Nov. 27, 2018

REUTERS

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched a rescue mission in Mississippi for a Republican candidate on the eve of a run-off election for the U.S. Senate, with Democrats hoping to win a seat in the state for the first time since 1982.

A Republican who will soon step down as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives tax committee late on Monday released a sweeping, nearly 300-page tax bill that he said would affect Americans' retirement savings, numerous business tax breaks and redesign the Internal Revenue Service.

Nancy Pelosi was expected on Wednesday to become the Democratic nominee for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, giving her the inside track to reclaim the House's top job in January, unless critics in her own party block her.

President Donald Trump on Monday rejected projections that climate change will cause severe economic harm to the U.S. economy, findings outlined by a report his own U.S. government published last week.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani made an investment pitch at a U.N. conference on Tuesday, describing the business opportunities and challenges in a country where millions are displaced or close to starvation.

Slovenia appointed Major General Alenka Ermenc as chief of the army, the government said on Tuesday, making her the only woman in charge of a NATO countries military.

France will steadily reduce its reliance on nuclear power to 50 percent of the energy mix by 2035 but will only close two reactors before the end of the current presidential mandate in 2022, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

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A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the U.S. military said, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in the last 17 months.

Iranian authorities said Monday that the number of injured in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran the previous night has risen to 716. No fatalities were reported from the temblor.

Calls have mounted for Indian authorities to abandon efforts to recover the body of a young American killed apparently attempting to convert a hunter-gatherer island tribe to Christianity.

Al Shabaab gunmen and a suicide car bomber struck a religious center in central Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and at least 14 of his followers, a police officer said

Jack Ma, the head of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and China's best-known capitalist, is a Communist Party member, the official Party newspaper said on Monday, debunking a public assumption the billionaire was politically unattached.

Operations at Yemen's lifeline port of Hodeidah have nearly halved in two weeks, with shipping companies deterred by insecurity in the flashpoint Houthi-held city, the U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Israel said on Tuesday that it and Chad would resume relations, severed in 1972, after the central African country's President Idriss Deby made a surprise visit to Jerusalem this week.

Egypt's president and Saudi Arabia's crown prince have held talks in Cairo, the latest stop on Mohammed bin Salman's first foreign tour since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia's continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Mexico deported scores of Central American migrants arrested after hundreds forced their way through a Mexican police blockade and headed for the United States but were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The housing market has been cooling down, but there's no need to panic. U.S. homebuilding rose in October, led by multi-family housing projects. Single-family homebuilding, however, fell for the second month in a row, decreasing 2.6% year-over-year - the largest drop since March 2015. Meanwhile, existing-home sales increased 1.4% in October from the previous month. But sales are down 5.1% from a year earlier, representing the largest annual decline since 2014.

With its stock bordering on free-fall territory since October, the last thing Apple (AAPL) needs is a 10% tariff slapped on its iPhones and iPads imported from China at the hands of the Trump administration. At this juncture, that tariff would likely tip the one-time $1 trillion tech pioneer's stock into a free fall.

BBC

Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years. The emissions gap report says that economic growth is responsible for a rise in 2017 while national efforts to cut carbon have faltered.

A Syrian man who spent seven months living in an airport in Malaysia has arrived in Canada, where he has been granted asylum. Hassan al-Kontar's plight garnered global attention when he began posting regular videos from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The World Meteorological Organization says there's a 75-80% chance of a weak El Niño forming within three months. El Niño events often lead to record temperatures as heat rises from the Pacific.

A court in Milan is considering charges of corruption against Eni and Shell in a controversial oil deal that led to Nigeria losing an estimated $6bn.

WND

There's a problem for Twitter, with its newly announced punishment for those who "misgender" or "deadname" people on the social-media site. "You would first have to prove that people have a gender," Hans Fiene told the company, on its own site.

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