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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

December 7, 2018

Duty Editor: Huw Griffith

Tel: +852 2829 6211

— TOP STORIES —

+ China media lashes out at Huawei arrest

+ Paris braces for fresh yellow vest violence

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

+ Road accidents kill every 24 seconds: WHO

+ Grammys open up to women and minorities

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BEIJING

Chinese state-run media condemns the arrest in Canada of a top executive of telecoms giant Huawei on a US extradition request as a “despicable rogue’s approach” to contain Chinese high-tech ambitions.

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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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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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GENEVA

Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organization says, demanding global action.

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NEW YORK

Cardi B, Drake and Ariana Grande are top contenders for Friday’s Grammy nominations, with an expansion of the four big categories that could mean more recognition for women and minorities on music’s biggest night.

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— ASIA —

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SHANGHAI

Meng Wanzhou started at her father’s company, telecoms giant Huawei, by answering phones and was a rumoured successor but now finds herself at the centre of the deepening US-China big power rivalry.

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JODHPUR, India

The Indian state of Rajasthan votes in an election that is a key test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a local princess representing his party facing a tough fight to stay in power.

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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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— AMERICAS —

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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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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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— EUROPE —

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PARIS

The charity-run migrant rescue ship Aquarius will end its missions in the Mediterranean, with humanitarian group MSF blaming Italy and other 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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YEREVAN

Armenia holds early parliamentary polls triggered by reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan who seeks to cement his political authority in the post-Soviet country.

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— AFRICA —

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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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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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— 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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— CULTURE —

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VIENNA

World premieres are something of a rarity at the Vienna State Opera, but preparations are underway for the first performance of a new piece tackling the refugee crisis and the rise of far-right populism in Europe.

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