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Pro-government forces gather south of the Hodeida airport in Yemen on June 15. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce

U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster.

Saudi Army artillery fire shells toward Yemen from southwestern Saudi Arabia on April 13, 2015. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen

A Gulf-led coalition is preparing to assault a key Yemeni port, risking a fresh humanitarian crisis.

U.S. Marines stack hurricane relief supplies from the U.S. Agency for International Development in Dominica on Sept 29, 2017. (Sgt. Melissa Martens/U.S. Marines via Getty Images)

USAID Redesign Moves Forward, With No Drama

Unlike ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Agency for International Development chief Mark Green has won over his workforce with his reorganization plan.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, talks with aid workers after arriving in Eastern Ghouta on March 15, 2018. (Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Is Threatening to Break the Aid World

In a nighttime ride from the Syrian border, the president of the Red Cross describes tensions between his moral principles and the country's political realities.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley cast lone U.S. veto to block resolution on Jerusalem on December 18, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York. (Ken Betancur / AFP/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley’s Diplomacy of Revenge Targets U.N. Relief Agency

The United States threatens to pull the plug on hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Palestinians.

A girl walks among rubbish in a slum in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Nov. 9, 2016. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Nominee Concedes Saudi Siege of Yemen Could Be Violating U.S. Law

Sen. Todd Young lifts a hold on the president’s pick for the next State Department legal advisor, after extracting a promise to review Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen.

Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on August 12, 2017.
A cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of some 2,000 Yemenis in less than four months. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As Cholera-Wracked Yemen Starves, Saudis Paint Rosy Picture of Their Relief Efforts

Aid organizations, rights groups, and lawmakers have slammed Riyadh’s obstruction of aid deliveries.

170831-N-KL846-150 VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, rescues two dogs at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. U.S. Fleet Forces Command  sent personnel and assets to bolster Northern Command's support of FEMA's assistance to federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

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Two puppies rescued from the flood.

A Syrian man and his children carry sacks of wheat and aid, provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 1, 2016.
Aid workers made the first delivery of desperately needed assistance since the start of Syria's fragile ceasefire, as an international task force met to try to bolster the truce. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY        (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Taxpayers Are Helping Bashar Al-Assad in a Strategic City

While U.S. and U.N. provide humanitarian relief to Deir Ezzor, Syria starves civilians in opposition towns.

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Somalia’s Land is Dying. The People Will Be Next.

Images from the front lines of Africa's battle with climate change.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks along with his daughter Ivanka during a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the Oval Office at the White House April 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump Wants to Highlight the Humanitarian Crises Her Father Ignores

Aid advocates voice concern that State Department experts are being sidelined in first daughter’s foreign-policy debut.

Displaced Iraqis, who fled their homes following an offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, collect boxes of food donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in the southern city of Basra on October 2, 2014.  United Nations agencies are running out of funding to help the 1.8 million people displaced by violence in Iraq, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.  AFP PHOTO/HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. to Put Trump Appointee at Head of World Food Programme to Help Stave Off U.S. Cuts

U.N. officials hope former South Carolina Governor David Beasley can persuade his D.C. friends to spare the food agency from the White House budget axe.

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U.N. Warns Yemen Could Be on Brink of Famine

The crisis comes as the United States weighs sharp cuts to U.N. humanitarian aid programs

TOPSHOT - Syrian pro-regime fighters, gesture as they drive past residents fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters. 
Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighbourhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Can U.N. Monitors Stop the Slaughter in Aleppo?

The U.N. voted to send monitors to Aleppo. But some fear such moves could be too little, too late.

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In Brussels, The Mayor of Eastern Aleppo Makes His Last Diplomatic Stand

As the noose tightens around civilians in the besieged Syrian city.

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The Cease-Fire in Syria Is, For Now, Back On

Failed ceasefires have become a common occurrence in Syria. The latest deal could be the last best hope for civilians and embattled rebels — if it holds.

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