After the Trump administration's out-the-door decision to designate Yemen's Iranian-backed rebels as a terror organization, Aid agencies warn the decision could wreck the tenuous relief system keeping millions alive.
Hackers have broken into the networks of the US Treasury and Commerce departments and experts suggest the attacks bore the hallmarks of Russian cyberespionage. And, Canada has received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech. Also, a court in Hong Kong has denied bail for Jimmy Lai, the 73-year-old media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate.
The UN’s World Food Program has won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts to combat hunger in conflict regions on several continents, talks in Moscow planned for Friday have raised hopes for a ceasefire in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and China announced on Friday its intention to join COVAX, an international alliance to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to around two-thirds of the world’s population by 2022.
The distinctive brown and white residential towers of the Old City in Sanaa, Yemen, date back centuries. Amid heavy rains, floods, war and economic collapse, more than a hundred have recently seen their roofs partially collapse.
Some governments have urged would-be protesters to move their activism out of the streets over fears of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Researchers retracted a study in the Lancet medical journal over risks of hydroxychloroquine. US President Donald Trump tweeted a letter calling demonstrators in Washington, DC, "terrorists."
Yemen, made vulnerable by more than five years of war, is ill-equipped to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health problem is exacerbated by warring factions, who downplay the threat of the pandemic even as Yemeni hospitals — and graveyards — are crowded with victims.
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