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_1 Su­dan sanc­tions: Pres­i­dent Obama signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der Fri­day eas­ing but not elim­i­nat­ing sanc­tions against Su­dan, in an eleventh-hour push to broaden cur­rently lim­ited talks with the longes­tranged African gov­ern­ment. The eased sanc­tions will en­able trade and in­vest­ment trans­ac­tions to re­sume with Su­dan, a U.S.des­ig­nated ter­ror­ism spon­sor whose leader — Omar el-Bashir — has been in­dicted on war crimes charges. But Obama built in a six­month wait­ing pe­riod be­fore the ben­e­fits for Su­dan go into ef­fect. By July 12, sev­eral U.S. agen­cies would have to af­firm to the White House — which will be con­trolled by Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump — that Su­dan is con­tin­u­ing tak­ing pos­i­tive steps be­fore the sanc­tions would be eased.

_2 Is­rael bombs Syria base: Syria ac­cused Is­rael of fir­ing mis­siles early Fri­day that landed near a ma­jor mil­i­tary base west of Da­m­as­cus, in the third such re­ported at­tack in nearly six weeks to hit near the cap­i­tal. The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment was quick to re­spond, warn­ing Is­rael of the reper­cus­sions of such at­tacks. In the past, Is­rael has tar­geted ship­ments of weapons headed to the Le­banese Hezbol­lah group. Hezbol­lah is a main sup­porter of Syria’s Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad in the civil war, and has sent thou­sands of fight­ers to fight along­side his army. Is­rael is widely be­lieved to have car­ried out a num­ber of air strikes on ad­vanced weapons sys­tems in Syria as well as Hezbol­lah po­si­tions, but it rarely con­firms them.

_3 Boko Haram at­tack: Three fe­male sui­cide bombers det­o­nated ex­plo­sions at a check­point where scores of peo­ple were be­ing searched for a bustling weekly mar­ket Fri­day in Nige­ria’s north­east­ern town of Mada­gali, wit­nesses said. The blasts killed two self-de­fense fight­ers who wanted to search the bombers. Res­i­dents blamed Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ists for the at­tacks. Boko Haram’s seven-year up­ris­ing has killed more than 20,000 peo­ple, driven 2.6 mil­lion from their homes and cre­ated a mas­sive hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis that the U.N. says has 5.1 mil­lion peo­ple in Nige­ria fac­ing star­va­tion.

_4 Tiller­son enounced: Chi­nese state news me­dia lashed out Fri­day at Rex Tiller­son, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee for sec­re­tary of state, warn­ing that his call to deny China ac­cess to is­lands it has con­structed in the South China Sea could pro­voke a con­flict. Tiller­son said dur­ing a con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing this week be­fore the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee that China’s ef­forts to build is­lands in the sea and to equip some with mil­i­tary equip­ment were il­le­gal, and he drew com­par­isons to Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in 2014.

_5 Kar­dashian rob­bery: Six more sus­pects have been charged in the armed heist of Kim Kar­dashian West, rais­ing the num­ber of peo­ple fac­ing pre­lim­i­nary charges to 10. An­nounc­ing the ad­vance in the probe, the Paris pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice Fri­day hailed the “re­mark­able work” of the French an­tiban­dit crime squad. Rob­bers are be­lieved to have forced their way into the pri­vate apart­ment where Kar­dashian West was stay­ing dur­ing Paris Fash­ion Week in Oc­to­ber. They al­legedly tied up the re­al­ity TV star and stole more than $10 mil­lion worth of jew­elry, with au­thor­i­ties now look­ing at a pos­si­ble in­side job. The pre­lim­i­nary charges filed Fri­day cov­ered a wide range of al­leged crimes, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery in an or­ga­nized gang, kid­nap­ping, crim­i­nal as­so­ci­a­tion, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion, use of forged pa­pers, and com­plic­ity.

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