WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Russian ambassador to US says post-Soviet military bloc ensures regional security

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:26
The Collective Security Treaty Organization includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan

TPP countries to discuss agreement in principle on trade deal: Japan

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:17
DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - The remaining 11 countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will discuss a proposal for an agreement in principle to proceed after the withdrawal of the United States, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday.

In Beijing, Trump declines to hit President Xi Jinping on trade: 'I don't blame China'

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:17
Trump says his feelings toward Chinese President Xi Jinping are "incredibly warm."

Pacific Rim ministers extend talks ahead of APEC summit

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:17
Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim economies meeting in Vietnam extended their talks for an extra day Thursday as they struggled for a consensus on open markets and other strategic issues ahead of a regional summit.

The Latest: Trump wants China to pressure North Korea

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:15
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Asia (all times local): 2017-11-09T00:12:29-05:00 2017-11-09T00:05:11-05:00
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Trump says he and Xi can solve 'probably all' world problems

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:15
BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump emerged from a lengthy meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday to declare that he believed he and Xi together can solve "probably all" the world's problems. 2017-11-09T00:12:29-05:00 2017-11-08T23:43:20-05:00
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Qatar retools after boycott by top auto parts supplier Dubai

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:14
DOHA (Reuters) - In a dusty industrial zone in the south of Doha where the city's auto repair shops are clustered, one unlucky blue Hyundai Santa Fe has been sitting with its front smashed in since June 5, the day four Arab nations announced a boycott of Qatar.

UAE asks banks for information on 19 Saudis' accounts

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:10
ABU DHABI/DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates central bank and securities regulator have asked banks and finance companies in the UAE to provide information on the accounts of 19 Saudi citizens, banking sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Germany slams European Commission's plans to take control over Nord Stream 2 — media

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:03
The European Commission has adopted amendments to the Gas Directive stipulating that all gas pipelines running through the EU’s territory should meet the European regulation

Pacific Rim ministers extend talks ahead of APEC summit

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:02
Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim economies meeting in Vietnam are extending their talks for an extra day as they struggle for a consensus on open markets and other strategic issues ahead of a regional summit.

In China, Trump vows to change ‘one-sided and unfair’ trade relationship but says he doesn’t blame Beijing

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:02
In China, Trump vows to change ‘one-sided and unfair’ trade relationship but says he doesn’t blame Beijing.

Trump tells China's Xi he believes North Korea solution can be found

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:58
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that he believes, like Xi, that a solution can be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, a day after warning Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons.

Cambodia marks independence from France with doves, balloons

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:47
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodians on Thursday marked the 64th anniversary of the country's independence from France by releasing doves and balloons into the sky at the Independence Monument in the capital Phnom Penh.

Papua New Guinea starts dismantling detention camp, threatens forcible evict of asylum seekers

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:39
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict nearly 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

Australian leaders at loggerheads over citizenship crisis

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:29
Australia’s rival political leaders have attacked each other over the Parliament’s citizenship crisis that is threatening to ensnare a growing number of lawmakers.

On the golf course, Japan's Abe did a ninja stunt - and Trump didn't even notice

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:58
Japan's prime minister fell backwards into a bunker during his golf game with the American president on Sunday - but Trump didn't notice.

Watchdog urges Asian summits to address rights crises

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:58
Human Rights Watch has urged world leaders converging for annual summits in Southeast Asia to address the region’s human rights crises led by the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and what it calls the “murderous” anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines.

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:57

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission on Friday released a report concluding that sarin was used as a chemical weapon in al-Lataminah, Syria, on March 30, 2017. While these findings are unfortunately not surprising to the United States, they are disturbing nonetheless. Al-Lataminah is about 10 miles from Khan Shaykhun, where the Assad regime used sarin against its citizens just five days later, seemingly as part of a concerted campaign. These events show how critical it is that the U.N. Security Council renew the U.N.-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), which has the responsibility of officially determining responsibility for such attacks, key to deterring them in the future. Those countries that do not support renewal or are attempting to water down the JIM’s mandate – such as Russia – are protecting the Assad regime and the terrorists who continue to use chemical weapons. We urge Russia to change course before the JIM expires, and we believe all responsible nations must vote in favor of extending this critical body. This important decision should further the principles that led the international community to pursue the Chemical Weapons Convention and our collective goal to stop the use of chemical weapons, rather than further a political game. We owe the world – and the victims of these heinous attacks – better.

