yemen crisis

Yemen’s Warring Sides Swap 194 Prisoners in Taiz

RIYADH, June 18 – Houthi and pro-government forces exchanged nearly 200 prisoners in Taiz in central Yemen on Saturday, the largest such swap to take place in the embattled city since the beginning of a civil war last year, local sources said. The exchange of 118 Houthis and 76 pro-government fighters, will raise hopes that

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UAE Says its War in Yemen “Practically Over”

DUBAI, June 16 -The United Arab Emirates’ involvement in more than a year of war in Yemen is “practically over”, a top diplomat was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The UAE is key member of a Saudi-led military coalition which intervened in Yemen in March 2015. It backs the exiled government against the armed Houthi

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How Yemen’s Wartime Central Bank Keeps Country Afloat

By Noah Browning DUBAI, June 10 – As civil war engulfs Yemen, the central bank is so committed to staying neutral that it pays salaries of soldiers on both sides. The bank distributes money to public-sector workers in both government and rebel-held areas, and guarantees payments for vital grain and flour imports. Central banks play

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U.N. Chief Blasts Saudi Pressure After Yemen Coalition Blacklisting

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, June 9 – United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia had exerted “unacceptable” undue pressure on the world body after a U.N. report blacklisted a Saudi-led military coalition for killing children in Yemen. Riyadh had threatened to cut its funding of U.N. programs

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Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Put Saudi Yemen Coalition Back on Blacklist

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, June 8 – Twenty human rights groups urged United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to put a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition back on a U.N. blacklist for killing and maiming children in Yemen because the evidence against it was “overwhelming.” The United Nations removed the coalition from its annual

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Yemen: The Kindness of Strangers

Yemen’s currency crisis makes the lessons of Ramadan all too real BY Nasser Al Sakkaf When Adel Mahmoud, 54, a teacher in Taiz province, went to buy commodities for Ramadan, he was shocked to find a huge increase in prices. Although it’s often the case that there is an increase in prices before the sacred month,

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Yemen Government Says to Free 54 Children Captured in Fighting With Houthis

DUBAI, June 7 – Saudi Arabia has handed over to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government 54 child prisoners who were captured during fighting with the Iran-allied Houthi militia, Yemen’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, who heads Hadi’s peace negotiating team, said the children were aged between 8 and 17 years and their

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Saudi Arabia Criticises U.N. Over Yemen Blacklisting

RIYADH, June 6 – Saudi Arabia has rejected a United Nations report that criticised the military coalition it is leading in Yemen, saying it was based primarily on information supplied by its adversaries. On Thursday U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added the Saudi-led coalition to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate

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