Houthis write to UN expressing commitment to peace plan

The Houthis in Yemen have reportedly written a letter to UN General Secretary  Ban Ki Moon expressing commitment to a Muscat-brokered seven-point peace plan which includes a ceasefire, the withdrawal of militias from occupied cities, as well as the return of the capital Sana’a to government control. The letter comes amidst continued fighting in Taiz and Ma’rib as the Arab …

President Hadi returns to Yemen

  President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi has reportedly landed in Aden. The president had fled in March to Riyadh following a Houthi advance on Aden which saw air strikes on the presidential palace in an attempt to assassinate the president. In July, the Houthi forces were driven back from Aden by local militia and coalition forces. “The return of his excellency …

Tunisia: Hechmi Hamdi calls for protests

Tunisia – The Leader of Tayyar al Mahabba and former Presidential candidate Mohamed El-Hechmi Hamdi, has called for protests in solidarity with the unemployed. In a march called ‘National Day for the unemployed and unemployment benefit’, Hamdi repeats a recurrent theme in his politics which he summarised during his presidential campaign as the need for a “health service, unemployment benefit, and …

Croatia closes Serbia border crossing

View image | gettyimages.com Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia with Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic stating that his country was “absolutely full”. Refugees had begun to attempt to cross Croatia after Hungary closed its borders and used force to disperse the crowds including tear gas and water cannons, a move condemned by the UN. Despite the …

Japan to vote on security bill

View image | gettyimages.com     Japan is set to vote on a security bill that will permit the military to fight overseas for the first time since World War II. The bill, which is expected to be passed Japan’s upper house, comes amidst growing concern over China as well as US foreign policy under President Obama which seeks to restrict …

Yemen: Fighting continues in Ma’rib and Taiz

Fighting continues in the Yemeni cities of Ma’rib and Taiz as the Arab coalition seek to cement their foothold in preparation for a campaign to restore the capital Sana’a to the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi. The Houthis reported via their television outlet Al-Maseerah that it had taken Emirati and Saudi hostages, ransoming the former in …