Exclusive: LG Chem to double China battery capacity to meet Tesla demand – sources December 1, 2020
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd plans to more than double production capacity of battery cells it makes in China for Tesla Inc electric vehicles (EV) next year, sources said, to keep up with its U.S. client’s growth in the biggest car market.
The firm, a supplier for Tesla’s Shanghai-built Model 3, will also ship its increased output from China as well as Korea to Tesla’s factories in Germany and the United States, said two ...
Jakarta governor contracts COVID-19 as Indonesia infections spike December 1, 2020
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Anies Baswedan, the governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, said on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19, as the world’s fourth most populous country struggles to contain a spike in the number of infections.
The 51-year-old governor of Southeast Asia’s biggest city is among a number of politicians and officials to contract the virus. Indonesia’s transportation and religious affairs ministers have previously been treated for the virus.
In a video posted on his ...
COVID-19 drives 40% spike in number of people needing humanitarian aid, U.N. says December 1, 2020
By Michelle Nichols
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian assistance around the globe, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as it appealed for roughly $35 billion to help many of those expected to be in need next year.
“If everyone who will need humanitarian aid next year lived in one country, it would be the world’s fifth largest nation,” U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock ...
Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday December 1, 2020
By Mayank Bhardwaj
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government invited protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday, seeking to allay concerns about new laws growers fear could pave the way for the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers.
In a letter addressed to 32 farmers’ unions, Sanjay Agrawal, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, urged farmers to come forward for talks ...
‘Pandemic’ chosen as Word of the Year
‘Pandemic’ chosen as Word of the Year December 1, 2020
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 2020 prize for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year went to an obvious choice: pandemic.
    The term had the most online dictionary lookups of any word, Merriam-Webster said on its website, after a year in which at least 1.4 million people globally have died from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Sometimes a single word defines an era, and it’s fitting that in this exceptional – and exceptionally difficult – year, a single word came ...
Cyber Monday poised to mark record for U.S. online retail sales
Cyber Monday poised to mark record for U.S. online retail sales December 1, 2020
By Aishwarya Venugopal
(Reuters) – Cyber Monday was set to become the biggest online shopping day ever for the United States, garnering up to $11.4 billion as the coronavirus pandemic prompts consumers to stay at home and turn to the internet for their holiday shopping needs.
The robust performance comes despite nearly two months of offers since Amazon.com Inc held its Prime Day sales event in October, with retailers seeking to recoup business lost during this year’s ...
U.S. coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns
U.S. coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns December 1, 2020
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser on the coronavirus to President Donald Trump, a White House official said on Monday, after a controversial four months during which he clashed repeatedly with other members of the coronavirus task force.
Voters’ unhappiness with Trump’s response to the global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands helped propel his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, to victory in the Nov. 3 election.
“I am writing to resign ...
Shell faces Dutch court as climate change activists demand end to emissions
Shell faces Dutch court as climate change activists demand end to emissions December 1, 2020
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will face a Dutch court on Tuesday in the first hearing of a case brought on by environmentalist and human rights groups who demand the energy firm cuts its reliance on fossil fuels.
Seven activist groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Netherlands, filed the lawsuit in April last year on behalf of over 17,000 Dutch citizens who demand that Shell cuts its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
...
Olympics-Olympic rings return to Tokyo Bay
Olympics-Olympic rings return to Tokyo Bay December 1, 2020
By Jack Tarrant
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Olympic rings monument was reinstalled in Tokyo Bay on Tuesday, after being removed in August for maintenance, as organisers ramp up preparations for next year’s postponed Summer Games.
The return of the monument, which stands 15.3m tall and 32.6m wide and was originally installed in January, should send a signal that the Games are getting closer, Tokyo metropolitan government planning director Atsushi Yanashimizu told Reuters.
“Since the symbol is here, ...
Geraldo Warns Trump: Sowing Election Doubt Could Cost GOP the Senate
Geraldo Warns Trump: Sowing Election Doubt Could Cost GOP the Senate Geraldo Rivera urged President Donald Trump on Monday to stop pushing doubts about election integrity in Georgia or risk Republicans losing control of the Senate.
Dollar sellers return with an eye on the Fed
Dollar sellers return with an eye on the Fed December 1, 2020
By Tom Westbrook
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar was under pressure on Tuesday, after closing out its worst month since July with a little bounce and as investors reckon on even more U.S. monetary easing.
The risk-sensitive Australian and New Zealand dollars clawed back some of Monday’s losses, each rising roughly 0.2% early in the Asia session, although both remained just below milestone peaks hit a day ago.
The euro rose 0.1% but kept shy of $1.20, ...
Newsmax Calls Biden Winner in Arizona, Wisconsin
Newsmax Calls Biden Winner in Arizona, Wisconsin Newsmax is naming Joe Biden the winner of Arizona and Wisconsin, now that both states certified election results Monday showing he defeated President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election. Arizona accounts for 11 electoral college votes. Biden is only the second Democrat in 70...
