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UN Security Council urges immediate cease-fire in Yemen

May. 12, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate halt to fighting in Yemen on Wednesday, saying that only a lasting cease-fire and political settlement can end the six-year conflict in the Arab world's poorest nation and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. ...

UN diplomat Martin Griffiths appointed UN humanitarian chief

May. 12, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Wednesday appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths, a seasoned negotiator with wide global experience, as the new U.N. humanitarian chief. “Griffiths brings extensive leadership experience in humanitarian affairs at...

Top Iran diplomat: Tehran ready for closer ties with Riyadh

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country is ready for closer ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia, adding that he hoped recent talks between the two sides would lead to greater stability in the region. Mohammad Javad Zarif was...

UN diplomats: Martin Griffiths to be UN humanitarian chief

May. 11, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Martin Griffiths, a U.N. diplomat with wide global experience who has spent the last three years trying to help end the war in Yemen, has been selected by the secretary-general as the new U.N. humanitarian chief, diplomats said Tuesday. The...

US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen

May. 09, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country's Houthi rebels. An...

US slams Iran-backed Yemen rebels for snubbing UN envoy

May. 07, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration lashed out at Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Friday for refusing to meet with a senior U.N. official to discuss ending the country’s devastating conflict and speeding humanitarian relief to suffering civilians. The...

Hezbollah leader backs Iran talks with US, Saudi Arabia

May. 07, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group on Friday indicated his support for a dialogue between Iran one one side and the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on the other. Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that such talks could benefit Tehran and...

UN says 155 million people faced severe hunger last year

May. 05, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 155 million people faced acute hunger in 2020, including 133,000 who needed urgent food to prevent widespread death from starvation -- and the outlook for 2021 is equally grim or worse, a report by 16 organizations said Wednesday. The...

US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

May. 03, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over America’s re-engagement with Iran and other policy shifts in the region. ...

Yemen officials: Heavy flooding from seasonal rains kills 13

May. 01, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Floods swept through parts of Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 13 people dead, including two children, security officials said Saturday. Fatalities were reported in the provinces of Sanaa, Ibb, Shabwa and Hodeida, where it began...