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Venezuela arrests six top executives from PDVSA
Venezuela arrests six top executives from PDVSA's US subsidiary Citgo

Venezuela on Tuesday arrested the acting president and five other top executives in charge of Citgo, the US refinery subsidiary of troubled state oil company PDVSA, on corruption charges. "Six senior executives have been arrested," said chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab, adding that the charges included embezzlement, collusion over contracts, money laundering and criminal association. The Citgo chief, Jose Angel Pereira, was arrested in Caracas.

The Latest: FBI says officer
The Latest: FBI says officer's death a 'potential assault'

DALLAS (AP) - The Latest on the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas (all times local):

Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt
Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt

By Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Armed men in masks blocked off the center of Ukraine's rebel-controlled city of Luhansk on Wednesday in what the rebel leader said was a revolt by supporters of a sacked regional police chief. In fighting that broke out in 2014, Russian-backed rebels threw off rule by a new pro-Western leadership in Kiev and set up two self-proclaimed separatist statelets in eastern Ukraine, one centred around Luhansk and another around the city of Donetsk. The tension in Luhansk on Tuesday did not appear to have any direct connection to the conflict between the rebels and Ukraine's government.

'We Don't Need a Liberal Person in There.' President Trump Stands By Roy Moore

Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than a week ago. "We don't need a liberal person in there," Trump said of Moore's rival, Democrat Doug Jones.

Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday
Where To Find The Best Travel Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday

If you're hoping to snag a good travel deal during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales weekend, you're in luck.

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe finally resigns, sparking wild jubilation on the streets of Harare 
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe finally resigns, sparking wild jubilation on the streets of Harare 

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns Wild jubilation among MPs as speaker tells parliament  Comes one week after military coup How Mugabe brought Zimbabwe's economy to its knees Who are Robert Mugabe's indulged children?  ​ Mugabe denied his people freedom and prosperity Robert Mugabe's fall is an opportunity for Zimbabwe​ Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, bringing to an end 37 years in power which he began as a hero of the struggle against white rule and ended as the man blamed for reducing his country to despotism and economic misery.  The streets of Harare erupted in celebration after Mr Mugabe's resignation was announced during a joint session of...

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Iran's Rouhani urges France to remain "realistic, impartial" in Middle East

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a "realistic and impartial approach", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media. Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

The Internet Has Feelings About Trump's Presidential Turkey Pardon
The Internet Has Feelings About Trump's Presidential Turkey Pardon

This one's for you, Drumstick

Iranian Man Charged With Hacking HBO and Stealing 'Game of Thrones' Episodes
Iranian Man Charged With Hacking HBO and Stealing 'Game of Thrones' Episodes

Behzad Mesri allegedly threatened to release the episodes early unless he was paid $6 million

Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A Cinch
Black Friday Subscription Box Deals That'll Make Gifting A Cinch

If you thought Black Friday was reserved for laptop deals, discount Apple products and clothing sales, think again.

Is An Open Relationship Right For You?
Is An Open Relationship Right For You?

Thinking about entering into an open relationship?

What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference
What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference

A conference aimed at disputing the idea that the world is round just wrapped up in North Carolina.

Did Marijuana Really Cause an Infant's Death?
Did Marijuana Really Cause an Infant's Death?

For an 11-month-old boy in Denver, ingesting marijuana may have triggered a heart problem that ultimately led to his death, according to a recent report of the case. If the report's hypothesis is true, the case would mark the first time a person has died from a marijuana overdose. "It's very difficult to say that one [thing] caused the other" in this case, said Dr. Jefry Biehler, chairman of pediatrics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, who was not involved in the case.

Robert Mugabe Resigns as President of Zimbabwe After 37 Years in Power
Robert Mugabe Resigns as President of Zimbabwe After 37 Years in Power

Mugabe called for a "smooth, non-violent transfer of power"

How Harvey Weinstein Used Elaborate Nondisclosure Agreements To Silence Accusers
How Harvey Weinstein Used Elaborate Nondisclosure Agreements To Silence Accusers

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein used lengthy nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) attached to hefty monetary settlements to prevent accusers from coming forward with reports of his alleged serial sexual predation, as detailed in a new story from The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow published on Tuesday.

