Yemen’s Houthis have charged Intisar al Hammadi with committing an indecent act by modelling and with drug possession and Human Rights Watch says the rebels reportedly threatened to subject her to a “virginity test”.
The Pentagon’s reduction of US troops and military hardware in the Middle East shows a reorientation of the Biden administration’s priorities in the region.
Sources with the internationally recognised government say that 16 soldiers from their ranks were killed, including six officers.
Washington’s attempts to maintain clout against China and Al Qaeda through the UAE is self-defeating and threatens regional stability.
The Arab world’s poorest country has been in the midst of a perpetual humanitarian disaster for years but the situation can get even worse.
Meanwhile, the United States announced sanctions on what it called members of a smuggling network that generates tens of millions of dollars for Yemen's Houthis.
Experts argue that a regimented Iran led by a hardliner president might be more confident in dealing with the West.
Under the Biden administration, various normalisation efforts have started across the region, ranging from Turkey-Egypt rapprochement, to Iran-Saudi talks.
The two rivals held first direct talks in years, but experts say several sticking points remain.
Two officials from pro-government forces say that the rebels were mounting a concerted push that had left 26 loyalist soldiers dead as well as 44 from Houthi ranks.
The loss of Marib would be a heavy blow for the Yemeni government, currently based in the southern city of Aden, and for its Saudi backers.
Compared to four years ago, Zakat funds increased in record numbers last year, helping more than two million refugees across the world, according to UNHCR.
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