Dr. Jennifer Pena, Nurx Chief Medical Officer & Former White House Medical Unit Physician for Obama, Biden and Pence, joins Yahoo Finance’s Julie Hyman and Alexis Christoforous to discuss the latest coronavirus updates and women in medicine.
Dr. Jennifer Pena, Nurx Chief Medical Officer & Former White House Medical Unit Physician for Obama, Biden and Pence, joins Yahoo Finance’s Julie Hyman and Alexis Christoforous to discuss the latest coronavirus updates and women in medicine.
The pictures were unearthed from a private collection and show Philip looking after a 13-year-old Elizabeth.
Gossamer Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOSS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutics in the disease areas of immunology, inflammation and oncology, today announced the promotion of Caryn Peterson to Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Ms. Peterson will continue to lead Gossamer’s Regulatory and Quality functions, tasked with strategizing and implementing global regulatory strategies for all clinical and pre-clinical programs, in addition to co-leading the Company’s CMC efforts. Ms. Peterson previously served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Quality after joining Gossamer in 2018.
The "Global Portable Compressor Nebulizer Market (2020-2025) by Type, Application, Distribution Channel Geography, Competitive Analysis and the Impact of Covid-19 with Ansoff Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine received its first 117,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX global vaccine sharing program on Friday. Under a contract between Kyiv and Pfizer, the country expects a shipment of 10 more million doses in May-June. Ukraine reported 17,479 new coronavirus cases on Friday. Ukraine’s chief health doctor, Victor Liashko, says immunization with the Pfizer shot will begin on Sunday in the Kyiv region and offered across the country on Monday. Residents and staff of Ukraine’s retirement homes will be the first in line to get the shot, then it will be offered to emergency officials and border guards. Ukraine started vaccinations in February after receiving 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shot from India. The immunization campaign has been hampered by widespread reluctance to take the vaccine, with only 432,817 people getting at least one shot so far. Kyiv has ordered 1.9 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech. Struggling to contain the soaring infections, the Ukrainian authorities introduced lockdown restrictions in many of the country’s regions. Ukraine’s Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the measures helped stabilize the situation. The former Soviet nation of 41 million has registered 1.9 million cases and more than 39,000 confirmed deaths. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — China’s success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak leaves its public reluctant to get vaccinated — Shortage of intubation drugs is the latest problem the pandemic has brought in Brazil — Louisiana is making a full-court press to get shots in arms, with creative outreach to make it easy to get vaccinated — Tokyo Olympic organizers again say postponed games will open in just 100 days despite Japan's virus surge — Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh recorded 101 new deaths, the highest in a day, raising the nation’s confirmed death toll to 10,181. The country registered another 4,417 positive cases in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 711,779, according to the Ministry of Health Affairs, The new figures came amid reports that may hospitals in the capital, Dhaka, were overwhelmed with patients despite a nationwide lockdown. Officials say the number of deaths has increased in recent weeks as new strains of the virus were spreading quickly. They say the number of daily cases has increased seven-fold in a month while the number of deaths has doubled in recent weeks. Using the AstraZeneca vaccine from India’s Serum Institute, some 5.7 million people have been inoculated with the first dose while another 900,000 people have received the second dose. ___ GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said coronavirus cases are continuing to rise globally at “worrying” rates and noted that the number of new cases confirmed per week has nearly doubled during the past two months. At a press briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of new cases “is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far in the pandemic.” Tedros said some countries that had been able to avoid widespread COVID-19 outbreaks are now seeing steep increases, citing Papua New Guinea as an example. “Until the beginning of this year, Papua New Guinea had reported less than 900 cases and nine deaths,” Tedros said. The noted. The country has now identified more than 9,000 cases and 83 deaths, half of which were reported in the last month. “Papua New Guinea is a perfect example of why vaccine equity is so important,” Tedros said, adding that the Pacific island nation has relied on vaccine donations from Australia and the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative. To date, COVAX has shipped about 40 million vaccines to more than 100 countries, or enough to protect about 0.25% of the world’s population. ___ NEW DELHI — The chief executive of India's Serum Institute, the world’s largest maker of vaccines and a critical supplier of the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, asked U.S. President