto
    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s center-left President Alberto Fernandez is set for a political test on Sunday that could split the ruling Peronist party, trigger a cabinet exodus and throw into disarray the left’s campaign two years from a 2023 presidential vote.
    The South American country is going to the polls for a midterm legislative ballot, with a dry run primary and polling numbers suggesting voters will punish the government, potentially erasing its decades-old majority in the Senate.
    The fallout could be painful. Analysts are divided about what defeat would mean, but a bruising loss in a primary vote in September sparked a major cabinet reshuffle and a rift between the Peronists’ moderate and militant factions.
    “We have a ruling party with a serious chance of losing its quorum in the Senate.    This would be a historic state of affairs for Peronism and frankly it hints at what’s to come,” said Shila Vilker, director of consultancy Trespuntozero.
    Investors and traders are watching closely.
    The major grains producer is locked in crunch talks with the International Monetary Fund over a new deal to roll over some $45 billion in debt it cannot pay, a test for the IMF as well as Argentina’s credentials in global markets.
    Those talks have been led so far by more moderate voices within the government, including Economy Minister Martin Guzman and Fernandez himself.
    Nikhil Sanghani, analyst at Capital Economics, said in a note the likely outcome of the vote would be the government taking a moderate turn as it was forced to negotiate with the opposition to get a deal done.
    But a “heavy defeat” could tilt things the other way.
    “There could be a period of Peronist infighting or policy paralysis for a few months but something will have to give by the middle of next year, when Argentina approaches a potential crunch point on its IMF debt repayments,” he said.
    The ruling party could lose its Senate majority and an important lower-house race in the province of Buenos Aires, long a stronghold of the Peronists, Argentina’s most influential political party over the last 70 years.
    María Gagliani, 56, a gatekeeper at a provincial school, lamented the issues facing the Peronists, long seen by voters as the party of big government and social support, but less loved by investors and markets due to a history of interventionism.
    “We must help the government’s project to prosper,” she said, adding it was better than the alternative neo-liberal model offered under previous President Mauricio Macri.
    “The pandemic made things very difficult, but even so, the economy is beginning to show encouraging signs.”
    However, many voters are fed up with rampant inflation running at above 50%, currency controls that have hit business and trade, weak growth, poverty and controversial policies including caps on meat exports earlier this year.
    Melina Prato, 29, a lawyer, said she wasn’t truly convinced by any political party but that she would vote for the opposition, which she felt would more likely improve things in the country.
    “I would like things to change for the better, and not for the worse,” she said.
    Political analyst Raul Timmerman said a silver lining was an emboldened opposition may be inclined to work with the government, imagining that if it were able to win the presidency in 2023 it would have to deal with the economic fallout.
    “They will not want to seize a country in default,” he said.
(Reporting by Horacio Soria and Juan Bustamante; Additional reporting by Jorge Otaola and Agustin Geist; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Steve Orlofsky)

11/12/2021 U.S. Lawmaker Looks To Block First Major Saudi Arms Deal Under Biden
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) leaves the House floor at the
U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2021. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar filed legislation on Friday seeking to block the sale of $650 million air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia, the first major arms sale to the kingdom during President Joe Biden’s administration.
    Omar said she filed the measure, known as a joint resolution of disapproval, because of Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen’s civil war, considered one of the world’s war humanitarian disasters, and its human rights record.
    The Biden administration announced on Nov. 4 that it had approved the sale of 280 air-to-air missiles valued at up to $650 million. Raytheon Technologies makes the missiles.     “We should never be selling human rights abusers weapons, but we certainly should not be doing so in the midst of a humanitarian crisis they are responsible for.    Congress has the authority to stop these sales, and we must exercise that power,” Omar said in a statement.
    The measure’s prospects for stopping the sale are slim, since it would have to pass the U.S. Senate and survive a likely veto.    But Omar’s action underscores continuing wariness about weapons sales to Riyadh among some lawmakers, despite the Biden administration’s intention to limit weapons sales to the kingdom to “defensive” equipment.
    While Saudi Arabia is an important partner in the Middle East, U.S. lawmakers have refused to approve many military sales for the kingdom without assurances U.S. equipment would not be used to kill civilians.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Alistair Bell)

11/12/2021 Ahead Of Three Amigos Summit, Canada Foreign Minister Presses U.S. On EVs, Pipeline
Canadian's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly speaks during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
(out of frame) at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 12 , 2021. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – New Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Friday said she had pressed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on two major irritants ahead of a North American leaders’ summit next week.
    Canada is particularly concerned about proposed U.S. electric vehicle tax credits for American-built vehicles, which Ottawa says would hurt the integrated continental auto industry and put thousands of jobs at risk.
    “We will continue to make sure that this is well-known throughout the administration but also throughout Congress … I am doing my part in making sure I raise it with Secretary Blinken, all levels of government are doing so,” Joly said.
    “Canadians know we have to defend our interests and we can never take anything for granted,” she told a televised news conference in Washington after her first meeting with Blinken since being appointed late last month.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to bring up the tax credits issue when he meets with U.S. President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador next week at the so-called Three Amigos summit.
    Joly said she had also raised the question of Enbridge Inc’s Line 5 pipeline, which the state of Michigan wants to close on environmental grounds.    Blinken had been supportive, Joly said, but she did not give details.
    Canada last month invoked a 1977 treaty with the United States to trigger bilateral negotiations over the matter.    The White House says it had no plans to shut down the line.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Grant McCool)

11/12/2021 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Announces Reelection Bid by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 03: Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) speaks with a security guard as she stands outside
the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has officially announced her reelection campaign for the Senate.    In a video announcement on Friday, the Republican said she fights for Alaskans by strengthening fisheries, investing in renewables and helping the tourism industry among other issues. Murkowski then touted her bipartisanship in the upper chamber.
    “I’m proud to call this place home and am honored to be your voice in the United States Senate,” said the senator.    “My commitment to Alaska is the same one I made during my first campaign: I will work with anyone from either party to advance Alaska’s priorities.”
    Murkowski has notably lost support among Trump supporters after voting “present” on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and voting to convict the 45th president in his second impeachment trial.    Meanwhile, the Republican lawmaker will face Trump-backed Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka in the primary.
    Murkowski has held the Senate seat since 2002.

11/12/2021 Climate Envoy Kerry Chuckles When Pressed About China’s Use Of Slave Labor To Build Solar Panels by OAN Newsroom
John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate speaks immediately after a press conference given by China’s
Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday,
Nov. 10, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered its second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering
in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the common challenge of global warming. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
    The Biden administration continues to justify focusing on so-called climate change while ignoring genocide. While speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit, Climate Envoy John Kerry touted the United State’s budding relationship with China.     ”I’m pleased to announce that we will work together to limit methane, methane emissions, a greenhouse gas up to 80 times more destructive, more potent than CO2,” he stated.    “This is a climate crisis.    It’s perhaps one of the most compelling issues we face as a planet, if not the most.    I would say it is the most right now and I think that what we’re doing is the responsible thing to do.”
    However, when Kerry was pressed about genocide in China, such as the use of forced labor in the Xinjiang province to build solar panels, he dismissed concerns.
    Kerry has developed a reputation for dodging questions about human rights violations in China.    Most notably, during a televised interview last September when Bloomberg’s David Westin asked Kerry if he puts climate change concerns ahead of human rights violations in the communist country.
    In January 2021, the State Department declared that China has committed genocide, which has involved forced labor, torture, rape and the sterilization of millions of the Uighur Muslim minority.

11/12/2021 Top Democrats, Media Silent After Durham Indictments Of Those Who Defended, Promoted False Russia Hoax by OAN Newsroom
Igor Danchenko leaves Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
Danchenko, a Russian analyst who contributed to a dossier of Democratic-funded research into ties between
Russia and Donald Trump, was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to the FBI about his sources of information,
among them an associate of Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Top Democrats who promoted the debunked Russia probe are silent amid the latest indictments by Special Counsel John Durham.
    According to reports Thursday, seven House Intelligence Democrats who defended the false Steele dossier have refused to comment on the charges against legal scholar Igor Danchenko.    Those democrats include Adam Schiff (D-Calf.), Eric Swallwell (D-Calif.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) among others.
    Danchenko was the main source behind the dossier, compiled with the help of Clinton ally Charles Dolan and paid for by the DNC along with the Hillary Clinton campaign.
    “What we got from this indictment is that it goes right to the Clintons,” stated GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (D-Ohio).    “People who were tight with the Clintons were actually part of the sourcing for Christopher Steele.    And the other key takeaway is they accused President Trump of actually working with Russians, which was complete bologna, but they were in fact working with Russians.”
    Meanwhile, the mainstream media, who long claimed the dossier was real, are now avoiding the matter as well.
    “All these people, there was nothing, nothing,” said political commentator Steve Malzberg.    “And Schiff knew it and he kept lying.    And the media kept letting him lie…so I mean it it just goes on and on.”
    Former State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus recently pressed Schiff on the matter, but the California Democrat failed to admit to any wrongdoing.

11/12/2021 Pence Delivers Remarks At Young America’s Foundation Event In Texas by OAN Newsroom
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership
meeting Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
    Former Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at another Young America’s Foundation event on the importance of the country’s foundations.    While speaking to a large crowd at the Texas A&M campus on Thursday, he laid out the failures of the Biden administration and its string of far-left policies.
    Pence touted the achievements made during the Trump administration from border security to boosting the U.S. economy.    He also emphasized the need for strong conservative leaders to remind the country of America’s roots.
    Pence also said the American people are a great people and have a great future if young conservatives stand up and lead.

11/12/2021 Obama Ethics Chief Shaub: Biden Admin. Has Conflicts Of Interest by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 01: Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, participates in a
briefing on about President Trump’s refusal to divest his businesses and the administration’s delay in disclosing ethics waivers
for appointees, on Capitol Hill November 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    Former ethics director for Barack Obama, Walter Shaub, is criticizing the Biden administration over reports of its apparent conflicts of interest.
    In an interview on Thursday, Shaub said Joe Biden’s aides appear to be involved in so-called “influence-peddling operations,” which poses a problem for the country.    He also denounced Biden’s practice of hiring family members related to his top aides and Hunter’s art sales.
    However, this is not the first time Shaub has raised concerns within the Biden administration.    Shaub took to Twitter in June to react to an article that referenced family ties of Biden officials.
    “I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing criticism of him.    But this royally sucks,” wrote Shaub.    “I’m disgusted.”
    Reports also found Biden’s Climate Envoy John Kerry invested in a solar panel business in China, while the son-in-law of Attorney General Merrick Garland has been selling critical race theory materials and the Department of Justice has attempted to accuse concerned parents of domestic terror.
    Shaub said these occurrences are “absolutely appalling.”

11/12/2021 Trump Endorses 3 GOP Lawmakers For Reelection by OAN Newsroom
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 30: Donald Trump waves prior to Game Four of the World Series between the Houston Astros
and the Atlanta Braves Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images)
    The 45th president endorsed three GOP House lawmakers seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms.
    On Thursday, Donald Trump announced his support for Reps. John Carter (R-Texas), Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Pat Fallon (R-Texas). In separate statements, he praised the work each congressman has done for Texas.
    Trump touted Carter and McCaul’s efforts to secure the southern border.
    “He [John Carter] helped secure our borders, fund the southern border wall, defend our Second Amendment, and protect the rule of law.    He is strong on jobs, education, healthcare and he fights hard for our brave law enforcement, military and vets,” said Trump.
    Trump also noted McCaul, who is the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold Joe Biden accountable for his incompetent failure in Afghanistan.
    He also highlighted Fallon’s accomplishments as a strong conservative voice for the people of Texas, a military veteran and successful entrepreneur.

11/12/2021 MRNA Vaccine Inventor Suggests Collusion Between CNN, Pfizer by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Robert Malone holds the reins of his stallion, Jade II Da Sernadinha, on his
horse farm in Madison, Va., on Wednesday July 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    The inventor of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines has sounded the alarm over potential collusion between CNN and Pfizer.    Dr. Robert Malone deconstructed a CNN segment featuring the network’s chief correspondent and Sesame Street’s Big Bird.
    Dr. Malone said he believes Pfizer is using CNN as a surrogate to advertise directly to children, driving consumer demand to cause the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to purchase additional unlicensed vaccines.    He said not only does this constitute illegal marketing of an unlicensed pharmaceutical product, but may also meet the criteria for corrupt racketeering.
    He maintained Pfizer is pushing for vaccinations while the drug is still in its emergency authorization status because pharmaceutical companies will not be held liable for an experimental medication.
    “Coverage that allows Pfizer to not be held liable for any adverse events only applies to the Pfizer product, which is still under emergency use authorization,” said Malone.
    Additionally, Malone contended that Pfizer circumvented the normative Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process, evading the conventional peer-reviewed period in order to meet mandate standards and the true efficacy rates dip into the 40 percent range as studies out of Israel suggest.
    “What I think they’ve done here is jam something through that will enable the government and commercial entities and states to mandate vaccines to the military and otherwise.    But by their own statements they don’t have the data to support the safety and efficacy claims,” said Malone.    “The claims they do have are completely outdated.    It’s based on the alpha and beta variants.”
    Dr. Malone has also questioned why corporate media outlets censure ivermectin despite its worldwide use and long-held benefits.
    Meanwhile, CNN has continued to peddle its anti-ivermectin agenda, falsely labeling the medication as a horse de-wormer.    In an effort to promote vaccines and suppress alternatives, the network has leveled attacks against high-profile figures with large platforms who even suggest ivermectin as a legitimate therapy.
    The most recent subjects of these attacks have been podcaster Joe Rogan and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.    CNN aired numerous segments ridiculing the athlete for speaking out on his personal health decisions, calling it a dangerous use of his platform.
    Despite CNN’s best efforts to discredit ivermectin, the CDC itself lists the drug as an integral part of its program for U.S. bound refugees.    It also recommends it as a presumptive therapy for all refugees originating from the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.
    In response to the backlash, CNN issued a statement that not only ignored Gutpa’s admission, but also doubled down. The mainstream media outlet alleged a powerful voice in media like Rogan was promoting the use of “an unproven treatment for COVID-19 and a drug developed to ward off parasites in farm animals.”
    Dr. Malone’s suggestion of collusion between CNN and Pfizer may explain the corporate media’s determined push for vaccines and mandates while discrediting any alternatives.

11/12/2021 112 Kids In Va. Receive Adult Dosage Of COVID-19 Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
A vial of the new children’s dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine (that will supply ten doses, once reconstituted)
sits in the foreground as children play in a hospital room waiting to be able to receive the
vaccine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut on November 2, 2021. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
    A pharmacy in Virginia mistakenly gave more than 100 children the adult dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.    However, this isn’t the first occurrence.
    “My warning to parents is ask for the orange cap.    Demand to see the orange cap,” said one parent, Dasha Hermosilla.
    The Virginia Department of Health confirmed 112 children were given the adult dosage of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Loudoun County. Ted Pharmacy in Aldie, Virginia is now banned from administering any COVID vaccines for children and adults after recklessly inoculating kids with the wrong dosage.
    Loudoun County Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend said the pharmacy “attempted to provide a proper dose” of the adult vaccine to children due to the vials for children not being shipped yet.
    “What Ted Pharmacy tried to do is to get the correct dosage of 10 micrograms to kids by giving one-third of that or .1 milliliters of the adult,” he said.
    In order to differentiate between the doses, the packaging for Pfizer’s adult vaccine is purple and their vaccine for children ages 5-11 is orange.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the vaccine for children is one-third of the adult vaccine and Pfizer confirmed the adult vaccine shouldn’t be given to young children as that dosage for them is not FDA approved.
    “The FDA and the CDC did this very, very, very purposefully.    They had the child dosage in different size vials with a different color cap.    The dose, the dilution, everything was different.    The needles are different so that mistakes wouldn’t happen,” stressed Dr. Natalie Azar.
    Instead, clinicians at Ted Pharmacy took it upon themselves to pull the doses from the vials intended for anyone 12 and older.    However, this isn’t the only state to make this mistake.
    After being unable to book an appointment with a pediatrician, a Florida mom took her five-year-old son to get vaccinated at a Walgreens when the pharmacist gave him an adult vaccine by>     “He said that he was concentrating on my son’s allergies,” said mother, Erin Slutak.    “He was more concerned that my son has allergies and he was worried about that as opposed to giving him the proper vaccine.”
    In the meantime, health experts have advised parents to continue asking questions when it comes to their child getting the right vaccine, and to closely monitor their children if they have been vaccinated.

11/13/2021 Oil down $0.42 to $80.80, DOW up 179 to 36,100.

11/13/2021 Biden And China’s Xi Will Hold Virtual Meeting On Monday by Michael Martina, David Brunnstrom and Trevor Hunnicutt
FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday, the White House said, talks Washington hopes will create some stability amid increased tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
    It is expected to be the leaders’ most extensive meeting under the Biden administration and will follow on from a telephone call between the two on Sept. 9.
    Washington and Beijing have been sparring on issues from the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic to China’s expanding nuclear arsenal U.S. officials believe direct engagement with Xi is the best way to prevent ties spiraling toward conflict.
    “The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition … as well as ways to work together where our interests align,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.    “President Biden will make clear U.S. intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns.”
    Beijing is also keen to avoid confrontation as Xi faces a crucial year ahead with China’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games and a key Communist Party Congress where he looks to secure an unprecedented third term.
    China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday the leaders would exchange views on bilateral relations and issues of common interests in the summit, which will take place on Tuesday morning in Asia.
    A senior U.S. official said Biden would make clear he welcomes stiff competition with China, but doesn’t want conflict, and played down the likelihood of a long list of outcomes often tied to top-level meetings.
    “This is not about seeking specific deliverables or outcomes,” the official said, adding in reference to the People’s Republic of China: “As we compete with the PRC, President Biden expects President Xi and the PRC to play by the rules of road—and he will make that point throughout the meeting.”
    The meeting will come after Biden signs a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal in a big ceremony on Monday to celebrate domestic renewal plans he believes will position the United States to out-compete China.
    U.S. officials have played down the possibility of progress on trade, where China is lagging in a commitment to buy $200 billion more in U.S. goods and services.
    China has nevertheless continued to push for relief from hundreds of billions of dollars of tariffs imposed under former President Donald Trump, arguing this could help both sides by easing inflation and boosting employment.
    Biden and Xi outlined competing visions at meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum this week, with Biden stressing the U.S. commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” which Washington says faces increasing Chinese “coercion,” while Xi warned against a return to Cold War tensions.
    Addressing APEC leaders on Friday, Xi spoke of the need to “stick to dialogue rather than confrontation, inclusiveness rather than exclusion, and integration rather than decoupling,” an apparent reference to U.S. moves to make key supply chains independent of China.
    Climate is a priority for Biden, and China and the United States, the world’s two biggest carbon emitters, unveiled a deal at global talks in Glasgow this week to ramp up cooperation, including by cutting methane emissions, phasing out coal consumption and protecting forests.
    However, the superpowers have clashed increasingly over self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own and that Washington is required to provide with the means to defend itself.
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken angered China this week when he said Washington and its allies would take unspecified “action” if China were to use force to alter the Taiwan status quo, further muddying the long-held U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” as to whether the United States would respond militarily.
    Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told Blinken in a call on Saturday that the United States should not send the wrong signals to Taiwan pro-independence forces, according a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry website.
    “If the United States really wants to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait, it should clearly and resolutely oppose any Taiwan pro-independence behavior,” Wang said.
    Wang and Blinken also exchanged views on areas including energy efficiency, climate change and the Iran nuclear issue and agreed to maintain dialogue on global challenges, China said.
    Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia under the Obama administration, said both Biden and Xi were worried by the risk of a military incident escalating.
    “Biden knows that the tools for prevention and crisis management are rusty, so we should expect him to push to put in place safeguards or ‘guardrails’ to reduce risk,” he said.
    Russel said the Sept. 9 Biden-Xi call began with Xi listing complaints, but ended with a constructive agreement for officials to continue discussions.
    “This suggests that the personal relationship Biden built with Xi a decade ago is still strong, and that each conversation can add some stability to the mix.”
(Reporting by Michael Martina, David Brunnstrom, Trevor Hunnicutt and Andrea Shalal; Additional reporting by Yew Lun Tian in Beijing; Editing by Heather Timmons and William Mallard)

11/13/2021 UN Climate Talks Drift Into Overtime In Push To Save 1.5 Celsius Goal by Kate Abnett, Jake Spring and Elizabeth Piper
A delegate walks past a sign during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – Two weeks of U.N. COP26 climate talks in Glasgow blew past a deadline on Friday as the conference president called on countries to make a final push to secure commitments that would rein in the rising temperatures that threaten the planet.
    With a deal now expected sometime on Saturday, there remained tough talking to be done on issues such as the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies, carbon markets and financial help for poor countries to tackle climate change.
    A draft of the final deal, released early on Friday, requires countries to set tougher climate pledges next year – in an attempt to bridge the gap between current targets and the much deeper cuts scientists say are needed this decade to avert catastrophic climate change.
    “We have come a long way over the past two weeks and now we need that final injection of that ‘can-do’ spirit, which is present at this COP, so we get this shared endeavour over the line,” said Britain’s COP26 President Alok Sharma.
    Late on Friday Sharma announced that meetings would continue into Saturday, and that he expected a deal later in the day.    A revised draft of the agreement would be released Saturday morning to kick off the last round of talks, he said.
    The meeting’s overarching aim is to keep within reach the 2015 Paris Agreement’s aspirational target to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, the limit scientists say would avert its worst effects.
    Under current national pledges to cut emissions this decade, researchers say the world’s temperature would soar far beyond that limit, unleashing catastrophic sea level rises, droughts, storms and wildfires.
    The new draft download is a balancing act – trying to take in the demands of the most climate-vulnerable nations such as low-lying islands, the world’s biggest polluters, and countries whose exports of fossil fuels are vital to their economies.
    “China thinks the current draft still needs to go further to strengthen and enrich the parts about adaptation, finance, technology, and capacity building,” said Zhao Yingmin, the climate negotiator for the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.
    The draft retained its most significant demand for nations to set tougher climate pledges next year, but couched that request in weaker language than before, while failing to offer the rolling annual review of climate pledges that some developing countries have sought.
    Nations are currently required to revisit their pledges every five years.
    The latest proposal included slightly weaker language than a previous one in asking states to phase out subsidies of the fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – that are the prime manmade cause of global warming.
    That dismayed some campaigners, while others were relieved that the first explicit reference to fossil fuels at any U.N. climate summit was in the text at all, and hoped it would survive the fierce negotiations to come.
    “It could be better, it should be better, and we have one day left to make it a lot, lot better,” Greenpeace said.
    “Right now, the fingerprints of fossil fuel interests are still on the text and this is not the breakthrough deal that people hoped for in Glasgow.”
    Some thinktanks were more upbeat, pointing to progress on financing to help developing countries deal with the ravages of an ever-hotter climate.
    Saudia Arabia, the world’s second largest oil producer and considered among the nations most resistant to strong wording on fossil fuels, said the latest draft was “workable.”
    A final deal will require the unanimous consent of the nearly 200 countries that signed the Paris accord.
    To increase pressure for a strong deal, protesters rallied outside the COP26 venue, where activists had hung ribbons with messages imploring delegates to protect the Earth.
    The latest draft acknowledged scientists say the world must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and to net zero by “around mid-century” to hit the 1.5C target.
    This would effectively set the benchmark to measure future climate pledges.
    Currently, countries’ pledges would see global emissions increase by nearly 14% by 2030 from 2010 levels, according to the U.N.
    Fossil fuel subsidies remain a bone of contention. Kerry told reporters that trying to curb global warming while governments spend hundreds of billions of euros supporting the fuels that cause it was “a definition of insanity.”
    Financial support is also hotly debated, with developing countries pushing for tougher rules to ensure rich nations whose historical emissions are largely responsible for heating up the planet, offer more cash to help them adapt to its consequences.
    Rich countries have failed to meet a 12-year-old goal to provide $100 billion a year in so-called “climate finance” by 2020, undermining trust and making some developing countries more reluctant to curb their emissions.
    The sum, which falls far short of what the UN says countries would actually need, aims to address “mitigation,” to help poor countries with their ecological transition, and “adaptation,” to help them manage extreme climate events.
    The new draft said that, by 2025, rich countries should double from current levels the funding set aside for adaptation – a step forward from the previous version that did not set a date or a baseline.
    “This is a stronger and more balanced text than what we had two days ago,” Helen Mountford of the World Resources Institute said of the current draft.
    “We need to see what stands, what holds and how it looks in the end – but at the moment it’s looking in a positive direction.”
    Of roughly $80 billion rich countries spent on climate finance for poor countries in 2019, only a quarter was for adaptation.
    A more contentious aspect, known as “loss and damage” would compensate them for the ravages they have already suffered from global warming, though this is outside the $100 billion and some rich countries do not acknowledge the claim.
    A group of vulnerable nations including the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific said the final deal needed to do more to address the question.    “Loss and damage is too central for us to settle for workshops,” said Tina Stege, the Marshall Islands’ climate envoy.
(Additional reporting by William James, Simon Jessop, Valerie Volcovici, Richard Valdmanis and Jake Spring; Writing by Gavin Jones and Kevin Liffey; Editing by Edmund Blair, Barbara Lewis and David Gregorio)

11/13/2021 Texas Rep. Michael McCaul Fighting To Put America First by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 20: Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) talks about China
during a news conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is making headlines for sticking up for Americans.
    President Trump threw his support behind the Texas representative, who is seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms in the 10th Congressional District of Texas.    According to the 45th president, McCaul is a strong conservative leader who is working hard to advance the “America First” agenda.
    McCaul has worked with the Trump administration to bring American jobs back to the U.S. and away from China and stressed the U.S. is too dependent on goods from China.    As chair of the China Task Force, McCaul is leading the push for a legislative plan to confront the Chinese Communist Party and said Joe Biden isn’t doing enough.
    “From a human rights standpoint, in the Xinjiang Province, where they’re currently committing genocide on the backs of slave labor with Uyghur Muslims,” said McCaul.    “And we’re not really talking about that issue.”
    Meanwhile, McCaul has also called out the Biden administration for poor judgement when it comes to foreign policy, specifically demonstrated through Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
    According to McCaul, as Biden continues to turn a blind eye to national security concerns and put Americans last, he will tread his own path.    The Republican said he will stick up for Americans and values central to the nation’s founding.

11/13/2021 Sen. Schumer Calls On Biden To Cancel Student Debt by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 04: Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks about supply chain issues during
a press conference on November 4, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on Joe Biden to cancel student debt.
    The Senate Majority Leader has relentlessly taken the matter to Twitter, claiming that cancelling student debt would give the economy the immediate boost it needs.    Schumer said student debt hasn’t become a ladder up, but an anchor weighing Americans down.    He added it makes it harder to start a family and buy a home.
    In February, Biden rejected Democrats’ calls to cancel $50,000 of debt, instead entertaining a $10,000 figure.    However, he has since done nothing to make that happen.
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki later clarified Biden’s remarks, stating “he was reiterating his previous stated position, which is that he doesn’t favor $50,000 in student loan relief without limitations.”
    Meanwhile, the pause on federal student loans due to the pandemic is set to end January of 2022.

11/13/2021 Calif. District Attorney Warns Drug Dealers Could Face Murder Charges Amid Spike In Fentanyl Related Deaths by OAN Newsroom
A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chemist checks confiscated powder containing fentanyl at the DEA Northeast Regional
Laboratory on October 8, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
    A California district attorney warns drug dealers they could face murder charges for distributing fentanyl laced drugs.
    Earlier this week, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said she wants to prosecute drug dealers for murder if they distribute fentanyl laced drugs and it results in death.    This comes after 153 Kern County residents died from fentanyl overdose this year, setting a record high rate.
    Zimmer is hoping to step in and combat these crimes since state legislatures are failing to crack down on charges drug dealers receive.
    “We have to show one, that this is the person, this is the dealer that gave them the drugs, that they knew the drugs and they chose to do it anyway.    That would qualify a person to be charged for second-degree murder,” said Zimmer.
    California district attorneys in Orange County and Riverside County have also implemented stricter charges on illicit drug dealers.    This in hopes death rates associated with fentanyl overdose will decrease.

11/13/2021 Rochester, N.Y. Declares State Of Emergency Due To Gun Violence by OAN Newsroom
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Lovely A. Warren, mayor of Rochester, speaks during a press conference on
the death of Daniel Prude on September 03, 2020 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    The mayor of Rochester, New York declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing gun violence throughout the city.     Mayor Lovely Warren made the emergency declaration on Friday, citing “unprecedented levels of gun violence” in Rochester and later vowing to address the issue in a “holistic” manner.    The move comes after three more homicides occurred on Thursday, marking the 71st homicide this year to date.
    The declaration will bring additional resources to the city’s police department to help identify and arrest perpetrators of gun violence.
    “The idea is to hold people accountable for their actions without casting a wide net,” said Interim Rochester Police Chief David Smith.    “This is not a zero-tolerance measure, but an expansion of our surgical efforts to identify and arrest known violent offenders in our community.”
    City officials have asked residents to get involved and report any illegal activity in their communities while the city grapples with the surging violence throughout the region.

11/13/2021 German State Health Ministers Call To Extend State Of Emergency As COVID Cases Soar
FILE PHOTO: Germany's acting Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she attends a session of the German
lower house of Parliament, Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Three German state health ministers urged parties negotiating to form a new government to prolong states’ power to implement stricter pandemic measures such as lockdowns or school closures as the country’s seven-day COVID incidence rate hit record highs.
    The number of people per 100,000 infected last week rose to 277.4, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Saturday, and has risen to over 500 in some regions of the country.
    The head of Germany’s largest doctors association Marburger Bund told German media group Funke Mediengruppe that overburdened intensive care units may need to move patients between regions to find beds in coming weeks.
    The federal government and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are due to discuss new pandemic measures next week, but the three parties negotiating to form a new government have agreed to let a state of emergency, in place since the start of the pandemic, expire on Nov. 25 as planned.
    But state health ministers of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessen and Brandenburg argued that states needed to keep the option open of implementing policies which required a state of emergency to enforce – such as curfews, lockdowns or school closures – if the situation worsened.
    “In the face of the burden on hospitals, which in some regions are close to absolute overload, the epidemic status should be prolonged on a national level,” the three health ministers said in a joint statement on Saturday.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged unvaccinated people to reconsider their decision in a video message on Saturday morning. She also called for stronger enforcement of rules requiring a negative test, vaccination or proof of recovery before entering closed spaces, and faster rollout of booster vaccines.
    “Difficult weeks lie ahead of us, and you can see that I am very worried,” Merkel said, speaking in her weekly video podcast.    “I urgently ask everyone who has not yet been vaccinated: please reconsider.”
    The German army is preparing to mobilise 12,000 soldiers by Christmas to assist overrun healthcare services, Spiegel newspaper reported, and will provide booster vaccinations and tests in care homes and hospitals.
    So far, 630 soldiers have been deployed, Spiegel reported.    The army was not immediately available for comment.
    Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic again, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular lockdowns.
(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Jan Harvey and Christina Fincher)

11/13/2021 President Trump Endorses Texas Rep. John Carter For Reelection by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump, with U.S. Republican Representative from Texas John Carter (L), speaks about the impeachment
inquiry during a tour of the Flextronics computer manufacturing facility where Apple’s Mac Pros
are assembled in Austin, Texas, on November 20, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump endorsed proud Republican and Texas Congressman John Carter for reelection.    The 45th president called Carter “tremendous” as he threw his endorsement to the former judge for reelection in 2022.
    The congressman said following the 9/11 attacks, he knew he needed to serve his country. Therefore, he ran for Congress.
    While in Washington, he has been continually working to pass legislation benefiting veterans, such as the “Veterans Transplant Coverage Act,” which expanded veterans access to lifesaving organ transplants.    As a strong supporter for America’s police, Carter has also secured nearly $4 million in funding for law enforcement agencies in his district.
    Additionally, Carter said as a pro-life advocate, he proudly endorses the “National Right to Life,” which is the nation’s largest pro-life organization.
    Along with President Trump’s endorsement, Carter has also been endorsed in the past by prominent Republican leaders such as his state’s governor, Greg Abbott.

11/13/2021 President Trump Condemns McConnell For Infrastructure Vote by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in
Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    President Trump doubled down on his criticism of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), stressing his vote on infrastructure helps Democrats in future elections.    In a statement released on Saturday, the 45th president lamented McConnell gave Democrats a win as they were “falling off a cliff.”
    McConnell was one of 19 Republican senators who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, along with 13 GOP representatives.    President Trump said he believes this will hurt those senators’ chances of reelection, adding the bill is sometimes referred to as the “Elect Democrats in 2022 and 24 Act.”
    Meanwhile, the White House has planned a ceremony for the signing of the $1 trillion bill on Monday.    However, Trump noted McConnell would be skipping the signing ceremony for the bill.
Mitch McConnell has stated that he will not go to the signing of the 'non-infrastructure' bill,” said the 45th president in his statement.

11/13/2021 National Guard Activated Ahead Of Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict by OAN Newsroom
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 12: Kyle Rtttenhouse looks back as attorneys argue about
the charges that will be presented to the jury during proceedings at the Kenosha County
Courthouse on November 12, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)
    Kyle Rittenhouse stood his ground, saying he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense.    During his testimony Wednesday, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25.    He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
    Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel.    He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line.    This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.     Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.     “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge.    “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years. I have no idea why you would do something like that. Well, I’ll leave it at that. So I don’t know what you’re up to.”
    Rittenhouse faces a life sentence if convicted of the more serious of the six charges against him.    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during Black Lives Matter riots in August of 2020.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    “Kyle Rittenhouse protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken, used against him or other people,” said Mark Richards, attorney for Rittenhouse. “From Mr. Rosenbaum who had made threats to kill and the other individuals, who didn’t see that shooting, attacked him in the street like an animal.    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what the evidence will show.”
    A witness and only surviving shooting victim wounded by Rittenhouse said he was pointing his own at the defendant prior to being shot.    While on trial, 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz said he thought Rittenhouse was an active shooter and thought he was going to die.    Grosskreutz admitted it wasn’t until he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse and advanced on him that Rittenhouse fired off his own gun.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision can not be influenced by politics.
    As Rittenhouse’s verdict nears, hundreds of Wisconsin National guard troops have been activated.
    Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that about 500 Guardsmen would be on standby in Kenosha, Wisconsin next week to support local law enforcement if needed.    Evers urged people not from the area to reconsider their travel plans and for those choosing to assemble to do so safely and peacefully.
    The 18-year-old defendant faces a possible life sentence on one count of first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Anthony Huber.    The defense rested its case Thursday and closing arguments are expected Monday.

11/14/2021 No Oil or DOW info.

