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Nov. 16, 2017

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Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Mexico is willing to review the North American Free Trade Agreement every five years, accepting part of a U.S. proposal, while insisting that there must not be any clause that would lead to automatic termination of the deal.

Zimbabwe's new military rulers are working on plans for a transitional government as they hold President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and round up officials of his former administration they describe as "criminals."

Russia, Turkey and Iran will hold summit talks on Syria next week as Ankara threatens a possible attack on U.S.-allied Kurdish forces and tensions rise between Moscow and Washington over the future of the war-torn state.

President Donald Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China.

An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.

Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund proposed dumping about $35 billion in oil and gas stocks, including Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil, to protect the economy of western Europe's biggest petroleum producer.

"Jesus Christ." That was the reaction of mega art dealer Larry Gagosian after a rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work ever sold, soaring to $450.3 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show.

Support for background checks for gun purchases and a ban on sales of assault weapons have reached new highs among US voters following a series of mass shootings, according to a poll published Wednesday. Ninety-five percent of the 1,577 people surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll said they support requiring background checks for all gun buyers.

Human Rights Watch accused Myanmar security forces on Thursday of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing during the past three months against Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.

The UN Security Council will vote Thursday on whether to extend a UN-led investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Russia expected to cast a veto.

Pope Francis got a major vehicle upgrade on Wednesday, when luxury car company Lamborghini stopped by the Vatican to drop off the pontiff's sweet new ride. But Francis doesn't have any plans to drive around the streets of the Vatican in his new ride. The pontiff is selling the car with help from auction house Sotheby's. The Huracan typically sells for around 183,000 euros, or $226,000, but Francis' special-edition car is expected to bring in much more than its sticker price.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned of the dire consequences that will result from a military conflict with North Korea. "We cannot start a war with the North Korean crisis looming ahead," he said while speaking at a summit in Manila. "If all of those missiles and the (intercontinental ballistic missiles) would explode, that would mean the end of humanity…The destruction, it would be the end of everything," Duterte continued.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered aid to victims of the deadly earthquake in Iran, insisting enmity between the two governments does not prevent humanitarian sympathy.

House Democratic lawmakers announced a new impeachment push against President Trump on Wednesday, citing "definite violations" of the U.S. Constitution and "threats" to democracy.

A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea's southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors.

China will send a special envoy to North Korea this week, the government said Wednesday, days after US President Donald Trump pressed Beijing to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear threats.

U.S. Army: We Will Increase Hellfire Missile Production by 50-Percent by 2019.

BBC

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter's syndrome.

The Trump administration will allow American hunters to import elephant trophies to the US, reversing an Obama-era 2014 ban, US media report.

Turkish officials have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to be held in the capital Ankara, saying it could incite hatred or be targeted by terror attacks.

Russia has warned US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that they could be forced to register as "foreign agents". The bill is in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register as a foreign agent in the US.

WND

The discovery of a rare genetic mutation that prolongs human life has raised hopes for new treatments to combat aging and prevent age-related disorders from heart disease to dementia. Researchers spotted the mutation in an Amish population in Indiana where carriers were found to have better metabolic health, far less diabetes, and tended to live a decade longer than others in the community.

Vancouver Island University is at the center of a human rights complaint alleging that female staff were not protected from a student who brought a diaper-related sexual fetish to the B.C. school.

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