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Electoral College Meeting Monday To Formally Choose Joe Biden As Next President – Yahoo News
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:29:44 +0000
Electoral College Meeting Monday To Formally Choose Joe Biden As Next President  Yahoo News
US hits NATO ally Turkey with sanctions over purchase of Russian air defense system – Yahoo News
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:28:27 +0000
US hits NATO ally Turkey with sanctions over purchase of Russian air defense system  Yahoo News
How to Turn General Austin Into Secretary Austin
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:27:43 +0000
thumb.jpgSome advice from the author of “The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense.”
World: Facing Christmas lockdown, Germany says no singing in church, no mulled wine and no New Year’s fireworks
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:27:05 +0000
New measures — announced Sunday by Chancellor Angela Merkel — resemble the country’s lockdown in the spring.
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World: Four years after it became a symbol of Europe’s failures, migrants are still stranded in Calais
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:26:56 +0000
There was a surge this year in attempts to cross from France to Britain by raft.
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Merkel’s party to pick new head at online convention on Jan 16 – Devdiscourse
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:26:32 +0000
Merkel’s party to pick new head at online convention on Jan 16  Devdiscourse
Former aide accuses Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:26:26 +0000
A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday that he sexually harassed her for several years while she worked in his office.
Palestinian Authority resumes security partnership with Israel
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:25:26 +0000
<p> The Palestinian Authority (PA) has resumed security co-operation with Israel after six months and following the election victory of US President-elect Joe Biden, senior PA security officials confirmed to <em>Janes</em> in November 2020. A Palestinian security analyst consulted by <em>Janes</em> considered the resumption a good gesture and a message to Biden, whom Palestinians expect to sponsor a return to peace talks with Israel to alter course from the policies of outgoing US President Donald Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. </p> <p> Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, director of the Coordination of the [Israeli] Government Activities in the [Palestinian] Territories (COGAT), confirmed by writing in a letter to the PA on 17 November that Israel has previously stated that the bilateral Israeli-Palestinian agreements continue to form the applicable legal framework governing the conduct of the parties. The PA presented the letter to justify the resumption to Palestinian sceptics, with PA Minister of Civilian Affairs Hussein Sheikh telling <em>Janes</em> on 26 November, “Immediately, following our receipt of General Abu Rukun’s letter, we informed the Israeli side of our decision to resume security co-operation with them.” </p> <h2>Resuming operations</h2> <p>The PA completely cut its security ties with Israeli and US security services on 19 May 2020, following the Israeli government’s endorsement of an annexation plan for large parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently postponed annexation, and notably following declarations by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates of their normalisation of ties with Israel in September.</p> <div class=”container”><img class=”rssdog” style=”float:left; margin:5px” src=”[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]88ad05e0-dc45-406c-ab4a-ba10fe5fa99c£sfvrsn=eee84510_2″ alt=”An Israeli security guard stands by burning tyres amid clashes with Palestinian protesters following their demonstration against the expansion of settlements in the town of Salfit, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 4 December 2020. Public unrest in the West Bank will remain a major challenge as security co-operation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority resumes. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images)”></div>
50 meteors per hour | Skies light up during Geminid meteor shower in US
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:24:44 +0000
The spectacular Geminid meteor shower lit up the sky in four US locations on Sunday night. The meteor show is the final one of 2020, and did not disappoint with around 50 meteors per hour.

