Here are the stories making headlines today.

Former Zimbabwe VP urges President Mugabe to resign

In the statement issued Tuesday morning, the former vice president said he refused to return to Zimbabwe until he was sure he would be safe, despite an invitation from Mugabe to discuss “the current political events in the nation.”

North Korea punishes top military leaders, South Korea says

A closed-door briefing by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) identified the two officials as Hwang Pyong So, the director of North Korea’s General Political Bureau (GPB), and his deputy Kim Won Hong, said South Korean Rep. Kim Byung-kee after the meeting.

Qatari foreign minister calls out Saudi Arabia over ‘drama and discord’

The foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, took particular aim at a bloc of four countries, led by Saudi Arabia, who imposed an embargo on Qatar earlier this year.

Putin to speak with Trump after meeting with Syrian President Assad

Putin and Assad met for talks in Sochi, the Russian Black Sea resort, Russian state media reported Tuesday. During the meeting, Putin was full of praise for the Syrian President and his work fighting ISIS. “Syria is striving in the fight against terrorist(s) …

Charlie Rose suspended by CBS after 8 women accuse him of sexual harassment

The Washington Post broke the news on Rose, a co-host on “CBS This Morning,” “60 Minutes” correspondent and the star of an eponymous PBS interview program. It published claims from the women — three of whom went on the record — in a story that became the latest to allege that a member of the media’s power class demonstrated inappropriate behavior.

China is winning ‘arms race’ for electric cars

As demand for the vehicles surges, Chinese companies have been doing deals around the world to secure supplies of lithium, a silvery-white metal mined from rocks in Australia and brine pools in South America. China is the top market for electric and hybrid cars, accounting for roughly half of global sales, and the government is pushing the development of the industry within its borders.

US moves to block AT&T-Time Warner deal

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block telecoms giant AT&T’s $85.4bn acquisition of Time Warner, the owner of CNN and HBO. The decision sets up a high-profile fight over US anti-trust law, which has rarely been tested in cases involving companies that do not directly compete.

Anger over $25,000 bill in India hospital

Social media outrage over a $25,000 (£18,850) hospital bill charged to the family of a seven-year-old who died of dengue fever near Delhi has prompted India’s health minister to investigate. The family says they were billed for more than 600 syringes and 1,600 pairs of gloves in a two-week period.

White crocodile spotted in Australia river

An uncommon sighting of a mature white crocodile has excited tourism operators in Australia’s Northern Territory. The reptile, nicknamed Pearl, was spotted on the Adelaide River near Darwin on Sunday. One witness, a local conservation enthusiast, estimated the crocodile was about 3m (10ft) long.

Rape and no periods in North Korea’s army

A former soldier says life as a woman in the world’s fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with. For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two dozen women.

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

An asteroid that visited us from interstellar space is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science, a study has shown. Discovered on 19 October, the unique object’s speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated in a planetary system around another star.

The New York Times Has Suspended Glenn Thrush Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

An explosive Vox report published Monday revealed that New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush has been suspended after being accused of acting inappropriately with several women. “The behavior attributed to Glenn in this Vox story is very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times,” Eileen Murphy, the senior vice president of communications for the Times, wrote in a statement to Vox.

Obama Wishes Joe Biden A Happy Birthday With An Adorable Meme

Joe Biden may be another year older, but these memes never get old. Former President Barack Obama celebrated the 75th birthday of the former vice president Monday by tweeting a meme that seemed to capture their friendship over the years in a nutshell.

Della Reese, Music Icon And ‘Touched By An Angel’ Star, Dead At 86

Della Reese, a music legend known for her beloved character on “Touched by an Angel,” has died at the age of 86. Reese’s costar Roma Downey sent People a statement confirming that Reese had died in her California home on Sunday.

Merkel’s Fourth Term In Doubt

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany’s president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government.

Donald Trump Is Shutting Down His Charitable Foundation

Looks like Donald Trump may actually be keeping a promise. NBC News is reporting that the president is dissolving the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation, adhering to a promise he made last December to avoid conflicts of interest.

Ford’s plug-in hybrid gives police all-electric power for the first time

Ford is offering law enforcement agencies even more range with a brand new plug-in hybrid. The new vehicle, officially named the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, marks the first time the automaker has made a car that can run on only electric power specifically for police and other government authorities.

KFC designs a $10,000 tent for people want to hide from the internet

All KFC wants is for millennials to love them. Is that so much to ask? The fast food chain’ s latest viral marketing stunt is probably its most explicit declaration of love. This holiday season, people who want to escape from the internet but somehow lack the index finger to delete Twitter can turn to KFC’s $10,000 “internet escape pod” for support.

These buses in London will be powered by coffee

Even these buses need their fill of caffeine. Waste coffee grounds will be powering some of London’s buses from Monday on, according to tech firm bio-bean, and petrol giant Shell. The biofuel contains coffee oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds. This biofuel, which makes up 20 percent of the final fuel blend, will then be mixed with traditional diesel.

This ‘slippery stairs’ Japanese game show deserves worldwide recognition

Hello powerful TV executives, please make this game show go international. A Japanese show is gaining recognition after a short clip was uploaded to YouTube this weekend. The concept is pretty simple: somehow get up these ridiculously slippery stairs covered in lube before anyone else.