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- An official representing French President Emmanuel Macron said that U.S. President Donald J. Trump is not invited to the Paris climate change summit in December. Other representatives of the United States still will attend. Trump announced in June that the U.S. will pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement climate deal in 2020, the only country to make such a move.
- Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. The president, along with his sons and ministers, is barred from returning home for months. Yemeni officials told the Associated Press that the ban was prompted by hostility between Hadi and the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition in southern Yemen. They’re battling Houthi fighters, who control the north.
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated Iran was ultimately responsible for the missile, fired by Houthi rebels, at the Riyadh airport on November 4. Both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. believe that the missile, as well as most Houthi weapons, are supplied by the Iranian regim.
- Carl Sargeant, a sacked UK Labour minister, took his own life after allegations of improper personal conduct from several women. Sargeant, who was sacked on Friday, was undergoing investigations for his behavior. Over the past few months, women have come out against sexual harassment after the Weinstein revelation (WikiTribune journalist Lydia Morrish reports).
Trump landed in South Korea on Tuesday as part of an effort to solve an escalating nuclear crisis on the peninsula. Trump flew from Tokyo, after declaring the previous day that the U.S would supply Japan with military equipment to shoot down Pyongyang’s missiles. It also comes as Japan commits to implementing more sanctions on North Korea. Trump, whose election anniversary is on November 8, is touring five nations in Asia.
- A surge of arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen continued. A top entrepreneur was reportedly detained as part of the country’s biggest ever anti-corruption purge. Reuters writes the campaign is part of a series of actions by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert influence and build more power. This includes going to war in Yemen, escalating Riyadh’s confrontation with Iran and reforming the country’s oil-based economy.
- A public health emergency was declared in Delhi, India, with the Indian Medical Association saying pollution was at an “alarming” level. The U.S. embassy website said levels of harmful pollutants were more than double the threshold authorities classify as hazardous, according to The Guardian.
What we’re reading
- Hindu nationalists are beating up Muslim farmers and seizing their cows on the grounds that the animals are headed for the slaughterhouse. But there’s another side to the religiously tinged violence: The stolen cows are being given to Hindu farmers. A Reuters special report goes behind the lines of the “cow vigilantes.” – Charles Anderson
- The fired Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont has written a piece for The Guardian explaining he has fears that he and his colleagues will not receive a fair hearing in Spanish courts and said it is a “colossal outrage” that he and 13 colleagues were being investigated over possible charges including sedition and rebellion for their roles in the Catalan independence referendum, which Spain declared illegal. – Harry Ridgewell
- “The vultures profiting from Puerto Rico’s misery are unlikely to go hungry; the same can’t be said for the people who live on the island” – The New Yorker looks at the role of aggressive debt investors in Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. – Jack Barton
- Anticipating the first anniversary of Trump’s election, the Council on Foreign Relations has written a terrifically informative backgrounder on the multiple federal inquiries into Russia’s involvement in the U.S. elections. All – or at least most – of your questions answered. – Lydia Morrish
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- For more on the Delhi story mentioned above, see Daniel Demaret’s report, stating that one in four of pollution-related deaths is in India: ‘Why clean air and water is a matter of life and death’