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In blow to EU, byzantine politics blocks Canadian trade deal

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 file photo, protestors hold an Anti-CETA banner during a demonstration against international trade agreements in Brussels. The European Union's executive on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 called for patience in an attempt to save a free trade deal with Canada and dismissed a Monday night deadline for a small Belgian region to provide its vital signature to the deal. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FIle)BRUSSELS (AP) ? In a major embarrassment to the European Union, a small region of Belgium continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for a landmark free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week.

Relief, shattered dreams for migrants leaving 'Jungle'

Migrants carry their belongings as they leave the "Jungle" camp in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016Hundreds of migrants bade farewell to the notorious "Jungle" camp in Calais on Monday, leaving behind the sprawling settlement and their dreams of reaching Britain with a mixture of relief and despair. Wahid was up before dawn to be among the first to get on one of the buses taking the camp's estimated 6,000-8,000 occupants to 451 centres across France. A 25-year-old Sudanese man, Abbas Hussein Ali, was also upbeat about leaving the insalubrious camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to reach Britain.

Migrants stream out of Calais 'Jungle' before demolition

French authorities expect it will take three days to remove all migrants from the Calais' "Jungle" campMigrants lugging their meagre belongings boarded buses Monday taking them from the Calais "Jungle" under a French plan to raze the notorious camp that has become a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. "Bye Bye, Jungle!" a group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands from Africa and the Middle East had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain. Around 1,200 police officers -- some in riot gear -- were on hand as scores of Sudanese and Eritrean men queued from dawn outside a hangar to be among the first to be put on coaches for shelters across France.

Germany re-opens review of Chinese takeover of AixtronFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? Semiconductor equipment company Aixtron says the German government has re-opened its review of a takeover bid by China's Fujian Grand Chip.
Oil prices fall as Iraq resists joining output cut

Flames emerge from a pipeline at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of BaghdadBy Ahmad Ghaddar LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Monday as Iraq said it wanted to be exempt from an OPEC deal to cut production, though losses were capped by Iran saying it would encourage other members to join an output freeze. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 61 cents at $50.23. Falah al-Amiri, head of Iraqi state oil marketer SOMO, added that Iraq's market share had been compromised by the wars it has fought since the 1980s.

Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle

Protesters demonstrate during the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.

Actress Woodley faces January trial in pipeline protest

FILE - This October 2016 file photo provided by the Morton County Sheriff's Department in Mandan, N.D., shows actress Shailene Woodley who was arrested Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. Woodley is to stand trial in North Dakota in early 2017 on charges related to her protest. (Morton County Sheriff's Department via AP)MANDAN, N.D. (AP) ? Actress Shailene Woodley is to stand trial in North Dakota early next year on charges related to her protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.

5 dead in wrong-way crash on Massachusetts highwayMIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? State police say five young adults have died in a fiery wrong-way crash on a southeastern Massachusetts highway.
Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos

FILE -- In this March 6, 2016 file photo, Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar gives a live appearance on state and private television, in Cairo, Egypt. Abdel-Ghaffar warned of a ?conspiratorial scheme? by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood to incite chaos, in comments published in state-owned newspapers Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Abdel-Ghaffar said that the country is facing ?unprecedented challenges? that require a ?decisive? response by the police. The perceived fears come as shortages and rising food prices are feeding discontent among Egyptians, who are also enduring new taxes and a hike in utility bills. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid, File)CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that required a "decisive" response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of scheming to incite chaos.

HNA Group to buy stake in Hilton in deal worth about $6.5BNEW YORK (AP) ? China's HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion.