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Top Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated
"In the streets of Tehran with Iran's supreme leader promising to avenge the killing of the countries. Nuclear scientist shot to death in his car yesterday, Iran's army chief saying Israel in the U. S air, probably responsible political analyst Abbas Islamic Israelis, They have the capacity and expertise in this. They have done it before they have assassinated with the help of the United States. Some other Iranian scientists no comment from the U. S or Israel. You're
Oxford, WHO scientists say more data needed on AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine trials
Ethiopia says its military now controls the Tigray capital
"Ethiopia's army says it's gained full control of the capital of the defiant Tigray region Ethiopian prime minister abi Akhmed declares the taking of makayla A. marks the completion of the military offensive in Tigray that started nearly four weeks ago earlier Saturday the Tigray government reported the city being heavily bombarded but with communications cut to Tigray it's difficult to verify claims by the warring sides he the OP is government continues to seek the arrests of the regional leaders while millions of civilians have been plunged into a massive humanitarian crisis nearly one million people have been displaced in neighboring Sudan you when the High Commissioner for refugees Filippo grandi says many have fled across the border five six hundred per day is not the small figure let's make no mistakes I'm Ben Thomas
UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out
"The European Union and Britain resumed face to face talks today on a new trade agreement following Brexit. They have just over one month to come up with a deal and Teri Schultz reports. Neither side is expressed expressing optimism. You chief negotiator Michelle Barney is back in London after a week of self isolation due to a member of his team testing positive for the coronavirus. Both you and UK say they want a new arrangement governing trade and customs when the transition period following Britain's departure from the block ends December 31st. But talks remain snagged on issues regarding EU fishing rights in UK waters and what Brussels calls the level playing field, which primarily refers to Britain's obligations to it here to EU standards on goods it wants to export into the block. Any deal that negotiators make would still have to be ratified by Parliament's on both sides Without a deal. Tariffs and other barriers go up January 1st for NPR news. I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels. This is
Iran's supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist
"Iran's supreme leader is calling for definitive punishment in response to the apparent assassination of the country's top nuclear scientists. Iranian officials blaming Israel for the killing, Analysts say one thing is for sure This attack is definitely going to renew tensions between the U. S and Iran in the waning days of President Trump's term, and some analysts are out there, saying it could box and president elect In terms of what he can now do with Iran, and the reason for that is that President elect Biden has suggested that he would like to return to that deal that the Trump Administration pulled out of boxes. Ryan SHOW
Delta announces quarantine-free flights
"For the first time since coronavirus lockdowns, some travelers between the US and Italy could soon touchdown without quarantine period, Delta and Italy's Alitalia are launching a pilot program allowing some passengers. To take quarantine free flights. Those traveling for essential reasons would have to test negative after taking a gold standard covet PCR test 72 hours before departure a rapid test before boarding the plane another when they arrive and another before heading back. If successful, there's optimism the program could be extended to other airports in Europe. Lillian Woo Fox
Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousands
"In Paris, where demonstrators are putting up barricades, throwing rocks at police and launching fireworks. Police are responding with tear gas across the country. Thousands of marching in opposition to a draft law Sena's curbing the rights of journalists to report on police brutality. In recent days, video emerged a French police beating up a black man. Triggering nationwide outrage.
