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International Budget for Saturday, November 30, 2019

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.


^Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi resigns after deadly protests<

IRAQ-PM-RESIGNS-1ST-LEDE:DPA _ Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi, facing weeks-long street protests, said on Friday he would resign, a day after dozens of anti-government demonstrators were killed.

"I will submit to the House of Deputies the official letter of resignation from heading the present government so that the assembly can reconsider its choices," Abdel-Mahdi added in a written statement.

The Marching Forward Bloc, which has the largest number of seats at parliament, called on the legislature to meet on Saturday to vote on Abdel-Mahdi's resignation.

400 by Kadhem Al-Attabi and Saad Al-Samak in Baghdad. MOVED


^Two killed in London Bridge terror attack<

LONDON-ATTACK-2ND-LEDE:BLO _ Two people were killed in a terrorist knife attack in the heart of London on Friday, disrupting the U.K.'s general election campaign two weeks before the vote.

Police were called shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday to reports of a stabbing in the London Bridge area, on the edge of the city's main financial district. Within five minutes, officers were on the scene, and streets in the zone were locked down.

700 by Jess Shankleman, Greg Ritchie and Kitty Donaldson in London. MOVED



^Thousands evoke 'climate emergency' in global demonstrations<

ENV-CLIMATE-SUMMIT:DPA _ Climate protesters gathered in cities from Australia to India and Europe on Friday, citing the "climate emergency" declared by EU lawmakers just days before a major climate summit opens in Madrid.

More than 2,400 cities in 158 countries took part in demonstrations across the globe, according to the Fridays for Future network. Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and other NGOs also held protests.

750 in Berlin. MOVED


^Former PM Yasuhiro Nakasone, who guided Japan through Cold War, dies at 101<


The son of a timber merchant, Nakasone survived enemy attacks while serving as a naval officer in World War II and went on to a political career spanning seven decades, leading Japan's government from 1982 to 1987. As premier, he boosted defense and foreign-aid spending, broke up state monopolies and backed U.S. President Ronald Reagan's tough approach toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The two men had a friendship that helped Nakasone blunt tensions over Japan's widening trade surplus with the U.S.

850 by Terje Langeland and Isabel Reynolds. MOVED


^2 Americans on Carnival Cruise trip dead, 5 injured in Belize tour bus crash<


Riding in a Dodge passenger van, Jacqueline Abad, 53, and Sara Armijo, 51, were killed Wednesday as they were traveling to Belmopan City, NBC News reported. Five other Americans were hurt, suffering injuries such as broken legs and arms, pelvic fractures and dislocated kneecaps.

200 by Devoun Cetoute. MOVED


^Syria (barely) survived a civil war. Can it weather the latest financial crisis?<

SYRIA-ECONOMY:LA _ A devastating war, relentless sanctions, a gutted economy under siege: All these have ground the Syrian pound down to a tenth of its value since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.

But it's the anti-government protests in neighboring Lebanon that may deliver the finishing blow to the pound. This week, it nose-dived to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since it began trading in 1919, threatening the collapse of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government even as he and his allies have largely won the almost nine-year civil war.

1100 by Nabih Bulos in Beirut. MOVED


^K-pop suicide sparks a reckoning on revenge porn, sexual assault<

KPOP-SUICIDE-REACTION:BLO _ The suicide of a popular South Korean singer has prompted calls in the country to overhaul laws on sexual assault and to more harshly punish revenge porn.

Koo Hara, 28, was found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday. Her last message on Instagram showed her staring into a camera lens from beneath blankets on her bed with a message of "good night." Police say a note was found at the scene in which she expressed hopelessness.

Many in South Korea were already aware of her past that included assault by a former boyfriend who she alleged was threatening to release a sex video of her. The two most popular hashtags on social media in South Korea this week called for punishment of the ex-boyfriend and for the definition of sexual assault to be revamped.

750 by Jihye Lee in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED



^Democrats to accuse Trump of seeking foreign election help<

IMPEACHMENT:BLO _ The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a scathing report alleging President Donald Trump engaged in a monthslong effort to seek foreign interference in the 2020 election and obstruct a congressional investigation.

In a letter to Trump on Friday, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler previewed the conclusions from weeks of depositions and hearings, saying the forthcoming report will describe an "effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest."

400 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED


^2019 hurricane season: Four storms made landfall, with one paralyzing horror<

WEA-HURRICANE-SEASON:PM _ The 2019 hurricane season ended above average for the fourth year in a row with an abundance of fleeting systems gone in a blink and one paralyzing horror.

After the decay of Sebastien this week, the final tropical cyclone tally stood at 18 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. That's compared to an average season of 12 named storms.

1100 by Kimberly Miller. MOVED


^Renowned free solo climber Brad Gobright dies in fall from cliff in Mexico<

CLIMBER-KILLED-1ST-LEDE:NY _ Renowned rock climber Brad Gobright died in a fall Wednesday while rappelling down a Mexican cliff face after a ropeless ascent.

He was 31.

Gobright was climbing with Aidan Jacobsen, 26, on the Shining Path route down El Potrero Chico, Mexico.

450 by Theresa Braine. MOVED



^What's the enduring power of 'Pok mon'? A newbie and expert discuss over 'Shield' and 'Sword'<


But while I've been having fun, I still wanted to better understand what makes "Pok mon" a cultural force, one that remains a global franchise that can rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Luckily I work with Tracy Brown, a peer and friend whose "Pok mon" knowledge vastly outshines my own. (Earlier this year, she covered the "Detective Pikachu" film.) We decided to play "Sword" and "Shield" concurrently, to see how a knowledgeable fan and a newcomer view the same game and, in turn, what makes "Pok mon" universal.

1800 by Todd Martens and Tracy Brown. MOVED


^'The Irishman': The real people behind Martin Scorsese's Philadelphia mob movie<


Based on author Charles Brandt's 2004 book "I Heard You Paint Houses," the film takes place across several decades, but of particular focus is Sheeran's claim that he killed former International Brotherhood of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975.

Hoffa famously went missing that year in Detroit, and while his body was never found, he was declared legally dead in 1982. But as Sheeran told Brandt on his deathbed in 2003, he was actually behind the famed labor leader's disappearance after killing him with two gunshots in an empty Detroit house. Hoffa's body, Sheeran added, was burned to ash at a nearby crematorium, which explains why his remains have never turned up.

1350 by Nick Vadala. MOVED


^With Netflix's 'The Irishman,' Martin Scorsese is still cinema's greatest risk taker<


Not even Scorsese's toughest critics _ and they have been particularly vocal of late, for reasons we'll get to shortly _ would deny that he knows of what he speaks. However you define risk in contemporary Hollywood moviemaking _ moral ambiguity, unsympathetic characters, a story not adapted from material with a built-in fan base _ his work positively teems with it and always has. Like many filmmakers who flourished in the '70s, often hailed as American cinema's nerviest decade, Scorsese, in movies like "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver," seemed intent on pushing a commercial medium to ever darker, edgier extremes.

Scorsese has evolved in the years since, but he hasn't mellowed. His staggeringly rich output from this decade alone is predicated on a bold mix of conceptual daring and visual extravagance.

2700 (with trims) by Justin Chang. MOVED




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