Nov. 14, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is expected to remove Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen and is considering replacing chief of staff John Kelly in another shakeup of his administration, a source close to the White House said.

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday the Senate could vote within weeks on legislation to punish Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen and the death of a journalist at its consulate in Istanbul.

Two prominent U.S. senators expressed alarm on Tuesday about the military and political consequences if China gains control of a port terminal in Djibouti, and said they were concerned it could further boost Beijing's influence in East Africa.

Austria will not unilaterally expel any Russian diplomats in response to a case in which an Austrian army colonel is suspected of having spied for Moscow for 26 years.

Bangladesh has begun preparations to repatriate an initial batch of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday, but it is still unclear if any of them want to return.

Sri Lanka bought about 3,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans last year. China bought about 32 million tons - but now buys almost none after Beijing slapped a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports in July. The move came in retaliation for U.S. duties on Chinese goods imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. farmers would need about 11,000 markets the size of Sri Lanka to replace Chinese soybean purchases, but these days many growers will take any shred of new business they can get.

A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.

OPEC and its partners are discussing a proposal to cut oil output by 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd), three sources familiar with the issue said, although Russia may not be on board for such a large reduction.

U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in nine months in October amid gains in the cost of gasoline and rents, pointing to steadily rising inflation that likely will keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates again next month.

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The death toll in Northern California's Camp fire climbed higher to 48 people on Tuesday as emergency responders found more bodies five days into the ongoing blaze.

The bulk of the migrant caravan travelling from Central America towards the US border are preparing to leave Mexico City to start the most dangerous part of their journey. Almost 4,000 Central American migrants will depart a stadium in southern Mexico City having spent much of the week in the sports complex. The group have spent the past few days in the Mexican capital resting, receiving medical attention and deciding how to proceed with their arduous trek.

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls.

After a delay in ballot counting following last week's midterm election, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was officially announced as the winner of Arizona's Senate race on Monday. She becomes the state's first female U.S. senator.

Avon has publicly stated its support for the LGBTI community. The beauty giant is advocating the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, as part of its commitment to social progress.

The Russian-controlled branch of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine said it would not participate in the establishment of a unified church there as Kiev seeks to cut spiritual ties with Moscow.

BBC

Hundreds of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US have reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The group of 400, who include LGBTQ migrants, broke away from the larger caravan of 5,000 people in Mexico City.

Iran has executed a currency trader known as the "Sultan of Coins" for amassing some two tonnes of gold coins. Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for "spreading corruption on earth".

An iconic painting by famed US artist Edward Hopper has sold at auction in New York for nearly $92m.

Plans to ban the cremation of morbidly obese people in the Spanish city of Valencia have been withdrawn, reports say. The proposal was made on the grounds of reducing pollution.

The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea after nine years. An arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban were imposed in 2009 amid claims Eritrea supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia.

A rare pink diamond has fetched $50m at auction, a record price per carat. Pink Legacy, weighing in at just under 19 carats, the price of around $2.6m per carat marked a world record for a pink diamond.

Jewels once belonging to ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette are being auctioned in what is being called one of the most important royal jewelry auctions in history. They have not been seen in public for 200 years and include a pearl and diamond pendant, earrings and necklace.

WND

The United States Preventative Services Task Force is advising that all adults, not just pregnant women, be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care providers.

The Victoria's Secret brand hopes to showcase a 'transgender' biological man in women's underwear, says Ed Razek, the brand's chief marketing officer. Razek's statement came after progressives and transgender activists rallied on social media to complain he was excluding men who live as women from the brand's glitzy idealization of women's sexual power.

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