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SEC Chair Clayton leaving post as top financial regulator

SEC Chair Clayton leaving post as top financial regulator

WASHINGTON — Jay Clayton, a former Wall Street lawyer who has headed the Securities and Exchange Commission as the financial markets’ top regulator during the Trump administration, is leaving the position at year’s end, the SEC announced Monday.
Saudi Aramco to issue bonds as it seeks cash amid oil slump

Saudi Aramco to issue bonds as it seeks cash amid oil slump

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco announced Monday it will issue international bonds as it seeks a cash infusion to help pay for billions of dollars in dividends the company promised shareholders before the global coronavi
Donnie Wahlberg again leaves $2,020 tip to inspire giving

Donnie Wahlberg again leaves $2,020 tip to inspire giving

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Actor Donnie Wahlberg recently left a $2,020 tip at a Massachusetts restaurant, continuing his habit of leaving generous gratuities to brighten the days of wait staff.
UAE national carrier to start flying to Tel Aviv next spring

UAE national carrier to start flying to Tel Aviv next spring

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday it would start operating daily nonstop flights to Tel Aviv next spring, a move that deepens ties between the UAE and Israel after the two
Virus quarantine complicates a big week for Boris Johnson

Virus quarantine complicates a big week for Boris Johnson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Monday he is firmly in control of the government, despite having to self-isolate for two weeks because a contact tested positive for the coronavirus.
Israelis protest EU delegation's visit to planned settlement

Israelis protest EU delegation's visit to planned settlement

JERUSALEM — Israeli protesters shouted down a group of European diplomats on Monday who were visiting the site of a planned settlement expansion in east Jerusalem that would make it even harder to establish a viable Palestinian state and could anger
Fire in Hong Kong apartment building kills 7, injures 11

Fire in Hong Kong apartment building kills 7, injures 11

HONG KONG — Authorities in Hong Kong said at least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a fire at an apartment building that may have started at a gathering of people from the city's Nepalese community.
Biden seeks window on vaccine plans as Trump stalls handoff

Biden seeks window on vaccine plans as Trump stalls handoff

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden's scientific advisers plan to meet with vaccine makers in coming days even as a stalled presidential transition keeps them out of the loop on government plans to inoculate all Americans against COVID-19.
Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister al-Moallem dies at age 79

Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister al-Moallem dies at age 79

BEIRUT — Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, died on Monday. He was 79.
2nd coronavirus vaccine shows early success in U.S. tests

2nd coronavirus vaccine shows early success in U.S. tests

For the second time this month, there's promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the U.S. and around the world.