World News Briefs — January 2, 2019 (Evening Edition)

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Reuters: Taiwan president defiant after China calls for reunification

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday the island would not accept a “one country, two systems” political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis.

Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”.

Tsai also urged China to understand Taiwanese people’s thinking and needs.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria is ‘sand and death,’ Trump says.

Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit; wants to protect Kurds.

Syria rebel-jihadist clashes intensify, 50 dead. Fighting among rebels in northern Syria kills dozens.

Syria’s Idlib braces for government offensive.

Some 400 Kurdish YPG leave Manbij under deal with Damascus – Syrian military.

Iraq’s new president to pay his first visit to Turkey.

Hariri urges end to Lebanon impasse as Hezbollah voices optimism.

Israel PM urged to expand illegal settlements ahead of election.

Mike Pompeo vows US support for Israel despite controversial Syria exit.

Trump expects second Kim meeting in ‘not-too-distant future’.

China warns Taiwan that unification is ‘inevitable’ and threatens to use military force and ‘all necessary means’ to end the island’s independence.

Trump says he ‘looks forward’ to another summit meeting with Kim Jong Un even as North Korea’s ruler warns U.S. against sanctions.

Taliban blow up Afghan army outpost, killing five soldiers, police say.

Myanmar says police attacked as western fighting displaces thousands.

Bangladeshi journalist arrested over election irregularities reporting.

Indian police clash with protesters over women in Hindu temple. ‘Millions’ of women in India form a human chain in defiance of temple ban controversy.

‘Indian spy quadcopter’ shot down at border – Pakistan military.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito makes his final New Year’s Day appearance to over 150,000 people.

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears.

Zimbabwe president cuts short holiday over doctors’ strike.

CAR rebels buy weapons from Sudan traffickers: UN report.

Seven arrested after 37 killed in central Mali: government.

Armed men kill 37 civilians in part of Mali hit by ethnic violence.

Conflicts to monitor in 2019: Cameroon, Nigeria, South Sudan.

Sudan restricts social media access to counter protest movement.

Regional observers endorse Congo’s election – with caveats.

Somalia expels UN envoy Nicholas Haysom.

Libya’s rival governments hold peace talks in Benghazi.

Trump and Egypt’s Sisi discuss Middle East in phone call.

UK crime agency makes arrests over migrant Channel crossings.

Soldier killed, two wounded in eastern Ukraine clashes, despite truce.

U.S. ambassador visits detained American in Russia: State Department.

Family of accused spy Paul Whelan is ‘deeply concerned’ for his safety in Russian prison. US seeking access to ex-Marine detained in Russia: Pompeo.

Germany has big plans for UN Security Council seat.

UK PM May will find a way to get Brexit deal through parliament – Hunt.

Russia Magnitogorsk blast: Death toll rises to 21.

Fatal train accident closes Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge.

US, Colombia aim to restore Venezuela’s ‘democratic heritage’.

Trump warns US government shutdown could last a ‘long time’. No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time.

Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room.

Romney slams Trump’s character in new op-ed. Trump responds to Romney op-ed: ‘Be a team player & win’.

Maduro’s second inauguration in troubled Venezuela puts U.S., other foreign critics in conundrum.

Cuba celebrates 60 years since Castro’s communist revolution.

Colombia Farc: 85 ex-rebels killed since peace deal.

Honduras in talks with US, Israel on moving embassy to Jerusalem.

Peru’s president accuses AG of damaging big corruption probe.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Turkey detains two French IS suspects wanted by Interpol: state media.

Lethality intact, ISIS builds on global threat.

Australia stands by cancelling citizenship of Islamic State recruiter despite Fiji challenge.

Manchester stabbings suspect may have mental problems as UK terrorism probe ongoing.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

The stock market starts off 2019 with more turbulence.

Apple cuts outlook, sees ‘challenges’ in China, emerging markets.

Big IPOs eyeing a brittle Wall Street in 2019.

US Trade Rep. Lighthizer thinks more tariffs could be needed to get meaningful China concessions.

Netflix removes Hasan Minhaj comedy episode after Saudi demand.

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