Dollar at 2021 highs even as US government shutdown looms, reports Reuters
JetBlue to buy sustainable jet fuel for over $1 billion, to use at New York airports
US carrier JetBlue Airways Corp said on Wednesday it would buy sustainable aviation fuel from bioenergy firm SG Preston for more than $1 billion and use it for flights from New York’s airports. SG Preston will start delivering the fuel in 2023 over a 10-year period, the company said. JetBlue aims to convert 10% of total fuel usage to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) — made from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and animal fat — on a blended basis by the end of the decade. Read full story
The Build Back Better Agenda will lower costs for American workers and their families: White House
Read: PAHO says in advanced talks to buy more Covid vaccines
The Pan American health organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday it is in advanced talks with vaccine makers to buy additional Covid vaccines for its member states, to complement bilateral deals, donations, and doses they are receiving via the Covax mechanism.
PAHO says in advanced talks to buy more Covid vaccines, reports Reuters
Senate Democrats weigh bill to avert government shutdown
The US Senate could vote Wednesday on a stopgap funding bill to forestall a government shutdown, Democrats said, but without a provision to increase the federal debt limit and avert a credit default. Funding for federal agencies runs out at the end of the day on Thursday and Senate Democrats are preparing temporary legislation to keep the lights on until December 3. Read full story
Passengers on plane from Afghanistan to be screened in UAE, says US state department, reports Reuters
Read: Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US security adviser agree to step up work on Libya, according to statement
Egypt’s President and visiting US national security advisor Jake Sullivan agreed to intensify international efforts over upcoming elections in Libya at talks in Cairo on Wednesday, an Egyptian presidency statement said. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Sullivan also discussed reconstruction in the Gaza Strip, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), bilateral relations and the situations in Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, the statement said.
US issues Hezbollah-related sanctions, says Treasury website (Reuters)
The United States issued Hezbollah-related sanctions on Wednesday targeting citizens of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain as well as a Palestinian, the Treasury Department said on its website.
Covid-19 and the US courts: Challenges to vaccine requirements
US employers, universities and local governments are increasingly putting Covid-19 vaccine mandates in place to contain outbreaks of the disease as infection rates remain high. Workers who fear losing their jobs for refusing the shots are turning to the courts. The following are some of the key cases. Read full story
Walmart to hire 150,000 US store workers ahead of holiday season, reports Reuters
Congress struggles over US debt ceiling as deadline looms, reports Reuters
US says it is seeking information on North Korea tests, remains open to talks, reports Reuters
CPP Investments to acquire Ports America interest from Oaktree, reports Reuters
Harker says US is creating a lot of jobs that aren’t being filled and monetary policy has little to do with that, reports Reuters