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Pence says 'empire and aggression' have no place in Indo-Pacific
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of Southeast Asian nations on Thursday that there is no place for "empire and aggression" in the Indo-Pacific region, a comment that may be widely interpreted as a reference to China's rise.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:21:35 -0500)

American Airlines 'unaware' of some Boeing 737 MAX functions until last week: spokesman
American Airlines Group Inc said on Wednesday it was "unaware" of some functions of an anti-stall system on Boeing Co's 737 MAX until last week.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:18:10 -0500)

North Korean defectors see uncertain future in Korean reconciliation
Thae Yong Ho, one of the highest profile North Koreans to defect in recent years, had hoped to visit New York last month to speak on a United Nations panel, meet U.S. envoys, and discuss human rights in the reclusive Asian nation.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:11:09 -0500)

Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander
The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:08:56 -0500)

Exclusive: In rare coordinated move, Western envoys seek meeting on Xinjiang concerns
A group of 15 Western ambassadors in Beijing, spearheaded by Canada, are seeking a meeting with the top official in China's restive, heavily Muslim Xinjiang region for an explanation of alleged rights abuses against ethnic Uighurs.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:55:01 -0500)

U.S. returns 'Bells of Balangiga' to Philippines a century after clash
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday formally returned church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies over a century ago following gruesome clashes, seeking to close a contentious chapter in the two allies' shared history.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:53:38 -0500)

Pence says Trump to meet North Korea's Kim in 2019; won't allow broken promises
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the new year but won't repeat past mistakes of allowing promises to be broken on pledges to end arms programs.
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:51:34 -0500)

At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California's deadliest wildfire
National Guard troops joined the grim search on Wednesday for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town while the death toll climbed to 56 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state's history.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:56:10 -0500)

Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, a police spokesman said.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:54:36 -0500)

'Not enough room': migrant flows strain Mexican border shelters
The arrival in the Mexican border city of Tijuana of the first few hundred travelers from migrant caravans is stretching to the limit shelters already overflowing with people, and sparking signs of friction among the population.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:12:55 -0500)

U.S. Senate's Flake takes a stand on protecting Mueller probe
A lone Republican lawmaker on Wednesday vowed to block judicial nominations in the U.S. Senate until Republican leader Mitch McConnell agrees to hold a vote on a measure to protect a probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:15:10 -0500)

Cadaver dogs lead grim search for victims in California fire
(Editor's Note: Please be advised that this story contains details that may upset some readers)
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:02:59 -0500)

Trump endorses U.S. House prison reform bill
President Donald Trump endorsed a bipartisan U.S. House bill on Wednesday intended to reform the federal prison system and help inmates prepare for life after release, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:52:36 -0500)

Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was "absolutely legal" and justified, and that it was improving military readiness.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:34:18 -0500)

U.S.'s Pompeo to meet incoming Mexican foreign minister on Thursday
U.S. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo will hold talks with incoming Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in Houston on Thursday, according to the U.S. State Department.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:32:50 -0500)

As Congress taps leaders, House's McCarthy fends off rival
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday chose Kevin McCarthy as their party's leader for the new Congress that will convene in January, denying the top post to conservative Jim Jordan.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:58:20 -0500)

California, New Jersey Republicans concedes, Utah representative sues
A Republican U.S. representative of Utah who is trailing her Democratic challenger filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to halt vote counting while two incumbent Republican congressmen in California and New Jersey conceded, more than a week after the U.S. midterm elections.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:58:14 -0500)

Brother of Sinaloa Cartel leader testifies against 'El Chapo'
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was a top leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel along with drug lord Ismael Zambada for years and personally invested in massive cocaine shipments to the United States, Zambada's brother told jurors on Wednesday.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:07:23 -0500)

A matter of volume: threat from ascendant Chinese phones hangs over Apple
A raft of profit warnings from Apple Inc suppliers this week has fueled investor concerns that iPhone sales, in terms of volume, have hit a wall that could spell trouble for the company's plans to make services its main pillar of growth.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:53:52 -0500)

Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady
Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was forced out of her job on Wednesday after President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, said Ricardel did not deserve the honor of working for her husband.
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:35:11 -0500)

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