World News Briefs — December 3, ,2018

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Reuters: Yemen foes set to attend Sweden peace talks after coalition allows wounded evacuation

Yemen’s Houthi group is expected to travel to Sweden as early as Monday for peace talks after the Saudi-led coalition approved the evacuation of some of their wounded for treatment, paving the way for negotiations to end the nearly four-year-old war.

U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Monday to escort the Houthi delegation, a U.N. source told Reuters. The Saudi-backed government has said it would follow the Houthis to the talks, the first since 2016.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian war crimes evidence strongest since Nuremberg trials, says prosecutor.

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it will allow evacuation of wounded Houthi rebels. Yemen war: Wounded Houthis rebels to be evacuated.

Iran faces ‘chronic challenges’ beyond US sanctions: speaker.

Iran vows to continue missile tests despite US sanctions.

Iraq: Families flee Mosul homes following flash floods.

Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to meet Monday: Israeli PM’s office.

Israeli PM Netanyahu should be charged with bribery – police.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offers support to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite outcry over Khashoggi killing.

Qatar says will leave OPEC.

Trump says US-China ties make ‘BIG leap forward’.

Donald Trump wants Kim Jong-un to know he likes him, South Korean leader says.

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: minister.

Sri Lanka temporarily bars Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as PM.

China agrees to control fentanyl in huge step for Donald Trump in easing US opioid epidemic.

Duterte, whose war on drugs has killed thousands of Filipinos, ‘jokes’ about marijuana use.

Angela Merkel’s ‘PM crib sheet’ amuses Australia.

Morocco-Polisario Western Sahara talks an ‘ice-breaker’.

Army clashes with rebels kill 18 in eastern DR Congo.

COP24: Africans expect real action on climate change.

Burundi warned after ex-President Buyoya arrest warrant.

Nigeria’s Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike.

Togo opposition urges shutdown as election campaign starts.

Giulio Regeni murder: Egypt rejects naming of its agents as suspects.

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 concert held in Johannesburg for African development.

Macron to hold emergency Cabinet meeting over Paris protests.

French gas stations left dry by ‘yellow vest’ blockades.

Thousands in Georgia protest against presidential election results.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko for ‘Normandy format’ talks with Russia.

Vladimir Putin says he’s open to talking with Ukraine.

Ukraine port city struggles to weather clash with Russia.

Ukraine far-right militia tries to exploit martial law.

Anti-Immigrant Party breaks socialist stronghold in Spain.

German president heads to China as Beijing courts European economic ties.

Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger.

Nation prepares for state funeral for George H.W. Bush.

US lawmakers tangle over nuclear arsenal, Russia treaties.

US Democratic senator: US must maintain strategic relationship with Saudis and hold them accountable .

First leftist sworn in as Mexico’s president in decades.

Mexico’s new president signs deal to stop migrants.

Migrant caravan shelter shut down over ‘bad sanitary conditions’ as hundreds move to new facility.

Argentina and China sign deals strengthening ties after G-20.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

U.S.-led aircraft hit Islamic State hostage killer in Syria-coalition.

Key Afghanistan Taliban commander killed in US air strike.

Islamic extremists are now using drones in Nigeria, leader says.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change.

Trump says he will withdraw from NAFTA, pressuring Congress to approve new trade deal.

WTO paralysed as leaders try to defuse US-China trade war.

Trade war ceasefire ‘does not change anything’, US retail boss Rick Helfenbein says as he predicts ugly time ahead for workers and consumers.

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