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China's monthly road logistics price index rises in October******
BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's road logistics price index in October went up from a year ago, industry data showed.。
The index came in at 100.2 last month, rising 1.7 percent year on year and edging up 0.65 percent on a monthly basis, according to a survey jointly conducted by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and the Guangdong Lin'an Logistics Group.。
The demand for road logistics continued to cool down last month while the supply moderated due to COVID-19 prevention and control, the survey said.。
China's road logistics price index is based on the average price in the last week of December 2012, with the monthly index starting point at 100. Enditem。
First known US Omicron case found in fully vaccinated overseas traveler******
The United States on Wednesdayidentified its first known COVID case caused by the Omicronvariant, discovered in a fully vaccinated patient who traveledto South Africa, as scientists continue to study the risks thenew version could pose.。
Public health officials said the infected person, who hadmild and improving symptoms, returned to the United States fromSouth Africa on November 22 and tested positive seven days later.。
That patient was fully vaccinated but did not have a boostershot, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectiousdisease official, who briefed reporters at the White House.。
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the Omicron coronavirus variant case, which was detected in California, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, on December 1, 2021.。
The person is in self-quarantine and all of the patient'sclose contacts have tested negative, he said.。
Key questions remain about the new variant, which mutated inways that health experts think could improve its ability to bothspread and evade some of the defenses provided by vaccines. Workis underway to update those vaccines, if necessary.。
Omicron has been found in two dozen countries and territories, includingseveral in Europe plus Canada, Australia, Japan, China's Hong Kong andIsrael.。
The United States has not yet detected communitytransmission of Omicron. Across much of the country, COVIDtransmission remains high but new cases have held fairly steadyover the last two weeks, according to a Reuters tally.Three-quarters of all COVID samples in South Africa are now Omicron.。
"The critical thing is, over the next week or so, will wesee any community transmission from that case," said AndyPekosz, virologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School ofPublic Health. "That's a critical thing that we want to keep aneye on."
Pekosz said the variant could make the relatively new set ofantiviral pills from Merck and Pfizer moreimportant by helping to reduce the severity of infections.。
Fauci said it could take two weeks or more to gain insightinto how easily the variant spreads from person to person, howsevere is the disease it causes and whether it can bypass theprotections provided by vaccines currently available.。
The Biden administration has asked fully vaccinated peopleto seek booster shots after their initial doses. Sixty percentof Americans are fully vaccinated andabout a fifth of those people took boosters, according to theUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.。
For days, US health officials have said the new variant– first detected in southern Africa and announced on November 25 – was likely already in the United States as dozens of othercountries also detected its presence.。
Travelers wear protective face masks at Denver International Airport on November 30, 2021 in Denver, Colorado as concern grows worldwide over the Omicron coronavirus variant.。
"This new variant is a cause for concern but not a cause forpanic," Biden said on Wednesday before the Omicron case wasannounced. A spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said he the president hadbeen briefed by his team on the first known US case.。
Benchmark US stock indexes turned negative on the news.The S&P 500 fell by more than 1 percent, extending to nearly 4 percentits loss in price terms over the past week. The World HealthOrganization named the variant as one of concern on Friday.。
The United States has barred nearly all foreigners who havebeen in one of eight southern African countries. On Tuesday, theCDC directed airlines to disclose names and other information of passengers who have been to thosecountries.。
Messi leads Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina's squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil despite injury concerns, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Wednesday.。
Messi missed PSG's 2-2 draw at Leipzig in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday because of hamstring and knee problems, though they are understood not to be serious.。
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni also included Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who has recovered a thigh injury that left him out of the Albiceleste's October qualifiers.。
The 34-man squad also includes newcomers Enzo Fernandez, Santiago Simon, Exequiel Zeballos, Cristian Medina, Gaston Avila, Federico Gomes and Matias Soule.。
Argentina will meet Uruguay in Montevideo on November 12 and Brazil in Buenos Aires four days later.。
The two-time World Cup winners are currently second in the South American qualifying group with seven wins and four draws from 11 matches, six points behind Brazil.。
Following is the Argentina squad:。
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta), Federico Gomes Gerth (Tigre).。
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina Lucero (Udinese), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla) y Gaston Avila).。
Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez (Betis), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Enzo Fernandez (River Plate), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico de Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayern Leverkusen), Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna), Santiago Simon (River Plate), Cristian Medina (Boca Juniors), Matias Soule (Juventus), Thiago Almada (Velez Sarsfield).。
Forwards: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Lionel Messi (PSG), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Angel Correa (Atletico de Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Julian Alvarez (River Plate), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Ezequiel Zeballos (Boca Juniors). Enditem。
Musk donated over US$5.7b in Tesla shares to charity in Nov******
Tesla Chief Executive ElonMusk donated a total of 5,044,000 shares in the world's mostvaluable automaker to a charity from November 19 to November 29 lastyear, its filing with US Securities and Exchange Commission showed on Monday.
The donation was worth US$5.74 billion, based on the closingprices of Tesla shares on the five days that he donated thestocks.
The filing did not disclose the name of the charity.
Late last year, the billionaire sold US$16.4 billion worth ofshares after polling Twitter users about offloading 10 percent of hisstake in the electric carmaker.
He tweeted last year that he would pay more than US$11 billionin taxes in 2021 due to his exercise of stock options set toexpire this year.
He also traded barbs with politicians Bernie Sanders andElizabeth Warren who called on wealthy people to pay more taxes.
Analysts have said there would be a tax benefit for Muskpotentially gifting Tesla stock. This is because shares that aredonated to charity are not subject to capital gains tax, as theywould be if they were sold.
"His tax benefit would be huge. He'd save between 40 percent and50 percent of the US$5.7 billion in tax, depending on whether he couldtake the deduction against his California income and he'd avoidthe gains tax he would have to pay if he sold the stock," BobLord, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studieswho studies tax policy, said.
He said Musk might have contributed the stock tointermediaries such as "donor-advised funds," not outright tocharitable groups.
Tesla was not immediately available for comment.
Musk's public philanthropy gestures have so far trailedother billionaires. Musk and Amazon.com Inc founderJeff Bezos have donated less than 1 percent of their net worth, whereasWarren Buffett and George Soros had given away more than 20 percent oftheir net worth as of early September, according to Forbes.
In 2001, he set up the Musk Foundation, offering grants forthe "development of safe artificial intelligence to benefithumanity" among other causes, according to its website. Musk'sfoundation has over US$200 million in assets.
Earlier last year, Musk and his foundation offered to give US$100 million prizes to those who can come up with a technologyto help remove carbon from the atmosphere. He said last year hewas donating US$20 million to schools in Cameron County, Texaswhere a Space X rocket launch site is located and US$10 million tothe city of Brownsville.