Obama’s Moonlight Stroll With Xi; Oklahoma Shakes: Saturday Wrap

  • Pence calls Clinton ‘most dishonest’ nominee since Nixon
  • Philippines declares ‘state of lawlessness’ after bombing

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking stories from around the world:

Efforts by U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi to give every appearance of an improved U.S.-China relationship were marred by two incidents after Obama’s plane touched down in China ahead of a meeting of the G-20 nations beginning Sunday. A confrontation between Chinese security and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice required the Secret Service to intervene. Still, the two nations agreed not only to sign the Paris climate change accord, but to measures seeking to cut down on the flow from China to the U.S. of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that killed pop music star Prince. Overcapacity in China’s steel production and its impact on world markets was an issue raised not only by Obama, but in the early version of the communique.

An earthquake in Oklahoma that tied for the strongest on record there prompted state regulators to order the shutdown of waste-water wells used in fracking, further underscoring the relationship between drilling and a surge in seismic activity in an area that had almost none before fracking was invented.

The European Commission’s vice president warned U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that it was having none of her red lines for Brexit negotiations, saying she can’t pick and choose which kinds of free movement Britain will continue to embrace.

Turkey’s prime minister said its aim in intervening militarily in Syria is to prevent a breakup of the country along ethnic lines.

Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann went where the usually voluble Sergio Marchionne wouldn’t. He confirmed the company is holding talks with Samsung, among others, about a possible sale of some of its parts unit and said discussions have mentioned reinsurer PartnerRe as well.

U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, discussing the FBI’s release of documents on the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, called her the most dishonest presidential candidate since Richard Nixon. Pence said he’ll release his tax returns next week and said Donald Trump would at some point, though he didn’t move off Trump’s stance that he can’t or won’t until an IRS audit is completed.

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, in his farewell speech, called for the central bank to maintain stringent independence and said “multiple layers of scrutiny” hamper decision making.

Philippines President Duterte declared a state of “lawlessness” following Friday’s bombing, a state he described as less than martial law but giving police enhanced powers.

Like General Francisco Franco, Robert Mugabe is still dead. Or maybe he was and isn’t now. In any case, the 92-year-old ruler of Zimbabwe, saying reports of his death were much exaggerated, is back home after a mysterious absence.

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