Joe Biden to lift an embargo on exporting the raw materials needed to makeCOVID-19 vaccines. Adar Poonawalla wrote to Biden on Twitter: “If we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the U.S., I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the U.S. so that vaccine production can ramp up.” Poonawalla told the The Associated Press earlier that the unavailability of certain raw materials, such as the specific medium needed to grow microorganisms, was going to affect the Serum Institute’s production of a vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical company Novavax. The Serum Institute and Novavax have inked a deal to supply 1.1 billion doses of vaccine to COVAX. India on Friday confirmed over 200,000 new virus cases in 24 hours. Amid a surge that has overwhelmed hospitals and left unprepared authorities scrambling, the country has been trying to vaccinate enough people to slow the spread of the virus. To do so, India has paused vaccine exports to other nations. ___ MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said it’s uncertain when the Philippines can get adequate COVID-19 vaccines while warning more people will die and “the worst of times” is yet to come. Duterte said his administration has done its best despite criticism and he could use emergency power, for example, to take over hotels if hospital room shortages worsen. But he said wealthy nations control the vaccine supply and other countries could hardly do anything but wait. “When will we have that stocks sufficient to vaccinate the people? I really do not know. Nobody knows,” Duterte said in a televised meeting Thursday night with key Cabinet members. “I think before it gets better, we’ll have to go to the worst of times.” “There’s no sufficient supply to inoculate the world. This will take a long time. I’m telling you many more will die here.” The Philippines has received more than 3 million doses of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, most of it donated by China and through the COVAX arrangement by the World Health Organization. At least 1.2 million people have been given initial doses. The government aims to purchase at least 148 million doses to inoculate about 70 million adult Filipinos but the plan has faced supply problems and delays. The vaccination delays have coincided with an alarming surge in coronavirus infections that the government has been scrambling to ease in the hard-hit capital and four outlying provinces. The Philippines has long been a coronavirus hotspot in Southeast Asia with more than 904,000 infections and 15,594 deaths. ___ COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark is opening up faster than initially planned and allowing restaurants to serve patrons indoors starting next Wednesday providing they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or can show negative test results. The limit on outdoor public gatherings will also be raised to 50 from 10 on April 21. Soccer fans will also be allowed to return to stadiums. A vast majority of Danish lawmakers agreed Friday on the reopening plan for next week. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said, “It will shape our daily lives in a positive direction.” Denmark's coronavirus outbreak is largely under control. Hair salons and smaller shopping malls already have reopened, and as of Monday, people will be able to go to larger shopping malls and department stores. ___ SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus. He is urging more residents to sign up for appointments and not let apprehension get in the way of getting protected against the illness. The nation’s most populous state on Thursday began vaccinating anyone age 16 and over regardless of occupation or health condition. The move comes as California and other states have seen vaccine supplies rise in recent weeks. But officials are working to address hesitancy, particularly in some of the communities hit hardest by the pandemic. ___ NEW YORK — New U.S. government data show the country had approximately 600,000 more deaths than usual during a 13-month span. The coronavirus was blamed for most of those deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimate Thursday. It covers Jan. 26, 2020, to Feb. 27. The coronavirus was first detected in the U.S. in late January of last year. CDC researchers say the biggest spikes in the deaths occurred in early April, late July, and the very end of December. At least 75% of the deaths were directly tied to COVID-19, but the estimate includes deaths from all causes. This week, the CDC released provisional data through the end of September 2020 that suggested drug overdose deaths for the year were far exceeding tallies seen in any previous year. The CDC says more than 87,000 deaths were reported over a 12-month period. ___ The Associated Press
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Russia's plan to temporarily restrict movement of foreign warships in part of the Black Sea will not affect the nearby Kerch Strait, the RIA news agency reported on Friday, signalling lower risks for regional trade from Russia-Ukraine tensions. The Kerch Strait is a crucial part of the regional grain trade connecting the Azov sea with the Black Sea. The right of passage of foreign warships and "other state ships" will be suspended in three spots near Crimea's Black Sea coast from April 24 until October 31, RIA said, citing Russia's defence ministry.
Jimmy Lai, the owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper, is a fierce critic of Beijing.
