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Yemen needs $70bn for reconstruction, development

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According to the Minister of local administration and chairman of the Higher Committee on Relief, it would be necessary about 70 billion dollars in order to support Yemen in development and reconstruction. Since the legitimate Government has reconquered about 80% of the Country, it is about to be organized a new meeting, which involves the Minister of Finance, al-Jadan, whose aim is to establish a new source of funding to provide the basic requirements of rice and wheat. Also the World Bank has given an effort to fund new projects of development and reconstruction in Yemen

Houthis threaten to send former defense minister to Iran.

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According to Sheikh Rashad al-Otari, a Yemeni tribal leader, Houthi leaders said they will send former Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Subaihi to Iran if the legitimate government does not discuss the demands to release him and others. For that reason Otari called for immediate action and reminded the efforts he made to activate negotiations regarding these figures held by the Houthis, such as Nasser Mansour Hadi, the Yemeni’s President brother, and a military commander. Meanwhile the Arab coalition air force destroyed a warehouse for Houthi militias and forces loyal to former President Saleh north of Saada and in confrontation between the army and militias 7 militiamen dead and 17 others were injured west of Taiz.

Libyan southern clans reach peace agreement in Italy.

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Italy try to impose itself as peace-maker in Libya. Several representatives of the tribes living in the south of Libya signed a peace agreement after over three days of secret negotiations in the Italian Interior Ministry. The meeting was attended  over 60 clan leader including the head of the largest Tuareg tribe in the Libyan region of Fezzan as well as Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Omar Maiteeq of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The agreement previous the end of hostilities in the area, but also the control of migrations.

 

North Korea inches closer to testing nukes.

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North Korea might have dispatched a fresh batch of devices needed to initiate a nuclear test and analyze data from the explosion, a US think tank said Wednesday, fueling speculation that the communist regime has inched closer to conducting another nuclear test. Analysis of commercial satellite imagery at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site by 38 North, a blog run by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, showed three to four vehicles or trailers at the entrance to the North Portal, where the communist state carried out four rounds of nuclear tests.

Joint military exercises between United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

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A UAE newspaper has said that joint military exercises are important for the UAE to demonstrate its ability to face any challenge, adding that the joint military exercises with Egypt this month are a prime example of the country’s preparedness to defend the homeland and its interests. These exercises between UAE and Egypt show a capacity to defend their own national interests but also to enforce their relationship. It is also a message for terrorists groups which tried to destabilize the region.

White House 'considering potential attack' to liberate Al-Hudaydah port.

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Key members of the US government will attend a meeting, set this week, to discuss the situation in Yemen since the Arab Alliance requested their participation in the battle to control the port. The proposal was presented last year to the Obama administration, which rejected the plan because it was seen as a direct engagement of US troops in Yemen. Nowadays US officials said there are two plans to intervene in Yemen against the Houthis and their allies, one sponsored by Central District Commander General Votel and the second one by the Defense Secretary Mattis. It will be President Donald Trump to decide wich plan to proceed with. Some details about the plan have leaked and it seems that the US will assist UAE forces with Special Forces, air and sea backup and surveillance. Moreover the plan proposed by the Defense Secretary will not include ground troops or US special units but will include planning, providing coordinates and fuel for the fighters and in fine field commanders will manage the battle without going back to the White House.

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms.

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To mark the second anniversary of the war UNICEF published a report about child marriages, saying that more than two thirds of girls under 18 are married in Yemen, as there is no minimum age of marriage in the country. The main reason is the escalation of the war, which brought parents to marry off their daughters to reduce costs and the number of people to feed in the family. Moreover dowry payments, which are paid by the husband’s family, are an incentive for poor parents to marry off daughters early. Early marriages are especially common in Al-Hudaydah, Hajah and Ibb governorates. A new UNICEF study also found that around 44% of girls and women are married under the age of 15 in some parts of Yemen. In fine child marriage deprives girls of education and opportunities and increases the risk of domestic and sexual violence.

 

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States is still considering moving the US Embassy in Israel.

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Speaking to thousands of pro-Israel activists, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States is still considering moving the US Embassy in Israel an action expected to be met with strong opposition in the Arab world. “After decades of simply talking about it, the President of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”, Pence told the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday. The pro-Israel lobby, popularly known as AIPAC, is holding the event in Washington. The embassy promise was a mainstay of President Trump’s campaign speeches, but the administration backed off making the move immediately once it took office.

 

The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty .

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The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations on Monday, said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Haley told reporters the countries skipping the negotiations are instead committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. “There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” Haley told reporters.

Arrest warrant sought for ousted South Korean president.

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South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought an arrest warrant for former President Park Geun-hye on multiple charges including bribery and abuse of authority in connection with a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment. Whether Park will become the nation’s third former president to be taken into custody now depends on the Seoul Central District Court, which will review the warrant application. “A lot of evidence has been collected so far, but as the suspect denies most of the criminal allegations, there is a possibility of her destroying evidence”, the prosecution said in a statement.

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