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2020-12-01 00:44:40

By Dwaipayan

Rising U.S. weekly jobless claims, COVID-19 cases point to slowing economic recovery

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits increased further last week, suggesting that an explosion in new COVID-19 infections and business restrictions were boosting layoffs and undermining the labor market recovery

Still, the economy got off to a solid start in the fourth quarter, with consumer spending and business investment in equipment topping analysts’ expectations in October. Businesses also reported a sharp rebound in profits in the third quarter.

That was, however, insufficient to lift the heavy cloud over the economy. Personal income dropped last month and could decline further with about 13.6 million Americans due to lose government-funded unemployment benefits a day after Christmas.

Iran vows revenge for assassination of scientist credited with masterminding past covert nuclear weapons program

An Iranian scientist whom Israel credited with masterminding the Islamic Republic’s now-defunct covert military nuclear program was assassinated outside Tehran on Friday, Iran's top diplomat confirmed.

"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Iranian Foreign Minister JavadZarif said in a tweet. Zarif said Israel is probably to blame but did not provide evidence.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the accord in 2018.

Kim Jong Un is cutting off his economic lifeline, China, to stave off Covid-19

Kim Jong Un appears to have kicked North Korea's pandemic prevention plan into overdrive, further tightening the country's nearly impassible borders, cutting off nearly all trade with China, and even allegedly executing a customs official for failing to handle imported goods appropriately.

Beijing exported just $253,000 worth of goods to Pyongyang in October -- a drop of 99% from September to October, according to data published by China's customs administration. For context, that's less in terms of dollar value than China exported to Liechtenstein and Monaco during October.

China is North Korea's biggest trading partner and effectively the Kim regime's economic lifeline -- the country basically doesn't import significantly from anywhere else. Before major UN sanctions were put in place as punishment for North Korea's nuclear weapons program in 2016 and 2017, Beijing accounted for more than 90% of Pyongyang's foreign trade.

Thanksgiving a Covid 19 Super spreader in US

As millions of Americans head home after Thanksgiving, the coronavirus could be hitching a ride -- threatening to plant seeds of infection across the country as the US on Sunday topped more than 100,000 new cases for the 27th consecutive day.

So far Sunday, the United States has reported 109,671 new cases and 731 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A surge of new travel-related infections could overwhelm hospitals already stretched to capacity. Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients reached a record high of 93,238 on Sunday, trumping Saturday's record-breaking 91,635 figure, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Former Pfizer Chief Scientist claims Covid-19 pandemic effectively over, no need for any vaccine

As Pfizer pharmaceutical breaks news for bringing Covid-19 vaccine, a former vice president and Chief Scientist of the company Michael Yeadon said that there is no need for any vaccine to end the ongoing pandemic. Says vaccination is unnecessary on healthy people who aren’t at risk from the disease

Certification Pending to Declare Biden Winner in Georgia After Hand Recount

The days-long recount of the presidential votes in Georgia seems all for naught. It didn't make any difference at all. Biden still won but by a slightly smaller margin. The country is waiting on Friday for the state to certify the nearly 5 million votes.

Fifty-nine counties in Georgia reported their results, giving Biden a 12,284-vote lead over Donald Trump. Before the hand recount, he had a lead of around 14,000. This is precisely what election experts predicted  that recounts never change the margins by the number Trump needed to turn the state red and that he would still lose the state.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a statement on Thursday.

Week 12 in the NFL: Rookie Justin Herbert, Veteran Tom Brady, Dalvin Cook on the Ground

Last week, Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 116.5 rating, marking his fifth game with at least three touchdown passes, the most by a rookie in NFL history. Through nine games, Herbert leads all qualified rookies with 2,699 passing yards, 22 touchdown passes and a 104.7 rating this season.

On Sunday at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Herbert can move into the top-three for passing yards and touchdown passes by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. PATRICK MAHOMES is the only other player in the top three of both categories after 10 games.

 

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