Putin to hold talks with Nazarbayev in Chelyabinsk

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:52
Russian President and the Kazakh counterpart will "discuss the pressing issues of bilateral and global agenda"

Philippine leader to discuss security issues with Russian President - foreign ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:45
Duterte "plans to dwell upon the issues of bilateral trade and an increase in investment," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Manuel AJ Teehankee said

Remarks by the Vice President and Mrs. Pence at the First Baptist Church Prayer Vigil

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 04:45

Floresville High School Football Stadium

Sutherland Springs, Texas

 

7:28 P.M. CST

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Governor Abbott, for those inspiring words and for your and your wife, Cecilia’s example of compassionate leadership for all the people of Texas.

Karen and I are deeply humbled -- deeply humbled to be here tonight with all of you -- with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, with our Attorney General, Senator Cruz, Congressman Cuellar, Congressman Hurd. And it's especially humbling to be with the precious families of the fallen and injured from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. You honor us by your presence tonight.

Words fail when saints and heroes fall. We gather tonight to offer our deepest condolences, and I offer the condolences of the American people to all of those affected by the horrific attack that took place just three days ago.

To all the members of this local community, to the faith leaders who are with us here tonight, thank you for your outpouring of support for your fellow Texans. Your testimony of Christian love is inspiring the nation.

President Trump wanted us to come to Texas tonight to tell all of you, we are with you. The American people are with you. And as the President said Sunday, halfway around the world, “We will never leave your side.” (Applause.)

As the President often says, when one part of America hurts, we all hurt. When one part of America struggles, we all struggle. And when one part of America cries out for help, we come together. And tonight, I know the hearts and prayers of every American are right here.

Three days ago, evil descended on a small town and a small church, not far from here. We gather tonight in the wake of an unspeakable act.

As we all know, only a few miles from where we stand, the congregation of the First Baptist Church came together as they do on every Sunday to join hearts and hands in worship and prayer and genuine fellowship.

But as the world learned with horror and heartbreak that Sunday morning, a deranged man entered that small sanctuary. He took the lives of 26 believers, including nine children, and injured 20 more, before his rampage came to an end. It was the worst mass shooting at a place of worship in American history.

I know the cherished names of the fallen will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew them. But let me assure you, their names will also be enshrined in the hearts of every American, forever. (Applause.)

Among them, Haley Krueger, who even though just 16 years of age, already knew she wanted to be a neonatal nurse and care for the most vulnerable in society.

Shani and Robert Corrigan, a 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force, two high-school sweethearts, whose son had just passed away just a year ago.

And all of America knows of the Holcombe family, who lost eight loved ones on Sunday including Crystal Holcombe, her beautiful children -- Emily, Megan, and Greg, and the unborn child she carried within.

To the families of these, and all the fallen, we extend the deepest sympathies of the First Family, our little family, and all the American people.

The Bible tells us that, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted,” and that will be our prayer for you from this day forward.

And so, too, we pray for all of those who are recovering from injuries. Just a few short hours ago, Karen and I, the Governor and the First Lady, visited the hospital where many of the injured are recovering.

We spoke with them, and with their families. We told them that every American is rooting for them, rooting for them to pull through and make a full recovery. And I assured them of our prayers.

We met young Zach, who lost his grandmother. But his courage in that moment, even in the midst of his injuries saved a little girl from stepping into harm's way.

Walked into David Colbath's hospital room. David is recovering from serious injuries but he still made time to have his men's Bible study in his hospital room last night. (Applause.)

David asked us if we'd pray with him before we left. I said, we'd be honored. But I was not prepared when David bowed his head and prayed for us.

Then there was young James and Hailey McNulty, two of the bravest kids I've ever met, with bright futures before them. We were inspired by the resilience and the faith of the people that we met and by the families coming around them.

So we mourn with those who mourn, and we grieve with those who grieve, but we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Because our faith gives us hope, and heroes give us hope.

We find hope in the heroic actions of men and women in law enforcement, the first responders, all the outstanding medical professionals, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and EMTs who undoubtedly saved lives by their swift action that day. (Applause.)

And we find inspiration and hope in those Texas heroes, Stephen Willeford, the plumber who grabbed his rifle and engaged the assailant, and Johnnie Langendorff -- both of whom we just met -- who pursued that attacker in a high-speed chase and saved the lives of Americans as a result. (Applause.)