Dublin, April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "TPO Roofing Membrane Market Report: Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global TPO roofing membrane market is expected to reach an estimated $2 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 5% from 2020 to 2026. The future of the global TPO roofing membrane market looks promising with opportunities in the commercial, residential, and industrial markets. The major drivers for this market are growth in the building & construction industry and increasing demand for green roofing solutions.Carlisle Companies Incorporates, GAF Materials Corporations, Johns Manville, Firestone Building Products, Dow Chemical, and Sika AG, are the major manufacturers of TPO roofing membranes.The analyst forecasts that 45 mil thickness TPO roofing membrane will remain the largest segment due to their low cost and is ideal choice for buildings which needs 10-15 years of service life. TPO roofing membranes with 80 mil thickness are expected to witness highest growth over the forecast period due to the growing demand for materials with greater strength, energy efficiency, durability, and performance. Within the TPO roofing membrane market, commercial will remain the largest end use market by value and volume due to the growing focus of building owners and contractors (government and private) on environment friendly, energy efficient roofing solutions. The residential segment is expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period due to increasing residential construction activities and government initiatives to use products that offer a higher standard of energy efficiency in buildings.North America will remain the largest region over the forecast period due to stringent government regulations and building codes for energy efficiency. Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period due to increasing construction activities and growing awareness about cost effective building solutions. Carlisle Companies Incorporates, GAF Materials Corporations, Johns Manville, Firestone Building Products, Dow, and Sika AG, are the major manufacturers of TPO roofing membranes. The study includes trends and forecast for the global TPO roofing membrane market by end use industry, membrane thickness, application, and region.Features of the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market Market Size Estimates: Global TPO roofing membrane market size estimation in terms of value ($M) and volume (million square meter)Trend and Forecast Analysis: Market trends and forecast (2015-2026) by various segments and regions.Segmentation Analysis: Global TPO roofing membrane market size by various segments, such as end use industry, membrane thickness, application, and regions in terms of value and volume.Growth Opportunities: Analysis on growth opportunities in different as end use industry, membrane thickness, application, and regions for the TPO roofing membrane market.Strategic Analysis: This includes M&A, new product development, and competitive landscape for the TPO roofing membrane market. This report answers following 11 key questions What are some of the most promising, high-growth opportunities for the global TPO roofing membrane end use industry?Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why?Which regions will grow at a faster pace and why?What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the drivers and challenges of the market?What are the business risks and threats to the market?What are the emerging trends in this market and the reasons behind them?What are some changing demands of customers in the market?What are the new developments in the market? Which companies are leading these developments?Who are the major players in this market? What strategic initiatives are being implemented by key players for business growth?What are some of the competitive products and processes in this area and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share via product substitution?What M&A activity has occurred in the last 5 years? Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive Summary2. TPO Roofing Membrane Market Background and Classification2.1: Introduction, Background, and Classifications2.2: Supply Chain2.3: Industry Drivers and Challenges3. Market Trends and Forecast Analysis from 2020 to 20263.1: Macroeconomic Trends and Forecast3.2: Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market Trends and Forecast3.3: Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by End Use Industry3.3.1: Commercial126.96.36.199: Retail188.8.131.52: Office184.108.40.206: Hospitality220.127.116.11: Education18.104.22.168: Healthcare22.214.171.124: Others3.3.2: Residential3.3.3: Industrial and Others3.4: Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by Thickness3.4.1: 45 Mil Thick Membranes3.4.2: 60 Mil Thick Membranes3.4.3: 80 Mil Thick Membranes3.5: Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by Application3.5.1: Roofing3.5.2: Reroofing4. Market Trends and Forecast Analysis by Region5. Competitive Analysis5.1: Product Portfolio Analysis5.2: Geographical Reach2: Porter's Five Forces Analysis6. Growth Opportunity and Strategic Analysis6.1: Growth Opportunities Analysis6.1.1: Growth Opportunities for the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by End-Use Industry6.1.2: Growth Opportunities for the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by Thickness6.1.3: Growth Opportunities for the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by Application6.1.4: Growth Opportunities for the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market by Region6.2: Strategic Analysis6.2.1: New Product Development6.2.2: Capacity Expansion of the TPO Roofing Membrane Market6.2.3: Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures in the Global TPO Roofing Membrane Market6.2.4: Technology Development7. Company Profiles of Leading Players7.1: Carlisle Companies Incorporated7.2: GAF Materials Corporation7.3: Johns Manville7.4: Firestone Building Products7.5: Dow Chemical7.6: Sika AG7.7: ARDEX Australia7.8: Tremco7.9: Fatra, AS7.10: Technonicol7.11: Protan7.12: BAUDER7.13: FLACHDACH7.14: RENOLIT7.15: Imper7.16: PolyglassFor more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/im9ee9 CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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Prince Philip funeral: all eyes on William and Harry and the QueenBody language experts will aim to dissect estranged princes’ movements and the Queen will pay silent tribute to her husband Prince Harry and Prince William in 2015. Senior royals must wear civilian clothes to Prince Philip’s funeral. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
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Beating the earth with his fists, a young man wails as the body of his father, who died after contracting COVID-19, is taken from an ambulance and lowered into a hastily-dug grave in India's capital New Delhi. The city's main Muslim graveyard for victims of COVID-19 is running out of space, according to authorities, as cases in Delhi and across the country run out of control following the relaxation of almost all curbs on movement last year. India, a country of almost 1.4 billion people, has reported more than 200,000 new daily cases for the last two days, the highest in the world, with Delhi overtaking Mumbai as the country's worst-hit city.
