Famine stalks Yemen as warring parties block aid, UNICEF warns

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Famine stalks Yemen as warring parties block aid, UNICEF warns

The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned that both sides in Yemen’s brutal conflict are making it “impossible” to deliver and distribute much-needed humanitarian aid to the country, where some 14 million people are threatened by famine.

Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s regional director, said both Yemeni government and Houthi rebel authorities were being uncooperative and that impeding relief efforts could accelerate famine conditions.

US reimposes all Iran sanctions, allows eight countries to continue importing oil

The United States will add 700 individuals and entities to its Iran blacklist and pressure the global SWIFT banking network to cut off Tehran when expanded sanctions are put in place next week, US officials said Friday.

But eight countries will be able to continue importing Iranian oil at lower levels in order to avoid upsetting global  crude markets when the sanctions take effect on Monday, they said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said eight nations, which other officials identified as US allies such as Italy, India, Japan and South Korea, will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products for a limited period as long as they end such imports entirely. He said those countries had  made efforts to eliminate their imports but could not complete the task by Monday’s deadline.

Turkey will be among the eight countries, according to Energy Minister Fatih Donmez. Iraqi officials say the US has also granted Baghdad a waiver.


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