McConnell Declares Pelosi Lost Coronavirus Bill Gamble
McConnell Declares Pelosi Lost Coronavirus Bill Gamble Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Nancy Pelosi lost her gamble that the general election would increase the Democrats' majority in the House of Representatives and increase her leverage to getting a much larger coronavirus mitigation package through...
US Imposes Venezuela-Related Sanctions Targeting Chinese Firm
US Imposes Venezuela-Related Sanctions Targeting Chinese Firm The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on Chinese firm China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC), accusing it of supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to undermine democracy. The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement the...
Sen. Graham: Trump Should Attend Biden Inauguration 'If' Biden Wins
Sen. Graham: Trump Should Attend Biden Inauguration 'If' Biden Wins President Donald Trump should attend Joe Biden's inauguration in January "if" Biden ends up becoming president, Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's closest allies on Capitol Hill said Monday.
Senate Republicans Signal Willingness to Vote in Yellen as Treasury Secretary
Senate Republicans Signal Willingness to Vote in Yellen as Treasury Secretary Senate Republicans on Monday signaled they were open to confirming Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary should Joe Biden win the presidency, reports The Hill....
Scott Atlas Resigns as White House Task Force Adviser
Scott Atlas Resigns as White House Task Force Adviser Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to President Donald Trump on the coronavirus, submitting a resignation letter dated Dec. 1.
2024 GOP Presidential Hopefuls May Be Testing Mettle in Georgia
2024 GOP Presidential Hopefuls May Be Testing Mettle in Georgia With two Georgia runoff elections set to determine control of the Senate, the state may be the perfect platform for Republicans with the sites set on a White House run in 2024.
Documents Show China Understated COVID Infections, Used Flawed Testing
Documents Show China Understated COVID Infections, Used Flawed Testing Chinese authorities understated the numbers of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus and relied on a flawed testing system according to official documents obtained by CNN, contradicting public claims made by the communist government early in the outbreak of the...
Up to 30 Percent of Americans May Be Infected With COVID-19 by Year's End
Up to 30 Percent of Americans May Be Infected With COVID-19 by Year's End Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted 30% of the U.S. population would be infected with the coronavirus by the year's end, but 2021 would be less intense because of these high numbers of cases.
Wisconsin Confirms Joe Biden as Winner Following Recount
Wisconsin Confirms Joe Biden as Winner Following Recount Joe Biden's victory in battleground Wisconsin was confirmed Monday following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump, who has promised to file a lawsuit seeking to undo the results. Confirmation of the results by the Democratic...
Black Friday FBI Gun Checks Drop, Still Fourth Highest on Record
Black Friday FBI Gun Checks Drop, Still Fourth Highest on Record There was an 8% drop in the number of FBI criminal background checks regarding firearms sales on Black Friday from a year ago, but the more than 186,0000 was still the fourth-highest number of one-day requests on record.
Georgia Dem Ossoff Supports CDC-Advised Shutdowns
Georgia Dem Ossoff Supports CDC-Advised Shutdowns Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Jon Ossoff would support a statewide coronavirus shutdown if the CDC "and its leadership gave us strong indication that those kinds of stronger mitigation measures are necessary to save lives and contain the spread of the virus."
San Francisco Mulls Stripping Lincoln, Sen. Feinstein's Name Off Schools
San Francisco Mulls Stripping Lincoln, Sen. Feinstein's Name Off Schools The city of San Francisco is considering renaming dozens of public schools, including ones named after President Abraham Lincoln and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.
Prepare Your Pets for Post-Pandemic Life
Prepare Your Pets for Post-Pandemic Life The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel might seem far away but pet experts say now is the time to prepare four-legged loved ones for the eventual return of their humans to offices and schools.
Fauci assures churchgoers that vaccine is safe, not manipulated Dr. Anthony Fauci implored viewers of a Massachusetts Presbyterian church virtual event that they should take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
Supreme Court refuses to dismiss COVID-related charges against Pastor Tony Spell The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Louisiana Pentecostal Pastor Tony Spell’s petition seeking emergency relief from criminal charges for violating COVID-19 orders by holding in-person worship services during the lockdown.
F grades spike by 83% due to school closures in response to COVID-19 New research on student grades conducted in one of the United States’ largest school districts shows that the number of students getting "F" marks has increased by 83% this year due to the COVID-19-related restrictions on in-person learning, with students with disabilities bearing the brunt.
Starbucks fired Christian employee for refusal to wear LGBT ‘Pride’ T-shirt, lawsuit claims A Christian woman in New Jersey has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Starbucks, claiming the coffee chain fired her after she refused to wear an LGBT “Pride” T-shirt because of her religious beliefs.
Majority of US households with kids worried about food security as millions struggle Fewer than half of households with kids in the U.S. are “very confident” they can afford food over the next four weeks while 5.6 million households with children reported struggling to afford food in the last seven days, according to new Census survey data.

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