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Yemen government, separatists expected to announce Aden deal (16.10.2019)

A Saudi-brokered deal to end a standoff between Yemen's internationally recognised government and southern separatists in the port city of Aden is expected to be announced on Thursday, officials have said.

Yemen to become world's poorest country if war continues: UN (10.10.2019)

War-ravaged Yemen is on course to become the world's poorest country if the conflict persists, the United Nations said in a report. … Because of the war, poverty in Yemen has jumped from 47 percent of the population in 2014 to a projected 75 percent by the end of 2019.

UAE pulls some forces from Yemen's Aden as deal nears to end standoff: witnesses (08.10.2019)

The United Arab Emirates pulled some of its forces from Yemen’s southern port of Aden on Tuesday, officials and witnesses said, as a Saudi-led military coalition works to end a power struggle between the Yemeni government and separatists in the city.

Iraqi military admits using excessive force in deadly Baghdad clashes (07.10.2019)

On Monday Iraq's military admitted to using "excessive force outside the rules of engagement" to counter the protests from the day before. It was the first time since protests began on October 2 that the security forces acknowledged the severity of their response to the protests. Iraqi Prime...

Iraq protests: UN calls for end to 'senseless loss of life' (06.10.2019)

The United Nations has called for an end to the "senseless loss of life" in Iraq as the death toll from anti-government protests nears 100. Demonstrators say they are taking a stand against unemployment, poor public services and corruption in the country. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, head of the UN...

US faces uneasy choice between Lebanese Christians and Syrian refugees (24.09.2019)

Lebanese Christian groups are increasingly worried that their hard-won position in the country is under threat from an influx of Syrians that could permanently alter the balance of power. With more than 1.5 million refugees draining the tiny country's resources, memories are still fresh of the...

US official meets in Lebanon over anti-Hezbollah sanctions (23.09.2019)

Hezbollah holds three cabinet seats, and along with its allies has more power than ever in the parliament and government. It is also among the most effective armed groups in the region, extending Iran's influence to Israel's doorstep. Domestically, the group's power exceeds that of the Lebanese...

UN Yemen envoy welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia (22.09.2019)

Implementation of the initiative by the Houthis “in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said.

UN chief urges restraint following reported Saudi-led assault in Yemen (21.09.2019)

An early morning strike on 20 September in the vicinity of the Al Hali District of Hudaydah governorate - in the country’s western coast - was carried out by a Saudi military operation, according to media reports. The assault comes after Yemen-based Houthi rebel forces launched two drone attacks on...