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Austrian army soldiers practice the protection of the EU external border during a joint military exercise with Czech and Hungarian soldiers of the Central European Defense Cooperation, CEDC, in Allensteig, Austria, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

U.S. gains allies in fight against U.N. agreement on migration

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration’s once-lonely opposition to an ambitious U.N. pact on the treatment of migrants worldwide is picking up allies, as the Czech Republic on Wednesday became the latest European country to reverse course and say it will not join the compact.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens to Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, not seen, in Singapore, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Pence is Singapore to attend the 33rd ASEAN summit. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, Pool)

ASEAN summit: U.S., China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

- Associated Press

The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving “awkward” for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore’s prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit.

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Francis Fannon, right, welcomes from Cyprus' Energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis for a meeting at the Energy ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Fannon is in Cyprus as part of a three-country tour in the region as ExxonMobil is ready to start exploratory drilling in waters southwest of Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

US energy official sees 'great promise' in eastern Med

- Associated Press

The United States sees "great promise" in developing energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean, a U.S. state department official said Friday, as ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum began exploratory drilling off Cyprus' southwestern coast.

Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

Associated Press

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, officials said Friday. He has come under criticism for skipping some regional meetings earlier in Singapore.

Near Irish border, the Brexit drama is followed with alarm

- Associated Press

Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the U.K. from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the region.

Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

Associated Press

Iraq's Oil Ministry says Iraq has resumed exports from its oil fields around Kirkuk, one year after the city was seized by federal forces from the autonomous Kurdish administration in the north of the country.

Rohingya refugees wait for news on the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The head of Bangladesh's refugee commission said plans to begin a voluntary repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to their native Myanmar on Thursday were scrapped after officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

- Associated Press

Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go.

In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, photo, Margaret John smiles as she sells betel nut at the Koki Buai market at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Along with drinking alcohol in public places, chewing betel nut and spitting out the messy remains, has been aggressively discouraged in Port Moresby this year. It's part attempt to literally clean up the coastal city of 300,000 as world leaders briefly descend on it for a APEC summit this weekend and part the latest episode of an ongoing struggle to control betel nut after previous attempts to completely ban it in the city caused chaos. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Papua New Guinea's betel high defies control, convention

- Associated Press

A ubiquitous sight in Papua New Guinea's capital is men, women and children chewing betel nut combined with slaked lime and mustard bean, turning lips, teeth and tongue a dark red, and producing a mild high.

In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, Empress Michiko, second from left, Crown Prince Naruhito, second from right, and Crown Princess Masako, right, greet the guests during the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

- Associated Press

Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greeted guests at the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden. Akihito has said he will abdicate next year.

An investor reads the newspaper at a brokerage in Beijing, China, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.  Shares were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions

- Associated Press

World markets were subdued on Friday as trade tensions and political risks surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union kept investor cautious.

In this Oct. 23, 2018 photo, a man rides his motorbike as others wait for a bus under a billboard promoting a new residential housing compound, in Cairo, Egypt. A city of 20 million people that combines charm and squalor, Cairo may soon witness an exodus by some of its well-heeled residents, state employees and foreign embassies to a new capital, miles from the Nile-side city that has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

With new Egypt capital being built, what becomes of Cairo?

- Associated Press

Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with "breathtaking" views in compounds with names like "La Verde" or "Vinci" in Egypt's new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years.

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, kisses Miriam Adelson's hand as he arrives for the presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the most powerful Republican donors in the United States. She gets to add a new title Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, when President Donald Trump honors her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump to honor donor's wife with presidential award

- Associated Press

Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation's most powerful Republican donors. She gets to add a new title Friday when President Donald Trump honors her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

- Associated Press

A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.

Eugene Bell Foundation Chairman Stephen Linton speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The U.S.-based nonprofit group called for South Korea to take stronger steps to fight a tuberculosis crisis in North Korea it says has worsened under strengthened U.S.-led sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile program. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic

- Associated Press

The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North.

Australia, Malaysia trade words over Israel embassy shift

- Associated Press

A top Australian official seized Friday on past comments from Malaysia's prime minister seen as anti-Semitic, amid a diplomatic war of words over the possibility of Canberra moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.