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Germany's Social Democrats refuse to jump into bed with Merkel quickly

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrat Foreign Minister said his party would not be quick to agree to another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives as party leaders met with the president in a bid to end the country's political deadlock.

Syria Talks in Geneva Overshadowed by Frustration Over Humanitarian Access

The New York Times | Thursday November 30, 2017

Death and starvation in a war-ravaged Syrian suburb provided a pessimistic backdrop to the troubled Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

Honduran protesters, police clash in escalating election crisis

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters on Thursday after a widely criticized presidential election that saw the opposition cry foul as the incumbent slowly pulled ahead four days after the vote.

Army’s role as police under debate in Mexico

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

A bill to give legal justification for Mexico’s armed forces to assume police roles advanced in the country’s Congress Thursday over objections by rights groups and opposition legislators who say it would provide for an open-ended militarization.

Merkel, rival meet German president amid gov’t impasse

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

Germany’s president brought together Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, on Thursday night with the aim of breaking the impasse over the formation of a new government.

Venezuelan airline barred from European Union skies

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

Venezuela’s Avior Airlines has been banned from European Union skies after a commission determined it no longer meets international safety standards, another blow to troubled nation’s already beleaguered flight industry.

Saudi Arabia lifted its blockade of Yemen. It's not nearly enough to prevent a famine.

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

An easing of restrictions isn't enough to get desperately needed food and fuel into the country.

Erdogan Helped Turks Evade Iran Sanctions, Reza Zarrab Says

The New York Times | Thursday November 30, 2017

A U.S. government witness testified that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, personally ordered that two banks participate in the alleged scheme.

Erdogan Will Make Groundbreaking Visit to Greece Next Week

The New York Times | Thursday November 30, 2017

The president will be the first Turkish head of state to visit Greece in 65 years and is expected to discuss bridge, ferry and rail links between the countries.

Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni missile, second in a month

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

DUBAI (Reuters) - A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's armed Houthi group at Saudi Arabia was shot down on Thursday near the south-western city of Khamis Mushait, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel reported.

Italy's Berlusconi sent to trial accused of bribing witness: source

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

SIENA, Italy (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered on Thursday to stand trial accused of bribing a witness in a 2013 under-aged prostitution case, a legal source said.

Putin welcomes soccer world to Kremlin for World Cup draw

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

Vladimir Putin welcomes soccer luminaries to the Kremlin on Friday for a World Cup draw that provides a global audience for the Russian president to attempt to burnish the image of a country scandalized by sports corruption.

UN says 17 World Heritage sites in Arab region are in danger

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

The new head of the U.N. cultural agency says 17 of the 82 World Heritage sites in the Arab region are on its “danger” list because of conflicts.

The Latest: UN envoy says Syria talks to go until Dec. 15

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

The Latest on developments in the war in Syria (all times local):

Navy releases new details about ship collision off South Korea's coastline

The Washington Post | Thursday November 30, 2017

The cruiser's crew ordered a hard turn of 30 degrees first to the right and then to the left, before striking a South Korean vessel.

Seeking Russian Presidency, Socialite Hits the Campaign Trail

The New York Times | Thursday November 30, 2017

Ksenia Sobchak, a television journalist and opposition candidate, opened a campaign office and vowed to stir a “national discussion about what is wrong with Russia.”

Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia bid for Eurogroup chair

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Finance ministers from Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia bid on Thursday to replace Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the head of the euro zone finance ministers, the Eurogroup, before a vote next week among the 19 countries sharing the euro.

Trump: China's North Korea diplomacy appears to have 'no impact on Little Rocket Man'

Reuters | Thursday November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Korea's weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing should do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang.