Trump not invited to climate talks, Yemeni president under house arrest

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  • An official representing French president Emmanuel Macron said that Donald J. Trump is not invited to the December Paris climate change summit. The United States, however, will still attend. Trump pulled out of the 2015 climate deal last June, making it the only country to have done so.
  • 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 (UAE), which is part of the Saudi-led coalition in southern Yemen. The current war in Yemen is between Houthi fighters — who control the north — and Saudi Arabia and the UAE which control the south.
  • 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 behaviour. Over the past few months, women have come out against sexual harassment after the Weinstein revelation (Journalist Lydia Morrish reports).


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  • 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 him 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 President 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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