11/14/2021 COP26 Agrees Deal Aimed At Averting Climate Catastrophe, After Late Drama by Valerie Volcovici, Kate Abnett and William James
COP26 President Alok Sharma receives applause during the UN Climate Change Conference
(COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 13, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks in Scotland ended with a global agreement aimed at keeping alive hopes of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, and so maintain a realistic shot at saving the world from catastrophic climate change.
    Alok Sharma, the conference chairman, was visibly emotional before banging down his gavel in relief to signal that there were no vetoes from the almost 200 national delegations present in Glasgow, ranging from coal-and gas-fuelled superpowers to oil producers and Pacific islands being swallowed by the rise in sea levels.
    The two-week conference in Glasgow, which extended into an extra day of tortuous negotiations, was the 26th of its kind but the first to call for a reduction in fossil fuels, which not only power much of the world’s economy but are also the main cause of manmade global warming.
    There was last-minute drama as India, backed by China and other coal-dependent developing nations, raised objections to this part of the agreement and asked for the wording to be rewritten.    The clause was hurriedly amended to ask countries to accelerate their efforts towards a coal power “phase down” instead of “phase out.”
    India’s environment and climate minister, Bhupender Yadav, said the revision was needed to reflect the “national circumstances of emerging economies.”
    “We are becoming the voice of the developing countries,” he told Reuters, adding that coal had been “singled out” during the COP26 talks while there was no similar call to phase out oil or natural gas.
    “We made our effort to make a consensus that is reasonable for developing countries and reasonable for climate justice,” he said, alluding to the fact that rich nations historically have emitted the largest share of greenhouse gases
    The one-word change in the agreement was met with dismay by the rich economies of the European Union and Switzerland, as well as by a large group of small island states, whose existence is under threat from rising sea levels.
    But all said they would let it stand for the sake of an overall agreement.
    “The approved texts are a compromise.    They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
    “They take important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions.”
    Sharma had had the onerous task of balancing the demands of climate-vulnerable nations, big industrial powers, and those like India and China whose consumption or exports of fossil fuels are vital to their economic development.
    His voice broke with emotion after he heard vulnerable nations express their anger over the last-minute changes.
    “May I just say to all delegates I apologise for the way this process has unfolded and I am deeply sorry,” he told the assembly.
    “I also understand the deep disappointment but I think, as you have noted, it’s also vital that we protect this package.”
    The overarching aim that he set before the conference was one that climate campaigners and vulnerable countries had found far too modest – namely, to “keep alive” the 2015 Paris Agreement’s target to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees     Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
    The agreement in effect acknowledged that commitments made so far to cut emissions of planet-heating greenhouse gases are nowhere near enough, and asked nations to set tougher climate pledges next year, rather than every five years, as they are currently required to do.
    Scientists say that to go beyond a rise of 1.5C would unleash extreme sea level rise and catastrophes including crippling droughts, monstrous storms and wildfires far worse than those the world is already suffering.
    But national pledges made so far to cut greenhouse emissions – mostly carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and gas – would only cap the average global temperature rise at 2.4 Celsius.
    Jennifer Morgan, executive director of the campaign group Greenpeace, saw the glass as half-full.
    “They changed a word but they can’t change the signal coming out of this COP, that the era of coal is ending,” she said.    “If you’re a coal company executive, this COP saw a bad outcome.”
    Developing countries argue that rich nations, whose historical emissions are largely responsible for heating up the planet, must pay more to help them adapt to its consequences as well as reducing their carbon footprints.
    The deal gave the poorest nations more promises, but no guarantees, that they would finally get more of the financial help they have long been told they will get.
    It urged rich countries to double finance for climate adaptation by 2025 from 2019 levels, offering funding that has been a key demand of small island nations at the conference.
    Adaptation funds primarily go to the very poorest countries and currently take up only a small fraction of climate funding.
    A U.N. committee will also report next year on progress towards delivering the $100 billion per year in overall annual climate funding that rich nations had promised by 2020 but failed to deliver.    And governments will be summoned to meet in 2022, 2024 and 2026 to discuss climate finance.
    Yet even $100 billion a year is far short of poorer countries’ actual needs, which could hit $300 billion by 2030 in adaptation costs alone, according to the United Nations, in addition to economic losses from crop failure or climate-related disasters.
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Jake Spring, Simon Jessop, Andrea Januta and Richard Valdmanis; Writing by Kevin Liffey; Editing by Katy Daigle, Frances Kerry and Daniel Wallis)

11/14/2021 U.N. Climate Agreement Clinched After Late Drama Over Coal by Valerie Volcovici, Kate Abnett and William James
COP26 President Alok Sharma gestures as he receives applause during the UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    GLASGOW (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks ended Saturday with a deal that for the first time targeted fossil fuels as the key driver of global warming, even as coal-reliant countries lobbed last-minute objections.
    While the agreement won applause for keeping alive the hope of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, many of the nearly 200 national delegations wished they’d come away with more.
    “If it’s a good negotiation, all the parties are uncomfortable,” U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said in the final meeting to approve the Glasgow Climate Pact.    “And this has been, I think, a good negotiation.”
    The two-week conference in Scotland delivered a major win in resolving the rules around carbon markets, but it did little to assuage vulnerable countries’ concerns about long-promised climate financing from rich nations.
    The British COP26 president, Alok Sharma, was visibly emotional before banging down his gavel to signal there were no vetoes to the pact, after the talks had extended overtime – and overnight – into Saturday.
    There was last-minute drama as India, backed by China and other coal-dependent developing nations, rejected a clause calling for the “phase out” of coal-fired power.    After a huddle between the envoys from China, India, the United States and European Union, the clause was hurriedly amended to ask countries to “phase down” their coal use.
    India’s environment and climate minister, Bhupender Yadav, said the revision reflected the “national circumstances of emerging economies.”
    “We are becoming the voice of the developing countries,” he told Reuters, saying the pact had “singled out” coal but kept quiet about oil and natural gas.
    “We made our effort to make a consensus that is reasonable for developing countries and reasonable for climate justice,” he said, alluding to the fact that rich nations historically have emitted the largest share of greenhouse gases
    The single-word change was met with dismay by both rich countries in Europe and small island nations along with others still developing.
    “We believe we have been side-lined in a non-transparent and non-inclusive process,” Mexico’s envoy Camila Isabel Zepeda Lizama said.    “We all have remaining concerns but were told we could not reopen the text … while others can still ask to water down their promises.”
    But Mexico and others said they would let the revised agreement stand.
    “The approved texts are a compromise,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.    “They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today.”
    Reaching a deal was always a matter of balancing the demands of climate-vulnerable nations, big industrial powers, and those like India and China depending on fossil fuels to lift their economies and populations out of poverty.
    Sharma’s voice broke with emotion in response to vulnerable nations’ expressing anger over the last-minute changes.
    “I apologise for the way this process has unfolded,” he told the assembly.    “I am deeply sorry.”
    The overarching aim he had set for the conference was one that climate campaigners and vulnerable countries said was too modest – to “keep alive” the 2015 Paris Agreement’s target to keep global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.    Scientists say warming beyond this point could unleash irreversible and uncontrollable climate impacts.
    In asking nations to set tougher targets by next year for cutting climate-warming emissions, the agreement effectively acknowledged that commitments were still inadequate. National pledges currently have the world on track for about 2.4C of warming.
    The talks also led to a breakthrough in resolving rules for covering government-led markets for carbon offsets.    Companies and countries with vast forest cover had pushed hard for a deal, in hopes also of legitimising the fast-growing global voluntary offset markets.
    The deal allows countries to partially meet their climate targets by buying offset credits representing emission cuts by others, potentially unlocks trillions of dollars for protecting forests, expanding renewable energy and other projects to combat climate change.
    Jennifer Morgan, executive director of the campaign group Greenpeace, saw the glass as half-full.
    “They changed a word but they can’t change the signal coming out of this COP, that the era of coal is ending,” she said.    “If you’re a coal company executive, this COP saw a bad outcome.”
    Developing countries argue rich nations, whose historical emissions are largely responsible for warming the planet, must finance their efforts both to transition away from fossil fuels and to adapt to increasingly severe climate impacts.
    The deal offered a promise to double adaptation finance by 2025 from 2019, but again no guarantees.    A U.N. committee will report next year on progress towards delivering the $100 billion per year in promised climate funding, after rich nations failed to deliver on a 2020 deadline for the funds. Finance will then be discussed again 2024 and 2026.
    But the deal left many vulnerable nations despondent in offering no funding for climate-linked losses and damages, a promise made in the original pact called the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992.
    Rich nations once again resisted acknowledging financial liability for their years of emissions that drove climate change as they rose to economic prosperity.
    While Glasgow agreement laid out a pathway for addressing the issue by establishing a new secretariat dedicated to the issue, vulnerable countries said that represented a bare minimum of acceptability.
    “This package is not perfect.    The coal change and a weak outcome on loss and damage are blows,” said Tina Stee, climate envoy from the Marshall Islands.    Still, “elements of the Glasgow Package are a lifeline for my country.    We must not discount the crucial wins covered in this package.”
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Jake Spring, Simon Jessop, Andrea Januta and Richard Valdmanis; Writing by Katy Daigle; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lincoln Feast.)

11/14/2021 Ecuador Prison Violence Leaves At Least 68 Dead, Dozens Injured by Alexandra Valencia and Yury Garcia
A soldier closes the entrance door of the prison after prisoners were killed and injured in overnight violence
at Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil, Ecuador November 13, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos
    GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) – At least 68 prisoners were killed and more than two dozen injured in overnight violence at Ecuador’s Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, the government said on Saturday, in what officials characterize as fights among rival gangs.
    The penitentiary, located in the southern city of Guayaquil, is the same prison where 119 inmates were killed in late September in the country’s worst incident of prison violence in recent history.
    The government has blamed disputes between drug trafficking gangs for control of prisons for the violence.
    Dozens were gathered outside the prison on Saturday afternoon waiting for news of loved ones, who many said they had not heard from since Friday afternoon.
    Cristina Monserrat, 58, still has not heard from her younger brother who has been in prison for a year.
    “What is happening inside is reprehensible, people killing each other and the saddest thing is they have no conscience,” said Monserrat.    “My brother is alive, my heart tells me so.”
    President Guillermo Lasso, Monserrat added, must do more to help the poor.    Ecuador’s prison system has come under harsh spotlight in recent years for overcrowding and poor sanitary and living conditions for inmates.
    Lasso in September declared a 60-day state of emergency in the prison system, which freed up government funding and allowed for military assistance in control of the prisons.
    On Saturday, the president called on the constitutional court to allow the military to enter prisons, instead of providing only outside security.    The court responded in a statement that a solution to the prison crisis will require more than temporary emergency measures.
    Further disturbances in the penitentiary in the afternoon were under control by Saturday night, the government said, adding it was meeting with rights groups and the United Nations to handle the situation.
    The latest disturbance was set off by a power vacuum following a gang leader’s release, governor of Guayas province Pablo Arosemena said in a press conference earlier in the day.
    “The context of this situation is that there was no leader of the gang that has this cell block because a few days ago that prisoner was released,” Arosemena said.    “Other cell blocks with other groups wanted to control them, get inside and have a total massacre.”
    Videos on social media purportedly posted by detainees overnight showed them begging for help to stop the violence as shots and explosions sounded in the background.    Reuters could not independently verify the origin of the videos.
    There has been a wave of disturbances in the South American country’s prisons, which house some 39,000 detainees, since the December 2020 killing of ‘Rasquina,’ the leader of the Los Choneros gang, months after he was released from prison.
    His death, officials said at the time, prompted less well-known gangs to compete for influence over the country’s prisons.    Gang rivalries are connected to competition for drug trafficking alliances with international cartels, ex-officials said.
    Officials said a February incident which killed 79 detainees was a response to Rasquina’s death.
    Another 22 people died in a July riot.
    Prisoners at least two other prisons in Azuay and Cotopaxi provinces were refusing food in a hunger strike on Saturday in solidarity with inmates at Litoral, the SNAI prison authority said on Twitter.
    Some of those killed in the September violence at Penitenciaria del Litoral were decapitated or burned, the attorney general’s office has said, and dozens were injured.
    “I don’t know anything, what we ask for are answers,” said Estefania, who declined to give her surname, and said her husband is jailed for a robbery.    “I don’t know if he’s alive or dead.”
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito and Yury Garcia in Guayaquil; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; editing by Diane Craft and Aurora Ellis)

11/14/2021 Ky. Demonstrators Protest Against COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids by OAN Newsroom
A 7-year-old child gets a bandage after receiving their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Beaumont
Health offices in Southfield, Michigan on November 5, 2021. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Residents in Kentucky express concern over efforts to vaccinate children.
    According to reports on Sunday, nearly a dozen people protested outside a Louisville testing and vaccination center.    This comes as more than 900,000 children ages 5-11 are expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
    Demonstrators called the move to vaccinate children premature, indicating researchers need to study the long-term impact the vaccine has on younger people.
    “There’s also been a lot of surveys that say that up to 90 percent of parents out there are going to never give their kids the vaccine and they’re going to wait and see,” said retired nurse Carol Lukasik.    “When they say they’re going to wait and see, they’re looking at those million children that got vaccinated this week to see if they’re going to be permanently hurt or die.”
    Meanwhile, the White House expects 15 million doses specifically formulated for children to be available this week.

11/14/2021 5 Senate Republicans Demand Border Wall Funding by OAN Newsroom
View of the U.-Mexico border wall in Otay Mesa, California on
August 13, 2021. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
    Five Republican senators have promised to withhold support from any Democrat spending bill if the bill doesn’t include funding for the border wall.
    In a letter to their colleagues scheduled for release Monday, the five senators said they couldn’t support continuing funding for the government if the border isn’t made secure.    Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) added funding proposals released by the Senate Appropriations Committee “fail to provide America’s border agents with the proper security infrastructure necessary to defend America’s southern border from continued crisis of unrestrained illegal migration.”
    They made the point that Joe Biden seems unwilling to address the humanitarian and national security concerns caused by open borders.
    “The failure to provide sufficient resources is a continuation of the Biden-Harris administration’s inability and unwillingness to acknowledge the humanitarian and national security risks created by its open-border policies,” wrote the senators.
    The letter comes as Democrats pulled nearly $2 billion from wall funding in their omnibus spending bill for 2022.

11/14/2021 Sen. Hawley: Masculinity Is A Virtue Not A Danger by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine Texas’ abortion law,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 29, 2021. (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has called out the left’s attack on masculine men.    Hawley said American society is in dire need of courageous, assertive and independent men.
    Recently speaking in Orlando, Hawley stressed masculinity is a virtue and not a danger, but mainstream institutions are claiming the opposite.
    “It’s also in our grade schools where boys are increasingly treated like an illness in search of a cure.    That boys are too rambunctious, they’re diagnosed with hyperactivity disorder, medicated into submission.    Hollywood delivers the toxic masculinity theme ad nauseam in television and film,” added the senator.     Hawley warned if the left continues pushing the idea that masculinity is toxic, it will lead future generations down a spiritually dead path.    He said consequences are wide-ranging and begin with increased depression and anxiety.
    Hawley stressed generations of men have found meaning in freedom, getting married and providing for their family. However, he warned the left’s government regulations are taking these senses of purpose away.
    The Republican said moving forward, in public schools, churches and at home men should be taught to be proud of their masculine traits and not to bottle them up.    He also suggested making family the center of political life and stressed there is no higher calling nor greater duty than raising a family, adding every American man should be encouraged to pursue it without an apology.
    While the left continues their attempt to capitalize on the idea of toxic masculinity, Hawley continues to push back by unapologetically standing by his values and striving to be a role model for men across the country.

11/14/2021 Sen. Cruz, Rep. Cheney Reignite Twitter War by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questions former
FBI Director James Comey, who was appearing remotely, at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee
on September 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put the kibosh on the possibility of Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) run for president.
    On Twitter Saturday, Cruz responded to a CNN post that asked if there was a lane for Cheney in New Hampshire come 2024. Cruz replied that yes, there is a lane for Cheney, and it’s called the Democratic primary.
    Cheney then accused Cruz of posturing for the “secessionist vote.”    “I know you’re posturing for the secessionist vote, Ted.    But my party, the Republican party, saved the Union,” responded Cheney.    “You swore an oath to the Constitution.    Act like it.”
    This comes as Cheney spoke at an event in New Hampshire last week, continuing her criticism of President Trump, which some suggested might be the congresswoman testing the waters for a 2024 run.    Cheney was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after Jan. 6 and has faced criticism from her Republican colleagues over it.

11/14/2021 FBI, CISA Aware Of Hacking Of Bureau Email System by OAN Newsroom
The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC
on July 5, 2016. (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responding to a cyber-attack affecting thousands of agency employees.
    In a statement on Saturday, the bureau and CISA said they are aware of the situation and have taken the impacted hardware offline.    Earlier Saturday, reports circulated claiming the hackers infiltrated around 100,000 FBI emails where staffers were sent fake cyber-attack warnings from the Department of Homeland Security.
    Additionally, the fake emails came from a legitimate FBI email.    The agency said the situation is ongoing and don’t yet have information on who sent the messages.
    “The FBI and CISA are aware of the incident this morning involving fake emails form an email account,” the FBI said in a statement on Saturday.    “This is an ongoing situation and we are not able to provide any additional information at this time.    The impacted hardware was taken offline quickly upon discovery of the issue.    We continue to encourage the public to be cautious of unknown senders and urge you to report suspicious activity to or”

11/14/2021 Republicans Descend On Brandon, Vt. For Anti-Biden Rally by OAN Newsroom
A protestor holds a ‘Let’s Go Brandon!’ sign. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Citizens gathered in Brandon, Vermont to hold an anti-Joe Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” rally.
    On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered in the cold and rain to express their dislike for the Democrat Party, as well as to support local businesses in the small town.    Attendees said they wanted to show their support for the Republican Party and oppose communism, which many of the attendees fear is the direction of the Democrat Party.
    The rally was put on by newly elected state GOP Chair Paul Dame, who said he wanted to help give people a place to express discontent while also helping his hometown.
    “Well, what happened today is exactly what we had planned from the beginning.    We wanna take the sort of irritation people have and push it into a positive direction,” said Dame.    “And I think we did that.”
    A small counter-protest also occurred on the village green.    This demonstration stayed peaceful with Dame saying he’s glad they felt free to come and express themselves even if he disagrees with their views.    He added it helped give the town of Brandon more business.

11/14/2021 Off-Duty Baltimore Cop Kills Active Shooter by OAN Newsroom
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 01: An aerial view of Baltimore City skyline
on December 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    A double homicide suspect was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer after he reportedly went on a shooting spree throughout the day.
    According to the Baltimore Police Department, an off-duty officer was getting a haircut when an unidentified suspect came in and opened fire killing one of the barbers.    The officer returned fire, ultimately killing the gunman.
    Authorities are praising the officer’s quick and decisive actions.
    “That member of our department, who was armed while off-duty and in plain clothes, responded to the shooting immediately and with great bravery, produced his firearm and fired at the perpetrator striking the perpetrator, who we now know has expired from his injuries,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.
    The suspect allegedly had been driving around shooting customers in barbershops, killing at least two people and injuring a third before ending up at the shop where the officer was.

11/14/2021 Robert Kennedy Jr. Protests Italy’s ‘Totalitarian’ Green Pass by OAN Newsroom
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Robert Kennedy, delivers his speech as he stages a protest against the
COVID-19 vaccination green pass in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
    As several thousand people gather to protest against Italy’s Green Pass in Milan, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. marches alongside.
    Kennedy Jr. asserted, “the Green Pass is how they consolidate their power over your lives.”
    Demonstrators shared their frustration with the anti-COVID measure on Saturday.    They happily greeted the son of former U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as the anti-vaccine advocate argued the Green Pass is not a public health measure, but a means for the government to take control.
    “It’s clearly an instrument for controlling the money supply, controlling individuals’ movements, controlling our kind of new digitalized economy that gives his totalitarian elements the capacity to control every aspect, every feature of our lives, and the Green Pass was the emblem of that,” said Kennedy Jr.
    Protests have taken place in the country for weeks after the Italian government authorized the Green Pass last month, which requires all workers in the country to show vaccination proof, a negative test or recent recovery from the virus.    Kennedy Jr. said the pass is being used as a tool to take away their rights, which he says will never be given back unless they make them.
    Kennedy Jr. has voiced how he feels on the matter and plans to put action behind his words.
    “I can tell you this, I will stand side by side with you and then if I have to die for this, I’m going to die with my boots on,” he stated.

11/14/2021 Texas Man Charged With 18 Murders To Face Trial Monday by OAN Newsroom
M.J. Jennings looks at a photo of her mother Leah Corken while sitting at her home in Dallas,
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Corken was one of 18 women in the Dallas area that Billy Chemirmir
is charged with capital murder and he is suspected in several more deaths. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    A Texas man is set to stand trial for the murder of 18 elderly women over the past few years.
    Billy Chemirmir, 48, has been charged with the murder of 18 Texas women with the trial for the murder of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris starting on Monday. Chemirmir was arrested in 2018 after a 91-year-old woman survived an attack and robbery.    She was able to point out her attacker to authorities, which was in fact Chemirmir.
    Authorities started to notice a pattern and began investigating the multiple murders that signaled a possibility of a serial killer.    Over the years, more and more murders were linked back to Chemirmir.
Billy Chemirmir. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
    The 48-year-old would allegedly prey on elderly women in independent living homes, posing as a handyman or community worker before attacking the women and stealing their jewelry.    When police were able to track down the suspect, they found him holding jewelry and cash.    Authorities later found a jewelry box that had been recently discarded, which led them to a home in Dallas where they found Harris dead in her bedroom.
    Chemirmir has been charged in 18 murders, but is suspected in 24.    He faces life in prison if convicted.

11/14/2021 Rep. Slotkin: Biden Admin. Could Do More On Inflation by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 22: Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) speaks as Peter T. Gaynor, Administrator of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) testifies during a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland
Security on Capitol Hill July 22, 2020 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D) said while the White House is trying to fix inflation, they could be doing more to tackle the issue.     Speaking to CNN on Friday, the Michigan Democrat was asked about the record inflation affecting average Americans.    She said Democrats are largely ignoring the issue on top of ignoring other issues facing the American people.     “I think, certainly, they are trying, but we could be doing more,” she said.
    Slotkin said Democrats need to address issues like inflation, as well as the high cost of goods going into the holiday season.    The representative said people aren’t looking for radical politics, rather just a government that works.
    "Yeah, I think there’s a disconnect,” she said.    “I think that the average person is not looking for radical ideology on any side of the spectrum.    They are looking for their government to function and to deliver for people.”
    Slotkin, who represents a district won by 45th President Donald Trump, has not yet committed to supporting the partisan Build Back Better plan.    She said she believes the issues facing average Americans should be fixed first, with the administration focusing on fixing those problems.

11/14/2021 Ecuador Identifying Bodies Of 68 Killed In Latest Prison Violence by Alexandra Valencia and Yury Garcia
Men handle a casket in the back of a pickup truck as people gather outside the
judicial police station after prisoners were killed and injured at the Penitenciaria
del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil, Ecuador November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos
    QUITO/GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) – Ecuador’s government said on Sunday it was moving ahead with identifying the bodies of 68 people killed the day before during violence at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison.
    The country’s prison system has come under a spotlight for overcrowding, poor living conditions for inmates, and violence the government blames on gang rivalries.
    The penitentiary, in the southern city of Guayaquil, is the same prison where 119 inmates were killed in September in the country’s worst incident of prison violence in recent history.
    “Thirty-four bodies have been identified already … forensics continues working on the identification of the other dead,” the office of President Guillermo Lasso said in a statement, adding remains would be returned to families in the coming hours.
    Twenty-five people were injured.
    Dozens of family members gathered outside the police morgue on Sunday seeking information or waiting to retrieve bodies.
    “The state is responsible for this massacre. Every day our sons and brothers die in the prisons,” said Nestor Soriano, 56, as he looked for news of his son, who is serving a six-year sentence.    “There are no (safety) guarantees for him.    They think to return him to me in a box.    I don’t want that.”
    In September, Lasso declared a 60-day state of emergency in the prison system, freeing up government funding and allowing for limited military assistance.
    The government said it met with human rights groups, the Catholic Church and United Nations staff to “coordinate cooperation in the pacification process.”
    Lasso has called on the constitutional court to let the military enter prisons, instead of providing only outside security.    The court has said a solution to the prison crisis will require more than temporary emergency measures.
    The country’s 36 detention centers – which house some 39,000 people – were all under control on Sunday, the SNAI prison authority said on Twitter.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito and Yury Garcia in Guayaquil; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

11/15/2021 No Oil or DOW info.

11/15/2021 Cuban Americans Rally In Miami While Protest Plans Fizzle In Havana by Brian Ellsworth and Marc Frank
People attend a rally ahead of an opposition demonstration in Cuba,
in Miami, Florida, U.S. November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello
    MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuban Americans in Miami held rallies and led prayers to support dissidents on the Communist-run Caribbean island whose planned protests on Sunday largely fizzled under pressure from authorities and government supporters.
    Dissidents in Cuba have for months been preparing a “Civic March for Change” in support of civil and human rights following nationwide protests in July, the largest on the island since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
    Rights groups say more than 1,000 people were detained following those rallies and hundreds remain in jail.
    The government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel has prohibited Monday’s march in Havana as well as protests planned for other Cuban cities, saying they are part of a destabilization campaign by the United States, which maintains a Cold War-era embargo on Cuba. U.S. officials have denied the allegations.
    Demonstrators clad in white to show support for Cuban dissidents gathered in a park on Sunday in eastern Miami shouting protest slogans “Patria y Vida” and “Viva Cuba Libre,” while a small flotilla of boats touting Cuban flags gathered nearby.
    “Today’s activity is more than anything else moral support for our people … to show them that they are not alone,” said Niurka Prestamo, a 45-year-old realtor who attended the demonstration.
    The rally in Miami took place around the same time as Yunior Garcia, a playwright and dissident leader, was expected to march alone, with a white rose in hand, down a central street in Havana to underscore the non-violent nature of his movement.
    But government supporters surrounded Garcia’s apartment complex early in the afternoon, and shortly after draped the building in Cuban flags, obscuring the view of Garcia’s window from the street.
    A bus blocked access to Garcia’s street, and supporters shouting “I am Fidel” – a reference to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro – gathered around his home, preventing him from leaving.
    Later in the evening, dissidents had called on supporters to bang pots from their homes in a show of solidarity for government critics, but several Reuters witnesses in Havana, the country’s largest city, heard no pot-banging in their neighborhoods.
    Residents contacted by Reuters in eastern Granma and Santiago de Cuba provinces, as well as San Antonio de los Banos, in Artemisa province where the July protests began, also reported no incidents on Sunday and no pot-banging.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday condemned “intimidation tactics” by the Cuban government ahead of Monday’s planned march in Cuba and vowed the United States would pursue measures seeking “accountability” for the crackdown.
    Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez replied on Twitter shortly after, telling the United States to stay out of Cuban affairs.
    “Antony Blinken should learn once and for all that the Cuban government’s sole duty is to its people and rejects, on its behalf, the U.S. interference,” Rodriguez said.
    A Facebook group called Archipielago, led by Garcia, is at the front of Monday’s planned protests – which coincide with Cuba’s reopening of its borders to tourism following restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Archipielago says it has 31,500 members, more than half of whom are inside Cuba. The group in September sought official permission for the march, which was quickly denied.
    Miami has the United States’ largest Cuban-American population, which grew in the years after the 1959 revolution.
    About a quarter of Archipielago’s members live in the United States, the group says, including 1,200 in Miami.
    The city was a hotbed of anti-Castro conspiracy efforts during the Cold War, and its Cuban-American residents as a group remain staunchly opposed to the Havana government, although some in the younger generation have sought to re-establish connections in recent years with the island.
    “We are here to give a cry of freedom. We want to tell the people that they are not alone,” said Miami demonstrator and journalist Serafin Moran, 43.    “Today we send a greeting, a message to the people of Cuba: If you are in the streets, so are we.”
    Small rallies in support of the Cuban dissidents took place in other cities across the globe on Sunday, from Canada to Spain.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Miami, Marc Frank in Havana and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Dave Sherwood and Peter Cooney)

11/15/2021 U.S. Says Russia Carried Out Irresponsible Anti-Satellite Test
FILE PHOTO: State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the State Department
in Washington, DC, U.S. August 18, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said Russia on Monday tested an anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites in a test that generated debris, jeopardized outer space and showed that     Russian opposition to weaponization of space was hypocritical.
    “Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior jeopardizes the long-term sustainability of … outer space and clearly demonstrates that Russia’s (claims) to oppose the weaponization of space are disingenuous and hypocritical,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, saying the Russian missile generated more than 1,500 pieces of “trackable orbital debris.”
(Reporting By Simon Lewis, Mohammad Zargham and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

11/15/2021 Haiti’s Streets Slowly Return To Life As Gangs Ease Fuel Blockade by Gessika Thomas
People crowd around a petrol station after a group of Haitian gangs temporarily lifted a blockade leading to
fuel shortages, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti November 14, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol
    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian businesses began opening their doors and activities were resuming on the country’s streets as the G9 gang coalition eased a blockade on fuel deliveries that caused crippling shortages for nearly a month.
    The G9 gang federation that controls key parts of western Port-au-Prince over the weekend allowed trucks to access the Varreux fuel terminal, leading to long lines at filling stations.
    Banks were operating normal hours after limiting operations due to the lack of diesel for generators, which are crucial for ensuring electricity in a country where the national grid only provide intermittent power.
    Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, leader of the federation, on Friday said the group would allow fuel trucks to get access to the Varreux fuel terminal for one week.    He warned the blockade would resume if Prime Minister Ariel Henry did not resign.
    G9 has blocked fuel deliveries since last month demanding the resignation of the prime minister.
    Henry has said the government will not negotiate with criminals, and that Haitian National Police had created security cordons to help ensure the delivery of fuel.
    Despite the reopening of the terminal, many drivers on Monday were still struggling to buy fuel, with some buying it in plastic containers on the black market.
    “I spent the whole day yesterday looking for gas but without success,” said Oscar Julien, 41, a truck driver who delivers construction material.    “I have not yet managed to fill up at a pump, I had to buy on the street because I had to get home.”
(Reporting by Gessika Thomas and Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

11/15/2021 Iranian Helicopter Came Close To U.S. Warship - Pentagon
FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at
the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Iranian navy helicopter came close to a U.S. Navy warship in the Gulf of Oman and circled it three times in an incident that ended without an impact on U.S. operations, the Pentagon said on Monday.
    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Iranian helicopter came within 25 yards (75 feet) of the Essex warship.
    “It’s dangerous because it could lead to miscalculations,” Kirby said.
    He did not specify when the incident took place.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart)

11/15/2021 Sen. Schumer: Biden Must Tap Oil From National Reserve To Ease Gas Prices by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., appears at a news conference at
the Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is sounding the alarm against Joe Biden’s energy policies, saying he must increase the supply of oil in America’s domestic market.    On Sunday, the Democrat said gas prices are hurting millions of Americans and Biden must open up the national petroleum reserve.
    “We’re here today because we need immediate relief at the gas pump and the place to look is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,” stated the lawmaker.    “So that’s why I’m urging the administration to tap that reserve, get the prices down.”
    Those reserves were built up by 45th President Donald Trump who stockpiled millions of barrels of oil during a period of low prices.    On the contrary, Biden restricted oil drilling and blocked Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year, resulting in an explosive growth of fuel prices and a surge in inflation.
    With fuel prices skyrocketing nationwide, the cost of oil soared to over $80 a barrel back in October.
    Let me say what we all know: we’re all feeling the pain at the pump right now,” said Schumer.    “Today, the national average for gasoline is $3.14.    It was $2.23 cents a year ago.”
    Schumer noted that as the economy begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, “supply and demand cannot keep up with the global desire to return to normal,” especially with the holiday season closing in.    The Democrat assessed that no industry is spared, but fuel gasoline is the worst of all.

11/15/2021 Sen. Barrasso: Americans Give Biden Admin. Failing Grades Across The Board by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination
of Samantha Power to be the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    Wyoming Republican John Barrasso blasted the Biden administration for its low approval ratings among Americans. The senator asserted that the incompetence of the current White House is uniting citizens around the Republican Party.
    During an interview Sunday, Barrasso said inflation is out of control, the U.S. border is being overrun and Afghanistan was taken over by terrorists as a result of Joe Biden’s policies.    The senator added, 45th President Donald Trump is the main unifying force in the GOP.
    “I think the more that the Democrats and the press becomes obsessed with President Trump, I think the better it is for the Republican Party,” he stated.    “President Trump brings lots of energy to the party.    He’s an enduring force.    The Trump policies of a strong economy and American energy, not begging Vladimir Putin to produce more oil, which is what Joe Biden is doing.”
    The senator went on to address Biden’s social spending bill, which will increase taxes on Americans, add to the national debt and impact next year’s inflation.
    “The problem is the Democrats are now saying ‘we want to go all in’ with this massive tax and spending bill, which is going to harm America families,” explained the Wyoming lawmaker.    “People are going to pay higher prices, there are going to be higher taxes and, of course, we are going to see increase in the debt.    Republicans are heading in the right direction; the Democrats are full speed ahead against the ideas of what the American people want.”
    Barrasso affirmed Trump created the best economy in his lifetime while Biden is advancing policies that are “irreversibly bad.”

11/15/2021 Treasury Secy. Yellen: COVID-19 To Blame For Rampant Inflation by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with business leaders about
the debt limit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Washington. The
Treasury Department said Wednesday it plans to start scaling back the size of some of its government debt auctions,
a sign that the government’s huge pandemic-driven borrowing needs are starting to ease. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “I think it’s- it’s- it’s important to realize that the cause of this inflation is the pandemic.”
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is blaming the rapid inflation seen in the U.S. economy solely on the COVID-19 pandemic.    During an interview Sunday, the 75-year-old said if the country wants to see inflation go down it will all depend on how Joe Biden and his administration continues to deal with the pandemic.
    Yellen emphasized Biden’s top priority in office was getting Americans vaccinated and back to work.    The secretary then claimed unemployment is down 10 percent since March, yet inflation levels only continue to rise.
    “When the economy recovers enough from COVID, the demand patterns, people go back to eating out, traveling more, spending more on services, and the demand for products, for goods begins to go back to normal,” she stated.    “And also, labor supply has been impacted by the pandemic.    Labor force participation is down; it hasn’t recovered.”
    Yellen repeatedly stressed once people start spending more on services and the demand for products goes back to normal that inflation will also level out, but inflation in itself is why many Americans are making efforts to save their finances as opposed to spending them.
    In an interview Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle said the government predicted economic recovery would be challenging, adding that’s why Americans received stimulus checks throughout last year.
    In November 2020, inflation was at a relatively normal level and no vaccine existed.    Yet, somehow Yellen still insists handling the pandemic, which in Biden’s eyes means getting more Americans vaccinated, will solve all these cost issues.
    “This time last year when you and I were talking nobody had a vaccine,” Ruhle stated.    “Now 200 million Americans do and we’re seeing this push of demand and that’s pushing up pricing.”
    Meanwhile, the secretary remains confident inflation will return to a normal level at least by the end of 2022 as long as Biden picks a credible candidate to run the Federal Reserve.

11/15/2021 City Of Oroville Declares Itself A Constitutional Republic In Stand Against Calif. Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 Mandates by OAN Newsroom
Ron Shindy, left, his 14-year-old daughter, Jezreel Shindy, and their friend Kathy Yates, attend a
rally at the state Capitol protesting California’s upcoming coronavirus vaccine mandate for
school children in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)
    A Northern California city has declared itself a “constitutional republic” city in an effort to take a stand against Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 mandates.
    In a six-to-one vote earlier this month, the Oroville City Council adopted the resolution, which would oppose state and federal orders it considers as government overreach.
    While the designation would not shield the city from federal or state laws, the city’s vice mayor, Scott Thomson, said it’s a largely symbolic push-back against Newsom’s policies.
    “It’s just basically drawing the line,” Thomson stated.    “It’s not necessarily against one specific mandate.    We’re not talking about one mandate that’s been pushing on us recently.    It’s a barrage of mandates.”
    The resolution is similar to the sanctuary city status, which protects undocumented immigrants despite federal immigration law.

11/15/2021 AAA: Calif. Sets New Record For Most Expensive Gas Prices by OAN Newsroom
Graffiti referencing President Joe Biden marks a gas pump in
Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    California gas prices continue to rise, setting a new record for the third day in a row. According to AAA Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the Golden State is $4.68, surpassing previous records set in 2008 and 2012.
    In comparison, the national average price for a regular gallon of gas is $3.41.    Additionally, many gas stations in the Golden State have prices for a gallon of regular gas at nearly $6 or more.    AAA said California is experiencing high gas prices due to heavy rainstorms in the northern part of the state slowing production.
    The Biden administration has been heavily criticized over rising gas prices across the nation with some congressional Democrats urging him to tap into oil reserves.    Meanwhile, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order earlier this year banning permits for new oil fracking by 2024.

11/15/2021 UK’s Johnson Says Choice Looms Between Russian Hydrocarbons, Backing Ukraine
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet
at Guildhall in London, Britain, November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday there is a choice coming soon on whether to mainline more Russian hydrocarbons or to back Ukraine, peace and stability, amid rising tensions between Moscow and the West.
    France and Germany on Monday warned Russia against harming Ukraine’s territorial integrity amid a large and unusual concentration of Russian troops on the country’s borders.
    As Europe experiences an energy crunch, Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping German authorities will soon certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will carry more Russian gas to Europe’s biggest economy.
    It would bypass transit countries, particularly Ukraine, which has a history of gas pricing standoffs with Moscow.
    “So when we say that we support the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, that is not because we want to be adversarial to Russia, or that we want in some way strategically to encircle or undermine that great country,” Johnson said in speech excerpts released by his office.
    “We hope that our friends may recognise that a choice is shortly coming between mainlining ever more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines, and sticking up for Ukraine and championing the cause of peace and stability.”
    The EU on Monday agreed to step up sanctions against Belarus, a close ally of Russia’s, after migrants arrived on land borders with the EU this year trying to cross into member states such as Poland via routes not used before.
    “When our Polish friends asked for our help to deal with a contrived crisis on their border with Belarus, we were quick to respond,” said Johnson.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Jan Harvey)

11/16/2021 Oil up $0.20 to $80.90, DOW down 21 to 36,027.

