Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman are responsible for wars – Ukraine and Yemen respectively – that have displaced millions and killed tens of thousands. As the United States castigates the one, it is making nice with the other. How does Washington choose?

  • Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for attacking ‘Israeli ships’ in strategic waterway
  • The incident followed a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since the Israel-Gaza war broke out

A US Navy warship responded to a distress call from a commercial tanker in the Gulf of Aden that had been seized by armed individuals and is now safe, US officials said,


Attack on cargo vessel by Iran-backed rebels highlights the danger now lurking in one of the world’s key shipping routes as the Israel-Gaza war rages.

Shiite-dominated Iran and Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic relations and reopen their respective embassies following a China-brokered deal announced in March.

Human Rights Watch said Saudi border guards have fired ‘explosive weapons’ on Ethiopian migrants trying to cross through Yemen into the Gulf kingdom, killing hundreds since last year.

‘Yemen is the first Islamic country to ban imports of Swedish goods after its violations and desecration of Muslims’ holiest,’ Houthi-run Al Masirah TV quoted the Houthi trade minister as saying.


Those rescued from a compound in Las Pinas city, in Metro Manila, included 604 Chinese, 183 Vietnamese, 137 Indonesians, 134 Malaysians, 81 Thais – and 1,534 Filipinos, police said.

There’s around a 20cm difference between children in the tallest and shortest nations, studies have found. Genes are part of the reason, but environmental factors such as poor diet could be more important.

More than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured in a crush at a charity distribution event in war-torn Yemen, one of the deadliest stampedes in a decade.

‘The two sides emphasised the importance of following up on the implementation of the Beijing Agreement and its activation in a way that expands mutual trust,’ a joint statement said.


The cuts, totalling 1.15 million barrels per day from May until the end of the year, could raise prices worldwide. Saudi described the move as a ‘precautionary measure’ aimed at stabilising the oil market.

The UN Security Council discussed the impact on Yemen of the shock Chinese-led announcement on March 10 that diplomatic relations between Sunni Saudi and Shiite Iranian rivals would be restored.

Tehran and Riyadh have agreed to restore diplomatic relations following the Beijing-led talks that experts dubbed as ‘a major development in the Middle Eastern diplomacy’.


The United Nations has bought a ship to transfer 1.1 million barrels of crude oil from an ageing tanker off the coast of Yemen and prevent an environmental disaster.

The UN food chief warned that the world is facing ‘a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude’, with millions pushed closer to starvation by the war in Ukraine.

152 people were killed when the ageing Airbus A310 crashed while attempting to land. The company denied responsibility but was ordered to pay US$237,000 damages to families and the sole survivor, who was 12 at the time.


The United Nations has appealed for the last US$14 million needed to try and prevent a stricken oil tanker from triggering a disaster off Yemen that could cost US$20 billion to clean up.