And mostly, we find hope in a community of faith in the courage of a mother, Joann Ward, who shielded her children with her own body and in death saved her five-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, through her last moment living out the truth that no greater love has one than this than they should --

The faith in this community has inspired the nation, and not just the faith and courage of those we lost, but those who survive -- expressions of faith that we just heard in the library from families who told us that they were standing on the rock.

And all of America marveled when the devoted pastor from the First Baptist Church, still grieving the loss of his own precious daughter, somehow found it in his heart to say to the world, “Lean on the Lord rather than your own understanding.” He said, “I don't understand, but I know my God does.”

Like millions of Americans I was -- been inspired by that expression of faith, and I will never forget it.

Whatever animated the evil that descended on that church last Sunday, if the attacker’s desire was to silence their testimony of faith, he failed. (Applause.)

The voice of faith, the witness of faith in that small church, in that small town now echoes across the world. As President Trump said on Sunday, in his words, “In dark times like these, we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms. And through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong.”

We do this because that's what Americans always do. We come together as one nation and one people to support our fellow Americans in their hour of need. Faith is stronger than evil. No attack, no act of violence will ever break our spirit or diminish the faith of the American people. (Applause.)

My fellow Americans, we live in challenging times. It seems like too often we hear of another tragedy, another senseless act of violence against the innocent. In these times I expect it’s easy for some to lose heart. But as the good people of Sutherland Springs taught the nation this week, faith is the antidote to fear and despair. Faith is now and always has been our source of strength and the summit of our national life. And I believe that faith has never been more important to the future of America. When the days are evil, as Governor Abbott just said, faith tells us we overcome evil with good.

So this weekend, I hope a lot of Americans do what we're doing here tonight. I hope that places of worship all across America will be filled to overflowing. (Applause.) I hope that Americans of every background and belief will send a chorus of prayers from their hearts into the heart of heaven for these families, for this community, and for this land -- to pray for those we lost and those they left behind; to pray for the injured and those who tended their wounds, even as we speak; to pray for the good congregation of the First Baptist Church, that they would soon fill that sanctuary with the sounds of praise and worship again; and to pray for all the good people of Sutherland Springs and of this special state of Texas.

And while we're at it, I’d encourage you to pray for America. Because I believe with all my heart as long as we remember that we are one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, that God will yet bless America. (Applause.)

So may God bless you. May God bless these precious families of the fallen and the injured and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Allow me to, before we depart, invite to the podium my wife of 32 years, who is going to lead us in prayer tonight. We're a family that believes in prayer. And thank you for welcoming my wife, Karen. (Applause.)

MRS. PENCE: If you’ll bow with me: Lord, thank you for being here right now with us. Father, sometimes the burdens just seem too heavy to carry, the loss too great. But your word says, my yoke is easy and my burden is light. So, Lord, today, we need you to come and carry this load.

And the Bible says, let the little children come unto me. Lord, help this precious community cling to that image of all of these beautiful children -- for all of the victims are children of God -- so that all of these beautiful children would be in your arms today. Help us to hold that vision of them in your arms close to us. And give comfort, Father, give your peace -- the peace that passes all understanding. Because we don't understand.

So come and hold this community in your hands. Help them to draw closer to you and to each other. And in this dark hour, Heavenly Father, help these precious believers know how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ who conquered death. And we pray all of these things in your precious name. Amen. (Applause.)

END

 7:44 P.M. CST

US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to further isolate the island's communist government. 2017-11-08T21:54:55-05:00 2017-11-08T21:42:06-05:00
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Pokemon Go developer working on Harry Potter AR game

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:42
"Players that have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World," Niantic said in a statement

Trump to talk trade and North Korea with Chinese leader Xi

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:37
BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea and trade will likely top the agenda when U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for formal talks on Thursday, a day after Trump warned Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons.

