RIYADH (Reuters) - Yemen’s southern separatist movement called on Wednesday for an uprising in the restive port city of Aden and the southern provinces against the country’s internationally-recognized government. FILE PHOTO: Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, leader of Yemen’s Southern Resistance, poses for a picture during Reuters interview at the headquarters of the Southern Transitional Council in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 19, 2018. REUTERS/ Aziz El Yaakoubi The call could put further pressure on U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who is expected in Abu Dhabi later on Wednesday to meet Emirati officials and Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, who is president of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and leader of the separatist movement. Tensions between southern separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates, and the Saudi-based government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi demonstrate the complexity of Yemen’s war, as both sides are also allied against … [Read more...] about Yemen separatists call for uprising as U.N. pursues peace
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to prolong an inquiry into human rights in Yemen against objections from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, leaders of a coalition widely criticized by right groups for killings of civilians. How far to investigate atrocities in the war in Yemen has become an annual diplomatic wrangle, with the Netherlands repeatedly pushing for a probe into the war, and Saudi Arabia arguing against the toughest international scrutiny. Last year the two sides compromised by setting up a group of experts to investigate, but the experts’ report last month infuriated Riyadh by blaming the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Iran-aligned Houthi group for the bulk of civilian casualties. The motion on Friday passed by 21 votes to eight. British Ambassador Julian Braithwaite said it was important to give the expert group more time to investigate, and it was clear there were many incidents that had not yet been fully … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia, UAE fail to halt U.N. Yemen human rights inquiry
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council voted by 21 votes to eight on Friday in favor of prolonging an inquiry into human rights in Yemen, overriding objections from Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Supporters of the resolution, including Canada and the European Union, had argued that an expert group mandated by the Council last year still had work to do, but opponents said it would exacerbate the crisis and increase regional instability. In a report last month, the experts said air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen had caused heavy civilian casualties and some may amount to war crimes. Saudi Arabia rejected their findings. Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia and Yemen fail to halt U.N. Yemen human rights inquiry
Matthew Lee Associated Press Published 9:12 PM EDT Sep 25, 2018 New York – President Donald Trump and his top national security aides lashed out at Iran with unusual venom Tuesday, warning Tehran that it faced severe consequences if it defied the United States. Speeches by the president before the U.N. General Assembly and by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton at a New York City hotel marked an escalation of rhetoric. Trump blasted what he called Iran’s “corrupt dictatorship” and accused its leaders of enriching themselves through embezzlement and raiding state coffers to spread “mayhem.” Bolton, speaking to an organization that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the administration withdrew in May, warned that there would be “hell to pay” if Tehran crossed the U.S., its allies or their partners. Trump also vowed to continue to isolate Iran through U.S. sanctions that are being … [Read more...] about U.S. lashes out at Iran as world leaders gather at U.N.
Susannah George Associated Press Published 12:18 p.m. UTC Sep 1, 2018 Washington – The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, and had been demanding reforms in the way it is run. The department said in a written statement that the United States “will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation.” The decision cuts nearly $300 million of planned support. It comes as President Donald Trump and his Middle East pointmen, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted but as yet unclear peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, and it could intensify Palestinian suspicions that Washington is using the humanitarian funding as … [Read more...] about U.S. ends funding of U.N. Palestine refugee agency