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December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei (wah-way) is appearing in a Canadian court as she seeks bail while awaiting possible extradition to the United States. Meng Wanzhou smiled and spoke to her lawyer as she waited for the judge to arrive. Her arrest came as a jarring surprise after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) agreed to a trade truce last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co” that Huawei had violated U.S sanctions on Iran.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are interviewing James Comey behind closed doors. The former FBI director is appearing for the interview after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena in court. It is the first time he has answered lawmakers’ questions since an explosive June 2016 hearing in which he asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, the late President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role. Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri Friday. Trump says Barr is “a terrific man” and “one of the most respected jurists in the country.” If the Senate confirms Barr, he’ll succeed former attorney general Jeff Sessions, who was forced out by Trump in November.

MARIB, Yemen (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found evidence that Yemen’s Houthi rebels have engaged in widespread torture at prisons they control. One ex-inmate, a medic, recounts how he was brutalized in underground cells, then tried to treat fellow prisoners who also been tortured. The Houthis have detained thousands in crackdowns aimed at silencing dissent during Yemen’s four-year civil war. Houthi leaders have denied that they engage in torture.

PARIS (AP) — A French government spokesman says members of the “yellow vest” movement will meet the prime minister on the eve of anti-government protests that authorities feared could be violent. Benjamin Griveaux said Prime minister Edouard Philippe will listen to the protesters’ “questions” and “demands” Friday evening.

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