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International Budget for Saturday, November 11, 2017

Updated at 0100 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EST Friday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Trump delivers 'America First' trade message to Asia conference, says US will only cut deals with individual nations<

TRUMP-ASIA:TBW _ President Donald Trump on Friday delivered a stern message to a group of Pacific Rim nations eager for signs of the United States' continued engagement and economic leadership in the region: America First.

"We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore," Trump told an audience of business leaders assembled in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which annually gathers leaders from across the region and around the world to discuss trade and development.

"I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first."

1050 by Noah Bierman in Da Nang, Vietnam. MOVED


^When Trump meets the Philippines' Duterte, 'drug war' killings will be the elephant in the room. Trump will probably ignore it<

TRUMP-ASIA-DUTERTE:LA _ In President Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines, the police, with his explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest victim was 4.

Human rights groups, the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the United Nations have all condemned Duterte's "war on drugs." Yet when President Donald Trump meets Duterte in Manila, it probably won't enter the conversation.

1300 (with trims) by Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing. MOVED


^Hezbollah says Riyadh has declared war on Lebanon, detained Hariri<

LEBANON-SAUDIARABIA:DPA _ The chief of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, accused Saudi Arabia on Friday of declaring war against Lebanon and keeping outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri against his will in Riyadh.

Tensions heightened in the region since Hariri announced his resignation last week during a trip to the Saudi capital, where he has been staying ever since.

550 by Weedah Hamzah in Beirut. MOVED

^Tillerson cautious on Saudi crackdown<

USSAUDI:TBW _ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the mass arrests in Saudi Arabia by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are a matter of concern and should be watched carefully for broader repercussions throughout the region.

250 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED


^Q&A: What will Asia do about the humanitarian crisis unfolding on its doorstep?<

ASEAN-ROHINGYA-QA:LA _ The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-nation regional bloc encompassing more than 600 million people, will mark its 50th anniversary at a summit beginning Sunday in the Philippines. Attendees are to include President Donald Trump, concluding his first official visit to Asia.

With a rare moment in the global spotlight, ASEAN faces a crucial question: Will it address the humanitarian catastrophe involving Rohingya Muslims that is unfolding on its doorstep?

1050 by Shashank Bengali. MOVED


^Islamic State has lost 90 percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria. So where is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?<


A media outlet linked to the Syrian military reported Friday that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been spotted in the eastern town of Bukamal during a recent offensive to recapture Islamic State's last urban stronghold in Syria. But al-Baghdadi sightings have been reported before. So has his death. None of it has ever been confirmed.

800 by Alexandra Zavis in Irbil, Iraq. MOVED


^Slayings of 3 Americans in Mexico prompt arrests of fugitive US polygamist and others<

MEXICO-FUGITIVE:LA _ A fugitive polygamist from Arizona has been arrested with four wives and a "concubine" on the grounds of a conservative religious community in the northern Mexican desert highlands.

More than two dozen U.S. citizens, apparently disciples of the polygamist's "commune," have been detained in the same hamlet in Mexico's Chihuahua state.

And it's all linked to the slayings of three young Americans, two of them sons of the polygamist, shot dead weeks earlier in a nearby rural enclave called "Black Ranch."

900 by Patrick J. McDonnell in Mexico City. MOVED



^Mueller is reportedly investigating Flynn over plot to grab Gulen<

USRUSSIA-HACKING-FLYNN:BLO _ Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan in which former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., were to be paid as much as $15 million in a plot to seize Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and deliver him to Turkish officials, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.

FBI agents have asked at least four people about a meeting in mid-December where Flynn and Turkish government representatives allegedly discussed capturing Gulen, who's in exile in the U.S., the Journal said, citing people it didn't identify who are familiar with the FBI's inquiries.

600 by Anna Molin and David Kocieniewski. MOVED


^US looking to agreements with Russia over Syria<

USRUSSIA-SYRIA:TBW _ The U.S. is nearing agreement with Russia on establishing additional cease-fire zones in Syria, a key step to finally resolving that country's brutal civil war.

Some officials had suggested agreement could be announced in a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of Friday's Asia summit in Vietnam.

250 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED

^Mueller investigation is looking into Dana Rohrabacher meeting with Michael Flynn<

USRUSSIA-HACKING-ROHRABACHER:TBW _ As part of his investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning witnesses about a meeting that allegedly took place shortly before the election between Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, NBC is reporting.

200 by Sarah D. Wire in Washington. MOVED


^Law professor seeks federal court protection against forced video testimony to Guantanamo<

GUANTANAMO:MI _ A Long Island law professor is seeking a federal judge's protection from an order to testify by video feed next week at a USS Cole case hearing. It is the latest test of the reach of the war court created after the Sept. 11 attacks to try non-citizens.

In court Friday, prosecutor Air Force Maj. Michael Pierson called Hofstra law professor Ellen Yaroshefsky's pre-emptive habeas corpus filing at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan part of a "collateral attack" on the military commission system.

1250 (with trims) by Carol Rosenberg at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. MOVED


^Poison tip pens: 13,000 new JFK assassination documents show CIA plots against Castro<


The cache contains documentation of dirty tricks and plots. A CIA report dated April 14, 1967, discusses attempts to kill Cuban dictator Fidel Castro by use of poisoned cigars, targeting his regime with wiretaps and all manner of methods worthy of an espionage novel.

On Nov. 22, 1963 _ the day President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas _ according to the report, a CIA officer in Paris gave "a ballpoint pen rigged as a hypodermic syringe" to a Cuban asset, with the intent to use it as an "assassination weapon" against Castro.

450 by Todd J. Gillman, David Tarrant and Charles Scudder. MOVED



^New evidence of cheating could hurt Russia's chances at 2018 Winter Olympics<

OLY-2018-RUSSIA:LA _ Anti-doping authorities said Friday they have come into possession of new intelligence that confirms allegations of widespread cheating at a Russian testing laboratory.

World Anti-Doping Agency officials said they are confident the "enormous" backup computer file they acquired in late October is an information management database _ containing expansive test data _ from the country's central Moscow facility.

250 by David Wharton. MOVED




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