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Yemen’s warring parties agree to extend ceasefire by a further two months

The UN has announced that the warring sides in Yemen have agreed to extend the current ceasefire for a further two months. Late on Tuesday the government and the Houthi rebels committed to intensify efforts on negotiations, said Hans Grundberg, special envoy for the country. The news will bring some relief for citizens who had been bracing for war to return after what has already been an uneasy four-month truce.

The Yemeni maternity hospital where incubators sit idle as newborns die

Born nine weeks premature and weighing less than three pounds, Mohammed lies doll-like in a hospital incubator as he fights for his life. The odds are not in his favour. In his postnatal intensive care unit in Mukalla, a former Al Qaeda stronghold in southern Yemen, one in five babies do not survive. After eight years of a brutal civil war, the country’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse as the country’s economy is in meltdown.

After a week of Isis terror, holiday clash puts Israel on high alert for Hamas violence

Israel has been caught “off-guard” by a spate of Isis attacks that have put the country on its highest state of alert since riots last year, security officials have warned. Lone wolf and copycat attacks attributed to Isis have seen the death of 11 Israelis in one week across three separate attacks in what Naftali Bennett, the country’s prime minister, has called “a new wave of terrorism”.

Freed Isis sympathiser kills four in knife rampage

Four Israelis were killed and at least two others seriously injured yesterday when a former prisoner with Isis sympathies went on a stabbing rampage before being shot dead by a passer-by. Israeli police said the attacker arrived at a petrol station in the southern city of Beersheba and stabbed a woman before getting in a car and running over a man riding on a bicycle. He left the car again and stabbed a man and a woman before being pursued by witnesses, one of whom shot him.

Qatari feminist Noof al-Maadeed ‘locked up in psychiatric hospital’

A Qatari women’s rights activist is allegedly being held in a psychiatric hospital against her will, a family member claims, raising fears over her safety. Noof al-Maadeed, 23, fled to Britain in 2019 after years of domestic violence, documenting her escape from Qatar on social media. She returned on October 13, with her silence on social media raising fears the activist had either been detained or killed.
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