Soft Power 2020
"Am joined today on special soft power program by mongols foreign editor megan gibson monocle culture editor kiara ramallah and monocle twenty four culture correspondent and eurovision desk chief. Fernando augusto up. We have a lot to cover in analyzing who made l. top ten this year and who didn't but we should talk about first of all meghan. What an unusual year for calibrating soft power. This was because of course it was like every country on earth given the same test it was like he is a pandemic deal revert. And see what it says about you. As a nation did it make a difference on how countries will seen by the rest of the world and soft power terms. It absolutely did like you said every country was dealing pretty much the same set of problems but just as internally the pandemic kind of shed light on where countries weren't up to snuff and where there's certain systems were lacking or the social welfare net was not working so too did a show which countries were really relying on kind of coasting approach to diplomacy and soft power. Every country had to turn inward in some respect. You had to face an economy. Crunch you had to face a healthcare crisis but a lot of countries still managed to think about diplomacy and what. They're projecting abroad and to other countries and global cooperation. And that is something. I think that kind of threw up some surprises when we actually looked at the year in terms of soft power some countries that have never made our list before immediately caught our eye. Well let's talk about that. We'll come back a bit later to how different countries responded to the covid nineteen crisis. But let's look first of all at our top ten and meghan all ask you again. You were talking about surprise entries in the top ten. Who is there. The see that hasn't been before i think the first one. I'm going to go to taiwan. And i should say we've done top ten this year. Usually we do top twenty five. We quickly realized that there weren't twenty five countries. That actually made that good impression on the world. I would say this year. A peace prize in the nineteen forties. Exactly we cut it down to ten and picked the ten countries that did something notable on the world stage and taiwan absolutely one of them from their stellar leadership in actually handling the virus. Which i mean has seen the country. Even today has had quite a minimal effect. On at the helm of its citizens numbers have been tiny and given their proximity to china. Remarkable for that. That's just been something that they've really been able to step up and show that they've had good leadership and for such a tiny country and a country that has been long grappling with a very antagonistic neighbor. That's been really impressive. And i think we've also could look at another country that has made our list consistently but also small and has done really well with the pandemic and that's new zealand new zealand again a beneficiary of its leadership and of its leader. Another factor we will come back to later in the show. I wanted to bring you in now. Kiara refu- look at the top ten. Were there any entries in there that left out at you. It's difficult for me to look at this without my cultural hat on. Because i do think that cultural exports make up so much of a country soft power their own way. You know if you do have a tv hit. That really can change. The international perspective of people have on your country in the issue. We have profile of borgen. The danish show which kind of guess kicked off almost a huge facination with scanning wa. I'm happy that south korea is in the fair number and i were discussing. Grammy results on are getting their first ever kind of major grammy nomination. I mean that is huge because the grammys are essentially a us kind of awards ceremony. Yes of course it has one global subcategory but it's largely. Us fakest for a korean bond to be nominated as part of that really means that they have become not only a korean band moore global bond and that radius testament to the power of capes. I think south korea has really well deserved second-place cultural reasons but also for all the other reasons dr megan was discussing. It's very interesting. Also you you know you mentioned new zealand as well and perhaps it's a very niche reason to be very well known abroad but i do think that new zealand has got an increasing amount of really interesting. Musical acts that are genuinely world class. I'm talking the likes of zuma. Alice harding benet talking. Broods mullen williams all quite indie acts but in the the community which is very dedicated. Genuinely these are kind of agenda setting also around the world. So i think it's really interesting. That a tiny nation can produce a really interesting side of the musical experimentation side of things obviously around this table. Four nations are represented all nations with instantly recognizable and widely understood national brands. And that's my nation of australia. Kiara of italy fernando's of brazil megan's of canada which i notice is the only one in the top ten. This whole thing is just the most shameless stitch-up so fernando to bring you in brazil a country with a powerful national brand and yet you are not in the top ten this year. Do you feel especially put out by that is. Is there a case you would like to make well. No no no not not in two thousand twenty eight gave you the big buildings builder. People would be surprised by me. Because i always a believer brazilian. I'm very proud of being resilient. And i am still an and we do have an amazing opportunity to be one of the best countries in soft power so perhaps in a few years will be there the top of the list but honestly i mean this year has been terrible for brazil president. He's an isolationist. he's not handling very well. The situation in the rain forest which matters a lot for the outside world. Perhaps those of us who enjoy breathing so exactly. But i mean it. It is an issue in brazil. but i notice. We've all my friends when they say. Oh how during forest the amazon. Your president doesn't care. And of course his declaration sometimes every day he said something quite offensive to specific groups. And it's funny. I was trying to say i mean. What is brazil doing. well now we. We are student load of great things but even at football you have. Our biggest star neymar liked by some. But he's but even in brazil. Laura people don't like neymar like perhaps some aspects of his personality. So then i think even football. We're not so well liked turfing. We need to improve. I am an optimistic. I think things will change but two thousand twenty is yeah. I agree it. It's not the year of brazil. And i do think this year has been a blip for a lot of countries and as i was saying you know cultural experts from italy. Obviously still very strong italian food still eating around the world unloved around the world especially on this table but this year it was all about the countries that had cut through and what the cut through was what the stories that were resonating around. The world like fernandez. The amazon is what people were thinking about. When they thought about brazil they were not thinking of amazing beaches. Or you know wonderful culture and things like that it was the bad headlines that were really being projected around the world just finally in this first part of the show. I am going to rise heroically above complaining too much about the struggles exclusion in favor of new zealand. And just let these self evident absurdity of that speak for itself but meghan there couple of other countries which again have shoes soft power in princeton fact arguably the countries with the to hugest soft power imprint i e the united kingdom and the united states neither of the mike it and is that just about covid nineteen and all the people who happened to be leading them at the moment. It is definitely down to leadership. Soft power is usually something that is built up over years and decades so usually it can survive a bad year it can survive a wrong thinking government but in the case of the uk and definitely the us. It's not that. Diplomacy was neglected in the last few years. I mean we've seen a lot of policies that have been actually hostile to global cooperation. And i think a lot of people's perceptions of those countries have really shifted especially when it comes to the us under donald trump.
