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Canada court grants bail to Huawei CFO; Trump might intervene
Canada court grants bail to Huawei CFO; Trump might intervene
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  • 2018-12-12 00:51:14Z

Meng Wanzhou, 46, Huawei's [HWT.UL] chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, faces U.S. claims that she misled multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Justice William

Two missile launchers found in Yemen appear to be from Iran: U.N.
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  • 2018-12-12 00:51:06Z

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres does not specifically state whether the discovery of the units in Yemen was a violation of a U.N. resolution that took effect in January 2016. It prevents Iran from importing and exporting arms or related materiel unless the Security Council has given approval

The Latest: French police ending lockdowns in shooting area
The Latest: French police ending lockdowns in shooting area
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  • 2018-12-12 00:46:17Z

PARIS (AP) - The latest on the fatal shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg (all times local):

In heated on-camera clash, Trump bickers with top Democrats on border wall

In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Trump brawled with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding a wall that they see as ineffective and wasteful. "If we don't get what we want, one way or the other - whether it's through you, through a military, through anything you want to call - I will shut down the government," Trump said as the heated argument drew to a crescendo. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country," he said before...

Ex-Ford Argentina executives convicted in torture case; victims may sue in U.S.
Ex-Ford Argentina executives convicted in torture case; victims may sue in U.S.
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  • 2018-12-11 22:07:55Z

It is the first time former executives of a multinational company working in Argentina during the dictatorship have been convicted of crimes against humanity, one of the lawyers, Tomas Ojea Quintana, told Reuters in a telephone interview. "It is clear that Ford Motor Company had control of the

U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources
U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources
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  • 2018-12-11 21:53:03Z

Such an advisory from the State Department would warn U.S. nationals of the risk that China could retaliate against them for the detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, according to one of the sources familiar with the situation. Meng, 46, arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver, returned

Don't know if threshold reached to trigger no confidence vote in UK's PM May: Rees-Mogg
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  • 2018-12-11 21:51:36Z

Eurosceptic British lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg said in an interview with CNBC he does not know if the 48-letter threshold has been reached to trigger no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership. British media, citing sources, reported minutes before Rees-Mogg's interview that

Beijing detains Canadian as Huawei tensions soar over exec arrest
Beijing detains Canadian as Huawei tensions soar over exec arrest
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  • 2018-12-11 21:50:21Z

A Canadian national was confirmed as being held in China on Tuesday, intensifying a diplomatic stand-off over the arrest of a top executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, as a judge in Vancouver considered her bail application. Michael Korvig, a former diplomat who served in Beijing, was reported as having been detained as Meng Wanzhou was due in court for a bail hearing on US charges of violating Iran sanctions.

Flynn to make arguments against prison time in Russia probe
Flynn to make arguments against prison time in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, are poised to ask a judge to spare him prison time in a sentencing memorandum due by the end of Tuesday.

China detains former Canadian diplomat as Huawei CFO returns to court
China detains former Canadian diplomat as Huawei CFO returns to court

VANCOUVER/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada confirmed on Tuesday that one of its citizens was detained in China but said it saw no explicit connection to the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL]. Confirmation of the detention came soon after the executive, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, returned to a packed Vancouver courtroom for a bail hearing in a case that has angered Beijing. Canadian analysts had predicted China would retaliate after Meng's arrest last week at the request of U.S. authorities.

Global solutions on migration start at home
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  • 2018-12-11 20:33:45Z

 With one in every 30 people in the world now migrants, it was inevitable that the United Nations would try to coordinate the immigration policies of nations that send, receive, or block migrants. About 85 percent of UN members signed the nonbinding "Global Compact for Migration," one that calls for "safe, orderly, and regular" migration. The discussion helped nations look inward, compare themselves with others, and perhaps notice how their domestic divisions influence their migration practices or their standing in the world.

Incoming congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at New York Hanukkah event
Incoming congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at New York Hanukkah event

"A long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews," Ocasio-Cortez said.

In a bid to save Soviet-era art, Kiev activists preserve a slice of history
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  • 2018-12-11 19:25:27Z

Mosaics like the ones on Peremohy Avenue are scattered throughout Ukraine, from universities to apartment buildings and rural bus stops. Since 2015 however, they have been under dual threat, first from decommunization laws aimed at removing symbols of the Soviet Union, and now from neglect, as the country attempts to modernize its aging cities.

