Friday, November 30, 2018

Weekly Headlines - 30 Nov 2018

Headlines of note compiled by for 30 Nov 2018. Click on a headline to read more.

Reuters >> Ukraine's border service said on Thursday it would only allow Ukrainian citizens to travel to Crimea following the imposition of martial law until Dec 26.

Reuters >> German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the West was imposing sanctions on Russia to stand up for international law and added that she would address the Sea of Azov issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an upcoming G20 summit.

AFP >> Chinese university professor He Jiankui claims to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies, in a potentially ground-breaking and controversial medical first. He posted a video on YouTube saying that the twin girls, born a few weeks ago, had had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV.

Arab News >> Saudi Arabia has pledged on Wednesday $50 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which has been hit by the withdrawal of all US funding, an official said.

Reuters >> Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he and U.S. national security adviser John Bolton talked about improving trade ties between the two most populous countries in the Americas, as well as discussing Cuba and Israel during a one-hour meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

Reuters >> The main challenger in Nigeria's election next year aims to outflank President Muhammadu Buhari by campaigning in a sometimes neglected part of the country where the incumbent is deeply unpopular: the southeast.

VOA >> China's science ministry on Thursday ordered that anyone conducting research in gene editing halt their activities. The order came as organizers of a biomedical conference where a Chinese scientist defended his claim that he has created the world's first genetically-edited babies denounced his work as irresponsible.

VOA >> U.S. Republican Congressman Christopher Smith, who co-chairs a Congressional Commission on China, is calling on President Donald Trump to raise the issue of China's mass internment of Muslim ethnic minorities when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week.

NPR >> For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the U.S. has ticked downward. In three reports issued Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out a series of statistics that revealed some troubling trend lines — including rapidly increasing rates of death from drug overdoses and suicide.

VOA >> Britain’s ambassador to Yemen said Thursday he has spoken with representatives from the country’s warring sides and that he expects them to attend peace talks that are to begin next week in Stockholm. However, overnight fighting cast a cloud on efforts to establish a cease-fire in the war-torn Arab country.

AFP >> Russia Thursday called for changes to a U.N. measure allowing cross-border deliveries of aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas. The Security Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to renew 2014 provisions authorizing aid convoys to cross into Syria from Turkey and Jordan, without the approval of Damascus.  

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