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DFID: Shahid Malik visits Yemen

On his first overseas visit after becoming Britain's new development Minister, Shahid Malik travelled to Yemen on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. The reason for the visit was so he could see the impact UK aid is having on the lives of poor Yemenis and speak to those whose circumstances have been transformed.

Safer water

Shahid Malik listened intently as the chief villager of Beit Kera, a settlement situated 3 thousands metres above sea level, described how a new water tank with a solar panel powered pump

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Somalia: Protecting and assisting migrants and asylum seekers

With the deadly annual people-smuggling season about to resume in full force in the Gulf of Aden, IOM is working with its UN partners and local authorities to prevent thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers from risking their lives onboard overcrowded open fishing boats whilst trying to reach Yemen.

According to IOM's Bill Lorenz, who recently returned from a joint IOM/UNHCR/OCHA assessment mission to the state of Puntland, in northeast Somalia, thousands of Ethiopians from poor rural areas and Somalis fleeing insecurity in South and Central Somalia have

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WFP's Operational Priorities - 27 Aug 2007

High Profile Operations

Many high profile operations also face critical pipeline breaks in the next three months.

Afghanistan

PRRO 10427.0 - Post-Conflict Relief and Rehabilitation in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

January 06 - December 08

Expected pipeline breaks over next 6 months (mt)

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Sa'ada humanitarian situation remains tense

Report
Yemen Times
Mohammed Bin Sallam

Displaced families remain unable to return to their homes despite signing of the peace agreement.

SA'ADA, August 26 - An official source from the presidential committee supervising implementation of the Sa'ada ceasefire agreement denied media reports of resumed confrontations between army forces and Houthis. According to the source, Al-Motamar.net reported, "There are not any confrontations. Dialogue is still going on between the committee and Houthi loyalists."

However, local sources revealed that

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Assistance à la lutte antimines - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/62/307)

Résumé

Dix ans après que la communauté internationale se soit engagée à éliminer le fléau des mines antipersonnel, les Nations Unies peuvent se prévaloir de plusieurs réalisations collectives : les mines et les restes explosifs de guerre font de moins en moins de victimes; plusieurs aspects essentiels d'un cadre juridique international renforcé ont été mis en oeuvre; on a expressément reconnu l'importance de l'égalité des sexes et des droits des personnes handicapées dans l'ensemble du domaine de la lutte antimines; et les nombreux partenaires engagés dans la lutte

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Yemen: Peace agreement with northern rebels in jeopardy?

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 22 August 2007 (IRIN) - A committee appointed by the Qatari government to supervise the peace agreement between government forces and followers of rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi left Yemen on 17 August for a second time, sparking fears that clashes might resume in Saada Governorate, northern Yemen, observers say.

Officials at the Yemeni Presidential Committee - formed to supervise the ceasefire agreement on behalf of the Yemeni government - accused al-Houthi of not abiding by the peace agreement, and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has threatened to resort to military

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Yemen: Desert locust infestation yet to be controlled

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 21 August 2007 (IRIN) - Yemen's Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation says the current desert locusts' invasion has entered a dangerous phase. Swarms of locusts have infested both the south and the north, posing a threat to agricultural crops.

Agriculture Minister Mansour Ahmed al -Hawshabi said on 20 August that the problem had become severe owing to the spread of the swarms to eight of the country's governorates, and he called for greater efforts to control them.

He said the locusts, if not controlled, might head for other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan

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Yemen Appeal No. MAAYE001 Programme Update No. 4

This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 30/06/2007.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: Building on the momentum generated by the launch of its five-year strategy (2007-2011)

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Yemen blames rebels as Qatari mediators called home

SANAA, Aug 17, 2007 (AFP) - Qatari mediators trying to broker a peace deal to end a Shiite uprising in Yemen were called home on Friday because of what a Yemeni official called rebel foot-dragging in implementing the plan.

"They were recalled for consultations after foot-dragging by (rebel leader) Abdul Malak al-Huthi in agreeing fully to implement the timetable" of the agreement, the official close to the talks told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The rebels from the Zaidi minority in the northwest Saada region had given their preliminary agreement to a timetable

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WFP providing emergency food assistance to thousands of displaced in Yemen

SANA'A - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today approved a new operation to provide food assistance to 36,000 people displaced by the conflict in Sa'ada Governorate in north-western Yemen.

The three-month operation, worth US$ 1.3 million, is to continue WFP efforts which started two month ago. Some 20,000 displaced people received assistance during June and July.

The number of persons to receive food assistance during the new operation has increased by 16,000 due to the improvement of the security conditions, hence better access to the needy

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Extremely serious situation continues in Yemen, situation update 02 Aug 2007

For a third consecutive month, the Desert Locust situation remains threatening and extremely serious in the summer breeding areas in Yemen. Egg-laying, hatching and band formation continued last month within a portion of the interior. The most important infestations are in remote wadis in the plateau north of Wadi Hadhramaut, extending from Al Abr in the west to the Oman border in the east. Other infestations are present in Wadi Hadhramaut itself as well as in the traditional breeding areas in Shabwah region near Bayhan and Ataq.

During the past week, many of the hopper

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DFID: Yemen aid boost

£7.5 million more aid and development partnership announced

On his first overseas visit as International Development Minister, Shahid Malik, today signed a new ten-year Development Partnership Arrangement (DPA) with the Government of Yemen, strengthening the UK's commitment to fighting poverty as UK support to the country is set to grow to £50 million a year by 2010.

Mr Malik also announced a boost in funding of £7.5 million to the Social Development Fund, a Yemen-based organisation that plays a key role in tackling poverty by providing direct support to