11/16/2021 Biden Raises Human Rights, Xi Warns Of Taiwan ‘Red Line’ In Three Hour Talk by Andrea Shalal, Michael Martina, David Brunnstrom and Yew Lun Tian
A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden
via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
    WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on Beijing’s human rights practices, in an over three-hour call on Monday, while Xi Jinping warned that China would respond to provocations on Taiwan, officials said.
    The closely watched conversation between the leaders of the world’s biggest economies was described by both sides as frank and direct as the two sides tried to lower the temperature and avoid conflict.
    The talks appeared to yield no immediate outcomes, but gave the two leaders opportunity to nudge their relations away from icy confrontation.
    They discussed North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, global energy markets, trade and competition, climate, military issues, the pandemic and other areas where they frequently disagree.
    Xi, who has not left his country since COVID-19 spread worldwide nearly two years ago, compared the two countries to “two giant ships sailing in the sea” that needed to be steadied so they didn’t collide, Chinese state media reported.
    “I hope that, Mr. President, you can exercise political leadership to return the United States’ China policy to a rational and pragmatic track,” Xi told Biden, according to Xinhua.
    Biden spoke of avoiding conflict as well.
    “It seems to me our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States is to ensure that our competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended,” Biden said during a short exchange observed by American reporters.    “Just simple, straightforward competition.”
    The two leaders had a “healthy debate,” a senior U.S. official said afterward.    Biden stressed the importance of China fulfilling its commitments under a trade negotiated with Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, the U.S. official said.
    China is lagging in a commitment to buy $200 billion more in U.S. goods and services, but Chinese officials said Xi told Biden that it was important to avoid politicizing the issue.
    The two leaders also discussed taking measures to address global energy supplies, U.S. officials said.    Chinese officials said Xi agreed to upgrade a “fast track lane” for U.S. business officials to come to China.
    The contentious issue of whether the United States will send White House envoys to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February did not come up, the U.S. official said.
    Sharp differences over Taiwan remain, it was clear after the talks.
    While Biden reiterated U.S.’s long-standing support for the “One China” policy under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, he also said he “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said.
    Xi said those in Taiwan who seek independence, and their supporters in the United States, are “playing with fire,” according to Xinhua.
    “China is patient and seeks peaceful reunification with great sincerity and effort, but if Taiwan secessionists provoke, or even cross the red line, we will have to take decisive measures.”
    A U.S. official said “there was nothing new established in the form of guard rails or any other understandings” on Taiwan, though Biden raised “very clear concerns.”
    Xi objects to Washington’s efforts to carve out more space for Taiwan in the international system, and recent comments by Biden that the U.S. would defend Taiwan in certain cases also inflamed tensions.
    China claims the self-ruled island as its own.    Beijing has vowed to bring the island under Chinese control, by force if necessary.
    Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, responding to the talks, said it hoped that China could assume its “common responsibility” to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and resolve differences through dialogue.
    Biden raised other issues that Beijing regards as its domestic concern, including its handling of Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang, where China’s policies face frequent censure by foreign rights groups.
    Biden and Xi have not had a face-to-face meeting since Biden became president and the last time they spoke it was via telephone in September.    The U.S. president smiled broadly as the Chinese president appeared on a large screen in the White House conference room.
    “At least they are talking,” economist Wellian Wiranto from OCBC Bank in Singapore wrote during the talks.    “That seems to be the main expectation by global markets when it comes to any concrete outcome – or a lack thereof.”
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina in Washington, and Yew Lun Tian in Beijing; Additional reporting by Gabriel Crossley, Ryan Woo, Tony Munroe and Trevor Hunnicutt; Writing by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Heather Timmons and Michael Perry)

11/16/2021 Russian Anti-Satellite Missile Test Endangers Space Station Crew – NASA by Idrees Ali and Steve Gorman
FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a
Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, October 4, 2018. NASA/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -An anti-satellite missile test Russia conducted on Monday generated a debris field in low-Earth orbit that endangered the International Space Station and will pose a hazard to space activities for years, U.S. officials said.
    The seven-member space station crew – four U.S. astronauts, a German astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts – were directed to take shelter in their docked spaceship capsules for two hours after the test as a precaution to allow for a quick getaway had it been necessary, NASA said.
    The research lab, orbiting about 250 miles (402 km) above Earth, continued to pass through or near the debris cluster every 90 minutes, but NASA specialists determined it was safe for the crew to return to the station’s interior after the third pass, the agency said.
    The crew was also ordered to seal off hatches to several modules of the International Space Station (ISS) for the time being, according to NASA.
    “NASA will continue monitoring the debris in the coming days and beyond to ensure the safety of our crew in orbit,” NASA chief Bill Nelson said in the statement.
    Experts say the testing of weapons that shatter satellites in orbit pose a space hazard by creating clouds of fragments that can collide with other objects, setting off a chain reaction of projectiles through Earth orbit.
    The Russian military and ministry of defense were not immediately available for comment. A message posted on Twitter by the Russian space agency Roscosmos downplayed the danger.
    “The orbit of the object, which forced the crew today to move into spacecraft according to standard procedures, has moved away from the ISS orbit,” Roscosmos tweeted.    “The station is in the green zone.”
    The direct-ascent anti-satellite missile fired by Russia into one of its own satellites generated more than 1,500 pieces of “trackable orbital debris” and would likely spawn hundreds of thousands of smaller fragments, the U.S. Space Command said in a statement.
    “Russia has demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the security, safety, stability and long-term sustainability of the space domain for all nations,” space command chief U.S. Army General James Dickinson said.
    The debris from the missile test “will continue to pose a threat to activities in outer space for years to come, putting satellites and space missions at risk, as well as forcing more collision avoidance maneuvers,” he said.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the missile test as “reckless and irresponsible.”    At the Pentagon, spokesman John Kirby said the test showed the need to firmly establish norms of behavior in space.
    “It is unthinkable that Russia would endanger not only the American and international partner astronauts on the ISS, but also their own cosmonauts,” Nelson said.    He said the cloud of debris also posed a threat to a separate Chinese space station under construction and the three-member crew of “taikonauts” aboard that outpost.
    The incident came just four days after the latest group of four space station astronauts – Americans Raja Chair, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron of NASA and European Space Agency crewmate Matthias Maurer of Germany – arrived at the orbiting platform to begin a six-month science mission.
    They were welcomed by three space station crew members already on board – U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov.
    “Thanks for the crazy but well-coordinated day.    We really appreciated all the situational awareness you gave us,” Vande Hei said in a Monday radio transmission to NASA posted online by    “It was certainly a great way to bond as a crew, starting off our very first workday in space.”
    The space station, spanning the size of an American football field end to end, has been continuously occupied since November 2000, operated by an international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries, including Russia’s Roscosmos.
    Russia is not the first country to conduct anti-satellite tests in space. The United States performed the first in 1959, when satellites were rare and new.
    In April Russia carried out another test of an anti-satellite missile as officials have said that space will increasingly become an important domain for warfare.
    In 2019, India shot down one of its own satellites in low-Earth orbit with a ground-to-space missile.
    These tests have raised questions about the long-term sustainability of space operations essential to a huge range of commercial activities, from telecommunications and weather forecasting to banking and GPS services.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Simon Lewis in Washington; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Stephen Coates)

11/16/2021 Quotes From Biden And Xi At Start Of Their Virtual Meeting
U.S. President Joe Biden, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, speaks
virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden began a virtual meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday.    Here are some of their opening remarks delivered via video conference.
    “It seems to me our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States is to ensure that our competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended, just simple, straightforward competition.”
    “It seems to me we need to establish some common sense guardrails.    To be clear and honest where we disagree, and work together where interests intersect, especially on vital global issues like climate change.”
    “(W)e believe – and you and I have talked about this – all countries have to play by the same rules of the road, and why the United States is always going to stand up for our interests and values and those of our allies and partners.”
    “Today, I’m sure we’ll be discussing those areas where we have concerns, from human rights to economics, to ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
XI JINPING, though an interpreter:
    “It’s good to see you Mr. President.    It’s the first time for us to meet virtually.    Although it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting, I’m very happy to see my old friend.”
    “Right now both China and the United States are at critical stages of development … and we face multiple challenges together.    As the world’s two largest economies and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation.”
    “We should each run our domestic affairs well and at the same time, shoulder our share of international responsibilities and work together for the most noble cause of world peace and development.”
    “A sound Chinese-U.S. relationship is required for advancing our two countries’ respective development and for safeguarding a peaceful and stable international environment, including finding effective responses to global challenges, such as climate change …. and the COVID pandemic.”
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal, Eric Beech and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Heather Timmons and Michael Perry)

11/16/2021 Economy, Migration And Coronavirus On N. America Summit Agenda, Mexico Says
FILE PHOTO: Flags of the U.S., Canada and Mexico fly next to each other
in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada will discuss the economic integration of North America, immigration and the coronavirus pandemic at a summit this week, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday.
    Lopez Obrador is due to hold talks with U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington on Thursday at the first in-person meeting of the leaders of the three nations since 2016. Only Trudeau was in office last time.
    “There are three issues: economic integration, migration and health regarding COVID and cooperation on dealing with the pandemic,” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference.
    The Mexican president said labor mobility in the region would also be on the agenda, and reiterated that he did not intend to discuss a proposed electricity market reform in Mexico which has caused concern inside the     U.S government
    Lopez Obrador pitched his plan to change the constitution to give Mexico’s state-owned power company priority over private investment in the energy market on the grounds that past governments had rigged the sector in favor of private interests.
    Critics are concerned it breaches Mexico’s obligations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal.
    Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, Finance Minister Rogelio Ramirez de la O, Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell and Mexico’s migration chief would be in the Mexican delegation, Lopez Obrador added.
    Lopez Obrador said he would travel on Wednesday to Washington and return early on Friday.
    Later on Monday, Canada said its foreign minister, Melanie Joly, was flying to Mexico City for talks with Ebrard ahead of the Washington summit.
    During the talks, Joly would highlight the importance of working together on North American competitiveness and shared challenges such as climate change, her government said.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

11/16/2021 EU To Aim For Rapid Deployment Force Without U.S. Assets By 2025, Document Says by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: Members of the EU-Battlegroup wait for Austrian Defence Minister Norbert Darabos as he visits their
barracks in Mautern about 60 kilometres (38miles) west of Vienna May 11, 2012. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is considering a joint military force of up to 5,000 troops by 2025 to intervene in a range of crises and without relying on the United States, according to a draft plan.
    The “EU Rapid Deployment Capacity” should be made up of land, sea and air components that could be swapped in and out of any standing force, depending on the crisis, according to the confidential 28-page document dated Nov. 9 and seen by Reuters.
    EU foreign and defence ministers briefly debated the plan on Monday evening in Brussels and are set to continue on Tuesday, aiming to settle on a final document by March next year.
    Two decades after EU leaders first agreed to set up a 50,000-60,000-strong force but failed to make it operational, the draft strategy by the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is the most concrete effort to create a standalone military force that does not rely on U.S. assets.
    “We need more rapidity, robustness and flexibility to undertake the full range of military crisis management tasks,” said the draft, called the “Strategic Compass.”
    “We need to be able to respond to imminent threats or quickly react to a crisis situation, for example a rescue and evacuation mission or a stabilisation operation in a hostile environment,” the draft said.
    Not all 27 EU states would need to take part, although approval of any deployment would require consensus.
    The Strategic Compass is the closest thing the EU could have to a military doctrine and akin to U.S.-led NATO’s “Strategic Concept” that sets out alliance goals.    Crucially for the EU, Borrell wants EU states to commit to “providing associated assets and the necessary strategic enablers.”
    That means developing the logistics, long-range air transport and command and control capabilities of the United States that European allies in NATO have relied on.
    The United States has urged Europeans to invest in deployable troops and U.S. President Joe Biden has said such moves would be complementary to NATO. The EU has maintained battlegroups of 1,500 troops since 2007 but they have never been used, despite efforts to deploy them in Chad and Libya.
    Breaking up the battlegroups into smaller units could make them more flexible and more deployable.    Today they are led by individual nations who may or may not have an interest in the crisis of the day, defence analysts have said.
    “The use of modules will give us greater flexibility to tailor our force to the nature of the crisis … This is key if we want to overcome the obstacles that we have faced in the past,” the draft strategic plan said.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott, Editing by William Maclean)

11/16/2021 Explainer-Delta Dominates The World, But Scientists Watch For Worrisome Offspring by Julie Steenhuysen
Pedestrians walk along a shopping street after the Austrian government placed roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated against
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on lockdown, in Vienna, Austria, November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus now accounts for nearly all of the coronavirus infections globally, fueled by unchecked spread of the novel coronavirus in many parts of the world.    So far, vaccines are still able to defend against serious disease and death from Delta, but scientists remain on alert.
    Here is what we know:
    The Delta variant, first detected in India in December 2020, remains the most worrisome version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
    The World Health Organization classifies Delta as a variant of concern, a category that means the variant is capable of increasing transmissibility, causing more severe disease or reducing the benefit of vaccines and treatments.
    Delta’s “superpower” is its transmissibility, according to Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in San Diego.
    Delta is more than two times as contagious as previous SARS-CoV-2 variants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.    Studies suggest it may be more likely to put infected people in the hospital than prior forms of the virus.
    Delta also can cause symptoms two to three days sooner than the original coronavirus, giving the immune system less time to mount a defense.
    People infected with Delta carry around 1,200 times more virus in their noses compared with the original version of the coronavirus.    The amount of virus in vaccinated individuals who become infected with Delta is on par with those who are unvaccinated, and both can transmit the virus to others.
    In vaccinated people, however, the amount of virus drops more quickly, so they likely spread the virus for a shorter time.
    According to the WHO, Delta makes up 99.5% of all genomic sequences reported to public databases and has “outcompeted” other variants in most countries.     A key exception is South America, where Delta has spread more gradually, and other variants previously seen as possible global threats – notably Gamma, Lambda and Mu – still contribute to a significant proportion of reported cases.
    Given Delta’s global dominance, many vaccine experts now believe that all future variants will be offshoots of Delta.
    One notable Delta “grandchild” is known as AY.4.2 and is concentrated largely in the UK, where it makes up roughly 10% of sequenced virus samples.
    AY.4.2 carries two additional mutations in the spike protein, which the virus uses to enter cells.    Scientists are still studying what advantage, if any, these mutations confer.
    The UK Health Security Agency has designated the AY.4.2 a “Variant Under Investigation.”    A preliminary analysis suggests it does not significantly impair vaccine effectiveness compared with Delta, but there is some evidence that it could be slightly more transmissible, the agency said.
    According to the WHO, AY.4.2 has spread to at least 42 countries, including the United States.
    Virus experts are closely watching the evolution of Delta, looking for any sign that it has acquired mutations that would allow the highly transmissible variant to pierce the immune protection of vaccines and natural infection.
    Even so, while current vaccines prevent severe disease and death, they do not block infection.    The virus is still capable of replicating in the nose, even among vaccinated people, who can then transmit the disease through tiny, aerosolized droplets.
    To defeat SARS-CoV-2 will likely require a new generation of vaccines that also block transmission, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccine developer at the Mayo Clinic.    Until then, Poland and other experts say, the world remains vulnerable.
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Dan Grebler)

11/16/2021 Psaki Defends Biden Administration’s Record On China, COVID & Inflation by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempts to defend the Biden administration’s record on COVID, inflation and China in a rocky briefing.    On Monday, she spoke on the growing frustration among Americans with Democrat infighting in Washington, D.C.
    “He’s frustrated by the negativity, the in-fighting, that we’ve seen in Washington over the last couple of months,” said Psaki.    “He’s tired of it too.    He knows what the American people expect is that leaders are going to be talking issues that matter to them.”
    Psaki went on to comment on Biden’s virtual summit with the leader of China, saying the Biden administration wants to foster a relationship with the communist country.
    “If you look at our approach to China, we talked about rebuilding our alliances, relationships, coordinating with Europeans and other key partners around the world in how we’re approaching this relationship,” stated the White House official.
    Moving on to COVID, Psaki said despite recent polling, which suggests people are tired of COVID and COVID-related restrictions, the Biden administration is not done yet.
    “There’s a fatigue from COVID,” she admitted.    “People are sick and tired of COVID and its effect on the economy.    We understand that.    We’re tired of it too.    That’s why it’s the number one continues to be getting COVID under control.”
    When questioned on rising inflation and low numbers on the overall economy, Psaki claimed increased spending will lead to long term economic growth.    Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s approval rating among Americans continues to fall and remains near record lows.

11/16/2021 Jury Deliberates On Verdict In Rittenhouse Case by OAN Newsroom
Kyle Rittenhouse peers at the screen as attorneys for both sides argue about a video during Rittenhouse’s trial at the
Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and
wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Mark Hertzberg /Pool Photo via AP)
    The fate of Kyle Rittenhouse lies in the hands of jurors as both sides have rested their case.    The jury of 12 were selected Tuesday and are set to deliberate the case.    This comes after the judge dismissed a misdemeanor weapons charge against the 18-year-old on Monday.
    Prosecutors then delivered a message to the jury, claiming Rittenhouse provoked the shooting last year.    Defense attorneys countered by detailing how Rittenhouse was attacked and acted in self-defense during violent Black Lives Matter riots.
    “Kyle shot Joseph Rosenbaum to stop a threat to his person and I’m glad he shot him because if Joseph Rosenbaum had got that gun, I don’t for a minute believe he wouldn’t have used it against somebody else,” stated Defense attorney Mark Richards.    “He was irrational and crazy.”
    Rittenhouse has maintained that he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense. During his earlier testimony, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25.    He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
    Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel.    He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line.    This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.
    “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge.    “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years.    I have no idea why you would do something like that.    Well, I’ll leave it at that.    So I don’t know what you’re up to.”
    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during the August 2020 riots.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision can not be influenced by politics.
    Ahead of the verdict, authorities in Kenosha are preparing for possible unrest with around 500 National Guardsmen deployed just outside the city.    Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced the troops would support local law enforcement if needed. Evers urged those choosing to assemble to do so safely and peacefully.

11/16/2021 Military Families Still Stranded In Afghanistan by OAN Newsroom
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the
Pentagon, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Dozens of U.S. service members are calling for their family members to be evacuated from U.S. service members.    During a briefing Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said 60 services members have expressed concerns about family members stuck in Afghanistan in the last two weeks.
    Earlier this month, the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy issued a memo urging military with family in Afghanistan to provide the Department of Defense with their information for facilitated departure.    However, Secretary Kirby stated the qualifications of those who have applied have not been verified.
    “Thus far of the one’s that have been studied and reviewed, they are not eligible for parolee status,” he told reporters during the press briefing.
    However, the Pentagon press secretary gave no specifics as to why those family members were ineligible for parolee status.    Meanwhile, the State Department said qualified Afghan evacuees must be a spouse or child under 21-years-old of a U.S. citizen.
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11/16/2021 Biden To Continue Trump’s Efforts To Address Crisis Of Missing Or Murdered Indigenous Native Americans by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden signs an executive order to help improve public safety and justice for Native Americans
during a Tribal Nations Summit during Native American Heritage Month, in the South Court Auditorium on the
White House campus, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Washington. With the President from left are first lady
Jill Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra,
Attorney General Merrick Garland and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden signed an executive order to pursue justice for missing and murdered indigenous people.    During a bill signing ceremony Monday, he directed federal agencies to work with tribal nations on strategies to “improve public safety and advance justice.”
    “The title of this legislation ‘Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People,'” Biden stated.    “I’m proud to sign it.    It’s long overdue."
    The move comes after 45th President Donald Trump signed a bill implementing new investigations into missing and deceased Native Americans back in 2019.    Meanwhile, Biden went on to claim he will build on progress for the Native American community.
    “…The American Rescue Plan, which included $31 billion, $31 billion for tribal nations,” said Biden.    “The most significant investment in the history of Indian country…now we are taking the next step.”
    During the signing ceremony, Biden also took a moment to discuss vaccination rates while noting Native Americans were struck with “devastating consequences” when COVID-19 hit.    He then pointed out tribal nations “stepped up” and have gone from being a population most harmed by COVID to one of the populations most vaccinated against COVID.
    Meanwhile, more announcements are expected this week as the White House hosts the tribal nations summit.

11/16/2021 Italy, France To Sign Rome Treaty Aimed At Changing EU Power Balance – Sources
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi ahead
of an international summit on Libya, in Paris, France, November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – Italian and French leaders Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron will sign a deal next week to try to tilt the balance of power in Europe after the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel a government source said.
    The details of the accord remain undisclosed, but another Italian official said it will boost cooperation between the countries in areas spanning the economy, trade, tourism and culture.
    The project was first mooted in 2018 under Italy’s then premier Paolo Gentiloni but relations between Rome and Paris deteriorated after Gentiloni was succeeded that year by the populist government of the League and the 5-Star Movement.
    Under Draghi, ties between the two countries are fully restored and he and Macron are increasingly keen to act in tandem to shape European policy after years of bitter quarrels between the two countries.
    “Macron wants a stronger bond with Italy and Italy wants to insert itself in the traditional partnership between France and Germany,” said the second Italian official, asking not to be named.
    Italy’s intention is that the treaty will be named after the Italian president’s Quirinale palace where it will be signed, the first source said.
    Details on the substance of the treaty have not yet been disclosed.    A spokesman for Draghi declined to comment, while Macron’s office said it could not confirm the meeting between the two leaders at this stage.
    Tensions between Rome and Paris hit a peak early in 2019 when France briefly recalled its ambassador over a row involving immigration.
    The most recent meeting between Draghi and Macron was in Paris last week, focusing on the political transition in Libya, an issue of strategic importance for both leaders.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante and Giselda Vagnoni, additional reporting by Michel Rose in Paris, editing by Gavin Jones and Jon Boyle)

11/16/2021 Colombian Troop Surge Seeks To Stem Drug-Linked Venezuelan Border Violence by Luis Jaime Acosta
FILE PHOTO: Members of the Colombian military patrol between Colombia and Venezuela by an unofficial crossing,
as Venezuela reopens its borders with Colombia after a nearly three-year closure due to political tensions,
in Cucuta, Colombia October 7, 2021. Picture taken October 7, 2021. REUTERS/Nathalia Angarita
    NORTE DE SANTANDER, Colombia (Reuters) – Camouflaged Colombian troops with guns and anti-COVID masks creep through dense vegetation in suffocating heat, ready for their many enemies crisscrossing the Venezuelan border.
    The soldiers are part of a 14,000-strong military unit created last month to stem rising bloodshed in the northeastern province of Norte de Santander: Colombia’s new epicenter of conflict, fueled by rising cocaine production.
    “Any of the illegal armed groups in this area involved in drug trafficking could attack us,” said their sergeant, a 20-year army veteran, speaking under the shade of a tree near a river dividing Colombia and Venezuela.
    Vulnerable to mines, snipers and ambushes, 16 soldiers have died this year in around 30 attacks in Norte de Santander.
    Nineteen members of illegal armed groups have also died and dozens of soldiers, rebels and gang members been injured, according to Defense Ministry figures.
    The military surge and sacrifice may not be the right tactic though: eradication of coca leaves, the raw ingredient for cocaine, is actually falling amid resistance from locals who say they have few other viable options to live off.
    Furthermore, Colombia’s army has a checkered history, at times committing rights abuses while opposing rebels, traffickers and criminal gangs for more than half a century.
    President Ivan Duque’s government is furious with Venezuela, accusing President Nicolas Maduro’s administration of providing a safe haven for gangs over the border and conniving in drugs shipments to the United States and Europe for a cut of profits.
    Venezuela’s collapsed economy and rampant crime also fan the border violence, Colombian officials say.    Reuters showed in a recent investigation how the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) functions as a de facto local government and leading employer in some Venezuelan towns.
    Caracas vigorously denies responsibility, saying Colombia’s right-wing “oligarchy” fails to curtail armed groups in a deliberate strategy to destabilize leftist-ruled Venezuela.
    Colombia hopes the troop buildup in Norte de Santander will provide a roadmap for pacifying other parts of a nation whose long civil war has now fractured into local battles against transnational insurgents and criminals.
    “In Norte de Santander, there’s a confluence of various factors of instability,” General Luis Fernando Navarro, head of the armed forces, told Reuters in his Bogota office.
    A porous frontier and weak law enforcement in Venezuela allow guerrillas from the ELN and dissident Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels – who reject a 2016 peace agreement – to strike and then flee across the border, he added.
    About half the ELN fighters and 30% of the FARC dissidents operate from there, protected from bombing raids, Navarro said.
    On the Colombian side, groups fight each other for control of rising coca production.    One area, Catatumbo, now has capacity to produce 312 tonnes of cocaine per year, a quarter of Colombia’s output, according to U.N. data.
    Murders in Norte de Santander rose to 576 last year, compared with 539 in 2019.    Through September 2021, 436 people have been slain, according to the defense ministry.
    Twenty-two human rights activists have been assassinated since the beginning of 2020, while fighting has displaced some 6,500 people, according to activist groups.
    “What’s behind this overflow of violence is this whole criminal dynamic,” said Wilfredo Canizares, director of human rights group Fundacion Progresar.
    In two brazen attacks in June, former rebels bombed a military barracks in regional capital Cucuta and a sniper tried to shoot down a helicopter carrying Duque and other officials.
    A FARC dissident commander took responsibility for the attacks, saying they targeted the U.S. presence.
    The recent capture of “Otoniel,” leader of a major gang called the “Gulf Clan,” may not stem violence by his group, which police say has alliances with criminals in more than two dozen countries.    The arrest might even increase fighting, regional analysts say, as the gang retaliates against security forces or members fight for power among themselves.
    Security consultant John Marulanda, a retired army colonel, said groups attack high-profile targets to draw authorities away from drug production zones and the routes to clandestine airstrips in Venezuela.
    The military’s new Specific Command for Norte de Santander (CENOR) will bring together four previously separate units, which the army says will allow better, faster coordination of logistics and intelligence with more patrols, offensive operations and air support.
    The military says increased troops – with on-the-ground U.S. military advisors – will go hand-in-hand with investments in roads, schools and other programs.
    But there are detractors.
    Activists say boots on the ground mean little without anti-poverty measures and more support for voluntary substitution of coca crops.    “It’s proven it’s a failure to insist on militarizing territory as the only answer,” said Fundacion Progresar’s Canizares.
    It is indefensible that murders, mass killings, displacements and drug trafficking continue despite a large, long-term military presence in the province, he added.
    Farmers outside the municipality of Tibu, home to Colombia’s largest coca plantations, recently held 180 soldiers on an eradication mission hostage for several hours in protest at removal of a crop that is one of few ways to make ends meet.
    And eradication efforts overall in Norte de Santander are floundering, falling to about 30 square km so far this year, from 95 in 2020, largely due to opposition from locals.
    Figures from the military and defense ministry also show the number of clandestine labs – usually deep in the jungle – destroyed in the first nine months of 2021 was 458, compared to 694 in 2020.
    Seizures of cocaine in Norte del Santander in 2021 – 24.8 tonnes – have outpaced 16.6 in 2020 and 22.4 in 2019.    But the increase is partly due to more production, officials said, as well as improved U.S. satellite data.
    As locals clamor for land titles, loans for crop-switching and more public works, authorities insist the security strategy will be backed by social investment.
    For example, provincial governor Silvano Serrano, with help from the national government, is spending $8 million on a program to encourage cacao production.    It will give farmers seeds, technical assistance and guaranteed, fixed-price sales.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

11/16/2021 Flood Damage Cuts All Rail Access To Canada’s Largest Port Of Vancouver by Artur Gajda
An aerial view shows a washed out bridge on the Coquihalla Highway as a flood sweeps through, near Carolin Mine Road,
British Columbia, Canada, November 15, 2021. B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Handout via REUTERS
    MERRITT, British Columbia (Reuters) - The port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest, said on Tuesday that all rail access had been cut by floods and landslides further to the east, a development that could hit shipments of grain, coal and potash.
    Two days of torrential rain in the Pacific province of British Columbia triggered major flooding and shut rail routes operated by Canadian Pacific Rail and Canadian National Railway, by far the country’s two biggest rail companies.
    “All rail service coming to and from the Port of Vancouver is halted because of flooding in the British Columbia interior,” said port spokesperson Matti Polychronis.
    The floods have also closed numerous highways, including all main routes to Vancouver, she said.
    Vancouver’s port moves C$550 million ($440 million) worth of cargo each day, ranging from automobiles and containerized finished goods to essential commodities.
    Some areas of British Columbia received 8 inches (200 mm) of rain on Sunday, the amount that usually falls in a month.
(Writing by David Ljunggren; additional reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary, Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru;editing by Ed Osmond, Jonathan Oatis and Aurora Ellis)

11/17/2021 Oil down $0.18 to $80.79, DOW up 55 to 36,142.

11/17/2021 Canada Floods Cut Rail Link To Vancouver Port; One Dead by Artur Gajda and Rod Nickel
Crowds gather along the Trans-Canada highway to view flooding after rainstorms lashed the western
Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods and shutting highways,
in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
    MERRITT, British Columbia (Reuters) -Floods and landslides that have killed at least one person have cut all rail access to Canada’s largest port in the city of Vancouver, a spokesperson for the port said on Tuesday.
    Two days of torrential rain across the Pacific province of British Columbia touched off major flooding and shut rail routes operated by Canadian Pacific Rail and Canadian National Railway, Canada’s two biggest rail companies.
    “All rail service coming to and from the Port of Vancouver is halted because of flooding in the British Columbia interior,” port spokesperson Matti Polychronis said.
    At least one person was killed when a mudslide swept cars off Highway 99 near Pemberton, some 100 miles (160 km) to the northeast of Vancouver.
    Two people were missing and search and rescue crews were combing through the rubble, officials said. Vancouver’s port moves C$550 million ($440 million) worth of cargo a day, ranging from automobiles and finished goods to essential commodities.
    The floods temporarily shut down much of the movement of wheat and canola from Canada, one of the world’s biggest grain exporters, during a busy time for trains to haul grain to the port following the harvest.
    Drought has sharply reduced the size of Canada’s crops this year, meaning a rail disruption of a few days may not create a significant backlog, a grain industry source told Reuters.
    Del Dosdall, senior export manager at grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker, said he expected some rail services could be restored by the weekend. Another industry source said he expected the shutdown to last weeks.
    Floods have also hampered pipelines. Enbridge Inc shut a segment of a British Columbia natural gas pipeline as a precaution.
    The storms also forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries up to 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta province to the Pacific coast.
    Copper and coal miner Teck Resources Limited said the floods had disrupted movement of its commodities to its export terminals, while potash exporter Canpotex Ltd said it was looking for alternatives to move the crop nutrient overseas.
    Directly to the south of British Columbia, in the U.S. state of Washington, heavy rain forced evacuations and cut off electricity for more than 150,000 households on Monday.
    The U.S. National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a flash flood in Mount Vernon, Washington, “due to the potential for a levee failure.”
    Some areas of British Columbia received 8 inches (20 cm) of rain on Sunday, the amount that usually falls in a month.
    Authorities in Merritt, some 120 miles (200 km) northeast of Vancouver, ordered all 8,000 citizens to leave on Monday as river waters rose quickly, but some were still trapped in their homes on Tuesday, said city spokesman Greg Lowis.
    Snow blanketed the town on Tuesday and some cars could be seen floating in the flood waters up to 4 feet (1.22 m) deep.
    The towns of Chilliwack and Abbotsford ordered partial evacuations.
    Abbotsford also issued an emergency warning on Tuesday night, asking all residents to evacuate the Sumas Prairie region immediately as deteriorating conditions posed a significant threat to lives.
    Rescuers equipped with diggers and body-sniffing dogs started clearing mounds of debris that have choked highways.
    The landslides and floods come less than six months after a wildfires gutted an entire town in British Columbia as temperatures soared during a record-breaking heat dome, raising new worries about climate change.
(Reporting by Artur Gajda in Merritt and Rod Nickel in Winnipeg; additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Nia Williams in Calgary, Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru, Brad Brooks in Lubbock, Texas and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles, Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond, Jonathan Oatis, Aurora Ellis and Sandra Maler)

11/17/2021 Jury Has Questions For Judge Amid Day 2 Of Deliberations In Rittenhouse Case by OAN Newsroom
Kyle Rittenhouse peers at the screen as attorneys for both sides argue about a video during Rittenhouse’s trial at the
Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people
and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Mark Hertzberg /Pool Photo via AP)
    The second day of jury deliberations are underway in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial as the defense faces a new challenge in court.    The fate of Rittenhouse lies in the hands of 12 jurors who were selected Tuesday and are set to deliberate the case.    This comes after the judge dismissed a misdemeanor weapons charge against the 18-year-old on Monday.
    Judge Bruce Shroeder welcomed the jury back into the courtroom Wednesday after they asked the judge about rewatching key footage relevant to the case.    The judge allowed them to view the drone footage again despite Rittenhouse’s attorney challenging the decision, arguing the video is the subject of his motion to dismiss the trial with prejudice.    The judge also slammed the media for “grossly irresponsible handling” of the trial.
    Prosecutors previously delivered a message to the jury, claiming Rittenhouse provoked the shooting last year.    Defense attorneys countered by detailing how Rittenhouse was attacked and acted in self-defense during violent Black Lives Matter riots.
    “Kyle shot Joseph Rosenbaum to stop a threat to his person and I’m glad he shot him because if Joseph Rosenbaum had got that gun, I don’t for a minute believe he wouldn’t have used it against somebody else,” stated Defense attorney Mark Richards.    “He was irrational and crazy.”
    Rittenhouse has maintained that he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense.    During his earlier testimony, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25. He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
    Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel.    He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line.    This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.
    “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge.    “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years.    I have no idea why you would do something like that.    Well, I’ll leave it at that.    So I don’t know what you’re up to.”
    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during the August 2020 riots.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argue Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers say Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision can not be influenced by politics.
Protesters confront each other outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in
Kenosha, Wis., during the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and
wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Ahead of the verdict, authorities in Kenosha are preparing for possible unrest with around 500 National Guardsmen deployed just outside the city. Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced the troops would support local law enforcement if needed.    Evers urged those choosing to assemble to do so safely and peacefully.
    Meanwhile, a crowd has gathered outside the courthouse as the city prepares for possible unrest when the jury reaches a verdict.

11/17/2021 Biden Bows To China, Shows Weakness by OAN Newsroom
WOODSTOCK, NH – NOVEMBER 16: Joe Biden greets people after delivering a speech on infrastructure while visiting the bridge along
NH 175 spanning the Pemigewasset River on November 16, 2021 in Woodstock, New Hampshire. (Photo by John Tully/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has come under fire for showing weakness and compromise in the face of Chinese aggression.    Critics say Biden has been failing to take a stand or support the independence of Taiwan from Mainland China.
    One reporter confronted the Democrat, calling him out on his so-called stance on the matter.    Biden responded saying, “no, no, I said that they have to decide.    They, Taiwan, not us, and we are not encouraging independence, we’re encouraging that they do exactly what the Taiwan Act requires, and that’s what we’re doing.    Let them make up their mind.    Period.    Taiwan make it up.”
    Tuesday’s comments come a day after his virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who referred to Biden as an “old friend.”    From their talks, Chinese officials said Biden reiterated U.S. support for the     One-China Policy and that he doesn’t support Taiwan independence.
    In recent months, the Chinese military repeatedly violated Taiwan’s airspace as Beijing has continued to claim the island nation is part of its jurisdiction.    Following the meeting, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan delivered the same tired message that Biden is going to work diplomatically with allies while demonstrating strength in opposition to threats to American values.
    “We will compete with the full range of our strengths, and we’re going to stand up for our values.    Above all, we’re going to tap that most American of capacities, the capacity for renewal and reinvention rooted in this nation’s and our people’s resilience and innovation,” stated Sullivan.
    Sullivan claimed Biden pressed China on security issues, including Taiwanese independence and nuclear non-proliferation.    However, Biden reversed this commitment telling reporters he wouldn’t encourage independence for the U.S. ally.
    China has made it clear that it has every intention of bringing Taiwan under “complete reunification” with Mainland China and threatened action if forces attempt to stop this.
    A readout following the meeting indicated that China said “should the separatist forces for Taiwan independence provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line, we will be compelled to take resolute measures with regard to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity…there is no room for compromise.”
    Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers have urged Biden to bolster America’s military and diplomatic support for Taiwan and to set up defense systems to repel a potential Chinese attack.    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Biden has continued to show weakness in the face of growing Chinese aggression.    Johnson added Biden failed to warn China to stop its military build-ups in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.
    The senator yet again expressed concern about Biden’s past business dealings in China that may compromise his ability to take a stand against the emerging threat.

11/17/2021 GOP Lawmakers Slam Biden’s ‘Made In America Tax Plan,’ Warn Of Devastating Impacts by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, speaks during a hearing at the House Ways and Means Committee
on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee outlined the devastating effects the Biden administration’s newest tax proposal will have.    Texas congressman Kevin Brady led his fellow Republicans in a meeting to discuss Joe Biden’s Made in America Tax Plan.
    In a White House statement, the Biden administration claimed this plan will “make sure corporations pay their fair share in taxes.”    However, Rep. Brady said Biden is wrong and the tax initiative will actually have devastating impacts on the American economy.
    “The Biden administration now wants to pursue a so-called corporate booking provision, which is both untested and unvetted,” explained the Republican lawmaker.    “It is better called a Made in America Tax.    It discourages U.S. investment in new technology and new equipment, slows economic growth and just makes it harder for companies to invest in the productivity of their workers.”
    The Biden administration claims the taxes will target wealthy corporations.    However, Rep. Brady said the plan actually attacks small businesses.
    “The nonpartisan joint committee on taxation says the middle class would shoulder a third of corporate taxes under the Democrats’ Made in America Tax,” he explained.    “That hurts American manufacturing, energy, technology industries the worst.”
    Brady said when big corporations are targeted by increasing taxation, the workers are the ones who end up getting hurt.
    “Let’s not forget what 20 to 30 percent of middle class working families will get in exchange for these tax hikes: a worsened labor shortage, higher prices at the grocery store and the gas pump, and smaller pay checks.”
    Additionally, Nebraska congressman Adrian Smith said instead of working on a bipartisan level to tackle rising inflation and the supply chain crisis, Democrats are making a social spending wish list.
    “We should be working on a bipartisan to get Americans back to work and get companies investing even more in American production, domestic production,” said the Republican.    “Instead, it’s Democrats’ social spending package, which is only going to make our supply chain problems and our inflation problem even worse.”
    Smith then explained that the Democrat tax proposal gives the Secretary of the Treasury more power and is similar to the economic model of the former Soviet Union.
    “The Democrats bill would allow the Secretary of the Treasury to handpick favorite industries to be exempted from the limits,” he noted.    “That is called a command economy and we have seen how command economies, like the Soviet Union, regularly failed at meeting their peoples basic needs.”
    Smith asserted Biden’s tax plan will have detrimental effects on the American economy, which is already in a weakened position.

