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‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

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Abdulaziz al-Husseinya, nine years old and suffering from acute malnutrition, Al-Thawra hospital, Hodeidah. Photograph: Iona Craig

Iona Craig reports from Yemen where aid agencies cannot get vital shipments into the war-torn country already gripped by cholera outbreak

November 12, 2017 — Abdulaziz al-Husseinya lies skeletal and appears lifeless in a hospital in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah. At the age of nine, he weighs less than one and a half Continue reading ‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

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The sea with waves and ripples and the shore with rocks. This image was photographed from above with a drone. (Credit: Getty/gaiamoments)

Global water usage is growing twice as fast as the population. Could we turn salt water potable on a mass level

January 21, 2017 — Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That’s (almost) the reality of a planet whose H2O — or at least 97 percent of it — is nonpotable ocean. Much of the remainder is trapped in glaciers, ice caps and soil. In other words, accessible freshwater is scarce — and getting scarcer. But some scientists say this may be changing. As desalination technology advances, the sea may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis. But at what cost? Continue reading As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

Saudi Arabia warns UN over 1.5C climate study

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Riyadh is primed for reform (Pic: Hamza82/Flickr)

Riyadh says IPCC must retain independence from political process, and will not be able to offer full picture of climate challenges for governments

September 12, 2016 — Science should not be the sole basis on which efforts to tackle climate change are assessed, the Saudi Arabian government has said in a letter to the UN.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia warns UN over 1.5C climate study

Thousands of jobless Filipinos stranded in Saudi

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OUT OF JOBS. A worker walks past a giant poster on May 4, 2016 at a construction site of a section of the Saudi capital Riyadh’s $22.5 billion metro system. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Filipinos, Indians, and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia after a plunge in oil prices sparks construction layoffs

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 2, 2016) — Thousands of jobless Filipinos, Indians, and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs, activists and officials said on Tuesday, August 2.  Continue reading Thousands of jobless Filipinos stranded in Saudi

Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

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Angela Merkel on Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Europe’s top economy and world’s second-largest oil producer signal plans to ratify global pact to limit warming to sub 2°C

July 6, 2016 — Leaders in Berlin and Riyadh are planning to ratify the UN’s new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year,1 it was announced today.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

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Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city, others were attacked further west

ALEPPO, Syria (May 6, 2016) — Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday, May 5, in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. Continue reading Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

800 Al Qaeda fighters dead as Yemen gov’t forces make gains

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Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year

MARIB, Yemen (Apr. 25, 2016) — Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday, April 25.

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UN demands inquiry into Yemen market bombing

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Local sources blame the Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels for carrying out Tuesday’s (March 15) strike

UNITED NATIONS (Mar. 18, 2016) — US Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday, March 16, demanded an investigation into an air strike on a market in Yemen that reportedly killed dozens of civilians.

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Gulf states declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah ‘terrorist’ group

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HEZBOLLAH. Militia members listen to a speech of their leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen on August 14, 2015. File photo by EPA
They cite ‘terrorist acts and incitement’ in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq as basis for the declaration

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Mar. 2, 2016) — Gulf monarchies on Wednesday, March 2, declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, escalating tensions with the Shiite militant organization that is fighting in support of Syria’s regime.

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Blame game tests Syria’s fragile ceasefire

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A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photo by AFP
Washington urges all sides to be patient, saying ‘setbacks are inevitable’

DAMASCUS, Syria (Feb. 29, 2016) — Key players in Syria’s war traded accusations Sunday, February 28, over violations of the first major ceasefire in the 5-year conflict, but the truce remained largely intact on its second day.

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