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    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a U.S. House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee hearing on coronavirus crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2021.Graeme Jennings | Pool | Reuters The U.S. Federal Reserve should tighten monetary policy at a faster pace in light of rising inflation risks, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday. The Fed decided in early November to start tapering — which refers to a reduction in the amount of bonds it purchases — "later this month" at a pace of $15 billion every month. However, with the identification of a new Covid variant and inflation running above target, the IMF argued this pace should be accelerated. "We see grounds for monetary policy in the United States — with gross domestic product close to pre-pandemic trends, tight labor markets, and now broad-based inflationary pressures — to place greater weight on inflation risks as compared to some other advanced economies including the euro area," the IMF said in a blog post.VIDEO8:0308:03The Fed won't raise rates till 2024 at the earliest, says fmr. MS strategist Adam...
    Some people at the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport are making the rounds online for all the wrong reasons. In a video tweeted Tuesday by @signalsofvirtue, a group of people were trading punches during a massive brawl that started for unknown reasons. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Watch the insane brawl video below. It will have your head spinning in circles. Unexplained brawl at MSP Airport in Minnesota pic.twitter.com/SdgwQNTSVP — Signals of Virtue (@signalsofvirtue) November 30, 2021 You know nature is healing when people are brawling in airports. That’s just a fact. I was actually at MSP last summer and it was completely empty. I couldn’t even find a place to eat or drink a beer. Clearly, times have changed because we now have people throw haymakers at each other. Woman Gets Destroyed During Brutal Brawl. The Video Is Out Of Control https://t.co/Z4GY4xT1Tk — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 29, 2021 I don’t understand why people seem so hellbent on fighting each other these days, but it’s a trend that is only increasing....
    Jack Dorsey announced today plans to step down as head of Twitter. That prompted Candace Owens to say the following: “I’ve been telling people for years. Jack Dorsey is not your enemy. He is a prisoner at his own company. Good thing the Parler app is finally working properly and looks amazing. The communists will fully run Twitter soon.” If you don’t already know Candace Owens, all you need to know is that she’s a koshering virtuoso. Like some Jewish people who make anti-Semitism seem respectable, Owens, who is Black, makes white supremacy seem fine and dandy. She appears to think Jack Dorsey had been some kind of bulwark against liberal sensibilities. Now that he’s leaving, she said, “the communists will fully run Twitter soon.” I don’t care what Owens thinks about anything. Neither should you. Every word she says -- including “a” and “the” -- is a variety of bad faith. Even hyping Parler is deceptive. Authoritarians can’t succeed on the margins of media and society, where Parler is. To sabotage their enemies, they must appear as respectable as...
    Australia will stay closed for another two weeks as plans to allow in thousands of skilled workers, students, and refugees are pushed back due to the Omicron Covid variant.  The federal government's national security committee decided on Monday to postpone loosening border restrictions from Wednesday until December 15.  Travel bubbles with Japan and Korea that were also due to kick off this week were also delayed until that date.  'The temporary pause will ensure Australia can gather the information we need to better understand the Omicron variant,' Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on Monday.  '[This includes] the efficacy of the vaccine, the range of illness, including if it may generate more mild symptoms, and the level of transmission.'  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced Australia's international borders will remain closed for another two weeks as health authorities work to 'better understand' the Omicron Covid variant Australia's borders are already closed to most overseas travellers, but were due to reopen on Wednesday. Pictured: A family is reunited as an international traveller walks through at Melbourne Airport International arrivals hall...
    Tesla’s Model S Plaid is the first production car to complete a quarter mile in under nine seconds. The vehicle, driven by American race car driver Christine Dodworth, reached 125.10 miles per hour during the trip, finishing the run at the Maryland International Raceway in 8.944 seconds. The Model S was a stock, meaning it came directly from the factory without any modifications, and only had the passenger seat removed to reduce weight. The record also places the Tesla as the second-fastest all-electric vehicle in the world, following the $2 million 2021 Rimac Nevera, which used four electric motors to run an 8.6- and 8.7-quarter mile earlier this year. Scroll down for videos  Tesla’s Model S Plaid is the first production car to complete a quarter mile in under nine seconds The news was shared with the release of a video, showing Dodworth behind the wheel of a black Model S Plaid. The vehicle ignites its engines and takes off down a straight track, as first reported on by Electreck. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Officials say 203,000 people came through Denver International Airport on Wednesday as travelers continued to return to air travel, even with hospitalizations reaching highs in the state. Sunday after Thanksgiving is expected to be the biggest day since before the pandemic, with 206,000 travelers expected to pass through the airport. (credit: CBS) “We just flew in from Chicago.  It really wasn’t that bad,” said Adam Brenner who was bringing his family to see his brother and parents for Thanksgiving. “The airport’s not crowded, the flight wasn’t full. Out here the flights are pretty on time.” All through the airport there were holiday hugs. Air Force Staff Sergeant Josh Kim brought his fiancé to meet his parents for the first time. (credit: CBS) “COVID’s been just tough times so it’s been pushing our schedule back,” he explained. “I was kind of nervous at first but it’s most definitely heartwarming.” With center walls removed, navigation has generally improved. New ticketing areas showed gleaming floors and additional self-service ticketing machines. Passenger pickup was going slowly at times. A line of...
