November 29th, 2020

World News

SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Oh, what a good voice to hear,” space station astronaut Kate ... Read More »

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Hurricane Iota’s front edge pushing onto Nicaragua coast

By The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The front edge of powerful Hurricane Iota began battering Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast Monday night, threatening catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by equally strong Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. Iota had intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm early in the day, but the ... Read More »

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Huawei selling Honor phone brand in face of US sanctions

By Joe McDonald, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

BEIJING – Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its budget-price Honor smartphone brand in an effort to rescue the struggling business from damaging U.S. sanctions imposed on its parent company. The move announced Tuesday is aimed at reviving Honor by separating it from Huawei’s network equipment and other businesses, which Washington says are a security ... Read More »

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Iowa governor orders limited mask mandate, new restrictions

By Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa – With Iowa hospitals filling up, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds dropped her longtime opposition to a statewide mask mandate and enacted a limited version of one on Monday. Reynolds signed a proclamation requiring that everyone 2 or older must wear masks when in indoor public spaces. The mask mandate applies only when ... Read More »

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Hurricane Iota to slam Nicaragua as catastrophic Cat 5

By The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that was likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 ... Read More »

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AP sources: Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq by the final days of his presidency, U.S. officials said Monday. The plan would run counter to military commanders’ advice over the past year, while still falling short of Trump’s much-touted goal to end ... Read More »

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Squirrelly situation: Critter causes South Carolina outages

By Sophia Tulp, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

A section of South Carolina’s capital city was without power Monday after a squirrel scurrying across equipment caused damage that led to a blackout. Dominion Energy said the critter caused the outages in downtown Columbia. “The squirrel came into contact with the protective device around the transformer,” company spokesman Matt Long said Monday. “Usually, let’s ... Read More »

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Peru’s Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader

By Franklin BriceñO And Christine Armario, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

LIMA, Peru – Peru’s Congress chose a new leader Monday expected to become the nation’s third president in the span of a week, a hopeful sign that the political crisis is on the verge of resolution. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of Francisco Sagasti, an engineer from the centrist Purple Party, as the legislature’s new ... Read More »

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Trump to order troop reductions in Afghanistan, Iraq

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday. The order would stop short of outgoing President Donald Trump’s goal to have all troops withdrawn by the end of the year, which had faced opposition from military ... Read More »

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Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

By Maria Cheng And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

GENEVA – The World Health Organization has recorded 65 cases of the coronavirus among staff based at its headquarters, including five people who worked on the premises and were in contact with one another, an internal email obtained by The Associated Press shows. The U.N. health agency said it is investigating how and where the ... Read More »

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France’s Macron hosts Trump envoy after congratulating Biden

By Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press on November 16th, 2020

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron held a closed-door, low-key meeting Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, a delicate tip-toe around the ticklish fact that France has already recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the U.S. election winner. The zero fanfare welcome for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Trump loyalist, at the ... Read More »

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