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5 things you need to know this morning: Nov. 17, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Diddy denies rape and sex trafficking

Rapper Puff Daddy (AKA P. Diddy, AKA Sean Combs) has been accused of rape and sex trafficking. His ex-girlfriend, Casandra Ventura, said she was trapped by Combs during a decade of abuse and violence. Combs denies the claims.


2. Bin Laden's anti-Semitic 'Letter to America' goes viral on TikTok

TikTok has claimed it is "aggressively" taking down videos featuring young people praising Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden. More than 10 million views have been recorded for the #lettertoamerica hashtag on the app, with thousands of videos posted by people expressing sympathy with the mass murderer's anti-Semitic "Letter to America."


3. Biden-XI meeting hailed a success despite 'dictator' remark

A meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been hailed as successful despite Biden referring to his counterpart as a "dictator." Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily said the tet-a-tet represented a "new starting point" in US-China relations, though China's foreign secretary said Biden's comment was "irresponsible."


4. French senator arrested on suspicion of drugging MP with intent to rape her

A French senator has been arrested on suspicion of drugging an MP with the intention of raping her. Joel Guerriau, 66, has been questioned by police after the female MP allegedly fell ill at the senator's home.


5. Nearly 20,000 men have dodged draft in Ukraine, report claims

Nearly 20,000 men have fled Ukraine to avoid being conscripted into the country's army since Russia invaded in February 2022, according to a BBC report. Some have swum across rivers to escape while others simply walked into neighbouring countries and claimed asylum.



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