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, San Francisco International Airport consistently ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the nation. Mineta San Jose International Airport had just smashed its record for the highest number of passengers in a single year. And, Oakland International Airport was aiming to resurrect a growth streak it had enjoyed for half a decade before a slight dip in 2019. But the pandemic knocked them all off their stride. And today, more than 18 months after the coronavirus became a dreaded word, Bay Area airports are lagging well behind other major U.S. airports struggling to return to their heydays. As of September 2021, both SFO and Mineta San Jose were serving about 54% as many passengers as in September 2019 and Oakland 68%. Meanwhile, other major airports across the country, including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas and Seattle-Tacoma, are rebounding at a much faster rate, serving at least 77% as many passengers as they did in September 2019. And in Denver and Charlotte, air travel has surged almost all the way back to 2019 levels. So what gives at...
    The impact of agriculture on climate change is significant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agriculture sector is responsible for 10 percent of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, after transportation (29 percent), electricity production (25 percent), industry (23 percent), and commercial and residential usage (13 percent). However, according to Peter Lehner, managing attorney for EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, the EPA estimate is "almost certainly significantly quite low." Lehner argues that most analyses exclude five unique sources of emissions from the farming sector: soil carbon (carbon released during the disturbance of soil), lost sequestration (carbon that would still be sequestered in the ground had that land not been converted into farmland), input footprints (carbon footprint for products used in agriculture, like the manufacturing of fertilizer), difficult measurements (it is harder to measure the carbon emissions of biological systems like agriculture than it is to measure the emissions of other industries that are not biological, like transportation), and potent gases (like methane and nitrous oxide). Regarding that last source: Focusing on carbon dioxide as the main greenhouse...
    A global clamour is growing, which even the closed ears of Beijing’s totalitarian elite have found impossible to shut out. ‘Where is Peng Shuai,' the world wants to know. And ‘Is Peng Shuai safe?’ For those still unaware, Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her. The fallout from her whistleblowing has been instructive. And chilling. Much has been said and written by Chinese apologists, partners and investors about the nation’s technological and infrastructure advancements. What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation and the exigencies of the #MeToo era. Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation...
    Petite, beautiful and spectacularly costumed, Joan Rhodes commanded attention without even lifting a finger.  But it was when she began performing that audiences couldn't look away. For glamorous 5ft 7in Joan was also a strongwoman. Indeed, she was one of the biggest variety stars of the 1950s and 1960s.  Billed as 'The Mighty Mannequin', her act was built around her strength. She could bend a steel bar or a 9in nail and lift any one of the men in her audience without so much as chipping her brightly varnished fingernails.  She was best known for tearing 1,000-page telephone directories in half or even quarters 'if the applause warranted it'. Joan's strongwoman act took her all over the world, including a performance for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, and she appeared on bills with Bob Hope, Fred Astaire and Marlene Dietrich. It also won her a strange array of admirers, from Elvis Presley to a fanatical fascist.   Now her remarkable story is told in An Iron Girl In A Velvet Glove, by friend and biographer Triona Holden,...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Democracy is deteriorating across the world, with countries notably taking undemocratic and unnecessary actions to contain the coronavirus pandemic, an intergovernmental body said in its new report Monday. “Many democratic governments are backsliding,” the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, or International IDEA, said. The 34-nation organization added that as of August 2021, 64% of countries have taken an action to curb the pandemic that it considers “disproportionate, unnecessary or illegal.” The Swedish-based body added that the situation is also getting worse in countries that are not democratic. Autocratic regimes have become “even more brazen in their repression,” free speech has been restricted and the rule of law has been weakened, it said. In its flagship report on the state of democracy, International IDEA said the number of backsliding democracies has doubled in the past decade, and mentioned in particular the United States, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. “This is the time for democracies to be bold, to innovate and revitalize themselves,” International IDEA Secretary-General Kevin Casas-Zamora said in a statement. The report said that...
    NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Blue Flight Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Starting in April 2022, Jessica Watkins will make history in her new home on the International Space Station (ISS). Watkins will be the first Black woman to live and work on ISS.  When Watkins joins the SpaceX Crew-4, the fourth rotation of astronauts on the Crew Dragon spacecraft, it will be her first mission into space since starting her stint with NASA in 2017. She has worked in the agency’s research centers and on the Mars rover, Curiosity.  Watkins will fly to the space station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, alongside NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Robert Hines and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. The mission is expected to last six months.  The Maryland-born Watkins tells NPR that since childhood she’s looked to astronauts such as Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. She hopes to inspire more children of color to...
    TENNIS star Peng Shuai appears to be safe and well after speaking with Olympic officials in a video call. The Chinese doubles specialist was feared to have vanished after making allegations of sexual assault against senior minister Zhang Gaoli. 3Peng Shuai made allegations of sexual assault against politician Zhang GaoliCredit: AP But now the International Olympic Committee says its president Thomas Bach has spoken to the 35-year-old in a half-hour video conference. IOC Athletes’ Commission chief Emma Terho also sat in on the call. She said: “I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. “She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated.” The IOC released a statement in which they said Peng claimed to be at home in Beijing but asked for her privacy to be respected. Bach reportedly invited her to meet him for dinner when he visits China in January, which she agreed to. Peng had disappeared from public for almost three weeks...
    HEAD inside the International Space Station where astronauts are to work out for at least two hours a day to prevent bone loss and drink their own recycled urine. To get to outer space, astronauts have to have a number of qualifications and physical requirements - but it turns out it doesn't just stop while on earth. 6Astronauts must work out on the ISS to avoid muscle lossCredit: Handout 6They also drink recycled urine on the ISSCredit: Getty According to the NASA website, astronauts have to keep healthy aboard the "station to prevent bone and muscle loss." Astronauts aboard the ISS work out for on average of about two hours a day to mitigate the muscle loss, but the equipment is different aboard the ISS. Although lifting a 200-pound weight is pretty difficult due to gravitational pull, lifting the same amount is much easier. It also proves difficult for astronauts to work out accordingly because of microgravity, meaning special equipment must be made for astronauts to better mitigate their muscle loss. WHAT TO DRINK ON THE ISS? There's only so...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver International Airport has made changes to address long security lines. The airport worked with the Transportation Security Administration to make screening more efficient by moving different types of travelers through different parts of the terminal. The airport has three security screening areas. One is at the south end of Jeppesen Terminal (the side that faces the Westin Hotel). One is located at the north end (the side that faces the concourses). And one is located on the bridge connecting the terminal to the A concourse. In the map below, the yellow areas are places in the terminal where construction is taking place as part of the ongoing Great Hall Project. (Click on the map for the larger view.) (credit: CBS) If you are flying out of Denver International Airport between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., the South checkpoint is the only one of those three that is open. The South Security screening area will focus primarily on processing standard travelers without any qualifications for those special programs. There is a Clear lane at the checkpoint but...
    Emirates Airlines airplanes at Dubai International Airport on February 1, 2021.Karim Sahib | AFP | Getty Images The air travel industry is "not quite out of the woods" — but the future could be brighter than the last 20 months, says Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports. "We have room for optimism that the future, hopefully, is much brighter than the last 20 months," he told CNBC's Dan Murphy on Sunday at the Dubai Air Show, the first major international air show since the Covid pandemic began. The city's airports have seen 20.7 million passengers this year, a "far cry" from pre-pandemic levels, which may only be achieved in 2025, he said. But there are signs of recovery as the world relaxes restrictions and major international traffic flows start up again, he said. Traffic numbers at Dubai International grew 40% in the last six weeks, he added. Dubai Airports owns and manages Dubai International and Dubai World Central Airports in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai International alone served 86.4 million customers in 2019.Passenger forecastsBy the end of this...
    Analysis of Google search data found that Canada is one of the most sought after countries in the world. According to a report released by Remitly, Canada was the most searched destination for people from 36 different countries, from Colombia to India, with the desire to study abroad. It says more than any other country. Data are collected and grouped together by analyzing the monthly search volume for common search terms such as “study in (location)” or “university in (location)” in 164 countries. Spain is the most searched country in 13 countries, followed by Britain in 10 countries. Similarly, the report found that France is the most searched place by Canadian students. The report also explores search interest for the top 2,000 universities in the rankings, according to the World University Ranking Center. The University of Toronto was ranked as the most searched university in Canada and ranked 7th in global search interest. Harvard University tops the list, followed by UCLA and Oxford University. Prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, international student enrollment in Canada had more...
