Palko Karasz, The New York Times, 17.11.2016
• President-elect Donald J. Trump is taking calls from world leaders at Trump Tower in Manhattan, and he is to meet there today with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. While Mr. Trump conducted meetings upstairs, the authorities were discussing how to handle Mr. Trump’s security down below, which has clogged traffic on Fifth Avenue. Mr. Trump denied reports of chaos and infighting, insisting that his transition was “going so smoothly.”
• President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany are holding bilateral meetings in Berlin today. They will meet with the leaders of Britain, France, Italy and Spain on Friday, amid reports that sanctions on Russia over Ukraine may be discussed. “There will not be a return to a world before globalization,” the president and Ms. Merkel said in a joint column published on the eve of their meeting, signaling reassurances for Europe on a trip that has focused on heralding a peaceful, if challenging, transition in the U.S. “As you may have noticed, the next American president and I could not be more different,” Mr. Obama said in Athens on Wednesday.
• Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has embraced Mr. Trump as “a natural ally” in the fight against terrorism. Mr. Assad’s comments reflected a growing expectation among both allies and opponents of the U.S. that Mr. Trump will reverse Mr. Obama’s policy on Syria.
• President Vladimir Putin instructed Russia to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, calling it “ineffective and one-sided.” Top officials of the court have recently been critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The blow to the young court was largely symbolic, because Russia, like the United States, has not ratified the treaty that created the court and is not under its jurisdiction.
• JPMorgan Chase has reached a $264 million settlement with the U.S. authorities over its hiring practices in China, people briefed on the matter told The New York Times. The bank was found to have hired children of Chinese leaders in exchange for lucrative assignments from government-run companies, as we previously reported. JPMorgan denied the charges of bribery, arguing that the hiring of well-connected employees was routine in China.
• Hundreds of American companies pleaded with Mr. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate agreement, and to leave low-emissions policies in place in the U.S. The deal is too weak to reduce the impact of climate change, the International Energy Agency warned.
• Walmart workers in China, furious over low pay and exhausting schedules, have organized strikes and boycotts at some of the retail giant’s 400 stores across the country.
• A couple jailed in China for nearly two years filed suit in the United States against GlaxoSmithKline, accusing the pharmaceutical giant of causing their arrest.
• The BBC World Service is adding 11 language services, most of which will cover Africa and the Indian subcontinent. A Korean service will also begin.
• Janet Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, will testify before Congress today. Her remarks may signal whether the central bank intends to raise interest rates next month.
• The dollar weakened overnight ahead of Ms. Yellen’s testimony.
IN THE NEWS
• Israel is proposing to ban loudspeakers used by mosques for calls to prayer, in response to noise complaints. [The New York Times]
• Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is warning of an increase in far-right violence and links with like-minded groups across Europe and in the U.S. [Reuters]
• Turkish soldiers stationed at NATO’s air command in Germany have sought asylum in the country, according to local reports. [Associated Press]
• Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm next month, citing other commitments. [The New York Times]
• The Baltic States are calling on the European Union to increase military spending in response to criticism from Mr. Trump. [Bloomberg]
• The European Union plans to introduce online security screening for travelers from outside the bloc. [Reuters]
• Three British ships and a U.S. submarine that sank in the Java Sea during World War II have been destroyed by scrap metal scavengers. [The Guardian]
• A South Korean woman is preparing to meet the son she gave away 40 years ago, who is being deported from the United States. [The New York Times]
• Across the United States, Native Americans are asserting old treaty rights and using tribal traditions to protect and manage federally owned land.
• Iceland was put on the map by a financial implosion and a volcano eruption. Now it is a top destination.
• Social networks are shaping world events, partly because of their ability to foster surprisingly influential social organizations among once-marginalized groups.
• Does “mansplaining” sound familiar? In Sweden, you can call a hotline.