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AFP 0100 GMT News Advisory

December 7, 2018

Duty Editor: James Edgar

Tel: +852 2829 6211

— TOP STORIES —

+ Canada defends Huawei arrest

+ Paris braces for fresh yellow vest violence

+ Critical talks open between Yemen war rivals

+ UK’s May offers more say for MPs to save Brexit deal

+ Banksy is Banksied — artist’s work on show without permission

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MONTREAL

Canada defends its arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei on a US extradition request as markets wobbled on fears of fresh friction between Washington and Beijing.

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PARIS

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs-Elysees are set to close as authorities warned of fresh violence this weekend during protests which have ballooned into the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.

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RIMBO, Sweden

Yemen’s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war, traded accusations as they sat down for hard-won talks the United Nations described as “difficult” but “critical”.

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LONDON

British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to woo lawmakers with a promise of more power over the next stage of Brexit as she fights to save her EU withdrawal deal ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote next week.

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MADRID

Banksy, who puts up his work in public spaces without asking authorisation, is the subject of a new show in Madrid featuring his works — without his authorisation.

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— ASIA —

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SINUIJU, North Korea

Lined up in vividly-coloured costumes, make-up and bright smiles, the children of the Sinuiju City Kindergarten belted out the finale of their hour-long show, “We Cannot Live Without You, Father” — an ode to Kim Jong Un.

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WASHINGTON

The arrest of a top executive of tech giant Huawei at the request of US authorities signals a toughening stand in Washington on dealing with Chinese tech firms amid longstanding concerns over cyberespionage.

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ISLAMABAD

Pakistan’s powerful military warns a peaceful nationwide civil rights movement which accuses it of abuses that it will use force against them if they “cross the line”.

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— AMERICAS —

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COLLEGE STATION, United States

Former president George H.W. Bush, remembered as much for his legacy of service as his consequential impact on history, was buried Thursday, capping days of tribute from a nation that briefly set aside political divisions to honor him.

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WASHINGTON

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has enjoyed a level of bipartisan support rarely seen in Washington, is facing mounting public criticism amid the fallout from the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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SAO PAULO

The reputation of Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction giant, has become linked with corruption after it admitted to paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes in a dozen countries to secure public works contracts.

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WASHINGTON

When Donald Trump flew back from a summit with China in Buenos Aires, he hailed it as “amazing” and raised hopes of a breakthrough on ending a trade war.

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UNITED NATIONS

US resolution championed by Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn the Palestinian Hamas movement at the United Nations for firing rockets at Israel fails to win enough votes for adoption.

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QUITO

Ecuador’s president says conditions have been met for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the country’s embassy in London, which would end a six-year standoff with British authorities.

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HAVANA

Cuba becomes one of the last countries in the world to get mobile internet, even if most citizens of the Communist-run island won’t be able to afford to use the service.

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— EUROPE —

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PARIS

The migrant rescue ship Aquarius will end its missions in the Mediterranean, the humanitarian groups MSF says, blaming European states for smearing and obstructing its work.

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OSLO

Champions of the fight against sexual violence, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a former captive of jihadists, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which this year highlights rape as a weapon of war.

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GENEVA

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, there are signs that the goals outlined in the text are facing unprecedented threats, from rising nationalism to a worldwide assault on multilateral institutions.

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HAMBURG, Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand over leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival.

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— AFRICA —

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NOUAKCHOTT

Western donors pledge more than two billion euros in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara with projects such as building schools and health centres and improving access to water.

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MARRAKESH

Representatives from around the globe are gearing up for a major conference in Morocco to endorse a United Nations migration pact, despite a string of countries shunning the accord.

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GENEVA

The first talks in six years on the disputed Western Sahara region end in deadlock, with key players Morocco and the Polisario Front pledging to meet again early next year.

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— BUSINESS —

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VIENNA

OPEC will meet with 10 partner countries, including Russia, to try to thrash out an agreement on oil production cuts, a day after the group’s members failed to reach a deal.

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NEW YORK

For the first time in decades, the United States last week was a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products.

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— CULTURE —

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NEW YORK

World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but works of art confiscated by the Nazis are still regularly unearthed by major auction houses, which contribute actively to their restitution.

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MIAMI BEACH, United States

The volatile political climate in the United States reverberates at Art Basel, the international art fair held in December in Miami Beach, with some artists portraying a country on the “verge of chaos,” populated by “phantasmagoric” minorities.

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LOS ANGELES

“Vice,” a biopic about Dick Cheney starring Christian Bale as the former US vice president, wins the most Golden Globe nominations with six including best comedy film, as the race to the Oscars ramps up.

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DAKAR

A museum showcasing the creations of black artists from the dawn of history to the modern era is inaugurated in the Senegalese capital Dakar, as demands by African countries for the restitution of artwork by their former colonial masters gain traction.

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Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.