The Latest: Canada raises detention of citizen with China
The Latest: Canada raises detention of citizen with China

TORONTO (AP) - The Latest on the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in China (all times local):

Lebanon: Israel border tunnel operation won
Lebanon: Israel border tunnel operation won't endanger calm

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's president said Tuesday Israel's operation to destroy what it says is a series of cross-border attack tunnels built by the militant Hezbollah group won't endanger the calm along the frontier, adding that his country takes the issue seriously.

Argentina jails ex-Ford directors for
Argentina jails ex-Ford directors for 'dirty war' collaboration
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  • 2018-12-11 18:52:36Z

An Argentine court on Tuesday handed jail sentences to two former directors of automaker Ford for participating in the military dictatorship's "dirty war" against leftist opponents. After a year-long trial, the court sentenced Hector Sibilla, the former security chief at Ford's Buenos

Albanian students block Tirana highway in protest at higher fees
Albanian students block Tirana highway in protest at higher fees
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  • 2018-12-11 17:55:01Z

Albanian students blocked a major junction in the capital on Tuesday after the government failed to meet their demands to improve the education system and reverse fee increases announced this month. The colorful and peaceful protest, which has been going on for a week outside the education ministry, is a rare spontaneous show of anger in a country where rallies are usually organized by political parties. The protest puts pressure on Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama whose offers for talks have been rejected.

Russian nuclear-capable bomber aircraft fly to Venezuela, angering U.S.
Russian nuclear-capable bomber aircraft fly to Venezuela, angering U.S.
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  • 2018-12-11 17:42:42Z

The TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as "White Swans" by Russian pilots, landed at Maiquetia airport near capital Caracas on Monday after covering more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles), the Russian and Venezuelan governments said. As OPEC member Venezuela's socialist-run economy implodes, Russia has become a key lender of last resort, investing in its oil industry and providing support to its military. Capable of carrying short-range nuclear missiles, the planes can fly over 12,000 km (7,500 miles) without re-fuelling and have landed in Venezuela twice before in the last decade.

China's Car-Tariff Gesture Stirs Hope of a More Lasting Truce
China's Car-Tariff Gesture Stirs Hope of a More Lasting Truce

Shares of U.S. automakers surged Tuesday after Bloomberg News reported that China's Cabinet will review a proposal to cut tariffs on U.S. cars to 15 percent from 40 percent, bringing the U.S. in line with what other countries pay, according to people familiar with the matter. President Donald Trump tweeted that "very productive conversations" are taking place with the Chinese, predicting "important announcements" to come. China intends to resume purchases of American soybeans soon, with officials considering buying between 5 million and 8 million tons, according to government officials.China's plans on cars and soybeans would only reverse moves it made in retaliation against U.S....

The Latest: Trump " says developments in US-China trade
The Latest: Trump " says developments in US-China trade

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the back and forth between China and the U.S. over trade, technology and the arrest of an executive of the Chinese network gear company Huawei Technologies. (All times local):

India
India's Modi suffers biggest state election loss, boosting opposition
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  • 2018-12-11 15:53:36Z

The results in the heartland rural states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh could force the federal government run by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to raise spending in the countryside, where more than two-thirds of India's 1.3 billion people live. Political

After May asks for help, Germany
After May asks for help, Germany's Merkel says no more Brexit negotiations
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  • 2018-12-11 15:52:24Z

With less than four months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, May's Brexit deal is floundering, opening up the prospect of a disorderly no-deal divorce or a reversal of Brexit through a referendum. A day after pulling the vote in the face of ridicule from lawmakers

EU's Brexit message to May: clarify, reassure, but not renegotiate
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  • 2018-12-11 15:52:24Z

"Renegotiate?" - no. The European Union reacted in unison on Tuesday to news that British Prime Minister Theresa May was coming to demand changes to the Brexit deal the sides agreed just two weeks ago after 18 months of painstaking talks. "There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation

Putin: My spy chiefs know nothing about alleged agent Butina in U.S
Putin: My spy chiefs know nothing about alleged agent Butina in U.S
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  • 2018-12-11 15:33:17Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it was unclear to him why a Russian woman, Maria Butina, had been detained in the United States and accused of being a Russian agent because his intelligence chiefs had told him they knew nothing about her. Butina is suspected of trying to infiltrate

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China: sources
Former Canadian diplomat detained in China: sources

Michael Kovrig's detention comes after police in Canada arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities, a move that has infuriated Beijing. It was not immediately clear if the cases were related, but the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver has stoked fears of reprisals against the foreign business community in China. "International Crisis Group is aware of reports that its North East Asia Senior Adviser, Michael Kovrig, has been detained in China," the think-tank said in a statement.

