Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Editor's Note

Giving a presentation on geopolitical trends this morning. Blogging will return later today.

Tweets For Today






Picture Of The Day

A traffic officer in Pyongyang on 2 December 2018. © AFP 2018 / Ed Jones

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Hello Darkness, My Old Friend: Gloomy Beauty of North Korea's Cities (Sputnik).

Monday, December 10, 2018

This Is China's Europe Strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China May 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council: China's Europe Strategy

SCHLOSS ELMAU, GERMANY – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban recently shared some history with a friend, explaining why he reached out to China’s then-Premier Wen Jiabao in 2011, seeking urgent financial support and providing Beijing one of several European inroads in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Orban’s reason was a simple one: survival. Facing a potential debt crisis and unwilling to accept austere loan conditions from Western institutions, Beijing offered a lifeline. For his part, Orban convened some Central European leaders with Beijing, and they laid the groundwork for the “16-plus-one” initiative based in Budapest that since then has provided China unprecedented regional influence.

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WNU Editor: When Chinese diplomats and their leaders show up, they bring their checkbooks with big promises. You cannot compete against that type of foreign policy, but China has had some "screw-ups" in Europe like this one in 2013 .... China reportedly just bought 5% of Ukraine (but the Ukrainian partner denies it) (Quartz).

The F-22 Is About To Get Even More Deadlier


Kris Osborn, National Interest: Why the F-22 Raptor Will Soon Be Deadlier Than Ever

"For the long term, given that the Air Force plans to fly the F-22 well into the 2060s, these weapons upgrades are engineered to build the technical foundation needed to help integrate a new generation of air-to-air missiles as they emerge in coming years."

Made by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the F-22 uses two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles, an Air Force statement said. It is 16-feet tall, 62-feet long and weighs 43,340 pounds. Its maximum take-off weight is 83,500.

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have now “validated” several new weapons on the F-22 Raptor to equip the stealth fighter with more long-range precision attack technology, a wider targeting envelope or “field of regard” and new networking technology enabling improved, real-time “collaborative targeting” between aircraft.

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WNU Editor: The Air Force is clearly committed to keeping these jets in the sky for the next few decades.

The Children Of Venezuela Do Not Have A Future

Bloomberg: Gaunt, Filthy Kids Roam Streets of Caracas in Packs

(Bloomberg) -- Editors Note: There are few places as chaotic or dangerous as Venezuela. “Life in Caracas” is a series of short stories that seeks to capture the surreal quality of living in a land in total disarray.

Most weekend mornings, you can find Andrea and her cousins juggling on a street corner. She’ll be throwing limes up in the air and catching them just in time to dash over to idling cars before the light turns green.

Early on this Saturday, only a handful of motorists rolled down their windows. Most shook their heads, mouthing, “No tengo, mi amor”—I can’t spare anything, honey. She kept her collections in a pink-plastic purse: 24 bolivars, less than a penny, and a packet of strawberry-flavored wafers. By 11 a.m., that was all she’d had to eat.

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WNU Editor: This is what a "failed state" looks like. 

Russian Blackjack Bombers Are Being Deployed To Venezuela To Conduct Exercises

Tupolev Tu-16 flies over USS Hewitt. Wikimedia

Washington Free Beacon: Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

Nuclear-capable jets to bolster leftist Maduro regime.

Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials.

At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight.

The bomber foray to South America will be Russia's seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months.

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WNU Editor: This follows a Chinese navy ship visiting Venezuela 3 months ago .... China navy ship makes maiden visit to Venezuela after Maduro visit (Reuters). Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 10, 2018 (Evening Edition)



Jennifer Williams, VOX: Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests

Macron announced a minimum wage raise and tax cuts to try to appease protesters.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced dramatic new concessions including a raise in the minimum wage and tax cuts for pensioners and overtime workers in an attempt to quell weeks of violent anti-government protests.

