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grim reports of blast near sub prompt relatives to assume the worst

mar del plata, argentina—distraught families of the 44 crew members aboard argentina’s missing submarine began mourning their loved ones after navy officials said an explosion had been detected near the vessel’s last-known position.u.s. and vienna-based international acoustics experts said an “anomalous, singular, short, violent nonnuclear event” had occurred at 10:31 p.m. on nov. 15 when the ara san juan was 270 miles off the country’s southern coast, said capt. enrique balbi, a spokesman for the argentine navy. details...





zimbabwe’s new leader reaches out to opposition at his swearing in

zimbabwe’s new president was sworn in friday before a cheering stadium crowd in harare, using his inaugural address to reach out to political opponents and to plead with foreign investors to return to the crisis-hit country. emmerson mnangagwa, the former revolutionary and right-hand man of his ousted predecessor, robert mugabe, said shortly after his oath of office: “i am not oblivious to the many zimbabweans from across the political, ethnic and racial divide who have helped make this day and thus have legitimate expectation...





germany’s spd softens stance on merkel talks amid deadlock

berlin—germany’s social democrats said friday they would hold talks with other parties to discuss ways out of the political crisis, reducing the likelihood of imminent snap elections after chancellor angela merkel’s efforts to form a government collapsed.yet spd officials warned that the party’s change of heart—it had previously insisted it would play no part in the formation of the next government—didn’t necessarily mean it was ready to rebuild its “grand coalition” with ms. merkel’s camp, which it left after a resounding...





u.s., south korea plan joint military exercises next month

seoul—military exercises involving hundreds of u.s. and south korean aircraft will take place on the korean peninsula next month, the u.s. military said, in the latest show of force aimed at deterring north korea.the vigilant ace 18 drills, to be held dec. 4 to dec. 8, will involve a total of 12,000 u.s. personnel from the air force, marines and navy, and 230 u.s. and south korean aircraft, air force spokeswoman lt. col. michal kloeffler-howard said friday....





at least 235 killed in mosque attack in sinai, egypt

at least 235 people were killed and 109 injured when gunmen armed with explosives attacked a sufi-linked mosque in egypt’s restive sinai peninsula, according to officials quoted by the state media, the deadliest assault in the country’s modern history.the assailants detonated a bomb at the al rawda mosque in the town of ber al abd, west of the city of al-arish, state media said, before firing at people trying to flee. several ambulance vehicles were fired upon as they tried to ferry the injured from the scene, state television...





from ducks to trucks, ireland’s exporters pivot for brexit

monaghan, ireland—to drum up sales of the ducks he rears at silver hill farm here in ireland’s rural north, barry cullen has turned from his once-reliable path to u.k. markets and hopped on a flight to asia.the u.k.’s impending exit from the european union is driving business decisions like this, in some cases with government assistance, in a country whose economy has more at stake in brexit than any other member state.in...





with saudi ties fraying, lebanese premier’s construction empire crumbles

saudi arabia is at the nexus of lebanese prime minister saad hariri’s two big problems: his precarious political future and the looming collapse of his construction empire, a business built on decades of support from the saudi royal family.saudi oger, a riyadh-based construction company wholly owned by the hariri family, closed operations across saudi arabia this summer after the saudi royal family slashed spending on lavish construction projects. the firm is now relying on the saudi government—its main client—to pay millions...





at least 85 killed in mosque attack in sinai, egypt

cairo—unknown gunmen armed with explosives attacked a mosque in egypt’s restive sinai peninsula, killing 85 people and wounding 80 others, according to health ministry officials quoted by state media.the attack took place during friday prayers at the al rawda mosque in the town of be’r al sabea, west of the city of al-arish, state media said. no...





u.s. navy ends search for three sailors missing in plane crash

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oscar pistorius’s prison sentence is increased to more than 13 years

somerset west, south africa—oscar pistorius’s prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by south africa’s supreme court of appeal on friday, a decision that more than doubled the olympic runner’s jail term for the murder of girlfriend reeva steenkamp.in an announcement that took a matter of minutes, supreme court justice willie seriti said the court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against mr. pistorius’s original six-year sentence for shooting ms. steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013....





