Azerbaijan says 4 servicemen killed in clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Atlanta Mayor Declines Role in Incoming Biden Administration

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms turned down a position in President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, her spokesman said, amid speculation about what role she might play in the new administration.

“Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was honored to have been offered a role in the cabinet, which she respectfully declined,” senior adviser Rashad Taylor said in a statement on Saturday. “The mayor’s focus remains on the people of Atlanta and the great state of Georgia.”

Bottoms had been rumored to be under consideration to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development or to head the Small Business Administration, a cabinet-level post. A reporter for the New Yorker said Friday she’d been offered the less prestigious role of ambassador to the Bahamas. The transition denied that report on Friday, and Taylor did again Saturday.

Bottoms, 50, whose national profile rose when her response to unrest in her city over the summer was generally well received, is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Her decision not to join the Biden administration was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

English house with Banksy artwork still up for sale, owners say

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The owners of a home in England that is now host to Banksy’s latest artwork had been attempting to sell the place — and they say now that it’s still on the market.

Banksy’s new artwork — titled “Aachoo!!” –features a woman sneezing out her dentures, and debuted early Thursday on a street corner home in Bristol.

The British artist posted a photo of the mural on his Instagram page that same day, confirming he was the mastermind behind the piece.

Reports later circulated that the homeowners delayed selling the home, but Nick Makin says that’s not true.

Makin told the BBC his mother delayed selling the home for two days, but is moving forward with the sale.

“It does increase the value, and you have to take a moment to think about it, but it’s not changing anything in terms of the house sale for us,” Makin said.

Makin added that a piece of clear acrylic was placed over the mural, and an alarm system has also been installed.

Banksy murals can fetch more than $100,000.

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Emaar Names Jamal Bin Theniyah as Chairman as Alabbar Steps Down

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Emaar Properties PJSC named Jamal Bin Theniyah as chairman as veteran Mohamed Alabbar stepped down.

The company cited a regulatory rule barring combining the position of chairman and executives. The former chairman was named managing director. Ahmed Jawa was named vice chairman.

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Bahrain Approves China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine

Bahrain approved the registration of the Sinopharm Group Co Ltd. vaccine against the coronavirus, about a week after the United Arab Emirates registered the Chinese-made vaccine.

“Results from Phase III clinical trials showed an 86% efficacy rate, a 99% seroconversion rate of neutralizing antibody and 100% effectiveness in preventing moderate and severe cases of Covid-19,” the National Health Regulatory Authority said in a statement Sunday.

Bahrain has participated in phase III clinical trials, in which more than 7,700 volunteers signed up. Bahrain had previously authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, which was provided to frontline workers in contact with coronavirus patients.

The UAEregistered the Sinopharm vaccine after finding it had a 86% efficacy rate, paving the way for a full public use and allowing for a re-opening of the Gulf nation’s economy.

Egyptplans to start the process of inoculation against the coronavirus after receiving the first shipments of Sinopharm vaccine. Peru has temporarilysuspended trials of the vaccine after an unspecified “adverse event” was reported during a clinical trial.

24×7 RTGS facility to become operational from December 14

This is part of RBI’s plans to push digital payments in the country.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that the 24X7 RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) facility will be operationalised from early morning of December 14, 2020 to enable round the clock transfer of money.

RTGS is generally used for high value financial transactions.

“RTGS facility becomes operational 24X7 from 12.30 am tonight. Congratulations to the teams of RBI & IFTAS and service partners who made this possible,” Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI said in a twist.

This is part of RBI’s plans to push digital payments in the country.

Currently RTGS facility is available from 7am to 6pm on working days of the week except 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Azerbaijan says 4 servicemen killed in clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) – Four Azeri servicemen were killed when their units were attacked in areas adjacent to the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Sunday.

Authorities in Armenia said six of their servicemen had been wounded in what they described as an Azeri military offensive, as the sides accused each other of violating a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.