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Saturday, November 17, 2018
The Sunday deadline for the end of the Florida election recounts is approaching, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott continuing to hold a lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson for a seat in the U.S. Senate.  As of Saturday afternoon, Nelson trailed by about 12,000 votes, with no major changes expected.  The Florida governor's race was essentially decided after a machine recount Thursday resulted in a 0.4 percentage-point lead for Republican Ron... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
A war crimes suspect wanted for alleged murder, deportation and torture of Muslims in the Central African Republic has been detained and handed over to a tribunal in the Netherlands, the court said Saturday.  Christian militias under Alfred Yekatom, a sitting member of parliament once nicknamed "Rambo," were found by a U.N. commission of inquiry to have carried out war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting the CAR’s Muslim... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The Bangladesh government wants to send about 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a muddy, uninhabited island — "formed only in the last 20 years by silt from Bangladesh's Meghna River" — in the Bay of Bengal. Nearly 700,000 Rohingyas have sought refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar following a military crackdown in August 2017. The use of Bhashan Char Island, however, is being questioned by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is urging the country to reconsider the move,... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Many of the nearly 3,000 Central American migrants who have reached the Mexican border with California via caravan said Saturday that they didn’t feel welcome in Tijuana, where hundreds more migrants were headed after more than a month on the road.  The vast majority were camped at an outdoor sports complex, sleeping on a dirt baseball field and under bleachers with a view of the steel walls topped by barbed wire at the newly reinforced U.S.-Mexico border. The city opened the complex... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
A group of concerned citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma is circulating a petition that calls for a referendum on a recent tribal ruling to rescind press freedoms it guaranteed the tribe’s media outlet just three years ago. In 2015, tribal members in the city of Okmulgee passed a law that established an independent media organization, Mvskoke Media (MM), and set up an independent editorial board to protect its print and broadcast entities from tribal government... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday he has not been briefed on a Central Intelligence Agency report that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of a Saudi journalist, but that he would be briefed later in the day. "We will be talking with the CIA later and lots of others. I'll be doing that while I'm on the plane," Trump told reporters at the White House before departing on a flight to California. "I'll also be speaking with... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, has held another round of marathon discussions with Qatar-based Taliban officials to push for a politically negotiated settlement to the 17-year war. Khalilzad's three days of meetings with the Islamist insurgency concluded on Friday and both sides were "optimistic about the dialogue process," multiple Taliban sources said Saturday. Neither side, however, has officially confirmed or released... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed more than 40 people in the village of Abu Husn in the region of Deir el-Zor, near the Iraqi border. Arab media announced the deaths of several dozen people, most of whom appeared to have been Islamic State group fighters, during bitter fighting in the Deir el-Zor region of eastern Syria, not far from the Iraqi border. Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The death toll from a cyclone that hit India’s southern coast has reached 33, with the storm leaving a trail of massive damage to homes and roads and driving tens of thousands of people into relief camps, officials said Saturday.  India's navy assigned two ships and a helicopter for relief work. State authorities rushed drinking water, food and paramedics to nearly 82,000 people who took shelter in more than 400 state-run camps.  They were evacuated from areas in the path... (Full Story)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Forensic recovery teams searched for more victims in the charred wreckage of the northern California town of Paradise on Saturday as the number of people listed as missing in the state's deadliest wildfire topped 1,000.  President Donald Trump visited the devastated small community in the Sierra foothills, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, where authorities say the remains of at least 71 people have been recovered.  Paradise was... (Full Story)
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