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Roy Moore sexual abuse allegations

Debbie Wesson Gibson, one of the women accusing Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, shares evidence of their relationship when she was 17 to the press.

“I do not know any of these women,” the Senate candidate said at a recent campaign event.

Federal lands in Utah

U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive orders shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument area by 85% and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half.

Capping months of speculation, President Trump on Monday signed a pair of executive orders to significantly shrink two of Utah’s national monuments – Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante – that were created by his Democratic predecessors.


The Eurogroup selects Mário Centeno, Portugal's Minister of Finance, to succeed Jeroen Dijsselbloem as their next president.

Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno has won the race to become the top official of the 19-country eurozone.

Investigation of Apple's transfer pricing arrangements with Ireland

Apple Inc. and Ireland agree on an interim deal to put €13 billion in an escrow fund for the repayment of back taxes, starting early 2018. Still, both parties refute that the alleged "sweetheart" corporate tax deals were illegal. In 2016, the European Commission found that an unfair advantage of €13 billion is to be reimbursed.

To keep EU regulators happy, Apple will begin paying unpaid taxes to Ireland, which will be saved into an escrow account.

2017 Spanish constitutional crisis

The Supreme Court of Spain grants six former Catalan officials bail of €100,000 each. Four other people, Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn and two leading activists, remain in jail over the "risk of re-offending".

The Spanish Supreme Court decided to keep former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras in jail, judging he’s likely to challenge the authority of the state again if released.

2017 Spanish constitutional crisis

The prosecutor in a Brussels court repeats the demand to extradite Carles Puigdemont and four other former Catalan officials to Spain. The defense says that the adduced facts are "not punishable" under Belgian law. The judge delays the decision until December 14.

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Malta arrests 10 people over the investigative journalist's murder on October 16.

Syrian Civil War

The British government suspends payments to the so-called Free Syrian Police after a BBC Panorama investigation revealed that the cash has been diverted to the Salafist rebel groups of Nour al-Din al-Zenki and Jabhat al-Nusra, police officers being hand-picked by these groups, dead people appearing on the payroll and some police officers participating in summary executions.

A foreign aid scheme is suspended by the government, following a BBC Panorama investigation.

Executive Order 13769

The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the act banning most people from eight countries, six of them Muslim-majority, to travel to the United States can take full effect pending legal challenges.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

France puts the concern on the E.U. Ecofin agenda that the current version of the United States fiscal act would unduly penalize E.U. companies by taxing their U.S. operations beyond locally produced value added.

2017 North Korea crisis

A high-level United Nations delegation led by Department of Political Affairs head Jeffrey D. Feltman travels to North Korea for talks this week. It will be the first such diplomatic visit in six years.

Jeffrey Feltman will meet foreign minister and other diplomats in highest-level UN visit to country in more than six years

2017 North Korea crisis

South Korea and the United States launch their largest-ever annual joint aerial drill.

Positions on Jerusalem

Turkey's deputy foreign minister Bekir Bozdağ warns of a "major catastrophe" if the U.S. moves its embassy to Jerusalem as planned in the Jerusalem Embassy Act. The last six-month presidential waiver delaying the move was signed on June 1.

The Arab League, Turkey and Jordan have warned the US against moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Donald Trump has mulled recognizing the city as Israel's capital, a historic move that could fuel violence across the region.

Positions on Jerusalem

Hamas calls the U.S. government's plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "a flagrant attack on the city by the American administration" and threatens to start a Third Intifada.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which controls Gaza called Saturday for a new "intifada" if Washington recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city.

Positions on Jerusalem

Jordan's foreign minister Ayman Safadi has warned the U.S. of "dangerous consequences" if it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

There is growing speculation that Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israeli intervention in the Syrian Civil War

For the second time in three days, Israel carries out a missile strike on military facilities near Damascus.

AT LEAST two massive explosions ripped through the Syrian capital after Israel launched three...

Yemeni Civil War

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed by Houthi forces in a roadside attack outside Sana'a after an earlier attack on his house.

Ex-President Saleh's death came after he changed sides in Yemen's long-running civil war.