Aluminum Market Research Report - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19 Market Statistics: The report provides market sizing and forecast across five major currencies - USD, EUR GBP, JPY, and AUD.New York, April 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Aluminum Market Research Report - Global Forecast to 2025 - Cumulative Impact of COVID-19" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p06063108/?utm_source=GNW This helps organization leaders make better decisions when currency exchange data is readily available.1. The Global Aluminum Market is expected to grow from USD 56,891.56 Million in 2020 to USD 71,092.56 Million by the end of 2025.2. The Global Aluminum Market is expected to grow from EUR 49,883.60 Million in 2020 to EUR 62,335.31 Million by the end of 2025.3. The Global Aluminum Market is expected to grow from GBP 44,346.63 Million in 2020 to GBP 55,416.23 Million by the end of 2025.4. The Global Aluminum Market is expected to grow from JPY 6,071,771.96 Million in 2020 to JPY 7,587,378.47 Million by the end of 2025.5. The Global Aluminum Market is expected to grow from AUD 82,614.12 Million in 2020 to AUD 103,235.86 Million by the end of 2025.Market Segmentation & Coverage:This research report categorizes the Aluminum to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets:Based on Geography, the Aluminum Market studied across Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa. The Americas region surveyed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and United States. The Asia-Pacific region surveyed across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand. The Europe, Middle East & Africa region surveyed across France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. Company Usability Profiles:The report deeply explores the recent significant developments by the leading vendors and innovation profiles in the Global Aluminum Market including Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), Aluminum Corporation of China Limited, Arconic Corporation, Century Aluminum Company, China Hongqiao Group Limited, Constellium SE, East Hope Group Company Limited, Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC, Hindalco Industries Limited, JW Aluminum Co, Kaiser Aluminum, Logan Aluminum Inc., Norsk Hydro ASA, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Group, United Company RUSAL, Vedanta Limited, and Xinfa Group Co.,Ltd.. Cumulative Impact of COVID-19:COVID-19 is an incomparable global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, so for and, the long-term effects projected to impact the industry growth during the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure the inclusion of underlaying COVID-19 issues and potential paths forward. The report is delivering insights on COVID-19 considering the changes in consumer behavior and demand, purchasing patterns, re-routing of the supply chain, dynamics of current market forces, and the significant interventions of governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimations, and forecast, considering the COVID-19 impact on the market.FPNV Positioning Matrix:The FPNV Positioning Matrix evaluates and categorizes the vendors in the Aluminum Market on the basis of Business Strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (Value for Money, Ease of Use, Product Features, and Customer Support) that aids businesses in better decision making and understanding the competitive landscape.Competitive Strategic Window:The Competitive Strategic Window analyses the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications, and geographies. The Competitive Strategic Window helps the vendor define an alignment or fit between their capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. During a forecast period, it defines the optimal or favorable fit for the vendors to adopt successive merger and acquisition strategies, geography expansion, research & development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth.The report provides insights on the following pointers:1. Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information on the market offered by the key players2. Market Development: Provides in-depth information about lucrative emerging markets and analyzes the markets3. Market Diversification: Provides detailed information about new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: Provides an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players5. 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The head of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company has warned that people will probably need a third dose of his laboratory's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, adding that annual booster shots may also be required. The Pfizer chief has defended the relatively higher cost of the treatment. Speaking in an interview on American television, Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla, said that his company was currently evaluating long-term vaccination needs, but that a third dose and annual revaccination were a "likely scenario"."We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told CBC. The whole situation needs to be confirmed, he said, adding that variants will play a "key role"."It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus," he said.Protection horizon currently unknownResearchers currently don't know for how long vaccines will provide protection against the coronavirus.Pfizer published a study earlier this month claiming that its jab is more than 91 percent effective at protecting against the coronavirus, and more than 95 percent effective against severe cases of Covid-19 for up to six months after the second dose.But researchers say more data is needed to determine whether protection lasts beyond six months.David Kessler, the head of US President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team, warned a congressional committee on Thursday that Americans should expect to receive booster shots to defend against coronavirus variants."We don't know everything at this moment," he told the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee. "We are studying the durability of the antibody response."It seems strong but there is some waning of that and no doubt the variants challenge" that, he said. "I think for planning purposes, planning purposes only, I think we should expect that we may have to boost."Pfizer defends price and profit policyBourla also on Thursday defended the price of his company's vaccine, saying the product is saving lives and will not be sold to poor countries for a profit."Vaccines are very expensive," Bourla said in an interview with several European news outlets."They save human lives, they allow economies to reopen, but we sell them at the price of a meal," he was quoted as saying.According to data released several months ago by a member of the Belgian government, the Pfizer coronavirus jab has been the most expensive one for the European Union, along with the vaccine produced by rival company Moderna.Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov explained earlier this week that the Pfizer vaccine's price was rising as sales were being negotiated, costing as much as 19.50 euros, up from 12 euros.Pfizer ten times more costly than rival jabThe prices are in sharp contrast to those of the rival shot produced by British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. The producers of the AZ treatment have vowed not to make a profit on the product during the pandemic and have sold it to the EU for less than two euros a unit.Bourla did not confirm the price of the Pfizer vaccine but admitted that it was sold at a higher price to developed countries like those in the EU or the United States."In middle-income countries, we sell it for half the price," he said. "In poorer countries, including in Africa, we sell it at cost."Bourla also said that Pfizer is working on a new formula that would allow the vaccine to be stored for four to six months at a normal temperature, rather than the minus 70 degrees Celsius which is currently required.
