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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 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)

Exclusive: Civil war costs Yemen $14 billion in damage and economic losses - report
17 August 2016 - The cost from damage to infrastructure and economic losses in Yemen's civil war is more than $14 billion so far, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters that highlights the effort needed to rebuild the country, where more than half the population is suffering from malnutrition. (more)

UN warns that 7.6 million Yemenis are 'one step' from famine
17 May 2016 - The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are 'one step' from famine. Yemen's Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi late Tuesday announced the suspension of peace talks held in Kuwait after weeks of no progress, saying the rebels refuse to accept the legitimacy of the country's internationally recognized President. (more)

Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
16 October 2015 - More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of famine grows, a senior official of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. The figure, a three-fold jump since fighting erupted in March, reflects depleted food stocks compounded by a failing health system unable to care for hungry children stated Afshan Khan, director of UNICEF emergency programmes worldwide. 'We are facing the potential of a huge humanitarian catastrophe ... The levels of malnutrition that are being reported for children are extremely critical,' Khan told Reuters, saying more data and hard evidence was needed to declare a famine. (more)

As factions fight, Yemenis suffer hunger, disease, fear
24 June 2015 - A worsening war threatens millions of Yemenis with starvation and homelessness. A country that was already by far the poorest and most unstable on the Arabian Peninsula is now, after three months of conflict, in the grip of a humanitarian disaster. Cut off from the world, living under bombardment from a Saudi-led coalition, and beset by fighting between multiple battalions and militias, Yemen's 25 million people are prey to hunger, disease, and an ever-present fear of death. (more)

Islamic State car bombs kill or injure 50 in Yemeni capital
18 June 2015 - Car bombs killed or injured at least 50 people near mosques and the headquarters of Yemen's dominant Houthi group in Sanaa on Wednesday, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State. The four blasts rocked the capital as Saudi-led forces conducted more air strikes against Houthi military bases across Yemen and Houthi delegates attending peace talks in Switzerland reported the first tentative progress on the second day of a U.N.-sponsored push for a Ramadan truce. The Sunni Muslim Islamic State said in a statement posted online it carried out the attacks. (more)

Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack: Islamic State Twitter statement
22 May 2015 - A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter. The bombing came against a backdrop of civil war in the country. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized large swathes of territory, including Sanaa, prompting formation of a Saudi-backed Arab coalition that is using air power to try to halt their advances. Sunni Islamist militants have been seeking to extend their influence amid the chaos. (more)

Yemen: 'There are just no words for how bad it's gotten'
27 April 2015 - The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become catastrophic, relief officials said on 27 April, as Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units for a second day, dashing hopes for a pause in fighting to let aid in. 'It was difficult enough before, but now there are just no words for how bad it's gotten,' said International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokeswoman Marie Claire Feghali. 'It's a catastrophe, a humanitarian catastrophe.' (more)

US closes embassy in Yemen amid continued unrest
11 February 2015 - The State Department confirmed late Tuesday that it has closed the US Embassy in Yemen and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis and security concerns following the takeover of much of the country by Shiite rebels. Yemen has been in crisis for months, with Iran-linked Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the capital and then taking control. (more)

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