What Happens to Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits in 2021? Here’s What We Know.

Two pandemic unemployment programs used by 14 million people will end Dec. 26 and an extra $300-a-week in benefits won’t start unless President Trump signs into law a $900 billion aid package that extends the payments to workers—or Congress overrides a possible veto. Special pandemic-related programs and extra financial assistance have assisted workers who lost … Read more

Alleged Torture Victims Target U.S. Property Assets of Libyan Commander

Since the two decades he spent in the U.S. after leading a CIA-backed campaign against the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in the 1980s, militia leader Khalifa Haftar amassed millions of dollars in properties and other assets, including a luxury home in Virginia. Now, as Mr. Haftar commands troops in eastern Libya and faces … Read more

World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

After a drawn-out vote count that transfixed not just the U.S. but most of the world, many global leaders on Saturday were quick to respond to former Vice President Joe Biden’s election victory, with most sending congratulations and vowing to work with him. In Europe, where many countries hope President-elect Biden will reverse some of … Read more

Turkey’s President Erdogan Ousts Central Bank Governor

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the central bank governor as the country is beset by its second currency crisis in two years. In a decree published in the early hours of Saturday, Mr. Erdogan ended the mandate of Murat Uysal, who had led the institution since the summer of 2019, replacing him with Naci … Read more

Economy Week Ahead: Election, the Fed and Employment

The U.S. employment report for October caps a full week for economic and political news. Monday The Institute for Supply Management’s survey of purchasing managers at factories is expected to show another month of expanding activity in October. Strong demand for consumer goods and capital equipment has driven a manufacturing rebound after coronavirus-related disruptions depressed … Read more

Europe Aims to Emerge Smarter From Latest Lockdowns

One by one, governments across Europe are reintroducing strict new measures to tame a resurgent pandemic after concluding that light-touch strategies aimed at containing Covid-19 have failed to keep infections in check. Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Belgium are all now back under pandemic-containment regimes similar to those imposed in the spring, with bars … Read more

WSJ News Exclusive | Pentagon Draw-Down at U.S. Embassies Prompts Concern About Ceding Field to Global Rivals

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has quietly begun withdrawing top military officers from U.S. embassies in Africa and downgrading other such posts world-wide, a move officials say is necessary to shift resources to counter China and Russia on the geopolitical stage and meet congressional caps on the number of generals and admirals in the U.S. military. The position … Read more

Tech Startups Say New Pay Rules for H-1B Visas Are Unaffordable

New rules from the Trump administration restricting skilled foreign workers are unnerving U.S. startup hubs, as founders and investors say the limitations will hamstring their ability to recruit top-tier talent to grow their businesses. The changes to the H-1B visa program announced in October will make qualifying for the work visas much tougher and compel … Read more

Nigerian Protesters Shut Down Africa’s Largest City, Escalating Standoff With Government

LAGOS, Nigeria—Tens of thousands of protesters brought the largest city in Africa to a standstill on Monday, mounting the biggest demonstration in a two-week campaign against police brutality and escalating a standoff with a government that has pledged to restore order. Groups of placard-waving protesters blocked major roads across Lagos, Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital and … Read more

France Vows to Root Out Islamist Extremism After Beheading of Teacher Samuel Paty

PARIS—French authorities vowed to crack down on civic groups they said were promoting radical Islam, days after an extremist beheaded a schoolteacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Monday said that 51 associations, including religious schools and mosques, would be visited by security services this week, … Read more