Dec. 6, 2017

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The U.S. deployed a B-1B Lancer bomber to the Korean peninsula Wednesday as part of a joint exercise with South Korea involving 230 warplanes.

Russia held back from immediate retaliation over the International Olympic Committee's ban on its team from the 2018 Winter Games for doping, even as it cast the punishment as part of a campaign to isolate the country.

President Vladimir Putin, who's ruled Russia for 18 years, announced he will seek a new six-year term in March. Constitutional limits mean it's likely to be his last.

Almost a million people fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first half of the year, outpacing conflict zones including Syria and Yemen, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said.

The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said.

China "unequivocally rejects protectionism" and will seek to safeguard the global trading system, a top Communist Party official told visiting executives at an economic development forum.

An official Chinese newspaper near North Korea has published a page of articles on coping with nuclear attacks, in a sign of growing anxiety over Kim Jong Un's weapons program.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was the target of an assassination attempt by Islamist militants that was broken up last week with the arrests of two men, Sky News reported.

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels starting in 2040.

AP Top Stories

United States officials say that Trump will announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital Israel.

"The Silence Breakers" behind the #MeToo movement have been named as Person of the Year by Time magazine.

Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

The deficit will hit $1.05 trillion in 2019 and $1.1 trillion in 2020, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, if Congress passes the tax cut legislation it's currently negotiating, along with disaster relief and other measures meant to avert arbitrary limits on spending established several years ago.

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday appealed for "bold measures" to provide life-saving care to civilians in Yemen after an "unprecedented" escalation of fighting in recent days. More than 230 people have been killed and at least 400 wounded in nearly a week of fighting in the Yemeni capital, now under the control of Huthi rebels.

The US Justice Department announced Tuesday that it is reviewing the legality of "bump stocks," two months after a man shot down 58 concert-goers from a Las Vegas hotel window using the devices.

Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday for a Yemen free of "militias supported by Iran", in its first official statement since rebels killed their erstwhile ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Israel's submarine corps is a tiny force with a big open secret: in all likelihood, it is armed with nuclear weapons. The five Dolphin-class submarines represent an ace in the hole for Israel, the ultimate guarantor of the country's security, ensuring that if attacked with nukes, the tiny nation can strike back in kind.

The US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds

U.S. worker productivity rose 3 percent in the third quarter, the best showing in three years, while labor costs fell for a second straight quarter.

BBC

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing "a mega-crisis", aid agencies said.

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signaled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children's agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels.

The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010.

The number of arrests made at the US border has dropped to a 46-year low, according to figures released by the Trump administration.

Most of those detained in a sweeping anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia have agreed settlements with the authorities in exchange for a pardon, the attorney general said. Prominent figures, including princes, ministers and businessmen, were taken into custody last month.

WND

A new Harvard University poll Tuesday is blaring a loud danger signal to the Republican Party after finding that millennials are now the largest generation of voters and they are overwhelmingly Democratic, by a two-to-one margin.

The Pentagon revealing this week it is taking steps "to be prepared to accept transgender recruits on Jan. 1"?

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