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Friday, Nov 30

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D.C.-area forecast: Clouds and occasional showers accompany a slow warm-up through the weekend

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Keep that umbrella near by, but prepare to shed the scarf for a bit.

Trump and Xi will soon meet. What can political science tell us about current U.S.-China tensions?

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A long-term trade deal is the goal, but the message isn't always clear.

Iran’s new anti-corruption courts have begun sending businessmen to the gallows

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Iran’s Supreme Leader set up the courts amid public anger over an economy buffeted by U.S. sanctions.

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Vietnam jails 2 ex-police generals for role in gambling ring

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A court in northern Vietnam has jailed two former police generals for protecting a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring as the Communist government steps up its crackdown on graft

Japanese prosecutors extend detention of Carlos Ghosn as criticism mounts

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Even in Japan, social media has seen unusually strong criticism of an opaque legal system.

The Latest: Russia won’t mirror Ukrainian male travel ban

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Russia’s foreign ministry says that Moscow is not going to mirror the travel ban that Ukraine has imposed on Russian men

Ukraine bars entry to Russian males, upping ante in conflict

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Ukrainian officials have upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church

Australia raises detained refugee case with Thai officials

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Australian officials raise with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who has been detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain

Vietnam sentences 9 to death for heroin trafficking

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A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced 9 people including 3 women to death after finding them guilty of heroin trading and possession

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

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Fifty-one pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales died in a different part of the country

Families show debris, ask search for Malaysia jet to resume

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Families of people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared four years ago have presented five pieces of possible plane debris to the government and asked it to resume the search for the missing jet

Australian police officer dies in New Zealand avalanche

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Australian police officer dies in an avalanche while mountain climbing in New Zealand

Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on

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Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on; sexual violence and child soldiers

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Ukraine’s intelligence agency searching the home of a senior Russian Orthodox cleric in Kiev for ‘inciting hatred’

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Ukraine’s intelligence agency searching the home of a senior Russian Orthodox cleric in Kiev for ‘inciting hatred’

Airport workers’ bus hits taxi on Hong Kong road, killing 5

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Police say a bus ferrying workers to Hong Kong International Airport slammed into a taxi, killing 5 people and injuring more than 30

Sri Lankan Parliament bars ministers using state funds

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Sri Lankan lawmakers pass a motion barring government ministers and their private staff from using state funds, as opponents of the disputed prime minister put pressure on an administration they say is illegitimate

Does the sentencing bill give early release to drug traffickers, sex offenders?

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says yes. But he gives short shrift to safeguards in the bill that could keep many of them behind bars.

China actor arrested in Tokyo in alleged abuse of girlfriend

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Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu arrested on suspicion of assaulting his former girlfriend in Japan; in apology post on Weibo he said he felt ashamed and would take responsibility

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Thousands of Australian students protest climate change

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Thousands of Australian students attend rallies demanding climate change, while Cabinet minister says attending protests is path to living on welfare

Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

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Extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, president says; ‘critical factor’ in resurgence

Ukraine’s border guard service says that Russian men between 16 and 60 have been barred from traveling to Ukraine

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Ukraine’s border guard service says that Russian men between 16 and 60 have been barred from traveling to Ukraine

Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public

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Japan’s Prince Akishino says a highly religious ritual that is part of next year’s succession ceremonies should be covered privately by the imperial family, questioning the government’s decision to use public money

Pakistan’s currency plunges again as country seeks IMF loan

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Pakistan’s currency plunges further as country, mired in financial crisis, seeks $8 billion bailout package from IMF

Magic Johnson denies report that LeBron James is ignoring Luke Walton

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“This is all about making sure that they can say something on ESPN and everybody can just talk," the Lakers' president said, adding that he structured his team so that it's not "Cleveland all over again."

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The Cowboys take control of the NFC East while the Saints lose their grip on the No. 1 seed

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Dallas put the clamps on Drew Brees and the Saints' powerful offense to halt their 10-game winning streak with an impressive defensive performance Thursday night.

Trump barrels into G-20 summit after nixing Putin meeting

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President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 nations meeting in Argentina on Friday

Five leaders (who aren’t Trump) to watch at the G-20

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The gathering in Buenos Aires will be the backdrop for a potentially fascinating series of face-to-face encounters.

How This Great Brexit Battle Will Ruin Christmas

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U.K. retailers were all set for a decent holiday shopping season. But the fighting in Westminster is sapping the will to shop.

What’s happening on TV tonight: ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding,’ etc.

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Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 | “Death by Magic” premieres on Netflix.

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‘One family’: Party members take homestays in far west China

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China assigns civil servants to stay in the homes of ethnic minorities in what it portrays as an effort to promote ethnic unity but what Uighurs regard as another attempt to quash their faith