    (CNN)I was 4 years old when my mom took me to meet my dad for the first time. I thought we were traveling to a park or a playground, but then we arrived outside Insein prison in Rangoon (present day Yangon), Burma, and I was even more impressed. It was a massive compound with an imposing red entrance and more guards than I could count. Wai Hnin Pwint Thon "Is daddy very wealthy?," I asked. My mom told me to keep quiet and stay close to her. Men in uniform drilled her with questions, while other guards rummaged through the gifts that we had brought for my dad. After waiting for hours in the scorching sun, we were finally allowed into a room where we met a man dressed in all white, and in handcuffs and shackles. I recognized him instantly -- this was my father whose photo had hung on a glass cabinet in my house for as far back as I could remember. His wild hair from the photo wasn't so wild anymore, but he still had...
    Earlier this week International Space Station SKS is forced to maneuver from potential collision with space debris. The astronauts and crew of astronauts aboard the ship had to urgently change orbit on November 11th. In the station’s 23-year orbital life, there are about 30 close encounters with avoidable orbital debris. Three of them took place in 2020. In May of this year, a success occurred: a small space debris created a 5mm hole in the hand of a Canadian International Space Station robot. This week’s incident involved the destruction of the Fengyun – 1C dead weather satellite, which was destroyed in China’s anti – satellite missile test in 2007. The satellite exploded into more than 3,500 pieces of debris, most of which are still in orbit. Many have now fallen into the orbit of the International Space Station. cnxps.cmd.push (function () cnxps ({playerId: ’36af7c51-0caf-4741-9824-2c941fc6c17b’}) .render (‘4c4d856e0e6f4e3d808bbc1); If (window.location.pathname.indexOf (“/ jpost-tech /”)! = – 1) {document.getElementsByClassName (“divConnatix”)[0].style.display = “Nav”; var script = document.createElement (‘Scripts’); script.src = “https://static.vidazoo.com/basev/vwpt.js”; script.setAttribute (‘data-widget-id’, ‘616dd69d1b04080004ac2cc0’); document.getElementsByClassName (“divVidazoo”)[0].appendChild (script); Otherwise (window.location.pathname.indexOf (“/ israel-news /”)! =...
    An Asian woman was waiting for a subway in Times Square Friday afternoon when police say a homeless man snatched her purse and shoved her onto the tracks. The violent attack took place just before 1:45pm on the uptown R subway platform. Witnesses immediately jumped into action and detained the suspect until police arrived to arrest him. An Asian woman was on the uptown R train platform in Times Square when a man snatched her purse and shoved her onto tracks at 1.45pm Friday. She is pictured being removed from the station by firefighters  The victim was rescued from the tracks by Good Samaritans. She is pictured with a bandage around her head and blood on her face  The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries. She appeared conscious and alert RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NYPD releases footage of face mask-wearing suspect dressed... Police bodycam footage showing Gregory and gun-toting Travis... Share this article Share Meanwhile, good Samaritans rescued the victim from the tracks....
    VIDEO2:2002:20Afghanistan is facing the 'worst humanitarian disaster' ever seen, UN saysSquawk Box Asia With millions facing starvation and nearly the entire population teetering on the brink of poverty, Afghanistan could experience the worst humanitarian crisis ever seen, a United Nations Development Programme official told CNBC this week. Some 23 million people are in desperate need of food, the $20 billion economy could shrink by $4 billion or more and 97% of the 38 million population are at risk of sinking into poverty, Abdallah Al Dardari, the resident representative for the UNDP in Afghanistan, said Wednesday. "Afghanistan is probably facing the worst humanitarian disaster we've ever seen," Al Dardari told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "We have never seen an economic shock of that magnitude and we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of that magnitude," he said. Funding for the humanitarian crisis and for essential services is crucial to maintain lives and livelihood in the West Asian country, he added. Multiple reports say that several areas in Afghanistan are also facing droughts even as winter approaches.What is the world doing?When the...
    New York (CNN Business)A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts approached the International Space Station, which orbits more than 200 miles above Earth, and made a gentle in-orbit meet-up, kicking off the astronauts' six-month stay at the space station. This mission, called Crew-3, is the fourth mission in a partnership between SpaceX and NASA to make routine trips to the ISS in order to keep the 21-year-old space station adequately staffed. That's something NASA has wanted to have more control over since its Space Shuttle program retired in 2011, leaving Russia as the only country with the ability to provide ISS transportation. The Crew-3 mission kicked off Wednesday night when the astronauts strapped into their Crew Dragon capsule as it sat atop one of SpaceX's 200-foot-tall Falcon 9 rockets on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket lifted off just after 9 pm ET, vaulting the capsule into orbit, before the spacecraft began to maneuver through orbit on its own and make its way toward the ISS. This mission comes as the SpaceX and NASA...
