Voters in the United Kingdom and Algeria are holding general elections Thursday. And in Israel, people woke up to learn that they will vote yet again — for the third time in less 12 months — in a national election, now set for early March. In non-election-related news, the "Christmas Book Flood" is about to hit Iceland. It's a tradition when publishers flood the shelves with new releases, setting up books as a gift-giving tradition.
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European heads of state will vote this week on the European Green Deal. Many at the climate conference in Madrid hope the EU will take the US' place this time around, and that an EU-China agreement may be announced ahead of 2020.
When it comes to the nightmare scenario of two nuclear powers becoming embroiled in an escalatory spiral resulting in mutual, increasingly destructive nuclear strikes, the historical record is bare. But, experts are studying what the likelihood that a conventional war between China and the US could escalate into a nuclear war.
Algeria hosted an election Dec. 12, but many were in opposition to the vote. That's because protesters see the election as a civilian facade for a military junta, says Zine Labidine Ghebouli, a scholar at the American University of Beirut.
The small West African country has its own long history of human rights abuses. The Gambia's Justice Minister says those experiences — along with memories of the world's silence on the Rwandan genocide — inspired The Gambia to bring a case against Myanmar to the International Court of Justice.