For the past several weeks, France has been in the grip of widespread protests and riots that have led to clashes with police, leaving several people dead, hundreds more injured, and thousands of dollars’ worth of property damaged. On Sunday, after yet another round of violent protests, Paris’s top prosecutor announced that some 1,000 people were being held in police custody.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 10, 2018 (Evening Edition)

'Gilets jaunes': Five takeaways from Macron's address -- Emma Beswick, Euronews

Why have the 'Yellow Vest' protests spilled over into Belgium? -- Catherine Bennett, France 24

The Yellow Vests, A Wake-Up Call For France And The World -- Edouard Tétreau, World Crunch/Les ECHOS

The 'gilets jaunes' protests suggest an uncomfortable truth about Macron and everyone who believed in him -- Will Gore, The Independent

A solution for the Ukrainian quagmire -- Pascal Lottaz and Herbert Reginbogin, Washington Times

If Brexit is abandoned, will it ever be worth voting again? -- Douglas Murray, Spectator

Greece hopes Brexit will stir a renewed debate over Parthenon Marbles -- Valerie Hamilton, PRI

Focus on Yemen, not the Saudi crown prince -- Dov S. Zakheim, The Hill

The Obsolete Palestinian Authority -- Paul R. Pillar, National Interest

How to Save Ethiopia’s Democratic Revolution -- Economist

Papua killings revive debate on decades-old conflict -- Ayu Purwaningsih, DW

How the U.S. Can Prevent a China-Dominated Asia -- Brendan Taylor, Interpreter/Lowy Institute

No sign of political reform in China since 'Charter 08' -- Perry Link, DW

Don’t ask why US acted against China’s Huawei. Ask: why now? -- Tom Holland, SCMP

Why Democrats aren’t ready to impeach Trump just yet -- Mary Clare Jalonick, AP

The Threat of AI to Energy Security -- Kukas Trakimavičius, Atlantic Council

World News Briefs -- December 10, 2018 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: To quell unrest, France's Macron speeds up tax cuts but vows no U-turn

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to defuse weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority.

In his first national address following France’s worst unrest for years, Macron sought to restore calm and struck a humble tone after accusations his governing style and economic policies were fracturing the country.

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MIDDLE EAST

Yemen’s warring sides negotiating truce for key port Hodeida.

UN proposes Yemen rebels share control of key port with government.

U.N. agencies warn aid is needed to save lives in Yemen.

State Department: Discontinuing support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen would send ‘wrong message’.

Iraq celebrates one year since 'victory' against IS.

GCC summit ends without roadmap to resolve ongoing crisis.

Saudis reject extradition as alleged last moments of Jamal Khashoggi detailed .

Israel: Second Hezbollah tunnel discovered.

Israeli brass to brief Russian military on Hezbollah tunnels

ASIA

China ups pressure as bail hearing resumes for top tech exec.

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse.

North and South Korea complete joint survey on waterway.

‘Major fiscal surgery’ needed to stop China growth rate dropping below 6 per cent in first half of 2019, economist says.

China summons US ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest.

China cracks down on unofficial Christian church.

Chinese tourists and international students help drive asylum claims in Australia up 311 per cent.

Urjit Patel: India's central bank governor resigns.

‘Your daughter should have been safe here’: NZ's apology to family of Grace Millane.

AFRICA

In Zimbabwe’s crisis, ‘we cannot talk of Christmas anymore’.

Egypt restricts yellow vests sales to avoid copycat protests.

Armed group blocks key oil field in Libya.

Political feuding and corruption leave Africa’s Guinea-Bissau vulnerable to falling back into a gang haven, ‘narco-state’.

Somali MPs aim to impeach president over Ethiopia, Eritrea 'deals'.

Togo protests turn deadly after government crackdown.

Tanzania President Magufuli comes under attack over censorship.

DR Congo's Kabila does not rule out contesting 2023 poll.

Egypt frees British student arrested on spying charge.

Egypt casts doubt on video of naked Danish couple on Pyramid.

EUROPE

Macron vows tax relief, urges calm in bid to quell protests. French President Emmanuel Macron announces €100 rise in minimum wage after protests.

France: More than 1,200 in custody after 'yellow vest' riots.

France tells Trump to stop interfering in its politics.

Kremlin slams rumors about Russia’s alleged involvement in France’s Yellow Vests.

Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote. Theresa May delays vote on Brexit deal.

Theresa May postpones Brexit deal vote. May ‘to delay’ crucial Brexit vote, media says, hours after EU’s top court said UK can unilaterally scrap divorce from the bloc.

UK can halt Brexit unilaterally, EU court rules. Court: It's not too late for Britain to stay in EU.

Armenia PM Nikol Pashinian's alliance wins by landslide.

Anti-Semitism pervades European life, says EU report.

