The U.S. military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya’s capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage, U.S. Africa Command says.
Trump, South Korea’s Moon discuss trying to maintain talks with North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning patience with stalled nuclear talks.
White House tells Democrats it will not participate in Trump impeachment hearing
The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
Saudi airman in U.S. for training suspected in deadly shooting at Florida naval base
A Saudi Air Force second lieutenant killed four people and wounded eight others on Friday in an unexplained shooting rampage at a U.S. Navy base in Florida where he was training, U.S. officials told Reuters.
Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial over his ‘pedo guy’ tweet
Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk emerged victorious on Friday from a closely watched defamation trial as a federal court jury swiftly rejected the $190 million claim brought against him by a British cave explorer who Musk had branded a “pedo guy” on Twitter.nutgraf
Ericsson to pay over $1 billion to resolve U.S. corruption probes
Swedish mobile telecoms company Ericsson (ERICb.ST) has agreed to pay over $1 billion to resolve probes into corruption, including the bribing of government officials, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.
‘Irishman’ draws 17 million U.S. viewers on Netflix, Nielsen estimates
Martin Scorsese’s new gangster film “The Irishman” was watched by an estimated 17.1 million Americans in its first five days of release on Netflix (NFLX.O), according to Nielsen data released on Friday.
From posters to helmets, Star Wars collectibles up for auction
From vintage posters to action figures, Star Wars collectibles are up for grabs in an online auction, days ahead of the release of the sci-fi saga’s highly-anticipated ninth chapter.
NBA roundup: Lakers blast Blazers Anthony Davis delivered 39 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 136-113 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Joshua lightens the load as Ruiz Jr piles on the pounds
(Reuters) Lean-looking British challenger Anthony Joshua weighed in more than three stones lighter than world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of their title rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
RUSSIA-BELARUS/ (PIX) (TV)
Putin and Lukashenko meet in Sochi
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko meet in Sochi, sign agreement on integration between the two countries.
7 Dec 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
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“Tosca” with a touch of cinema enthralls Milan’s La Scala at opening night
Much-loved opera “Tosca” was given a cinematic flavor as it opened La Scala’s season for the first time on Saturday.
7 Dec 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT
HONGKONG-PROTESTS/ (PIX) (TV)
Protesters march at a Human Rights Day rally
Protesters march at a Human Rights Day rally, organized with permission by police by the Civil Human Right Front, the group that helmed million-strong marches in June.
Malaysia’s senior ruling party holds its annual congress
The largest party in Malaysia’s ruling coalition holds its annual congress over the weekend, as it deals with deep fractures caused by a prolonged feud between its president, Anwar Ibrahim, and his deputy.
The feud raises the question as to whether Anwar can get enough support to take over from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed as agreed by the coalition, amid plummeting public approval for the ruling bloc which has struggled to fulfill pledges to bring down living costs, among other election promises.
Surfing – World Surf League – Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Billabong Pipe Masters
The final event of the World Surfing League’s World Championship Tour (WCT) takes place at Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Ten men’s qualifying spots for surfing’s debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games are up for grabs for surfers on the 2019 WCT, adding further importance to this contest at one of surfing’s most dangerous locations.
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Investigation into Saudi national suspected in deadly shooting at U.S. Navy base
U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement officials probe a deadly shooting at a U.S. Navy air base in Pensacola, Florida, in which a Saudi national is the suspected shooter.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
American Society of Hematology
The American Society of Hematology holds its annual conference, at which companies release their latest data on their developing treatments for blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia and lymphoma.
As Fed reiterates rate pause, forecasts likely to be blown off course
The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to keep interest rates unchanged this week and will likely use its economic projections for the year ahead to reiterate it has hit pause in its easing cycle. But the Fed also has a patchy track record on its interest rate forecasts and since the Fed’s last meeting trade disputes have escalated with President Donald Trump slapping tariffs on Argentina and Brazil, threatening France and suggesting the U.S.-China trade war could last until after the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. But at least one thing people can count on? The Fed is just as likely to move in an election year than not.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
Spain hosts UN Climate Change Conference (COP-25)
World leaders meet in Madrid for the 2019 U.N. climate change conference (COP25). The event, which was due to be held in Santiago, Chile in December, was relocated due to civil unrest in the country.