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Saudi-based Yemeni leader steps down as president

The Houthis, who had rejected the invitation to join the talks in Riyadh where the presidential council was created, have refused to recognize the council calling it a foreign implant without any real representation of the Yemeni people 

Yemen ceasefire Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire in Yemen for Ramadan

However, a top Houthi leader termed the act meaningless considering the siege of the country. On March 26, the Houthis had announced a three-day ceasefire with the offer to make it permanent if the Saudi-led coalition ceased hostilities and lifted the blockade

UN conference for Yemen UN aid conference for Yemen falls short amid warnings of widespread famine and deaths

At the UN pledging conference for Yemen, Gulf countries that are party to the war in Yemen, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, failed to commit any aid

Citizens lab report Dozens of Al-Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli spyware

According to Canada-based Citizen Lab, the UAE and Saudi Arabia hacked the Al-Jazeera journalists’ iPhones using Israel-based NSO group’s Pegasus spyware

KUWAIT-migrant workers COVID In Kuwait, protesting Egyptian workers demanding repatriation face police action

Workers have been stranded in shelters meant for those violating Kuwaiti residency laws after being left jobless due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Kuwait has recorded over 5,000 confirmed cases and 40 deaths due to COVID-19

OPEC+ production cut The OPEC+ deal on oil production: what are the implications?

Total global production of oil may go down by 15% with promises from some non-OPEC countries as well. However, this may not be sufficient to stop the fall in international oil prices

Five years of war in Yemen Saudi-led war on Yemen completes five disastrous years

Intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, which is supported by the US and others, has led to what the United Nations has called the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis of the century” in Yemen

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