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Weekly World News Update: December 12, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous

December 12, 2018

Weekly World News Update

Global Migration Pact Signed; Brexit Faces Big Hurdles; Macron Sweetens the Deal; Russia-Venezuela Partnership Deepens; Yemen's Opposing Factions Meet in Sweden; TIME Chooses Person of the Year; Burundi-UN Clashes

Quote of the Week

We all know that illegal migration, because of the different development opportunities around the world, has caused part of the great fear in our countries,” Merkel said in Marrakech. “And these fears are being used by the opponents of this pact.

-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel in remarks made while in Marrakech to sign the UN's Global Migration Pact on Monday.

New Refugee Pact

"Governments Adopt UN Global Migration Pact to Help ‘Prevent Suffering and Chaos’" -- UN News, December 10, 2018

"What Is the UN Migration Pact?" Jackie Fox -- RTE, December 10, 2018

Can the U.S. Be Persuaded to Support the UN Refugee Pact?" Anja Kueppers-McKinnon -- Deutsche Welle, December 9, 2018

A Nonbinding Migration Pact Is Roiling Politics in Europe” Emily Schultheis and Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, December 11, 2018

Global Migration Pact: The UN’s Attempt to Erode Sovereignty" Jonathan Tobin -- National Review, December 12, 2018  

Another Snag with Brexit

UK Disarray: May to Face No-Confidence Vote From Her Party” Jill Lawless -- AP, December 12, 2018

"Theresa May Tried to Lead Britain to a Brexit Compromise. Was It Too Late?" Ellen Barry -- New York Times, December 9, 2018

"Theresa May Delays Parliamentary Vote on Brexit Deal" William Booth, Michael Birnbaum, Karla

Adam -- Washington Post, December 10, 2018

"Brexit Ruling: UK Can Cancel Decision, EU Court Says" -- BBC News, December 10, 2018

"EU Figures Rule Out Concessions as May Postpones Brexit Vote" Daniel Boffey -- The Guardian, December 10, 2018

Macron Promises Concessions

"After More 'Yellow Vest' Protests, France's President Macron To Address Nation" Eleanor Beardsley -- NPR, December 10, 2018

What Can Macron Really Say to Calm the Anger of France's 'Yellow Vests'?" -- The Local France, December 10, 2018

"Macron Offers Sweeteners to Calm Yellow Jackets Protest" Maia de la Baume and Paul Dallison -- Politico EU, December 11, 2018

All Smoke and Mirrors:’ Yellow Vest Protesters Reject 'Crumbs' Offered by Macron" Benjamin Dodman -- France 24, December 12, 2018

Russia and Venezuela’s Rendezvous

"Air Force Tu-160 Bombers Deploy To Venezuela" Tom Demerly -- The Aviationist, December 11, 2018

"Russian Sends Two Nuclear-Capable Bombers to Venezuela" Vladimir Isachenkov -- Military Times, December 10, 2018

"U.S in ‘Hysterics’ After Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Land in Venezuela" South China Morning Post, December 12, 2018

"The U.S. and Russia Are Trading Shots After Moscow Sent Two Bombers to Visit the U.S.' Biggest Foe in the Hemisphere" Christopher Woody -- Business Insider, December 12, 2018

Yemen: An End in Sight?

"The Stockholm Sessions" Ahmed Nagi -- Carnegie Middle East Center, December 5, 2018

"Yemen's Warring Sides Gather in Sweden for Peace Talks" Faisal Edroos -- Aljazeera, December 6, 2018

U.S. Is Enabling War That Has Made Yemen a Hell on Earth for Civilians” Senator Chris Murphy -- CNN, December 6, 2018

Senate to Vote on Yemen Amid Growing Skepticism over U.S.-Saudi Alliance” Julian Borger -- Guardian, December 12, 2018

TIME’s 2018 Persons of the Year

"The Choice" Edward Felsenthal -- TIME, December 11, 2018

"TIME's 2018 Person of the Year: 'The Guardians and the War on Truth'" Eun Kyung Kim -- Today, December 11, 2018

Burundi Clashes With the UN

"International Peacebuilding Really Can Build Peace - But Perhaps Not How You Expect" Susanna Campbell -- Washington Post, December 11, 2018

"Burundi Orders UN to Close Human Rights Office in Bujumbura" Africa News, December 6, 2018

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