    FIFA is floating a plan to hold soccer’s World Cup, the planet’s biggest sporting event, event two years. Here’s why it’s a terrible plan.  Soccer fans can all agree that nothing beats the excitement, thrill and drama of the World Cup. Part of that comes because, like the Olympics, the tournament is held every four years. That goes for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. Everyone, it seems, can agree on how special the timing of the World Cup is but the very organization that puts the tournament together. FIFA, in an effort to milk more money from the cash-cow that is the World Cup, has put forth a proposal to hold the tournament every two years. The idea is part of a larger proposal to amend the international soccer calendar, reduce travel for players and cut down on meaningless friendlies. Those are great ideas, but fixing the international calendar should have nothing to do with diminishing the mystique of the World Cup. The Premier League on Thursday became the latest organization to douse cold water on FIFA’s biennial World...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launches four astronauts to the International Space Station, two days after bringing another crew home. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Alliance Defending Freedom has expanded its push for anti-LGBTQ and anti-woman policies internationally. The international wing of an anti-LGBTQ organization based in the United States is succeeding in its efforts to chip away at LGBTQ rights across the globe, according to a new report from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. The report, "From America with Hate: The Alliance Defending Freedom's Role in Advancing Anti-LGBTQ+ and Anti-woman Agendas in Eastern Europe," was released on Nov. 4 and covers efforts by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group, to build a transnational movement to oppose reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality since it began working overseas in 2012. The group, which was launched in the 1990s, provides legal advocacy and training and has taken on the defense in cases of employers accused of anti-trans discrimination against workers, as well as of business owners who refuse to provide services to LGBTQ people. The organization is part of a coalition of groups...
    An eight-year-old migrant boy was placed in custody after smugglers abandoned him and instructed him to approach U.S. border officers at bridge that connects Mexico and the United States. The Guatemalan child was escorted to the Mexican side of the Paso Del Norte international crossing on Monday afternoon before he walked over into El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in a statement. CBP officers assigned to the El Paso Port of Entry stopped him at the borderline marker at the top of the bridge. 'The boy told us he was dropped off at the base of the bridge in Mexico by unknown individuals and told to walk until he ran into someone in uniform,' El Paso Port acting director Ray Provencio said. 'Fortunately he was able to make it to our officers before anything more severe than his abandonment occurred.' CBP said the child provided the contact information of an adult in Virginia who is believed to be his mother.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso,...
    U.S. can make a difference in global poverty About 9.2%, or 689 million people, live in extreme poverty in the world, according to the World Bank. In a world becoming increasingly polarized, the underrepresented are increasingly being forgotten. COVID-19 drove an additional 97 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, according to World Bank estimates. There is still so much we don’t know concerning its impact on global poverty in 2021. It is imperative that we take action to fight global poverty and prevent it from increasing, while we still can. The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing global poverty and making it a priority of U.S. national foreign policy. Their mission focuses on four key components: Advocate, Mobilize, Educate, and Issue Message. I urge you to take 30 seconds to reach out to your local Congressional leaders to let them know you support funding for The International Affairs Budget, which is the part of the US budget dedicated to supporting American diplomacy and development initiatives. This budget makes up merely 1% of the U.S. foreign...
    NASA and Elon Musk's private rocket company, SpaceX, are set to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) tonight – but not before shifting the space station so it doesn't collide with space junk.  The SpaceX-built launch vehicle, consisting of a Crew Dragon capsule perched atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, is set for liftoff at 9:03pm EST (02:03 GMT Thursday) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Three NASA astronauts – Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron – and one European Space Agency astronaut – Germany's Matthias Maurer – will be aboard. The mission, dubbed Crew 3, is the third fully-fledged 'operational' crew NASA and SpaceX have flown to the ISS.  If it launches on time, Crew Dragon will dock with the ISS around 22 hours later, at 7:10pm EST on November 11 (12:10am BST November 12).   The team will then begin a six-month science mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, which floats 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth.   The ISS will be moved around six hours before blast-off, to avoid a piece of space...
