BBC news with Charles Carroll.

The leaders of the U.S and China are expected to outline competing visions of global trade when they addressed the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Vietnam later. President Trump is expected to stress his America-first doctrine. Xi Jinping is likely to re-affirm China's openness to global free trade.

The French President Emmanuel Macron, who is in Saudi Arabia on an unscheduled visit, has said he will emphasize the importance of stability in Lebanon. France has close links with Lebanon, and Mr. Macron's visit comes days after the Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned while in Riyadh, prompting suspicions that he was under pressure.

Roy Moore, the republican candidate to fill a vacant US Senate seat for the state of Alabama, is facing allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago. The Washington Post quoted Leigh Corfman as saying that she was 14 years old when Mr. Moore initiated inappropriate sexual advances. Mr. Moore vehemently denies the allegations.

The US drugs regulator, the DEA, has announced new measures designed to stem the country's synthetic opium epidemic. It's re-classifying chemically altered versions of fentanyl to give them the same CRIminal status as heroin. Cutbacks in the presCRIption of legal opium over the past 2 years have driven addicts towards fentanyl-based drugs.

The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that his worst nightmare would be seeing Venezuela's economy collapse and a wave of refugees. Mr. Santos said Columbia was already taking almost 500,000 Venezuelans, and while he didn't contemplate closing the border, the situation was getting worse.

And the supreme court judge in Spain has said the speaker of the Catalan parliament can really stand on bail, pending an investigation into her role in the band push for independence.

And that's our summary of the latest BBC news.

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