November 4, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. An international environmental NGO has given Japan its satirical Fossil of the Day award, following a speech by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio at the COP 26 climate change conference. The Climate Action Network is presenting the award every day during the UN conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to countries it says are “doing the most to achieve the least” to curb global warming.
2. The top US military officer has said it is unlikely that China will attempt to seize Taiwan in the near future. Asked whether China is preparing to make a move on Taiwan in the near future, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he does not think it will happen in six, 12 or 24 months.
3. The Federal Reserve has propped up the US economy with monthly investments throughout the pandemic The central bankers announced on Wednesday they will withdraw some of their supports and scale back on their program of quantitative easing.