News Tidbits for Tuesday, December 5


Former President of Yemen Killed

Source: The New York Times


Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen, was killed amid fierce battles in the capital, Sana. His death came at the hands of his former allies, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, after he made propositions for a deal with the Saudi-led coalition to end the country’s catastrophic civil war.

Hi s death will make it harder for a negotiated end to the conflict, analysts said, while renewed fighting in the capital, Sana, could worsen the humanitarian crisis afflicting Yemen, which the United Nations has called the world’s worst.

Seven million Yemenis — nearly a third of the population — are at risk of starving. Millions more need emergency food aid.

France Warns Trump about Jerusalem

Source: The New York Times


Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

President Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ran into increasing resistance on Monday, with France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, warning him it was a bad idea.

The French president joined leaders from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and the Arab League in speaking out against this, saying it would overturn decades of American policy. Mr. Macron called the American president and “expressed

concern with the possibility that the United States might unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as capital of the State of Israel,” and “reaffirmed that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, with the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem as their capital.”

Wake up, Mr. Macron. That’s never going to happen.

Supreme Court Confirms Trump’s Travel Ban

Source: The New York Times


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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed the third version of the Trump administration’s travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue.  The court’s orders mean that most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be barred from entering the United States, along with some groups of people from Venezuela.

A spokesman for the White House, Hogan Gidley, said, “We are not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision,” and called it “lawful and essential to protecting our homeland,” while the American Civil Liberties Union said it would continue to fight the ban.

2018 Winter Olympics

Source: The New York Times


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The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide today on measures to punish Russia for its elaborate doping scheme during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Much is at stake, including the I.O.C.’s credibility. Officials could ban Russian athletes from the next Winter Olympics or make them compete under a neutral, not the Russian, flag.

President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the inquiries as a Western conspiracy. Now he is in a standoff with the I.O.C.’s president, “each waiting for the other to blink.”

Fire in California

Source: Los Angeles Times

A fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres Monday night in Ventura County, California, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and causing power outages.

One person was reported killed in a traffic accident on a road closed due to the fire. Two buildings have been destroyed.

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