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News Wrap: Ethiopia’s leader denies rebels’ claims of atrocities

In our news wrap Monday, the rebel leader in Ethiopia's Tigray region is insisting that fighting goes on even after losing his capital, and funeral services were held for the founder of Iran's military nuclear program who was killed last week in an ambush that Iran is blaming on Israel.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    A second major pharmaceutical company is pushing tonight for approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna says it's applying for emergency use permission in Europe and the U.S.

    That news comes amid warnings of even more infections from Thanksgiving gatherings.

    In New York today, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered measures to help hospitals, including calling in retired doctors and nurses.

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system. And if those numbers continue to increase, which we expect they will, you will see serious stress on the hospital system.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And in Southern California, Los Angeles County began enforcing a strict stay-at-home order today.

    We will return to the pandemic after the news summary.

    President-elect Joe Biden formally announced top economic advisers today. He will nominate Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, to be Treasury secretary. And, in a first, women of color are slotted for two other key positions, Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget and Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.

    The Biden team gets a closer look later in the program.

    Meanwhile, the elections chief in Georgia announced probes of alleged efforts to register ineligible or dead voters for two U.S. Senate run-offs. But Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger again rejected claims that President Trump lost the state because of fraud.

  • Brad Raffensperger:

    There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation. And, frankly, they're misleading the president as well, apparently.

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    Georgia has certified that president-elect Biden won the state by about 12,700 votes. Today, Arizona certified a Biden win by a little over 10,000 votes. And Wisconsin finished a partial recount confirming another Biden victory.

    In Iran, funeral services were held for the founder of the country's military nuclear program. He died last week in an ambush that Iran blames on Israel. State TV showed mourners paying their respects to Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. A top security official said that the Israelis used remote-controlled weapons in the attack. Israel has not commented.

    The rebel leader in Ethiopia's Tigray region is insisting that fighting goes on, even after losing his capital. Ethiopia's army seized the city of Mekelle over the weekend, after nearly a month of fighting that killed and displaced thousands.

    Today, the nation's prime minister denied rebel claims of atrocities by the army.

  • Abiy Ahmed¬†(through translator):

    The defense forces never killed a single person in a single town. We have disciplined heroic soldiers. There was a lot of campaigning saying that we would demolish Mekelle. Mekelle is ours, built with our resources. How can we destroy it? No one got in harm's way in the operation.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ethiopia's prime minister today and called for a total cease-fire.

    And back in this country, Wall Street took profits after a big month. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 271 points to close at 29638. The Nasdaq fell seven points, and the S&P 500 slipped 16. Overall, the Dow and the Nasdaq gained nearly 12 percent in November. The S&P rose almost 11 percent.

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