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US Adds New Sanctions on Cuba Tourist Attractions

The Trump administration is adding new names to a list of Cuban tourist attractions that Americans are barred from visiting.   The 26 names range from the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard and Paseo del Prado hotels in Old Havana to modest shopping centers in beachside resorts far from the capital. All are barred because they are owned by Cuba's military business conglomerate, GAESA.   Travel to Cuba remains legal. Hundreds of U.S. commercial flights and cruise ships deliver hundreds of… Read Full Article

Arizona Judge Won't Give More Time to Find Victims of Illegal Detentions

A judge in Arizona who ordered taxpayer-funded compensation for Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a court order has declined to give the victims more time to apply for the money. The two-sentence ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in the racial-profiling case means the one-year period for filing claims will end on Dec. 3.   Two years ago, Snow ordered the creation of a $500,000 compensation fund as a remedy for Arpaio's… Read Full Article

White House Official Criticized by First Lady Removed From Position

Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was forced out of her job on Wednesday after President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, said Ricardel did not deserve the honor of working for her husband. Ricardel "will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Sanders did not elaborate on what Ricardel's new job would be. Trump, after… Read Full Article

APEC: The summit held on a boat off Papua New Guinea

The APEC summit is now underway in Papua New Guinea, but why are attending CEOs and other guests staying on cruise ships?

US Envoy: Fight Against IS in Its Last Syrian Stronghold Nearing End

The Trump administration hopes that the U.S.-backed fight against Islamic State in its last foothold in northeastern Syria will end within months but American forces will remain to ensure the "enduring defeat" of the militant group, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday. Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement, said the United States believes the way forward in Syria includes defeating Islamic State, reinvigorating the political process and winding down… Read Full Article

Chechnya uses televised shamings to stop dissent

Authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov forces citizens who complain to retract what they said on TV.

More Than 1,000 Iranian Activists Back Jailed Environmentalists in Letter to Judiciary

More than 1,000 Iranian civil society activists have signed a letter to Iran’s judiciary chief urging him to resolve the case of eight environmentalists jailed since January and February on suspicion of being spies. Iranian authorities detained seven of the environmentalists in January and the eighth in February. The seven detained in January are members of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Another member of that foundation detained in January, Iranian-Canadian university professor… Read Full Article

Uber's Losses Continue Ahead of IPO

The ride-sharing and delivery company Uber continues to lose money, with growth slowing as it prepares to go public some time next year. The San Francisco-based company announced it lost just over $1 billion from July through September, a 20 percent increase from the previous quarter. Uber's revenue rose 38 percent in the third quarter from a year ago to $2.95 billion, down from a gain of 51 percent in the second quarter. Uber is seeking to expand in freight hauling, food delivery and… Read Full Article

Dozens Plead With Trump Administration to Keep Air Rules

Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration's plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2016. The rules require energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas… Read Full Article

FCC Launches First US High-Band 5G Spectrum Auction 

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched the agency's first high-band 5G spectrum auction as it works to clear space for next-generation faster networks.  Bidding began Wednesday on spectrum in the 28 GHz band and will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band. The FCC is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available and the auctions will be followed by a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands — 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz.  "These airwaves… Read Full Article