The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen

The US proposal, backed by Britain, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, to be followed by UN-led peace talks, is welcome. But it raises a number of questions. Why has it taken so long for the Trump administration to act, given that the appalling, avoidable toll on Yemeni lives exacted

UN: Over 7 million Yemeni children face ‘serious’ famine threat

HODEIDAH: Over seven million children face a serious threat of famine in Yemen and ending the country’s war will not save all of them, the UN children’s agency said. “Today, 1.8 million children under the age of five are facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 are affected by severe acute malnutrition,” said

Saudi monarch’s brother returns to kingdom after absence

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, younger brother of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has returned to the kingdom following an absence of several months, according to recent media reports. While no official announcement has been made by the Saudi authorities, the New York Times quoted three Saudi sources -- all close to

Iran strategy should not just be sanctions, containment – Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said the United States' policy of sanctions and containment on Iran was not enough and that a long-term plan to manage the crisis should be put together. "I agree with the goals of the president of the U.S. even if we disagree over the nuclear

Humanitarian situation in Yemen ‘bleak’: UN

The UN on Friday called the humanitarian situation in Yemen "bleak" and said they are losing the battle against famine in the country. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), made the comments while briefing the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Lowcock said millions