World News Briefs — November 19, 2018 (Evening Edition)

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World News Briefs — November 19, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Clashes resume in Yemen’s Hodeidah after Houthis say open to truce

ADEN (Reuters) – Intense fighting broke out in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah late on Monday, shattering a lull in violence that had raised hopes for a ceasefire between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi insurgents as the United Nations tried to resume peace talks.

Coalition warplanes conducted more than 10 air strikes on Houthi positions and battles could be heard in the “July 7” district, four km (2.5 miles) away from the port, residents said. One resident said a medium-range missile had been fired from the city center toward the district in the suburbs.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had last week ordered a halt in its offensive against the Houthi-held Red Sea port city, now a focus of the war, amid pressure from the West to end a conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian army says Islamic State cleared from southeastern desert.

Syria civil war: US-led air strikes kill at least 40 people in Islamic State-held area, state media reports.

US-led coalition denies reports airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in Syria.

Yemen Houthis seek truce with Saudi coalition. Houthis ready for ceasefire if Saudi-UAE alliance wants ‘peace’.

Iran confident nuclear deal can be salvaged as Britain stresses commitment.

Official: UAE complying with Iran sanctions ‘as it is published by the United States’.

CIA says the Saudi Crown Prince ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist: Reports. State Department says reports about ‘final conclusion’ on Khashoggi ‘are inaccurate’.

Trump says he declined to listen to recording of ‘vicious’ Khashoggi killing.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham: ‘Impossible to believe’ Saudi Crown Prince was unaware of Khashoggi killing.

Report: Saudi crown prince to attend G-20 summit.

Wealth gaps affecting school children in Iraq: UN.

Israel’s Netanyahu survives early poll threat. Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition safe as education minister relieves pressure.

ASIA

Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights.

U.S.-China tensions heightened as Pence ends Asia trip.

United States ‘won’t give in to China’ on Taiwan or South China Sea.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sworn in as new Maldives president.

Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s party asks Facebook to protect its supporters.

Exclusive: Rohingya repatriation, relocation plans set to be pushed back to 2019 – government official.

North Korea defector: next generation have no loyalty to Kim Jong-un – report.

Afghan opium producers hit hard by drought in 2018.

AFRICA

U.S. Treasury places sanctions on Libyan Islamist commander Badi.

Congo spy agency informant, army colonel deny role in U.N. experts’ killing.

UN mission in Mali tries to bring aid despite al-Qaeda attacks.

Russia to increase military presence in Central African Republic.

Zimbabwe ‘state agents’ tried to cover up post-election violence, say doctors.

Tonga gets five years’ grace on Chinese loan as Pacific nation joins Belt and Road initiative.

Barricaded refugees ‘ready to die’ than return to Libya detention.

S.Africa graft probe at risk of subversion: minister.

Ethiopia ranked worst country for lack of toilets.

EUROPE

Berlin imposes travel ban, arms freeze over Khashoggi killing.

Putin mulls Russian response to US exit from nuclear pact.

Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol.

No better Brexit deal available, EU ministers tell Britain.

Theresa May defends Brexit deal ahead of crucial week of talks.

Emmanuel Macron calls for unified Europe in Bundestag address.

French protesters rail against Macron’s fuel taxes with road blocks. Macron’s popularity dips as French fuel tax revolt simmers.

Prague rallies against embattled Czech PM.

Germany plans to fast-track deportations of failed asylum-seekers.

Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest.

Malta police identify suspected journalist murder masterminds: report.

Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges.

AMERICAS

Democratic senators sue to block Trump acting attorney general.

Frantic search goes on for missing after California wildfire.

Victims mourned as toll hits 77 in California wildfire.

US Customs stops traffic into country at key border point of entry.

Tijuana residents greet migrant caravans with violence.

New Salvadoran migrant caravan forms; hundreds wait at U.S.-Mexico border.

White House threatens to suspend CNN reporter’s pass again when order expires.

Canadian diplomats hit by Cuba illness feel ‘abandoned’: paper.

Haiti: Six killed in anti-corruption protests.

Murder rate soars in Venezuela, forcing population to take extreme precautions to stay alive amid food and medicine shortages.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Australia arrests three on terrorism charges in Melbourne.

Tunis bomber had sworn allegiance to IS: minister.

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar.

Taliban says ‘no agreement’ reached with US on Afghan war ending.

Dozens of Indonesian mosques attended by government workers are preaching jihad and calling for attacks on non-Muslims, the country’s intelligence agency reveals.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies drop.

Goldman Sachs believes the US economy will slow to a crawl next year.

Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there’s more pain ahead.

To end the trade war, ‘China must deliver on its promises to reform and open up’.

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested over financial misconduct.

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World News Briefs — November 19, 2018 (Evening Edition)