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NYC SHOOTINGS: Pair wounded in violent Brooklyn dispute, video shows Lower East Side assault – amNY
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:24:26 +0000
NYC SHOOTINGS: Pair wounded in violent Brooklyn dispute, video shows Lower East Side assault  amNY
Wintry mix kicks off work week for Connecticut ahead of Wednesday’s snowstorm – News 12 Connecticut
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:24:18 +0000
Wintry mix kicks off work week for Connecticut ahead of Wednesday’s snowstorm  News 12 Connecticut
Four injured in Gowanus shooting: NYPD • Brooklyn Paper – Brooklyn Paper
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:23:31 +0000
Four injured in Gowanus shooting: NYPD • Brooklyn Paper  Brooklyn Paper
Brooklyn man cuffed for stabbing man to death following dispute in local barber shop: NYPD – amNY
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:52:01 +0000
Brooklyn man cuffed for stabbing man to death following dispute in local barber shop: NYPD  amNY
Armed crook robs multiple EMS workers during fake 911 calls in Brooklyn – amNY
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:51:29 +0000
Armed crook robs multiple EMS workers during fake 911 calls in Brooklyn  amNY
U.S. blames Iran in abduction, death of ex-FBI agent Levinson – POLITICO
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:50:27 +0000
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  1. U.S. blames Iran in abduction, death of ex-FBI agent Levinson  POLITICO
  2. US sanctions Iran over FBI agent Robert Levinson’s 2007 disappearance  New York Post
  3. U.S. sanctions two Iranians for abduction and probable death of former FBI agent Robert Levinson  The Washington Post
  4. U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 2 Iranian Officials in Robert Levinson Case  The New York Times
  5. US formally blames Iranian officers for abduction, likely death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson  USA TODAY
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The National Interest: Some Airlines Will Require Proof of Coronavirus Vaccination to Travel
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:49:43 +0000
Stephen SilverCoronavirus, World

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The proof could be provided via an app.

The first approved coronavirus vaccine has arrived, with distribution beginning over the weekend for Pfizer’s vaccine. It’s the culmination of an unprecedented feat of scientific achievement, which puts the end of the coronavirus pandemic in sight.

The news of the vaccine has left many wondering exactly how the vaccine will allow some measure of normality to resume. And a report over the weekend indicated that an app, allowing users to show proof of their vaccination, will be part of that process.

The New York Times reported Sunday that at least three airlines, including United, JetBlue and Lufthansa, will use an app called CommonPass, in order to “verify passengers’ virus test results—and soon, vaccinations.” This will allow users to produce a code that will allow them to board international flights.

It’s an old idea, per The Times, as vaccination certificates have been used in the past following pandemics, including the Spanish Flu in the early twentieth-century. And the government has already announced that it plans to present vaccination cards to those who have received the vaccine.

The app idea isn’t entirely new, either. In the early days of the pandemic, a company called NetObjex announced the impending arrival of an app called COVID PreCheck, which promised to connect users to antibody testing centers, and eventually provide a QR code showing immunity. However, that app is not currently available in the App Store. Another app of that sort, Clear’s Health Pass, is available now. In addition, an app called Digital Health Pass, from IBM, is in testing, per the Times, and “is in discussions with a major sports stadium.”

The idea could be adapted, eventually, to movie theaters, concert venues, cruise ships, and other places looking to reopen once the pandemic is over.

CommonPass, according to its website, was created by a nonprofit called The Commons Project, which was first used in East Africa, and has since partnered with the World Economic Forum.

“For global travel and trade to return to pre-pandemic levels, travelers will need a secure and verifiable way to document their health status as they travel and cross borders,” the site says. “Countries will need to be able to trust that a traveller’s record of a COVID PCR test or vaccination administered in another country is valid. Countries will also need the flexibility to update their health screening entry requirements as the pandemic evolves and science progresses. Airlines, airports and other travel industry stakeholders will need the same.”

The app is currently “in trials,” the site said.

There are, however, thorny ethical considerations here. Such an app, by its very nature, would likely discriminate against those without smartphones, and possibly create a bifurcated society between those with the immunity certification and those without it.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Trump sanctions two Iranian intelligence officers for the disappearance of Robert Levinson in 2007
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:49:02 +0000
The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on two Iranian intelligence officers for what the U.S. said was their involvement in “the detention, abduction and probable death” of American Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran 13 years ago.”It is clear that not only were senior Iranian officials responsible for Mr. …

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Defense One – All Content: Feds Race to Turn Off SolarWinds Products Amid Biggest Hack in Years
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:13:39 +0000
A critical flaw in software used throughout government was reportedly used to breach a major security company and at least two federal agencies.
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Germany’s CureVac launches final trials for coronavirus vaccine – The Straits Times
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:13:12 +0000
Germany’s CureVac launches final trials for coronavirus vaccine  The Straits Times
Germany and Denmark to cooperate on North and Baltic Sea energy islands – Recharge
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:12:57 +0000
Germany and Denmark to cooperate on North and Baltic Sea energy islands  Recharge