More shoppers going online for groceries
More shoppers going online for groceries

Economists wonder if the bulk of America's shoppers will reach for their smartphones.

Top House Democrat John Conyers Reportedly Paid $27,000 to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint
Top House Democrat John Conyers Reportedly Paid $27,000 to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint

The longtime House Democrat was accused of firing a woman who rejected his sexual advances

Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East

And there's no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman's bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.

Fake Amazon gifts cards, phony Walmart websites
Fake Amazon gifts cards, phony Walmart websites

Retail watcher Hitha Herzog explains what to watch out for this holiday season.

What Really Goes Into Creating Those Holiday 'Hottest Toys' Lists
What Really Goes Into Creating Those Holiday 'Hottest Toys' Lists

As the gift-giving holidays creep up at the end of the year, so do the lists of "the best," "the hottest" and "the must-have" toys that "will be on every kid's list."

LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son
LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China

Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night.

A Member of India
A Member of India's Ruling Party Has Put a Bounty on the Heads of a Bollywood Actress and Her Director

A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film "Padmavati."

Syria
Syria's Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia is about to end its military operation in Syria that tipped the scales in the devastating war in favor of government forces, President Vladimir Putin said at surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A San Francisco Judge Has Permanently Blocked Trump's Order Cutting Funding to Sanctuary Cities
A San Francisco Judge Has Permanently Blocked Trump's Order Cutting Funding to Sanctuary Cities

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco rejected the administration's argument that the funding was relatively little

Kate Steinle: Victim of Deadly 'Russian Roulette' or a Tragic Accident?
Kate Steinle: Victim of Deadly 'Russian Roulette' or a Tragic Accident?

The case became a flashpoint in the 2016 election because the accused is an undocumented immigrant

Donald Trump Is Promising Americans a 'Huge Tax Cut' for Christmas
Donald Trump Is Promising Americans a 'Huge Tax Cut' for Christmas

"We're going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas," he said

A Member of India's Ruling Party Has Put a Bounty on the Heads of a Bollywood Actress and Her Director
A Member of India's Ruling Party Has Put a Bounty on the Heads of a Bollywood Actress and Her Director

An unreleased film based on a 16th century Sufi poem has prompted a backlash for its rumored depiction of interfaith love

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has not happened since 2005. A majority of Spain has also received considerably less rain than it normally would.

President Trump Is Officially Dissolving His Charitable Foundation
President Trump Is Officially Dissolving His Charitable Foundation

Trump appears to be making good on a promise he made nearly a year ago

U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 Haitians
U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 Haitians

U.S. officials said conditions in Haiti have significantly improved since the 2010 earthquake

Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress
Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress

NEW DELHI (AP) - A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film "Padmavati" rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, raising eruption fears
Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, raising eruption fears

A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's holiday island of Bali spewed ash and towering clouds of smoke Tuesday, heightening fears it may erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit, as it stirred to life again after more than 140,000 people fled homes around the crater last month for fear the volcano would erupt. Nearly 1,600 people died when Agung last erupted in 1963, but officials said Tuesday that the rumblings did not pose an immediate threat to those living in its shadow.

Charlie Rose Suspended After Eight Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment
Charlie Rose Suspended After Eight Women Accuse Him of Sexual Harassment

CBS News, Bloomberg, and PBS all suspended their work with Rose in the wake of the allegations

Justice Department Will Sue to Stop AT&T-Time Warner Merger
Justice Department Will Sue to Stop AT&T-Time Warner Merger

The DoJ intends to stop AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner

White House Says Trump Doesn't Really Think He Should Have Left the UCLA Players in Jail
White House Says Trump Doesn't Really Think He Should Have Left the UCLA Players in Jail

He tweeted that sentiment on Sunday

Russia confirms
Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

"Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations Argayash and Novogorny were found to contain radioisotope Ru-106" between September 25 and October 1, the Rosgidromet service said. The highest concentration was registered at the station in Argayash, a village in the Chelyabinsk region in the southern Urals, which had "extremely high pollution" of Ru-106, exceeding natural background pollution by 986 times, the service said. The isotope was then detected in Tatarstan and then in southern Russia, eventually reaching "all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe" from September 29, Rosgidromet said.