Russian serial killer found guilty of 56 further murders.

AMERICAS

Russian spy who infiltrated US rifle association expected to plea-bargain.

Trump defends campaign contribution as 'private transaction' 'done correctly'.

Trump floating Mark Meadows for White House chief of staff: reports. Trump chief of staff: Speculation mounts over job.

US Senate faces off with Trump over Khashoggi this week. US Senator Rubio slams White House on Khashoggi after report Kushner counselled prince.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro further consolidates power in municipal vote.

China increases pressure on US, Canada over Huawei executive's arrest.

Vancouver police investigate break-in attempt at family home of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou; suspects fled after being confronted by resident.

Illegal mining in Amazon rainforest has become an 'epidemic'.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US airstrike outside Somalia's capital kills 4 al-Shabab.

Women make better recruiters for ISIS and far-right terror groups 'because of their empathy and soft approach', study finds.

After defeat in Iraq, ISIS fights on in last enclave in Syria.

Nadia Murad: One woman's fight against Islamic State.

Iraq marks one year since 'victory' against IS.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks struggle higher as markets remain volatile; oil drops.

US sets 'hard deadline' for China trade talks.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for 'tone deaf' Myanmar tweets.

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn charged with underreporting pay by more than $60m.

Australia: Facebook, Google face crackdown as ACCC calls out their market dominance.

U.S. Marine Corps Built A Replica Of China's Advanced Fighter The J-20


Daily Mail: US Marines Corps reveals it owns the full scale replica of a Chinese stealth fighter that was pictured at a Georgia airbase

* J-20 Mighty Dragon jet was seen at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, in Georgia
* The stealth fighter has now been confirmed as a scale replica used for training
* Speculation over aircraft included it being a film prop for new Top Gun movie

The US Marine Corps has confirmed that a mysterious jet spotted at one of its airbases is a replica of a cutting edge Chinese stealth fighter.

The aircraft, that is virtually identical to the Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon, was pictured at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia, last Wednesday.

The photograph was shared online sparking speculation that a Chinese pilot had defected with the jet or that it was a prop for the latest Top Gun movie.

Now, however, the United States Marine Corps has told the Aviationist that it is a full scale mock used for training.

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WNU editor: This confirms to me that the U.S. military is taking China's air force seriously.

More News On The U.S. Marine Corps Having A J-20 Replica

USAF Confirms: The Chinese J-20 Spotted In Georgia Is a Mock-Up Used For Training by the U.S. Marine Corps -- Aviationist
The US military put a fake Chinese J-20 stealth fighter at a Georgia airbase -- Business Insider
Cutting edge ‘Chinese fighter jet’ spotted at US air base sparking speculation pilot may have defected to West -- The SUN
Has China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Been Spotted at a US Airbase? (PHOTO) -- Sputnik

Senior Chinese Military Officer Calls For Attacks On U.S. Ships Conducting Freedom-Of-Navigation Operations In The South China Sea

PLAAF Colonel Commandant Dai Xu (Image from Chinese media)

Business Insider: Senior Chinese military officer calls for attacks on US ships in the South China Sea

* A senior Chinese military officer urged the Chinese Navy to use force to counter US activities in the South China Sea.
* A People's Liberation Army Air Force senior colonel argued at a conference Saturday that the Chinese PLA Navy should ram US Navy warships that try to conduct freedom-of-navigation operations in "Chinese waters" in the South China Sea.
* Such an aggressive action would certainly constitute an escalation after a near-miss incident in September, when a PLAN destroyer nearly collided with a US warship in the South China Sea.

The South China Sea is a powder keg, and one senior Chinese military officer seems interested in lighting the fuse even further.

Dai Xu, a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) senior colonel and president of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, suggested last weekend that the Chinese navy use force to counter US freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, Taiwan News reported Sunday. He spoke at a conference hosted by the nationalist, state-backed Chinese tabloid Global Times.

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More News On A Senior Chinese Military Officer Calling For Attacks On U.S. Ships Conducting Freedom-Of-Navigation Operations In The South China Sea

A Chinese Military Official Suggests Ramming U.S. Warships in the South China Sea -- Popular Mechanics
Senior Chinese military official urges PLAN to attack US naval vessels in S. China Sea -- Taiwan News
‘Ram It’: Chinese Colonel Offers Solution to US Ships Transiting South China Sea -- Sputnik
China to send TWO warships to CONFRONT US Navy in South China Sea -- Express

2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Global Action On Wartime Sexual Violence







ABC News Online: Nobel Peace Prize winners urge world to step up when combatting wartime sexual violence

One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Dr Denis Mukwege spoke on Sunday at a news conference with Nadia Murad of Iraq, with whom he shared the 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.9 million) prize.

