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Biden identifies more administration officials, Trump vows continued election fight

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden chose more senior aides to lead his administration's efforts to defeat the coronavirus and rebuild the U.S. economy, and his office confirmed on Sunday he would begin receiving classified briefings that are an essential step toward taking control of national security. Read More

 

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President-elect Joe Biden sprains ankle while playing with dog

NEWARK, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden sprained his ankle while playing with one of his dogs but didn't appear to suffer any broken bones, his office said on Sunday, citing Biden's personal physician. More »

 

Global shares take a breather after stellar month, China data upbeat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World shares paused to assess a record-busting month on Monday as the prospect of a vaccine-driven economic recovery next year and yet more free money from central banks eclipsed concerns about the coronavirus pandemic in the near-term. More »

 

Biden names all-woman communications team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday tapped key campaign staff and advisors to lead his all-woman communications team, naming former Obama State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki as his White House press secretary and campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield as communications director. More »

 

S&P Global in advanced talks to buy IHS Markit for about $44 billion: WSJ

(Reuters) - S&P Global Inc is in advanced talks to buy London-based IHS Markit Ltd for about $44 billion in a deal that would combine two major data providers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter. More »

 

Exclusive: Trump to add China's SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is poised to add China's top chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to U.S. investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. More »

 

China's factory activity expands at fastest pace in over three years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November, keeping it on track to be the first major economy to fully recover from the coronavirus crisis. More »

 

Biden expected to name senior members of economic team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name former Obama administration adviser Neera Tanden as director of the White House budget office, and economist Cecilia Rouse as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers as soon as Monday, according to a person familiar with the process. More »

 

Cuban government backtracks on deal with protesters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba over the weekend launched an all-out rhetorical assault through state-run media on a rare protest that took place Friday for freedom of expression, branding it part of an ongoing effort by the United States to create an uprising. More »

 

Tigray forces claim to have shot down Ethiopian plane, taken town

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said they had shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces on Sunday, as war dragged on a day after the government announced its military offensive was over. More »

 

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