Dec. 5, 2018

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President Donald Trump's top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop "bad actors" such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining.

Croatia is suffering a severe labor shortage, most glaringly in its booming seaside tourist resorts, that is compounding obstacles to economic growth and dimming hopes of catching up to more developed European Union peers.

A team from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

Doctors in Sierra Leone's public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit.

Scores of people were arrested in Italy and other European countries on Wednesday in a raid on the 'Ndrangheta cocaine-trafficking group that officials said is the largest sweep of its kind.

Alphabet's Waymo on Wednesday launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares.

In a vast warehouse complex 40 miles north of London, staff are wrestling with ways to cram in more goods after a surge in demand from companies building stockpiles ahead of Brexit.

Britain's BT Group said on Wednesday it was removing Huawei Technologies' equipment from the core of its existing 3G and 4G mobile operations and would not use the Chinese company in central parts of the next network.

Finland's Supercell, maker of the Clash of Clans mobile game, said on Wednesday it would fund a new software programming school free of tuition fees to be established in Helsinki next year, to combat a lack of skilled coders.

German auto giant Volkswagen will begin rolling out its last generation of combustion engine cars in 2026 and predicted that the last vehicle with a combustion engine would be sold around 2040, in its latest green pledge as it looks to turn the corner on the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

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The number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise 50 percent this year compared to 2017, with almost 150,000 risking all on the journey from the Horn of Africa toward the Arabian Gulf, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday.

The United States urged the European Union on Monday to apply sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program, calling it a "grave and escalating threat."

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend.

Teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network took to the picket lines in what their union described as the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S.

Pope Francis has suggested that being gay has become "fashionable" in some modern-day societies ― a remark that has prompted concern among queer Catholics. Francis reportedly said that there is "no place for this kind of affection" in the lives of Roman Catholic priests, religious brothers and religious sisters.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging countries at the United Nations to back a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas movement, warning in a letter that the United States takes the vote "very seriously."

Russia will develop missiles now banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty if the United States exits the arms control pact and starts making such weapons, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he was sending a bill to Congress to eliminate presidential immunity, which the anti-establishment leftist says has fueled corruption.

Wisconsin Republicans are attempting a dramatic re-shifting of power in the state that would undermine the incoming Democratic administration even before they even start their first day.

The death toll in California's Cam Fire has been lowered from 88 to 85 after authorities realized that the remains of at least one person had been mistakenly put into different bags, Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea said Monday.

Madrid has ordered electric scooters off the city's streets within 72 hours amid claims they are a public nuisance and just days after a 90-year-old pedestrian was killed in a collision.

BBC

A satanic group has added its own statue to a series of displays in the government building of the US state of Illinois to mark the festive season. Placed between a Christmas tree and a menorah, the four-foot sculpture depicts a snake coiled around an outstretched arm holding an apple. It's the first display sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Temple of Satan.

A healthy baby girl has been born using a womb transplanted from a dead person. The 10-hour transplant operation - and later fertility treatment - took place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb. There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to their daughter, resulting in 11 babies. But the 10 previous transplants from a dead donor have failed or resulted in miscarriage.

WND

Detroit woman heading out the door on her way to church Sunday shot and killed an intruder who forced her and two other women back into their home. Detroit Police determined the woman who fired the gun, age 55, acted in self-defense and won't face any charges.

A principal in Nebraska banned red and green items from her school this time of year because they are "Christmas colors." But the draconian order from Principal Jennifer Sinclair of Manchester Elementary School in the Elkhorn Public Schools District was overturned after her actions drew a response from Liberty Counsel.

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