India names Modi ally as new central bank chief
India names Modi ally as new central bank chief

India's government named an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the country's new central bank chief Tuesday, a day after his predecessor quit following a dispute about government interference. Shaktikanta Das has been appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years, a government statement said. The 63-year-old is a former senior finance ministry official and a key figure in Modi's controversial "demonetisation" scheme of November 2016.

Twitter Users Titter At Trump's White House Chief Of Staff Hiring Gaffe
Twitter Users Titter At Trump's White House Chief Of Staff Hiring Gaffe

President Donald Trump accused media outlets on Tuesday morning of incorrectly

Khashoggi, other persecuted journalists named Time
Khashoggi, other persecuted journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country's Istanbul consulate, was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" Tuesday, an honor he shared with other persecuted journalists dubbed as "guardians" of the truth. Among those named with Khashoggi were Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo -- currently imprisoned in Myanmar -- and the staff of the Capital Gazette in the US city of Annapolis, including five members killed in a June shooting. US President Donald Trump, the 2016 "Person of the Year," was the bookmakers' favorite this year but in the end was runner-up.

U.N. seeks withdrawal of warring parties from Yemen's Hodeidah: sources

The United Nations is proposing that all armed forces from Yemen's warring parties withdraw from the port city of Hodeidah and that an interim entity be set up to run the city, a lifeline for millions of people in the country's war, sources said. The proposal is still being discussed at U.N.-sponsored peace talks between the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in Sweden. The sources familiar with the talks said the U.N. proposal envisions a "joint committee or independent entity" to manage the city and port after both sides withdraw and the possibility of deploying U.N. monitors.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella ranked as best CEO in US; Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos make top 10
Microsoft's Satya Nadella ranked as best CEO in US; Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos make top 10

Other CEOs in the top 10 include Home Depot's Craig Menear, Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Saleforce's Marc Benioff.

Macron blows hole in budget with
Macron blows hole in budget with 'yellow vest' measures

French President Emmanuel Macron's measures to help low-income families and so end the "yellow vest" protests will blow a hole in the budget and perhaps his reputation too, analysts say. The 40-year-old leader came to power in May 2017 promising a new business-friendly France with healthy public accounts, ending the chronic deficits which have been the norm since the 1970s. "Emmanuel Macron's positive image in Brussels as a good steward of the budget is going to take a serious hit," French financial daily Les Echos commented Tuesday.

Modi's Terrible 24 Hours Boosts India Opponents Before 2019 Vote
Modi's Terrible 24 Hours Boosts India Opponents Before 2019 Vote

First came the abrupt resignation on Monday night of Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, which sent stock, bond and currency markets tumbling when they reopened on Tuesday. Then Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party faced defeat in three key states that he carried in his 2014 national victory, in what amounts to his biggest political setback since taking office. "The results reveal the declining political stock of Narendra Modi going into the national elections," said Katharine Adeney, director of University of Nottingham's Asia Research Institute.

250,000 Syrian refugees could return home next year: UNHCR
250,000 Syrian refugees could return home next year: UNHCR
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  • 2018-12-11 12:50:47Z

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to a 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to their devastated homeland in 2019, while many others face problems with documentation and property that the Damascus government must help resolve, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. Some 5.6 million Syrian

Armed British police use stun gun on man inside grounds of parliament
Armed British police use stun gun on man inside grounds of parliament
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  • 2018-12-11 12:49:42Z

Get down," police shouted at the man shortly before noon just inside parliament's main Carriage Gates, the photographer said. Reuters pictures showed armed police using a stun gun on the man on the cobbled forecourt. "A man was detained and arrested by Carriage Gates inside the Palace

Yemen's warring sides exchange lists of prisoners
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  • 2018-12-11 12:49:11Z

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) - Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels are exchanging lists of prisoners as part of peace talks in Sweden aimed at winding down the devastating civil war.

Krispy Kreme celebrates 'Day of Dozens' Wednesday with sweet $1 deal
Krispy Kreme celebrates 'Day of Dozens' Wednesday with sweet $1 deal

Take advantage of Krispy Kreme's "Day of the Dozens" deal Wednesday to be the office champion. Get a dozen doughnuts for $1 with purchase of a dozen.

