Geopolitical News from Reuters, 07-08 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 08 January 2019, 0200 UTC.

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‘They will kill me’: Saudi woman to seek asylum after fleeing family to Thailand

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency, an official said on Monday.
North Korea leader visits China after warning of alternate path to U.S. talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his isolated country.
North Korea leader visits China after warning of alternate path to Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his isolated country.

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Guatemala to shut down U.N. anti-corruption body early

Guatemala said it had notified United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it would end a U.N.-backed anti-graft commission on Tuesday – eight months earlier than expected – over accusations it had interfered in internal affairs.
North Korea leader visits China amid talks of second summit with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese and North Korean state media reported on Tuesday, as preparations for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump continue.
UK, European officials discussing possible Brexit delay: Telegraph

British and European officials are discussing the possibility of extending Britain’s formal notice to withdraw from the European Union amid fears a Brexit deal will not be approved by March 29, The Daily Telegraph reported, citing unidentified sources.
Trump, France’s Macron discuss plans for U.S. pullout from Syria: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed plans for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria during a telephone call on Monday, the White House said.
Trump, Indian PM Modi discuss trade, Afghanistan: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed reducing the U.S. trade deficit with India and increasing their cooperation in Afghanistan in a telephone call on Monday, the White House said.
North Korean leader Kim visiting China January 7-10 with wife, top officials: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China between January 7-10, North Korean state media said on Tuesday.
Guatemala to shut down U.N. anti-corruption body on Tuesday

Guatemala said it had notified United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it would end a U.N.-backed anti-graft commission on Tuesday – eight months earlier than expected – over accusations the body interfered in internal affairs.
North Korea leader Kim visits China: Xinhua

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.
North Korea leader Kim visits China: Xinhua

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.
Trump, Trudeau agree to press China on detained Canadians: Ottawa

The leaders of Canada and the United States on Monday agreed to continue pressing Beijing to free two Canadian citizens who were detained after the arrest of a senior Chinese executive in Vancouver, Ottawa said.
Mexico fuel theft crackdown sparks shortages, puts government on defensive

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that his crackdown against fuel theft was yielding positive results, even as the intervention sparked severe fuel shortages in parts of the country and long lines of angry motorists.
Guatemala says ending mandate of U.N. graft body in 24 hours

Guatemala’s government said on Monday it was ending within 24 hours the mandate of a U.N.-backed anti-graft body that has clashed with President Jimmy Morales and caused diplomatic rifts between the Central American country and the United Nations.
UK and European officials discussing delay to Brexit: Telegraph

British and European officials are discussing the possibility of extending Article 50 amid fears a Brexit deal will not be approved by March 29, The Daily Telegraph reported, citing unidentified sources.
Suicide bomber hits Kurdish-run base in Syria: IS

Islamic State said one of its suicide bombers killed some people on Monday at a military base in Syria’s Raqqa city, which is under control of a U.S.- backed and Kurdish-led militia.
EU looks at help for May, but will not rework Brexit deal

The European Union is considering ways to help Prime Minister Theresa May convince the British parliament to back the Brexit treaty she agreed with EU leaders last month but ruled out on Monday any change to the deal.
North Korea’s Kim visiting China for fourth summit: media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way to China for his fourth summit with China’s Xi Jinping, South Korean media said on Monday.
Britain to expand drone exclusion zone after Gatwick chaos

Britain will extend a drone exclusion zone five-fold and give police new powers against lawbreaking operators, the government said on Monday, after sightings last month paralyzed the nation’s second busiest airport.
Erdogan says U.S. pullout from Syria must be planned carefully: New York Times

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria must be planned carefully and with the right partners, saying Turkey was the only country “with the power and commitment to perform that task”.
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