A fragile global economy is at stake as the US and China seek to cool tensions at APEC. The United States and China are the two global economic heavyweights, collectively producing over 40% of the world’s goods and services.
Hopes have risen that Washington and Beijing can at least cool some of their economic tensions at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which started Sunday in San Francisco. The meeting will bring together 21 Pacific Rim countries, representing 40% of the world’s people and nearly half of global trade. Liam White reporting.
Negotiations to free the hostages taken by Hamas and other terror groups to Gaza following the Oct. 7 attack are intense and ongoing. Qatar continues to mediate deal-making between Israel and Hamas, according to multiple U.S. officials.
The U.S. is assisting with the complicated hostage diplomacy, and this week President Biden’s top Mideast adviser Brett McGurk is heading to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar with other stops possible. McGurk is part of a small circle involved in the delicate talks, as is National security adviser Jake Sullivan, a U.S. official stated. Benjamin Wright reporting.
Fighters from a paramilitary force and their allied Arab militias rampaged through a town in Sudan’s war-ravaged region of Darfur, reportedly killing more than 800 people in a multiday attack, doctors and the U.N. said.
The attack on Ardamata in West Darfur province earlier this month was the latest in a series of atrocities in Darfur that marked the monthslong war between the Sudanese military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, RSF. Wade Addison reporting.
Palestinian supporters clashed with far-right counter-protestors during a major demonstration that drew hundreds of thousands of people to central London on Saturday.
London’s Metropolitan Police first confirmed two arrests, including one for assaulting a police officer, later updating that number to include 82 arrests for breaching the peace and 10 others for various charges, including carrying a concealed weapon. Chris Anderson reporting.