The EU is launching a market for personal data
"The european union proposed legislation wednesday that would create an e you wide data marketplace for sharing industrial and government information. It's comparable to what. Gdp has done personal information administrative data like health records census results and industrial data created by digital transformation could be shared more often. As long as it's protected under european standards for instance data would need to be protected from demands by foreign governments and only exported to countries that offer protections equivalent to the eu. The new law would also create data brokers to work as intermediaries between data providers
Europe signs $102M deal to bring space trash home
"Pricey project to get a piece of garbage. The European Space Agency signing a deal for about $102 million with the Swiss startup to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth. Otherwise known a space junk to deal with Clear space essay will lead to the first active debris removal mission and 2025 custom made spacecraft will capture and bring down a part of the rocket once used to deliver the satellite. Experts have long warned that hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk circle the planet
Ethiopian government begins offensive in Tigray capital city
"The Ethiopian ministry has become an offensive on the Tigray regional capital in its quest to arrest the region's defiant leaders to great TV has announced shelling me day in Mikkeli the city of a half million people a report from the city has confirmed it Ethiopia's government has warned city residents there will be no mercy if they didn't move away from the leaders of the Tigray people's liberation front in time the offensive on the threat of civilian deaths whose along the international community Ethiopian leader obeys government has said it will take care to avoid harming civilians in the tankless assumes I'm Charles the last month
Germany's Chancellor appealing to compatriots over restrictions
"Chancellor Angela Merkel is appealing a new two Germans to adhere to coronavirus restrictions as the Christmas period he soon to begin in a weekly video Merkel has urged citizens to keep to the rules setting it would be worth it she says Germans could be proud of the discipline and thoughtfulness over the past ten months and encourages them to keep to the rules and would use the contacts over the festive season federal and state leaders this week decided to extend a partial shutdown that started them but to the to the least December twenty them tighten some restrictions the matches so far have succeeded in holding a rise in new coronavirus cases but haven't pushed them down significantly I'm Charles de Ledesma
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
"Socialist prime minister tells citizens to please leave a chair empty this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution all face the possibility of having that chat empty forever the stock message reflects worries of a small a festive family gatherings as Europeans battle with containing the surging coded nineteen pandemic over the holiday season Alexander the crow argues the country's long running closely efforts should not be thrown away for the sake of a few warm and fuzzy house exchanging gifts on the a Christmas tree he says I would not want the progress of the possible weeks to be wasted because of four days Europe's nations are struggling to reconcile cold medical advice with a tradition the calls the big gatherings in often poorly ventilated rooms I'm Charles there this month
Britain's PM faces revolt over fresh restrictions
"The British government is warning lawmakers who opposes strict coronavirus restrictions that the measures all the only way to avoid a surge that may overwhelm the health system a full week national not down in England is due to end next week and will be replaced by three T. at regional measures that restrict business activity travel and socializing the vast majority of the country is being put into the upper two tiers now prime minister Boris Johnson faces opposition from his own Conservative Party lawmakers who say the economic damage outweighs the public health benefits some say they will vote against the measures in parliament on Tuesday while Johnson I like Michael Grove says the measures on grimly necessary Charles the list as well London
A Chilling Question Divides Europe: Open Ski Slopes or Keep Them Closed?
