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*)Macron stands by NATO ‘brain death’ comment US President Trump has begun his two days at the NATO summit by rebuking France’s Macron, once a close ally, for calling NATO brain dead. Even before their meeting in London, Trump laced into Macron for what he said were “very, very nasty” comments. But the French president stood by his assessment that NATO was on the verge of “brain death,” as the two leaders traded barbs over the alliance, Daesh and trade. *)‘Serious misconduct’ by Trump takes centre stage at hearing The US House Judiciary Committee is moving swiftly to see if President Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain. A 300-page report by the Intelligence Committee found Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection.” The judiciary panel, which will draft articles of impeachment, will first weigh the reports’ findings that Trump abused power and obstructed Congress. *)Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises as storm moves off The death toll from Typhoon Kammuri in the Philippines has risen to at least 10, disaster agencies are saying. Typhoon Kammuri is the 20th to enter the Philippines this year and has prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. It also disrupted the schedule for some events in the Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines is hosting until December 11. *)More than 600 Pakistani girls sold as brides in China – documents A list obtained by the Associated Press shows 629 Pakistani girls have been sold as brides to China, the most between 2018 and early 2019. The government list was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks. But the biggest case against traffickers has fallen apart. A court in October acquitted 31 Chinese after several women witnesses were bribed or threatened into silence. And finally, *)South Korean actor Cha In-ha found dead in latest K-pop tragedy Actor Cha In-ha was found dead in his home, South Korean’s third young celebrity to die in the past two months. The cause of death was not immediately known. An Instagram post by Cha, a former member of the boy band “Surprise U,” the day before he was found dead told his fans to take care in the cold winter.

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