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December 18, 2018 | Via CNN

Yemen Ceasefire Broken

The ceasefire between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen was broken just minutes after going into effect. Pro-government officials reported ongoing clashes. The truce went into effect at midnight on Tuesday in the port city of Hudaydah. The civil war which has lasted four years has pushed millions to the point of starvation.

December 18, 2018 | Via Business Insider

Tension Between Russia and Japan Over Disputed Islands

Russia announced on Monday that it built barracks for troops on a chain of disputed islands near Japan. Both Moscow and Tokyo claim sovereignty over the islands which were seized by Soviet forces at the end of WWII. Japan will increase military power over the next five years in order to counter Russia and China.

December 18, 2018 | Via BBC

EU Court Forces Poland to Suspend Judge Retirement Law

The highest court in the EU ruled on Monday that Poland must ‘immediately suspend’ a law forcing Supreme Court judges over 65 years of age to retire. Critics of the right-wing law claim it was an attempt to exert more control over the judiciary. The law was introduced in April and met by widespread protests.

December 18, 2018 | Via Reuters

Venezuelan President Warns ‘Imperialist’ Foes

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sent a clear warning to his administration’s ‘imperialist’ opposition in the US, Colombia, and Brazil saying their troops ‘will not make it out alive’ if they step foot on Venezuela’s ‘sacred soil.’ Maduro addressed Venezuela’s militia and called himself a ‘warrior of peace’ trying to protect the country from external aggression.

December 18, 2018 | Via NY Times

CBS Denies $120 Million Payment for Former CEO

CBS denied former CEO Leslie Moonves the $120 million severance payout he expected after an investigation uncovered ‘grounds to terminate for cause.’ Moonves stepped down from his position of CEO in September amid sexual harassment allegations. CBS Moonves will not receive severance payment for reasons including ‘willful failure to cooperate’ with the company’s investigation.

December 18, 2018 | Via Sky News

Two Female Tourists Found Dead in Morocco

Two female tourists from Denmark and Norway were found dead in Morocco with cuts on their necks. The bodies were found in the High Atlas mountain range near the town of Imlil. The isolated area where the bodies were found is a popular hiking destination. A police investigation into the ‘criminal incident’ has been opened.

December 17, 2018 | Via Reuters

Saudi Arabia Denounces US as Canada Seeks to Leave Arms Deal

Saudi Arabia called US resolutions to end military aid for a coalition in Yemen and to blame the kingdom’s crown prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi ‘interference’ based on ‘untrue allegations.’ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday that his government is seeking to leave a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

December 17, 2018 | Via Reuters

Brussels UN Migration Demonstrations

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Brussels to march in protest of a UN migration pact signed last week. The march was organized by Flemish right-wing parties who believe the pact will lead to an increase in migration. Police deployed water cannons and tear gas. Left-wing counter protests drew about 1,000 demonstrators.

December 17, 2018 | Via BBC

Sri Lanka Reinstates Ousted Prime Minister

After two months of political instability, Sri Lanka reinstated ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday. Wickremesinghe takes on the post of Prime ministership for the fifth time. Sri Lanka plunged into uncertainty after the president abruptly fired Wickremesinghe, citing differences over policy-making, and brought in former president Mahinda Rajapaksa for the post in a surprise move in October.

December 17, 2018 | Via Politico

Progress Made at UN Climate Conference

A deal was made at the UN climate conference in Poland on Saturday to add fuel to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and continue moving forward with plans to cut carbon emissions. With 25,000 delegates present the deal made clarified rules for nearly 200 countries to work on cutting greenhouse gas production.

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