11/17/2021 House Committee: U.S. At Tipping Point Regarding Cyber Attacks by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Carolyn Maloney speaks during a hearing on preparedness for and response to the coronavirus
outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 11, 2020. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP
    The House Oversight and Reform Committee conducted a hearing on ransomware attacks. On Tuesday, committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said the U.S. is at a tipping point as cyber attacks become more common and severe.
    According to the committee, ransomware attacks are a serious threat to the economy, public health, infrastructure and national security.    Cyber attacks reportedly doubled since 2017 and have targeted private businesses, state and local governments, hospitals, school districts and emergency services.
    “Several recent attacks have used a malicious software known as ransomware, which encrypts a victims system and demands a payment in exchange for restoring access or refraining from publishing stolen data,” explained Maloney.    “This is especially dangerous because it can shut down an entire system and can cause chaos in a community, industry or even an entire country.”
    The chairwoman cited last years cyber attack against Solar Winds by Russian hackers and questioned how the U.S. should respond if Russia fails to take action against cyber criminals.    National Cyber Director Chris Inglis touched on the importance of Russia’s role in stopping hackers at the source.
    “The strategy that I articulated earlier and that others have reflected actually says we can become a harder target, we can increase resilience and robustness, we can bring international coalitions to bare, we can find these transgressors not simply in Russia but as they travel to other countries or as they ship their illicit games across the internet,” he stated.    “So all of those instruments should be brought to bare.    We will continue to pressure the Russians very strongly to help them understand that they must do their part.”
    This comes as several high-profile cyber incidents, including the ransomware attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya, have highlighted the growing national security threat.    The Justice Department seized more than $6 million from the Russian-linked REvil ransomware gang earlier this month and charged two individuals suspected of plotting cyberattacks.
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11/17/2021 Rep. Gus Bilirakis Stays True To Conservative America by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) is pictured. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Support continues to grow for one Florida Republican’s election campaign.    Congressman Gus Bilirakis is receiving major support for his upcoming race in Florida’s 12th Congressional District.
    Bilirakis, who is seeking a ninth term, has served in Congress for almost 15-years and has stood strong for conservative values.    The Republican has called out Joe Biden for incentivizing illegal immigration with his policies like proposing amnesty for up to 10 million illegal immigrants and offering aliens billions in taxpayer funded benefits.
    “The administration has discussed paying illegal immigrants settlement payments of up to $450,000 and the spending package for this chamber includes amnesty for up to 10 million illegal immigrants and $100 billion in taxpayer benefits for them,” explained the Florida lawmaker.    “These irresponsible proposals and dangerous open border policies will continue to fuel the crisis and encourage more illegal activity at the border.    We must secure our borders.”
    Meanwhile, Bilirakis has stood strong in protecting the sanctity of human life.    He challenged the Abortion On Demand Until Birth Act, which aimed to prevent states from enacting laws that ensure parental involvement for minors seeking an abortion.
    “I have worked in Congress to promote a culture of life and remain supportive of measures that respect the sanctity of human life by encouraging alternatives to abortion,” he stated.    “Including counseling and pregnancy centers for women.”
    According to 45th President Donald Trump’s endorsement, he has fought hard for the military and veterans.    This comes in addition to his track-record of supporting first responders.
    “We must have law and order and support our heroes who place their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” said Bilirakis.    “In short, we must defend not defund the police.”
    His commitment to promoting faith, family and freedom earned him the American Patriot Award from the advocacy organization Association of Mature American Citizens, which has over 2 million members nationwide.
    Bilirakis will be able to continue his work putting America first, staying true to Christian values and backing the blue if he is reelected in November of 2022.

11/17/2021 RNC Chair McDaniel: GOP To Fight Biden’s Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during
a news conference at the Republican National Committee in Washington.
    RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel recently assured the Republican Party will put up a fight against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates.    This comes as the daily bread of Americans continues to be held hostage by government overreach.
    In an op-ed on Tuesday, McDaniel wrote that Biden is trying to weaponize the federal government to force private businesses to fire hard-working Americans if they refuse a coronavirus vaccine.    The RNC chair said making Americans choose between their medical freedom and their livelihood is a violation of personal liberty.
    McDaniel added, Biden’s policies have already created labor shortages that threaten to collapse the U.S. economy.    Her comments also come amid supply chain issues and rising inflation.    Back September, McDaniel announced the RNC’s intention to sue the Biden administration in regards to their unconstitutional directives.
    “Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates.    He lied.    Now small businesses, workers, and families across the country will pay the price.    Like many Americans, I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate.    Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden’s unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees, but when his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties.”
— Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman
    According to the GOP, he Biden administration is becoming increasingly unpopular as a result of its failed policies and Republicans will benefit come 2022.

11/17/2021 Sen. McConnell: Economist Warn BBB Will Increase Inflation Into 2022 by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting,
at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sounded the alarm on the long term consequences of Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda.    On Tuesday, The Kentucky lawmaker said economists are pointing to Joe Biden’s March COVID-19 relief bill for the current levels of inflation, adding they also predict his newest spending bill will only make it worse.
    McConnell went on to warn Democrats against pushing the bill, while noting 90 percent of Americans are already worried about inflation.    Additionally, he claimed Americans’ wallets are going to shrink amid skyrocketing gas and heating prices.
    “And now we have reputable economist who actually support BBB, liberal leaning economist, to say that if BBB passes it will only exacerbate, it will only make worse inflation not only this year but next year,” stated McConnell.
    The top Republican went on to say, Democrats’ solution to the spiraling economy is to borrow more money.    He warned that their efforts will actually “build back Beijing.”

11/17/2021 Sen. Cruz Grills Mayorkas On Biden’s Cages For Illegal Immigrants by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asks a question to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland as he testifies
before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tom Brenner-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has highlighted the inhumane conditions at Joe Biden’s detention centers for illegal immigrants.    During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Cruz asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas why Biden, Kamala Harris and other Democrats have failed to visit those detention facilities.
    Back in 2018, Democrats falsely blamed President Trump for keeping migrants in cages that were built under Obama in line with the 1997 Flores Settlement.    Cruz said it’s now time to hold Biden accountable for those cages.
    Cruz questioned whether or not any Democrat senator on the committee has even been down to see the Biden cages.    Cruz also added how migrant women and children have faced unsanitary conditions, sexual assault and human trafficking as a result of Biden’s failed policies.
    Meanwhile, other GOP senators gave Mayorkas a hard time over his handling of the southern border.    Although, he passed the buck on the administration’s failed border and immigration policies.
    “The immigration system though, is fundamentally broken, a fact that everyone agrees upon. Congress must pass legislation to fix it,” said Mayorkas.
    However, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) didn’t let the secretary off the hook so easily as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
    “It’s really broken if a million people have been ordered to leave and they haven’t left,” stated Graham.
    When asked if he thought his term has been successful and to grade himself, Mayorkas gave himself an “A.”    Mayorkas hem and hawed when Graham then asked if he believed Afghanistan was a successful withdrawal.    Sen. Graham tried for a fourth and fifth time to get a straight answer, but Mayorkas continuously failed to give one.

11/17/2021 Mich. Secy. Of State Candidate Gets Trump Endorsement by OAN Newsroom
LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 12: Michigan Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo speaks at the Michigan
State Capitol on October 12, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
    Kristina Karamo is an unlikely candidate for statewide office.    However, she has received 45th President Trump’s latest endorsement for Michigan’s secretary of state.
    A deeply conservative and Christian adjunct professor at a small Christian college, she has never held public office before. Although, Karamo felt she had to do something to fix Michigan’s election systems, calling the 2020 presidential election in her state stolen for Joe Biden.
    After the election issues and perceived weakness by Republicans to push back against it, she decided it was time to throw her hat in the ring to be Michigan’s next secretary of state. Karamo believes that millions of     Michiganders stay home every election because they don’t feel their vote counts.    She added communities feel the media lies about votes when they bring up legitimate security concerns.
    “And I, as a poll challenger, and many others came forward to warn the public about the multiple statute violations we saw in the last election,” said Karamo.    “And what happened?    The media turned around and called us liars.    We have seen, multiple times, our media protecting corrupt government officials, and you wonder why things don’t change in our state.”
    Her public profile became nationwide when she testified in front of the Michigan Senate as a Republican poll challenger.    Karamo claimed while vote counting was going on in Detroit, she witnessed Democrat counters and administrators violating state law.
    According to her, a vote came in with both presidential candidates filled out on the ballot, but administrators counted it for Biden instead of throwing the vote out.
    “The poll worker then said, ‘I think I’m gonna give it to the Democrats’. That’s absolutely absurd,” Karamo stressed.    “That is illegal.        The vote should have been tossed out.    At that moment, I said absolutely not, I’m gonna challenge this.    So, I go get her supervisor.    And then her supervisor defers to her and says ‘well what do you think’?    And I’m like, what do you think?    It doesn’t matter what you think.    It’s the law.”
    This pushback against alleged election fraud has given Karamo a boost in recognition for her to run against incumbent Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. For her push, she has received the most coveted endorsement in all of Republican politics, which is that of 45th President Trump.
    Trump called her tough on crime, including the crime of election fraud.    This endorsement has also attracted the attention of Democrat friendly media.    CNN recently remembered she existed, all to imply she’s just another far-right conspiracy theorist.
    The single mom of two has recognized that being a firebrand isn’t necessarily the best way to win a statewide election, especially one who is on record calling public schools indoctrination centers.    She also understands that she has to win over people who may not buy into every point she believes personally.
    “One of the things that I’ve tried to be very cognizant of, you know, I’m running a statewide race.    And I understand I have to win the hearts and minds of people who may not necessarily think like me,” Karamo stated.
    Karamo faces two other Republicans for the nomination, which takes place via convention instead of a primary.    If she is able to go on to win the nomination and general election against Benson, she would become Michigan’s first ever Black woman to be elected statewide.

11/17/2021 Exclusive-Germany May Have Been Naive On China At First, Merkel Says by Andreas Rinke
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends virtual talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not seen) as part
of the Sixth German-Chinese Government Consultations, in Berlin, Germany April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/Pool
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany may at first have been naive in some areas of cooperation with China, but should not sever all connections in reaction to growing tensions, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters.
    Merkel’s strategy of engagement has seen China become Germany’s top trading partner during her 16 years in office, and has shaped Europe’s stance on Asia’s rising superpower, even amid concerns about unfair competition and industrial espionage.
    “Maybe initially we were rather too naive in our approach to some cooperation partnerships,” Merkel said in an interview.    “These days we look more closely, and rightly so.”
    Merkel, who did not stand for re-election last September and will leave office once a new government is agreed, said Germany and more broadly the European Union should nonetheless continue to cooperate with China, and could learn from one another.
    “Total decoupling wouldn’t be right in my view, it would be damaging for us,” she said.
    China became Germany’s biggest trade partner in 2016 and its rapid economic expansion has fuelled German growth throughout her tenure.    But some critics say Germany is now too reliant on China, and becoming too soft on Beijing on awkward issues such as human rights violations.
    Merkel’s government has said she always addresses human rights issues on her official visits to Beijing – of which there have been no fewer than 12 – and has sought to diversify trade in Asia.
    Merkel said Germany was continuously in discussions with Beijing on intellectual property and patent protection, “both with regard to Chinese students in Germany and German enterprises operating in China.”
    She also said Western democracies that tried to formulate ethical standards for new technologies had to stay abreast of innovation in order to grasp their impact.
    “At the moment, that is not the case in Europe in fields such as quantum computers and artificial intelligence,” she said.    “China and in many areas the U.S. are better.”
    But Merkel said the state must still protect its critical infrastructure, pointing to a new German IT security law that sets high hurdles for makers of equipment for next-generation telecommunications networks, such as China’s Huawei.
    “However, I feel it is always important to stress that individual companies should not be excluded from the outset.”
    Merkel is now acting in a caretaker capacity pending the formation of a new coalition government, some of whose potential members advocate a tougher line on China.
    “We need an open system in which everyone is assessed according to the same standards,” she said.
(Reporting Andreas Rinke; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

11/17/2021 Canada Province Expects Death Toll To Rise After 500-Year Flood by Jesse Winter
FILE PHOTO: A person riding a Sea-Doo passes through a flooded farm after rainstorms caused flooding
and landslides in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
    ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (Reuters) – The death toll in Canada from massive floods and landslides that devastated parts of British Columbia is set to rise, with the province declaring a state of emergency on Wednesday.
    Authorities have so far confirmed one death after torrential rains and mudslides destroyed roads and left several mountain towns isolated. At least three people are missing.
    Provincial Premier John Horgan described the calamity as a once-in-500-year event.
    “We will bring in travel restrictions and ensure that transportation of essential goods and medical and emergency services are able to reach the communities that need them,” he told a news conference, urging people not to hoard supplies.
    The massive floods and mudslides also severed access to the country’s largest port in Vancouver, disrupting already strained global supply chains.
    Some of the towns are in remote mountain areas with limited access and freezing temperatures.
    In Tulameen, a town to the northeast of Vancouver, up to 400 people are trapped, many without power, said Erick Thompson, a spokesman for the area’s emergency operations.
    “(We) did a helicopter flight recently, dropped off food,” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.     In Hope, 100 miles (160 km) east of Vancouver, food was starting to run low.    Pastor Jeff Kuhn said a quarter of the town’s 6,000 residents were seeking shelter.
    About 100 volunteers at the Dukh Nivaran Sahib Gurdwara Sikh Temple in Surrey spent all night Tuesday preparing about 3,000 meals and then hired helicopters to deliver the food to Hope, said President Narinder Singh Walia.
    The disaster could be one of the most expensive in Canadian history.
    The flooding is the second weather-related calamity to hit British Columbia in the last few months.    A massive wildfire in the same region as some of the devastation destroyed an entire town in late>     “These are extraordinary events not measured before, not contemplated before,” Horgan said.
    Canadian exporters of commodities from grain to fertilizer and oil scrambled to divert shipments away from Vancouver but found few easy.
    Canadian Pacific Rail and Canadian National Railway, the country’s two biggest rail companies, said their lines into Vancouver remained unusable on Wednesday.
    After a phenomenon known as an atmospheric river dumped a month’s worth of rain in two days, officials are concerned that another downpour could overwhelm a pumping station near Abbotsford, a city of 160,000 to the east of Vancouver, which has already been partly evacuated.
    Mayor Henry Braun volunteers had built a dam around the station overnight.
    “That will buy us some more time but if we had another weather event like we just went through, we are in deep doo-doo (trouble),” he told reporters on Wednesday.
    Farmers in Abbotsford ignored an evacuation order on Tuesday and desperately tried to save their animals from rising waters, in some cases tying ropes around the necks of cows and pulling them to higher ground.
    Provincial agriculture minister Lana Popham said thousands of animals had died and others would have to be euthanized.
    Environment Canada said Abbotsford would receive more rain early next week.
    Rescuer Mike Danks, part of an Abbotsford evacuation team, said the situation had been very tough.
    “The majority of people had elderly parents with them that were unable to walk, suffered from dementia,” he told local outlet Black Press Media.
    “You’re trying to assist them into a helicopter at night.”
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while in Washington on a trip, said his government would help the province recover from what he called a “terrifically bad situation.”    Ottawa is sending hundreds of air force personnel to aid the recovery.
(Reporting by Jesse Winter in Abbotsford, British Columbia; David Ljunggren in Ottawa and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru, Rod Nickel in Winnpeg, Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Nia William in Calgary; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Lisa Shumaker)

11/17/2021 OSHA Suspends Vaccine Mandate For Employees by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Covid-19 response and the vaccination program at the White House
on August 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has suspended its emergency temporary standard for forcing employees to take the coronavirus vaccine.
    On Tuesday, the bureau announced it has suspended the mandate just more than a week after the rules were first announced.    This followed a federal court placing a long-term stay on enforcement, signaling they were unlikely to support implementation down the road.
    “The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the ETS [emergency temporary standard] ‘until further court order.’    While emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigations,” said OSHA in a statement published to its website Friday.
    Joe Biden announced in September that he wanted to force Americans to either take the vaccine or be tested weekly and cover their faces if they want to make a living.    Biden tried to use OSHA to enforce it.
    In the meantime, the White House has continued telling employers to go ahead with the mandate regardless of what the judiciary says.

11/17/2021 Steve Bannon Pleads Not Guilty To Contempt Of Congress Charges by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C – NOVEMBER 08: Former White House senior counselor to President Donald Trump
Steve Bannon leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after he testified at the
Roger Stone trial November 8, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress charges and waived formal arraignment.     On Monday, Bannon surrendered himself to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), but was released hours later on conditional restrictions. Bannon faces two misdemeanor charges in connection with refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena from the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.
    Bannon was heard outside the courthouse on Monday saying he is “taking on the Biden regime.”    “This is going to be a misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden,” he said.
    Bannon is claiming executive privilege by 45th President Trump.    Meanwhile on Monday, prosecutors said he faces a year in jail and $100,000 fine for each count.
    Bannon is still set to appear virtually for a status conference hearing on Thursday.

11/17/2021 House Republicans Discuss Democrats’ $5T Social Spending Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 17: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks in front
of the House steps November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and fellow House Republicans hosted a news conference to discuss Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar social spending bill.
    The GOP leaders held a press conference on Wednesday where they addressed the left’s $5 trillion social spending package that could potentially put the country in the largest debt in history.    Several Republican leaders criticized the current administration’s policies and addressed their concerns over the country’s current supply chain crisis.    They added if the measure is passed, it could create the biggest economic downfall for future generations.
    Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) further discussed how this upcoming holiday season will be the most expensive in the country’s history due to inflation and yet, spending more money is seemingly the only thing on the left’s wish list.    The New York representative also noted how the country’s border crisis worsens every day, pointing out the social spending legislation would grant thousands of illegal immigrants amnesty if passed.
    GOP Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) elaborated on Stefanik’s remarks, adding the bill will hire 87,000 more IRS agents funded by taxpayers, if passed.
    Meanwhile, as Republicans continue to expose the truth behind the 2,000 page legislation, the Biden administration hopes to pass the Build Back Better bill this week.    In addition, Democrats have been making efforts to rebrand the bill as an anecdote to fight inflation.

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11/18/2021 U.S. Removes Nigeria From Religious Freedom List Ahead Of Blinken Visit by Simon Lewis
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks as he attends a civil society roundtable at
the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, November 17, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington on Wednesday removed Nigeria from its list of countries with religious freedom concerns, just a day before Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in the country as part of a tour of Africa.
    The omission drew a sharp rebuke from a U.S. government commission that had recommended the Biden administration keep Nigeria as a so-called country of particular concern for engaging in or tolerating violations of religious freedom.
    Blinken made an annual announcement on Wednesday of the countries on the list, naming Myanmar, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as countries of particular concern.    He also placed Algeria, Comoros, Cuba and Nicaragua on a watch list for religious freedom, and designated armed groups, including Islamic State and several of its affiliates, as entities of concern.
    But Nigeria, which was added to the list for the first time in 2020, was not redesignated.
    Blinken is expected to arrive in Abuja on Thursday, where he is set to meet with officials including President Muhammadu Buhari and deliver a speech on U.S. Africa policy.
    The State Department did not respond to a request for comment, and it was unclear if the designation was related to the secretary’s travel.
    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in April recommended that Nigeria remain on the list, citing “violence by militant Islamists and other non-state armed actors, as well as discrimination, arbitrary detentions, and capital blasphemy sentences by state authorities” in the country.
    The commission, which had also recommended that India, Syria and Vietnam be designated as countries of concern, said in a statement that it was “appalled” by the removal of Nigeria.
    “We urge the State Department to reconsider its designations based on facts presented in its own reporting,” Chair Nadine Maenza said, referring to the department’s report on international religious freedom in May, which cited religious freedom concerns in Nigeria.
(Reporting by Simon Lewis; Editing by Leslie Adler)

11/18/2021 Germans, Austrians Line Up For Shots As COVID Cases Soar Across Europe by Emma Thomasson and Francois Murphy
FILE PHOTO: A police officer checks the vaccination status of a shopper at the entrance of a store after the
Austrian government imposed a lockdown on the roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated against the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vienna, Austria, November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
    BERLIN/VIENNA (Reuters) - Germans and Austrians are rushing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as infections soar across Europe and governments impose restrictions on the unvaccinated, figures showed on Wednesday.
    Germany and Austria have among the lowest rates of vaccination in western Europe and are now the epicentre of a new wave of the pandemic as winter grips the continent.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week said he was cautious about rising cases in Europe, warning of gathering “storm clouds” of infections.
    Britain has had much higher case loads than the rest of western Europe since the summer, but those rates are coming down just as they are rising in central and eastern Europe.
    The German health ministry said 436,000 people received a shot on Tuesday, including 300,000 boosters, the highest number in about three months.    Queues have been forming at vaccination centres around the country.
    “It is a sign that many citizens have recognised the need,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said.    But he added that the vaccination rate was still not high enough.
    About 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated and about 68% of Germany’s, well behind the Netherlands and countries like Italy and Spain that were much harder hit in the early waves of the pandemic.
    The Netherlands said it was running short of COVID-19 tests as it registered more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, the highest since the pandemic began.
    Sabine Dittmar, health expert for Germany’s Social Democrats, said she hoped 1.4 million people could be vaccinated a day if shots are administered at companies, by family doctors and by mobile vaccine teams, as well as at vaccination centres.
    In Austria, the number of vaccines administered daily has jumped to about 73,000 in the last week, from around 20,000 in October, official data showed, although the vast majority of those were boosters rather than first shots.
    Austria has ordered a lockdown on the roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated.    It has one of the highest infection rates on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 925 per 100,000 people, compared with 320 in Germany. Its total death toll from the pandemic stands at 11,848.
    Neighbouring Switzerland, which has not imposed restrictions on the unvaccinated, has had less success with a new vaccination drive – it only persuaded 35,000 to get their first shot in the last week.
    Parts of Germany – including the capital Berlin – are demanding proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 for all indoor leisure activities, a restriction that could be extended nationally at a meeting of officials on Thursday.
    Germany also plans to force people using public transport or attending workplaces to provide a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery or vaccination.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described Germany’s coronavirus situation as dramatic.    Germany reported 52,826 new infections on Wednesday – a jump of a third compared with a week ago and another daily record, while 294 people died, bringing the total death toll to 98,274.
    “It is not too late to opt for a first vaccine shot,” Merkel told a congress of German city mayors.    “Everyone who gets vaccinated protects himself and others.    And if enough people get vaccinated that is the way out of the pandemic.”
    The Czech Republic will ban people who have not been vaccinated from access to public events and services from Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday, and negative tests will no longer be recognised.
    The restrictions, to be approved by cabinet on Thursday, come after a spike in new infections to a record 22,479 on Tuesday.
    Slovakia reported a record number of cases on Wednesday, and Hungary and Poland had the highest numbers in more than six months.    Sweden plans to introduce COVID-19 vaccine passes at indoor events where more than 100 people attend.
(Additional reporting by Michael Shields in Vienna and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam;Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Nick Macfie)

11/18/2021 Misuse Of Antibiotics In Pandemic Building Resistant Bacteria, Health Agency Warns by Anthony Boadle
FILE PHOTO: Test tubes filled with samples of bacteria to be tested are seen at the
Health Protection Agency in north London March 9, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs during the coronavirus pandemic is helping bacteria develop resistance that will render these important medicines ineffective over time, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday.
    Several countries in the Americas, including Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Guatemala and Paraguay, are reporting surges in detection of drug-resistant infections that have likely contributed to the rise in mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the health agency said.
    “We’ve seen the use of antimicrobials rise to unprecedented levels, with potentially serious consequences,” PAHO director Carissa Etienne said.    “We risk losing the drugs we rely on to treat common infections,” she said in a webcast news briefing.
    Antimicrobials are being misused outside of hospital settings, and drugs such as ivermectin and chloroquine are being used as unproven treatments, even with strong evidence that they do not benefit COVID-19 patients, she said.
    The use of ivermectin and chloroquine has been actively encouraged by some authorities in the region, such as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
    Data from hospitals in the region shows that 90% to 100% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were given an antimicrobial as part of their treatment, while only 7% of them had a secondary infection that required use of those drugs, Etienne said.
    Misuse and overuse of antibiotics has long been viewed as a potential threat that could lead to the emergence of so-called superbugs with resistance to existing treatments, a problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
    “Throughout the pandemic we have taken the power of antimicrobials for granted,” she said, adding that it may take months or years before the full impact of their misuse and overuse becomes evident.
    There have been few new antibiotics in drug company pipelines as they tend to be much less profitable than other medicines and their use must be limited to remain effective.
    “Just as we were able to channel our collective capacity to develop diagnostics and vaccines for COVID in record time, we need commitment and collaboration to develop new and affordable antimicrobials,” Etienne said.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

11/18/2021 U.S. Charges Iranians For Alleged Cyber Plot To Meddle In 2020 Presidential Election by Mark Hosenball and Sarah N. Lynch
FILE PHOTO: A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers
and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear
talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States announced criminal charges on Thursday against two Iranians it accuses of launching a cyber disinformation campaign to meddle in the 2020 U.S. presidential election that targeted voters as well as elected members of Congress and a U.S. media company.
    The U.S. Treasury also announced it was imposing sanctions on six Iranians and one Iranian group for trying to influence the 2020 U.S. election.
    Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian 27, are each charged with obtaining confidential U.S. voting information from at least one state election website and conspiring with others to sow disinformation to try to undermine Americans’ confidence in the election’s integrity.
    A spokesperson for Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Senior U.S. law enforcement officials told reporters on Thursday they had no evidence to suggest that any of the alleged hacking activity had an impact on the election results.
    The indictment alleges the Iranian hackers gained access to an unnamed U.S. media company’s computer network in a plot to disseminate false claims about the election, but their plot was foiled through intervention by the FBI and the company, which the indictment did not identify by name.
    As part of their alleged conspiracy, they also sent Facebook messages purporting to be a group of volunteers from the far-right Proud Boys group to Republican members of Congress and members of then-President Donald Trump’s campaign, the indictment alleges.
    It also alleges they tried to access voter registration data from 11 state websites, and in one case managed to download data from one state website that contained information about 100,000 of its registered voters.
    “This indictment details how two Iran-based actors waged a targeted, coordinated campaign to erode confidence in the integrity of the U.S. electoral system and to sow discord among Americans,” said Assistant Attorney     General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
    U.S. suspicions about Iranian interference in the 2020 presidential election surfaced in October of last year.
    Two weeks before the November election, top intelligence officials in the Trump administration alleged that both Russia and Iran were attempting to interfere in the election, and had gained access to some U.S. voter registration data.
    Some voters had reported receiving emails purporting to be from the Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed club of “Western chauvinists” who have since come under scrutiny after some of its members took part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
    While the Proud Boys deception was previously known, the details about the hackers’ efforts to break into a media company were not made public until Thursday’s unsealing of the indictment.
    According to court documents, the hackers hoped to leverage their access to the media company to spread disinformation about the election. But the FBI had warned the victimized company, helping it to kick out the hackers.
    U.S. officials and election security experts have long feared such a cyber attack after a series of similar incidents occurred over the last two years in Eastern Europe.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Sarah N. Lynch; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu and Chris Bing;Editing by Bernadette Baum, Howard Goller and Jonathan Oatis)

11/18/2021 Canada’s Massive Flood Strands 18,000, Some In Remote Mountains by Jesse Winter
Workers inspect a washed out lane of Trans Canada Highway 1 after devastating rain storms caused flooding and landslides,
in Malahat, British Columbia, Canada November 17, 2021. Picture taken November 17, 2021. B.C. Ministry of Transportation
    ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canada was still trying to reach 18,000 people stranded on Thursday after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and bridges in what could be the costliest natural disaster in the country’s history.
    Receding flood waters were helping rescue efforts, but the downpour blocked off entire towns in the province of British Columbia and cut access to the country’s largest port in Vancouver, disrupting already strained global supply chains.
    Premier John Horgan declared a state of emergency and said the death toll would rise from the one confirmed fatality.
    Many towns are in mountainous areas to the east and northeast of Vancouver with limited access.
    Shoppers emptied grocery shelves, although the shortages were as much down to panic buying as disrupted supply chains.
    In Ottawa, federal Minister for Emergencies Preparedness Bill Blair said all river flows in the province were beginning to drop as the rain lightened.
    “The situation remains critical, however, but there is in fact an improvement,” he told a briefing.
    Ottawa has promised to send hundreds of air force personnel to British Columbia, the first of whom have already arrived.    Thousands more are on standby.
    Defence Minister Anita Anand said the military would be there for at least 30 days.
    The flooding also hit the U.S. state of Washington, as President Joe Biden noted before a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    “We’ve been good friends for a while … we’re both keeping our minds close to the families affected by the storms, flooding in the British Columbia area and the Pacific Northwest,” he said in the Oval Office.
    Residents in Merritt, which has been cut off for almost four days, told CTV on Thursday that waters were starting to drop.
    Late on Wednesday, emergency workers temporarily opened a narrow road to Hope, which had also been cut off since Sunday.    Once people had left, the road would be closed again, the provincial government said.
    At one point the city of Abbotsford, to the east of Vancouver, feared the waters would overwhelm their pumping station and force the evacuation of all 160,000 residents.
    Mayor Henry Braun said on Thursday there had been no change in the status of the pumping station and water was receding “at a pretty good clip (rate)” in some parts.
    “We continue to move toward the recovery phase of this emergency,” he told a briefing, while noting that more heavy rain was forecast for next week.
    “We are not out of this by a long shot yet,” he said, adding he had been promised help by Trudeau and provincial ministers.
    “I take them all at their word.    But I’ve also prepared them for one big bill at the end of this,” he said, estimating it would cost up to C$1 billion ($792 million) to repair local damage.
    This strongly suggests the final amount will far exceed the C$3.6 billion in insured losses from wildfires that hit Alberta’s oil-producing region of Fort McMurray in May 2016.
    “Easily the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.    Won’t even be close,” tweeted University of Calgary economics professor Blake Shaffer, a specialist in climate policy.
    The disruption to Vancouver’s operations is set to exacerbate existing supply chain issues and could even make Christmas trees harder to find, farmers said.
    A massive wildfire in the same region during a heat wave this summer may have left hills devoid of vegetation that contributed to the flooding and mudslides.
($1 = 1.2621 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru and Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker)

11/18/2021 Biden Aims To Revitalize Ties With Mexico, Canada At Trilateral Summit by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Scherer
FILE PHOTO: Flags of Mexico, United States and Canada are pictured at a security booth at Zaragoza-Ysleta
border crossing bridge, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden hosted Canadian and Mexican leaders at the White House on Thursday for their first North American summit in five years, talks aimed at revitalizing regional cooperation but shadowed by economic tensions.
    Biden met separately with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and was then due to hold a gathering of all three.
    The talks are aimed at finding common ground among the three neighbors bound together by the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement, which governs some $1.5 trillion in North American trade annually.
    But differences over the auto industry, Biden’s “Buy American” policies and a Mexican energy bill weighed on the summit.
    While major breakthroughs could be hard to come by, Biden hopes to make headway on some of the thorniest challenges with America’s two biggest neighbors, including easing immigration pressures, reducing trade friction, recovering from the global pandemic and competing better with China.    Among the tangible gains expected from the North American Leaders’ Summit are agreements on new methane curbs and COVID-19 vaccine donations, according to senior Biden administration officials.    The deals stem from a push by Biden to revive the so-called Three Amigos, a working group ditched by his predecessor Donald Trump.
    Resetting ties with Mexico and Canada is also part of Biden’s effort to turn the page on the Trump era, shifting away from his predecessor’s strident go-it-alone approach to a more collaborative style.    Trump had especially fraught dealings with Trudeau, imposing tariffs on some Canadian goods and sometimes hurling public insults at the Canadian premier.    Lopez Obrador, a left-wing populist, was able to forge an unlikely working relationship with Trump despite the Republican president’s economic threats and insults against Mexicans over migration.    Nearly 10 months after taking office, Biden could use a diplomatic bright spot.    He faces sagging public approval ratings and is trying to tamp down inflation and supply chain issues while grappling with record numbers of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Biden is under domestic pressure to curb the sharp increase in migrants’ crossings, which Republican opponents have derided as an “open border” policy, and he needs Mexico’s cooperation.
    In brief remarks to reporters, Biden – holding his first in-person meeting with Lopez Obrador since taking office in January – cited migration among the main issues they were tackling, but did not elaborate.
    Lopez Obrador said during his meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris that he hoped U.S. lawmakers would work to “regularize” the status of some migrants who have lived for years in the United States.    A Biden immigration initiative has not gained much traction in Congress so far.
    The U.S. officials expect the three North American countries to agree to cut methane emissions in their oil-and-gas sectors by 60% to 75% by 2030, as the countries work to curb the potent greenhouse gas.    Canada and Mexico will also announce they are donating millions of doses of the vaccines – initially loaned to them by the United States – to other countries, one of the officials who declined to be named said.
    In addition, the leaders are set to commit to prohibiting the import of goods made with forced labor, a policy the administration has been aiming at China.    Activists and Western politicians accuse China of using forced labor in its northwestern Xinjiang province, an allegation Beijing denies.    But Canada and Mexico are worried about Biden’s “Buy American” provisions and a proposed electric-vehicle tax credit that would favor unionized, U.S.-based manufacturers.
    “We’re going to talk about that,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question as he sat down with Trudeau.    “It hasn’t even passed yet through the House … There’s a lot of complicated factors.”
    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers could vote on Thursday on Biden’s sweeping “Build Back Better” legislation, which contains the electric vehicle tax credit.
    Canada says the tax credit would violate USMCA rules.    The White House insisted on Thursday that it does not.    Biden’s social spending and climate bill being considered in Congress includes up to $12,500 in tax credits for U.S.-made EVs, including a $4,500 credit for union-made vehicles.
    Trudeau noted at the start of their talks that he and Biden were “strongly aligned” on many issues – a sharp contrast to the Canadian prime minister’s frequent policy clashes with Trump.
    The United States is Mexico’s and Canada’s top trade partner, and cars and trucks are the most-traded manufactured product between the three.    Canada and Mexico want a level playing field as they compete to lure companies to set up plants for the EV supply chain.
(Additional reporting by Merdie Nzanga in Washihgton; Mexico City Newsroom; Writing by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Daniel Wallis)

11/18/2021 Panicked Shoppers Clear Out Grocery Stores In Flood-Hit British Columbia by Nia Williams and Rod Nickel
Produce shelves lie empty at the Save-On-Foods grocery store in Revelstoke,
British Columbia, Canada November 18, 2021. Rob Murphy/Handout via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – Shoppers in Canada’s flood-hit province of British Columbia have emptied grocery shelves following catastrophic flooding, although the shortages are as much down to panic buying as disrupted supply chains, industry associations said on Thursday.
    Even as flood waters start to recede, some parts of the province are expected to face to temporary shortages of dairy supplies, with retailers and officials calling for calm.
    Canada’s westernmost province declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after a phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” brought a month’s worth of rain in two days.    The rainfall washed out roads and railways, cutting off Vancouver and the lower mainland region from the rest of the country, and blocking access to some towns entirely.
    Pictures on social media showed empty shelves and refrigerators in grocery stores, reminiscent of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as shoppers scrambled to stock up.    Photos of one store’s produce section showed nothing left but lemons, limes and cranberries.
    Save-On-Foods, western Canada’s largest grocery retailer, and part of the Jim Pattison Group, appealed to customers to avoid hoarding.
    “We understand that this is a very stressful and challenging time for many of our communities,” the company said on Twitter.    “Please – buy only what your family needs at this time.”
    Some three-quarters of B.C.’s milk production was stranded for several days, amounting to a few million litres that farmers had to dump, said Holger Schwichtenberg, chair of the BC Dairy Association.
    Collections are now resuming, but the region will see a temporary milk shortage before it can access supplies from other regions or provinces, he added.
    Some of the worst-affected areas are in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, where 63 dairy farms were ordered to evacuate.    The city of Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley supplies half of the dairy, eggs and poultry consumed in British Columbia, with many farms situated on the fertile soils of the low-lying Sumas Prairie, a former lake that was drained a century ago to make way for agriculture.
    The mayor of Abbotsford estimated damage to his city alone could be up to C$1 billion ($793 million).
    While some towns like Hope, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Vancouver, are facing food shortages because they were cut off by highway washouts and mudslides, others are seeing shelves picked clean by panic buying.
    “In parts of the province, particularly the interior, there has been significant and not well-understood consumer panic,” said Greg Wilson, director of B.C. government relations for the Retail Council of Canada.
    “There are highways open between B.C. and Alberta and there is capacity in Alberta to supply the interior of B.C.
    Wilson said Vancouver and the lower mainland can access more food supplies from Washington state to the south, and the rerouting of supply chains was already underway.
($1 = 1.2607 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary and Rod Nickels in Winnipeg; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

11/18/2021 France Says IAEA Governors Must Help Send Strong Message To Iran
FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
headquarters in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) -The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s governing board must send a strong message to Iran when it convenes next week, France said on Thursday after two agency reports highlighted Iran’s continued disputed nuclear activities and lack of cooperation.
    The International Atomic Energy Agency issued two reports on Wednesday detailing its conflicts with Iran, from rough treatment of its inspectors to re-installing monitoring cameras at Iranian sites the IAEA deems essential for the revival of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
    “It must return without delay to fulfilling all its commitments and obligations to the IAEA, resume cooperation with the agency and return to full implementation of the JCPoA (nuclear deal),” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters in a daily briefing.
    “The IAEA Board of Governors must help send a strong message to Iran in this regard,” Legendre said of the 35-nation meeting that begins on Nov. 24 in Vienna.
    She did not clarify what she meant by a strong message, although diplomats have said it is unlikely Western powers will take any action against Iran before indirect negotiations between the Islamic Republic, United States and world powers on reviving the nuclear accord resume on Nov. 29.
    Western powers scrapped plans in September for a IAEA board resolution rebuking Iran after Tehran agreed to prolong monitoring of some nuclear activities and invited IAEA chief Rafael Grossi to Tehran for talks on outstanding issues.
    Grossi is again due in Tehran ahead of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors meeting.
(Reporting by John Irish;Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Mark Heinrich)

11/18/2021 At Pentagon, Ukraine’s Defense Chief Calls For World Unity To Deter Russia
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the
Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov called for global unity to prevent a new Russian “escalation” against Ukraine during a visit to the Pentagon on Thursday, as Kiev and Washington warn of what they say is unusual Russian military activity.
    The U.S. military has so far stopped short of describing Russia’s buildup as a preparation for attack.    On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin conceded that “we’re not sure exactly what Mr. Putin is up to.”
    Reznikov met Austin at the Pentagon and cautioned about the consequences of any Russian military moves.
    “This possible escalation will certainly have catastrophic consequences for the whole of Europe,” Reznikov said, according to a Pentagon transcript of a portion of his remarks.
    “Whether it will take place depends to a large extent on the unity and determination of the civilized world to stop the aggression.”
    Austin, who was a four-star Army general when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, told Reznikov the Pentagon was closely monitoring Russian movements on Ukraine’s borders.
    “And we made clear our concerns about Russia’s destabilizing activities and our desire for more transparency,” Austin told him, according to the Pentagon transcript.
    Moscow has dismissed such rhetoric as inflammatory and complained about increasing activity in the region by NATO.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the West was taking Russia’s warnings not to cross its “red lines” too lightly and that Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West.
    The Kremlin said in September that NATO would overstep a Russian red line if it expanded its military infrastructure in Ukraine, and Moscow has since accused Ukraine and NATO of destabilizing behavior, including in the Black Sea.
    In a televised speech, Putin complained that Western strategic bombers carrying “very serious weapons” were flying within 20 km (12.5 miles) of Russia’s borders.
    “We’re constantly voicing our concerns about this, talking about red lines, but we understand our partners – how shall I put it mildly – have a very superficial attitude to all our warnings and talk of red lines,” Putin said.
    Despite a growing list of disputes, the Kremlin has maintained high-level contacts with Washington and spoken repeatedly of a possible summit between Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden to follow up their initial meeting in Geneva in June, which Putin said had opened up room for an improvement in ties.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; editing by Grant McCool)

11/18/2021 Rep. McCarthy Vows Reps. Gosar, Greene Will Get Committee Seats Back If GOP Retakes House Majority In 2022 by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during his weekly press conference on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has pledged to get Republican Reps. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) back on their committees if the GOP wins control of the House in 2022.
    McCarthy made the comments on Thursday after the House voted on Wednesday to censure Gosar and remove him from the House Oversight and Natural Resource Committees. This comes after Gosar posted an animated video depicting him swinging a sword at Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).
    In the meantime, Greene was removed from two House committees in February for her support of alleged violence against Democrats.
    “They have committees…the committee assignment they have now, they may have with other committee assignments.    They have better committee assignments.    I think with Gosar, those are the ones he wants.    Taylor Greene, she was just a freshman, I know she was requested others. She has a right to serve on committees,” stated McCarthy.
    As the fight continues, Republicans will need to flip five seats in the midterms in order to win the House majority.

