NEWS OF THE DAY Deadly air strike: Syr­ian res­cue work­ers on Tues­day con­tin­ued their search for vic­tims still un­der the rub­ble a day af­ter air strikes hit a busy mar­ket in a rebel-held town in the coun­try’s north, killing at least 61 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six

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Myan­mar alarm: The U.N. chief ex­pressed alarm over the plight of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in re­marks be­fore Myan­mar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and oth­ers from a South­east Asian bloc that has re­fused to crit­i­cize her gov­ern­ment over the cri­sis. U.N. Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral Antonio Guter­res said late Mon­day that the un­fold­ing cri­sis can cause re­gional in­sta­bil­ity and rad­i­cal­iza­tion. He met with lead­ers from the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions on the side­lines of its sum­mit in Manila. Suu Kyi sat near him but looked at a wall screen show­ing the U.N. leader.

Ama­zon de­for­esta­tion: Brazil says the rate of de­for­esta­tion in its Ama­zon con­ser­va­tion ar­eas fell by 28 per­cent over the past year, the sec­ond low­est level in decades. The Latin Amer­i­can na­tion says satel­lite data show 61 square miles of pro­tected rain for­est were de­stroyed in the 12 months end­ing July 2017. That com­pares with a loss of 85 square miles of pro­tected Ama­zon rain for­est in the pre­vi­ous year. Brazil is un­der pres­sure to clamp down on de­for­esta­tion, much of it il­le­gal, be­cause the Ama­zon plays a key role in soak­ing up car­bon emis­sions and pre­serv­ing bio­di­ver­sity.

Fake bomb calls: Of­fi­cials in Moscow say the Rus­sian cap­i­tal has faced over 500 fake bomb calls in two months and suf­fered a loss of mil­lions of dol­lars as a re­sult. A slew of fake bomb threats has af­fected dozens of Rus­sian cities since early Septem­ber. Among those tar­geted by the bomb calls have been all Moscow air­ports, rail­way sta­tions, shop­ping malls, banks, ho­tels, schools and ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ings. No ex­plo­sives have been found fol­low­ing the anony­mous calls. Moscow city of­fi­cials said Tues­day over 250,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated af­ter 564 anony­mous bomb warn­ings be­tween Sept. 11 and Nov. 9. The top do­mes­tic se­cu­rity agency (FSB) has said sev­eral Rus­sians liv­ing abroad were be­hind the calls, but it wouldn’t iden­tify them or de­scribe their mo­tives.

Same-sex mar­riage: Aus­tralians have said they sup­port gay mar­riage in a postal sur­vey that en­sures the Par­lia­ment con­sid­ers a bill to le­gal­ize same-sex wed­dings this year. The Australian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics said on Wed­nes­day 62 per­cent of reg­is­tered adults who re­sponded had voted for the re­form in an un­prece­dented two-month sur­vey. Though gay mar­riage could be a real­ity in Aus­tralia by Christ­mas, some gov­ern­ment law­mak­ers have vowed to vote down gay mar­riage re­gard­less of the sur­vey’s out­come.

Ivanka visit: Au­thor­i­ties in the south­ern In­dian city of Hy­der­abad are round­ing up beg­gars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump. Over the past week, more than 200 beg­gars have been trans­ported to sep­a­rate male and fe­male shel­ter homes lo­cated on the grounds of two city pris­ons. The crack­down seems to be hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect, with most of the city’s thou­sands of beg­gars van­ish­ing from sight.

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