An Easy Way To Shop Small Businesses This Black Friday
An Easy Way To Shop Small Businesses This Black Friday

Think outside of big-box retailers this Black Friday.

Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert.

EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging
EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day. The case is the latest in a string of issues causing tension between Warsaw and Brussels, which has watched the Polish administration's recent judicial reforms with alarm. "Poland must immediately cease its active forest management operations in the Bialowieza Forest, except in exceptional cases where they are strictly necessary to ensure public safety," said the European Court of Justice.

The Connected Vocabularies of Six-Month-Olds

No matter how many words you can define, your vocabulary isn't like a dictionary. Your mind stores language not as a list of words, but as a network of categories, properties, and meanings, with stronger connections between related words, like newspaper and magazine, than unrelated ones, like wallet and avalanche.

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads
Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. Singapore has gone further than any other major city to avoid the monster jams that have blighted Asian metropolises such as Jakarta or Manila.

The Ultimate Roundup For Hundreds Of Black Friday Deals
The Ultimate Roundup For Hundreds Of Black Friday Deals

You shouldn't have to comb through hundreds of sites to find the best Black Friday deals.

World
World's largest whales are mostly 'right-handed': study

Blue whales, the world's largest animals, usually favor their right side when they lunge to catch food -- a preference similar to right-handedness in people, researchers said Monday. The report was based on analysis of the movement of 63 blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) off the coast of California. Most blue whales veer right in deep water, where it is dark and there are a lot of krill, so visual contact is not as important.

US state gives key approval for Keystone pipeline
US state gives key approval for Keystone pipeline

Regulators in the US state of Nebraska on Monday granted a key approval needed for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the source of a nearly decade-long feud between environmental activists and the energy industry. Officials in Nebraska granted TransCanada the final major permit it needs to begin construction of the 1,180-mile (1,900 kilometer) pipeline, days after a leak in the existing Keystone line spilled around 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota. In a 3-2 vote, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the project, but required the pipeline's operator to use an alternative to its original preferred route.

Why Jim Carrey almost quit
Why Jim Carrey almost quit 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Producer Brian Grazer said Carrey's makeup, which special effects makeup artist Rick Baker worked on, became to excruciating at one point that Carrey almost wanted to quit.

Retired police officer with dementia accused of killing wife
Retired police officer with dementia accused of killing wife

A retired police officer, who refused help to care for his dementia stricken wife, suffocated her in the bedroom of their bungalow, a court has heard. But Douglas Addison, 88, is not in the dock to answer the charges, because he too is suffering from dementia and has been deemed too ill to stand trial. Instead a jury at Exeter Crown Court is hearing a trial of facts to determine if Mr Addison committed the acts of which he is accused. Anna Vigers QC, prosecuting, said Mr Addison had rejected help for his frail wife, Avis, and turned away carers. The court heard the couple had been married for decades and walked around their village holdings hands. Mr Addison was described as a proud man...

Contest Awards $50K For New Way to Spot Icebergs
Contest Awards $50K For New Way to Spot Icebergs

Can you simplify the process of identifying risky icebergs using satellite images?

Sharon Tate's Sister on Learning of Charles Manson's Death: 'I Said a Prayer, Shed a Tear'
Sharon Tate's Sister on Learning of Charles Manson's Death: 'I Said a Prayer, Shed a Tear'

Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon Tate was murdered at Charles Manson's orders in 1969, said she learned about Manson's death quickly

New York Times Reporter Glenn Thrush Has Been Suspended Amid Harassment Allegations
New York Times Reporter Glenn Thrush Has Been Suspended Amid Harassment Allegations

One of Thrush's former Politico colleagues wrote about several incidents

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France
Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

Tubes supplied by French nuclear energy giant Areva to a plant in northern Switzerland are defective and will be replaced, Swiss nuclear safety inspectors and the company said Monday. "The nuclear power plant in Leibstadt informed the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (IFSN) a few days ago that some of its fuel production components did not meet specifications", the agency said in a statement. Areva said the problem was linked to the "sporadic dysfunction of the control system" in zirconium tubes, which are used to encase fuel rods at nuclear plants.

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