11/18/2021 Kamala Harris Claims Build Back Better Agenda Will Reduce Inflation by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris speaks during a Tribal Nations Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building,
next to the White House, in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 2021. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Kamala Harris has claimed reducing inflation is “one of the highest priorities” of the Biden administration.
    In an interview on Thursday, the Democrat said the administration has been dealing with inflation in a number of ways, including by addressing the supply chain crisis.    Harris also denied the Build Back Better agenda would increase inflation and instead claimed the proposed legislation would bring prices down.
    However, she noted lowering the cost of living would take time.
    “Long-term, we need to bring down the cost of living.    And that’s a longstanding issue.    And so, we passed this week the infrastructure bill, bipartisan infrastructure bill.    It’s going to be about preparing roads and bridges, and bringing high-speed internet to all families.    But also we need to deal with the cost of childcare, the cost of prescription drugs, the cost of housing.    And that’s what we intend to do when we get the Build Back Better agenda passed,” said Harris.
    Harris’ remarks come as moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) has expressed concerns about the Build Back Better plan making inflation worse.

11/18/2021 Judge In Rittenhouse Case Bars MSNBC From Courthouse After Jury Bus Followed by OAN Newsroom
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 10: Judge Bruce E. Schroeder rebukes Assistant District Attorney
Thomas Binger during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on
November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)
    All MSNBC staff has been barred from the Kenosha County courthouse after someone was caught following jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder made the announcement on Thursday after an incident Wednesday evening.    Police said a driver was stopped for running a red light closely behind the jury transport bus.
    The individual claimed to be a producer with NBC News and under the supervision of someone at MSNBC in New York City.    NBC admitted the individual in question is a freelancer, but claimed he never intended to contact the jurors.
    Judge Schroeder voiced his frustration over the incident.
    “This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury, that is a very…it’s an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action,” said Schroeder.
    This comes amid day three of jury deliberations.    On Wednesday, the defense called for a mistrial without prejudice after it was discovered the prosecution provided low quality drone footage for evidence.
    In the meantime, protesters have been gathering outside the courthouse both in opposition and support for Rittenhouse and several people have already been arrested.

11/18/2021 Gov. DeSantis Signs Multiple Bills Limiting Private Businesses From Imposing Vaccine Mandates On Employees by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, seated, signs a bill in front of supporters and members of the media
during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) recently signed multiple bills limiting the ability of employers in the state to force vaccines on their workers.    Speaking from Brandon, Florida on Thursday, DeSantis said this is the “strongest pro-freedom, anti-action taken by any state.”
    The four bills were passed through the Florida state legislature in a special session on Wednesday.    They made it illegal for a private employer to impose a vaccine mandate without providing medical or religious exemptions, and options for weekly testing.
    During the signing, DeSantis rallied against local governments who have tried to impose their own COVID restrictions.
    “I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs, and today, we made that the law,” DeSantis said.
    “Now, some people say ‘hey, these local governments wanted to lock down businesses, they wanted to force mandates, they wanted to keep the kids locked out of school.’    You’re damn right I overruled them in that because they were wrong,” DeSantis announced.
    In the meantime, Florida is part of an ongoing lawsuit against the Biden administration over its OSHA vaccine mandate, which has been put on hold pending the ongoing litigation.

11/18/2021 Rep. Boebert Defends Rep. Gosar Over ‘Ocasio-Cortez Meme’ by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 01: U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) listens during a news conference
in front of the U.S. Capitol July 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) came to the defense of her fellow Republican Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.), who was censured by Democrats for an internet meme. On Wednesday, Boebert said Democrat attacks on Gosar are a waste of lawmakers’ time.
    “Democrat policies are so pathetic and have done so poorly that the left has nothing else to do but troll the internet looking for ways to get offended and then try to target members and strip them of their committees,” said Boebert.
    The video shared by Gosar features an anime-style depiction of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for a few seconds, which was enough for Democrats to accuse him of violence.    Boebert claimed several Democrats have endorsed actual violence in the past and got away with it.
    Boebert pointed out how squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) paid her husband over $1 million in campaign funds, yet she is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee “while praising terrorists.”
    Democrats revoked Gosar’s committee assignments over the meme, while their own party members have remained on their committees despite actual concerns of national security and corruption.

11/18/2021 Goldman Sachs: Inflation To Get Worse In Coming Months by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, the logo for Goldman Sachs appears above a
trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Investment bank Goldman Sachs expects U.S. inflation to climb even higher in the coming months.
    In a new report, Goldman Sachs’ economists found U.S. core personal consumption price index will rise to 4.3 percent by the end of this year.    This directly points to a rise in gas prices and consumer goods, pushing the broader inflation measure up as well.
    Overall, U.S. inflation is expected to hit 7 percent in December, which is up from 6.2 percent last month.    Economists also said lack of improvements in the labor market and the lingering supply chain crisis will fuel inflation for the foreseeable future.
    “The current inflation surge will get worse this winter before it gets better.    We do expect persistent inflationary pressure from faster growth of wages and rents, but only enough to keep inflation moderately above 2 percent, in line with the Fed’s goal under its new framework,” said Jan Hatzuis, chief economist at Goldman Sachs.
    “Labor supply issues are an important driver here, the other important driver is what we’re seeing just in terms of goods demand and goods inflation, which I think is going to spill more into 2022 as Chair Powell discussed in the press conference on Wednesday,” stated Hatzuis.
    Goldman Sachs is expecting inflation to ease by mid-2022, although it will remain above its 10 year average until the end of next year.

11/18/2021 GOP Senators Slam Biden, Democrats For High Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is pictured. (Zach Gibson / AP)
    Republican senators from America’s heartland are blaming Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats for rising food inflation.    According to experts, this Thanksgiving will be the most expensive ever and GOP lawmakers believe it’s all thanks to the failed policies of the current administration.
    While appearing together, three Republican senators took aim at the tax and spending policies of Biden’s White House. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) slammed Democrats for harming the American economy by refusing to address key issues and work across the isle.
    “I would argue many of the policies that are being done, the massive increase in spending, are actually adding to the problem,” said the Arkansas Republican.    “It’s not the delivery truck driver’s fault and it’s not the store’s fault.    The blame falls squarely on the White House and the Democratic leadership in this chamber and House for not addressing challenges we face today.”
    Echoing those sentiments, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) warned Americans will pay more to eat on Thanksgiving than ever before and the Democrats are to blame.
    “This is going to be the most expensive Thanksgiving for American families in history,” he stated.    “The turkey itself is going to be 18 percent higher than it was last year.    Other costs — eggs, poultry, fish, meat — year over year have increased 11.9 percent.”
    Thune said his constituents in South Dakota, like most Americas, are going to see their heating bill and other utilities sky rocket this winter.    On top of that, gas prices are at a seven-year high.
    “If you’re heating your home or cooking your food, utilities in South Dakota tell us heating costs are going to be 50 to 100 percent higher than last year,” Thune continued.    “I’ve been warning about this since last February when the Democrats were talking about passing their first massive tax and spend bill, and since that time we’ve seen the highest inflation rate in 31-years.”
    Also joining in, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the American people are not only dealing with high inflation, they are also seeing their wages stagnate resulting in a silent tax.
    “The fact of the matter is, no one’s wages are growing at that rate,” explained the Texas lawmaker.     “And so what’s happening, effectively in purchasing power for people on limited income or fixed income, it’s a silent tax on those consumers.”
    Meanwhile, a new survey found just around a third of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance.    In the Quinnipiac University poll of adults released Thursday, 36 percent of respondents had a favorable view of how Biden is handling the job while 53 percent disapproved.
    Additionally, respondents did not approve of the Democrat’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and foreign policy among other issues.    The survey also notably found a majority of respondents believe Biden does not have good leadership skills and is dishonest.

11/18/2021 U.S. Senators Move To Block $650 Million Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia by Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senators' Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) depart via the Senate Subway following a
classified national security briefing of the U.S. Senate on developments with Iran after attacks by Iran on U.S. forces
in Iraq, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of U.S. senators are opposing the Biden administration’s first major arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over Riyadh’s involvement in the conflict in Yemen, three senators announced on Thursday.
    A joint resolution of disapproval to block a proposed $650 million in U.S. arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was introduced by Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee, as well as Bernie Sanders who caucuses with Democrats.
    While many U.S. lawmakers consider Saudi Arabia an important partner in the Middle East, they have criticized the country for its involvement in the war in Yemen, a conflict considered one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.    They have refused to approve many military sales for the kingdom without assurances U.S. equipment would not be used to kill civilians.
    Activists have said Saudi Arabia has lobbied heavily against extending a mandate of United Nation investigators who have documented possible war crimes in Yemen by both the Riyadh-led coalition and the Houthi movement.
    The package which was approved by the State Department would include 280 AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 596 LAU-128 Missile Rail Launchers (MRL) along with containers and support equipment, spare parts, U.S. government and contractor engineering and technical support.
    In a statement Paul said, “this sale that could accelerate an arms race in the Middle East and jeopardize the security of our military technologies.”
    “As the Saudi government continues to wage its devastating war in Yemen and repress its own people, we should not be rewarding them with more arms sales,” said Sanders in the joint statement.
    Raytheon Technologies makes the missiles.
    The Biden administration has said it adopted a policy of selling only defensive weapons to the Gulf ally.
    When the State Department approved the sale a spokesman said the sale “is fully consistent with the administration’s pledge to lead with diplomacy to end the conflict in Yemen.”    The air-to-air missiles ensure “Saudi Arabia has the means to defend itself from Iranian-backed Houthi air attacks,” he said.
    State Department approval of a sale is not necessarily the indication of a signed contract.
(Reporting by Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

11/18/2021 Trump Touts Resolution To Decertify Results Of 2020 Election In Wis. by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    President Donald Trump is praising efforts to decertify results of the 2020 election in Wisconsin.    In a statement on Thursday, Trump congratulated state Rep. Tim Ramthun (R-Wis.) for putting forward a resolution to decertify the election based on alleged “large scale voter fraud.”
    According to Trump, the resolution details tremendous amounts of purported election fraud, including 44,000 voters who failed to show proper identification.    Trump said only one state senator is needed to co-sponsor the resolution for it to come up for a vote in both chambers of the state legislature.
    He then questioned which American patriot in the upper chamber will step up and support the measure.     Trump concluded his statement by pointing out the amount of evidence exposed in the resolution can’t be faulted by any Democrat or RINO.

11/18/2021 Democrats Push To Defund Police As Biden Gives Nearly $140M To Law Enforcement by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 18: Joe Biden speaks as Attorney General Merrick Garland (R) listens during a bill signing ceremony in
the State Dining Room of the White House November 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    As Democrats continue calls to defund police, Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has given nearly $140 million to police departments across the nation.    Reports on Thursday said the money will be distributed to 182 different agencies and hopes to add more than 1,000 officers with the additional resources provided.
    Attorney General Merrick Garland said the department is committed to providing officers “with the resources needed to help ensure community safety and build community trust.”    Meanwhile, Biden announced he signed the three bipartisan bills on Thursday in what seemed to be a swipe at progressives in his own>     “And I want to thank everyone who worked together to pass each of these bipartisan bills, emphasize bipartisan bills.    Before I turn to the specifics of the bills, I want to say that when you look at what our communities need, what our law enforcement is being asked to do, it’s going to require more resources, not fewer resources,” said Biden.
    This comes as far-left Democrats have continued their push to enhance social services to replace police.    This move has resulted in cities across the country seeing a major uptick in violent crime.
    In the meantime, the DOJ said the new grant money will go straight to police and sheriff’s departments both large and small across the nation.

11/19/2021 Oil up $0.62 to $78.82, DOW down 60 to 35,871.

11/19/2021 Biden Seeks Common Ground With Mexico, Canada At Summit But Tensions Remain by Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Scherer and Matt Spetalnick
U.S. President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexico's President
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meet for the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) at the
White House in Washington, U.S. November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden hosted Canadian and Mexican leaders on Thursday for the first North American summit in five years in a bid to revitalize cooperation that has been over-shadowed by tension over Biden’s “Buy American” agenda and immigration.
    Biden met separately at the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and then all three met together.
    The talks were aimed at finding common ground among the three neighbors bound together by the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement, which governs some $1.5 trillion a year in North American trade.
    But disputes over the auto industry, Biden’s “Buy American” policies and a Mexican electricity bill weighed on the summit.    The United States and Canada appeared at an impasse over a U.S. proposal for tax credits on U.S.-made electric vehicles, which Ottawa says violates trade agreements.
    While no major breakthroughs were announced, Biden had hoped to make headway on the thorniest challenges with America’s two neighbors, including easing immigration pressures, reducing trade friction, recovering from the global pandemic and competing better with an increasingly assertive China.
    “Our North American vision for the future draws on our shared strengths,” Biden said, sitting at a long table that allowed the leaders to maintain distance in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.
    “We have to end the pandemic and take decisive action to curb the climate crisis.    We have to drive an inclusive economic recovery,” Biden said.    “We have to manage the challenge of unprecedented migration in our hemisphere.”
    Following the summit, the White House announced agreements to develop a North American strategy to reduce methane and a pledge for all three countries to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Latin America and the Caribbean.
    The summit is a result of a push by Biden to revive the so-called Three Amigos, a working group ditched by his predecessor, Donald Trump.    The leaders will reconvene in Mexico next year, the White House said.
    Resetting ties with Mexico and Canada is part of Biden’s effort to turn the page on the Trump era, shifting away from his predecessor’s strident go-it-alone approach.    Trump had especially fraught dealings with Trudeau, imposing tariffs on some Canadian goods and sometimes hurling insults at the Canadian premier.    The leftist Lopez     Obrador forged a working relationship with Trump despite the Republican president’s economic threats and insulting references to Mexican migrants.
    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Lopez Obrador explained during the talks why he was pursuing legislation that would give priority to Mexico’s state-owned power utility over private firms, but added it was not a central issue.
    Nearly 10 months after taking office, Biden could use a diplomatic win.    He faces sagging approval ratings and is trying to tamp down inflation and supply chain issues while grappling with record numbers of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Biden is under domestic pressure to contain that immigration, which Republican opponents have derided as an “open border” policy, and he needs Mexico’s cooperation.
    In brief remarks to reporters during bilateral talks, Biden – holding his first in-person meeting with Lopez Obrador since taking office – said migration was among the main issues they were tackling but did not elaborate.
    Sitting alongside Biden, Lopez Obrador thanked him for proposals that could improve the lot of many immigrants to the United States.    The fate of any Biden immigration initiative remained uncertain in the U.S. Congress.
    Ebrard said the United States had agreed to invest in Central America and southern Mexico to help curb migration.
    The leaders also committed to banning imports of goods made with forced labor, a policy Biden’s administration has aimed at China.    Activists and Western politicians accuse China of using forced labor in its western Xinjiang region, an allegation Beijing denies.
    Sounding an alarm about China, Lopez Obrador said during the three-way meeting that greater North American economic integration, including “stopping the rejection of migrants” needed for the U.S. and Canadian labor forces, would be the best way to face “the productive and commercial expansion of China.”
    Lopez Obrador’s suggestion echoed Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier’s call for the United States to “buy North American” instead of adopting protectionist measures.
    The Mexican president warned North America could be headed for an “unacceptable imbalance” of economic power with China that “would keep alive the temptation of trying to resolve this disparity by use of force.”
    The Biden administration has taken a tough rhetorical line with Beijing on a range of issues, though a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week sought to lower the temperature.
    Canada has also had rocky relations with China.
    Both Canada and Mexico are worried about Biden’s “Buy American” provisions and a proposed electric-vehicle tax credit that would favor unionized, U.S.-based manufacturers.
    The credit is included in the sweeping $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” legislation that was also being voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
    Canada says the tax credit would violate USMCA rules.    The White House insisted on Thursday that it does not.
    In remarks to reporters following the summit, Trudeau said the American side heard Canada’s concerns about the credit very clearly and Canada would continue to pursue the issue.
(Additional reporting by Merdie Nzanga in Washington; Dave Graham and Cassandra Garrison in Mexico City and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Lincoln Feast, Daniel Wallis, Sandra Maler and Michael Perry)

11/19/2021 France Says It Is Still Short Of 150 Post-Brexit Fishing Licences
FILE PHOTO: A trawler sails off the fishing port in
Granville, France, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
    PARIS (Reuters) – France is still short of about 150 post-Brexit fishing licences, Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said on Friday, holding out the prospect of financial compensation for affected fishermen as talks on the matter continue.
    Tension over the licences prompted both nations to dispatch maritime vessels off the shores of Jersey this year, with France briefly seizing in October a British fishing boat that had been in its waters.
    “We will continue to fight every day to get what should be ours and so that those 150 licences arrive,” Girardin told France Inter radio.
    The dispute centres on the issuance of licences to fish in territorial waters six to 12 nautical miles off Britain’s shores, as well as in the seas off Jersey, a crown dependency in the English Channel.
    The neighbours have been at loggerheads over the number of licences London allocated to French fishing boats after Britain left the European Union.    France says many are missing, while London says it is respecting the deal.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

11/19/2021 Britain To Add Booster Shots To COVID-19 Travel Pass
FILE PHOTO: Passengers walk through the International arrivals area of Terminal 5
in London's Heathrow Airport, Britain, August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s health ministry on Friday said it would add booster shots to the COVID-19 pass for outbound international travel, though it added they would not be added to the domestic pass at this time.
    The health ministry said that travellers who have had a booster or a third dose would be able to demonstrate their vaccine status through the National Health Service (NHS) COVID Pass from Friday, adding that a booster was not necessary to travel into England.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by Paul Sandle)

11/19/2021 Macron Says France Does Not Need To Lock Down Non-Vaccinated People As COVID Spreads
People wait after receiving a dose of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a
vaccination center in Ancenis-Saint-Gereon, France, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
    PARIS (Reuters) - France does not need to follow those European countries imposing COVID-19 lockdowns on unvaccinated people, because of the success of its health pass in curbing the virus’ spread, President Emmanuel Macron said.
    Europe has again become the epicentre of the pandemic, prompting some countries including Germany and Austria to reintroduce restrictions in the run-up to Christmas and causing debate over whether vaccines alone are enough to tame COVID-19.
    “Those countries locking down the non-vaccinated are those which have not put in place the (health) pass.    Therefore this step is not necessary in France,” Macron told La Voix du Nord newspaper in an interview published on Thursday.
    In France, proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required to go to restaurants, cafes and cinemas and to take long-distance trains, among other activities.
    Europe accounted last week for more than half of the seven-day average of infections globally and about half of the latest deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday announced curbs on public life for those not yet vaccinated in areas where hospitals are filling dangerously fast with COVID-19 patients.    Austria has also imposed a lockdown for the unvaccinated.
    Earlier in the day, several hundred people protested outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris against Austria’s restrictions, fearing France might be next to reimpose curbs aimed at reducing the circulation of the virus.
    Macron said he was still awaiting guidance from health authorities on whether a third dose should be extended to all those eligible for the vaccine.
    A booster shot is currently available for those over 65 and the frail and will be required for a valid health pass for the age group from December.
    “If it’s shown that a third dose is effective and necessary for the wider public, then obviously we will incorporate it into the health pass,” he told La Voix du Nord.
(Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Peter Cooney)

11/19/2021 Seeking Strength In Numbers, U.S.-Bound Migrants In Mexico Form New Caravan by Jose Torres and Yahir Ceballos
Migrants walk along a road in a caravan heading to the U.S. border,
in Tapachula, Mexico November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
    TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – A new caravan of about 3,000 migrants mostly from Haiti and Central America set off on foot from southern Mexico on Thursday, chanting “freedom!” as they headed north towards the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Many of the migrants embarking from the city of Tapachula near Guatemala said they hope to catch up with another caravan of U.S.-bound migrants in the neighboring state of Veracruz.
    The new caravan departed on its more that 1,600-km (1,000-mile) trek as leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada met on Thursday for their first summit in five years, slated to discuss immigration among other key issues.
    The United States hit record migration levels at its border with Mexico this year, piling on pressure on U.S. President Joe Biden to curb the flow of people.
    A caravan that began with some 3,000 people in Tapachula almost a month ago had whittled down to about 700 people on Thursday by the time it reached the municipality of Jesus Carranza in Veracruz, still hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Although Mexican officials have attempted to bar migrants from taking rides on passing trucks, some have still managed to catch rides on stretches of highway between government checkpoints.
    Caravan organizer Irineo Mujica said he hoped the new caravan would join the Veracruz group in the coming days in the cities of Acayucan or Coatzacoalcos.
    The Tapachula contingent filled the width of a three-lane highway as families trekked ahead, including small children.    Caravan organizers said that the new group included people from at least 12 countries, including India, Peru and Venezuela.
    They had reached the city of Huehuetan, 18 km (11 miles) away, by afternoon, and planned to stay there the night before heading to nearby city of Huixtla before dawn on Friday.
    Like many Central Americans fleeing gang violence, Ana Gomez, 32, says she left El Salvador with her three children, her sister and her niece, hoping to reach the United States or perhaps stay in Mexico.
    “I had to flee my country,” Gomez said.    “A month ago, they came to our house and said if I don’t hand over my daughter, they’ll kill her.”
    Haitian migrant Adrian, 26, who declined to give his surname, said he was almost out of money and hoped to land work in Mexico City.
    “I left to look for a better life,” he said.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Tapachula and Yahir Ceballos in Jesus Carranza; additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz, Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher, Cassandra Garrison and Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Daniel Flynn, Angus MacSwan and Sandra Maler)

11/19/2021 Bodies Found Hanging From Bridge In Mexico; Gang Violence Blamed
A member of the National Guard keeps watch at a crime scene where assailants left 10 bodies of men hanging
from a bridge, in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, in Zacatecas state, Mexico November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Guillermo Moreno
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The bodies of 10 people were found in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas on Thursday, nine of them hanging from a bridge, in apparent gang-related killings, according to local officials.
    The tenth body was found on a nearby highway, according to an official from the state ministry of public security who declined to be named.    The corpses were found in the area of Cuauhtemoc municipality, the state government said in a statement.
    The killings were likely linked to a dispute between criminal gangs that operate in the area, the official said. An “intense investigation” was ongoing, the local government said.
    Gang-related violence in some parts of Mexico has intensified recently, including in the popular tourist zones of Quintana Roo state.
    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that National Guard troops will permanently deploy to Cancun and the surrounding area following an uptick in violent incidents, including the deaths of two tourists in the resort of Tulum who were caught in gang crossfire.
    As of September, 21,495 people had died from gang-related violence this year, an average of almost 2,400 per month, according to the government.
(Reporting by Raul Cortes, writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by David Gregorio)

11/19/2021 Chile Was A Regional Role Model. Now Voters Want Change by Natalia A. Ramos Miranda
FILE PHOTO: Chilean Presidential candidate Gabriel Boric from left-wing 'Apruebo Dignidad'
(I Approve Dignity) coalition takes part in a live televised debate, in Santiago, Chile,
November 15, 2021. Esteban Felix /Pool via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile, stretching along the copper-rich Andean mountains down South America’s Pacific coast, has something of a reputation among its neighbors: steady and almost staid in a region embroiled in regular political upheaval and economic crises.
    That identity is now at stake as the country heads for a polarized election on Sunday with candidates on the far-right and hard-left leading in the polls, driven by voters who have been demanding change since widespread protests two years ago and could now force Chile’s sharpest political shift in decades.
    In the last 30 years, since returning to democracy after the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, moderate political parties on the right and left have overseen Chile’s fast growth and pushed the country to become a regional role model.
    Now, the favorites to be Chile’s next president are Jose Antonio Kast, an ultra-right lawyer often compared to Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, and leftist lawmaker and former protest leader Gabriel Boric, who has allied with the Communist Party.
    “It represents the most significant shift in the political paradigm since 1990,” said Nicholas Watson, Latin America analyst for consultancy Teneo. Pollsters expect Kast and Boric will compete in a second-round run-off in December.
    Both candidates represent a new political generation outside the mainstream, pulling away from what is known as the Concertacion coalition of center-left parties who steered Chile for decades and the current moderate coalition on the center-right.
    Boric wants to “bury” Chile’s neoliberal model while Kast, who has praised Pinochet’s economic legacy and once joked the former dictator would vote for him if still alive, wants to reduce the size of the state and lower taxes.
    “There is a rupture going on,” said political analyst Cristobal Bellolio, adding that it stemmed from the months of angry social protests that broke out in 2019 and sparked off a process of redrafting Chile’s Pinochet-era Constitution.
    “This is challenging the official story of progress that Chile told itself and told to the rest of the world.”
(GRAPHIC: Chile: strong and stable –
    In Latin America, Chile stands out.
    World Bank indicators of rule of law, regulation, governance and political stability, show Chile far outstripping its big regional neighbors in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.    It’s one of the region’s few OECD members and an icon of free trade.
    Its economic model, rooted in the neoliberal market-friendly policies of the so-called ‘Chicago Boys’ economists under Pinochet in the 1970s-80s has been copied by others, hoping to emulate its rapid and stable economic growth story.
    Critics of its model, however, say that the growth was not evenly distributed, creating a small wealthy business elite towering above normal Chileans who faced high costs of privatized healthcare and education and meager pensions.
    “Chile urgently needs change today,” said Luz Vergara, 37, an assistant at an engineering company in Santiago who plans to vote for Kast.    “While no candidate represents me 100%, Kast gives me some security.”
    More mainstream candidates, such as Yasna Provoste on the center-left and Sebastian Sichel on the moderate right have been squeezed out by voters looking for more radical answers.
    The challenges won’t be easy: lowering inequality, calming protests in capital Santiago and clashes with indigenous groups in the country’s south, contentious pension withdrawals and overseeing the process of agreeing on a new Constitution.
    That document – as well as the political shifts – could radically alter how Chile is perceived, analysts say, with investors watching what happens with private property laws, the autonomy of the central bank and fiscal policy.
    Romina Aliaga, a 28-year-old environmental engineer said that she was voting for leftist Boric because the country needed major social change to move beyond its conservative past.
    “His program is aligned with the improvements we need as a country, to be able to move forward and not go backwards on issues such as environmental policies, gender equality, and abortion,” she said.    “These are issues that interest me a lot.”
(Reporting by Natalia Ramos; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Alistair Bell)

11/19/2021 Jury Finds Kyle Rittenhouse Not Guilty On All Charges by OAN Newsroom
Kyle Rittenhouse, center, looks over to his attorneys as the jury is dismissed for the day during his trial at the
Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)
    There’s big news out of Kenosha, Wisconsin where Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all charges. The verdict was announced Friday after three days of jury deliberations.
    Rittenhouse faced five charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment.    Jurors unanimously decided Rittenhouse is not guilty on all charges.
    Friday’s decision culminates two weeks of testimony during which jurors heard from 30 witnesses, including Rittenhouse himself.    The 18-year-old was immediately released from custody.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder welcomed the jury back into the courtroom Thursday after they asked the judge about rewatching key footage relevant to the case.    The judge allowed them to view the drone footage again despite Rittenhouse’s attorney challenging the decision.    The judge also slammed the media for “grossly irresponsible handling” of the trial.
    Prosecutors previously delivered a message to the jury, claiming Rittenhouse provoked the shooting last year.    Defense attorneys countered by detailing how Rittenhouse was attacked and acted in self-defense during violent Black Lives Matter riots.
    Rittenhouse maintained that he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense.    During his earlier testimony, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25.    He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.
Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel.    He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.
    The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line.    This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.
    Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.
    “I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge.    “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years.    I have no idea why you would do something like that.    Well, I’ll leave it at that.    So I don’t know what you’re up to.”
    Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.
    Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during the August 2020 riots.    Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.
    Prosecutors argued Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting.    However, defense lawyers said Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.
    During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case.    The judge noted their decision could not be influenced by politics.
    Ahead of the verdict, authorities in Kenosha prepared for possible unrest with around 500 National Guardsmen deployed just outside the city.    Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced the troops would support local law enforcement if needed.    Evers urged those choosing to assemble to do so safely and peacefully.

11/19/2021 Biden Admin. Doubles Down On Vaccine Mandate by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki pauses while speaking with reporters in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The Biden administration refuses to back down on their vaccine mandate despite a recent court order restricting the rule.    During a briefing on Thursday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if Biden will still require employees at large companies to get the COVID jab.
    “Let me be very clear, our messages to businesses right now is to move forward with measures that will make their work places safer and protect their work forces from COVID-19,” she stated.    “That was our message after the first day, issued by the Fifth Circuit, that remains our message and nothing has changed.”
    This question came after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced they will not implement or enforce the rule due to ongoing legal battles.    According to Psaki, however, the White House still wants businesses to enforce vaccines, adding this doesn’t change anything.
    “We are still heading towards the same timeline,” she contined.    “The Department of Justice is vigorously defending the emergency temporary standard in court and we are confident is OSHA’s authority.”
    The case against Biden’s mandate is heading to the Sixth Circuit court in Ohio, which has a majority of Republican appointed judges.    Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently admitted that hospitalizations for COVID are on the rise among fully vaccinated patients.
    In a statement earlier this week, he said a rising number of COVID patients in hospitals across the U.S. have received two doses of COVID vaccines.    However, instead of questioning how effective the vaccines are, Dr. Fauci called on Americans to take boosters.
    A recent study by the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California found overall efficiency of all three vaccines stands at 48 percent despite promises of 87 percent earlier this year.    Back in 2020, the FDA said it would not authorize any vaccines that don’t provide at least 50 percent protection.

11/19/2021 Over 2K Immigrants Headed For U.S. Southern Border In Caravan, Reject Offers Of Asylum By Mexican Govt. by OAN Newsroom
Migrants, who are part of caravan, walk towards Loma Bonita, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
The group of mainly Central American migrants is attempting to reach the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
    A new migrant caravan is making its way through Mexico headed for the U.S. southern border. Around 2,000 migrants from all over the world formed a new caravan in Southern Mexico on Thursday.
    Mexico said it’s willing to grant asylum to any migrant under past agreements with 45th President Donald Trump.    However, the immigrants don’t want to stay.    They are demanding Mexico give them transit documents and allow them to reach the U.S. border.
    “We want a signed document proving the cards Mexico is offering are valid throughout the country, without any condition, any condition at all,” demanded Luis Rey Garcia, a migrant activist.
    Meanwhile, almost 2 million illegal immigrants have breached the U.S.-Mexico border this year alone as the crisis at the border continues to worsen.
    “As Dems pass a nearly $2T BBB that encourages amnesty for the undocumented, a new caravan of 3,000 departs from Southern Mexico to merge with another one in Veracruz,” warned Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas).    “To address the border crisis, we need to be eliminating pull factors, not creating new ones.”
    Due to the major differences in Joe Biden’s migrant enforcement polices compared the Trump administration’s approach, President López Obrador is left to make adjustments to his plan of action.

11/19/2021 Spain’s SEAT Asks Unvaccinated Workers To Eat Separately In Barcelona Canteen
FILE PHOTO: Workers assemble vehicles on the assembly line of the SEAT car
factory in Martorell, near Barcelona, Spain, October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s Spanish car maker SEAT has recommended unvaccinated and vaccinated employees sit separately in its canteen at its plant outside Barcelona to protect workers and ensure operational activity, the company said on Friday.
    The move, which involves having a separate section for workers who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine, has been in place for the past month, a SEAT spokesperson told Reuters.
    The initiative is one the first of its kind implemented in Spain.
    “A few weeks ago, it was decided with the agreement of union representatives, to set up areas within the company canteens to protect unvaccinated workers,” SEAT said in a statement.    “The areas for those who are unvaccinated have the strictest COVID measures to protect their health.”
    It said these were recommendations and the company could not force people to eat separately.
    The car manufacturer said the objective of the measure was to protect all workers, both unvaccinated and vaccinated, as well as to “guarantee the operational activity of the company.”
    Mask-wearing is compulsory throughout the factory, except for the canteen.    SEAT said 96% of its workers were vaccinated and received their doses at the factory.
    “This is to guarantee the health of those who are not vaccinated as well as those who are vaccinated,” Matias Carnero, the top union leader for the UGT union at SEAT, told Reuters.
    He said of the 11,000 workers at the plant in Martorell, outside Barcelona, five ate separately this week.
    Vaccination is not compulsory in Spain, which has fully vaccinated 79% of its population.    It has not seen the kind of large-scale anti-vaccination protests common in several other European countries and vaccination rates have been advancing in line with the government’s goal.
    The move comes as nations and companies across Europe tighten their policies around vaccination with the onset of winter and a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
    Some countries have made vaccinations compulsory for all or part of the population as they grapple with rising rates including Austria, which said on Friday it would make COVID-19 vaccines compulsory.
(Reporting by Joan Faus, Writing by Jessica Jones; Editing by Edmund Blair)

11/20/2021 Oil No CHG $78.82, DOW down 289 to 35,589.

