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Yemen: UN envoy announces restoration of nationwide cessation of hostilities
18 October 2016 - On 17 October, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced a plan for the resumption of a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in the war-torn Gulf nation. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed welcomed the restoration of the cessation of hostilities, and he called on all Yemeni parties, the region, and the international community to encourage full respect for the cessation of hostilities and to ensure that it leads to a permanent and lasting end to the conflict. (more)

Yemen's ancient art of brickmaking endures war
26 July 2016 - Traditional mud brick tower houses have always been a source of pride to Yemenis, and over a year into a devastating civil war, they are also providing some much-needed jobs in the ancient capital Sanaa. The traditional [brick] houses of Sanaa, a UNESCO world heritage site, are said to have been founded by the son of Prophet Noah two and half millennia ago. Despite the threat of destruction, a decades-long spread of concrete construction, and tight wartime budgets, the appeal of the ancient art of brickmaking remains strong. (more)

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites
21 September 2014 - Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday. The agreement calls for an immediate cease-fire and the formation of a technocratic government within a month after consultations with all political parties, a UN envoy said at a joint news conference with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the capital, Sanaa. (more)

Israeli singer proves surprise hit in Yemen
11 February 2014 - An Israeli singer has become an unlikely star in Yemen, an Arab country where his hit songs blare from cafes and taxis. Zion Golan's parents were born in Yemen, but like other Israelis, he is banned from travelling to the conservative Muslim nation, which has no diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. Golan, who learned Yemeni Arabic as a boy, is one of about 140,000 of Israelis descended from Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and he said that he was pleased his popularity there provided a bridge between two peoples. 'I enjoy that they are enjoying my songs, it makes me feel good,' he said. 'I wish there will be peace and then we could connect, that would be the best dream for all of Israel.' (more)

Ceasefire holds between Shi'ite and Sunni fighters in north Yemen
11 January 2014 - Fighting in north Yemen between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Muslim Salafis stopped on Saturday as a ceasefire deal took effect, according to a government committee working towards ending the conflict. Previous ceasefires struck since the conflict did not stick. But the government is optimistic the latest one will stick because it includes all factions involved in the fighting in Saada and adjacent provinces, said Yehia Abuesbaa, head of the presidential committee tasked with ending the fighting. (more)

UN officials welcome new Yemeni agreement on State structure, status of south
24 December 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy for Yemen have welcomed an agreement, reached on 23 December through the country's ongoing National Dialogue Conference, on the structure of the State and the status of the southern region, which has experienced separatist movements. In his statement today, Mr Ban's spokesperson stated that, 'The Secretary-General calls on all sides to continue to work together in good faith and in collaboration with his Special Adviser with a view to resolving outstanding issues and advancing the political transition.' The UN has been providing support for Yemen's transition, which began as part of the wave of political change in Arab countries in 2011, in four key areas: political facilitation in key areas such as the National Dialogue, technical support, capacity-building, and a public information and awareness campaign. (more)

Yemen welcomes Obama decision on Gitmo transfers
23 May 2013 - Yemen is welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to lift his ban on the transfer of Yemeni prisoners from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a statement released Thursday shortly after Obama announced the step, the Yemeni Embassy said it appreciated the switch. It said Yemen would work with the US to ensure the safe return of Yemeni detainees to Yemen and continue efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate them into society. (more)

Yemeni President in rare meeting with southern separatists
3 March 2013 - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi met southern separatists for the first time in Aden on Sunday ahead of a conference aimed at drafting a new constitution before elections in 2014, the state news agency said. 'We have an historic opportunity to resolve all our problems including the most persistent ones via comprehensive national dialogue,' news agency Saba quoted Hadi as telling leaders of the southern separatist movement known as al-Herak al-Janoubi . (more)

Political transition settlement reached in Yemen - UN envoy
23 November 2011 - Yemen's warring forces have agreed to a political transition settlement, the top United Nations envoy to the country has announced, calling the deal 'an important milestone towards restoring peace and stability, maintaining national unity and territorial integrity, and laying the foundation for economic recovery'. (more)

Yemen's President Saleh signs power transfer deal
23 November 2011 - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a Gulf initiative on Wednesday to hand over power to his deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests that have pushed the Arab country to the brink of civil war. Saudi state television broadcast live images of Saleh signing the accord in the presence of Saudi King Abdullah and Crown Prince Nayef. Yemeni opposition officials signed the accord after Saleh. (more)