Remarks by the Vice President at a Law Enforcement Briefing on the Sutherland Springs Shooting

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:32
First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Texas   THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Governor Abbott. Thank you for your strong and compassionate leadership in this hour of trial for the people of Sutherland Springs and the people of Texas as a whole. We admire you and appreciate you greatly.   Karen and I come to this place with a heavy heart, grateful to be joined by leaders in public life and law enforcement and to have the privilege to meet the leadership of this special church and the heroes that came alongside them.   We just met earlier with several members of this church who are recovering from injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center, and we were deeply moved by their faith and their resilience. In just a few moments, we’ll meet with families of the fallen and put our arms around them and assure them that every American has them in their hearts.   President Trump asked us to be here to say to the members of the First Baptist Church and to Sutherland Springs, we are with you. The American people are with you. And as the President said on Sunday, halfway across the world, “We will never leave your side.”   The Bible tells us that “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted,” and that will be our prayer for you and for this whole community.   Three days ago, evil descended on this small town and on this small church. We gather today to grieve with those who grieve, but also we gather in the resolve that this evil must come to an end in our land.   At President Trump’s direction, our administration is providing the full measure of federal resources to Governor Abbott and state and local authorities. The Attorney General has informed me there is already more than 100 FBI personnel working on the case here in Texas.   We now know it was a crime that the assailant was ever able to purchase a firearm in the first place. He lied on his application, had a history of mental illness, and there were bureaucratic failures.   I’m informed by Secretary Heather Wilson that the Air Force is moving aggressively to review why this error occurred, and that review will be completed in days, not weeks.   I can also report that the Department of Defense is conducting a review of its own, to ensure that the National Crime Information Center has the most up-to-date information on every branch of the armed forces. We will find out why this information was not properly reported in 2012, and we will work with leaders in Congress to ensure that this never happens again.   So we’re here to express our deepest sympathies, our resolve, but we're also here to express our admiration for a special community of faith. Standing in this place is very humbling to me. Every American has been inspired by the heroes of Sutherland Springs -- the first responders, law enforcement, the medical professionals, many of whom we met today whose swift professionalism saved lives, and the two Texas heroes, who I know don't consider themselves heroes, who we had the privilege to meet on this street where they confronted, fired on, and chased down the assailant. These two brave men undoubtedly saved lives.   But I must tell you I think Karen and I are mostly inspired by this community of faith. The pastor and his wife are with us today. Others that we met at the hospital. And some who are no longer with us. We just met Gunney Macias (ph), who is recovering from serious injuries, shot five times. But I was told despite his injuries that Marine stood up and was triaging the scene, barking out orders. And we think of JoAnn Ward, who laid down her life shielding her children, ultimately saving her son. Faith is stronger than evil. And the faith of this community is inspiring the nation. No attack, no act of violence will ever break our spirit or diminish the faith of the American people. So I’m here as Vice President to ensure that the full resources of the federal government are being brought to bear in support of the investigation and in support of these precious families that have suffered so grievously here in Sutherland Springs.   But we’ll also be here tonight for a prayer vigil at the local high school. And I would encourage every American looking on: Keep this community, keep these precious families -- the families of the fallen, families of those who are recovering from their injuries, and all of those affected by this horrendous act of evil -- in your prayers. Prayers make a difference.   I had one of the family members at the hospital today tell me that they feel the prayers of the American people. We’ll get through this. We’ll get through this through faith, and we’ll get through this on the basis of the good and strong people of this community and of this great state.   Thank you.   END  

Pomp and pageantry for Trump in Beijing before tough talks

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:22
China rolled out the red carpet for President Donald Trump on Thursday, treating him to an elaborate welcome ceremony on the plaza outside the Great Hall of the People before the leaders turned to their private talks.

Boy with rare disease gets brand new skin with gene therapy

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:22
Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt to save his life.

The Latest: Trump receives elaborate welcome in China

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:22
The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia (all times local):

Blockage in Yemen would cause millions of victims, largest famine in decades - UN

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:16
The UN aid chief considers it necessary to immediately resume the organization’s flights to the country, humanitarian and commercial supplies to all Yemeni ports

Trump and Xi begin talks after lavish welcome in China

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:07
The leaders of the two global superpowers are expected to discuss North Korea and the trade deficit.

Trump isolationism allows China to fill Southeast Asia void

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:36
When Chinese leader Xi Jinping said last month that “no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation,” he might as well have been talking about Donald Trump as the U.S. president makes his first official visit to Southeast Asia.

Australian jockey Caboche suspended for punching horse

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:30
Dylan Caboche receives a two-week penalty for striking the animal's ribs before a race.

Egypt's president backs Saudi purge, urges de-escalation with Iran

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:27
SHARM AL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against military strikes on Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, saying there was enough turmoil in the Middle East.