11/20/2021 Flood-Hit Canadian Province Limits Fuel, Non-Essential Travel by Jesse Winter
A broken dike is seen after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods,
shutting highways, in Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
    HOPE, British Columbia (Reuters) – British Columbia imposed temporary restrictions on fuel and non-essential travel on Friday to ease supply chain disruptions and support recovery work after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and left thousands stranded in the western Canadian province.
    The orders, announced by Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth in a briefing, limits people in some areas, including the Vancouver Island, to 30 liters (7.9 gallons) of fuel per visit to a gas station until Dec. 1. Non-essential travel along severely affected highways will also be prohibited.
    “These orders will help keep commercial traffic moving, stabilize our supply chains and make sure everyone gets home safely,” Farnworth said.
    The storms, which started on Sunday, forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline and cut two critical east-west rail lines owned by Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway Co that lead to Canada’s busiest port of Vancouver, impeding the supply of fuel and goods.
    Farnworth said the province was also working with the federal government to import fuel via alternate ways including by truck and barge from the United States or neighboring Alberta.
    Hours before the restrictions were announced, the flood-battered province received some good news when CP said work to repair damaged infrastructure would continue non-stop and service should be restored in the middle of next week.
    “Barring any unforeseen issues, we currently estimate service will be restored mid-week,” spokesperson Salem Woodrow said in an email.
    The Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries up to 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Alberta province to the Pacific coast, also said it was “optimistic” that it can restart the pipeline in some capacity by the end of next week.
    CN said it was making progress in repairing its impacted rail network in British Columbia, but it expects the repair work to continue at least into next week.
    The disaster looks set to be the costliest natural disaster to ever hit Canada.
    The railway shutdowns have left exporters of commodities scrambling to divert shipments away from Vancouver and underscored the vulnerability of Canada’s supply chains to climate change.
    Water pumps are still working flat out in the city of Abbotsford to the east of Vancouver.    If they fail, officials said all 160,000 residents may have to leave.
    Bruce Banman, a provincial lawmaker who represents the area, surveyed the damage from a helicopter on Friday and said about 50% of agriculture-rich Sumas prairie remains underwater.
    “The damage is significant, it’s catastrophic,” he said.    “It’s heartbreaking to see. There are farmers still trying to save livestock.”
    He said infrastructure repairs alone would cost more than C$1 billion ($790 million) and that did not cover the loss of crops.
($1 = 1.2648 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Jesse Winter in Hope, David Ljunggren and Julie Gordon in Ottawa, Nia Williams in Calgary, Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Sandra Maler)

11/20/2021 UK Considering Diplomatic Boycott Of Winter Olympics In Beijing: The Times
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a sculpture featuring the Olympic rings outside the headquarters of the
Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Shougang Park,
the site of a former steel mill, in Beijing, China, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
    (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year in protest at China’s record on human rights, the Times reported on Saturday.
    An “active discussion” in government is ongoing, with Foreign Minister Liz Truss said to be in favour of the boycott, the newspaper said.
    Under one option, British ministers would not attend the Games, although the ambassador to China would, Times added.
    Five Conservative politicians wrote to Johnson urging him to ban any official UK diplomatic representation at the Winter Olympics in February, according to the>     President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that the United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)

11/20/2021 Haiti Opens Consulate In Southern Mexico To Address Migration Rise
FILE PHOTO: Migrants, mostly Haitians, wait in line for asylum processing by Mexico's Commission for Refugee
Assistance (COMAR) outside a soccer stadium in Tapachula, Mexico October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Haiti on Friday opened a consulate in the southern Mexican border city of Tapachula in a bid to help manage migration, Mexico’s government said, amid a steep increase in Haitians attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico frontier this year.
    The opening of the consulate near the Guatemalan border is part of efforts between the governments of Mexico and Haiti to look after migrants from the Caribbean nation inside Mexican territory, the Mexican government said in a statement.
    The rise in the number of Haitians making their way through Mexico has been spurred by economic malaise, a devastating earthquake and political turmoil following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July.
    On Thursday, a caravan of around 3,000 migrants featuring many Haitians set off from Tapachula toward the U.S.-Mexico border, where mass arrivals of Haitian nationals sparked a crisis for the Biden administration in September
(Reporting by Sharay Angulo; Editing by Leslie Adler)

11/20/2021 Flood-Hit Canada Province Braces For Heavy Rain, Three Bodies Found by Jennifer Gauthier
Erosion from a dyke is seen on a field after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province
of British Columbia triggering landslides and floods, shutting highways,
in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
    ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (Reuters) – Searchers located three bodies swept away by landslides in British Columbia, officials said on Saturday, after record rainfall that paralyzed parts of the province, leading to food and fuel shortages.
    Canada’s westernmost province declared a state of emergency after a phenomenon known as an “atmospheric river” brought a month’s worth of rain in two days.    The rainfall washed out roads and railways, cutting off Vancouver and the lower mainland region from the rest of the country, and blocking access to some towns>     Another similar weather system is forecast to hit northern British Columbia on Sunday and bring heavy rains to the lower mainland, according to Environment Canada.
    The province imposed temporary restrictions on fuel and non-essential travel on Friday to ease supply chain disruptions and aid recovery work.
    Three more bodies were found, in addition to one located on Monday, and efforts to reach a fifth person caught in a mudslide have been unsuccessful, the province’s chief coroner said on Saturday.
    “This has been an incredibly difficult year for all of us in B.C., and my heart goes out to the many families and communities who have suffered tragic losses,” Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.
    The storms, which started last Sunday, forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline and cut two critical east-west rail lines owned by Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway Co that lead to Canada’s busiest port of Vancouver, impeding the supply of fuel and goods.
    CP said work to repair damaged infrastructure would continue non-stop and service should be restored in the middle of next week.
    About 14,000 people remain under evacuation orders in several communities in the Pacific province.
(Reporting by Jennifer Gauthier; Writing by Amran Abocar; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

11/20/2021 ‘Burning The Metro’: Chile Election Divides Voters Between Protest And Order by Gram Slattery
Chilean presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast from the far-right Republican Party
meets with supporters during a campaign rally, ahead of the November 21 presidential elections,
on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – For many Chileans, Plaza Baquedano, a broad rotary in central Santiago that for decades served as a center of social protest, has become a powerful symbol of hope.
    For two years, city residents have regularly gathered here to protest pensions that are too low, public transit fees that are too high and, more generally, an old-guard political class that just does not get it.
    The statue of a nineteenth-century general that sat at the plaza’s center has been removed, and its plinth is now covered in left-wing political literature.
    Most credit the protests – known collectively as the “estallido social” or “i>social outbreak” – for bringing about an ongoing rewrite of the nation’s Pinochet-era constitution    The “estallido” has also helped propel the candidacy of 35-year-old leftist Gabriel Boric, a relative newcomer who has become a serious contender in this Sunday’s presidential election
    But not everyone is so enthralled.
    Among the detractors is Ramon Zambrano, a doorman at a nearby apartment building.
    “You can protest, but peacefully.    They’re making a mess, burning cars, burning the metro.    What are they doing?” he asks, while pointing out the damage done to the now graffiti-covered building where he works.
    In a sense, the situation around Plaza Baquedano represents the central paradox of the election here.    While Chile’s Left gained significant traction via dozens of massive marches that began in 2019, two years of sometimes-violent protests have made many voters wary.
    That – combined with a widespread perception among Chileans that crime is on the rise – has created an opportunity for the Right to gain ground by hammering home a law-and-order message.
    While Boric, who rose to fame heading student protests in 2011, had been leading for most of 2021, José Antonio Kast, an ultra-right-wing former congressman who draws comparisons to Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has risen in the polls dramatically in recent weeks.
    Most recent polls show Kast drawing the largest vote share on Sunday.    A Nov. 6 survey by consultancy Activa Research has Kast narrowly winning a likely runoff in December.
    For Kenneth Bunker, director of political consultancy Tresquintos, a particularly violent round of protests in late October helped boost the Right.
    A series of recent confrontations in the southern Araucania and Bio Bio provinces – where police and separatist indigenous groups have long feuded – has also played into Kast’s hands.
    “I think there is a very important part of the country that’s tired, they don’t want any more of this,” said Gonzalo Cordero, a political consultant and columnist for the national La Tercera newspaper.
    Boric’s supporters point out that almost 80% of Chileans, many fed up with the nation’s ultra-free-market economic model, voted last year to rewrite the nation’s constitution    A conservative like Kast would do little to quell discontent, they argue.
    “I think that if Kast is elected, there will be an ‘estallido 2.0’,” said Pedro Muñoz, an elected member of the body re-writing Chile’s constitution.
    Still, the Kast campaign is leaning in to the law-and-order message, as are his supporters.
    At his campaign’s closing event on Thursday night, he pledged repeatedly to crack down on crime.    The strongest applause came when he spoke in favor of police officers, many of whom have been accused by the public and prosecutors of using violence against protestors.
    Several supporters insisted without evidence in interviews that the “estallido” was the product of foreign provocateurs, such as the Venezuelan or Cuban governments.
    Banners in favor of Trump were common, as were anti-crime banners such as “Orden con Kast,” or “Order with Kast.”
    Boric, for his part, is leaning in, too.    While for Kast’s supporters the protests are a symptom of decline and disorder, for Boric, they are a sign the previous order was not worth saving.
    “We’re going to do our politics from the streets,” Boric said at his own campaign event on Thursday night.
(Reporting by Gram Slattery; Additional reporting by Fabian Cambero and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

11/20/2021 Germany’s Gender-Balanced Cabinet Takes Shape As Coalition Deal Nears
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers
a statement in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s next cabinet is taking shape as coalition negotiations near a deal, with chancellor-in-waiting Olaf Scholz determined to deliver on his campaign pledge to have as many women as men in his team, sources said on Saturday.
    Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who narrowly won the federal election in September by beating Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, are trying to form a three-way ruling coalition with the pro-spending Greens and the fiscally conservative Free Democrats (FDP).
    The SPD is set to nominate at least three women for cabinet posts: outgoing Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, outgoing Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht and Scholz’s former running mate in the race for party co-leadership Klara Geywitz, three people familiar with the decision told Reuters.
    Schulze is expected to become economy or transformation minister, Lambrecht will likely be in charge of the interior portfolio including migration and Geywitz could get the science and education ministry, the sources said.
    Depending on the coalition horse trading, the SPD could also nominate lawmaker and human rights expert Baerbel Kofler for the economic cooperation and development portfolio.
    Among the SPD men, Scholz will lead the next government as chancellor, his right-hand man Wolfgang Schmidt is expected to become his chief of staff and Labour Minister Hubertus Heil is set to keep his job thanks to his strong performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sources said.
    Coalition officials have repeatedly said that cabinet posts will be decided at the very end of coalition negotiations.    Party officials have hinted that an agreement could be reached in the coming week, possibly as early as Monday or Tuesday.
    FDP leader Christian Lindner is pushing to become finance minister, though Greens co-leader Robert Habeck was also keen on the post to guarantee enough public resources to pay for Germany’s faster shift towards a climate-friendly economy.
    On Friday, Lindner said fears he would be a fiscal hawk as finance minister were overblown despite his repeated calls for solid public finances and debt reduction after the coronavirus crisis.
    If Lindner get his way, Habeck is likely to lead a beefed-up climate ministry while Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock is expected to become Germany’s first female foreign minister.
    During the election campaign, Baerbock has called for a tougher approach towards Russia and China.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Christian Kraemer; Editing by Christina Fincher and Ros Russell)

11/20/2021 Migrants From 12 Countries Among 600 Found In Two Trucks In Mexico
FILE PHOTO: Migrants walk up an overpass in a caravan heading to the
northern border, in Tapanatepec, Mexico November 9, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Garcia
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Migrants from 12 countries were among 600 people found hidden in the back of two trucks in eastern Mexico on Friday, most of them from neighboring Guatemala, the government’s National Migration Institute (INM) said on Saturday.
    The INM said 401 of the people were from Guatemala, 53 from Honduras, 40 from the Dominican Republic, 37 from Bangladesh, 27 from Nicaragua, 18 from El Salvador and eight from Cuba.
    There were also six men from Ghana, four people from Venezuela, four men from Ecuador, a man from India and a man from Cameroon in the two trailers discovered in Veracruz state.
    The institute said 455 of the migrants were male, and 145 female.    The people detained would either be sent home or given the chance to have their stay in Mexico regularized, it added.
    Most migrants from Central America and the rest of the world who enter Mexico head for the United States and say they are seeking to escape poverty or violence in their homelands.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

11/20/2021 Fire Breaks Out Near Place De L’Opera In Central Paris
People watch as smoke billows from a building affected by a fire near the
Opera Garnier in Paris, France, November 20, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
    PARIS (Reuters) – A large fire broke out in a building on boulevard des Capucines, near the Place de L’Opera square in central Paris on Saturday, sending clouds of smoke rising into the air.
    “Firemen are intervening, avoid the area,” the Prefecture de Police said in a statement on Twitter.
    It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.
(This story refiles to correct typo in headline)
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Benoit Tessier; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

11/20/2021 Ski Resorts In Northern Italy Reopen Amid COVID-19 Worries
People ski as resorts reopen for winter despite the fear over a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
infections, in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, November 20, 2021. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
    MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Ski resorts in northern Italy are reopening for the winter season after prolonged shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a recent rise in infections is spreading worries over possible new restrictions.
    Fabio Sacco, the president of the Skirama consortium that brings together several resorts in the Trentino-Alto Adige region, said he had been waiting to restart since March last year, when Italy imposed a>     “It is really an exciting moment,” he told Reuters.
    Europe is being swept by a fourth wave of the pandemic that has already forced Austria, one of Italy’s neighbours, to announce a full national lockdown. Germany has not ruled out similar measures.
    Italy has also seen a rise in daily cases in recent weeks, especially in some northern areas where many ski slopes are located.    Hospitalisations remain under control nationwide but operators are aware of the risks rising infections may pose.
    “There is some uncertainty and fear due to the worsening of the pandemic trend, but the resorts in our consortium and across Trentino are prepared to handle different scenarios,” Sacco said.
    A COVID-19 health pass – which shows if someone has completed the vaccination cycle, has recently tested negative or recovered from the disease – is required to access ski lifts along with face masks and social distancing rules.
    Skiers, enjoying clear blue skies and perfect skiing conditions, were feeling upbeat about the forthcoming winter season.
    “Finally, after a year of closure we are happy.    There is a desire to ski.    The snow and the day are beautiful.    I expect many positive things from this season,” said skier Filippo Laureti.
(Reporting by Matteo Berlenga and Flavio Lo Scalzo, writing by Angelo Amante, editing by Christina Fincher)

11/21/2021 No Oil or DOW info.

11/21/2021 Venezuelans Head To Polls In Regional, Local Elections As Opposition Returns by Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas
FILE PHOTO: A member of the Bolivarian National Guard takes pictures of the electoral materials during preparations for the regional
and local elections on Sunday, in Caracas, Venezuela, November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/File Photo
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday in local and regional elections which represent a major challenge for electoral authorities and opposition politicians alike, as the latter return to compete for votes against the government of President Nicolas Maduro for the first time in four years.
    During the elections, over 3,000 state governors, mayors and city councils will be chosen across the South American country, which is beset by a long-running recession and hyperinflation.
    Opposition politicians had boycotted presidential elections and parliamentary elections in 2018 and 2020 respectively accusing Maduro’s government of fraud.
    Should the opposition lose the 4 state governorships it won in 2017 – out of 23 states – it would lack a powerbase to launch a campaign for presidential elections, due in 2024.
    The vote will test the impartiality of Venezuela’s electoral commission, which in May included two opponents among its top five directors, making it the most balanced board in 17 years, its members have said.
    European Union election observers will be present at around 1,000 of the 14,400 voting centers, the first such European mission since 2006.
    Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is backed by the United States, among other countries, both urged supporters to vote on Friday night, though Guaido decried voting conditions.
    “I want to see a change in my country, not just in Carabobo but in all of Venezuela,” said Betty Gomez, 48, from the city of Valencia, the capital of Venezuela’s Carabobo state, adding that she planned to vote for an opposition candidate.
    Others will back the government’s candidates.    Nelson Aparicio, a 44-year-old teacher in Tachira state, which borders Colombia, is betting on the ruling party’s contender to address issues including power cuts and gasoline shortages.
    “I believe (Freddy) Bernal doesn’t represent a wealthy demographic, but everyone,” Aparicio said, adding that the country needs to come together in talks.
(Reporting by Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas in Caracas. Additional reporting by Tibisay Romero in Valencia and Anggy Polanco in San Cristobal; Writing by Oliver Griffin; editing by Diane Craft)

11/21/2021 France To Send Police Special Forces To Violence-Hit Guadeloupe
FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, wearing a protective face mask, attends
the questions to the government session before a final vote on controversial climate change
bill at the National Assembly in Paris, France, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
    PARIS (Reuters) -France is sending police special forces to restore order in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe hit by rioting and looting amid protests against COVID-19 protocols, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Saturday.
    “The first message is that the state will stand firm,” Darmanin told reporters after holding a crisis meeting on the situation in the Caribbean archipelago with Overseas Territory Minister Sebastien Lecornu.
    Darmanin said France would send about 50 members of the GIGN and RAID elite tactical forces of the gendarmerie and police to the territory, where stores have been looted, shots fired at police, and 31 people were arrested overnight.
    The extra forces will increase the number of police and gendarmes available in Guadeloupe to 2,250, Darmanin said.
    Lecornu said Prime Minister Jean Castex would meet on Monday with Guadeloupe officials to discuss the situation.
    Guadeloupe’s prefect, Alexandre Rochatte, who represents the French government on the archipelago, on Friday had imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m following five days of civil unrest during which barricades burned in the streets and firefighters and doctors walked out on strike.
    In a bulletin on Twitter referring to vandalism, Rochatte later said that damage to electrical works near dams, especially by one in Capesterre-Belle-Eau, was causing outages to many customers, and warned it represented an electrocution risk.
    Trade unions launched an indefinite strike on Monday to protest the compulsory vaccination of health workers against COVID-19 and health pass requirements.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon and Sophie Louet; Additional Reporting by Dave Graham in Mexico City; Editing by Jane Merriman and Sandra Maler)

11/21/2021 Struggling Venezuelans Put Faith In Latest Mexico Migrant Caravan by Jose Torres and Lizbeth Diaz
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Central America walk on a highway in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply
for asylum and refugee status, in Tapachula, in Chiapas state, Mexico October 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
    VILLA COMALTITLAN, Mexico (Reuters) – Hundreds of Venezuelans are in a migrant caravan that departed this week from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, according to organizers, just as Mexico is mulling tighter restrictions on their access to the country.
    Reuters spoke with a dozen Venezuelans who said they had left in the caravan of around 3,000 people from the city of Tapachula on Thursday after fleeing poverty and hardship in their homeland, where elections are due this weekend.
    Luis Garcia, one of the caravan’s organizers, said Venezuelans made up between 20% and 30% of the group.    A number related harrowing episodes on their journey from South America, particularly in Panama’s Darien region.
    “I don’t want to stay in Mexico, we want to go to the United States, we just want them to let us pass,” said Daysi, a 63-year-old Venezuelan from the city of Maracaibo who joined the caravan with six relatives, including two of her children.
    “Nobody leaves their country because they want to, but there are days when you eat once, others not even that, there’s no medicine, there’s nothing, we’re dying.”
    The government’s National Migration Institute, which has tried to break up caravans, could not say how many Venezuelans were in the group, which also featured Central Americans.
    The number of Venezuelans crossing Mexico has leapt in 2021, and Reuters last week reported the government is considering setting stricter entry requirements to stem the flow.
    The caravan, the second large one to depart Tapachula within a month, has made slow progress and on Saturday reached the village of Villa Comaltitlan in the state of Chiapas.
    Another 34-year-old Venezuelan woman from Caracas, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, told Reuters by telephone she was beaten and raped by two hooded men in Darien, but resolved to continue “through the power of God.”
    “They put a gun in my mouth,” she said.    “I couldn’t say no because there were dead women there who resisted.”
    Reuters could not independently verify her story, but she shared a document showing she had registered the sexual assault with doctors.    She too planned to reach the United States so she can send money back to her baby and mother in Venezuela.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Villa Comaltitlan and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Dave Graham and Matthew Lewis)

11/21/2021 Third Night Of Violence In Guadeloupe As France Sends Police Special Forces
Guadeloupe Anti-Riot Police stand guard on a street after French police reinforcements were
dispatched due to violent demonstrations which broke out over coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
protocols, in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe November 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo
    POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (Reuters) – The French overseas territory of Guadeloupe was hit by a third night of looting and rioting amid protests against COVID-19 measures, with gunmen shooting at police and firefighters, the authorities said on Sunday.
    Police arrested 38 people as shops were broken into and cars set ablaze.
    Special police forces were due to arrive from mainland France to the Caribbean archipelago on Sunday to restore order.
    “This situation cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal told Europe 1 radio.
    Guadeloupe’s prefect, Alexandre Rochatte, who represents the French government, said in a statement that armed groups had tried to loot stores in Pointe-a-Pitre, Basse-Terre and Lamentin and battled police.
    Shots were fired at police and firemen trying to put out blazes. Four pharmacies were broken into and cars set on fire while barricades were erected to stop security forces from intervening, the prefect added.
    Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Saturday that France would send about 50 members of the GIGN and RAID elite tactical forces of the gendarmerie and police to the territory.
    Prime Minister Jean Castex is also due to meet on Monday in Paris with Guadeloupe officials to discuss the situation.
    Rochatte on Friday had imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m following five days of civil unrest during which barricades burned in the streets and firefighters and doctors walked out on strike.
    Trade unions started an indefinite strike on Monday to protest the compulsory vaccination of health workers against COVID-19 and health pass requirements.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

11/21/2021 Germany Debates Compulsory Vaccination As Fourth COVID Wave Rages
People queue up outside a vaccination centre in a shopping mall, amid the COVID-19
pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang
    BERLIN (Reuters) – German politicians are debating making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for citizens in light of soaring infections and low inoculation rates.
    Several members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc said on Sunday that federal and state governments should introduce compulsory vaccinations soon as other efforts to push up Germany’s low inoculation rate of just 68% have failed.
    “We’ve reached a point at which we must clearly say that we need de facto compulsory vaccination and a lockdown for the unvaccinated,” Tilman Kuban, head of the youth wing of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wrote in Die Welt newspaper.
    Germany’s seven-day coronavirus incidence rate rose to the highest level since the pandemic began for the 14th consecutive day on Sunday, reaching 372.7 nationwide.
    In some regions, it has surpassed 1,000 with some hospitals already reporting full intensive care units.    The record in the third wave of the pandemic last December was 197.6.
    Overall, there have been 5.35 million coronavirus infections reported in Germany since the start of the pandemic in February 2020. The overall death toll stands at 99,062.
    Bavarian State Premier Markus Soeder called for a quick decision to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory while Schleswig-Holstein State Premier Daniel Guenther said authorities should at least discuss such a step to increase the pressure on unvaccinated citizens.
    Danyal Bayaz, an influential member of the Greens and Finance Minister in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg where infection rates are very high, said it would be a mistake at this point of the pandemic to rule out compulsory vaccination.
    The Greens are currently in talks with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) to form a three-way coalition government on the federal level.
    The three parties are in the final stages of sealing a coalition agreement which would pave the way for outgoing Finance Minister Olaf Scholz from the SPD to succeed Merkel as chancellor in the first half of December.
    Scholz has said he wants a debate about whether to make vaccination compulsory for health care workers and geriatric nurses.    FDP members have voiced their objections to such a step as the party puts a bigger emphasis on individual freedom.
    Neighbouring Austria this week announced a plan to make vaccines compulsory next year.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

11/21/2021 UK Reports 40,004 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths – Daily Data
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a sign encouraging the public to get their coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) vaccine doses in Manchester, Britain, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom reported 40,004 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the seven-day total to 287,205, a 9.4% rise over the previous seven-day period, official daily data showed.
    The data also showed 61 new deaths from the virus, as measured in deaths within 28 days of a positive test, were reported on Sunday, raising the seven-day toll to 1,029, a 5.9% drop compared with the previous seven days.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, Editing by William Maclean)

11/21/2021 France Says Russia Must Exert Pressure On Belarus
FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a news conference following his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister
Nikos Dendias at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
    PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Russia had to exert pressure on Belarus to end the migrant crisis.
    “Russia must exert pressure on Belarus,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television, adding that President Vladimir Putin needed to come good on a promise to pressure Belarus during a phone call last week with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
(Reporting by John Irish and Dominique Vidalon)

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11/22/2021 Paris Must Restore Calm In Guadeloupe After Protests – Mayor
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a street barricade after violent demonstrations which broke out over coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) protocols, in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – France must restore order on its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after violent protests over COVID-19 restrictions, the mayor of a city hit by unrest said on Monday.
    Local police have arrested at least 38 people and dozens of stores have been looted.    French media reported on Sunday that rioters had broken into an arms depot in the coastal city of Pointe-a-Pitre and taken rifles.
    “We just don’t know how far this will still go,” Pointe-a-Pitre Mayor Harry Durimel told France Info radio.
    Guadeloupe has been hit by violent protests before, but he said there were “big worries” on the island now because rioters had guns.
    Speaking in the early hours of the morning, Durimel said he could still hear noise from protests outside.
    Violence erupted last week after walkouts organised by the territory’s labour unions to challenge local COVID-19 restrictions such as the mandatory vaccination of health workers degenerated.
    French Prime Minister Jean Castex is due to meet lawmakers from Guadeloupe later on Monday to try to resolve the crisis.
    “France must reestablish peace,” Durimel told franceinfo when asked about his expectations of the meeting.
    He also urged the government in Paris to open up dialogue with the local population suffering from issues such as social distress which were adding to the current health crisis.
    Over the weekend, France announced it would send police special forces to restore order in the French overseas territory.    The local school authority said on Sunday that all schools in Guadeloupe would be closed on Monday.
    In a sign unrest could spread to other overseas territories in the Caribbean, trade unions called for a general strike on the island of Martinique from Monday, French media reported.
(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel, editing by Ed Osmond)

11/22/2021 Chile Headed For Divisive Election Run-Off As Far-Right Surges by Gram Slattery and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda
Chile's presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast gestures as he casts his ballot during
the general elections in Santiago, Chile, November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) -Chile is headed for a polarized presidential election runoff next month after hard-right former congressman Jose Antonio Kast finished on top in the first-round vote on Sunday, ahead of leftist lawmaker and former protest leader Gabriel Boric.
    With nearly 97% of the vote counted, Kast had won 27.94% of ballots versus 25.75% for Boric, with a sizeable gap between them and the rest of the field, although both were well short of the majority needed to win outright.
    More moderate, center-right candidates performed well, a potential boost for Kast, who appears to be in pole position heading into the Dec. 19 runoff.
    “It was a better night for the right-wing than anyone expected,” said Gonzalo Cordero, a political consultant and columnist.
    “Today, the likelihood of Kast winning the presidential election is very high.    Kast would have to commit very significant errors in the next three weeks to lose.”
    The election, the copper-producing Andean country’s most divisive since its 1990 return to democracy, has split voters between those seeking a shake-up of Chile’s free-market model and those demanding a harder line against crime and immigration.
    It comes after two years of sometimes violent protests by Chileans demanding quality-of-life improvements.    The demonstrations helped bring about an ongoing rewrite of the nation’s Pinochet-era constitution and propelled the candidacy of Boric, who for much of the race held a comfortable lead.
    But increasing fatigue among Chileans fed up with political violence, combined with a widespread perception that crime is on the rise, has boosted Kast
    “Today, Chile’s people have spoken,” Kast said in a long speech to supporters after the results came in, targeting crime and disorder as he has done for much of the campaign, helping tap into fears over protest violence and immigration.     He said the election was a choice between “liberty and communism,” a dig at Boric’s wide leftist alliance, which includes the Communist Party.
    Boric, facing a fight to close the ground on Kast over the next month, touched upon crime and the drug trade in his own speech, something he did rarely ahead of the vote, and admitted the need to widen his support base.
    “The crusade is that hope wins over fear,” he said.    “We have to look further afield and go out to bring people in from beyond our boundaries.”
    Kast, a 55-year-old father of nine, has praised the neo-liberal “economic legacy” of former dictator Augusto Pinochet
    His frank talk, across-the-board conservatism and sometimes idiosyncratic policy ideas, such as digging a ditch to curb illegal immigration, have drawn frequent comparisons with former U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
    Boric, a 35-year-old lawmaker who led student protests in 2011 demanding improvements to Chile’s education system, has pledged to scrap the nation’s laissez-faire economic model, while strengthening environmental protections and indigenous rights.
    In a surprise, economist Franco Parisi, who is living in the United States and did not set foot in Chile during the campaign, was in third place as of the late evening with some 13% of the vote.    That could bode well for Kast, who, while more to the right on social and cultural issues, shares many of Parisi’s conservative economic beliefs.
    Center-right candidate Sebastian Sichel and center-left Yasna Provoste were just behind, with 12.7% and 11.65% of the vote, respectively.
    The current center-right president, Sebastian Pinera, is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election.
    Kast and Boric will be scrambling to pick up Sichel, Parisi and Provoste voters in a second round, making the more moderate contenders potential kingmakers
    “I am not going to vote for Gabriel Boric’s candidacy, and I have programmatic differences with Kast, but I will communicate any decision later,” Sichel said as the results came in, adding he had congratulated Kast on making it to a second round.
    “I don’t want the extreme left to win in Chile.”
    Also up for grabs on Sunday night were all 155 seats in Chile’s lower house, 27 of the 50 seats in the country’s upper house and all positions in the nation’s 16 regional councils.
    Lawmakers from hard-right and conservative coalitions looked on course to finish the night with 23 seats in the Senate, while lawmakers from center-left and hard-left coalitions seemed set to finish with 22 seats.    The remaining five seats went to independents unaffiliated with any major political coalition.
(Reporting by Gram Slattery and Natalia A. Ramos Miranda; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Peter Cooney & Shri Navaratnam)

11/22/2021 Venezuela’s Ruling Party Wins 20 Governorships – Electoral Authority by Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas
A man has his hands sanitized before entering a polling station during the elections for state governors
and local mayors, in Caracas, Venezuela November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria
    CARACAS (Reuters) -Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) awarded victory to the ruling Socialist party in 20 governorships and three to opposition politicians in an initial announcement on Monday following local and regional elections.
    Shortly after the first results were published, leftist President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the government’s triumph.
    “The victory is impressive,” Maduro said, surrounded by supporters, adding that “good wins must be celebrated.”
    The results are a setback for the opposition leaders who returned to the fray after boycotting presidential polls in 2018 and congressional elections in 2020, arguing that a fair vote was impossible due to rigging and intimidation by violent gangs loyal to Maduro.
    This year, the opposition politicians decided to contest the elections as they were frustrated by the failure of U.S. sanctions to dislodge Maduro, as well as emboldened by the presence of election observers from the European Union
    Only 41.8% of registered voters turned out to cast their ballot on Sunday, equivalent to some 8.1 million people, the South American country’s top electoral authority said.
    “Small and isolated problems” were registered during the course of voting, the CNE said earlier in the day.
    In 2017’s regional elections the ruling party won 19 governorships, while opposition politicians took four.
    The only mayoral result announced in the CNE’s first bulletin came from the capital Caracas – where the ruling party was also declared the victor.
    Citizens cast their votes for over 3,000 state governors, mayors and city councils across the country, with 21 million Venezuelans registered to take part in the elections.
    The poor performance by the opposition could hurt its ability to contest the presidential elections in 2024.
    “This result is lamentable for the opposition,” Luis Vicente Leon, director of local consulting firm Datanalisis, said in a post on Twitter.
    Opposition leader and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who led the opposition campaign, said via Twitter that an assessment will be made when all the results are in and did not give further details.
    “The takeaway from these results is that we must rethink our strategy so far,” Tomas Guanipa, the opposition candidate for the mayor of Caracas, said.
    “What is undeniable is that the vast majority of this country wants change, and that is why we have to fight.”
(Reporting by Vivian Sequera, Mayela Armas and Deisy Buitrago in Caracas. Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Diane Craft and Himani Sarkar)

11/22/2021 UK To Host G7 Foreign And Development Ministers On Dec. 10-12
FILE PHOTO: A delegate grabs a flag to prevent it from being blown over by the wind outside of the
G7 Finance Ministers summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Nelms
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will host foreign and development ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations and from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit in Liverpool from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, it said on Monday.
    The summit will address issues including economic resilience post-COVID-19, global health and human rights, Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement.
    Among the ministers due to attend are those from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, it said, adding that it was the first inclusion of ASEAN countries at a G7 foreign ministers’ summit and this reflected “the UK’s growing Indo-Pacific tilt.”
    Britain holds the rotating presidency of the G7 in 2021 and has already hosted the COP climate summit in Glasgow this month and the G7 leaders’ summit in Carbis Bay in June.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by David Evans)

11/22/2021 Democracy Slipping Away At Record Rate, Intergovernmental Body Warns
Ballots are seen before counting at a polling station during presidential and
parliamentary elections, in Concepcion, Chile November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Gonzalez
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said on Monday.
    Populist politics, the use of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to silence critics, a tendency of countries to mimic the anti-democratic behaviour of others, and disinformation used to divide societies are mainly to blame, the Stockholm-based intergovernmental organisation said in a report.
    “More countries than ever are suffering from ‘democratic erosion’,” IDEA said in its 2021 study on the state of democracy, relying on data compiled since 1975.
    “The number of countries undergoing ‘democratic backsliding’ has never been as high,” it said, referring to the regressive turn in areas including checks on government and judicial independence, as well as media freedom and human rights.
    Afghanistan, which was taken over by Taliban militants in August after international troops withdrew, is the most dramatic case this year, while Myanmar’s Feb. 1 coup marked the collapse of a fragile democracy.    Other examples include Mali, which has suffered two coups since 2020, and Tunisia, where the president has dissolved parliament and assumed emergency powers.
    Large democracies such as Brazil and the United States have seen presidents question the validity of election results, while India has witnessed the prosecution of groups of people critical of government policies.
    Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia are the European countries with the greatest declines in democracy.    Turkey has seen one of the largest declines between 2010 and 2020.
    “In fact, 70 per cent of the global population now live either in non-democratic regimes or in democratically backsliding countries,” the report said.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behaviour by governments.    The study said that there was no evidence that authoritarian regimes were better at fighting the pandemic, despite Chinese state media reports to the contrary.
    “The pandemic provides additional tools and justification for repressive tactics and silencing of dissent in countries as diverse as Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” the report said.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

11/22/2021 UK To Host G7 Foreign And Development Ministers On Dec. 10-12
FILE PHOTO: An official adjusts flags during the G7 summit at the
European Council building in Brussels June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will host foreign and development ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations and from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit in Liverpool from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, it said on Monday.
    The summit will address issues including economic resilience post-COVID-19, global health and human rights, Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement.
    Among the ministers due to attend are those from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, it said, adding that it was the first inclusion of ASEAN countries at a G7 foreign ministers’ summit and this reflected “the UK’s growing Indo-Pacific tilt.”
    Britain holds the rotating presidency of the G7 in 2021 and has already hosted the COP climate summit in Glasgow this month and the G7 leaders’ summit in Carbis Bay in June.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by David Evans)

11/22/2021 Ecuador And Colombia To Open Shared Border From Dec. 1 by Alexandra Valencia
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers stand guard on the Ecuadoran side of a border crossing
with Colombia, in Tufino, Ecuador, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Tapia
    QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador and Colombia on Sunday agreed to the bilateral reopening of their shared border from the start of December after it was closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, and pledged to work together to combat drug trafficking.
    The shared border was shut in March 2020 as both governments looked to curb the spread of coronavirus.    The controlled reopening, complete with epidemiological measures, will bring greater security and economic activity to the zone.
    “Opening the borders means no Ecuadorian or Colombian family will have to pay criminal bands charging to cross via alternative routes, rather than the official ones, which will be opened on December 1,” Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso said in Quito following a meeting with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque.
    During the meeting, Colombia offered to support Ecuador in the fight against drug trafficking.
    Ecuador is beset by a wave of crime that has caused homicides to spike which the country’s authorities link to the trafficking and consumption of drugs.
    On Friday Lasso extended a state of emergency across Ecuador to keep military patrols on the streets in areas with high rates of homicide and other crimes associated with the drug trade.
    “Ecuador will receive everything it needs from Colombia to fight against organized crime,” Colombia’s President Ivan Duque said.
    The two presidents also discussed repatriation of prisoners.    Duque said the process to repatriate 170 prisoners will proceed in line with laws and protocols.
    Violence in Ecuador’s prisons has spiked this year as criminal gangs duke it out for supremacy.    The most recent riot in the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison saw 62 prisoners killed.
    In recent years Ecuador’s prison system has struggled with violence, overcrowding, and poor living conditions for some 39,000 prisoners.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Oliver Griffin; editing by Diane Craft)

11/22/2021 Two Hostages Have Been Released In Haiti, Group Says by Gessika Thomas
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the entrance of the home office of Christian Aid Ministries
in Millersburg, Ohio, U.S., October 17, 2021. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Two of the 17 American and Canadian Christian missionaries taken hostage in Haiti last month have been released, the group that arranged for their trip to the Caribbean nation said on Sunday, without giving further details.
    “We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released,” Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement.
    The 16 Americans and one Canadian, including five children, were abducted in October after visiting an orphanage.    The incident has highlighted Haiti’s dire kidnapping problem, which has worsened amid economic and political crises and escalating violence.
    Reached by Reuters, the spokesperson of the Haitian National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed that two hostages had been released Sunday.
    The officials have previously said a gang known as 400 Mawozo was demanding $1 million per person ransom.    A man identifying himself as the leader of the gang said in a video posted on YouTube last month that he was willing to kill hostages if he did not get what he wanted.
(Reporting by Gessika Thomas; Editing by Will Dunham and Diane Craft)

11/22/2021 5 Dead, More Than 40 Injured After Vehicle Plows Through Wis. Christmas Parade by OAN Newsroom
Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas
parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
    What was supposed to be a joyful event turned deadly after an SUV plowed into the crowd during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
    In a press conference Sunday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said a driver sped through police barricades and drove into a crowd of parade marchers Sunday afternoon.    At one point, an officer fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop it.
    Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard reported several adults and minors were transported to local hospitals, although the extent of those injuries remains unknown.
    “The city of Waukesha, the fire department and its partners transported a total of 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients to six area hospitals,” he stated.    “We do not have any specifics on the injuries at this time.    All of the patients were transported.    There are there were some fatalities. We do not have any detailed information on the fatalities at this time.”
    No further information regarding the fatalities will be released until police notify their loved ones.    A shelter in place order was cancelled after the scene was deemed safe and secure.
    Additionally, the Waukesha School District cancelled classes for Monday and said extra counselors would be on hand for students and staff.
    Meanwhile, police named Darrell Brooks Junior a person of interest.    Court documents show he’s a registered sex offender and was actually out on bail at the time of the attack.    Brooks is in custody and the vehicle has been recovered following the incident.
    It’s not yet known whether the incident is an act of terrorism as it is still a fluid investigation.    A press conference with more information regarding the tragic event is slated for Monday.
Toppled chairs are seen among holiday decorations in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed
into a Christmas parade injuring dozens of people Sunday, Nov 21. 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

