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Britain urges UAE not to press ahead with attack on Yemen's 'lifeline' port

Britain urges UAE not to press ahead with attack on Yemen's 'lifeline' portBritain has urged the UAE not to press ahead with an assault on Yemen’s main port following UN warnings that the attack could leave hundreds of thousands dead in a country already on the brink of famine.  UAE forces are poised to attack the port of Hodeidah as early as Tuesday as part of their campaign with Saudi Arabia to defeat the Houthi rebels who have seized much of north Yemen.  Around 70 per cent of Yemen’s imports, including the vast majority of its food, comes through Hodeidah and the port is described as the country’s “lifeline”. The UN said last week that up to 250,000 people could die if the port is attacked or besieged.     “We will continue to discourage any attack on Hodeidah port and will continue to use our influence to do so,” Alistair Burt, a foreign office minister, told the House of Commons.   The Department for International Development (Dfid) warned international aid groups on Saturday that diplomatic negotiations to avert the attack were failing.  “We are doing everything we can through diplomatic channels to discourage an assault on Hodeidah. However despite these actions, a military assault now looks imminent,” Dfid said in an email to aid groups.   At least eight million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine Credit: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images By Monday evening, diplomatic efforts to dissuade the UAE were still underway and British officials said they had not lost hope of averting the attack. “It could still be that a negotiated solution is found,” said Mr Burt.   The UK sells weapons to both the UAE and Saudi Arabia and provides logistical support for their military coalition in Yemen. Mr Burt resisted calls from opposition MPs to halt arms supplies or to ensure that UK weapons were not used in the Hodeidah attack.   Several aid agency figures said they believed that the attack was likely to begin on Tuesday, when international attention was focused on the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.  The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, which includes the UAE, did not respond to a request for comment. Extremely concerned that life-saving organisations are not getting the security guarantees they need to work safely in #Yemen. All parties to the conflict must allow safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access to all parts of Yemen.— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) June 10, 2018 UN officials believe the US will play the deciding role in whether or not the attack goes ahead and that the UAE would not move forward without a green light from the White House. “So far they have a blinking yellow light from the US,” one official said.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said he was “closely following” the situation but did not call for the UAE to hold fire. “I have spoken with Emirati leaders and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports,” he said.  The Houthi rebels took control of Hodeidah in 2014 and drove Yemeni government forces out. The Saudi-led military coalition alleges that the Houthis are using the port to smuggle weapons from Iran, including ballistic missiles which have been fired into Saudi Arabia.  As part of a compromise deal to avert an attack, the UN has offered to co-manage the port alongside the Houthis. The offer is intended to give the Saudi coalition confidence that Hodeidah is not being used for weapons smuggling.  Mike Pompeo said he was closely watching the developments in Yemen Credit: UPI / Barcroft Images Aid groups fear that the compromise will not satisfy the coalition and that the UAE will press ahead with the attack in the belief that if they take Hodeidah they can force the Houthis to surrender across Yemen.  Dr Mariam Aldogani, a field manager for Save the Children, said two medical facilities had closed already as UAE forces approach the southern edge of Hodeidah. “People are afraid. If they attack it will be a disaster,” she said. “There is no future. For more than three years we have been through war and it is enough.” Around 22 million people in Yemen are dependent on aid, with at least eight million on the verge of famine, according to the UN. A Saudi coalition airstrike hit a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) cholera treatment centre in the northern town of Abs early on Monday morning, the aid group said. No one was injured. João Martins, MSF's head of mission Yemen, said the strike showed “complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable.”



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Infamous Donald Trump White House press aide loses job

Infamous Donald Trump White House press aide loses jobRachel Maddow reports that Kelly Sadler, the Donald Trump White House press aide who gained notoriety for her tasteless crack about John McCain's mortality, has lost her job.



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How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primaries

How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primariesThe press is framing Democratic primary contests as "establishment" versus "outsiders," but in fact, the categories blur, and both wings of the party have done well so far.



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Fox News Reporter: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Deserves Apology After Press Dinner

Fox News Reporter: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Deserves Apology After Press DinnerFox News reporter Ed Henry said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee



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South Korea press cautiously welcome summit with North

South Korea press cautiously welcome summit with NorthSouth Korean newspapers on Saturday gave a guarded welcome to the inter-Korean summit, but lamented the lack of a firmer commitment to ridding the North of its nuclear weapons. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday and agreed to pursue a permanent peace treaty and the complete denuclearisation of their divided peninsula. “South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula,” the two Koreas said in a joint statement issued at the end of the summit at the truce village of Panmunjom.



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U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' Trump

U.S. Press Freedom Ranking Falls Again, Thanks To 'Media-Bashing Enthusiast' TrumpWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's unrelenting attacks on the free press



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Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer

Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyerBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog that McCabe “lacked candor” with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife’s political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.



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Syrian army vows to press war, rebels say strikes not enough

Syrian army vows to press war, rebels say strikes not enoughBy Tom Perry and Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian opposition said Western strikes on Saturday would not change the course of the seven-year-old war as the army said it would crush remaining rebel parts of the country. The missiles by the United States, Britain, and France targeted President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities in response to a deadly poison gas attack near Damascus a week ago, Washington said. Some insurgent officials said they feared an onslaught against the rebel bastion of Idlib, which a senior Iranian official has indicated could be the next target.



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Former Disney Star Caroline Sunshine Joins White House Press Office

Former Disney Star Caroline Sunshine Joins White House Press OfficeCaroline Sunshine is a former college Republican who was also a White House intern.



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White House Hires Former Disney Channel Star As Press Assistant

White House Hires Former Disney Channel Star As Press AssistantPresident Donald Trump's TV star-run administration has hired former Disney



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