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Students with ADHD report improvements with Transcendental Meditation
23 June 2011 - Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) reported many benefits in their lives--both academic and social--after they learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme. 'The teacher doesn't change, the school doesn't change--but their interest and their enjoyment of school changed,' commented Dr Sarina Grosswald, a cognitive learning expert who has conducted research on Transcendental Meditation and ADHD. (more)


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Yemen conflict could push millions more to brink of famine: U.N.
15 October 2018 - The number of Yemenis on the brink of famine could rise to 12 million -- or two in five of the population -- from around 8.5 million in coming months due to escalating war and a deepening economic crisis, the United Nations food agency said on Monday (15 October). Yemen has been torn apart by more than three years of civil war between the internationally recognized government, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and based in the south, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital Sanaa. The nation of some 30 million is the Arabian peninsula's poorest. (more)

'Five million' Yemeni children face famine
19 September 2018 - A further one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, Save the Children has warned. Rising food prices and the falling value of the Yemeni currency as a result of the conflict are putting more families at risk of food insecurity. But another threat comes from fighting around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is the entry point for most aid to the country's rebel-held areas. The charity says a total of 5.2 million children in Yemen now face famine. (more)

Yemen's plunging economy threatens to kill more people than war - aid agency
4 September 2018 - Yemen's tanking economy threatens to kill more people than bombs and guns, an aid agency warned on Tuesday (4 September) as the currency hit its lowest level ever, compounding the world's biggest hunger crisis. he Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said soaring food prices were pushing many people closer to the brink in a country where millions are already close to famine. Three-quarters of Yemen's population -- 22 million people -- are in need of humanitarian assistance. (more)

Beekeeping in Yemen becomes a dangerous profession in war
7 August 2018 - Yemen's beekeepers risk air strikes and land mines as they traverse the country's valleys, transporting their hives on pick-up trucks to produce some of the world's finest honey. The impoverished Arab state, known for its Sidr honey made from the jujube tree, has endured three years of war that have pushed it to the verge of famine and shattered the economy. (more)

'Catastrophic' risk of death for 300,000 Yemeni children trapped by attack
13 June 2018 - Some 300,000 children risk death, injury, and starvation as they are trapped in Yemen's main port city which is under assault from Saudi-led Arab states, aid groups said on Wednesday (13 June). The biggest battle in a three-year war, which has already created the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, centers on Hodeidah, the main route for food and aid to reach most Yemenis, 8.4 million of whom are on the verge of famine. (more)

Reuters Special Report: In a hospital ward in Yemen, the collapse of a nation
29 December 2017 - After three years of warfare, cholera, and hunger, Yemen faces a new battle: In the past four months, doctors across the country have recorded at least 380 cases of diphtheria, a bacterial disease that last appeared here in 1992. Arishi [Nahla Arishi, chief pediatrician at the al-Sadaqa hospital in the Yemeni port city of Alden], like her country around her, is struggling to cope. Every month, she and her team drip-feed dozens of Yemen's half a million severely malnourished children. Her ward has also treated hundreds of the one million people infected by cholera. (more)

Millions of Yemenis suffer 'nightmare' of war as closed borders halt aid
8 November 2017 - Hardship is intensifying for millions in Yemen, reeling from war, starvation, and a major cholera epidemic, after its borders were closed, blocking vital food and medical deliveries, an aid worker said on Wednesday (8 November). The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday that it was closing all air, land and sea ports to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran. 'People have adapted to the situation but they can't take it anymore,' Adnan Hizam, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. 'They need the nightmare of the conflict to stop.' (more)

Yemen cholera cases could hit 1 million by year-end: Red Cross
29 September 2017 - The humanitarian situation in Yemen is a 'catastrophe', and cholera cases could reach a million by the end of the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday, 29 September. Warring parties in Yemen -- including the western-backed Saudi-led coalition -- are all using disproportionate force, leading to 'very excessive' civilian casualties, said Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen. (more)

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths: WHO
14 August 2017 - More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, 14 August. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration, in the country where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, it said. (more)

Yemen at 'point of no return' as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine
16 March 2017 - Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is 'at the point of no return' after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are facing severe food insecurity and will fall prey to famine without urgent humanitarian assistance. Taiz and Hodeidah governorates, home to almost 25 per cent of Yemen's 28 million-strong population and the scene of intense conflict since the outbreak of civil war in 2015, are at particularly heightened risk of famine. (more)

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