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UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital Fri, 17 May, 2019

The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital.
Egypt's President Sisi pardons 560 prisoners

Egypt's President Sisi pardons 560 prisoners Fri, 17 May, 2019

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 560 prisoners, the majority of whom were accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, two judicial sources said.
Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack Thu, 16 May, 2019

Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa,  two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom.
Iran says US sanctions 'unacceptable' amid Gulf tensions

Iran says US sanctions 'unacceptable' amid Gulf tensions Thu, 16 May, 2019

 Iran's foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.
Fighting grips Yemen's Hodeidah port, complicating peace moves

Fighting grips Yemen's Hodeidah port, complicating peace moves Wed, 15 May, 2019

Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed pro-government forces battled in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah , breaching a ceasefire and potentially complicating a troop withdrawal agreement intended to pave the way for wider peace talks.
US orders embassy staff from Iraq amid Iran 'threat'

US orders embassy staff from Iraq amid Iran 'threat' Wed, 15 May, 2019

The US  ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, ramping up alarm over an alleged Iran threat even as allies appeared less than convinced.
Sudan military council, opposition inch closer to final deal

Sudan military council, opposition inch closer to final deal Wed, 15 May, 2019

Sudan's military rulers and an alliance of protesters and opposition groups were set to meet  to hash out the details of a sovereign council designed to steer the country towards democracy during a three-year transition.
Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks

Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks Tue, 14 May, 2019

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia's major oil pipelines, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of several tankers.
Violence overshadows Sudan's transition push

Violence overshadows Sudan's transition push Tue, 14 May, 2019

Sudan's opposition alliance blamed military rulers for renewed street violence complicating efforts to negotiate a handover to civilian power after last month's overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.
Guaido blasts Venezuela regime after security forces block congress

Guaido blasts Venezuela regime after security forces block congress Tue, 14 May, 2019

Juan Guaido accused the Venezuelan government of trying to "gag" congress after security forces prevented opposition lawmakers from entering the National Assembly, two weeks after the opposition leader's failed uprising against President Nicolas Maduro.

Sweden reopens Assange rape investigation, to seek extradition Mon, 13 May, 2019

Sweden reopened an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange  and said it would seek his extradition from Britain.
Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar

Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar Mon, 13 May, 2019

 Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf as tensions soared in a region already shaken by a standoff between the United States and Iran.
UN kicks off major climate change effort

UN kicks off major climate change effort Sun, 12 May, 2019

 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it the defining issue of our time: climate change is moving to the center stage at the United Nations, three years after the Paris agreement went into force.
US sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

US sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran Sat, 11 May, 2019

The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to bolster an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already sent to the Gulf, ratcheting up pressure on archfoe Iran.

Venezuela braces for unrest as Maduro clamps down

Venezuela braces for unrest as Maduro clamps down Sat, 11 May, 2019

Venezuela braced for another day of nationwide protests after President Nicolas Maduro clamped down further on opposition leader Juan Guaido, locking up his deputy in a military prison following a dramatic arrest.
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