Thursday, November 17, 2016

World News Briefs -- November 17, 2016 (Evening Edition)

VOA: Trump Looms Over Lima’s APEC Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Peru on Friday for his final Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting, but his presence will be overshadowed by someone who is not scheduled to attend until next year – his successor, President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump has asserted during the campaign that the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a “death blow” and a “rape of our country.”

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1 month in, Iraq still faces grueling urban combat in Mosul.

Weather stalls Mosul offensive but deadly attacks continue. Mosul Iraq battle: Bad weather slows advance inside city.

Extensive cultural damage found in historic Iraqi city.

Baghdad, Kurds at odds over control of post-ISIL Mosul.

Airstrikes in Syria's besieged Aleppo kill more than 20.

Russia says its strike in Syria killed 30 al-Qaida fighters.

Russia hopes for Trump new approach to Syria crisis: agencies.

Obama says will continue to try to affect change in Syria.

Turkey's NATO officials seek asylum in Germany amid Erdogan crackdown.

U.S., Iran clash over Tehran's testing of limit in nuclear deal.

Oldest Ten Commandments carving auctioned for $850,000 in US.


Vietnam expanding South China Sea runway: U.S. think tank.

North Korea to top US agenda at final Obama-Xi meeting.

North Korea says could renew ties with U.S. under Trump if troops go.

Former U.S. officials meet with North Korea diplomats for informal talks.

China tells Trump climate change is not a Chinese hoax.

U.S. panel wants to ban China from buying American firms.

Taliban claims it downed second Afghan helicopter.

South Korea's Park may be questioned next week.

Philippines may pull out of ‘useless’ ICC, happy to join world order led by Russia, China – Duterte.

Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

Testing times as South Korean students sit for college exam.


Mozambique death toll rises to 73 after fuel truck explodes: government.

Wave of ethnic killings engulfs town in South Sudan.

Dozen killed in South Sudan clashes.

US seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan.

East Libyan army claims control of long-contested Benghazi district. At least 20 troops dead in fighting in Libya's Benghazi, hospital says.

Boko Haram's onslaught against Cameroon waning, analyst says.

U.N. expert questions legality of 'brutal' mass evictions in Nigeria.

Anything that flies is an enemy': Filming al-Shabab with a drone.

Congo opposition figure Badibanga named PM of unity government.

Migrant crisis: 100 feared dead off Libya coast.


Ukraine presidential official counters Saakashvili's corruption claims.

Kremlin 'awaits' signals from Trump's team to establish contacts.

France, Germany must lead way to prevent the rise of far-right and collapse of the EU, French PM says.

Brexit talks will take 'a lot longer' than two years, Eurogroup head says.

Refugees set Greek migrant camp on fire, loot nearby stores (VIDEO).

Hundreds more migrants dead or missing in recent shipwrecks: IOM.

Spain's Rajoy gets taste of challenges ahead as opposition unites.

Macron launches French presidential bid as polls show tight race.


Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, prods Trump on Russia.

Trump reassuring the world he's focusing on foreign policy.

Here are the people whose names have been floated for Trump’s Cabinet.

Trump election: Obama urges Trump to stand up to Russia. For last time, Obama, Merkel meet as peers on world stage.

US election: Clinton wanted to curl up after Trump win.

Canada, Mexico leaders to discuss NAFTA strategy this weekend: source.

US releases Haitians coming from Mexico.

Brazil corruption probe: Rio state ex-governor Cabral held.

Two Colombian FARC rebels killed in combat, military says.

Venezuelan 'first nephews' U.S. trial closing hinges on witness.

Brazil: Protesters storm Congress seeking military rule.

Chilean public workers confront police outside presidential palace.

Trudeau: Trump victory will not erode strong Canada-Cuba relations.

Dakota Access: Controversial crude oil pipeline to be completed despite protests, company executive says.


Report: Jordanian Air Base shooting might be act of terrorism.

Yemeni bankers get in trouble over a customer, Al Qaeda.

Kosovo police 'foil IS attack' on Israeli football team.


U.S. House votes to bar sales of commercial aircraft to Iran.

Janet Yellen: US Fed could raise interest rates 'soon'.

JP Morgan pays $264m to settle China 'bribery' probe.

Claude Monet Grainstack painting fetches record $108.8m at auction in New York.

Largest US oil and gas discovery made - USGS.

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