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Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent (BBC News) The election commission in Wisconsin has received a request for a recount of the votes in the state narrowly won by Donald Trump more than two weeks ago. The request was filed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Dr Stein has also pledged to file vote recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. A win by Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin alone would not overturn Mr Trump's lead - it provides only 10 votes in the crucial electoral college that gave him victory in the 8 November election. But wins in Wisconsin, Michigan (16 electoral votes) and Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) would have clinched the presidency for the Democrat. US officials have said there was no evidence of election tampering in the three states where Republican candidate Donald Trump had razor-thin victories over his Democratic rival. According to The New York Times, Trump has an advantage of 27,257 out of 2.945 million votes cast (0.92%).
The numbers are in: Trump wins Michigan by 10,704 (Detroit Free Press) In the closest race for president in Michigan's history, Republican Donald Trump is hanging on to a 10,704-vote win over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state's 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county. The difference in the final tally is 0.24% of the 4.5 million votes cast. A request for a recount is expected from Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
2016 Presidential Election, Unofficial Results (Pennsylvania Department of State) Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by 70,638 out of 5.8 million votes cast, according to the unofficial results posted by the state. Monday is the deadline for the filing of a request for a recount.
Army Corps issues eviction notice to Standing Rock protest camp, tribe chairman says (PBS News Hour) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a letter Friday announcing its plan to close land that has been the campsite for months-long protests against the North Dakota Access oil pipeline, according to Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Protesters, or “water protectors", were notified that land north of the Cannonball River will be closed on Dec. 5, in roughly 10 days, he said. The Oceti Sakowin camp, which rests on the banks of the river, contains a loose collective of tribal nations and out-of-state supporters opposing the 1,172-mile pipeline. The camp is about 45 minutes south of Bismarck, the state capital. The chairman said he was “deeply disappointed" by the Army Corps’ decision, “but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever". Archambault wrote:
“It is both unfortunate and disrespectful that this announcement comes the day after this country celebrates Thanksgiving - a historic exchange of goodwill between Native Americans and the first immigrants from Europe. Although the news is saddening, it is not at all surprising given the last 500 years of the mistreatment of our people."
"as a result of information in press recently Odin Management undergoneanalyzes of companies heavier involved in the pipeline in question. We see then that this project in isolation is challenging with regard to social responsibility. For this reason we have chosen to divest the fund's shares in Marathon Petroleum."
Lewis and Clark and the Mandan Tribe (Google Search) The Mandan Indians lived along the banks of the Knife and Missouri Rivers in North Dakota in the Standing Rock area where the current protests against a pipeline crossing ancient tribal lands and putting water sources at risk. It was in this area that the Mandan's hosted the encampment of Lewis and Clark in the winter of 1804-05. it is here that the famous guide Sakakawea is buried. She was a Lehmi-Shoshone woman born in what is now Idaho and kidnapped by the Mandan allies, the Hiidatsa, when she was 12 years old. Econintersect: We imagine that, if the Mandan had 212 years of foresight, they would not have been so hospitable and Lewis and Clark would not have ben able to proceed up the Missouri and on across the Bitterroot Mountains to the Snake and Columbia Rivers, eventually reaching the Pacific where they spent the following winter (2005-06).
Pay to stay in Europe (The Times) Britons who want to live and work in Europe after Brexit would have to pay for individual EU citizenship under proposals backed by the chief negotiator in the European Parliament. The plans would mean British citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels to retain many of the benefits of EU membership. Guy Verhofstadt, who was appointed lead Brexit negotiator at the European parliament in September, told The Times that he supported the idea in principle. An advocate of a “United States of Europe", the former Belgian prime minister has vowed to fight for the “rights of the 48 per cent" of British voters who voted for Remain.
Huge rise in hospital beds in England taken up by people with malnutrition (The Guardian) The number of hospital beds in England taken up by patients being treated for malnutrition has almost trebled over the last 10 years, in what charities say shows the “genuinely shocking" extent of hunger and poor diet. Official figures reveal that people with malnutrition accounted for 184,528 hospital bed days last year, a huge rise on 65,048 in 2006-07. The sharp increase is adding to the pressures on hospitals, which are already struggling with record levels of overcrowding. Critics have said the upward trend is a result of rising poverty, deep cutbacks in recent years to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care support, especially for older people.
Turkey threatens to end refugee deal in row over EU accession (The Guardian) Turkey’s president has threatened to tear up a landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe a day after the European parliament urged governments to freeze EU accession talks with Ankara. The threat underlines how far relations between Turkey and the European bloc have deteriorated in recent months, particularly after a coup attempt in July. Erdogan said in a speech on Friday at a women’s rights conference, referring to a Bulgarian border checkpoint where refugees massed last year:
“You clamoured when 50,000 refugees came to Kapikule, and started wondering what would happen if the border gates were opened. If you go any further, these border gates will be opened. Neither I nor my people will be affected by these empty threats. Do not forget, the west needs Turkey."
New Zealand quake: The cut-off tourist town of Kaikoura (BBC News) The tourists are gone, the town is cut off and the sewage is backing up, but businesses in quake-hit Kaikoura are vowing to struggle on. The town was cut off from the rest of New Zealand's South Island when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake destroyed its roads and railway on 14 November. Nearly two weeks later there is still no easy way in or out of the town and its biggest industries - fishing, agriculture and tourism - have ground to an agonising halt, just as it was preparing for peak visitor season.
Tropical storm Otto kills nine in Costa Rica (BBC News) At least nine people have been killed by tropical storm Otto in Costa Rica, officials say, as areas recorded over a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Several towns were covered by water and mud, and small bridges collapsed. Otto, the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America, made landfall in southern Nicaragua as a category-two storm on Thursday. But it weakened rapidly and became a tropical storm as it moved into the Pacific, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. At its peak, Otto had wind speeds of up to 175km/h (110mph). Costa Rica had not been directly hit by a hurricane since records began in 1851.
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