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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.