11/22/2021 Canada’s Conservatives Face Questions Over Lawmakers’ Vaccination Status by Steve Scherer
Nova Scotia’s Premier Tim Houston meets with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s ruling Liberals questioned on Monday whether rival Conservatives – the largest opposition party – were being honest about the vaccination status of its lawmakers as parliament reconvened after the September election.
    Parliamentary rules require that all lawmakers be inoculated against COVID-19, a policy supported by every party except the Conservatives.
    Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau narrowly won the September election and ended up with another minority government forcing him to depend on opposition parties to pass legislation.
    Over the weekend, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said all his lawmakers have been vaccinated or had secured a medical exemption.
    “Every member is in compliance” with the House rules on vaccination “as far as we know,” Jake Enright, a Conservative spokesman, said on Monday. One vaccinated member who recently contracted COVID-19 is in quarantine, he added.
    Some Conservative lawmakers will not be present on Monday and “are away due to reasons unrelated to COVID-19 or the House of Commons vaccine mandate,” another Conservative spokesperson, Josie Sabatino, said.
    “The likelihood that you have a medical exemption from the vaccination is one to five in 100,000,” said Mark Holland, the Liberal government leader in the House.    “The Conservative caucus is 119 people, (so) statistically the likelihood that they would have multiple people who are exempt…is extraordinarily low.”
    The Liberals have one member who was granted a medical exemption, but the House speaker’s office did not immediately respond when asked how many total exemptions there had been among the 338>     Trudeau has been exploiting divisions in the Conservative over vaccines as O’Toole fends off calls by some for a leadership review given the election loss. Trudeau’s government is putting some 13,000 civil servants on unpaid leave because of their refusal to get inoculated, a move supported by 70% of Canadians, according to a recent EKOS Research poll.
    Opposition New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh also weighed in on Monday, accusing Conservatives of “not wanting to keep their colleagues safe” and showing “their complete lack of understanding what people are going through a complete lack of priorities.”
(Additional reporting by David Ljunggren, editing by Mark Heinrich)

11/22/2021 EU Wants To Harmonize Validity Period Of Vaccination Certificate
FILE PHOTO: The 'Covid Certificate' application of Switzerland for "COVID-19 certificates"
for people who have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from an infection, is seen
in this illustration picture taken June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Illustration
    (Reuters) – The European Commission aims to harmonize the duration of the validity of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, including the effects of booster shots, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said on Monday, amid record infection numbers in some EU states.
    “I fully agree with the urgency, and this is why the European Commission is working with the utmost urgency to strengthen the coordination of free movement, including the length of validity and the role of boosters in the vaccination campaign,” she told European lawmakers in Strasbourg.
    Austria became the first country in western Europe on Monday to reimpose lockdown since vaccines were rolled out, shutting non-essential shops, bars and cafes as surging caseloads raised the spectre of a second straight winter in deep freeze for the continent.
    Kyriakides said discussions with EU member states on the COVID certificate were going on, and the bloc’s executive Commission intended to come up with proposals this week.
    “We are determined to reverse the current wave…and we are also aware that we need to give clear, coherent messages to citizens,” she said.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold)

11/22/2021 At Least Seven Dead In Mangrove After Gunbattle With Rio Police by Rodrigo Viga Gaier
People observe as firefighters transport dead bodies found by residents in a forest after a police operation in
Salgueiro slums complex in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Residents on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro on Monday found the corpses of at least seven people in a mangrove after a sustained gunbattle with local police.
    The bodies were found near a complex of slums called Salgueiro, in the city of Sao Goncalo, a poor and violent region that is part of metropolitan Rio.
    Locals told media outlets that they believed other bodies would be found.
    “The bodies were all thrown into a mangrove swamp, with signs of torture.    They were tossed one on top of the other.    This was clearly a massacre,” one resident told the G1 news website.
    Other residents, who also declined to be named, gave similar accounts to other outlets.
    The bodies were found after a weekend-long operation in the area, which began after a local police officer died while on patrol on Saturday.    Sao Gonacalo is overseen by the 7th battalion, which has long been one of Rio state’s most deadly.
    Rio’s military police did not immediately respond to locals’ accusations of officers having been involved in torture or multiple killings but said in a statement: “So far, preliminary information indicates that seven bodies were found.”
    Police said they had entered the region to “stabilize” it after violence from alleged drug gangs.
    They said officers would remain in the area to allow civil police officers to investigate.
    In 2019, Reuters reported on the shooting to death of a resident by officers from the 7th amid a sharp rise in police killings.    So far this year, officers from the 7th battalion killed 1,096 people, the highest of any battalion in the state, and up 17% from the first nine months of last year.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing and additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Alison Williams)

11/22/2021 Mexico President Says Pitched Plan To Curb Import Reliance At Leaders Summit
U.S. President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meet for the
North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he proposed a plan last week to boost investment in North America to reduce reliance on foreign imports in his talks with U.S. President Joe Biden and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    During the summit in Washington, Lopez Obrador said if North America did not move to strengthen its economy, the region risked being left behind by China, and suggested Canada and the United States should make more use of migrant labor.
    “I made a proposal to promote a program of productive investments in North America for the substitution of imports,” Lopez Obrador told reporters at a news conference, citing a shortage of semi-conductors as an example.
    Lopez Obrador said he had also explored with Trudeau possible cooperation between Canadian and Mexican public sector energy companies in upgrading hydro-electric plants in Mexico
    He said pending mining issues with Canadian firms had gradually been resolved, and that he had explained to Trudeau why Mexico was seeking to bolster state control over the electricity market, a plan that has sparked U.S. concerns
    Noting Trudeau had been “very receptive” to his words, Lopez Obrador repeated his argument that private investors in renewable energy had “plundered” Mexico, and that concessions for oil production had been abused for “financial speculation.”
    With Biden, Lopez Obrador said he had discussed economic support for Central America aimed at curbing mass migration, and that investment was being planned for Honduras under a scheme known as ‘sembrando oportunidades’ (‘planting opportunities’) he added, likening it to a Mexican reforestation scheme.
    “U.S. Vice President (Kamala) Harris also confirmed it,” said Lopez Obrador, who also met her in Washington.
    Mexico also proposed that the United States help on a program of “technological cooperation” to ensure the internet reached all of Mexico, and Harris had agreed, he said.
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Dan Grebler)

11/22/2021 Migrant Boat With 10 Dead Bodies Arrives In Sicily
FILE PHOTO: A crew member helps migrants on a wooden boat wait to be rescued by search and rescue ship
Ocean Viking, run by SOS Mediterranee, during a search and rescue (SAR) operation in the Mediterranean Sea,
November 3, 2021. Picture taken November 3, 2021. Claire Juchat/SOS Mediterranee/Handout via REUTERS
    ROME (Reuters) – A boat carrying the bodies of 10 migrants found dead at sea arrived in Sicily on Friday, along with dozens of people it rescued this week as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.
    The crew of the Geo Barents vessel, run by charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), found the corpses on an overcrowded boat 30 nautical miles off the Libyan coast.
    They are believed to have died from suffocation after spending 13 hours on the boat’s lower deck where there was an intense smell of fuel, MSF said in a statement.
    Some 186 people rescued in three separate operations in international waters will disembark in Messina, a port on the southern Italian island, MSF said.
    The migrants – mostly from Africa – include 61 minors, the youngest aged just 10 months.
    “We hope they will get all the assistance they need,” MSF said on Twitter, adding those who died will now have “a decent burial.”
    Italy has seen a sharp increase in boat migrants in recent weeks and the latest mass arrivals will put further pressure on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government to secure an agreement with European Union partners over how to deal with the influx.
    Some 59,702 migrants have disembarked in Italy this year, according to interior ministry data, up from 32,476 in the same period in 2020.
    MSF said over 1,200 people had died during the perilous sea journey to reach Europe so far in 2021.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Giles Elgood)

11/22/2021 U.S. Official Says El Salvador Relations ‘Paused’ For Lack Of Interest by Nelson Renteria
Jean Manes, appointed U.S. Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, participates in a news
conference after a TV interview in San Salvador, El Salvador Novermber 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Relations between El Salvador and the United States are temporarily on hold due to the Salvadoran government’s apparent lack of interest in dialogue, the senior U.S. official in the Central American country said on Monday.
    “Obviously we’re on a bit of a pause because the government of El Salvador is not giving a signal that it has an interest in our relationship,” U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jean Manes said in an interview on local television.
    “Again, it’s impossible to think that someone has an interest in our relationship when they’re using their paid media machine to attack the United States every day,” added Manes, without naming anyone in particular.
    The office of President Nayib Bukele, who frequently criticizes the United States and U.S. politicians in social media, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Reiterating bones of contention that have lately dogged bilateral relations, she flagged the dismissal of judges and the attorney general in May, the closure of an anti-corruption body, and the restriction of access to information as U.S. concerns.
    “On behalf of the White House, the State Department, we’ve offered a bridge, and the (Salvadoran) government decided not to take it.    As far as we’re concerned, we’re interested in having the best relationship with El Salvador,” Manes added.
    Manes, who said she had last met with Bukele three weeks ago, announced she would be leaving El Salvador this week to return to her previous job at U.S. Southern Command. Her current deputy, Brendan O’Brien, will assume charge.
    Bukele at the weekend unveiled plans to build the world’s first “Bitcoin City,” backed with bitcoin bonds, in El Salvador, which made the crypto currency legal tender in September.
(Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Editing by David Gregorio)

11/22/2021 Germany’s Merkel Urges Tougher Measures To Battle 4th Wave Of COVID
The Christmas market is reflected in a Christmas bulb next to a sign as the spread of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) continues at a Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s acting Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her conservative party that measures being taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy were insufficient and that stronger action needed to be taken.
    “We are in a highly dramatic situation.    What is in place now is not sufficient,” she told CDU leaders in a meeting, according to two participants.
    Case numbers in Germany have been soaring, especially among the elderly whose first two shots of COVID-19 vaccine were at the start of the year, and among children that are not eligible for inoculation.
    Some 79% of adults in Germany have had two shots of COVID-19 vaccine, but only 7.5% have received booster shots so far, as the total number of coronavirus deaths in Germany approaches 100,000.
    Germany has already decided to limit large parts of public life in areas where hospitals are becoming full of COVID-19 patients to those who have either been vaccinated or have recovered from the illness.
    But Merkel said neither those measures nor a higher uptake of vaccinations would be enough to halt the rapid rise of infections in the short run.    She called on Germany’s 16 federal states to decide tough measures by Wednesday.
    Neighbouring Austria imposed a full COVID-19 lockdown on Monday, and German acting Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Friday that Germany may follow.
    Germany reported 30,643 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 62 deaths, with an incidence – the number of cases per 100,000 people over a week – of 386.5, a 15th consecutive day of record numbers.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Jon Boyle and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

11/22/2021 Explainer: Will Germany’s Next Government Ditch U.S. Nuclear Bombs?
FILE PHOTO: A German air force Tornado jet takes off from the German army Bundeswehr
airbase in Jagel, northern Germany December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – NATO allies will be scouring the policies of Germany’s next federal government for one crucial detail: Will Berlin remain part of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement?
    Or will it drop out and ask the United States to remove its nuclear bombs from German soil?
    While such a move might be popular among some Germans, it would reveal a rift within NATO at a time when the alliance’s relations with Russia are at their lowest since the end of the Cold War.
    As part of NATO’s deterrence, the United States has deployed nuclear weapons in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey – all NATO allies that do not have their own nuclear weapons.    In the case of a conflict, the air forces of these countries are meant to carry the American nuclear bombs.
    Around 20 U.S. nuclear bombs are estimated to be stored at the German air base of Buechel, in a remote area of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.    The base is also home to a squadron of Tornado fighter jets belonging to the German air force, the only German jets fitted to carry the nuclear bombs.
    The German air force has been flying the Tornado jets since the 1980s, and it has become increasingly expensive to maintain them and difficult to find spare parts to keep the plane in the air.    The German defence ministry plans to phase out the jet between 2025 and 2030. Should Berlin not purchase new jets fitted for the task of carrying U.S. nuclear weapons, Germany would simply drop out of nuclear sharing when the last Tornado retires around 2030.
    In spring 2020, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, proposed replacing the Tornado jets in Buechel with F-18s made by Boeing, but the decision was later pushed into 2022.
    Now, the likely new German government will be led by the Social Democrats, a party that has some lawmakers who would like to get rid of U.S. nuclear weapons on German soil.    The Greens, who are expected to be part of the coalition, also have some lawmakers who take that view.
    “I count on Germany to remain committed to NATO’s nuclear sharing.    It is our ultimate security guarantee,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on a visit to Berlin last week.
    Nuclear sharing also gives a country like Germany a seat at the top table, in the form of NATO’s Nuclear Planning Group, where relevant issues are discussed in the alliance.
    “Germany can, of course, decide whether there will be nuclear weapons in (its) country, but the alternative is that we easily end up with nuclear weapons in other countries in Europe, also to the east of Germany,” Stoltenberg said.
    Should NATO decide to move U.S. nuclear weapons to Poland, for example, that would likely be seen as a step towards angering Moscow by bringing them closer to the Russian border.
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(Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Editing by William Maclean)

11/22/2021 Italy’s Draghi, Russia’s Putin Discuss Migrant Crisis, Ukraine-Statement
FILE PHOTO: Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference at the end
of the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Monday and discussed the migrant crisis at the Polish-Belarus border, energy prices and Ukraine, Draghi’s office said.
    The talks took place amid intensified concerns about tensions over Ukraine that Russia on Monday compared to the build-up to a 2008 war in which Russian forces crushed those of neighbouring Georgia.
    Putin told Draghi that Ukraine was not fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk and Normandy settlement agreements, the Kremlin said in a statement.
    “Of particular concern are provocative steps by the Ukrainian side to deliberately exacerbate the situation in Donbass, including the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk package of measures,” Putin told Draghi, referring to a swathe of eastern Ukraine seized by Russia-backed separatists.
    The United States and fellow NATO member Turkey have supplied Ukraine respectively with Javelin anti-tank missiles and attack drones, while Britain is supporting the Ukrainian navy.
    Ukraine says it is upgrading its combat capabilities to defend itself against possible Russian aggression.    The Kremlin accuses Ukraine of provocation, saying it was being supplied with a significant amount of arms, including high-tech weapons.
    Putin also told Draghi that Russia stood ready to ensure a flawless supply of natural gas to Europe, including via the Nord Stream 2 project.
    Last week, Germany temporarily halted the certification process for the new pipeline that will carry Russian gas into Europe, throwing up a new roadblock to the contentious project and driving up regional gas prices.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante in Rome and Andrey Ostroukh in Moscow; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Bernadette Baum/Mark Heinrich)

11/22/2021 Sen. Johnson: Democrats Can Only Fund ‘Giveaway Programs’ Through Middle Class by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 04: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks on the bipartisan infrastructure bill during a press conference
with fellow Republican Senators at U.S. Capitol on August 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of Senators criticized
the bill for being too expensive and claim it will increase the debt, inflation and taxes. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) recently called out Democrats for funding their so-called giveaway programs through the middle class.    During an interview Sunday, he said the only place Democrats can get money to fund their programs is from the middle class while citing Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better Act.
    The Republican senator then claimed even though the massive spending plan targets corporations with a higher tax rates, the middle class will end up paying the hidden costs.
    “There are all kinds of economic studies that show that the impedance of the tax, the corporate tax, really falls on workers and lower wages,” Johnson explained.    “And on consumers and higher prices.    Corporations aren’t people.    They’re comprised of people, but they don’t really bare the brunt of tax increase.    They just pass it along to consumers and their employees in lower wages and benefits.”
    The Republican senator went on to suggest the solution to addressing the country’s economic concerns would be to get Democrats out of office.

11/22/2021 Michael Cohen Free After Serving 3 Years In Prison, House Arrest by OAN Newsroom
Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, speaks outside Federal Court in New York,
Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. He came to the courthouse to sign documents and discuss with probation officers what
will happen during his court-ordered three years of supervised release. (AP Photo/Lawrence Neumeister)
    Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is finally released from House arrest after three years.    On Monday morning, the 55-year-old said it feels “great” to finally be a fully free man.
    Cohen also said he will continue to work with officials in order to ensure those who commit crimes are justly held responsible.    In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax-evasion and lying to Congress.    He said his release was long overdue.
    “I feel great today, it’s been long overdue,” stated the former Trump attorney.    “I mean, 13 and a half months in Otisville, 18 months in home confinement, it’s not easy any way that you slice it, though I am extremely happy that I’m home with my wife and my children.”
    After spending time as an inmate, Cohen said he’s waiting for Attorney General Merrick Garland to ensure that federal prisons institute earned time credit for a potential sentence reduction.

11/22/2021 U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ COVID-19 Warning For Germany, Denmark by David Shepardson
FILE PHOTO: Passengers check in for Delta Airlines flights and make their way through a TSA security
checkpoint ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at
Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department on Monday advised against travel to Germany and Denmark because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those countries.
    The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid travel there, while the State Department issued parallel “Do Not Travel” advisories for both countries.
    The CDC currently lists about 75 destinations worldwide at Level Four, with many European countries on the list including Austria, Britain, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Romania, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her conservative party that measures being taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy were insufficient and that stronger action needed to be taken, Reuters reported on Monday.
    Case numbers in Germany have been soaring, especially among the elderly whose first two shots of COVID-19 vaccine were at the start of the year, and among children who are not eligible for inoculation.
    Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said European countries must work harder to prevent the coronavirus spreading further as deaths and new cases surge.
    Current transmission rates in 53 European countries are of “grave concern” and new cases are nearing record levels, exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus, the WHO’s Hans Kluge warned.    “We must change our tactics, from reacting to surges of COVID-19, to preventing them from happening in the first place,” he said.
    Germany has already decided to limit large parts of public life in areas where hospitals are filling with COVID-19 patients.
    Neighboring Austria on Monday imposed a full COVID-19 lockdown after announcing some renewed restrictions last week.    German acting Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Friday that Germany may follow.
    The CDC separately lowered its COVID-19 travel advisory from Level Four to “Level Three: Low” for Israel, Aruba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curacao and Guadeloupe.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

11/23/2021 Oil down $2.50 to $76.32, DOW up 17 to 35,619.

11/23/2021 Two Journalists Released In Canada After Arrest At Indigenous Protest by Kanishka Singh
Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation hereditary chiefs, who are fighting the construction
of TC Energy Corp's Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, carry banners as they march away
after a protest on railway tracks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
    (Reuters) – Two journalists whose arrests last week at an indigenous protest against a pipeline in Canada drew widespread condemnation were released on bail on Monday.
    Amber Bracken, an award-winning photojournalist who has previously worked with the Guardian newspaper, and Michael Toledano, a documentary film-maker, were arrested on Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was enforcing a court-ordered injunction in British Columbia.
    Over a dozen demonstrators were also arrested at the protest against TC Energy Corp’s Coastal GasLink pipeline.
    “The two journalists were released after signing conditions to abide by the injunction, to keep the peace and to attend court at a future date.    Hearings continue for other contemnors,” the police said in a statement on Monday
    Coastal, owned by private equity firm KKR & Co Inc, Alberta Investment Management Corp and TC Energy, had said the protests were illegal, citing an injunction granted by the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2019.     Police said on Monday their relationship with the media was “based on mutual respect and professionalism.”    The two journalists were not arrested for performing their job but for violating the injunction, they said.
    Toledano said he was arrested at gunpoint.    “My arrest and incarceration were punitive and a blatant attempt to repress images of police violence against Indigenous people in Canada,” he said on Twitter late on Monday
    The Canadian Association of Journalists had condemned the arrests and urged the immediate release of the two journalists.    Both are required to return to court on Feb. 14 for a hearing related to allegations of civil contempt of court.
    Hereditary chiefs from the Gidimt’en and the four other clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en people have been trying for more than a year to halt construction of the pipeline.
    All of the 20 elected indigenous band councils along Coastal GasLink’s 415 mile (670 km) route support the project.    But Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs insist they have the final say.
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(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)

11/23/2021 After Years Of Drifting To The Left, Chilean Voters Veer Back Right by Gram Slattery, Natalia A. Ramos Miranda and Fabian Cambero
FILE PHOTO: Chilean presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast from far-right Republican Party meets
with supporters during a campaign rally in the outskirts of Santiago, ahead of the first round of
presidential elections on November 21, Chile, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – After years of divisive street protests and the election of a mainly left-wing body to rewrite the constitution, Chileans surprised analysts, markets and even themselves on Sunday night by favoring a right-wing presidential candidate and delivering significant gains to conservatives in Congress.
    With 99.99% of votes counted as of Monday, ultra-conservative former congressman Jose Antonio Kast had won 27.91%, and leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric had come in second, with 25.83%.    As both fell well short of the 50% threshold needed to win outright, they will now advance to a Dec. 19 runoff.
    Kast, who has pledged to crack down on crime and illegal immigration, appears to have the momentum, though Boric can still eke out a victory if he wins over enough centrists, analysts said.
    Still, the results of congressional elections may make the radical changes to Chile’s free-market model that Boric has promised out of reach.    Leftist and center-left coalitions lost significant ground in both the upper and lower houses, and no coalition is expected to emerge with a functioning majority.
    “It’s going to be very difficult for any of the two major coalitions in the Senate to pass legislation,” said Kenneth Bunker, head of political consultancy Tresquintos.
    “For the conservative sectors, this is not a problem as they are in favor of the status quo, but for the opposition it is very bad news.”
    Just six months ago, Chileans had favored left-wing independents when selecting representatives to the body charged with rewriting the nation’s dictatorship-era constitution.    Boric, a 35-year-old who rose to fame leading student protests, has thrown his support behind the constitutional rewrite.
    But crime fears, ongoing confrontations between police and separatist indigenous groups in the nation’s south and fatigue with continued protests and disorder in what is traditionally one of Latin America’s most stable countries likely played a role in the swing to the right, analysts said.
    “What’s happening in the south, combined with crime and the general idea of change without really knowing what changes will be made caused a significant portion of the population to turn against Boric,” said Miguel Angel Lopez, a professor at the University of Chile.
    While some recent opinion polls had shown Kast gaining ground, many Chileans and political observers did not expect him to do as well as he did, given the country’s leftward turn in recent years.
    “It seems sad to me, sad after everything that has happened to the country,” Salvador Carrasco, a musician in central Santiago, said on Monday morning.
    Chile’s benchmark IPSA equities index was up over 10%, while the country’s peso currency gained ground against the dollar overnight.
    The rally in the peso was due to relief that Congress was split, which will act as a moderating force if Boric wins, said Mary-Therese Barton, Head of Emerging Debt at Pictet Asset Management.
    “Markets’ first reaction has certainly been positive.    It’s less to do with the presidential side and more to do with Congress,” she said.
    In the presidential runoff, eyes will now be on how successful both candidates will be at winning voters outside their traditional bases of support.    Five failed candidates between them garnered some 46% of votes that are now up for grabs.
    Perhaps the biggest mystery will be how those who voted for libertarian economist Franco Parisi will cast their votes.    Parisi, who lives in Alabama and never set foot in Chile during the campaign, surprised many by finishing third with 12.8% of the vote.
    “The Parisi voter is neither on the Left nor the Right,” said Guillermo Holzmann, a professor at the University of Valparaiso.
    “This is a vote that will need a lot of analysis.”
(Reporting by Gram Slattery, Natalia A. Ramos Miranda and Fabian Cambero, Additional reporting by Reuters TV, Editing by William Maclean and Rosalba O’Brien)

11/23/2021 Haitian Migrants In Southern Mexico Press Officials To Let Them Move Freely by Jose Torres and Jose Luis Gonzalez
Migrants, mostly Haitians, queue outside a stadium to apply for humanitarian visas to be able to cross through
Mexican territory to reach the U.S. border, in Tapachula, Mexico November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
    TAPACHULA (Reuters) – Several thousand Haitian migrants on Monday clustered outside a stadium in southern Mexico that has been re-purposed into a migration office, urging authorities to let them pass freely through Mexico.
    Two caravans of migrants largely from Haiti and Central America have departed from the southern city of Tapachula in recent weeks, many taking off on foot for the long journey in hopes of reaching the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Thousands of people have also remained in Tapachula, close to the Guatemala border, where they are applying for refugee status and hope to receive visas to let them transit the country.
    About 130,000 people will have requested asylum or protected status by year’s end, Mexico’s Interior Ministry projected on Monday.    More than 50,000 of the 116,500 applications received so far this year were from Haitians, it added.
    Migrants typically request asylum as a first step to receive a visa letting them travel freely within Mexico.
    “We need documents to be able to move around here in Mexico,” said Haitian migrant Robinson, 31, who declined to give his last name, adding that fellow migrants who try to cross the country without a proper visa get sent back to Tapachula.
    “It can’t be this way,” he said, speaking outside the stadium, where Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) has set up makeshift offices to handle a surge in demand.
    INM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    The rise in the number of Haitians trying to make their way through Mexico has been spurred by economic malaise, an earthquake and political turmoil following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in July.
    The group outside the stadium in Tapachula on Monday also included Cuban and Venezuelan migrants.
    About 100 kms (62 miles) away in the city of Mapastepec, a northbound migrant caravan with about 2,500 people, mostly from Haiti, took a break after walking since before dawn.
    Loubens Narcisse said he hoped to land a visa more easily in another state of Mexico, even if he had to walk hundreds of kilometers.
    “It’s not easy, but it can be done,” he said.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Tapachula and Jose Luis Gonzalez in Mapastepec; Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico City; Editing by Stephen Coates)

11/23/2021 Nicaragua Eliminates Visa Requirement For Cubans
FILE PHOTO: Nicaraguan and Cuban flags flutter as Nicaragua's merchant ship Augusto Cesar Sandino docks at the
Mariel port with humanitarian shipment of food, Mariel, Cuba, August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Nicaragua announced on Monday that it is lifting the visa requirement for Cuban nationals in a move which could make it easier for Cubans to migrate north toward the United States.
    Nicaragua’s Interior Ministry said in a statement it was immediately establishing a free visa for all Cuban citizens to promote commercial exchange, tourism and humanitarian family relations.
    While Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has aligned himself with the Cuban government, its citizens previously needed visas to visit the Central American country.
    In 2014, during the immigration crisis along the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the Ortega government prevented Cubans from passing through its territory, a move many analysts considered a favor to Washington.
    But relations between Managua and Washington have deteriorated sharply.    Earlier this month, the U.S. government said Nicaragua’s recent elections, in which Ortega was re-elected for his fourth consecutive term, were “illegitimate.”
    The United States has also imposed sanctions on 38 Nicaraguan officials, including Ortega’s vice president and wife, Rosario Murillo, and three of their children.
(Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom, writing by Laura Gottesdiener, editing by Lincoln Feast.)

11/23/2021 Nicaragua Arrests Former Ambassador To The OAS, Critic Of Ortega
FILE PHOTO: Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during the closing ceremony of the
17th Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) Summit
in Havana, Cuba, December 14, 2019. Jorge Luis Banos/Pool via REUTERS
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Former Nicaraguan ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Edgard Parrales, was detained in Managua on Monday after the diplomat said President Daniel Ortega’s moves to withdraw from the OAS would not take effect immediately.
    Parrales was Nicaraguan ambassador to the OAS from 1982 to 1986, during Ortega’s first stint in power.
    “They captured him at his home, they were not policemen in uniforms but two people in civilian clothes who took him away by car,” said the president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, Vilma Nuñez.
    The police’s press office did not immediately reply to Reuters’ requests for comment.
    Last week, when the Ortega government denounced the OAS’ charter and announced that it was leaving the regional body, Parrales criticized the decision.
    “It is not so easy to get out of the OAS,” he said.    “It takes two years for this to take effect, during which Nicaragua is still committed by the statutes to respect human rights,” Parrales said.
    José Miguel Vivanco, the executive director for the Americans division of Human Rights Watch, denounced Parrales’ detention.
    “Ortega’s message is clear: He is going to go after anyone who criticizes him,” Vivanco said on Twitter.
(Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom, writing by Laura Gottesdiener, editing by Richard Pullin)

11/23/2021 U.S. Gun Makers Say Mexico’s Lawsuit Represents ‘Clash Of National Values’ by Nate Raymond
FILE PHOTO: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard holds documents during a news conference to announce that Mexico
sued several gun makers in a U.S. federal court, accusing them of negligent business practices that generated illegal
arms trafficking which led to deaths in Mexico, in Mexico City, Mexico August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Cortes
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Gun makers including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co on Monday asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the Mexican government accusing them of facilitating the trafficking of weapons to drug cartels, leading to thousands of deaths.
    The gun manufacturers in a brief told a federal judge in Boston that Mexico was seeking through its $10 billion lawsuit to punish them for sales of firearms “that are not only lawful but constitutionally protected in the United States.”     Successive Mexican governments have urged the United States to put a stop to the illicit trafficking of U.S. firearms into Mexico.
    “At bottom, this case implicates a clash of national values,” the companies argued.    “Whereas the United States recognizes the right to keep and bear arms, Mexico has all but eliminated private gun ownership.”
    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard during a United Nations Security Council meeting on small arms on Monday called the country’s decision to file the unusual lawsuit in August “a question of principle and a moral obligation.”
    The lawsuit claimed the companies undermined Mexico’s strict gun laws by designing, marketing and distributing military-style assault weapons in ways they knew would arm drug cartels, fueling murders, extortions and kidnappings.
    Mexico’s lawsuit said over 500,000 guns are trafficked annually from the United States into Mexico, of which more than 68% are made by the manufacturers it sued.
    The companies argued Mexico failed to establish its harms were attributable to them and that a U.S. law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, protected gun manufactures from lawsuits over their products’ misuse.
    While the companies said Mexico believed the law does not apply to its claims, “the plain text of the statute forecloses that theory.”
    Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement it would respond to the companies’ arguments on Jan. 31.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; additional reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York and Dave Graham in Mexico City; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Lincoln Feast.)

11/23/2021 Canada Ends COVID-19 Policy Turning Back Asylum-Seekers Between Border Crossings by Anna Mehler Paperny
FILE PHOTO: Asylum seekers follow a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer after being processed for crossing the border from
New York into Canada at, Roxham Road, in Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is ending its pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum-seekers trying to cross into the country between ports of entry, according to a revised policy document released on Sunday.
    Canada turned at least 544 would-be refugees back to the United States between March 2020 and mid-October.    The government did not immediately respond to questions regarding why it was ending the policy now and what if any quarantine rules would apply to asylum-seekers who are not vaccinated.
    Canada had said the measure was necessary given health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.    But refugee advocates argued attempts to claim asylum should not be considered “discretionary travel” and pointed to class exemptions Canada made during the pandemic for professional athletes, among others.
    “It’s a relief to see the measures for refugees align more with our international obligations, and I think it’s been clear all along that public health and refugee protection could coexist,” said Maureen Silcoff, a refugee lawyer and past president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, which took the government to court over the policy.
    Silcoff said it did not make sense to allow tourists entry, as Canada has begun to do, while barring people seeking protection.
    An unknown number of asylum-seekers turned back were taken into indefinite U.S. immigration detention and at least two were deported, refugee lawyers working on their cases say.
    Exemptions have been available since the policy began, and in August Canada began allowing more turned-back asylum-seekers to return and file refugee claims as part of what it called a “managed approach to reopening the border.”
    But advocates said this option was only open to those aware of it or who had legal counsel familiar with Canada’s shifting system. The government defended the policy in court last month.
    Canada has a Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. under which asylum-seekers trying to cross at official ports of entry are turned back.    The agreement, challenged twice, was upheld most recently this past spring and may go to Canada’s Supreme Court.
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

11/23/2021 Biden Taps Into Strategic Petroleum Reserve To Release 50 Million Barrels Of Oil To Lower Gas Prices by OAN Newsroom
Chevron Gas prices over the $5 mark are displayed in Visalia, Calif.,
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    Joe Biden is tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release 50 million barrels of oil.    The White House announced the move Tuesday morning as Americans get ready to travel for the Thanksgiving>     Specifically, the Department of Energy will release 32 million barrels of oil as part of an exchange that will be returned to the reserve in the coming years.    18 million barrels will be released over the next several months from a sale that Congress had previously authorized.
    While the statement admits Americans are hurting due to rising gas prices, the administration seems to be engaging in damage control by attempting to praise Biden’s actions so far.    China, India, Japan, South Korea and the U.K. will also tap into their reserves in a coordinated effort to lower prices.
    Meanwhile, the 45th president is questioning the Biden administration’s move.    In a statement released Tuesday, Donald Trump pointed out during his time in office the U..S was energy independent, in turn, leading to lower oil pricesHe also pointed out he filled the Strategic Oil Reserves in case of emergency when prices were low.
    Despite this, Biden plans to tap into the emergency oil reserves in an attempt to combat high energy prices ahead of the holiday season.    However, Trump noted those reserves are meant to be used for serious emergencies such as war and nothing else.

11/23/2021 Gov. DeSantis: Fla. To Reduce Gas By $0.25/Gal, Shaving $1B by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. DeSantis signed a bill that protects employees
and their families from coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed $1 billion in gas tax relief statewide.    On Monday, the Republican announced the measure during a press conference in Daytona while asserting the state would look to shave 25 cents per gallon of gas prices.
    The proposed move would reportedly save Florida families more than $200 over a five-month period, but would reduce the state revenue by more than a $1 billion.    DeSantis asserted the move was vital to combat inflation.
    “There’s different taxes: federal, state, local level,” explained the governor.    “We’re taking over 25 cents from Florida and we will basically zero that out for as long as we can, and do over a billion dollars and that’s gonna make a huge huge deal.”
    The current average price per gallon of gas in Florida currently sits at $3.25, which is the highest average total since August 2014.    The proposed legislation will be discussed at the state’s new legislative session starting January 11.

11/23/2021 U.K. Media: Biden’s Officials Had Secret Deal To Give Kabul To Taliban by OAN Newsroom
A Taliban fighter secures the area as people queue to receive cash at a money distribution site organized by
the World Food Program (WFP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
    According to a new report, the Biden administration had a secret deal with the Taliban to hand over Kabul to the terrorist group. British investigative outlet The Tortoise said Biden’s officials were talking to the Taliban through a secret back-channel overseen by the CIA.
    The communications reportedly took place this past summer during U.S. evacuation of the Afghan capital.    The report found the Taliban was supposed to give Joe Biden enough time to evacuate Kabul before it would take over a deadline his administration failed to meet.    The report also claimed Biden handed Afghanistan over to Taliban.
    “The message from the Taliban to the Americans was: Take your time, a fortnight or more, we will wait before we enter the capital, we have absolutely no desire to preside over the evacuation,” explained Matthew d’Ancona, an investigative reporter for The Tortoise.    “The astonishing response to the Taliban from U.S. was: No thanks, you need to get into Kabul and maintain order now.    The Afghan government is a lame duck and NATO certainly isn’t going to take responsibility for the city.”
    Republican lawmakers have raised questions as to why Biden left $85 billion worth of military equipment to the Taliban among other questionable aspects of the botched pullout.

11/23/2021 FBI Raids Suburban Home Of Outspoken Mom by OAN Newsroom
An FBI employee guards the entrance doors to the Detroit City Council on the 13th floor of the
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (Jose Juarez/Detroit News via AP)
    An FBI SWAT unit raids the suburban home of a Colorado mom and her three home-schooled children Sheronna Bishop was home-schooling her sons last week when the FBI and Mesa County investigators broke down her front door with a battering ram and handcuffed her with no explanation.
    Bishop believes the raid came about because she has been vocal against her school board and she uses her website to educate and inform parents regarding their children’s education.
    “According to this illegitimate regime that’s running this country, people like me are considered domestic terrorist now because we advocate for our own children, we stand up for them and we don’t allow the state or the system to abuse them,” Bishop stated.
    The raid comes as Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have weaponized the Department of Justice and the FBI to look for parents to prosecute nationwide in the name of domestic terrorism.

11/23/2021 Police: Suspect Acted Alone In Waukesha Parade by OAN Newsroom
Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas
parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
    The man suspected of driving his SUV into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin is facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.    On Monday, authorities said Darrell Brooks Junior acted alone and there is no evidence the incident is terror related.
    The 39-year-old has a lengthy criminal background of violent felonies dating back 20 years. Court documents show he’s a registered sex offender and was actually out on bail Friday after he allegedly ran his kids mother over with a vehicle at a gas station.     “Earlier this month, he (Brooks )was released on $1,000 bail for trying to*run over the mother of his child.    This is heartbreaking and it was also preventable. He was clearly dangerous and released.”
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas)
    Police said on Sunday, Brooks fled the scene of a crime just minutes before plowing his car through the crowd of people in Waukesha. More charges are expected to be announced in addition to the homicide charges, which will be filed against Brooks Tuesday afternoon.
    In a press conference Sunday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the suspect sped through police barricades and drove into a crowd of parade marchers Sunday afternoon.    At one point, an officer fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop it.    Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard reported several adults and minors were transported to local hospitals.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, middle, takes part in a candle light vigil in downtown Waukesha, Wis., Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 after an
SUV plowed into a Sunday Christmas parade killing multiple people and injuring dozens. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
    It’s not yet known whether the incident is an act of terrorism as it is still a fluid investigation.    In the meantime, Milwaukee prosecutors launched an internal review into why bail was set so low for someone with such a lengthy criminal record.    The district attorney made the announcement Monday.
    According to reports, he was released on just $1,000 bail on November 11 on charges including reckless endangerment, battery, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.    Back in February, in a separate incident, he was released on just $500 bail for charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm.    The district attorney said he wants to know why his own office set bail “inappropriately low” for a violent felon.