brazil administration scales back scope of proposed pension reform

brasília—brazil’s government is scaling back a proposal to overhaul the country’s insolvent pension system, part of a last-ditch effort to get congressional support for the unpopular bill ahead of general elections next year.pension reform has proved particularly difficult in brazil, where corruption scandals and political stalemate have been the norm for the past few years.president...





grim reports of blast near sub prompt relatives to assume the worst

mar del plata, argentina—the distraught families of the 44 crew members aboard argentina’s missing submarine began mourning their loved ones thursday after navy officials said an explosion was detected near the vessel’s last-known position.a vienna organization that verifies nuclear test-ban compliance reported an “anomalous, singular, short, violent nonnuclear event” at 10:31 p.m. on nov. 15 when the ara san juan was 270 miles off the country’s southern coast, said capt. enrique balbi, a spokesman for the argentine navy....





myanmar, bangladesh agree on return of rohingya refugees

yangon, myanmar—myanmar and bangladesh agreed to begin repatriating ethnic rohingya muslims who fled a crackdown in buddhist-majority myanmar, in a process that could take years to complete and could bar people from returning to their own homes.more than 620,000 people have crossed the border to bangladesh since the crackdown began in august, some providing chilling accounts of killings and rape by myanmar military forces after a series of militant attacks on government outposts....





eu reward to britain for brexit concessions may prove meager

u.k. prime minister theresa may appears ready to offer politically painful concessions to the european union in coming days to advance brexit negotiations, but the eventual reward for doing so—moving talks onto the future trade relationship and a post-brexit transition—may prove meager.eu officials are setting out tough principles for shaping a future trade relationship, signaling britain may have to apply broad swathes of european rules and standards to gain privileged access to the single market. there appears to be little...





requiem for a hit man

when they arrested timur makhauri with two unregistered pistols and a bogus passport in downtown kiev earlier this year, police thought they made a breakthrough in a string of unsolved contract murders. a judge saw mr. makhauri had a dark history of allegedly assassinating critics of the kremlin in turkey, and ordered him held on a high bond.but soon police learned that nothing about mr. makhauri was quite what it seemed. ukraine’s intelligence service began calling the police to urge his release, interior ministry officials...





australia worries about a wavering u.s., seeks stronger ties with asian allies

sydney—australia should strengthen ties with like-minded neighbors, a new foreign-policy blueprint says, showing just how concerned the u.s. ally is about america’s wavering commitment to asia and china’s growing sway.the blueprint by australia’s foreign affairs department, which was unveiled on thursday by prime minister malcolm turnbull, calls for canberra to build stronger security and diplomatic ties to japan, india and other regional nations....





explosion heard near site of missing argentine submarine

mar del plata, argentina—an abnormal sound consistent with an explosion was detected last wednesday night in the atlantic coast area where argentine navy officials say a submarine went missing a week ago.acoustic experts in the u.s. and the international atomic energy agency in austria, trained to detect nuclear explosions, detected an “anomalous, singular, short, violent nonnuclear event” thought to be an explosion, argentine navy capt. enrique balbi said thursday....





irish border proves a roadblock in u.k.’s brexit talks

belfast—ireland has emerged as an unexpectedly tough hurdle to advancing stalled brexit talks next month, prompting dublin to warn that britain isn’t doing enough to prevent the return of customs checks on the island and could potentially reignite sectarian violence.republic of ireland officials fear that britain’s decision to leave the european union, slated for march 2019, will cleave irish business links and social ties that have deepened since the end of violence almost two decades ago....





myanmar, bangladesh agree on return of rohingya refugees

yangon, myanmar—myanmar and bangladesh agreed to begin repatriating ethnic rohingya muslims who fled a crackdown in buddhist-majority myanmar, in a process that could take years to complete and bar people from returning to their own homes.more than 620,000 people have crossed the border to bangladesh since the crackdown began in august, some providing chilling accounts of killings and rape by myanmar military forces after a series of militant attacks on government outposts....





saudi trade-off: more social freedom, no political dissent

riyadh, saudi arabia—in asserting himself over saudi arabia, 32-year-old crown prince mohammed bin salman is imposing a trade-off that appeals to many fellow young saudis.the prince, in essence, is broadening social liberties in exchange for closing off the limited political freedoms that existed in the saudi kingdom.that is an approach...