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WASHINGTON — It was one of the more tantalizing, yet unresolved, questions of the investigation into possible connections between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign: Why was a business associate of campaign chairman Paul Manafort given internal polling data — and what did he do with it? A Treasury Department statement Thursday offered a potentially significant clue, asserting that Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant, had shared sensitive campaign and polling information with Russian intelligence services. Kilimnik has long been alleged by U.S. officials to have ties to Russian intelligence. But the statement in a broader Treasury Department sanctions announcement was the first time the U.S. government had so directly drawn a connection from the Trump campaign to the Kremlin's intelligence services. The revelation was all the more startling because it went beyond any allegation made in either special counsel Robert Mueller's 2019 report or in an even more damning and detailed document released last year by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Both those investigations were unable to determine what Kilimnik did with the data and whether he shared it further. The issue resurfaced Thursday because Kilimnik was one of 32 people and entities sanctioned by the U.S. government for interference in the 2020 election. Officials say Kilimnik sought to promote the bogus narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 election. Kilimnik was a key but mysterious figure in Mueller's investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. A business associate of Manafort's who worked closely with him, even managing his firm's office in Kyiv, Kilimnik is mentioned by name 156 times in the Mueller report. He was also indicted alongside Manafort on witness tampering allegations, but has not appeared in the U.S. to face those charges. The FBI has issued a $250,000 award for information leading to his arrest. A key episode examined by Mueller involved Manafort's decision to share campaign polling data with Kilimnik — something prosecutors say Manafort lied about when questioned. Investigators scrutinized a series of secretive encounters between the men, including one in August 2016 at the Grand Havana Club in New York. There, according to statements provided by Mueller, Manafort briefed Kilimnik on internal campaign data and messaging and they discussed battleground states. The exchange of polling data was an eye-catching data point, especially since it suggested Russia could have exploited such inside information to target influence campaigns aimed at boosting Trump's election bid in 2016. But Mueller's team said it couldn't “reliably determine” Manafort's purpose in sharing it, nor assess what Kilimnik may have done with it — in part due to questions over Manafort's credibility. The Senate committee also came up empty, though its report drew attention for its characterization of Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence officer. It was not clear what new information, if any, led to the Treasury Department's assessment that Kilimnik had “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.” A Treasury Department spokesman did not return an email seeking comment. ____ Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
BEIJING — A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China “too negative,” saying it highlights confrontation over co-operation. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng said Friday that co-operation could be critically important as U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration focuses on COVID-19 and economic recovery. Le told The Associated Press in an interview that the two countries could tide over many difficulties by working together. He said the emphasis on competition and confrontation lacks a forward-looking spirit. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. The AP’s previous story is below: A leading Chinese diplomat said Friday that his country, the world’s largest carbon emitter, plans to send a “positive message” at a climate change meeting called by U.S. President Joe Biden for next week. But Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng also signalled that China is unlikely to make any new proposal beyond its current commitments on climate change. “For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered," he said in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. "Some countries are asking China to do more on climate change. I am afraid this is not very realistic.” He spoke as Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, was discussing the issue on the second day of closed-door meetings with Chinese counterparts in Shanghai. Le said he had no details on those meetings. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aim to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030. Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Xi, to an April 22-23 virtual climate summit. The U.S. and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions and pledge financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations. Le didn't say whether Xi would join the summit, but said “the Chinese side is actively studying the matter.” The Associated Press