Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 9:00 p.m.
Updated Tuesday November 9, 2021 | 10:04 p.m.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Wang Lijie planned to spend three days in the Gobi Desert last month to admire the region’s famous poplar forest as its trees turn golden yellow. Instead, the Beijing resident has been stranded for more than three weeks, largely in quarantine, after authorities discovered a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a nearby town. He was among more than 9,000 tourists who found themselves trapped in the banner of Ejin, a remote part of China’s Inner Mongolia region located in the Gobi. As vaccination rates rise in many parts of the world and even countries that previously had strict COVID containment strategies cautiously ease restrictions, China is doubling down on its zero tolerance policy.
BALTIMORE (AP) – While in the White House, Donald Trump called Baltimore a “disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.” But for President Joe Biden, the city is the first stop on what will likely be a nationwide tour to show the value of his program. Biden plans on Wednesday to view the port of Baltimore as a plan for the rest of the nation on how to reduce shipping bottlenecks that have held back the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to administration officials who insisted on anonymity to discuss the event. The infrastructure package includes $ 17 billion for port modernization – an urgent need as a backlog of ships waiting to dock at major transit hubs has fueled inflation and damaged public perceptions of the economic stewardship of Biden.
WASHINGTON (AP) – House investigators have subpoenaed 10 former public servants who worked for Donald Trump at the end of his presidency, in an effort to find out more about what the president was doing and saying as his supporters took violent action stormed the United States Capitol on January 1. 6 in order to undo his defeat. The subpoenas issued on Tuesday, which included requests for documents and testimony from former senior adviser Stephen Miller and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, bring the House panel charged with investigating the insurgency within Trump’s inner circle – and closer to Trump himself. They come a day after the committee subpoenaed six other associates of the former president who spread lies about widespread election fraud and strategized to thwart President Joe Biden’s victory.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – U.S. food banks already facing increased demand from families sidelined by the pandemic are now facing a new challenge – soaring food prices and food chain issues supply that upset the country. The higher costs and limited availability mean some families can get smaller portions or substitutes for staples like peanut butter, which costs almost double what it was a year ago. As the holidays approach, some food banks worry that they won’t have enough cranberry stuffing and sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “What happens when food prices rise is the food insecurity for those who experience it only gets worse,” said Katie Fitzgerald, director of operations for Feeding America, an organization at nonprofit that coordinates the efforts of more than 200 food banks across the country.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Making coronavirus vaccines more accessible and reducing carbon emissions were two key commitments that senior Pacific Rim officials could agree to on Wednesday. But what has not been said are the deep tensions running through the unlikely group of 21 nations and territories comprising the United States, China, Taiwan, Russia and Australia. These tensions have raised questions about who can join a Pacific trade deal and whether the United States will be able to host a future round of meetings. Trade ministers met online for two days at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. It is hosted by New Zealand in a virtual format due to the pandemic.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Vietnamese tanker previously seized by Iran was free in open water on Wednesday, ending the latest maritime standoff involving Tehran amid stalled negotiations over its tattered nuclear deal with the powers global. The Sothys left a position off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday and reached international waters in the nearby Gulf of Oman, data analyzed by the Associated Press of MarineTraffic.com showed. The ship appeared to be anchored there, but there was no information on its crew. Shahrokh Nazemi, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, told the PA on Wednesday that “Sothys left Iranian waters last night after transferring the oil.” Vietnamese officials could not be reached for comment, although their officials previously admitted trying to get more information about the seizure from Iran.
HOUSTON (AP) – Contingency plans for the Astroworld music festival did not include protocols for dangerous crowd influxes like the one that unfolded during a rush to see headliner Travis Scott, which killed eight and injured hundreds more, including a 9-year-old boy whose family said he was in a coma. The concert area in Houston, where crowds of fans crowded during the rapper’s performance on Friday night, remains largely in place as authorities continue a criminal investigation. More than 20 lawsuits have already been filed, accusing organizers of failing to properly take crowd or staff control measures.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to block disclosure of documents to the House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Denying a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Tuesday that Congress had a strong public interest in obtaining documents that could shed light on a violent insurgency mounted by supporters of the former president. She added that President Joe Biden had the power to waive executive privilege over documents despite Trump’s claims to the contrary. Barring a court order, the National Archives plans to turn over Trump’s files to the committee by Friday.
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Defense lawyers generally encourage their clients to testify in self-defense cases. But the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial is anything but typical, and it’s still unclear whether the Illinois man will speak up to explain to jurors what he was thinking when he shot three people during a protest in Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards told the jury during opening statements last week that they would hear Rittenhouse himself explain how protesters carried stones. But witnesses prosecutors have called since then have often pleaded Rittenhouse’s case, testifying that the men he shot were the attackers and that Rittenhouse told people immediately after that he didn’t have to. no choice but to pull the trigger.
NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Williams, who remade his career as an MSNBC host after losing his job as NBC “Nightly News” presenter for making false statements about a war story, quits the network after 28 years. Williams said in a note to colleagues that “after a lot of thought” he decided to step down at the end of his contract in December. “It’s the end of one chapter and the start of another,” Williams wrote. “There are a lot of things I want to do and I’m going to reappear somewhere. Willliams, 62, said he would take a few months off to spend time with his family.