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YEMEN: Fatal clashes strain Saada ceasefire

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 1 June 2010 (IRIN) - A fragile ceasefire between the army and Houthi-led rebels in northern Yemen has been put under renewed strain following the deaths of three government followers in clashes with the rebels that left a dozen others injured, local witnesses from the Bani Awair area of Saada Governorate said.

"Both sides used small and medium-sized weapons in the fighting that broke out after Houthis tried to take control of a village in the area [in Bani Awair] to set up a training camp for their followers," Mohamed Shayea, a Bani Awair resident, told IRIN on 31 May.

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North Yemen clashes kill 10, strains truce

01 Jun 2010 20:10:25 GMT

* Ten dead, 14 wounded in north Yemen clashes

* Rebels blame government, say actions threaten peace

(Adds new killings, paragraph 5)

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, June 1 (Reuters) - Ten people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite rebels and government-allied tribesmen in north Yemen, rebel and tribal sources said on Tuesday, in violence that could undermine the region's uneasy four-month truce.

Yemen's government agreed a February truce with the Houthi rebels, named after their leaders' clan, to halt

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Yemen: Children The Main Victims Of Land Mines

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Yemen Times
Sumaiya Alkebsi

For the Yemen Times

Published:03-06-2010

SANA'A, June 1 - Athbah, 9, has nightmares, not of ghouls and goblins, but of land mines exploding in her face.

On March 25, Athbah and her sister Hana, 7, were playing with their friend Raja when they accidentally stepped on a land mine that exploded. Raja died in the explosion. Athbah lost her eye, a couple of fingers, and movement in her left hand. Hana has scars all over her face and the optic nerve in her left eye burst with the explosion.

Yahya Al-Seminky, Athbah and Hana's father,

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Assessing Food Security in Yemen - May 2010

Note: Document is 8 pages.
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Copyright © International Food Policy Research Institute

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Assessing food security in Yemen: An innovative integrated, cross-sector, and multilevel approach

The lack of updated information about food security is of concern to many countries, especially during and after economic crises, natural disasters, and conflicts. In this paper we present an analytical framework for assessing the effects of such crises on food security. This methodology can compensate for the lack of recent data in the aftermath of various crisis situations and thus provide important information to policymakers. We apply this methodology to Yemen, a country where the recent food price crisis and global economic recession have been especially damaging.
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Price Monitoring and Analysis Country Brief: Yemen, May 2010

Key Messages

- Food access is difficult for poor households, due to high and volatile prices.

- Armed clashes continue to affect food security conditions, while concerned agencies have major problems reaching population in need of assistance.

- An estimated 7.2 million are reported food insecure with concerned agencies highlighting a severe and alarming problem of hunger in the long term.

- UN agencies do not have sufficient funding to assist the population.

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Yemen: Army Refuses To End Siege In South

Report
Yemen Times
Mohammad Bin Sallam and Fuad Mus'ed

Published:31-05-2010

ADEN, May 30 - Three soldiers were killed last Friday when an armed group belonging to the Southern Movement ambushed a military group and truck in Balah, Lahj, southern Yemen.

As a result, the security forces blocked the main road in Al-Habeelain, Lahj, and commodities, such as food and oil, have run out, according to locals.

Clashes between the armed group and the security force reached houses and shops in the surrounding area.

Merchants planning to sell their goods

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Yemen separatists kill 3 soldiers, wound 11

* Separatists ambush two security convoys, kill three

* Yemen tribes reconcile with gov't over air strike

* Tribesmen allow government to repair oil pipeline

SANAA, May 28 (Reuters) - Separatists ambushed two convoys of Yemen's armed forces, killing three soldiers and wounding 11 others, the Defence Ministry website said on Friday.

Separately, the Yemeni government reached an agreement with the kinsmen of a mediator killed in a pre-dawn air strike earlier this week, after a series of clashes with Yemeni armed forces, a government official told Reuters.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston: Addendum - Study on targeted killings (A/HRC/14/24/Add.6)

Human Rights Council

Fourteenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction

1. A targeted killing is the intentional, premeditated and deliberate use of lethal force, by States or their agents acting under colour of law, or by an organized armed group in armed conflict, against a specific individual who is not in the physical custody of the perpetrator. In recent years, a few States have adopted policies, either

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Afghanistan + 15 others
REPORT 2010: GLOBAL JUSTICE GAP CONDEMNS MILLIONS TO ABUSE

Report
Amnesty
(London) A global justice gap is being made worse by power politics despite a landmark year for international justice, said Amnesty International today in its annual assessment of human rights worldwide.

Launching Amnesty International Report 2010: State of the World's Human Rights, which documents abuses in 159 countries, the organization said that powerful governments are blocking advances in international justice by standing above the law on human rights, shielding allies from criticism and acting only when politically convenient.

