Sat, 16 Jan 2021

UNITED NATIONS -- A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance next year, a near-40 percent increase on 2020 which is "almost entirely from COVID-19," the UN's emergency relief chief said on Tuesday.

In an appeal for 35 billion U.S. dollars to meet humanitarian needs next year, Mark Lowcock said the global health crisis had resulted in people reeling from conflict, levels of displacement and climate change shocks. (UN-Appeal-Humanitarian Assistance)

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WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Monday that a record number of people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Sunday since mid-March, as Americans head home from Thanksgiving travels.

"TSA officers screened 1,176,091 individuals at checkpoints on Sunday, Nov. 29. It's the highest number since mid-March," TSA Spokesperson Lisa Farbstein wrote in a tweet. (US-Thanksgiving-Air Travel)

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BRUSSELS -- Eurozone finance ministers decided on Monday to proceed with the reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the permanent euro bailout fund established in 2012 amid the European debt crisis.

The ESM will play a role as a common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF), a reform the ministers agreed to push into force by the beginning of 2022, revealed a Eurogroup statement following the ministers' video conference. (Eurozone-Bailout)

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TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate increased to 3.1 percent in October, the highest level in more than three years, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to adversely affect businesses, government data showed Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the total number of unemployed people in the country increased 80,000 to 2.14 million. (Japan-Unemployment Rate)

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BRASILIA -- Brazil's financial market analysts raised their inflation forecast for 2020 for the 16th consecutive time, from 3.45 percent to 3.54 percent, the Central Bank of Brazil said on Monday.

According to the bank's weekly survey of leading financial institutions in the country, analysts also increased their 2021 inflation forecast from 3.4 to 3.47 percent. (Brazil-Inflation)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's GDP is expected to contract by 4.2 percent this year and rise by 4.5 percent next year, according to a forecast released by the Ministry of Finance on Monday.

In addition, the unemployment rate in Israel, which currently stands at about 20 percent, will decrease to an average of 8.9 percent in 2021, according to the forecast. (Israel-Economy)

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