Israel received its most advanced warship on Wednesday, describing the German-made vessel dubbed "Shield" as a bulwark for vulnerable Mediterranean gas rigs as tensions with Tehran soar over the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. The Saar-6 corvette that docked in Haifa port, and three of the same model to follow next year, will bring to 15 the number of missile boats deployed by an Israeli navy which, while small, carries out missions as far away as the Red Sea and the Gulf. Israel also wants to protect off-shore natural gas fields close to Lebanon, an old foe with which it has held so far fruitless U.S.-mediated maritime border talks.
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A New York City man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he posted threats online urging the "extermination" of Democrats and killing of people celebrating Joe Biden's win over incumbent Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Brian Maiorana, who prosecutors said is also a registered sex offender, entered his plea through his lawyer at a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon in Brooklyn. Maiorana, who is in his mid-50s, has been detained since his Nov. 10 arrest at his Staten Island home, where authorities said they found a semi-automatic firearm and ammunition.
New Hampshire legislators met outside in chilly weather amid coronavirus concerns on Wednesday, December 2, local media reported.Leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate opted to host Organization Day — the new legislature’s first official meeting — outside as coronavirus cases rose in the state. The decision to move outdoors came after “threats” that some legislators wouldn’t come to an indoor meeting, local media reported.New Hampshire health officials recently announced that multiple coronavirus cases stemmed from a November 20 gathering of Republican members of the incoming House of Representatives, local media reported.This footage, provided by the New Hampshire House of Representatives, shows legislators bundled up during the outside session, held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.Temperatures on Wednesday were forecast to hover in the low 40s during the morning and early afternoon. Credit: New Hampshire House via Storyful
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The Prime Minister gave his best PMQs performance for months, tearing a few shreds off the Labour leader who he dubbed “General Indecision”. Sir Keir usually runs rings around the PM, but the tables turned with the lawyer buckaroo-ed into the dock by a buoyed-up Boris.
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Lady Green, the wife of retail tycoon Sir Philip Green, will bring forward a payment into Topshop owner Arcadia’s pension scheme, it has been announced. Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group, behind brands such as Dorothy Perkins and Burton, went into administration earlier this week, putting 13000 jobs at risk. Arcadia’s pension deficit is believed to be in the region of £350 million, and the Green family had faced calls to help cover the shortfall.
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Zhou Xiaoxuan, a former intern at state broadcaster CCTV, is accusing a prominent and very famous CCTV anchor, Zhu Jun, of sexual harassment during her internship there in 2014. Before entering the Haidian People's Court in north west Beijing on Wednesday (December 2) Zhou fought back tears as she thanked supporters and media for following her case and said that even if she does not win in court, she hopes the impact of her case will have a trickle down benefit for others in the future. "If we could push the justice forward through this case, and if through this case other victims can get some support and enter the judicial process more smoothly, it will be a victory," she said. At least several dozen people came out in support of Zhou with many holding placards containing messages like "MeToo". Some brought flowers for Zhou and others hugged her and wished her well. Zhu Jun has denied all Zhou's allegations against him since she first went public at the start of China's MeToo movement in early 2018.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said it was recommending shorter self-quarantine periods after potential exposure to the coronavirus of seven days with a negative test and 10 days without a test. Health authorities currently call for a 14-day quarantine after close contact with a person who has COVID-19 in order to curb the transmission of the virus. The CDC still recommends the 14-day quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19, calling the shorter options alternatives it hopes will increase compliance, CDC officials told reporters on a conference call.
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Kenya's tourism sector lost close to $1 billion in revenue between January and October, when numbers of foreign visitors fell by two thirds due to COVID-19, the tourism ministry said on Wednesday. From safaris in the Maasai Mara and other world-beating wildlife reserves to holidays on pristine Indian Ocean beaches, Kenya's tourism industry contributes 10% of economic output and employs over 2 million people. But international visitors fell to fewer than 500,000 in the first 10 months from 1.7 million in the same period last year, the ministry said, knocking 110 billion Kenyan shillings ($995 million) off revenues that had been predicted to reach 147.5 billion shillings.
Residents of Britain's care homes shared their first precious hugs and kisses with relatives since March on Wednesday, after homes were able to give visitors rapid tests for COVID-19 which give results in 30 minutes. Bob Underhill, an 84-year-old retiree, was reunited with his wife Patricia, 82, who has Alzheimer's. Both were overcome as they met, then hugged and kissed through their face masks. COVID-19 spread rapidly through British care homes at the start of the pandemic, as institutions found themselves without adequate protective gear, and agency staff working in multiple homes and visitors unwittingly spread the virus.
Ireland's foreign minister warned on Wednesday that if the United Kingdom's forthcoming finance bill deliberately breaches the Brexit divorce accord, it will be taken as a signal that London does not want a trade deal. "A clear message to London for some time; a 2nd piece of legislation deliberately breaching the withdrawal agreement and international law, will be taken as a signal that the U.K. doesn't want a deal," Simon Coveney said on Twitter.
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