Aleppo deadline passes: Rejecting an offer by Russian and Syrian officials for the opening of a corridor to allow opposition forces to leave embattled Aleppo, it is expected Damascus and Moscow intend to renew their bombardment of the besieged city.
Backed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s final warning expired on Friday, Nov. 4.
The passing of the deadline comes at a moment where Russian troops are increasingly seen as becoming more actively engaged in military operations against opposition groups against Aleppo. It is believed Russia currently has 5,000 troops stationed in Syria along with armor, sophisticated anti-aircraft defense systems and a small fleet of attack aircraft.
It is also believed Russian troops will be leading the next ground assault on Aleppo’s rebel-held east quarter.
UK’s May must consult parliament before leaving EU: In a devastating blow to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, a High Court of Justice tribunal has ruled the British prime minister must consult parliament prior to eliciting the UK’s exodus from the European Union (EU).
A three-judge panel determined May does not have the right to exercise royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
The High Court’s ruling now forces May to present her plan for following through with Brexit to parliament for approval.
Lebanon elects new president: Following a two-year period where the presidency remained vacant, the Lebanese Chamber of Deputies has appointed a Maronite Christian, Michel Aoun, as president of Lebanon.
The post had been vacant since May 2014.
Elevated to the post after earning 83 of 128 votes in the national assembly, the former Lebanese army officer’s candidacy secured the backing of Shia Hezbollah and, through a deal, Sunni-led Future Movement.
Aoun will confront worsening relations with neighboring Gulf states, rising unemployment and spillover effects, largely mass refugees, from civil unrest in Syria.
Taiwan hopes for peace treaty with China: Although occupying the role of opposition in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, Kuomintang Party (KMT) leader Hung Hsiu-chu is advocating for a formal peace agreement with China.
Hung recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Hung’s position stands in sharp contrast to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Tsai Ing-wen, who has maintained Taiwan’s decades-long independence stance.
Ivory Coast adopts new constitution: Over the objections of opposition groups which claimed widespread fraud, the Ivory Coast adopted a new constitution by national plebiscite on Nov. 1.
Ivory Coast president, Alassane Ouattara, praised the vote and declared the new code, which creates the post of vice-president, empowers a new legislative body and enacted a new law allowing presidential candidates have one natural-born Ivorian parent, praised the new constitution as a path to democracy and safeguard for minorities.
The referendum now heads to the Supreme Court of Ivory Coast for affirmation.
Japan favors mothers returning to workforce: In a startling development, government polls tracking attitudes toward working mothers have revealed 54 percent of those surveyed in Japan now advocate women returning to the workforce after having children.
First surveyed in 1992 by the Cabinet Office, the survey has witnessed public attitudes slowly shift over the past decade.
Often hovering near 50 percent, the October survey was the first time the poll eclipsed 50 percent of the population in favor of women in the workforce in a nation where women have traditionally deferred to men in society.
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