China's Black Friday Breaks Records.
Chinese retailers raked in record amounts of cash on Saturday during the country's version of Black Friday, known as Singles Day. Alibaba, the country's eBay-like site, saw $25.3B in transactions, up from $17.8B last year (see more stats). The number two site, JD.com - which is more similar to Amazon - reported over $19B in sales. The day - a nonreligious celebration when single people splurge on themselves - saw over $45B in sales, surpassing the world's #86th economy in one day.
For comparison, Amazon generated $1B in revenue during it's "biggest ever" 30-hour Prime Day and US sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined totaled $6.8B last year. 

Middle East Quake Kills Over 340.
A 7.3-magnitude quake rocked the Iran-Iraq border yesterday, killing at least 340 and reportedly injuring over 4,000. The majority of the deaths occurred on the Iranian side of the border, with an aid agency estimating 70,000 were in need of shelter. The region lays along a 1,000-mile-long fault line where the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet (see map) - two separate 6.3 and 6.4-magnitude quakes struck the region eleven minutes apart in 2012, killing over 300. Check out the US Geological Survey's earthquake maps from the region. 

Trump Wraps Asia Trip in Philippines.

President Trump met with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, which kicked off on Sunday and was hosted by Duterte's government. The meeting was the final leg of a 12-day Asia tour during which Trump met with leaders of Japan, China, South Korea, and Vietnam. The meeting with Duterte - who has overseen a bloody anti-drug crusade - drew criticism from human rights advocates. The crackdown has seen between 3,000 and 9,000 deaths, many in extrajudicial killings by government forces. Officials said that meeting between the two focused on ISIS and trade. 
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