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China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in TaipeiBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move. The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan's leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China".

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:19:37 -0500
Castro's last goal? A soccer field for neighborhood kids

People walk on a street in Jaimanitas where Cuba's former President Fidel Castro lived in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro is remembered around the world as a charismatic revolutionary or a ruthless tyrant, but in his neighborhood he was also a friendly old man who used his influence to build a soccer field for kids two weeks before his death. Castro, who led Cuba's 1959 revolution and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Nov. 25 at age 90, a decade after ceding power to his brother Raul Castro. Castro lived on the western edge of Havana in a large complex hidden from view by trees and adjacent to a typical Cuban neighborhood called Jaimanitas.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:16:50 -0500
Iran says extension of sanctions act shows U.S. unreliable

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is pictured after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in BaabdaA U.S. Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years shows the world that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. Iran has vowed to retaliate against the ISA extension, passed unanimously on Thursday, saying it violated last year's agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting of international financial sanctions. "To the world community, the extension of sanctions against Iran shows the unreliability of the American government," state broadcaster IRIB quoted Zarif as saying on arriving in India for an official visit.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:19:23 -0500
Russia seeks full rebel pullout from Aleppo

A general view shows rising smoke after strikes on Aleppo cityBy Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. An official with an Aleppo rebel group accused Russia of backtracking on ideas agreed at talks in Turkey that would have led to a ceasefire, and said rebel commanders had vowed to fight on even as they face intense bombardment and ground assaults. Russia has acknowledged contacts with the rebels but given no details of the talks in Turkey.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:36:40 -0500
South Koreans march close to presidential Blue House demanding Park resign

People march toward the Presidential Blue House during a protest calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central SeoulBy Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans rallied in Seoul on Saturday in the sixth straight weekend of protests demanding the resignation of scandal-tainted President Park Geun-hye that took them closer than ever to the presidential Blue House. The march came after three opposition parties introduced a bill for parliament to impeach Park, who could become the first democratically elected leader to leave office early in disgrace. The bill, signed by 171 members of the 300-seat unicameral assembly, said Park had violated the constitution and criminal law by abusing her power in the influence-peddling scandal.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:07:56 -0500
Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

Iraqi people flee the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in al-Samah neighborhood IraqBy Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday. Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts, while other forces have sealed Mosul's southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west. A trader in Mosul, speaking by telephone, said no new food or fuel supplies had reached the city since Sunday.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:32:28 -0500
IS jihadist linked to French plot arrested in Morocco

Moroccan intelligence helped put French investigators on the trail of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin who appeared in grisly IS videos and was linked to a series of plots in EuropeA suspected Islamic State group jihadist who delivered instructions to a cell planning to carry out an attack in France has been arrested in Morocco, authorities said Saturday. The suspect was linked with a French IS cell that had planned to attack Paris on Thursday but was broken up by French authorities in November, the Moroccan interior ministry said. The orders came from the jihadist group in territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:29:53 -0500
Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows people fleeing rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsoud area that is controlled by Kurdish fighters, Syria. The U.N. humanitarian aid agency said Friday an estimated 31,500 have been displaced from the government advances into the rebel-held enclave since this weekend, in one of the most dramatic shifts in the conflict now in its sixth year. (The Rumaf via AP, File)ALEPPO, Syria (AP) Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:29:08 -0500
More travel sickness for Burnley as Stoke wins 2-0 in EPL

Burnley's Dean Marney centre left, and Stoke City's Jonathan Walters react, during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Burnley, at the Bet365 Stadium, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Saturday Dec. 3, 2016. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)STOKE, England (AP) Burnley continued to struggle away from home with a 2-0 defeat at Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:28:16 -0500
Tottenham thrashes Swansea 5-0 in Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, centre, struggles between Swansea City players Mike van der Hoorn, right, and Jordi Amat, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, Saturday Dec. 3, 2016. (Adam Davy / PA via AP)LONDON (AP) Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice as Tottenham thrashed Swansea 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, dealing the Welsh club its heaviest loss under new manager Bob Bradley.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:27:32 -0500
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