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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris announced that the White House woman’s communications team is entirely female. Former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki will be the press secretary. Kate Bedingfield, who was Biden’s deputy campaign manager and director of campaign communications, will be the director of communications for the White House. Biden today names key members of his economic team, including Janet Yellent as treasury secretary. If confirmed, she will be the first woman to serve in this role. Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, president of the Obama Foundation in Chicago, could be the first black deputy finance minister. The work of this economic team is being cut: Biden has promised to address U.S. economic inequalities, but the pandemic has only exacerbated wealth disparities and devastated low-income workers.
The alleged assassination of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist could trigger a violent split between the United States and Iran. Mohsen Fakhrizadehet, considered one of the main thinkers of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, was killed in an apparent assassination when his car was chased near Tehran on Friday. According to Iranian state media, Fakhrizadehet was shot down by a remote-controlled machine gun in another car. Iran’s top officials blame Israel and swear revenge. Iran has not provided evidence of Israeli involvement, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has rejected his comments. An Iranian official compared the case to the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike in January. All of this puts the United States in a difficult position as an ally of Israel. U.S.-Iran relations have deteriorated in recent years after President Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran and imposed crippling economic sanctions against the country.
Switzerland has voted against a controversial proposal that would hold businesses responsible for global violations abroad. A responsible business initiative would have held Swiss companies such as the mining giant Nestlé and Glencore accountable for human rights and environmental abuses by foreign subsidiaries, suppliers and business partners. Proponents say the law will increase accountability. The Swiss government, as well as Swiss banks and other huge companies, opposed the measure, warning of the severe economic consequences. While more than 50% of the Swiss population voted in favor of the measure over the weekend, it did not receive support from the majority of Swiss states. However, France and the European Union have already taken steps towards similar measures and Switzerland is likely to follow a different corporate responsibility plan.
He is charged with five pro-democracy leaders lese majeste, a unique and controversial law that prohibits criticism of Thailand’s royal family. The law has not been used for two years, so its sudden resurgence could mean authorities become more impatient with pro-democracy protests. Such demonstrations have been going on for months against the country’s military-backed government. Earlier this month, the Thai parliament voted on two constitutional amendments to move forward, but stopped supporting a motion for monarchical reform. Activists called for legislation to suppress the power of the monarchy and the military. They also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who seized power in a military coup in 2014.
Tones and I “Dance Monkey” becomes Shazamed’s song of all time
Aaaaaand will stick in your head all day now.
National forests allow you to cut down your own Christmas tree
Festive decoration worth the final boast.
Actress Rebel Wilson says she has achieved her goals in her Health Year
Do this if you need New Year’s inspiration in a month.
40 endangered sea turtles taken to Florida to warm up after suffering ‘cold stunning’
What? No, you’re crying in a picture of 40 poor little turtles warming up in their own turtles hospital.
Gone is the strange silver monolith in Utah that attracted otherworldly theories
We really don’t need more mysteries this year. So wherever you are, silver monolith, we hope you are happy.
So many suicides were reported by Japan in October. In one month, more people have died suicide in the country than in 2020 as a whole since Covid-19. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and pandemic insecurity and economic strife have only exacerbated the situation – an insight into other countries in countries with mental health crises. For assistance in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association of Suicide Prevention and Friends Worldwide has access to crisis centers around the world.
“Diversity and inclusion in the Republican Party. This is our future. And if we don’t act by recruiting the right people – minorities, women, veterans, etc. – we’re going to lose in the future.”
Representative Nancy Mace In South Carolina, a record number of Republican women won seats in November. According to him, the party must fight successfully between women and people from different groups.
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