    U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Thomas West on Monday hoped the Taliban would be “successful” in its battle against the Islamic State, and hinted the new rulers of Afghanistan needed to sever their ties with al-Qaeda if they desire international recognition. “The Taliban have voiced very clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with the international community, to see a resumption in aid, to see a return of the international diplomatic community to Kabul and to see sanctions relief. The United States can deliver none of these things on our own,” West told reporters by telephone from Brussels, where he delivered a briefing on Afghanistan to the NATO alliance. “Allies are going to continue to play a heavy role in Afghanistan: Germany, the United Kingdom, France,” he elaborated. “We will all engage forthrightly and in a clear-eyed manner with the Taliban and with shared interests and objectives.” West said the U.S. is “worried about the uptick in ISIS-K attacks, and we want the Taliban to be successful against them.” ISIS-K is the abbreviation widely used for the Islamic State’s...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. says that it’s inviting the global community to visit now that the government has ended the ban on travelers from 33 countries. In reality, however, it will still be difficult — if not impossible — for much of the globe to enter the country and experts say it will take years for travel to fully recover. For starters, half the world isn’t vaccinated and therefore doesn’t meet the U.S. requirement for visiting foreigners. So while many Europeans may now be able to come in, people from poorer countries where vaccines are scarce remain cut off, with limited exceptions. For some public health experts, that raises ethical questions about the policy. “The concern is not limiting access based on vaccination status,” said Nancy Kass, deputy director of public health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. “It is that it’s systemically making it impossible for people, generally from poor countries, whose governments have been unable to secure anything near the supply they need, to be able to come and see their loved...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending his embrace of the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon.” It’s used by Trump supporters as a euphemism for an obscenity followed by Joe Biden. READ MORE: 'Welcome Home To Planet Earth': 4 Space Station Astronauts Safely Return In SpaceX CapsuleLast week to cheers and laughter, DeSantis referred to the president’s team as the “Brandon administration.” “Let me ask you how he’s treated us,” he said. “Look, I think it’s a joke. But honestly one of the reasons that has taken on is because a lot of your folks in the national media, they get very sensitive to it.” READ MORE: Miami International Airport Joins U.S. Airports In Reopening To Vaccinated International TravelersHe added, “I think the reason it’s caught on because it needles the national media a little bit. Look, they’ve become very partisan. They were very much against Trump, they’re very much a head of Biden. So I think we view it as fun.” On Monday, in a rare sit down interview outside conservative media, he spoke with the CBS station in...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — The United States on Monday allowed for the first time in 20 months nonessential travelers from several countries across the world, including visitors in Canada who have been barred from driving across the border to Minnesota. It’s a move welcomed by friends and family of our state’s northern neighbors and a tourism industry eager to rebound. The U.S. is requiring proof of vaccination in order for international visitors to enter by land, and vaccination status plus a negative COVID-19 test if traveling by plane. For Suzanne Wilson, who now lives in Rochester, the re-opening of the northern border means a long-awaited reunion with her family, most of whom still live in Canada. “It’s the best news, it really is,” Wilson said at Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport Monday. “We’ve had to cancel family reunions twice.” Family missed her son’s wedding. She hasn’t seen her mother in 20 months. “I know everyone can relate to that,” she said. And she’s eager to see them again sooner rather than later and meet at her lake house half way...
    FANWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — While companies are struggling to hire temporary help for the holidays, some major retailers are offering huge benefits to attract seasonal workers. “It’s been a little rough since we reopened from COVID,” said Casey Koe of K9 Resorts, a luxury dog hotel, in Union County, New Jersey. READ MORE: Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, Others Sued By Concertgoers Over Crowd Surge At Astroworld Music FestivalThe holidays are the busiest time for the company. All available boarding and day care slots are reserved for the next few weeks, but the company is short by about 5-10 workers, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Monday. “Unfortunately, the applications have slowed quite a bit. We’ve been trying to push out extra funds into our hiring. But we’re hoping someone comes and joins the team,” Koe said. READ MORE: Families Reunited At JFK Airport For 1st Time In Nearly 2 Years, As Vaccinated International Travelers Allowed Back Into U.S.Employers are so desperate for help, many have rolled out big hiring incentives. Walgreens raised its minimum hourly wage to $15. Amazon is offering...
    A woman poses for a photograph before she checks into a flight at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on the entry of non-U.S. citizens to the United States imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, November 8, 2021.Henry Nicholls | Reuters The United States on Monday ended a pandemic travel ban that was in place for more than a year and a half, a relief for the tourism industry and for families that have been separated by the rules since the pandemic began. The ban, put in place by President Donald Trump in early 2020 and later expanded by President Joe Biden early this year, prohibited visitors from 33 countries, including the U.K., much of Europe, China, Brazil and South Africa. Now, visitors can fly into the U.S. with proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, though there are exemptions for travelers under age 18 and passengers from countries with low vaccination availability. (Read about the new rules here.)A traveller arrives at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, following the lifting of restrictions on...