The doctor was honoured for his work helping sexually abused women at the hospital he founded in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ms Murad, a Yazidi, won for her advocacy for sex abuse victims after being kidnapped by Islamic State militants.

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2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Global Action On Wartime Sexual Violence

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence -- AP
Nobel Peace prize winners seek justice for war rape victims -- Reuters
Nobel Peace Prize Winners Demand Global Action on Mass Rape: ‘Enough is Enough!’ -- The New York Times
Nobel peace prize winners call for end to sexual violence -- The Independent
World's indifference to sexual violence must end: Nobel laureates -- Al Jazeera
Nobel Peace Prize winners call for global action against mass rape -- The Hill
World must 'protect' Yazidis, Murad says in Nobel acceptance speech -- France 24
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mukwege worried Congo vote could lead to war -- Reuters

Gallop Poll: 158 Million Migrants Want To Move To The U.S.

Gallop

Washington Examiner: 158 million migrants want to move to the US, world’s top pick

The United States is the top pick — by far — for migrants seeking a new home, despite reports that President Trump’s policies are scaring people away and making countries such as Canada and some in Europe the preferred choice, according to a new report.

Some 158 million, or a population far larger than all of Russia, want to move to the U.S., about 21 percent of all those in the world seeking a new home.

In a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, or 758 million, want to move, most for jobs.

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WNU Editor: I can understand that most of the world migrants want to move to the U.S.. But 158 million?!?!?!? I would put that number nearer to a billion (if not more). The Gallop poll is here .... More Than 750 Million Worldwide Would Migrate If They Could (Gallop).

U.K Prime Minister May Postpones Brexit Vote



Daily Mail: Humiliated May goes back to Brussels: May says she will seek 'assurances' on the Irish backstop but she will NOT ask the EU to drop it - and her Brexit vote could be delayed until JANUARY

* Theresa May faced an overwhelming defeat in vote that could have sent her tumbling out of Downing Street
* In stormy Commons clashes PM pledged to seek more concessions from the EU in bid to shore up support
* But she made clear she will not be seeking to get Brussels to drop the concept of the Irish border backstop
* The premier suggested the Brexit deal might not be brought back to the House of Commons until January 21
* Ireland's PM Leo Varadkar today dismissed Mrs May's chances of getting any deep concessions on agreement
* The Pound plunged to its lowest level in 20 months against the US dollar as the dramatic developments broke
* Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the vote will '100 per cent' go ahead hours before it was shelved
* Tory infighting escalated as Alan Duncan warns that Tory rebels will 'forever be known as the wreckers'
* Conservative big beasts with leadership ambitions have been circling in anticipation of PM being ousted
* The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke the Article 50 Brexit notification

Theresa May today hinted that the vote on her Brexit deal could be delayed for six weeks after being forced into an humiliating U-turn.

The PM faced taunts and barracking from MPs after finally bowing to massive pressure to delay the crunch vote which had been due tomorrow.

Instead said she will tour European capitals and then go back to Brussels to try to secure sweeteners that might buy off huge opposition to the package.

She insisted her blueprint was still the 'best deal negotiable', and said she still planned to put it to a vote once 'reassurances' had been secured on the Irish border backstop - but implied that might not happen before January 21.

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WNU Editor: This is what I call humiliation.

