Reuters World News Summary
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger
France hunkered down for another wave of potentially violent protests on Saturday as embattled President Emmanuel Macron planned to address the nation next week over public fury at the high cost of living, senior allies said. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the three-week-old "yellow vest" revolt had "created a monster" and vowed police would have no tolerance for violence, with much of Paris in lockdown and tens of thousands of police deployed nationwide.
Turkey's top spy in U.S. to meet senators, intelligence officials: sources
Turkey's head of intelligence has traveled to Washington to meet with U.S. lawmakers and intelligence officials, sources said, in an apparent bid to improve ties with the Americans after a breakdown in the NATO allies' relationship last summer. Hakan Fidan, a close confidant of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, has met with senators to discuss NATO issues and was expected to meet with U.S. intelligence officials later on Friday, according to five sources familiar with the matter, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Many U.S.-bound caravan migrants disperse as asylum process stalls
Thousands of Central American migrants spent weeks traveling north through Mexico in caravans, walking and hitching rides when possible, only for many to give up hope and turn back when they met resistance at the U.S. border. Others hopped the border fence, often directly into the hands of immigration authorities on the U.S. side, while still others dug in at temporary lodgings in Tijuana for the long process of seeking asylum from a reluctant U.S. government.
Brazil's Temer announces 'intervention' in state bordering Venezuela
Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Friday he had reached an agreement with the governor of Roraima state, Suely Campos, for a federal "intervention" in the state that borders Venezuela. Temer said via Twitter that he and the governor came to the conclusion that a negotiated intervention would be the best solution to "pacify" the situation in Roraima.
As Brexit crunch nears, campaign for new referendum gathers pace
After losing the most contentious referendum in British history, James McGrory went for a drink in The Hope pub near London's medieval meat market. Amid butchers in bloodied coats, his dream of reversing Brexit seemed hopeless. Two years later, with the country in crisis over how or whether to leave the European Union, McGrory is feeling more confident that his campaign can help secure another referendum that he hopes would overturn the 2016 result.
Qatar steps in to pay civil servants wages in Gaza
Qatar paid the salaries of nearly 30,000 Gazan civil servants on Friday, delighting the impoverished workers but angering some in the deeply divided Palestinian leadership who balked at the intervention of a foreign power. Thousands queued in the winter cold to get their cash at post offices - one of which was decorated with a large mural of Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the message "Thanks Qatar".
Merkel protege Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds her as German CDU leader
Germany's Christian Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Friday to replace Angela Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves her into pole position to succeed Europe's most influential leader as chancellor. Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, is Merkel's protege and was the continuity candidate favored by the party elite. She won the leadership with 517 votes out of 999 votes cast by delegates. Her rival, Friedrich Merz, won 482 votes in a run-off.
Cuba president says policy changes address people's concerns, not a setback
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his government's last-minute changes to policies that went into effect on Friday following widespread criticism showed it listens to the people and were not a setback. The Communist government this week watered down the most heavily criticized elements of new restrictions on free enterprise and promised to revise regulations accompanying a law on the cultural sector to address artists' concerns.
U.S. cautions Russia against tampering with alleged attack site in Syria
The U.S. State Department on Friday cautioned Russia and Syria against tampering with the site of a suspected chemical attack in Syria's Aleppo last month, adding that it had information indicating that Russian and Syrian personnel were involved in what it called a tear gas attack. "We caution Russia and the regime against tampering with the suspected attack site and urge them to secure the safety of impartial, independent inspectors so that those responsible can be held accountable," a State Department spokesman said in a statement.
U.S. drops bid for December U.N. meeting on North Korea abuses: diplomats
The United States has dropped a push for the United Nations Security Council to hold its fifth annual meeting on human rights abuses in North Korea this month as it does not have enough support, diplomats said on Friday. At least nine countries on the 15-member body need to back a request for the meeting, which Pyongyang ally China has unsuccessfully tried to block for the past four years. But diplomats said only eight members supported calling the meeting this time around.
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