Exclusive: Red tape, funding problems hamper Lion Air black box search
Exclusive: Red tape, funding problems hamper Lion Air black box search
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  • 2018-12-11 12:41:34Z

Weeks of delays in the search for the second 'black box' may complicate the task of explaining how 189 people died when the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29. Indonesian investigators told Reuters budgetary constraints and the need for approvals had limited efforts to raise the main wreckage and find the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), thought to hold vital clues to Indonesia's second-worst air disaster. "We don't have further funds to rent the ship," a source at Indonesia's transport safety committee (KNKT) said, in reference to specialized equipment needed for the search.

Yemen
Yemen's warring parties exchange prisoner lists, talks focus on Hodeidah
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  • 2018-12-11 12:38:31Z

Both parties at the consultations in Sweden, set to last until Dec. 13, have yet to settle major sticking points, including a ceasefire in the port of Hodeidah, reopening of Sanaa airport and shoring up of the central bank. The talks are being held as Western allies press Saudi Arabia and the United

Conservative Columnist Thinks 1 Word In Cohen Memo May Seal Donald Trump
Conservative Columnist Thinks 1 Word In Cohen Memo May Seal Donald Trump's Fate

One seven-letter word ― "synergy" ― may prove critical in proving the

30 Tweets You'll Find Extra Funny If You're Married
30 Tweets You'll Find Extra Funny If You're Married

Getting married is easy, but staying married can be hard work. If you and your

33 Funny Tweets About Christmas Tree Struggles, From Exhausted Parents
33 Funny Tweets About Christmas Tree Struggles, From Exhausted Parents

The holiday season can be a trying time. Parents in particular face the stress

Ireland to ramp up preparations for 'no deal' Brexit: minister
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  • 2018-12-11 10:05:36Z

Coveney will bring a detailed paper to cabinet on Tuesday on preparations for various Brexit scenarios, including the possibility that Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal that he said the government must now gear up for. "We are now actively, not only preparing for that,

Save on this ultra-sharp knife set and give a holiday gift that will actually get used
Save on this ultra-sharp knife set and give a holiday gift that will actually get used

Searching for a great holiday gift that won't end up in next year's white elephant game?  This knife set, available now for a hugely discounted price of $58, might just do the trick. These lightweight yet robust knives are made from super strong zirconium ceramic. Even if you don't have someone on your gift list who's worthy of super shark knives, buy them for yourself and use them to prepare a special holiday meal.   As an added bonus, each purchase of these knives provides ten hungry Americans with a meal on your behalf through Feeding America - so you can feel good about your purchase no matter what. So, get yourself - or someone on your holiday gift list - a gift...

Japan to ramp up defense spending to pay for new fighters, radar
Japan to ramp up defense spending to pay for new fighters, radar
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  • 2018-12-11 09:55:57Z

Japan aims to boost defense spending over the next five years to help pay for new stealth fighters and other advanced U.S. military equipment, a source with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Defence will this month present a plan to spend 27 trillion yen ($239.5 billion) on its

Anti-India rebel attack leaves 3 police dead in Kashmir
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  • 2018-12-11 09:55:35Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Police say rebels fighting against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir have attacked a police post, killing three officers and injuring one other.

44 Former Senators Warn Current Lawmakers Not To Blow It On Trump
44 Former Senators Warn Current Lawmakers Not To Blow It On Trump

A bipartisan group of 44 former Senators released a forceful editorial on

US returns war trophy bells to Philippines
US returns war trophy bells to Philippines
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  • 2018-12-11 09:52:50Z

Church bells seized from the Philippines by US troops as war trophies over a century ago were returned on Tuesday, in a bid to turn the page on a difficult chapter between the historical allies. Giving back the three so-called Balangiga bells meets a decades-old demand from the former US colony at a

U.S. sanctions three North Korean officials for alleged rights abuses
U.S. sanctions three North Korean officials for alleged rights abuses
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  • 2018-12-11 08:23:41Z

The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned three North Korean officials, including a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for serious human rights abuses and censorship. It was not clear whether the decision to sanction the three men was related to U.S.-North Korean nuclear diplomacy, which has made little obvious progress since Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Singapore in June.

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees
Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) - Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year - a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.

U.S. returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre
U.S. returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre
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  • 2018-12-11 07:00:32Z

Church bells taken as war trophies by U.S. forces more than a century ago arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, ending Manila's decades-long quest for the return of some of the most famous symbols of resistance to U.S. colonialism. The "Bells of Balangiga" landed in a military cargo plane

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