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Tribune News Service

International Budget for Friday, December 7, 2018

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

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^US pursued Huawei CFO's arrest despite risk to trade talks with Xi<

USCHINA-HUAWEI:BLO — The Trump administration arranged the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.'s chief financial officer aware of potential blowback in trade talks with Beijing but intent on showing resolve to crack down on Chinese companies accused of violating U.S. law.

The arrest happened about the same time that President Donald Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires to discuss the trade war between the countries.

800 by Jennifer Epstein in Washington. MOVED

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^Arrest of Huawei executive is 'a shot into the heart' of China's tech ambitions, analysts say<

USCHINA-HUAWEI-REACT-1ST-LEDE:LA — The arrest of a top executive at one of the most successful Chinese global companies threatens to upend a delicate detente between the U.S. and China in its monthslong trade war.

Meng Wanzhou, deputy chairwoman and chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, was arrested Saturday at an airport in Vancouver, Canada, and could face possible extradition to the U.S.

A U.S. law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case by name, said the case against Meng involves violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

1600 (with trims) by Robyn Dixon in Beijing. MOVED

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^WORLD NEWS<

^Increasingly frustrated, Ecuador says it's time for Julian Assange to finally leave embassy<

WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE:LA — Ecuador's president said Thursday that the British government has given written assurances that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to face the death penalty abroad if he leaves his London embassy hideout, where he's been holed up for more than six years.

In the clearest sign yet that the Australian activist might eventually face the U.S. justice system, President Lenin Moreno said he was eager to bring an end to Assange's long residency inside his country's embassy, and had been working with British authorities to make that happen.

950 (with trims) by Christina Boyle in London and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED

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^Increasingly frustrated, Ecuador says it's time for Julian Assange to finally leave embassy<

WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE:LA — Ecuador's president said Thursday that the British government has given written assurances that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to face the death penalty abroad if he leaves his London embassy hideout, where he's been holed up for more than six years.

In the clearest sign yet that the Australian activist might eventually face the U.S. justice system, President Lenin Moreno said he was eager to bring an end to Assange's long residency inside his country's embassy, and had been working with British authorities to make that happen.

950 (with trims) by Christina Boyle in London and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED

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^Yemen's crushing war takes a tentative first step to a resolution<

YEMEN-PEACE-TALKS:LA — Talks to bring peace to Yemen began Thursday with an announcement that the warring sides had agreed to a prisoner swap that would allow thousands of families to be reunited.

The agreement was heralded as the first of what negotiators hope will be several confidence-building measures that create momentum to resolve a conflict that began in 2014 and became so brutal that the United Nations long ago gave up counting the dead.

650 by Nabih Bulos in Beirut. MOVED

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^Kremlin sours on Trump after Putin snubs<

RUSSIA-TRUMP:BLO — Donald Trump may have stood up Vladimir Putin once too often. After the U.S. president snubbed the Kremlin leader twice in less than a month, Russia is finally losing faith in Trump's promise to improve relations and bracing instead for increased tensions.

Feted by Russian lawmakers with applause and champagne after his election in 2016, Trump's mercurial decision-making is increasingly seen as a liability in Moscow. Russian officials were taken aback when Trump tweeted that he was canceling talks with Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina hours before they were due to meet last week, a decision one of them called really bad. Since then, Russian frustration has steadily grown, according to four senior officials, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

1000 (with trims) by Ilya Arkhipov and Henry Meyer in Moscow. MOVED

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^Russia hands Venezuela a $6 billion lifeline<

VENEZUELA-RUSSIA:MI — As Washington tries to build an economic wall around Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro keeps digging tunnels.

On Thursday, Maduro said that Russia had agreed to invest more than $5 billion in boosting Venezuelan oil production and an additional $1 billion in mining — principally for gold.

450 by Jim Wyss in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED

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^Elian Gonzalez celebrates his 25th birthday by setting up Twitter account<

^CUBA-ELIANGONZALEZ:MI—<As Cuba rolled out 3G service for mobile phones Thursday, Elian Gonzalez, who as a boy was caught up in a bitter custody battle between his father in Cuba and relatives in Miami, joined Twitter.

Gonzalez, who turned 25 on Thursday, said he opened his Twitter account @BrotonsElian to acknowledge a birthday tweet from Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's president. Via the Twitter platform, Gonzalez, an industrial engineer, said he would be able to follow and support Diaz-Canel.