"Repression and injustice are flourishing

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Lack of funding undermining agencies' efforts to aid conflict-hit Yemenis - UN

Report
UN News Service
27 May 2010 - United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners are striving to continue providing assistance to more than 320,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected areas of Yemen despite limited funding and access difficulties due to insecurity, a UN office reported today.

Overall there are an estimated 342,000 people, including the IDPs, in need of relief in the five provinces or governorates hit by armed conflict in the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

In Sa'ada governorate alone - the province

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Yemen tribe in new pipeline blast over airstrike

27 May 2010 18:02:49 GMT

* Tribesmen renew attack on oil pipeline

* Yemeni tribe, government agree truce which expires Friday

* Tribe wants those responsible for airstrike put on trial

(Adds new pipeline attack)

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, May 27 (Reuters) - Kinsmen of a Yemeni mediator killed in an errant airstrike targeting al Qaeda blew up an oil pipeline on Thursday in the second such attack this week, a government official said.

The airstrike has provoked clashes between tribesmen and the army, stoking instability in Yemen, which is a focus

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ANALYSIS-Twenty years after unity, Yemen struggles for survival

26 May 2010 08:30:43 GMT

* Central government faces toughening challenges to unity

* Southern separatists have little support internationally

* Analysts see deteriorating economy as root problem

By Raissa Kasolowsky

SANAA, May 26 (Reuters) - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh this week marked 20 years ruling a united Yemen, but has little to celebrate in a country buckling under the pressure of separatist, sectarian and al Qaeda violence.

Pro-unity billboards lining the streets of the capital Sanaa -- "Strength in unity and unity in strength!"

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Yemen: Local Communities Show Commitment For Upgrading of Informal Settlements

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World Bank
Press Release No:2010/429/MENA

Contact:
In Washington:
Hafed Al-Ghwell: (202) 473-8930, halghwell@worldbank.org

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010 - The World Bank is providing US$ 22.00 million equivalent for the Yemen Integrated Urban Development project to improve access to basic services in select informal settlements in urban areas in Taiz Governorate, and strengthen dialogue on a national framework for urban upgrading.

The proposed project contributes to the strategic objectives of the recently approved World Bank Urban and Local

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Air strike kills Yemen mediator, tribes hit pipeline

25 May 2010 19:41:38 GMT

* Mediator had sought to persuade al Qaeda men to surrender

* News website says strike carried out by drone

* Tribesmen blow up crude pipeline linking Maarib to coast

* Kidnappers release U.S. couple, who arrive in Sanaa

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA, May 25 (Reuters) - An air strike in Yemen targeting al Qaeda missed its mark and killed a mediator, prompting members of his tribe to blow up an oil pipeline in clashes that followed, a provincial official said on Tuesday.

Separately, a Yemeni government official

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Burkina Faso + 3 others
Committee on Rights of Child opens fifty-fourth session

Committee on the Rights of the Child

25 May 2010

The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning opened it fifty-fourth session, hearing an address by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Committee also adopted its agenda and programme of work for the session, and a new Committee member, Azza El-Ashmawy, took the solemn oath.

Ms. Pillay noted that today marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The official commemoration would

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World Bank Supports Peoples' Livelihoods in Three Major Yemeni Cities

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World Bank
Press Release No: 2010/430/MENA

Contacts:
Hafed Al-Ghwell: (202) 473-8930, halghwell@worldbank.org

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010 - The World Bank is providing a total funding of US$ 35 million for the Second Port Cities Development project in to accelerate economic growth and foster human and social development in three port cities in Yemen.

Yemen's economy is located in urban areas that are home to about 6.7 million people. Almost one fifth of this urban population lives below the poverty line, with over half of them without

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Afghanistan + 13 others
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations - Report of the Secretary-General (A/65/82-E/2010/88)

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to General Assembly resolutions 63/147 and 64/76 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2009/3.

The report describes the major humanitarian trends and challenges over the past year and analyses two thematic issues

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YEMEN: Amnesty welcomed, but "not enough"

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 24 May 2010 (IRIN) - In a televised speech on the eve of Unification Day, commemorating the merger of northern and southern Yemen on 22 May 1990, President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an amnesty for all imprisoned southern separatists and Houthi rebels in the north.

"On this immortalized national occasion, we order the release of all those detained on charges of rebellion in Saada and outlaws [southern activists accused of secession] in some districts of Lahj, Abyan and Dhalea governorates. We hope they benefit from this

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Somalia + 1 other
Yemen: Two Young Somalis Become Role Models In Their Community

Report
Yemen Times
Khaled Al-Hilaly

Published:24-05-2010

Depending on who he's speaking to, 29-year-old Abdulsalam Ismail Abubaker, will switch between fluent Somali, English and Arabic, impressing listeners with his convincing arguments.

In a meeting about the media coverage of refugee issues, he explained how stigmatizing Somali refugees with crimes and diseases like Aids, can affect their lives.

He started his speech by first expressing appreciation for Yemen giving Somalis refuge.

"We thank the Yemeni people for hosting us," he said in a calm and tactful way, "Yemen is the