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News Brief: Russia Probe, French Protesters, Grant Program Fixed

The investigation into the 2016 presidential election raises more legal issues and big political questions. Protests continue over economic conditions in France. Teachers get relief from unfair debts.

Huawei Executive Due in Canadian Court For Bail Hearing

The chief financial officer for Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies is due back in a Canadian courtroom Monday for a hearing on whether she should be granted bail while awaiting possible extradition to the United States to face fraud charges. Canadian prosecutors have so far argued Meng Wanzhou should remain in custody until her extradition hearing. Her lawyers say she should be freed on bail due to health issues. China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing on Sunday to lodge a "… Read Full Article

Japanese Economy Experiences the Worst Downturn in Four Years

Japan's economy contracted 2.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, July-September, which marks the worst downturn in the past four years.  The revised data released Monday was more than double the initial estimate of a 1.2 percent contraction. The slide is in part driven by a series of natural disasters that hit Japan, which forced factories to cut production, and contributed to lower consumer demand and corporate investment. To a lesser extent, the U.S.-China trade dispute has had… Read Full Article

Vijay Mallya: India tycoon to learn extradition fate

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya will appear in a London court to learn if he will be extradited to India.

Fortnite: Gamer charged with assault during live stream

He moves off camera and a woman's voice is heard shouting "woman basher" and "you hit me in the face".

Why One Philippine Island Can’t Get Enough of Martial Law

Martial law seldom excites people who live under it. Ukrainians were nervous when an order took effect last month, against a growing threat from Russia, to let the military mobilize citizens, ban mass gatherings and take private property. In Thailand, a youth group protested in September against localized martial law requiring that all vehicles and firearms be registered, the follow-up to an ambush against law enforcement. But as the southern Philippine island of Mindanao looks likely to… Read Full Article

Nissan Motor and its Former Chairman Indicted

Tokyo prosecutors have formally indicted former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, another Nissan executive and the Nissan Motor Corporation itself for underreporting about $44 million of Ghosn's income in financial filings, Japanese media reported Monday. Additional reports say Ghosn and the other executive will be rearrested on new charges of underreporting an additional three years of income, through March of this year. The new arrest warrant allows authorities to keep the two men in detention… Read Full Article

Armenian Reformist Leader Wins by Landslide in Early Parliamentary Elections

Armenian reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan won by landslide the early parliamentary elections Sunday, Central Election Commission's (CEC) results showed. The bloc led by Pashinyan's Civil Contract party had over 70 percent of the vote. In distant second place was the Prosperous Armenia party with less than nine percent.  Pashinyan, 43, became prime minister in May after weeks of anti-government protests that forced the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who was also a… Read Full Article

Ambani-Piramal wedding: Beyoncé sings at A-list Indian event

The Ambani-Piramal wedding seeks to top India's wedding season with even more glitz and glamour.

India clinch dramatic win in Australia

India clinch a dramatic 31-run victory in the first Test against Australia to claim only their sixth Test win down under.