Yemen conflict: UN official warns of world's biggest famine

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:19
The Saudi-led coalition must lift its blockade on aid entering Yemen, a senior UN official says.

Where women run the labs

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:06
A Unesco report this year suggested women outnumber men in certain scientific communities, but is the data accurate?

ICC prosecutor promises new Libya charges if crimes continue

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:04
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court warned Wednesday that the situation in Libya “remains dire” and promised to seek new arrest warrants if serious crimes don’t stop.

The last stronghold

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:03
Can the propaganda wing of IS survive online after the group's collapse in Syria and Iraq?

Trump to talk North Korea, trade with Chinese leader Xi

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:55
BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea and trade will likely top the agenda when U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for formal talks on Thursday, a day after Trump warned Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons.

Hurricane survivors still without electricity or water

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:55
Jennifer doesn't not even have a proper home to live in two months after Hurricane Maria.

Toronto royalty

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:51
Five things that Prince Harry's girlfriend's life in Toronto tells us about the possible future royal.

Fuel crisis hits Yemen’s capital as Saudis tighten blockade

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:48
Hundreds of cars lined the main roads of Yemen’s capital after the rebels who control the city ordered fuel stations to close on Wednesday, accusing merchants of taking advantage of a Saudi blockade to hike prices.

UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn’t lifted

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:48
The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Wednesday that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 9, 2017, as World Freedom Day

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:45

World Freedom Day, 2017

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By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

For 28 years, the Berlin Wall divided families, friends, and communities, barricading oppressed Germans living on the Eastern side from seeking the freedom they deserved in the West. This World Freedom Day, 28 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we celebrate the day on November 9, 1989, when people of East and West Germany tore down the Berlin Wall and freedom triumphed over Communism. We laud the courage of all people who insist on a better future for themselves, their families, and their country, as we reflect on the state of freedom in our world today and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending it.

The fall of the Berlin Wall spurred the reunification of Germany and the spread of democratic values across Central and Eastern Europe. Through democratic elections, and a strong commitment to human rights, these determined men and women ensured that their fellow and future citizens could live their lives in freedom. Today, we are reminded that the primary function of government is precisely this, to secure precious individual liberties.

While we live in a time of unprecedented freedom, terrorism and extremism around the world continue to threaten us. The ultimate triumph of freedom, peace, and security over repressive totalitarianism depends on our ability to work side-by-side with our friends and allies. When nations work together, we have and we will secure and advance freedom and stability throughout our world.

On World Freedom Day, we recommit to the advancement of freedom over the forces of repression and radicalism. We continue to make clear that oppressive regimes should trust their people and grant their citizens the liberty they deserve. The world will be better for it.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 9, 2017, as World Freedom Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, reaffirming our dedication to freedom and democracy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Pentagon confirms rare, three aircraft carrier drill November 11-14

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would soon carry out the first exercise in a decade involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific, confirming a Reuters report published on Monday.

Australian senator Sam Dastyari racially abused at pub

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:32
Sam Dastyari criticises "the rise of the radical right" after being taunted by a group of men.

Dick Cheney once warned against military action on NKorea

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts. 2017-11-08T19:23:48-05:00 2017-11-08T19:19:16-05:00
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UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn't lifted

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:25
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Wednesday that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims." 2017-11-08T19:23:48-05:00 2017-11-08T19:17:05-05:00
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Power play

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:20
The crown prince is showing a ruthlessness in removing anyone or anything in his way, Frank Gardner says.

AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pay homage to skulls in annual festival

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:17
Esperanza Mozon asks a marching band to play “Happy Birthday” to the two human skulls she is carrying outside a cemetery chapel in Bolivia’s capital.

Miss World Affairs

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:08
From Chile to Myanmar, beauty queens are speaking up on political issues - but not without a cost.

Such a long journey

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:03
The eight-year-old, whose family are very poor, fell from a tree and hurt her spine.

Colombia seizes 12 tons of cocaine, its biggest ever haul

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:02
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Police seized more than 12 tons of cocaine from Colombia's top crime gang on Wednesday, the biggest haul ever in the nation's long-running fight against drug trafficking, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Papua New Guinea PM says authorities to apprehend defiant asylum seekers

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:00
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea's leader said authorities will apprehend those responsible for a nine-day stand-off at an Australian-run detention center for asylum seekers, where almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside despite having no water or food.

