In a historic vote the US Senate decided to end US military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war on Thursday also agreeing to blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The vote was a rare bipartisan rebuke reflecting anger with the Trump administration’s handling of Saudi Arabia relations.
Russian Maria Butina pleaded guilty in a US court on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors. Butina admitted she worked with a top Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and connect with Republicans. Butina is the first Russian convicted of working to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship successfully reached the edge of space and returned. Sir Richard is competing with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to send the first fee-paying passengers to space. The latest flight was the rocket’s fourth test and followed earlier setbacks in the program.
Chérif Chekatt who killed three people and wounded a dozen others at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was killed by French police on Thursday. Chekatt initially opened fire on officers when they tried to question him. Chekatt’s death came after a widespread manhunt involving hundreds of soldiers, police officers, and anti-terrorist specialists.
The Houthi rebels and Yemeni government have reached a truce agreeing to a ceasefire for the port city of Hudaydah. Talks took place in Sweden and were brokered by the UN. All forces from both sides will withdraw from Hudayah in the coming days and be replaced by local forces according to the UN.
Protests began on Wednesday after Hungary’s parliament passed legislation allowing employers to request workers to take on more than 400 overtime hours per year. Opposition politicians created chaos attempting to disrupt the vote. The new legislation has been called the ‘slave law’ by critics. Thousands of anti-government protesters confronted police outside Hungary’s parliament on Thursday.