Today's Intel

Nov. 15, 2017

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The U.S. and its allies in Asia shouldn't assume China will fully cooperate with the campaign to curtail North Korea's nuclear arms program, a top priority of President Donald Trump, according to the annual report of a bipartisan congressional panel.

Zimbabwe's military seized power and detained 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe in a struggle over the succession of the only leader the nation has ever known.

Russian lawmakers approved hastily drafted legislation that opens the way to a crackdown on foreign media in retaliation for U.S. actions against Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT.

The number of terrorism-related deaths fell for a second year in 2016, though more countries in the West were affected as tactics shifted to so-called lone-wolf attacks.

House leaders cleared the way for a Thursday vote on their tax-overhaul bill as Senate tax writers released a late-night draft that would make many individual breaks temporary and repeal a key part of the Obamacare law.

U.S. retail sales increased last month after a bigger September advance than previously estimated, indicating resilient demand heading into the holiday shopping season.

Russia signed an agreement to restructure $3.15 billion of debt owed by Venezuela, throwing a lifeline to a crisis-wracked ally that's struggling to repay creditors.

U.S. inflation excluding food and fuel accelerated on an annual basis for the first time since January, a pickup that will be welcomed by Federal Reserve officials debating the pace of interest-rate increases.

A flawless 163-carat clear diamond fetched $34 million at Christie's in Geneva -- not enough to dispel concerns about the health of the market.

AP Top Stories

North Korea's state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border.

At least three people are dead and several injured after a shooting early Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Northern California, local authorities report.

The Pentagon will pay for an active-duty soldier's gender confirmation surgery, which took place Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement sent to multiple news outlets.

Boeing on Wednesday announced an order from Gulf airline flydubai for 225 medium-haul 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of $27 billion, hailing it as the "largest-ever single-aisle jet order" from a Middle East carrier.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at U.S. and Russian interventions in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal.

Tampa police blockaded a neighborhood and searched with a SWAT team and dogs for a possible serial killer Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead for no apparent reason.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

BBC

Three US college basketball players detained in China for alleged shoplifting have been released.

Floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 10 people and caused destruction in three towns near the Greek capital, Athens, officials say. Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes, reports say.

A British tourist and her Canadian friend have been found dead at a backpackers' hostel in Cambodia. Staff at the Monkey Republic Hostel said the pair had been to a pharmacy but were found dead on Monday.

As Australia decisively voted to support gay marriage, the historic poll was both a political victory for Senator Penny Wong and a deeply emotional personal moment. The country's first openly gay woman in parliament and cabinet, Ms Wong was overwhelmed as the result came in. The non-binding vote showed 61.6% of people favor allowing same-sex couples to wed.

A 17-year-old girl in Nigeria has been murdered for body parts to be used in suspected rituals believed to bring wealth. Three people have been arrested, including a man who allegedly confessed to killing her and selling some body parts to a witch doctor for $25. He then threw the girl's decapitated body into a well.

Russia's Ministry of Defense has posted what it called "irrefutable proof" of the US aiding so-called Islamic State - but one of the images was actually taken from a video game.

WND

Only a few weeks after a team of experts warned Congress that the nation faces an "existential threat" from North Korea from a possible electromagnetic pulse attack, a new report says the rogue nation is mapping a specific plan. The White House "is being warned that North Korea is mapping plans for a 'devastating' attack on the United States with an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would disable the nation's electric grid, potentially leading to the deaths of virtually all impacted."

Tripoli, Libya - "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …" Sold, for 1,200 Libyan dinars - the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.

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