Turkey begins requiring negative PCR test for travel

A woman wears a protective face mask while walking on Galata bridge in Istanbul, Turkey amid the outbreak of COVID-19. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Turkey has begun requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to board an incoming plane. Turkey’s health minister announced the new policy Friday, which bars those who fail to comply.

All passengers flying in from Britain, South Africa or Denmark will be required to quarantine in addition to providing a negative test result. This is a change from Turkey’s previous policy, which only required a test for those showing symptoms.

One traveler said her trip to Amsterdam was derailed since she couldn’t get a PCR test on such short notice.

“Yesterday at 20 past 8 p.m., I got an email from Eurostar that if I want to go to Amsterdam, I need a PCR test,” the traveler said. “But how can I get PCR test in the night or even in one day?”

These new international requirements are effecting travelers worldwide. Only more changes are expected to come as countries continue to issue new policies to combat the pandemic.

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McRaven: Iran ‘Will Have To Retaliate’ For Killing of Nuke Program Scientist

McRaven: Iran 'Will Have To Retaliate' For Killing of Nuke Program Scientist McRaven: Iran 'Will Have To Retaliate' For Killing of Nuke Program Scientist William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:15 AM

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said Sunday that Iran “will have to retaliate” for the slaying of a top scientist linked to its nuclear program.

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” McRaven said “the biggest issue is, who is going to misstep?"

“The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate,” he said. “I don’t see any way around it. They’re going to have to save face. And so, now, the issue becomes, what is that retaliation look like? Does that then begin to escalate the problems in the region? And that’s not going to be good for anybody.

“The Iranians don’t want to go to war with us,” he continued. “We don’t want to go to war with Iran. So, everybody needs to do the best they can to kind of lower the temperature and try not to get this into an escalation mode.”

According to McRaven, Iran will be skeptical of the United States in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the multinational Iran nuclear deal.

“I think they are going to be very, very reluctant to get into any agreements with the United States at this point,” he said. “So, a president [Joe] Biden will have a difficult challenge on his hands.”

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Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market

Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market (Newsmax TV/"The Count")

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:45 PM

The upcoming Georgia Senate runoff races are "absolutely critical," because if Republicans don't keep control of the Senate, Democrats will push through massive tax increases on capital gains that will "help wreck the stock market," publisher and author Steve Forbes warned on Newsmax TV Saturday.

"I hope we've learned from what happened in this recent election in terms of making sure those ballots are looked at before they're opened, so we can see which ones are valid and which are not," Forbes told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "The Democrats are planning to dump in hundreds of thousands of those kinds of ballots. We've got to be on guard about that."

Losing control of the Senate would mean devastating taxes all around, including business and individual taxes that will hurt the economy, Forbes added.

"The stock market will lose several thousand points very quickly," he said.

Forbes also ridiculed Joe Biden for his comments that the market doesn't affect everyday Americans' lives.

"His ignorance on the stock market does not bode well for his understanding of economics…what Biden knows would fit on the thumb of (President) Donald Trump," said Forbes. "The market wouldn't be doing well if they didn't think the economy was making gains…as for the stock market meaning nothing, tell that to 100 million Americans who have IRAs, 401Ks, and the like."

Forbes also cast doubt on former Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen becoming the nation's next Treasury Secretary if Biden's election is confirmed, because "she thinks you can print money and that'll create prosperity."

"She will work very closely with Chairman (Jay) Powell at the Federal Reserve to try to get around federal blocking, especially, by the Senate," said Forbes. "They'll try to use the Federal Reserve as a way to bail out states like Illinois, New York and New Jersey, which have been mismanaged."

Forbes also said he's concerned with how Biden would handle foreign affairs, particularly with China and Iran.

"The fact we got rid of, or somebody got rid of, their chief nuclear scientist in Iran shows that the Arabs and the Israelis and others don't want Iran dominating the Middle East and the oil fields there," said Forbes.

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House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team

House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J, (A)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 02:22 PM

House Republicans are calling for the censure of Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J, who filed complaints with state bars seeking the disbarment of Rudy Giuliani and 22 other Trump campaign lawyers over the lawsuits they filed in several states after the election.

The resolution was introduced by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Andy Harris, of Maryland, and Randy Weber of Texas, reports Fox News.

Pascrell last week filed complaints in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, and Nevada saying the attorneys had filed "frivolous lawsuits" and were trying to help President Donald Trump "steal the election and dismantle democracy."

He also accused Giuliani specifically of "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation: and accused him of helping Trump commit "sinister arson" by undermining public confidence in the election process.

In their resolution, the Republicans say Trump's campaign has the legal right to sue and to ensure that all legal votes are counted, and to challenge illegal votes.

The resolution calls on the House to censure Pascrell for "conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives.”

Pascrell Saturday called the Republicans seeking the censure "fascist wannabees" and accuse them of being "complicit" in Trump's behavior

"Donald Trump and his minions are trying to steal the election after getting blown out by President-elect Joe Biden," Pascrell said in a statement. "His lawyers filing frivolous lawsuits in taxpayer-funded courts are accomplices to Trump’s assault on American democracy and they must be held accountable."

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New Jersey Woman Accused of Sending Money to Terrorists

New Jersey Woman Accused of Sending Money to Terrorists New Jersey Woman Accused of Sending Money to Terrorists (Dreamstime.com)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 11:40 AM

A New Jersey woman has been arrested on charges that she was sending money to a foreign terrorist organization in Syria, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Authorities say Maria Bell, 53, of Hopatcong, is charged with allegedly sending money to a member of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a Syrian terrorist organization that is fighting against the Assad regime, reports NJ.com.

The complaint charges her with one count of knowingly concealing the provision of material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. It also says that Bell, a former member of the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, used her expertise in specialized weapons training to "guidance concerning operational security issues, firearms purchases, and military knowledge.”

The complaint alleges Bell started communicating with one member of HTS in February 2017 and sent thousands of encrypted communications to that person, including asking if he or she was "ready to fight in front line with other fighters."

Bell allegedly sent at least 18 payments for a total of $3,150 to people in Turkey and Syria who support HTS, knowing the money would support acts of terrorism, according to federal officials.

The State Department added HTS to its database as a foreign terrorist organization in May 2018, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Sovolos, during Bell's first court appearance, described her as a danger to the community and a flight risk, saying that when she was arrested officers recovered 136 operable handguns and rifles, 15 canisters of ammunition, and a short-range rocket launcher inside her two-bedroom home.

Her lawyer said most of the weapons were antiques and she got them after the death of her husband, who had worked at an armory.

Bell faces up to 10 years in prison.