News Update for Friday, November 10

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Trump in China

Source: The New York Times

Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Trump has definitely changed his tone on China, America’s largest trading partner after the E.U., since the election. At a news conference in Beijing, he told President Xi JinPing, “You are a very special man.” Such American deference to a Chinese leader is not very common. Today, the president heads to Vietnam, where a possible meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia may take place during a regional forum.

Conflict in Yemen

Source: The New York Times

A woman with her cholera-infected child at a hospital in Sana. Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency

The conflict in Yemen has been described by the United Nations as the the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the regional showdown between Iran, supporting Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia, seeking to restore the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, continues to escalate, the country has been left in a terrible plight. Bridges, hospitals and factories have been destroyed. Doctors and civil servants have gone unpaid for more than a year. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the Middle Eastern country vulnerable to diseases, such as cholera, that most of the world know about only through history books. The situation might get even worse, as a Saudi blockade threatens to starve millions.

Energy and the Environment

Source: The New York Times

Patrick Pleul/DPA, via Associated Press

Wind power is increasing in importance and is getting cheaper, a blessing for customers but a challenge for the companies that make the equipment. With governments in Europe and North-American beginning to phase out the subsidies and tax incentives that helped the industry grow and prices plummeting, companies in the sector are facing difficult times. Even giants of the wind-power industry, such as Wind Systems and Siemens Gamesa, with their huge turbines that rise high into the air and who have been powering more and more homes, are struggling to adapt.

 

Be Careful What You Tweet

Source: The New York Times

Jekesai Njikizana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

After a tweet mocking President Robert Mugabe, Martha O’Donovan, a young American living in Zimbabwe was arrested and accused of attempting to overthrow the government. She faces up to 20 years in prison. But on Thursday, a judge granted bail to Ms. O’Donovan and openly expressed skepticism of the charges against her. “There was no evidence of a plot “to overthrow the government,” he stated.

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