11/23/2021 European Parliament Gives Green Light To Huge Farm Subsidies Deal
Members of the European Parliament attend a debate on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) during a plenary
session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Pool
    STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – The European Parliament approved the biggest reform of farm subsidies in decades on Tuesday, in a vote that switches cash to smaller farms and rewards sustainable farming methods.
    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has long been criticised for handing the bulk of the subsidies to big landowners and agro-industrial firms.
    The reform will change that, its backers say, even though green groups say it does not do enough to protect the environment and fight climate change.
    “Farming will be fairer and more sustainable,” said Norbert Lins, who chairs the European Parliament’s agriculture committee, calling it the biggest reform since 1992.
    The CAP, worth around a third of the EU’s 2021-2027 budget, will spend 387 billion euros ($436 billion) on payments to farmers and support for rural development.
    The new CAP rules, which will apply from 2023, aim to shift money from intensive farming practices to protecting nature, and reduce the 10% of EU greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture.
    The reform will require that 20% of payments to farmers from 2023-2024 being spent on “eco-schemes,” rising to 25% of payments in 2025-2027.    It does not define an eco-scheme, but examples could include restoring wetlands to absorb CO2, or organic farming.
    At least 10% of CAP funds will go to smaller farms and all farmers’ payments would be tied to complying with environmental rules.
    The reform also creates a 450-million-euro crisis fund in case agricultural markets are disrupted by an emergency such as a pandemic.
    Peter Jahr, an EU lawmaker who helped foster the deal, said it was far from perfect, but that at some point compromises had to be reached so it could get a green light.
    “I’m urging you, please, in the interest of the European farmers, in the interest of the climate, to vote in favour,” he told the European Parliament earlier in the day.
($1 = 0.8892 euros)
(Writing by Ingrid Melander, editing by Timothy Heritage and David Evans)

11/23/2021 Canada’s Trudeau Vows Flood Aid, Climate Action After Third Election Win by Steve Scherer and Ismail Shakil
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks after Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Rota was re-elected as
Speaker of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, opening a new parliamentary session on Tuesday, vowed to help British Columbia rebuild after the devastating floods last week, and said it was time to ramp up the fight against climate change.
    Trudeau was re-elected on Sept. 20 for a third time, albeit with a second minority government that will need opposition support to pass legislation.
    Work in the House of Commons, suspended since August, kicked off with a speech that Canada’s governor general Mary May Simon, who represents its head of state, Queen Elizabeth, delivered on the prime minister’s behalf.
    “British Columbians are facing immeasurable challenges as their homes, their communities, and their well-being are impacted by terrible flooding,” Trudeau wrote in the speech, saying the government will continue to support them.
    He added that action to fight climate change “must go further, faster.”
    Last week’s floods forced the closure of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and cut two critical east-west rail lines.    The flooding underscored the vulnerability of Canada’s supply chains to climate change, and looked set to be the costliest natural disaster to hit Canada.
    The speech touched on many of the main themes of the election campaign, with Trudeau saying controlling COVID-19 remains his top priority.    Canada rolled out the recently approved COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds this week.
    “The best thing we can do for the economy remains ending the pandemic for good,” Trudeau wrote.
    The government spent tens of billions of dollars to help individuals and businesses during the pandemic, but is winding down that support except for COVID-19 hotspots.    Going forward, Trudeau wrote industries that still needed help would receive it.
    The Liberal government will tackle the high cost of living by following through on a plan for more affordable housing and by ensuring families across the country have access to C$10-a-day childcare, the prime minister said.
    “The government should stop pouring inflationary gasoline on the fire,” opposition Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, said before the speech, calling for less spending.    Inflation was at an 18-year high of 4.7% in October.
    Trudeau also said he would continue increasing immigration levels, a driver of economic growth in recent years.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Julie Gordon; Editing by Peter Cooney and Aurora Ellis)

11/23/2021 FCAS, Tempest Fighter Jet Programmes Will Merge – Italy’s Air Force Chief
FILE PHOTO: Two Eurofighters of the Spanish Air Force are seen in-flight during the Ocean Sky 2021 Military Exercise for advanced
air-to-air training in the southern airspace of the Canary Islands, Spain, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Borja Suarez/File Photo
    MILAN (Reuters) – Tempest and Future Combat Air System (FCAS), two European programmes designed to build new fighter jets, will eventually merge, Italy’s Air Force Chief of Staff said on Tuesday.
    At a time when European Union members weigh closer cooperation on defence without weakening the ties that some countries have with NATO, General Luca Goretti said that Rome could act as a bridge between NATO and Europe.
    Italy joined the Tempest programme because it felt it could play a bigger role than in the FCAS programme, he added.
    Goretti said that with the two programmes currently in their “conceptual phase” it was normal that, in this initial period, each country assessed options on technology.
    “But it is natural that these two realities will merge into one, because investing huge financial resources in two equivalent programmes is unthinkable,” Goretti told members of parliamentary defence committees.
    The Tempest project — which includes BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, European missile maker MBDA and the British arm of Italian defence group Leonardo — has a budget of 2 billion pounds from the British government to 2025, plus 800 million pounds from the companies over the same period.
    As Britain works on Tempest with a view to replacing its Eurofighter Typhoon jets from 2040, France, Germany and Spain are working on the rival FCAS project to replace France’s Rafale and German and Spanish Eurofighters.
    European military and industry officials have frequently speculated that Europe would end up with one programme to pool constrained budgets and to avoid repeating the damaging effects of competition in the past.
    But experts have cautioned that any agreement to combine such strategic combat systems remains far off as companies cement their positions in the existing programmes and Brexit remains a fresh political and diplomatic wound.
    The recent new trilateral security pact between Australia, the United States and Britain, known as AUKUS, is seen by analysts as another hurdle to significant cooperation on defence projects.
(Reporting by Francesca Landini; editing by David Evans)

11/23/2021 Immigration Out Of Control In France, Says Presidency Hopeful Barnier by Elizabeth Pineau and Richard Lough
Michel Barnier, former European Union's Brexit negotiator and Les Republicains (LR) French centre-right party
presidential primary candidate, and French politician Rachida Dati attend a campaign meeting at
the Les Republicains party headquarters in Paris, France, November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) - Michel Barnier, the former European Union Brexit negotiator and now a challenger for the French presidency, said France had lost control of immigration and that a sense of impunity prevailed.
    Barnier, who is locked in a five-way race for the centre-right Les Republicains party’s nomination, lamented France’s “big decline” and said President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership style was too arrogant and single-minded to heal divides.
    “Immigration is out of control,” Barnier, 70, told Reuters before addressing party members in Paris late on Monday.    “Our security is no longer guaranteed.    There is a sense of impunity and insecurity throughout the country.”
    Barnier proposes a moratorium on immigration to fix Europe and France’s broken rules on migration, wants soldiers to patrol some communities where police are seen to have lost control and advocates a referendum on restoring military service.
    An erstwhile moderate of the centre-right, Barnier dismissed the suggestion he was being drawn onto far-right turf to win back conservative voters from far-right figures Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour.
    “I’m looking at the problem my country faces,” he said.
    Macron’s government rejects the accusation it has lost control of the number of foreigners in France.    INSEE, the official statics agency, says net migration numbers have been rising since the start of the 2000s.
    Official INSEE data shows 272,000 immigrant arrivals on French territory in 2020, compared with 259,000 in 2016, the last year of former President Francois Hollande’s mandate and 211,000 in 2010, when the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy was leader.
    The race for the centre-right ticket is led by Xavier Bertrand, who heads the northern Hauts-de-France region, and Valerie Pecresse, leader of the Ile de France region around Paris, but Barnier has emerged as a credible challenger.
    The party rivals have said they will back whoever wins next week’s two-round vote by signed-up party members.    Registrations have nearly doubled in recent weeks to about 150,000 and the outcome is uncertain.
    All are running on ideologically similar platforms, and trail Macron, Le Pen and Zemmour in opinion surveys.
    Barnier’s popularity partly lies in his loyalty to the party – Bertrand and Pecresse quit after Macron’s 2017 election win before returning.    Some consider him “presidential” for maintaining unity among the remaining     EU countries during Brexit talks with Britain.
    “France doesn’t need a third candidate who gets too close to the far-right of politics.    It needs someone who pulls us together,” said Barnier supporter Aurelien Boulanger.
    Barnier said he was worried by distrust between London and European capitals since Britain completed its departure from the EU’s orbit at the start of this year.    Britain is embroiled in a fishing licence row with France and a dispute with Brussels over trade rules for goods flowing into Northern Ireland.
    Asked whether he trusted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Barnier said: “The question is whether he respects his own signature and the commitments undertaken by his government.”
    Critics say Barnier lacks charisma and punch.    For Barnier, who pitches himself as a conciliator, that is the point.
    “My wife tells me I need to be more humorous.    It’s a work in progress,” Barnier told party supporters, most of them white, middle-class and middle-aged or older.    “But the presidency is serious.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Richard Lough; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Alex Richardson)

11/23/2021 Total COVID Deaths In Europe Could Exceed 2.2 Million By March – WHO by Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: A health worker stands near an ambulance carring a COVID-19 patient, as they wait in the queue at a
hospital for people infected with the coronavirus disease in Kyiv, Ukraine October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday a further 700,000 people could die from COVID-19 in Europe by March, taking the total to above 2.2 million, as it urged people to get vaccinated and to have booster shots.
    Total cumulative deaths from the respiratory disease in the 53 countries of the WHO’s European region have already surpassed 1.5 million, it said, with the daily rate doubling from late September to 4,200 a day.
    The WHO’s European region also includes Russia and other former Soviet republics as well as>     “Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends,” it said, adding that COVID-19 is now the top regional cause of death.
    High or extreme stress on intensive care units (ICU) is expected in 49 out of 53 countries by March 1, the WHO added.
    France, Spain and Hungary were among those countries expected to experience extreme stress in ICU usage in early 2022, according to the data cited by the WHO Europe.
    The Netherlands started transporting COVID-19 patients across the border to Germany on Tuesday as pressure rises on hospitals and infections jump to record levels.    Austria began its fourth lockdown on Monday.
    The WHO said a high number of unvaccinated people as well as “reduced vaccine-induced protection” were among the factors stoking high transmission in Europe alongside the dominance of the Delta variant and the relaxation of hygiene measures.
    WHO Europe director Hans Kluge urged people to get vaccinated and also to get a booster dose “if offered.”
    WHO officials in the Geneva headquarters have previously advised against COVID-19 vaccine boosters until more people around the world have received primary doses.    WHO officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether this represented a change in official guidance.
    “All of us have the opportunity and responsibility to help avert unnecessary tragedy and loss of life, and limit further disruption to society and businesses over this winter season,” said Kluge.
(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Gareth Jones)

11/24/2021 Oil up $2.34 to $78.79, DOW up 195 to 35,813.

11/24/2021 Biden will tap into US strategic oil reserve - The move is designed to bring down price of gas by Michael Collins, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s emergency stockpile to lower energy costs amid a spike in gas prices and soaring inflation, the White House announced Tuesday.
    Thirty-two million barrels will be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve over the next several months and will be replaced in the years ahead.    An additional 18 million barrels that Congress authorized for sale will be released in the coming months.
    “American consumers are feeling the impact of elevated gas prices at the pump and in their home heating bills, and American businesses are, too, because oil supply has not kept up with demand as the global economy emerges from the pandemic,” the White House said in a statement.    “That’s why President Biden is using every tool available to him to work to lower prices and address the lack of supply.”
    After months of negotiations, the United States will release the oil in parallel with other countries, including China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
    Biden has been under mounting political pressure to provide relief from higher gas prices and to tame inflation, which hit a 31-year high last month. Republicans blamed Biden’s policies for the increased cost of consumer goods, including energy prices; Democrats pointed to positive economic indicators, such as declining unemployment.
    Gas prices rose over the past few months before leveling off last week.
    Average gas prices fell for the second straight week, dropping 1.9 cents from a week ago, according to the fuel price website GasBuddy. The average price stands at $3.39 per gallon, according to data that GasBuddy compiled from more than 11 million price reports covering more than 150,000 gas stations.
    The national average is up 2.8 cents from a month ago and $1.30 per gallon higher than a year ago.
    The average price of diesel has risen 0.1 cent in the past week and is $3.63 per gallon.
    Biden called on oil-producing nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ramp up production to provide relief to American consumers, but those countries rebuffed requests for more crude, leaving Biden with few options to lower gas prices.
    Biden has called for federal regulators to investigate if oil and gas companies are engaging in “illegal conduct” by profiting from prices that have skyrocketed during the pandemic.    He requested the probe in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, claiming “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies.”
    The federal government reported this month that inflation has surged over the past 12 months as the U.S. economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.    The consumer price index increased by 0.9% in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said, leaving prices 6.2% higher than a year earlier.    It’s the largest 12-month increase since 1990.
    The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a stockpile to preserve access to oil in case of natural disasters, national security issues and other events. The reserves are stored in caverns along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts.    There are roughly 605 million barrels of petroleum in the reserve.
    The reserve was established by Congress in 1975 after the oil crisis in 1973, when oil-exporting nations throttled their production.
    The United States has tapped the reserve to raise revenue as shifts in global oil production made lawmakers less concerned about potential shortages.
    The last major release of the oil reserve came in 2011, when President Barack Obama released 30 million barrels of oil to counter disruptions in supply due to civil unrest in Libya.
Contributing: Matthew Brown, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

11/24/201 Biden Administration Invites Taiwan To Its Summit For Democracy by Humeyra Pamuk
FILE PHOTO: A man cycles past a Taiwan flag in Taipei, Taiwan, November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move likely to infuriate China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory.
    The first-of-its-kind gathering is a test of President Joe Biden’s assertion, announced in his first foreign policy address in office in February, that he would return the United States to global leadership to face down authoritarian forces led by China and Russia.
    There are 110 participants on the State Department’s invitation list for the virtual event on Dec. 9 and 10, which aims to help stop democratic backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide.    The list does not include China or Russia.
    Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said the government would be represented by Digital Minister Audrey Tang and Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in Washington.
    “Our country’s invitation to participate in the ‘Summit for Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to promote the values of democracy and human rights over the years,” the ministry added.
    The invite for Taiwan comes as China has stepped up pressure on countries to downgrade or sever relations with the island, which is considered by Beijing to have no right to the trappings of a state.
    Self-governed Taiwan says Beijing has no right to speak for it.
    Sharp differences over Taiwan persisted during a virtual meeting earlier this month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    While Biden reiterated long-standing U.S. support for the “One China” policy under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, he also said he “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said.
    Xi said that those in Taiwan who seek independence, and their supporters in the United States, were “playing with fire,” according to state news agency Xinhua.
    Rights groups question if Biden’s Summit for Democracy can push those world leaders who are invited, some accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action.
    The State Department list shows the event will bring together mature democracies such as France and Sweden but also countries such as the Philippines, India and Poland, where activists say democracy is under threat.
    In Asia, some U.S. allies such as Japan and South Korea were invited, while others like Thailand and Vietnam were not.    Other notable absentees were U.S. allies Egypt and NATO member Turkey.
    Representation from the Middle East will be slim, with Israel and Iraq the only two countries invited.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Editing by Peter Cooney and Michael Perry)

11/24/2021 Caravan Migrants Accept Mexico Visa Deal To Disperse by Jose Torres
A taxi driver yells to Haitian migrants blocking a street to protest after Mexican authorities
cancelled the process to apply for humanitarian visas to be able to cross through Mexican
territory to reach the U.S. border, in Tapachula, Mexico November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
    TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants in southern Mexico have accepted a government offer to quit a U.S.-bound caravan in exchange for Mexican visas, officials said on Tuesday night.
    The caravan is one of two large groups of migrants, many from Central America and the Caribbean, that left the southern city of Tapachula in recent weeks to embark on foot on the long journey north toward the U.S. border with families including young children.
    The caravan migrants who left Tapachula last week accepted a government proposal to “begin the process that will allow them to regularize their legal status,” according to a joint statement from the interior ministry and national migration institute.
    By Tuesday, this group had progressed as far as the town of Mapastepec in the southern state of Chiapas, under the guidance of caravan organizer Luis Garcia Villagran from advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras.
    Garcia told Reuters that most of the migrants in the caravan had accepted the offer and officials would eventually bus them out of Chiapas, distributing them across 10 states.    The government statement, however, listed nine states.
    In exchange for the deal, the organizers agreed not to assemble more caravans in future, a Mexican migration official said later, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    Caravan organizer Garcia denied that such a deal had been made, and the statement made no mention of it.
    Migrants have repeatedly expressed skepticism about receiving documentation regularizing them in Mexico, and organizers say another caravan is already about to depart from Tapachula, a major migrant massing point close to the border with Guatemala.
    Earlier, Garcia said the decision to offer transportation and visas to migrants was positive, after Tapachula had turned into a “prison” for migrants left stranded while waiting for paperwork that would let them freely transit the country.
    The Mexican migration official said an earlier group of migrants from Haiti and Honduras were taken to Guanajuato state about 1,000 km (620 miles) away on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Jose Torres in Tapachula and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Sandra Maler & Simon Cameron-Moore)

11/24/2021 UK PM Johnson On ‘Great Form’ During Peppa Pig Speech – Deputy
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street
in London, Britain, November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on “great form” and a speech to business leaders where he appeared to lose his place before talking about a visit to Peppa Pig World does not raise concerns about his leadership, his deputy said.
    Johnson was briefly left lost for words on Monday when he lost his place in notes during a speech before regaling the Confederation of British Industry with an anecdote about his recent visit to a Peppa Pig theme park.
    “The Prime Minister is on great form,” Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told BBC TV when asked about the speech.
    Asked if there were serious concerns of Johnson’s Downing Street office about Johnson’s grip on the job, Raab said “I don’t agree.”
    “In relation to Peppa Pig, it is a fantastic British export around the world, and I think that was the point the Prime Minister was making,” Raab said.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

11/24/2021 A New Republic Is Born: Barbados Celebrates Ditching Britain’s Queen by Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: A statue of Royal Navy Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson stands with its plinth vandalised a day after
the government of the Caribbean island of Barbados said it wished to remove Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head
of state and become a republic, in Bridgetown, Barbados September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Nigel R. Browne
    LONDON (Reuters) – Barbados, a former British colony, will next week ditch Queen Elizabeth as head of state, breaking its last remaining imperial bonds with Britain nearly 400 years since the first English ship arrived at the Caribbean island.
    Barbados casts the removal of Elizabeth II, who is queen of Barbados and 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, as a sign of confidence and a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history.
    “This is the end of the story of colonial exploitation of the mind and body,” said Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, a Barbadian historian.    He said this was a historic moment for Barbados, the Caribbean and all post-colonial societies.
    “The people of this island have struggled, not only for freedom and justice, but to remove themselves from the tyranny of imperial and colonial authority,” said Beckles, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies.
    The birth of the republic, 55 years to the day since Barbados declared independence, finally unclasps almost all the colonial bonds that have kept the tiny island in the Lesser Antilles tied to England since an English ship claimed it for King James I in 1625.
    It may also be a harbinger of a broader attempt by other former colonies to cut ties to the British monarchy as it braces for the end of Elizabeth’s nearly 70-year-old reign and the future accession of Charles, who will attend the republican celebrations in Bridgetown.
    Barbados’s move is the first time a realm has removed the queen as head of state in nearly 30 years: Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, proclaimed itself a republic but remained in the Commonwealth, an association of mostly former British colonies which is home to 2.5 billion people.
    Buckingham Palace says the issue is a matter for the people of Barbados.
    Originally populated by waves of Saladoid-Barrancoid and Kalinago migrants, Spanish slaver raids forced Amerindians to flee. Barbados was unpopulated when the English first arrived.
    The English initially used white British indentured servants to toil on the plantations of tobacco, cotton, indigo and sugar, but Barbados in just a few decades would become England’s first truly profitable slave society.
    Barbados received 600,000 enslaved Africans between 1627 and 1833, who were put to work in the sugar plantations, earning fortunes for the English owners.
    “Barbados under English colonial rules became the laboratory for plantation societies in the Caribbean,” said Richard Drayton, a professor of imperial and global history at Kings College, London who lived in Barbados as a child.
    “It becomes the laboratory for slave society, which is then exported to Jamaica and the Carolinas and Georgia after that.”
    More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries.    Those who survived the often brutal voyage, ended up toiling on plantations.
    While full freedom was finally granted in 1838, the plantation owners preserved considerable economic and political power might into the 20th Century.    The island gained full independence in 1966.
    Prince Charles, the 73-year-old heir to the British throne, will travel to Barbados for the ceremonies marking the removal of his 95-year-old mother as head of state.
    Barbados will remain a republic within the Commonwealth, a grouping of 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific that has always been a priority for Elizabeth, who heads it.
    Though its name will remain simply Barbados, its removal of the queen may well sow the seeds of republicanism further across the Caribbean, according to Drayton.
    “This will have consequences particularly within the English-speaking Caribbean,” said Drayton, who pointed to talk of a republic in both Jamaica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
    “The queen has had an enormous personal relationship to many of these countries and has shown her own commitment to the Commonwealth vision which she inherited from that imperial moment of the 1940s and 1950s, so I do think that in the wake of the queen’s passing that some of these questions would become more urgent in places like Canada and Australia.”
    The queen has made many visits to Barbados and, according to Buckingham Palace, has had “a unique relationship with this, the most easterly of the Caribbean islands
    The republic of Barbados will be declared at a ceremony which begins late in the evening on Monday, Nov. 29 at the National Heroes Square in Bridgetown.
    “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Prime Minister Mia Mottley said in a 2020 speech prepared for Governor General Sandra Mason, who will replace Elizabeth as Barbados’ head of state after being elected president.
    “This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alex Richardson)

11/24/2021 Key Aide To Honduran Leftist Candidate Says China Policy Still Open
FILE PHOTO: Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate for the opposition Libre Party, speaks during the closing
rally of her electoral campaign in San Pedro Sula, Honduras November 20, 2021. REUTERS/Yoseph Amaya/File Photo
    TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro has not made a final decision on whether to recognize China over Taiwan, a close aide said Tuesday, ahead of Sunday elections in which the question has emerged as a major issue.
    Castro, of the leftist Libre party, faces the ruling National Party’s Nasry Asfura, in the Nov. 28 presidential vote, with a poll last month showing the opposition contender with a commanding double-digit lead
    “There isn’t a definitive decision,” Hugo Noe, a Castro adviser who leads her platform-writing team, told Reuters.
    Two-term Tegucigalpa mayor Asfura has not taken a position on the diplomatic tug-of-war. Honduras is one of just 15 countries that maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which China claims has no right to state-to-state relations.
    Castro, the wife of former President Manuel Zelaya, had previously said if victorious she would switch the Central American country’s diplomatic relations to Beijing, over Taipei.
    Noe, a former finance minister and central bank head, stressed Castro’s final decision would depend on “the advantages and disadvantages that other sectors might propose,” noting further consultations will be carried out.
    Earlier this month, outgoing President Juan Orlando Hernandez visited the Taiwanese capital, expressing his desire that Honduras would continue its friendship with the island that China considers a breakaway province.
    China’s efforts to win over Taiwan’s remaining allies have worried the United States, which has been especially concerned about Beijing’s growing influence in Central America and the Caribbean.
    “That would be one of the elements to be evaluated,” said Noe, referring to U.S. sensitivities.
    “We would have to take those elements into account because other things, like Honduran (migrants) in the United States, our trade ties, would also be at stake,” he added.
(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by David Alire Garcia and Lincoln Feast.)

11/24/2021 In Surprise Move, Mexican President Pulls Pick To Head Central Bank
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's then-Finance Minister Arturo Herrera gestures as he speaks during an interview with
Reuters, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 30, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf Maldonado
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The former finance minister tapped to be the next head of Mexico’s central bank said on Tuesday that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had changed his mind about choosing him, casting doubt over the future leadership of the Bank of Mexico.
    After a senior lawmaker said Arturo Herrera’s name had been withdrawn, the former minister issued a statement saying he could “confirm” that Lopez Obrador told him last week he had “decided to reconsider” his nomination to head the bank.
    While still serving as finance minister, Herrera was picked in June to succeed Bank of Mexico Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon, whose term concludes at the end of 2021.
    Neither Lopez Obrador’s office nor the Finance Ministry immediately responded to requests for comment.
    Ricardo Monreal, the Senate leader of Lopez Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), said the president’s decision to pull the nomination was made in August, and that Herrera might still be a candidate for the bank’s top job.
    But after the unusual withdrawal announcement, one Mexican official said that prospect now appeared unlikely.
    Neither Monreal nor Herrera explained why the former finance minister’s name had been withdrawn.
    Monreal said there was still time this year for the Senate to ratify whoever is proposed to take the top job.
    The head of Mexico’s traditionally autonomous central bank holds sway over borrowing costs in Latin America’s second-biggest economy as well as managing inflation, which has been rising steadily this year beyond the bank’s 3% target.
    The unexpected turn of events over the central bank succession could rattle investors wary of politicization of the monetary authority, whose governor has straddled the terms of presidents from rival administrations in the past.
    In July, Rogelio Ramirez de la O took over as finance minister following Herrera’s nomination, in what had been seen as an orderly transition of the top economic policymakers.
    Mexico’s peso weakened on Tuesday to its lowest level against the dollar since March, as market bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will hike interest rates next year continue to grow.
(Reporting by Diego Ore and Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by David Alire Garcia and Peter Cooney)

11/24/2021 United Nations Calls For Efforts To Ensure Economic Future For Colombia Ex-Rebels
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press as he arrives in Colombia to commemorate
the fifth anniversary of the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Bogota, Colombia November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday he celebrates the advances made to implement Colombia’s 2016 peace deal with the demobilized FARC rebels, but added efforts must be redoubled to sustain economic opportunities for ex-combatants.
    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace deal with the government in 2016, resulting in the demobilization of some 13,000 members, including 7,000 combatants.
    The agreement ended the FARC’s role in the Andean country’s long-running internal conflict, which has left millions displaced and more than 260,000 dead.
    While the Colombian government’s measures to further the peace deal have seen progress, more state help is needed to ensure the survival of projects for ex-combatants, Guterres said during a trip to the country.
    “We must redouble efforts to guarantee the sustainability of these projects, with financial and technical support, and land and housing,” Guterres said while visiting a re-integration camp located in Colombia’s Antioquia province, with President Ivan Duque
    Duque welcomed Guterres’ visit as historic, which “will allow us to see the implementation of Peace with Legality and other programs.”
    The accord has been beset with challenges, with several former commanders – who argued the deal was not being fulfilled – returning to arms, while close to 300 ex-FARC have been killed since the deal was signed, according to local advocacy group Indepaz.
    United States President Joe Biden’s administration plans to remove the FARC from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier on Tuesday.
    Dropping the designation for the group would serve as a show of support for the peace deal.
    The U.N Secretary General also expressed his concern over the violence affecting indigenous communities across the country.
    “I express the solidarity of the United Nations with the indigenous peoples of … Colombia in the face of the violence that continues to affect their lives, their customs and their ancestral territories,” he said.
(Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

11/24/2021 Press Secy. Psaki: Biden Disagrees With Rep. Tlaib On Prison Reform by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing
Room at the White House, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Joe Biden disagrees with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) regarding her efforts to divest taxpayer money from policing.    The legislation, known as Tlaib’s BREATHE Act, would allegedly empty out all federal prisons within the next 10-years.
    Psaki responded to a question on Biden’s remarks that he was reportedly proud of the Michigan congresswoman’s initiative.    However, she said this did not align with Biden’s policies.
    “Let me be absolutely clear, the President does not support abolishing prisons,” stated the press secretary.    “He does not support defunding the police.    He thinks measures like that will make us less safe and he would not support legislations that includes it.    What he does support is effective and accountable community policing and a fairer justice system.”
    In a recent interview with Axios, Tlaib claimed the bill does not release all federal prisoners despite the measure being explicitly stated in the legislation’s text.
    “Dems are actively working to keep violent criminals like this ON our streets,” stated Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) regarding the recent Waukesha Christmas parade attacker who was out on cheap bail ahead of the deadly incident.    “The recent Their BREATHE Act gives money to states if they end the bail system, eliminates pre-trial detention for felonies and abolishes prisons.    This is madness.”
    The legislation has been widely rejected by Republicans, while more than 100 civil rights groups like the NAACP and Amnesty International have endorsed such measures.

11/25/2021 Suspect In Wis. Christmas Parade Attack Held On $5M Bail by OAN Newsroom
Darrell Brooks, center, makes his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis.
Prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Brooks with intentional homicide in the deaths of at least five people who
were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
    A young boy has become the sixth person killed in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack. According to the deceased boys family, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks passed away Monday after being in the ICU since Sunday night.
    Meanwhile, the suspect made his first court appearance. Darrell Brooks Junior, 39, was formally charged on Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.    The judge also ordered brooks be held on $5 million bond while citing his lengthy criminal record and history of bail jumping.
    Prosecutors say Brooks intentionally sought to hit as many people as possible Sunday when he plowed his SUV through crowds at the parade.    A sixth homicide count is expected against brooks junior with the passing of young Jackson Sparks.
    The mayor of Waukesha spoke on the aftermath of the tragic Christmas parade, saying the path to healing from the tragic incident will be a tough and long one. During a virtual conference Tuesday, Mayor Shawn Reilly stated its unfortunate the parade the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors has now been tarnished.
    “This is a parade…this is part of the fabric of the city of Waukesha and it is it is horrendous to to know that something like that one of our beloved traditions was turned into this,” he stated.
    With the first confirmed death of a child, Reilly has no doubt Brooks Junior will be given the maximum sentence for his actions.
    “I believe that he’ll be in prison for the rest of his life,” said the mayor.    “Based upon what I know about this, I can’t imagine anything other than that happening.”
    However, Reilly reiterated and stressed how difficult the healing process is going to be, especially for those who lost loved ones in the tragic incident.
    “This is something that all our every single police department will think of now and in the future,” he continued.    “We know it isn’t going to be easy, it’s going to be time consuming.    I mean, if you lost your mother, I’m going to tell you right now that next year on that same date, it’s going to be a tough day.”
    Despite the tragedy, Reilly went on to express his gratitude for the words of encouragement coming from all over the world.

11/24/2021 Kyle Rittenhouse Meets With 45th President Donald Trump At Mar-A-Lago by OAN Newsroom
    Kyle Rittenhouse met with 45th President Donald Trump following his acquittal of all charges in his homicide trial.    During an interview Tuesday, Trump said Rittenhouse and his mother recently visited him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
    The 45th president said the teen is a “really good guy” and added he should have never had to be put through trial.    Trump went on to describe the trial as “prosecutorial misconduct” and said it’s happening all over the U.S. with the Democrats.
    Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges after fatally shooting two people and injuring another while defending himself during last year’s protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    Days after the verdict, Rittenhouse criticized Joe Biden for defaming his character.    In an interview with Tucker Carlson Monday when asked what Rittenhouse thought of Biden linking him to white supremacists during his 2020 presidential campaign, he said it was “actual malice.”
    “If I could say one thing to you Mr. President, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial, and understand the facts before you make a statement,” stated the 18-year-old.
    Meanwhile, experts have suggested Rittenhouse should sue those who smeared him following his not guilty verdict.    When Carlson asked whether he had plans to hold those accountable for bad mouthing him ahead of the justice process, he inclined that he has “really good lawyers that are taking care of that right now."    Rittenhouse went on to say the lies other media figures can get away with are “sickening and a disgrace to this country.”

11/24/2021 Top Investor Says Prepare For $100+ Oil Price, $5+ Gas This Winter by OAN Newsroom
A motorist fills up at a Shell station on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in San Francisco, where regular unleaded
gasoline was selling for $5.85 per gallon. President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, ordered 50 million barrels
of oil released from America’s strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs, in coordination with other major
energy consuming nations, including India, the United Kingdom and China. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    A prominent investment manager said global oil prices will likely exceed $100 per barrel due to Joe Biden’s policies.    Chief investment officer at Hayman Capital, Kyle Bass said Tuesday that Biden’s release of 50 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is “a quick shot of morphine for a major infection.”
    He pointed out the energy industry has been “under-invested” for the past seven-years and excessive regulations further restrain the supply of oil.    Bass also said the world consumes some 100 million barrels per day and     Biden’s release of 50 million does nothing at all.
    “You see Biden at OPEC, begging them for more production,” explained the investment officer.    “At the same time, he’s saying no more interstate pipelines, no more drilling federal lands.    I get what he’s saying…but you can’t turn something off in an absolutist fashion overnight and flip a switch and think you can change energy sources because you believe it’s a good idea.”
    Bass said average U.S. gas prices could double this winter, up to $6 a gallon, while oil prices could exceed $150 per barrel.

11/24/2021 NRCC Adds More Democrats To Target List by OAN Newsroom
File – State. Rep. Tom Emmer talks with reporters in Minneapolis. (DAWN VILLELLA/AP PHOTO)
    The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) is ramping up pressure on Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms.
    Chairman, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said on Tuesday that Democrats in the House are facing the choice of either retiring or losing their seats.    Emmer also said the 17 Democrats who have announced they are not running for reelection have made a “smart choice.”
    This comes as the organization recently put 13 more Democrats on their target list and is running paid ads against several lawmakers.    Republicans need to flip five seats in the midterms to take control of the House.

11/24/2021 Thirty-One Migrants Perish Trying To Cross Channel To Britain by Geert De Clercq and Ingrid Melander
A life jacket is left after a group of migrants got on an inflatable dinghy, to leave the coast of northern
France and to cross the English Channel, near Wimereux, France, November 24, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) - Thirty-one people, including five women and a little girl, died on Wednesday after their rubber boat capsized while crossing the English Channel from France to Britain, in the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the waters separating the countries.
    The Channel is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and currents are strong.    Overloaded dinghies often barely stay afloat and are at the mercy of waves as they try to reach British shores.
    French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 34 people had been onboard, of whom 31 died, two were rescued and one was still missing.
    “There are two survivors … but their life is in danger, they are suffering from severe hypothermia,” he said.
    The nationalities and identities of the migrants were not known, Darmanin said, adding that four human traffickers suspected of involvement in the accident had been arrested.
    French President Emmanuel Macron said that European Union border agency Frontex should get more financial means to protect the EU’s external borders and prevent the arrival of more migrants on France’s northern shores.
    He also called for an emergency meeting of European ministers to discuss the problem.
    “France will not let the Channel become a graveyard,” Macron said.
    More migrants than usual had left France’s Channel coastline to take advantage of calm sea conditions on Wednesday, according to fishermen, although the water was bitterly cold.
    One fisherman, Nicolas Margolle, told Reuters he had seen two small dinghies earlier on Wednesday, one with people on board and another empty.
    He said another fisherman had called rescue services after seeing an empty dinghy and 15 people floating motionless nearby, either unconscious or dead.
    Darmanin said the migrants’ dinghy had deflated, and when rescuers had arrived it was “deflated like an inflatable garden pool.”
    While French police have prevented more crossings than in previous years, they have only partially stemmed the flow of migrants wanting to reach Britain – one of many sources of tensions between Paris and London.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked and appalled” by the deaths.
    “My thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families … but this disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the Channel in this way,” he said after chairing an emergency Cabinet meeting.
    Though both governments blamed smugglers, a number of French politicians, including Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart blamed Britain for the problem, saying it should change its immigration policies.
    Some rights groups said tighter surveillance was pushing migrants to take greater risks as they sought a better life in the West.
    “To accuse only the smugglers is to hide the responsibility of the French and British authorities,” said l’Auberge des Migrants, an advocacy group that supports refugees and displaced people.
    Before Wednesday’s disaster, 14 people had drowned this year trying to make it to Britain, a local maritime prefecture official said.    In 2020, a total of seven people died and two disappeared, while in 2019 four died.
    Early on Wednesday, Reuters reporters in France saw a group of over 40 migrants head towards Britain on a dinghy.    Members of the same group were later seen by Reuters reporters arriving on the British coast.
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Tassilo Hummel, Ingrid Melander, Pascal Rossignol, Andrew MasAskill, Paul Sandle; Writing by Ingrid Melander; editing by Richard Lough, Mike Collett-White and Leslie Adler)

11/24/2021 Auf Wiedersehen Angela As Three-Way Coalition Signs Governing Pact by Andreas Rinke and Sarah Marsh
FILE PHOTO: Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives at SPD's headquarters
for talks about a new government coalition, in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Social Democrat Olaf Scholz announced a deal to form a new governing coalition in Germany on Wednesday that aims to modernise Europe’s largest economy, accelerate the green transition and bring the curtain down on the Angela Merkel era.
    The alliance, the first at federal level between the ideologically disparate Greens, the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) and Scholz’s centre-left SPD, ends 16 years of Merkel-led conservative governments.
    The three parties enjoy a majority in the lower house of parliament and hope the government will be sworn in early next month after they ratify the 177-page coalition pact.
    Named after the parties’ respective colours, the traffic light will usher in a new era of relations with Europe, and plans to speed up digitalisation of the continent’s biggest economy while maintaining fiscal discipline.
    At a news conference in Berlin, flanked by the FDP and Greens leaders, Scholz recalled that when the first traffic light was erected at the city’s Potsdamer Platz in 1924, many questioned whether it could work.
    “Today, the traffic light is indispensable when it comes to regulating things clearly and providing the right orientation and ensuring that everyone moves forward safely and smoothly,” he said.
    “My ambition as chancellor is that this traffic light alliance will play a similarly groundbreaking role for Germany.”
    Merkel leaves big shoes to fill.    She has navigated Germany and Europe through multiple crises and been a champion of liberal democracy in the face of rising authoritarianism worldwide.
    Her critics say she has managed rather than solved problems and leaves her successor tough decisions on many fronts.
    The incoming government faces immediate challenges, with Europe grappling with the fallout from Brexit, a crisis on the European Union’s border with Belarus and surging COVID-19 cases.
    Scholz, 63, an experienced politician who was finance minister in the outgoing “grand coalition” of the SPD and conservatives, said that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic would be his top priority.
    But his coalition also has ambitious medium- and long-term plans, including a faster expansion of renewables, an accelerated exit from polluting coal and a hike in the minimum wage, according to its pact.
    Underscoring its socially liberal bent, the coalition also agreed to allow multiple citizenship, increase regular immigration, reduce the voting age to 16 and make Germany the first European country to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use.
    Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock, 40, is expected to become Germany’s first female foreign minister and Scholz has said he wants a gender-equal government.
    While Germany’s electoral campaign was largely focused on domestic issues, the parties signalled in the coalition pact an openness to reform the bloc’s fiscal rules, also known as the Stability and Growth Pact.
    They also agreed Germany would remain part of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement, a move that will prevent a rift in th