    By Marnie Hunter | CNN The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travelers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months. Anna Zwing, 28, is flying from Germany to Chicago on Monday to see her boyfriend for the first time in more than two years. She checked in for her Lufthansa flight in person in Frankfurt on Sunday to make sure her ESTA application and all the new Covid documentation she has vigilantly gathered and double- and triple-checked was in order. All set, the check-in agent assured Zwing and told her to prepare for longer wait times at security on Monday. “My boyfriend and I are super excited and are counting down the hours til we’re finally reunited again! He keeps telling me that he can barely sleep out of excitement,” Zwing said Sunday via email. “For me it’s still so surreal that it’s actually about to happen! So I’ll believe it when I land in Chicago.” With new requirements going into effect for air, land and ferry...
    Military personal speak with travellers as they arrive at terminal 4 at JFK International airport in New York on December 22, 2020.Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty Images International arrival and departure halls have been among the sleepiest parts of U.S. airports since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. That's set to change Monday when the U.S. lifts pandemic travel restrictions that have barred many international visitors since early last year, measures that have driven down revenue at hotels, retailers, restaurants and airlines. First instated by the Trump administration and later expanded to include more countries by President Joe Biden earlier this year, the restrictions prohibited most visitors from the EU, U.K., South Africa, India, Brazil and China from flying into the U.S. The reopening of the border to many international visitors comes with a new set of rules, such as vaccination requirements. Airlines have reported a jump in bookings to the U.S. and expect an immediate surge in travelers, even before peak holiday periods. United Airlines said it expects 50% more international inbound passengers on Monday from...
    A new study reveals which airports in America have the most delayed arrivals - and it's bad news for anyone trying to get to the New York-area by plane.  Newark Liberty Airport in nearby Northern New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, was named the worst airport for delays, with nearly 25 percent of all flights arriving tardy.  Unfortunately, the news isn't much better if you cross the border to New York, as LaGuardia finished second-worst and JFK finished tied for 10th.  Over 22 percent of arrivals at LaGuardia were delayed and over 18 percent at Kennedy, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’s (BTS) ‘Airline On-Time Statistics and Delay Causes. The study determined both which of the nation's 50 busiest airports and airlines had the best and worst results for on-time arrivals. Scenes like this at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey might be more common than any other in the nation, as a study showed the airport sees nearly a quarter of all arrivals delayed LaGuardia Airport in New York finished second on the list, with over 22...
    (CNN)The Balkan state of Bosnia-Herzegovina is on the verge of what analysts warn is its most serious crisis since the end of the Bosnian war in 1995, in which thousands were killed and horrendous acts of ethnic cleansing were committed. The international community's High Representative in Bosnia, Christian Schmidt, warned earlier this week that the US-brokered peace agreement signed at the end of the war is at risk of collapsing unless action is taken to stop Serbian separatists from pushing towards secession.Milorad Dodik, the Serbian leader in Bosnia's three-person presidency, has over time repeatedly threatened to break away from the rest of the country, which has since the war been made up of two autonomous regions linked by a central government. This time, however, he is putting some flesh on the bones by introducing legislation that would divorce Republika Srpska (Serb Republic) from the state's joint institutions like the armed forces and judicial bodies. "This is tantamount to secession without proclaiming it," Schmidt told the UN Security Council, which met this week to reauthorize the longstanding mission of the European...
    An ISIS terror suspect wanted by the Russian government was arrested at an airport in Colombia while waiting to connect to a flight to Guatemala, Colombian authorities revealed Friday. Vladimir ‘Ali Ali’ Taranetc arrived at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá on a flight from Istanbul Airport on Thursday and was scheduled to continue on to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, the National Police of Colombia said. Customs officials noticed Taranetc had been flagged in their system due to an Interpol Red Notice that had been requested by authorities in the west-central Russian city of Naberezhnye Chelny in 2013. ISIS terror suspect Vladimir ‘Ali Ali’ Taranetc was arrested Thursday at El Dorado International Dorado in Bogotá, Colombia, after he was trying to connect to a flight to Guatemala City after arriving from Istanbul. The National Police of Colombia said Taranetc will be extradited to Russia, where he face terror related charges  Vladimir ‘Ali Ali’ Taranetc, a member of the Islamic State, is escorted through El Dorado International Dorado in Bogotá, Colombia, on Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In a first for Latin America, the International Criminal Court opens probe into crimes against humanity in Venezuela. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth called out President Biden saying he is "asleep at the wheel" on various issues plaguing the nation after Biden appeared to fall asleep during a climate change summit. Hegseth joined "The Faulkner Focus" on Tuesday to discuss the apparent nap, calling it a "sad and emblematic moment" of what is going on during the Biden presidency.  BIDEN APPEARS TO FALL ASLEEP DURING CLIMATE SPEECH DESPITE CLAIMING IT'S ‘GREATEST THREAT’ TO US SECURITY PETE HEGSETH: As a former infantryman in the Army, I appreciate anyone that can find the right opportunity to get a nap in. You've got to get your nap in when when you have a chance and I can't fault him. If I'm listening to international bureaucrats drone on about fighting the weather, I might take a nap as well, but it is indicative of the moniker you talked about. It is indicative of a president asleep at the wheel for the big issues.  I'm in Minneapolis right now. They're going to vote today on whether they defund the police. You...
