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A photograph of Czech writer and dissident Vaclav Havel, the first President of the Czech Republic, is displayed at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, during an event marking the 30th anniversary of the pro-democratic Velvet Revolution that ended communist rule in 1989. (AP PhotoPetr David Josek)

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OUTSOURCING MIGRANTS-CARTEL PREY — Migrants who once moved quickly through the violent state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, are now sent back there by the Trump administration. There, they remain for weeks and sometimes months as they await their U.S. court dates, often in the hands of the gangsters who hold the area in a vise-like grip. The cartels demand money from the migrants -- either ransom for their release, or cash for illegal passage to the border. By Maria Verza. SENT: 3,240 words, photos.

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Robert Pattinson attends the 13th Annual Go Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard ShotwellInvisionAP)

TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — Testimony in the House impeachment investigation is tying President Donald Trump more closely to the allegation that he held up military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations of his political rivals. A National Security Council aide’s testimony over the weekend helped spell out important details in the case. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

Olivia Colman, left, and Tobias Menzies, cast members in the Netflix series "The Crown," pose together at a gala screening of the show at the 2019 AFI Fest at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris PizzelloInvisionAP)

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan, state-specific issues, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support to defeat Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, getting about 51% of the vote. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 720 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren to skip a weekend gathering of the California Democratic Party less than three months before voting begins gave rival candidates an opportunity to make inroads with the party’s most devoted activists. By Kathleen Ronayne and Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA-THE LATEST.

IRAN — Iran’s supreme backs the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices and called angry protesters who have been setting fire to public property over the hike “thugs,” signaling a potential crackdown on the demonstrations. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came as authorities apparently shut down the internet across Iran to smother the protests in some two dozen cities and towns over the rise of government-set prices by 50%. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1.020 words, photos.

Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) celebrates after sacking Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) to secure the 21-14 win in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP PhotoButch Dill)

ASIA-POPE — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of life is also on Francis’ to-do list for his trip to Thailand and Japan that begins Wednesday, given the scourge of human trafficking in Thailand and Japan’s use of capital punishment and high suicide rate. By Nicole Winfield and Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,010 words, photo. With VATICAN-THE POOR — Pope decries that “greed of a few” worsens poverty of others (sent).

BOLIVIA PROTESTS — Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, declared victory in the nation’s presidential election. By Luis Andres Henao and Juan Karita. SENT: 920 words, photos. With BOLIVIA-DIVIDED NATION — Bolivia’s crisis exposes old racial and geographic divides (sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BANGLADESH-PIPELINE EXPLOSION — At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion. SENT: 130 words.

ITALY-VENICE-FLOODING — Venice braces for another exceptional tide, tourists flee. SENT: 160 words, photos.

TRUMP — White House: Trump undergoes exam at Walter Reed. SENT: 480 words, photos.

EPSTEIN ACCUSER-PRINCE ANDREW — UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a train wreck. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SAUDI-ARAMCO — Saudi Aramco to sell 1.5% stake, valuing company up to $1.7 trillion. SENT: 140 words, photo.

EMIRATES-DUBAI AIRSHOW — Dubai Airshow opens as big Gulf airlines slow down purchases. SENT: 140 words, photos.

ITALY-WHITE-TRUFFLES — Italy’s white truffle hunters worry about climate change. SENT: 150 words, photos.

ARIANA GRANDE ILLNESS — Ariana Grande tells fans she’s struggling with an illness. 180 words, photo.

TOTENBERG VIOLIN REBORN — Totenberg Stradivarius reborn 4 decades after theft. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-WARREN — Elizabeth Warren pushes back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs because “people need help right now.” SENT: 740 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean missile launches, told Esper “no one could be optimistic about” changing the North’s behavior. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HONG KONG-PROTESTS — A Hong Kong police officer is hit in the leg by an arrow as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and surrounding streets. Police say the arrow struck a media liaison officer, who was taken to a hospital. SENT: 530 words, photos. With HONG KONG-PROTESTS-THE LATEST; HONG KONG-PROTESTS-PHOTO GALLERY —Violence engulfs Hong Kong university campus (sent).

SRI-LANKA-ELECTION — Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate concedes defeat to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, marking the return of a family revered by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority for the victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels but feared by Tamil and Muslim minorities. Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa says he would “honor the decision of the people” in polls favoring Rajapaksa, the civil war-era defense secretary who served under his brother, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. SENT: 400 words, photos.

IRAQ-PROTESTS — Anti-government protesters blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. In the southern port city of Basra and in cities like Nasiriyah, Amara and Kut, protesters set tires ablaze to close off roads, keeping employees from reaching their work places. SENT: 410 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HIGH SCHOOL GAME SHOOTING — Six men are charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that critically wounded a 10-year-old boy and sent players and the packed crowd fleeing in panic. Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the shooting and was charged because a gun was found on him when emergency responders went to his aid, authorities say. SENT: 460 words, photos.

SAN-DIEGO-SHOOTING-5-DEAD — Five members of a family, including three young boys, have died and another boy was hospitalized with injuries in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego. SENT: 240 words, photo.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE — Residents in a rural northern Florida community are fuming over a judge’s recent to dismiss a case against a 15-year-old who shared a six-page “School Shooting Plan” with a classmate. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBN--KAEPERNICK WORKOUT — Colin Kaepernick’s saga took another surreal turn — a last-minute audible to nix an NFL-arranged workout and a quick dash 60 miles to the other side of metro Atlanta, where the exiled quarterback staged his own impromptu passing display on a high school field in dwindling light as hundreds of fans cheered him on from behind a chain-link fence. By Sports Writer Paul Newberry SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-AUBURN — Jake Fromm passed for three touchdowns and No. 5 Georgia’s defense produced two late stops, clinching the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title with a 21-14 victory over No. 13 Auburn. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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