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UN says $4.3B required for Yemen humanitarian needs in 2023

Jan. 25, 2023 12:45 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it needs $4.3 billion to fund its humanitarian activities in war-torn Yemen this year. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the funds are required to help 17.3 million most vulnerable people in Yemen. ...

Elon Musk defiantly defends himself in Tesla tweet trial

Jan. 24, 2023 22:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk returned to federal court to defend himself against a class-action lawsuit that alleges he misled Tesla shareholders with a tweet about an aborted buyout that the billionaire defiantly insisted Tuesday he could have pulled off, had he wanted. Musk...

Yemen rebels, Saudis in back-channel talks to maintain truce

Jan. 17, 2023 08:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amid Yemen’s longest-ever pause in fighting — more than nine months — Saudi Arabia and its rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, have revived back-channel talks, according to Yemeni, Saudi and U.N. officials. The two sides hope to strengthen the informal cease-fire and lay out...

UN envoy encouraged by intensified efforts to end Yemen war

Jan. 16, 2023 12:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen said Monday he is encouraged by intensified regional and international diplomatic activity to end the country’s eight-year conflict. He urged the warring parties to work toward “a shared vision” with concrete steps to restore peace to...

Report: Arms supplied by UK, US killed civilians in Yemen

Jan. 11, 2023 13:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Weapons supplied by the United Kingdom and the United States and used by a Saudi-led coalition fighting in war-torn Yemen killed at least 87 civilians and wounded 136 others in just over a year, a new report said Wednesday. The report by the Oxfam charity found that...

Aid chief: Taliban decrees against women paralyzing NGO work

Jan. 08, 2023 12:04 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s “internal debates and extreme decrees” are paralyzing humanitarian work in Afghanistan, the head of a major aid agency told The Associated Press on Sunday, after he arrived on a week-long trip to talk to Taliban leaders about reversing a ban on women...

UN envoy meets with Afghan higher-ed chief over ban on women

Jan. 07, 2023 12:23 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top U.N. envoy met with the Taliban-led Afghan government’s higher education minister Saturday to discuss the ban on women attending universities. Markus Potzel is the first international official to meet with him since the ban was introduced last month. ...

Taliban ban women from working for domestic, foreign NGOs

Dec. 24, 2022 12:36 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban government on Saturday ordered all foreign and domestic non-governmental groups in Afghanistan to suspend employing women, allegedly because some female employees didn't wear the Islamic headscarf correctly. They also separately banned women from attending...

Red Cross conducts rare visit with 3,400 Yemen war prisoners

Dec. 21, 2022 08:52 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Red Cross said Wednesday that it had conducted rare visits to thousands of prisoners on both sides of Yemen’s eight-year civil war, a step that could pave the way for an exchange of detainees between the rival parties. Fabrizio Carboni, the...

Saudi-Iran talks said to have stalled over protests in Iran

Dec. 19, 2022 06:38 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad-mediated diplomatic talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia have come to a halt, largely because of Tehran claims the Sunni kingdom has played a role in alleged foreign incitement of the mass anti-government protests underway in Iran, multiple Iraqi officials...