Veteran anti-Islam populist leader Geert Wilders won a dramatic victory in the Dutch general election, with almost all votes counted. After 25 years in parliament, his Freedom party (PVV) is set to win 37 seats, well ahead of his nearest rival, a left-wing alliance. His win has shaken Dutch politics and it will send a shock across Europe too. But to fulfil his pledge to be "prime minister for everyone", he will have to persuade other parties to join him in a coalition. His target is 76 seats in the 150-seat parliament.

At a party meeting on Thursday, Mr Wilders, 60, was cheered and toasted by party members in a room crammed with TV cameras. He told the BBC that "of course" he was willing to negotiate and compromise with other parties to become prime minister. The PVV leader won after harnessing widespread frustration about migration, promising "borders closed" and putting on hold his promise to ban the Koran.

The US thwarted a plot to kill Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil, a US official familiar with the matter confirmed to the AP. US authorities have raised concerns with New Delhi that the Indian government may have had knowledge of the plot, according to the official who was not authorised to comment on the sensitive matter. The official declined to comment on when or how U.S. officials became aware of the plot as well as how the alleged assassination attempt was derailed. The FBI is investigating the matter, the official said.

The revelation follows the September disclosure by Canada that the Indian government may have had links to the assassination in that country of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India rejected the accusation as absurd, but Canada expelled a top Indian diplomat while it investigated. The thwarted assassination plot was first reported by the Financial Times, which said the U.S. informed some allies of the alleged plot.

Sam Altman returned as chief executive of OpenAI after the ChatGPT developer said it had "reached an agreement in principle" for his reinstatement, after days of internal turmoil following a surprise sacking less than a week earlier. Nearly all of OpenAI's 750-strong workforce had threatened to resign unless the board overseeing the business brought him back and then quit immediately afterwards.

As part of the agreement, the deal includes the establishment of a new-look board chaired by Bret Taylor, the former co-chief executive of software firm Salesforce. It will include the former US treasury secretary Larry Summers and Adam D'Angelo, the tech entrepreneur and current board member who played a role in Altman's firing. Altman, who has not regained his position on the board, posted on X soon after: "I love OpenAI, and everything I've done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together."

Myanmar 's military-controlled government said that almost half of more than 250 cargo trucks stranded by fighting against ethnic minority armed groups near the northeastern border with China have been destroyed in a fire caused by bombs dropped by drones. Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson of the ruling military council, said in a statement phoned to state television MRTV that trucks parked in a compound near a trade zone in Muse township caught fire after drones belonging to ethnic armed organisations launched an attack at about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 23).

The action was one of the most dramatic, and in terms of property damage, most extensive since the self-styled Three Brotherhood Alliance of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta'ang National Liberation Army and the Arakan Army launched a coordinated offensive in northern Shan state on Oct. 27.

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