Russia thwarts Islamic State group terror plot
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Wednesday said it had thwarted a terror plot planned by Islamic State group members in the Moscow region."Russia's FSB has thwarted activities of a cross-regional IS cell, participants of which intended to conduct subversive terror attacks in the Moscow region," the FSB said a statement to reporters.Security forces in the Vladimir region arrested one citizen of a Central Asian state and seized a home-made explosive, along with other items and documents.Footage released from the operation shows officers detaining a suspect, as well as a suspected explo...
Trudy Rubin: New Biden foreign policy will put Americans first alongside democratic allies
Does anyone recall the old Alka-Seltzer commercial that sang: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is?”That song ricocheted ’round my head as the Trump administration finally greenlit a transition period to the Biden presidency. And as President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team, including longtime foreign policy aides Antony Blinken as future secretary of state and Jake Sullivan for national security adviser, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry as cabinet-level climate czar.Yes, Senate Republicans like Marco Rubio, R-Fla., finally freed to start campaigni...
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Biden-Harris ticket surpasses 80 million votesThe 2020 Democratic president ticket made history for several reasons and now can claim the most number of votes in a presidential election.President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have 80,033,996 votes with as many as millions more still to tally, according to a running count by the nonpartisan Cook Report.That’s a lead of more than 6 million over Trump, who now has 73,878,907 votes.The batch of votes that put Biden and Harris over the historic benchmark in the Cook Report were absentee ballots from Erie County in Buffalo, ...
Tribune News Service
Russia's Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 500 in New One-Day Record
Russia reported a record high of 507 new coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday as the Kremlin acknowledges the heavy strain placed on the country’s healthcare system but continues to rule out a new nationwide lockdown.The country's total number of fatalities now stands at 37,538, a figure widely believed to be undercounted due to tallying methods. An analysis of official statistics on fatalities published earlier this month revealed almost 120,000 excess deaths in Russia since the start of the pandemic.On Wednesday, health authorities recorded 23,675 new infections in all 85 Russian regions, wi...
The Moscow Times
Russia Should Extend Coronavirus Crisis Support – IMF
Russia’s economy has weathered the coronavirus crisis better than most, but the government should be more generous with its support for hard-pressed households and businesses, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.In a snapshot assessment, the U.S.-headquartered body praised Moscow’s conservative financial policies heading into the crisis which helped put its balance sheet on sound footing to deal with the unprecedented economic challenges of the pandemic.Russia’s prioritization of building foreign currency reserves and cutting down debt “helped build macroeconomic policy space, which...
The Moscow Times
Russia Announces Covid-19 Vaccine, Dow Tops 30,000 Level
Commenting on the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine by Russia and today’s trading, Gorilla Trades strategist Ken Berman said:Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreRussia Announces Covid-19 VaccineThe major indices are all trading significantly higher at midday thanks to a broad-based morning rally on Wall Street. Yet another positive COVID-19 vaccine-related announcement fueled the global push to new recovery highs, this time from Russia, and domestic stocks joined the party in earnest, with the Dow leading the way higher and topping the historic 30,000 level for the first time ever...
Editorial: Biden builds a solid foreign policy team
Global challenges won’t wait for President Donald Trump to accept his clear defeat. So President-elect Joe Biden has been wise not to wait either, especially when it comes to forming his foreign policy team.Biden’s announcement of several key posts sends a signal to adversarial nations and transnational actors who would seek to seize advantage of the current administration’s dysfunction — as well as to U.S. allies alienated by Trump’s treatment — that a seasoned, sensible team will guide the United States in the next administration.Leading the list is Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for secreta...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Russia says Sputnik V virus vaccine 95% effective
Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 95 percent effective according to a second interim analysis of clinical trial data, its developers said on Tuesday.The two-dose vaccine will be available on international markets for less than $10 per dose, they said, and will be free for Russian citizens.It can be stored at between two and eight degrees Celsius (between 35.6 and 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), they said, instead of the temperatures below freezing required for some other vaccines.The calculations of its effectiveness were based on preliminary data obtained 42 days after the first dose, Russi...
Commentary: The 3 nuclear threats facing President-elect Biden
Four years ago, President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump on his visit to the Oval Office two days after the election that the biggest national security threat he would face was North Korea’s impending ability to fire nuclear missiles against the United States.President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to see the inside of the Oval Office until after his inauguration on Jan. 20. But had Trump invited his successor, as all his postwar predecessors did, he might have warned Biden that he could face not just one, but possibly three nuclear crises in the coming years.Not only has North Korea continued...
Russia says its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective
Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 95 percent effective according to a second interim analysis of clinical trial data, its developers said on Tuesday.The calculations were based on preliminary data obtained 42 days after the first dose, Russia's health ministry, the state-run Gamaleya research centre and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in a statement.They did not note the number of cases used to make the calculation, however.The two-shot Sputnik V vaccine will cost less than $20 per person on international markets and will be free of charge for Russian citizens, according...