SoftBank to File Its First SPAC on Monday, Axios Reports

Herald morning quiz: December 21

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz at 3pm for the afternoon quiz.

Greens’ Baerbock Wants to Be Candidate for German Leader: Bild

Germany’s Green Party co-Chairwoman Annalena Baerbock considers herself a good fit to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor, she said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

Her statement follows that of her co-chairman, Robert Habeck, who declared his intention to run for chancellor in October. The Greens want to put forward a candidate for chancellor for the first time in the approaching election campaign. The decision on who will be the candidate is expected in the spring.

“Three years as a party leader, member of parliament and mother of small children” show she is tough enough to take on the job, Baerbock said, when asked whether she has the nerves and the psychological and physical strength needed to run the Chancellery.

Merkel has said she won’t run for a fifth term next year. The election is scheduled for the fall of 2021 at the latest. Habeck is the most popular Green leader nationwide, according to polls.

TheGreens have gained the most members among German parties in recent years and briefly surpassed Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in the polls little more than a year ago in the wake of big climate protests.

Support for Merkel’s CDU-led party bloc was 37% in the latest weekly Forsa poll, with the Greens at 19% and Merkel’s Social Democratic coalition partner at 15%.

France becomes latest country to suspend travel from UK

France has become the latest country to ban travel from the UK over fears of a rapidly spreading new strain of coronavirus.

The country follows Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium in imposing restrictions.

In France, travel from the UK will be suspended from midnight tonight.

More follows.

Sophy Ridge on Sunday: COVID, Cummings & chocolate | 2020 in review

Sophy Ridge looks back over the most extraordinary year in an end of year episode with her team, and a special guest.

They discuss coronavirus, Boris Johnson, and much more. Plus they hand out some end of year awards, as well as a few Christmas presents.

Rockets targeting U.S. Embassy land inside Baghdad's Green Zone – security sources 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least three Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in an attack targeting the U.S. Embassy, two Iraqi security sources said on Sunday.

Sirens blared from the embassy compound inside the zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions.

An anti-rocket system set up to defend the U.S. Embassy fired and diverted one of the rockets, said one security official whose office is inside the Green Zone.

No casualties were reported, sources said.

The Weirdest Job in Every State

Over 147 million people in America are holding a job. While most jobs are quite conventional, some are definitely less so. Whether it is a professional smeller or a rattlesnake farmer, each state is home to a very unusual, and often bizarre way of earning a living.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed job listing sites, online databases, and occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the weirdest job or job opening in every state.

For many states,  the weird job only exists because a company like SpaceX or Boston Dynamics sets up shop in the state and needs someone to reclaim its rockets or test its robots. In others, the weirdest job is unique to that state, often because of a natural resource or animal that is only found in that area. This is the best thing about every state.

Click here to see the weirdest job in every state.

Iraq military says outlaw group fired rockets into Baghdad's Green Zone, no casualties

Baghdad (Reuters) – The Iraqi military said that an “outlaw group” fired rockets at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday.

The rockets hit a residential complex inside the Green Zone, damaging buildings and cars but causing no casualties, a military statement said.

Security sources told Reuters at least three Katyusha rockets landed in the Green Zone and security officials said the attack targeted the U.S. Embassy.

Trump campaign takes fight over Penn. election, ballot laws to Supreme Court

Trump still rips ‘stolen’ election

Hits McConnell, GOP for caving too soon

President Trump’s campaign team on Sunday filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to reverse several cases by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to change the state’s mail balloting law before and after the 2020 presidential election.

The president’s campaign alleged in a statement that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court’s changing of the law was a violation of Article II of the U.S. Constitution and Bush v. Gore.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

SoftBank to File Its First SPAC on Monday, Axios Reports

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SoftBank will file to raise between $500 million and $600 million through a public offering of a special purpose acquisition company, Axios reported, citing multiple unidentified people familiar with the plans.

It would be the first SPAC for SoftBank. The company is also preparing at least two additional vehicles,Axios said.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. are managing the process, the publication said, and the SPAC will be used to buy a company SoftBank hasn’t previously invested in.