Colombia seizes largest stash of cocaine ever

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:57
President Juan Manuel Santos said the find was the largest uncovered in a single police operation.

UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn’t lifted

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:46
The U.N. humanitarian chief warns that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”

Argentina congress passes law to fight corporate corruption

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:43
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's congress on Wednesday passed a law aimed at punishing companies for corruption by fining or blacklisting them from public contracts, a measure that comes as the judiciary reviews high-profile graft cases.

Ukraine’s President unsupportive of idea of severing relations with Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:34
Ukrainian media said earlier an amendment ostensibly envisioning the breakoff of diplomatic relations with Russia had been made to the bill on reintegration of Donbass

India nun rape case: Bangladeshi man jailed for life

BBC - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:33
A Bangladeshi man is also found guilty of attempted murder during the West Bengal assault in 2015.

French Total acquires Engie’s upstream LNG assets worth $1.5 bln

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:32
The plan is to close the transaction by mid 2018

Niger deaths probe outcome expected in January: U.S. military

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it has told families of four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4 that it expected to complete its investigation into their deaths in January.

UN humanitarian chief warns that unless blockade on Yemen is lifted it will face a famine with millions of victims

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:16
UN humanitarian chief warns that unless blockade on Yemen is lifted it will face a famine with millions of victims.

Colombia authorities make record 12-ton cocaine seizure

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:16
Authorities in Colombia have seized 12 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $360 million in what President Juan Manuel Santos is describing as the nation’s largest drug bust.

ICC prosecutor promises new Libya charges if crimes continue

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:16
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is warning that the situation in Libya “remains dire” and is promising to seek new arrest warrants if serious crimes don’t stop.

UN warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn't lifted

AP - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warns that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims." 2017-11-08T18:14:17-05:00 2017-11-08T18:12:15-05:00
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U.N. warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:15
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims."

Egypt's Sisi backs Saudi purge; urges de-escalation with Iran in the region

REUTERS - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:03
SHARM AL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against military strikes on Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, saying there was enough turmoil in the Middle East.

Egypt's el-Sissi warns Iran to stop "meddling" in region

AP - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:50
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's president said Wednesday that Iran must stop "meddling" in the Middle East and the security of Arab Gulf countries must not be threatened, but he underscored that he does not want war and believes dialogue can resolve the region's crises. 2017-11-08T17:46:59-05:00 2017-11-08T17:40:20-05:00
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EU parliament's Brexit negotiator: 'major issues' unresolved on citizens' rights

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:45
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "Major issues" must still be resolved on safeguarding citizens' rights after Brexit, the European Parliament's negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday, the eve of another round of divorce negotiations between London and Brussels.

Obama reports for jury duty in Chicago and is dismissed

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:36
Mr Obama - like all potential jurors in Illinois - will receive a $17.20 cheque for his civic duty.

Serbian, U.S. paratroopers to earn 'wings' during bilateral military exercise

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:32
BERLIN (Reuters) - Serbian and U.S. paratroopers will jump side-by-side during a joint exercise aimed at strengthening military ties with Serbia, the U.S. general in charge of NATO's Allied Air Command said, a move that could trigger protests from Moscow.

Lebanon’s plunge into political crisis raises specter of war with Israel

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:12
Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to isolate their shared enemy, the Iran-backed movement Hezbollah.

Serbian Foreign Minister calls off ambassador to Ukraine for consultations

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:08
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry earlier called off the Ukrainian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Alexandrovich, in the wake of his anti-Serb and Russophobic declarations

US 'proposes CNN sale to sweeten AT&T-Time Warner deal'

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:02
US competition regulators are reviewing AT&T's proposed takeover of Time Warner, according to reports.

EU states see Britain failing to meet Brexit divorce terms

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:00
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU envoys discussed on Wednesday delaying into next year the launch of talks with London on a post-Brexit relationship, raising the risk of businesses shifting out of Britain due to lack of clarity on what will happen after March 2019.

U.S. military joins Brazil army exercises in Amazon

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:59
TABATINGA, Brazil (Reuters) - U.S. military personnel are taking part this week in the largest international army operation ever held deep in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil, in a sign of closer U.S.-Brazil defense ties.

