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    "The U.S. Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to a government document seen by Reuters."

    "U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raises possibility of a short Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump in which no witnesses would be called https://reut.rs/2qED2pt"

    "The U.S. Federal Reserve holds its last policy meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, having completed a year-long U-turn that saw it abandon a tightening cycle and lower borrowing costs three times in response to the global trade war."

    "EXCLUSIVE: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faces tough challenges as she heads into a general election campaign next year, with economic growth slowing, divisive referendums looming and a country reeling from disasters https://reut.rs/348Xi0h"

    "Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America's largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ecosystems important to the economy, U.S. federal government scientists said in a report on Tuesday."

    "New Zealand's Ardern says new Finnish PM 'needs no advice.' Her message, however, was in contrast to some worldly wisdom offered by Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad who had said it would be a good idea for Marin to ask 'old people' for their advice https://reut.rs/36pDjfm"

    "Law enforcement needs exemptions in India's privacy bill, senior official says https://reut.rs/36m75S7"

    "Saudi Aramco <2222.se> shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their initial public offering (IPO) price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, closing in on the $2 trillion valuation long sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman."

    "Police in the New York metropolitan area were put on high alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods after an hours-long gunbattle with two men around a Jersey City kosher market that killed six people, authorities said."

    "The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion, equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday."

    "Germany is planning to repay customers of insolvent Thomas Cook as the tour operator's insurance cover is proving insufficient, broadcaster ARD reported, citing government sources."

    "Finland's Stora Enso said its biodegradable drinking straws aimed at tackling the world's plastic waste were now on sale to European customers, while its developer, Sulapac, had raised funds to expand production."

    "Australia's wildfires have killed at least four people and destroyed more than 680 homes since the start of November. Reuters visualizes the scale of the mega fire https://reut.rs/36ltXBh"

    "Five foreign experts have quit a panel advising Hong Kong's police watchdog on an investigation into police conduct during months of pro-democracy protests after raising doubts about the probe's independence, a lawmaker and media said on Wednesday."

    "China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists report said on Wednesday."

    "After the initial euphoria had subsided, Mexican business leaders emerged bruised and resigned to a new stricter trade deal with the United States and Canada that could usher in more intrusive enforcement of labor rules in Mexico."

    "Suicide blasts in Afghanistan killed one person and injured more than 60 in an attack on Wednesday on the United States' main military base of Bagram that was repulsed after a 30-minute clash, Afghan and NATO officials said."

    "Saudi Aramco's listing will boost the kingdom's efforts to diversify from oil as the bulk of proceeds will be injected in domestic projects, while the global buzz surrounding the deal will help lure foreign capital, the finance minister said."

    "New Zealand's Ardern says new Finnish PM 'needs no advice.' Ardern's message, however, was in contrast to some worldly wisdom offered by Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad who had said it would be a good idea for Marin to ask 'old people' for their advice https://reut.rs/2PbaJIU"

    "Tesla plans to build 500,000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany's Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday."

    "Credit Suisse cut a key profitability target for this year and next as a drop in dealmaking, negative interest rates and uncertainty caused by global trade tensions dimmed the outlook."

    "China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists said. https://reut.rs/2YBo8gc"

    "Pouroto Ngaropo, standing on an ancient settlement site overlooking the island of Whakaari, recites his ancestry back thousands of years, back to the volcano which erupted there on Monday."

    "Police in the New York metropolitan area were put on high alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods after an hours-long gunbattle with two men around a Jersey City kosher market that killed six people, authorities said. https://reut.rs/38p0JmZ"

    "Turkey will retaliate if the United States takes negative steps against it, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday when asked about the prospect of Washington imposing sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems."

    "From a brutal polar vortex that froze much of the Midwest and East Coast in January to Hurricane Dorian that killed dozens in the Bahamas in September, Mother Nature dealt Americans a wild and deadly weather year in 2019. https://reut.rs/36qm8u8"

    "Inditex , the owner of fashion chain Zara, reported a 14% rise in third-quarter profit on Wednesday and said it expected full-year like-for-like sales growth of 4% to 6%."

    "Increasing tremors on a volcanic island in New Zealand have hampered efforts by authorities to recover the bodies of eight people thought to be left on the island, two days after it erupted, engulfing dozens of tourists in steam and hot ash. https://reut.rs/36tLCXz"

    "The U.S.-China trade war is creating something William Gagnon once thought impossible - a 100% American-made bathroom hand dryer."

    "British street artist Banksy has highlighted the issue of rough sleeping in a seasonal mural showing two flying reindeer pulling a homeless man on a street-bench sleigh. https://reut.rs/35csxc6"

    "Exclusive: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faces tough challenges as she heads into a general election campaign next year, with economic growth slowing, divisive referendums looming and a country reeling from disasters both natural and man-made. https://reut.rs/2LJbeaJ"

    "Like many Uber drivers in Sao Paulo, the ride-hailing app's busiest city in the world, Augusto Caio Pereira does not actually own or lease the car he nudges through the city's notorious traffic jams every day."

    "EXCLUSIVE: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faces tough challenges as she heads into a general election campaign next year, with economic growth slowing, divisive referendums looming and a country reeling from disasters https://reut.rs/38qTTgD"

    "The Edmonton Public School Board is reintroducing transportation fees because of a funding shortfall created by the province, the Mayerthorpe Food Bank is being targeted by thieves every week and more: These are your Wednesday morning headlines."

    "Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg accused political and business leaders of looking for loopholes to polish their image in the fight against climate change at a United Nations summit. https://reut.rs/38uzdEo"

    "Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 https://reut.rs/2PyIra1"

    "For most of the year, Willy Nanlohij, a 62-year-old retired bank worker, lives with his wife Hilda in a comfortable yet unremarkable home in the Dutch city of Enschede."

    "As the U.S. House of Representatives moves closer to impeaching President Donald Trump, larger questions loom in the Senate, where Trump's Republican allies may not give him the extended trial he would like."

    "The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty."

    "A major polling forecaster slashed its prediction for Boris Johnson’s majority in Thursday’s British general election, saying the race has tightened and the prime minister can no longer be sure of victory. https://reut.rs/2PaCL79"

    "Bryan Salesky had little way of knowing in 2007 that his teammates and rivals in a U.S. Defense Department-sponsored competition were laying the foundations for future self-driving businesses now valued at billions of dollars."

    "A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing https://reut.rs/2sdtjqP"

    "The two main parties in Britain's election on Thursday offer contrasting plans on spending, tax, the role of the state, trade unions and Brexit."

    "Sky's the limit optimism about self-driving cars is giving way to tougher questions about how expensive automotive artificial intelligence will ever make a profit."

    "The Pentagon announced it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice after a Saudi Air Force lieutenant shot and killed three people last week at a base in Florida. https://reut.rs/36lZuD9"

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