A plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to a regional championship match crashed in central Colombia. Police said 76 of the 81 people on board were killed. Heavy rain has halted rescue operations. We don't know why the plane crashed. Stay tuned to Reuters for more details.
Donald Trump is expected to tap Tom Price, a Georgia congressman, and Indiana policy expert Seema Verma to be his chief dismantlers of Obamacare. Tea Partier Price, the nominee for secretary of health and human services, opposes not only Obamacare, but abortion, gun control and global warming legislation. Verma, Trump's pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, worked closely with Vice President-elect Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana on an overhaul of Medicaid that expands coverage but makes recipients make monthly contributions to health savings accounts.
Iran and Iraq are resisting pressure from Saudi Arabia to curtail oil production, making it hard for OPEC to freeze global output when it meets on tomorrow. Crude oil prices have fallen about 5 percent in the last week.
"I used to bring at least 40-50 North Korean factory workers and waiters across at least once a month but it's less frequent now I don't think China wants them to come and work here anymore." – Liu, a labor agent who did not want to give his full name. It's not just the flow of workers that is drying up. Interviews with Chinese traders and business owners in Dandong reveal commerce with North Korea has become squeezed to an unprecedented degree as Beijing tries to thwart Pyongyang's accelerating nuclear and missile programs. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has offered to resign in the wake of a corruption scandal – sort of. She's asking parliament to decide how and when she can give up power. The main opposition Democratic Party called her move a ploy to escape impeachment. A roadside bomb in the southern Philippines wounded seven members of the President Rodrigo Duterte's security team, a day ahead of his planned visit to an area gripped by intense fighting between Islamist militants and government troops.