    "The Five" discussed President Joe Biden appearing to fall asleep at a United Nations conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday. The panel pointed out that the president's apparent doze lasted for a longer period of time – it wasn't a mere few seconds. "The president might have been exercising his right to prayer," Harold Ford Jr. quipped on the latest Biden gaffe.  In a speech during his Europe trip, Biden stressed the importance of combatting climate change. "This is a challenge of our collective lifetimes. The existential threat, a threat to human existence as we know it. And every day we delay the cost of inaction increases. So let this be the moment that we answer history's call." "He fell asleep during this climate thing – [and] this is what's going to kill us all in a matter of years," Jesse Watters said. "It does look dopey that the president is falling asleep at a climate change conference in Europe while Americans are suffering from high gas prices here. It's off."  BIDEN APPEARS TO USE PREPARED LIST OF REPORTERS AGAIN FOLLOWING...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The region’s cold air is sending a shiver down the back of Chicago’s tourism industry. This is just as some get back on their feet from the worst of the pandemic; a winter cool down in visitors looms. READ MORE: Chicago Sky Gets CTA Train In Honor Of WNBA ChampionshipCBS 2’s Chris Tye reports there may be one saving glory arriving in a week. Big Bus Tours Chicago took a Big brutal break during pandemic when it was closed for more than 400 days. “Everyday it felt like a make or break during COVID.” When they re-opened in May, tickets sold at about half what they did in 2019. “The hardest part was to write a budget and to look into that crystal ball and say what’s going to happen in the next 12 months. We had no idea,” said John Curran, Vice President and General Manager of Big Bus Tours READ MORE: Judge's Ruling Puts Vaccination Deadline For Chicago Police On Hold; Reporting Requirement Stays In PlaceFor those selling Chicago by land and by water, the crystal...
    Humans introduced a new life form to outer space on Friday as NASA astronauts harvested the first-ever chile peppers onboard the International Space Station.  The Hatch chile pepper seeds arrived at the space station on a SpaceX resupply mission in June and were promptly planted by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.  "Finally, I made my best space tacos yet: fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes & artichokes, and HATCH CHILE," astronaut Megan McArthur tweeted.  next Image 1 of 5 Expedition 66 crew members harvested their Hatch green chile peppers for a taste test on Friday.  (NASA) prev next Image 2 of 5 (NASA) prev next Image 3 of 5 NASA astronaut Megan McArthur next to the Advanced Plant Habitat onboard the International Space Station.  (NASA) prev next Image 4 of 5 (NASA) prev Image 5 of 5 (NASA) Astronauts have access to a wide variety of freeze-dried and prepackages meals that they are regularly re-supplied with, but learning how to grow fresh produce...
    (CNN)Dubai better get ready because Bravo's "Real Housewives" is headed there next.Andy Cohen, the executive producer of the popular reality series' announced on the Today Show Monday that the network is launching "The Real Housewives of Dubai."The show, which has not yet begun filming, will premiere sometime next year. Although there are spinoffs of the franchise that do air all over the globe, this is the first time the network has produced an international version of the popular reality show. Pack your bags for Bravos first original international Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Dubai! ✈️ ???? ???????? Bravoholics, were leaving the hashtag up to YOU! Tweet using #RHODubai or #RHODXB to cast your vote, well be announcing the winner on Friday! pic.twitter.com/BlHIJAyVZV— Bravo (@BravoTV) November 1, 2021 Cohen said during his morning show appearance that the new series will "blow the lid off the entire franchise."Read MoreThe cast has not been announced but a press release for the show reads, "over-the-top opulence, jaw-dropping modern architecture and wild nightlife scene."