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November 30, 2018

Among the stories Friday from The Associated Press:

TOP STORIES:

G20 — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries are haggling hard over a final summit statement, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

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G20-TRUMP — President Donald Trump joined the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina to sign a revised North American trade pact, fulfilling a longstanding political promise with a deal he celebrated as a “groundbreaking achievement.” By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 930 words, photos, audio, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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— G20-TRUMP-THE LATEST — Running updates.

MARRIOTT-DATA BREACH —The information of as many as 500 million people staying at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott says it’s uncovered unauthorized access that’s been taking place within its Starwood network since 2014. SENT: 700 words, photo.

WOMEN IN TECH-OFFENSIVE CONFERENCE — Women trying to make strides in the male-dominated field of artificial intelligence have won a symbolic victory — persuading a prestigious AI conference to get rid of an acronym that had become fodder for sexist jokes. But there’s more work to be done as this year’s conference opens in Montreal on Sunday, as the field grows from a tiny academic discipline into a tech powerhouse behind products from such leading companies as Google and Amazon. By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-COHEN-Q&A — The quest to build Trump Tower Moscow has become a legal flashpoint for the presidency of Donald Trump after his former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress to cover up his efforts to negotiate a real estate deal in Russia on Trump’s behalf. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 970 words, photo.

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-MOSCOW TOWER — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. By Stephen Braun and Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. First moved Thursday evening.

BRITAIN-FARMING ROBOTS — A British startup is carrying out trials of a farming robot for its autonomous precision “seeding, feeding and weeding” system, one of a number of “agri-tech” startups working to transform food production. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BOOZY ADVENT CALENDARS — Typically filled with chocolates, several companies are instead selling cardboard advent calendars stuffed with cans of beer, bottles of wine and chunks of cheese. The calendars are sold for a limited time, get major social media buzz and tend to sell out quickly. Many are available in the U.S. for the first time after gaining popularity in Europe. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — World share prices are mixed ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit this weekend. SENT: 520 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. U.S. markets are closed.

INDUSTRY:

ELECTION 2020-GENERAL MOTORS — There’s a big question floating over battleground Ohio: In the wake of GM’s announcement that it’s closing plants and cutting jobs, will voters stick with President Trump? By Sara Burnett. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon.

GERMANY-DEUTSCHE BANK — German authorities are continuing to search offices of Deutsche Bank as part of an investigation into suspicion that some employees helped set up offshore companies that were used to launder hundreds of millions of euros. SENT: 200 words, photos.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — A Japanese court confirms that it has approved extending the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 540 words, photos.

PAYLESS PRANK — Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices. SENT: 120 words, photo.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

INSTAGRAM-CLOSE FRIENDS — Instagram is adding a deceptively simple tool to its Stories tool that will likely mean people sharing even more on this already-popular feature. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AMAZON HQ-NASHVILLE — Nashville’s police union is blasting the city’s plans to award up to $15 million in incentives for Amazon’s new facility, calling it “corporate welfare.” SENT: 130 words.

INTERNATIONAL:

CLIMATE-CHINA’S COAL — China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut its carbon emissions at home, but is pursuing a very different policy abroad. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS — France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe, will meet Friday with representatives of some of the protesters who over two weeks have demonstrated, sometimes violently, against rising fuel taxes. By Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BELGIUM-GAS PRICE PROTEST — Dozens of “yellow jackets” protesters angry about high taxes and living costs are causing traffic chaos in Brussels, as the movement that started in France two weeks ago gains traction in Belgium. By Lorne Cook and Mark Carlson. SENT: 430 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING — China’s factory activity weakened in November, adding to pressure on Beijing ahead of talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping over an escalating tariff battle. SENT: 340 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECONOMY — The recent fall in oil prices has pushed down inflation across the 19-country eurozone, making it even less likely that the European Central Bank will start raising interest rates anytime soon. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May is urging lawmakers to consider the interests of their constituents when they vote on Brexit, saying that meetings with people outside London have shown her they want Parliament to back the deal she negotiated with the European Union. SENT: 130 words, photo.

VATICAN-FINANCES — The Vatican has made more progress in its path to greater financial transparency by securing approval to join the European banking system that harmonizes electronic payments across the continent. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 280 words.

PAKISTAN-ECONOMY — Pakistan’s currency has plunged further as the country is mired in a financial crisis and seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ISLAND-ELECTRICITY — The lights will stay on across the English Channel island of Sark after a last-minute agreement was struck in a dispute on the cost of power. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-FARMERS’ PROTEST — Thousands of farmers marched to India’s Parliament on Friday demanding higher prices for their produce and a government waiver on their farm loans to alleviate hardships. SENT: 400 words, photos.

GREECE-MINE-ATTACK — A Greek court acquits 21 people accused of raiding prospective gold mining facilities that some see as a welcome foreign investment but many local residents strongly oppose on environmental grounds. By Costas Kantouris. SENT: 360 words.

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