Argentine prosecutor says colleague's death was murder

AP - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:54
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A prosecutor is formally declaring for the first time that the man probing Argentina's worst terror attack was murdered and didn't kill himself, a member of the prosecution team said Wednesday. 2017-11-08T16:53:06-05:00 2017-11-08T16:48:54-05:00
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Turkey, France and Italy to strengthen cooperation on missile defense: sources

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:43
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects including air and missile defense systems, Turkish defense ministry sources said.

Egypt's Sisi against idea of strikes on Iran, Hezbollah

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:40
Sharm el-Sheikh (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against the idea of military strikes against Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as there was enough turmoil already in the Middle East.

Diplomatic niceties for Trump in Beijing before tough talks

AP - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:39
BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump nodded appreciatively as China's Xi Jinping showcased a centuries-old temple in Beijing's Forbidden City. He clapped along as the two leaders watched a Chinese children's opera. And the pair shared a traditional tea and salutations of friendship. 2017-11-08T16:39:10-05:00 2017-11-08T16:24:41-05:00
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Lavrov discusses global issues with New Zealand’s colleague - foreign ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:28
The sides exchanged views on the pressing issues of bilateral, regional and global agenda

Timeline of key events in the death of Argentine prosecutor

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:26
Key dates related to the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the country’s worst terrorist attack:

British aid minister Patel resigns in new test for PM May

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 22:10
LONDON (Reuters) - British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit.

At least four dead, 18 missing in Colombia landslide

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:58
BOGOTA (Reuters) - A landslide killed at least four people and left 18 missing in southwest Colombia, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country grappled once again with the deadly pairing of heavy rains and poor infrastructure.

New U.S. government rules restrict travel and trade with Cuba

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:56
WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to visit Cuba and do business in the country, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor's move toward warmer ties with Havana.

What it's like spending a year in space

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:55
Long time far from home, with great views... the International Space Station is not your typical holiday spot.

Hungary accused of 'hatemongering' in national survey targeting George Soros

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:54
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the E.U. “eats from Soros' hand."

In new test for British PM, British aid minister resigns

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:54
LONDON (Reuters) - British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit.

Facing Russian threat, NATO boosts operations for the first time since the Cold War

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:39
Plans for new bases would defend against Russian subs and speed troops across Europe during war.

Efforts to capture, save Mexico’s endangered porpoise end

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:39
Experts say they have suspended effort to capture the few remaining vaquita porpoises in Mexico’s Gulf of California after the one they managed to catch died quickly in captivity.

Egypt’s el-Sissi warns Iran to stop “meddling” in region

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:39
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Iran must stop “meddling” in the region’s affairs, saying he does not want war and that crises can be resolved by dialogue, but that the security of Arab Gulf countries must not be threatened.

Puerto Rico reports increase in overall deaths after storm

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:39
The pace of deaths quickened on Puerto Rico immediately after Hurricane Maria — well beyond the numbers officially attributed to the storm.

Egyptian president says regional crises can be resolved with dialogue but Iran must stop “meddling”

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:39
Egyptian president says regional crises can be resolved with dialogue but Iran must stop “meddling”

Egypt's el-Sissi warns Iran to stop "meddling" in region

AP - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:32
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Iran must stop "meddling" in the region's affairs, saying he does not want war and that crises can be resolved by dialogue, but that the security of Arab Gulf countries must not be threatened. 2017-11-08T15:29:48-05:00 2017-11-08T15:15:21-05:00
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Cuban opposition falls at first hurdle as Castro handover looms

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:27
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban opposition leaders said they failed to get anyone nominated as a candidate for municipal elections, falling at the first hurdle as the Communist-run island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of Castro brothers' rule.

US 'loses 60% of career ambassadors' since January

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:21
The labour union representing career US diplomats writes of a 'decapitation' of US leadership.

Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal 'captured'

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:16
Iraqi forces take part in a Syrian army operation on the border, government sources say.

Syrian army, allies, take last IS stronghold in Syria: commander

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:12
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army and its allies, led in the battle by Lebanon's Hezbollah, have captured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria, a commander in the military alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday.

Russian army bases to appear within spitting distance from USA

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:07
Russian senators put forward a suggestion to deploy Russian military bases "within spitting distance from the United States" in Cuba and Vietnam

Zimbabwe's ruling party expels former vice president Mnangagwa

REUTERS - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:05
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked by President Robert Mugabe this week, has been expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF, a party spokesman said on Wednesday.

Getting shirty

BBC - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:56
A debate about a shirt for Spain's national side taps into long-standing political tensions.

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