300 by Mimi Whitefield. MOVED

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^UNITED STATES<

^President George H.W. Bush laid to rest at his presidential library in Texas<

BUSH-1ST-LEDE:LA — President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station after nearly a week of services honoring his life.

After a state funeral in Washington, Bush was flown back to his adopted home in Houston on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bush's five children, 17 grandchildren and other family filled the pews of St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a final funeral service.

After the hourlong service, Bush's body was taken — as he requested before his death — to a Union Pacific train that passed through five small towns on its way to College Station.

500 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Houston. MOVED

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BUSH:DA — 1350 by Todd J. Gillman in Houston. MOVED

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^Undocumented maids at Trump's NJ golf club say boss called them racial slurs, threatened deportation<

^TRUMP-CLUB-MAIDS:NY—<Two undocumented housekeepers at President Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club alleged Thursday they have endured a "toxic" work environment in which they've been routinely called racial slurs and told to keep quiet or be reported to federal immigration authorities.

Victorina Morales, a Guatemalan immigrant who currently works as a maid at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, and Sandra Diaz, a Costa Rican immigrant who used to work at the club, are calling on federal and local authorities to investigate the "crimes" they have allegedly been subjected to at the extravagant estate.

400 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED

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^Maria Butina, suspected Kremlin agent, gets public defender<

BUTINA:BLO — Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who is accused by the U.S. of acting as a Kremlin agent during the 2016 presidential race, was granted a court-appointed attorney Thursday.

A one-sentence court order entered Thursday said Butina is being represented by A.J. Kramer, a public defender it identified as an "advisory counsel."

250 by Polly Mosendz and Greg Farrell in Washington. MOVED

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^Lawmakers issue call for investigation of serial sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal<

EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE:MI — More than two dozen lawmakers are demanding an investigation into possible misconduct by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, who, as a former federal prosecutor in Miami, helped broker a secret plea deal for a multimillionaire accused of running an underage sex trafficking network.

The lawmakers, mostly Democrats, have sent several letters to Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general for the Department of Justice, calling for a probe into Acosta's role in the 2008 plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein, 65, a Palm Beach hedge fund manager, faced a possible life sentence for molesting dozens of girls, but was instead granted federal immunity as part of a non-prosecution agreement approved by Acosta when he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

1050 (with trims) by Julie K. Brown, Alex Daugherty and Caitlin Ostroff in Miami. MOVED

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^Nearly 200 migrant children are still separated from their parents because of Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy<

^IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN:NY—<Dozens of migrant children remain separated from their loved ones because of President Donald Trump's family-shattering "zero tolerance" policy, the government acknowledged in a court filing Thursday.

As of Nov. 29, 173 children torn from their parents and relatives because of zero tolerance were still in federal custody, Justice Department lawyers said in a status update filed at southern California's U.S. District Court.

Eight of the minors are "not eligible" for reunification because their parents are either in federal custody or outside of the U.S., according to the government lawyers.

350 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED

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^ENTERTAINMENT<

^Golden Globes nominations deliver big boost to 'Vice,' plus early Oscar front-runners 'A Star Is Born,' 'The Favourite' and 'Green Book'<

^GOLDENGLOBES-NOMINATIONS-1ST-LEDE:LA—<Offering the first major indication of where this year's Oscar-season winds may be blowing, the Golden Globe Award nominations announced Thursday delivered a series of surprises that portend an unpredictable race to come.

That said, when it comes to the Globes — which has a history of eyebrow-raising, out-of-left-field picks (remember "The Martian" as best comedy or musical?) — surprises are generally, well, not so surprising.

1300 by Josh Rottenberg in Los Angeles. (Moved as an entertainment story.) MOVED

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^From 'Mary Queen of Scots' to 'Mary Poppins Returns,' this year's movies celebrated a spectrum of female strength<

^MOVIE-YE-WOMEN:LA—<Strong women have seized the big screen in 2018. Finally, right?

That optimistic sentiment makes headlines year after year after year. Whenever a few female-centered films galvanize awards-season buzz or box-office numbers, it's pitched as a newfound phenomenon. It awakens new hope that Hollywood might accept, once and for all, that storytelling led by and about women can secure both critical and commercial success.

We've heard all that before, but 2018 stood out as the year that introduced a slew of stories led by female characters who embody a different definition of "strong."

1900 by Ashley Lee. MOVED

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