"Union countries are at odds over whether it is safe to open ski resorts for the winter holiday season, Teri Schultz reports with each government and making its own rules. It raises questions both for health authorities and for vacationers When the coronavirus first turned up in Europe to major hot spots were ski resorts in Italy and Austria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking countries to keep the resorts closed this season. Italian Prime Minister Decepticon to urged his citizens not to go skiing. The European Commission doesn't have the authority to tell countries what to do. But as commission spokesman Stephane Daycare, Smucker explains here through an interpreter, it hopes they'll cooperate. We're asking the member states to coordinate their efforts properly taking into consideration the existing state of science and the guidelines that have been drawn up. Austria, however, says it would mean a loss of More than $2 Billion to shut down. Non EU member Switzerland reportedly plans to keep its slopes open for
France’s new national security bill could jeopardize freedom of expression
"Opponents of a new French law to restrict sharing images of the police are expected to hold rallies calling for it to be withdrawn. They argue it undermines the freedom of the press to document police abuses. Government says the law protects officers from receiving online abuse. Demonstrations come days after the distribution of disturbing footage of police racially abusing and beating a black man. The Prime Minister John Key States has signaled the law could not be
Johnson Warns England Not to Relax After Virus Lockdown Ends
"With Great Britain in the middle of another car coronavirus lockdown. The prime minister's out with a warning that could ring true around the world. Virus. Fatigue is real, and it must be avoided, says the British prime minister. What we want to avoid is relaxing now too much. You're taking our foot off the throat of the beast. Now, when we've got it, you know pretty much where Up in a much, much better place than it was before. The autumn measures came in next week. A national lockdown and England is replaced with regional restrictions that are generally a bit looser. But a big worry. Here is Christmas. We're family gatherings could push covert numbers up again. Tom Rivers, ABC NEWS London
Naples mourns Diego Maradona
"We've seen the scene with with napoli fans and and how they've remembered maradonna always been fascinating to me alley that he had his best years as a player in the city of naples in a place that had no business having success as a team. And if you watch it alone documentary. That was published a year or two ago and and what that experience was like fort madonna himself but for the fans of apple. And why didn't meant how they were looked down upon from the rest of italy and he singlehandedly seemingly just took napoli and put in a whole different platform and a whole different atmosphere. One that they did not have access to before and haven't really had access to since the madonna became bigger than live bigger. That live in. China became bigger than live in napoli. When you think about the nineteen ninety world cup semi-final and that that's semi final happened to be at dina against italy. Play some bala stadium in napoli. Yes and the sort of conflict of emotion of the the people in naples. Cuomo supporting here. Yes that was amazing. Wasn't what am i supposed to support italy because see the rest of italy look down upon us for a long long period of time. Yeah and then this guy right here the own. he's the one that put us in a different platform. So am i supposed to root against my country and roofer owner and that in itself kind gives you an idea. How big of a figure he was naples. Yeah
S. Korea agency says N. Korea executed people, shut capital
"Syria's of steps North Korea has executed at least two people banned fishing at sea and locked down its capital. That's all, according to South Korea's spy agency. One lawmaker cited the agency is saying North Korean leader Kim Jong eun is displaying excessive anger and taking your rational measures over the pandemic and its economic impact. South Korean intelligence said North Korea also ordered diplomats overseas to refrain from any acts that could provoke the U. S. Because it's Worried about President elect Joe Biden's expected new approach toward the North. Getting a vaccine into the arms of
Macron prepares “global security” law banning the filming of police
"Or just briefly know there's another big story developing in France right now the country Reacting quite strongly to a video of French police officers beating up a black man in Paris. What can you tell us about that? Yeah, well, it's a completely shocking video that surfaced yesterday. Um, it's a It's a rap music producer who was going to his studio and he realized he didn't have on his face mask. You're supposed to wear one in the street. He saw police in a car and so he went into his studio, but they came into a studio with him. They didn't know they were being filmed. He didn't either by a security camera, and they just pummel him for 10 minutes or more with their fists with a Billy club. He's calling for help. It's just a dramatic scene, and in the end they accused him. They arrest him accused him of battery and trying to take their weapons and he ends up spending two nights in jail. This is last Saturday, it took place. And so there's just outrage across the country when that video surfaced yesterday. What are you hearing for people? Yeah, well, it comes at a time where French French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to pass this security bill, which would ban the filming of policemen as they're doing their job their faces. And you know, right civic groups and journalists organizations were against it, saying, this is going to lead to, you know abuses And now this video is just like what people are saying. Why would you not film the police? Thank God, there's this video. We need to film the police. So this is looking very bad for macron, who's been accused of veering to the far right when it comes to security matters. Politicians and people from a clock across the political spectrum are saying we have you know a police with a deep leadership crisis. You know how common is this? That these these things are going on? And lemon newspaper actually called on Macron to withdraw the bill immediately.
