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Yemen war: Billions in aid, but where’s it going?

Image copyright AFP Image caption The price of key food staples has risen significantly in recent months, according to the World Food Programme. The ongoing UN-sponsored peace talks are seen as a key moment in the search for an end to the war in Yemen. They also bring a glimmer of hope that the desperate situation inside the country can be alleviated. Images of severely malnourished children, outbreaks of cholera and warnings of whole communities on the brink of starvation have brought the urgency of finding a diplomatic solution into…

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Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Images showed dozens of people in Aleppo with breathing difficulties The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack. The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in Idlib province. Syria and Russia said shells carrying chlorine gas injured about 100 people in the government-held city of Aleppo last month. State media showed images of residents being treated in hospital. Russia later carried…

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The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead Redemption win big

Image copyright SONY The adventures of a Spartan and a rugged Wild West outlaw have swept the board at this year’s The Game Awards. Big budget titles God Of War and Red Dead Redemption joined Fortnite in taking home trophies at the event. God Of War won the big one – Game of the Year – ahead of Assassin’s Creed, Celeste, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter and Red Dead Redemption. It also won an award for game direction and was named Best Action or Adventure Game of the Year. Red Dead Redemption…

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Exclusive: Tesla, smarting from trade war, seeks bids for China Gigafactory construction

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tesla Inc has opened a tender process to build its Shanghai Gigafactory and at least one contractor has started buying materials, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters, the clearest indication that construction is imminent. FILE PHOTO – A Tesla sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song The details, previously unreported, reveal that state-owned Shanghai Construction Group Co Ltd is taking part in the bidding while a unit…

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Yemen war: Wounded Houthis rebels to be evacuated

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yemen has been gripped by conflict since early 2015 when Houthi rebels seized control A UN plane is to evacuate wounded Houthi rebels from Yemen in an effort to build confidence ahead of peace talks, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the rebels says. The 50 rebels are due to be flown from the rebel-held capital Sanaa for treatment in Oman later on Monday. UN-sponsored talks between the rebels and the Saudi-backed government are expected to start in the coming days. The war has caused the…

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Mexico’s drug war: Has the tide been turned?

Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador is promising a radical transformation of his country’s policy to tackle the production of illegal drugs. The drug war in Mexico claims thousands of lives each year and parts of the country are controlled by notorious drug lords. But the most infamous, known as ‘El Chapo’, is currently on trial on the US and many other drug kingpins have either been killed or jailed. Has the tide now turned in Mexico’s brutal drug war? Reality Check investigates. Video by Nadeem Shad Animations by…

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UK government in Google bidding war with Brexit deal opponents

The government is paying to promote Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Google – but is facing a battle with opponents of the deal using very similar headlines. The Cabinet Office says it will reveal how much is being spent to push the government’s message to the top of the rankings when people search “what is the Brexit deal?”. However, we may not find out until after MPs vote on the deal next month. And the government ad keeps being knocked off the top spot by a campaign group called “Britain’s…

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Trump’s trade war: Stakes are high at G20 summit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping are due to meet again this week The stakes are high at this week’s G20 summit, where President Trump is due to meet China’s President Xi Jinping. Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over trade between the two countries have been undermined by recent threats by the US president. Only days before the summit in Argentina, President Trump said current tariff levels on $200bn (£157bn) of Chinese imports would rise…

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Philippines drug war: Police found guilty of murdering Kian Delos Santos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The killing of Kian Delos Santos was one of the most high-profile deaths in the campaign Three Philippine police officers have been found guilty of the high-profile murder of a teenager, the first such convictions since President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” began. A court sentenced them to up to 40 years in prison each for the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos in 2017. President Duterte launched the anti-narcotics campaign in 2016, to deal with a rampant drug problem. Since then 5,000 dealers…

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Yemen war: US Senate advances measure to end support for Saudi forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN has called the Yemen war the world’s worst humanitarian crisis The US Senate has advanced a measure to withdraw American support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. In a blow to President Donald Trump, Senators voted 63-37 to take forward a motion on ending US support. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had urged Senators not to back the motion, saying it would worsen the situation in Yemen. The vote comes in the wake of the murder of…

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