More News On U.K Prime Minister May Postponing The Brexit Vote

May makes Commons statement after calling off key Brexit vote – Politics live -- The Guardian
The Latest: EU lawmaker on Brexit: No other deal for UK -- AP
Brexit in turmoil as PM May pulls vote on her divorce deal -- Reuters
Theresa May calls off MPs' vote on her Brexit deal -- BBC
Brexit in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote on it -- AP
UK's PM May pulls parliamentary vote on Brexit deal -- France 24
Theresa May delays vote on Brexit deal -- DW
UK PM May says no majority in parliament for alternative Brexit plans -- Reuters
Brexit deal: May admits she would have lost vote by large margin -- Guardian
Date for new Brexit vote depends on when we get assurances from EU: PM May's spokesman -- Reuters
Brexit: May rules out revoking article 50 after ECJ ruling -- Guardian

French President Macron To Address The Nation Amid Protests





Daily Mail: Macron pleads with union leaders in a bid to placate Yellow Vest protesters ahead of TV address this evening as Russia denies allegations it has whipped up riots on social media

* Emmanuel Macron facing calls to step down amid violent protests across France
* He met union bosses, politicians and business figures to find solution Monday
* He will address the nation tonight, the first time he has spoken publicly in a week
* Russia denied claims it had been promoting fake news to do with the riots online

French President Emmanuel Macron met with union bosses, politicians and business leaders on Monday as he prepared to speak to the nation amid violent protests and calls for him to resign.

Macron's televised address, due at 8pm local time (7pm GMT), will mark the first time he has spoken in more than a week despite riots gripping Paris and spreading to other cities.

As the French president prepared to face down his critics, Russia was forced to deny claims it had whipped up the riots on social media, calling the claim 'slanderous.'

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More News On The Unrest In France

The Latest: Unions wait to hear Macron’s plans for France -- AP
Yellow Vests: Macron to address nation on crisis after new weekend of clashes -- France 24
Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests -- AP
Macron to appeal to French in wake of latest violent protests -- The Guardian
Yellow Vest protesters erect a GUILLOTINE in Paris bearing French President's political party name amid revolt that has forced Macron to address the furious nation Monday evening -- AFP
Macron to address France after protests see 135,000 on streets -- NBC
Yellow vest protests: Macron to hold crisis meeting -- BBC
Macron prepares response to 'yellow vest' protesters as Paris cleans up -- Reuters
French president to address the nation on 'yellow vest' crisis -- Al Jazeera
'Yellow vest' protests stunt French growth, Macron under pressure -- Reuters
'Yellow Vest' protests blamed for cut in French growth forecast -- France 24
French minister asks Trump not to meddle in French affairs -- Reuters
Donald Trump wades into 'yellow vest' debate, triggering a French rebuke -- ABC News Online
Kremlin says Russia did not interfere in domestic affairs of France -- Reuters
Macron to speak to French on protests; But is it too late? -- Angela Charlton and Sylvie Corbet, AP

Venezuela's Ruling Party Consolidates Power In Municipal Elections



The National/AFP: Venezuelans stay away from elections, handing win to ruling party

National Electoral Council chair Tibisay Lucena put the rate of abstention at 72.6 per cent

Venezuelans stayed away in droves Sunday from municipal elections, handing a victory to the ruling party – but with just 27 per cent turnout.

National Electoral Council chair Tibisay Lucena put the rate of abstention at 72.6 per cent. As such, the ruling party won 142 of 156 jurisdictions in play, she said.

Some 20.7 million Venezuelans were eligible to vote.

Ms Lucena called it "a calm day of civic and democratic action".

The results were hardly a surprise: analysts had predicted record low turnout, citing mistrust in the process, the banning of opposition parties and widespread exhaustion amid the ongoing socioeconomic crisis.

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WNU Editor: The Venezuelan government is saying that the rate of abstention at 72.6 per cent. I am willing to bet that the real number is over 90%.

More News On Venezuela's Municipal Elections

Maduro’s grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat -- AP
Few Venezuelans turn out for municipal elections amid crisis -- Reuters
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro further consolidates power in municipal vote -- DW
Venezuela ruling party wins local polls marred by low turnout -- Al Jazeera

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian’s Alliance Wins By A Landslide In Parliamentary Elections





BBC: Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins by landslide

Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a convincing victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, consolidating his authority.

His bloc won more than 70% of the vote, the country's election commission said.

A journalist turned politician, Mr Pashinyan spearheaded a peaceful revolution in April.

He now has a parliamentary majority to push through his programme of tackling corruption and reforming the economy. Poll turnout was low, at about 49%.

Historically, Armenia's elections have been marred by fraud and vote-buying.

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WNU Editor: Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian’s alliance captured more than 70 per cent of the vote scoreing (in my book) a landslide victory in Armenia’s snap parliamentary elections.