China slaps tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine imports - CNN
"Australia's government accuses China have imposing unfair and unwarranted tariffs on wine imports. The trade war between the two countries escalates. China is Australia's biggest trading partner, but relations are at their lowest level in decades. His trust his festive over allegations of Chinese interference in Australian politics and other sensitive issues. Beijing denies tariffs and other restrictions on Australian exports, including whine a payback for diplomatic disputes. Chinese officials insist he's a trade matters and nothing else. But the government in camera believes that Australia is being subjected to economic coercion that could cost billions of dollars.
Cardinals-to-be kept in quarantine ahead of Vatican ceremony
"To be here under locked out of the Vatican. It's because of covert, of course ahead of this weekend's ceremony when they get the red hats Pope Francis elevated 13 priest to cardinal status last month. For the past week. A handful of the problems have been under tight restrictions, even getting their meals left in the hot hallway outside their hotel rooms. The only American in the group is Archbishop of the Dart washed Indict D. C area of Wilton Daniel Gregory. He says he was tested when he arrived. It'll be tested again the morning of the ceremony. First one was negative. Hopefully the second one will be too But I'm observing the Vatican requirements for 10 days Quarantine that's on all members of the college of Cardinals, who are unable to travel because of the code restrictions will be able to join in virtually representatives of the Vatican will give them their hats and rings. On their end, and they'll participate in essentially a very fancy zoom meeting wins news Dive
Indian police agree to allow protesting farmers into capital
"Thousands of angry farmers faced tear gas and batons charges from police today as they resumed their march to the capital. Pro testing new laws they fear will give more power to corporations and reduce their earnings. Farmers began their march to New Delhi Thursday to mom pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to abolish the laws but were stopped by large numbers of security personnel in riot gear. The last two months. Farmers unions unwilling to accept new legislation have camped on highways in Punjab and Arianna States.
Six U.S. Oil Executives Are Convicted of Corruption in Venezuela
"Accord in Venezuela has sent in six American oil executives to prison for corruption. As NPR's Philip Reeves reports, the executives continue to maintain their innocence. The six are executives from Sicko, a refining company based in Houston. They were flown to Caracas three years ago for a meeting with Citgo's owners, Venezuela's state owned oil company there they were arrested by the government of Nicolas Maduro. And accused of running an embezzlement scheme. Washington has called for their release. But now a Venezuelan judge has sentenced five of the men to prison for just under nine years. The six was given 13 years. The news. Media and rights groups were denied access to the trial. The verdicts were greeted with dismayed by families and lawyers of the so called Sicko six who say they're innocent. Philip Reeves NPR news
UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants
"Will create a new watchdog to police. Big tech companies, including Google and Facebook. The AP Syria. Shockley reports the U. K government says that setting up a digital markets unit next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behavior off tech giants that dominate the online advertising market. The digital markets. Units scheduled to launch in April will oversee a new regulatory regime for tech companies that's aimed at spurring more competition. The measures were foreshadowed in findings, but former Obama economic advisor Jason Furman, who was commissioned by the UK Treasury to carry out the review off the digital economy. Sarah Shockley, London, Delta