More News On Armenia's Parliamentary Elections

Armenian PM’s bloc wins majority in parliamentary vote -- AP
Armenia election: reformist PM Nikol Pashinian wins convincing victory -- The Guardian/Reuters
Armenia PM's bloc wins by landslide in parliamentary elections -- France 24
Armenia PM Nikol Pashinian's alliance wins by landslide -- DW
Armenia polls: PM Nikol Pashinyan's bloc wins by landslide -- Al Jazeera
Armenian citizens vote for "revolutionary majority", says acting PM -- TASS
Pashinian Alliance Scores 'Revolutionary Majority' In Landslide Armenian Win -- RFE
Monitors Hail Armenian Vote, Call For Further Electoral Reforms -- RFE
Parliamentary election in Armenia respected fundamental freedoms: OSCE -- Reuters
Armenia election: Who is Nikol Pashinyan? -- Euronews

World News Briefs -- December 10, 2018


DW: UN migration compact formally adopted

UN member states have adopted the UN's controversial migration compact at a conference in Morocco. A number of countries have refused to sign the nonbinding accord, among them the US.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has been formally adopted by UN member states at a conference in the Moroccan capital Marrakech.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the nonbinding accord, which was finalized in July after 18 months of talks, as a "roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos," rejecting claims that it would allow the UN to impose migration policies on member states.

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MIDDLE EAST

UN proposes Yemen rebels share control of key port with government.

U.N. agencies warn aid is needed to save lives in Yemen.

State Department: Discontinuing support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen would send ‘wrong message’.

Iraq celebrates one year since 'victory' against IS.

GCC summit ends without roadmap to resolve ongoing crisis.

Saudis reject extradition as alleged last moments of Jamal Khashoggi detailed .

Israel: Second Hezbollah tunnel discovered.

ASIA

North and South Korea complete joint survey on waterway.

‘Major fiscal surgery’ needed to stop China growth rate dropping below 6 per cent in first half of 2019, economist says.

China summons US ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest.

China cracks down on unofficial Christian church.

Chinese tourists and international students help drive asylum claims in Australia up 311 per cent.

Urjit Patel: India's central bank governor resigns.

‘Your daughter should have been safe here’: NZ's apology to family of Grace Millane.

AFRICA

Armed group blocks key oil field in Libya.

Political feuding and corruption leave Africa’s Guinea-Bissau vulnerable to falling back into a gang haven, ‘narco-state’.

Somali MPs aim to impeach president over Ethiopia, Eritrea 'deals'.

Togo protests turn deadly after government crackdown.

Tanzania President Magufuli comes under attack over censorship.

DR Congo's Kabila does not rule out contesting 2023 poll.

Egypt frees British student arrested on spying charge.

EUROPE

Armenia PM Nikol Pashinian's alliance wins by landslide.

French president to address the nation on 'yellow vest' crisis.

France: More than 1,200 in custody after 'yellow vest' riots.

France tells Trump to stop interfering in its politics.

Kremlin slams rumors about Russia’s alleged involvement in France’s Yellow Vests.

Theresa May postpones Brexit deal vote. May ‘to delay’ crucial Brexit vote, media says, hours after EU’s top court said UK can unilaterally scrap divorce from the bloc.

UK can halt Brexit unilaterally, EU court rules. Court: It's not too late for Britain to stay in EU.

Anti-Semitism pervades European life, says EU report.

Russian serial killer found guilty of 56 further murders.

AMERICAS

Trump defends campaign contribution as 'private transaction' 'done correctly'.

Trump floating Mark Meadows for White House chief of staff: reports. Trump chief of staff: Speculation mounts over job.

US Senate faces off with Trump over Khashoggi this week. US Senator Rubio slams White House on Khashoggi after report Kushner counselled prince.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro further consolidates power in municipal vote.

China increases pressure on US, Canada over Huawei executive's arrest.

Vancouver police investigate break-in attempt at family home of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng Wanzhou; suspects fled after being confronted by resident.

Illegal mining in Amazon rainforest has become an 'epidemic'.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

After defeat in Iraq, ISIS fights on in last enclave in Syria.

Nadia Murad: One woman's fight against Islamic State.

Iraq marks one year since 'victory' against IS.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US sets 'hard deadline' for China trade talks.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for 'tone deaf' Myanmar tweets.

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn charged with underreporting pay by more than $60m.

Australia: Facebook, Google face crackdown as ACCC calls out their market dominance.