Biden’s Saudi Lesson: The Only Path Runs Through M.B.S.

President Biden tried to isolate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over human rights abuses. Now, the United States needs Saudi Arabia, and Mr. Biden is about to visit.

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U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

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Yemen’s Houthis Went From Ragtag Militia to Force Threatening Gulf Powers

Iran’s cultivation of the Houthis over the years of war in Yemen has armed them with missiles and drones, endangering Washington’s partners and Tehran’s rivals, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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How the Yemen War Connects to Saudi Arabia and Iran

Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country before its civil war began in 2014. Then a Saudi-led coalition joined the fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, spreading the ruin.

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Yemen’s President Steps Down, Hands Power to Presidential Council

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi abdicated days after a two-month cease-fire took effect, signs that his Saudi allies may be looking for a path out of the bloodshed.

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Yemen’s Warring Parties to Begin First Cease-Fire in 6 Years

The two-month truce, brokered by the United Nations, offers hope for a reduction of violence in a war that has rattled the Arabian Peninsula and caused a humanitarian crisis.

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OPEC and Russia to Meet as War in Ukraine Roils Oil Market

Big producers seem to be sticking to modest output raises and alliance with Russia.

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Warring Parties in Yemen Announce Overlapping Cease-Fires

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels said they would stop fighting, but further progress toward an end to the seven-year war in the country was uncertain.

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Yemeni Rebel Attack Sets Saudi Oil Facility Ablaze

Saudi officials accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of launching the attack, which cast a shadow over a Formula One car race aimed at international spectators.

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Leaders of Israel, U.A.E. and Egypt Meet Amid Shifting Geopolitics

All three countries are navigating fraught relationships with the Biden administration amid the quickly changing geopolitical landscape precipitated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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U.S. Intervenes to Repel Air Attack on United Arab Emirates

The attack came amid rising tensions between the Emirates and Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The United Arab Emirates is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Houthis for years.

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill Scores at Prison in Yemen, Officials Say

The strikes, which also knocked out the country’s internet, came after Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked the U.A.E., a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting in Yemen for years.

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Yemen’s Houthi Militia Claims Rare Military Strike on U.A.E.

Emirati officials said that several people had been killed in an explosion of fuel tankers in Abu Dhabi, possibly as a result of a drone attack.

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U.S. Lifts Some Sanctions on Iranians Before Nuclear Talks

The move was unrelated to negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal, a State Department spokesman said. The United States also imposed new sanctions on other Iranians.

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Democrats Push Biden to Take Harder Line on Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers have continued to press for harsher action and a wholesale rethinking of the American stance toward the kingdom.

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Famine Stalks Yemen, as War Drags On and Foreign Aid Wanes

For the second time in three years, the threat of widespread famine hangs over the war-torn country, where millions are displaced and struggle daily to find food.

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Saudi Arabia Offers Cease-Fire in Yemen and Lifting of Blockade

The Saudis described the proposal as a plan to end a nearly six-year-old war. The kingdom faces growing pressure to break the stalemate as millions of Yemenis verge on famine.

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U.S. Prepares to Lift Terrorist Designation Against Yemeni Rebels, Despite New Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the designation of the Houthi rebels would be formally revoked next week, in “recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

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Biden Reverses Trump Terrorist Designation for Houthis in Yemen

Critics of the Trump administration action said the penalties would punish the millions of starving people in Yemen more than the Houthi rebels.

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Biden Ends Military Aid for Saudi War in Yemen. Ending the War Is Harder.

Nearly six years of war have shattered Yemen in a way that could thwart efforts to make peace, regardless of whether American bombs are no longer used.

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U.N. Delays Salvage of Yemen Oil Tanker Amid Fears of Major Spill

The United Nations had planned to start a maritime salvage operation to prevent leaks from a dilapidated tanker holding four times the oil that spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster. But Houthi insurgents have failed to provide a written security guarantee, the U.N. said.

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U.S. Blacklisting of Yemen’s Houthis May Cause ‘Large-Scale Famine,’ U.N. Warns

U.N. officials say that the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization could choke food deliveries to Yemen, where millions face starvation.

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U.S. Rush to Declare Houthis Terrorists Threatens to Halt Aid to Yemen

The Trump administration did not wait to put in place legal protections for aid workers, a lapse that officials said could halt shipments of food, medicine, gasoline and other assistance.

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U.S. to Declare Yemen’s Houthis a Terrorist Group, Raising Fears of Fueling a Famine

The State Department’s terrorist designation may be more symbolic than searing for the rebel movement, but it could aggravate Yemen’s human catastrophe.

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Explosion Reported at Yemen Airport as New Government Arrives

The blast, which killed at least 16 people and wounded 60 more, took place just before a plane carrying cabinet officials landed at the Aden airport.

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Trump Incentives for Signing Peace Accords With Israel Could Be at Risk

Diplomatic sweeteners for joining the Abraham Accords that were offered to Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates could be rejected by Congress or reversed by the incoming Biden administration.

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U.N. Gets OK to Aid Crippled Yemen Tanker After Months of Waiting

Officials have been waiting since July to inspect and repair the FSO Safer, a stricken tanker off the Yemen coast. Houthi rebels have finally given approval, the U.N. said.

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Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages

Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada were freed in an agreement with the United States and Oman that allowed 200 Houthi fighters to return to war-ravaged Yemen.

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War Crimes Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

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Strange Bedfellows: Iran’s Ex-President Woos Saudi Crown Prince as Pen Pal

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known in the West for his Holocaust denial and disputed re-election in 2009, writes a warm letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling him a man of peace.

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As if Yemen Needed More Woes, a Decrepit Oil Tanker Threatens Disaster

A rusting vessel used for years to store oil off Yemen’s coast poses what the United Nations has called a dire and entirely preventable threat of ecological catastrophe.

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Coronavirus Slams Broken, Embattled Yemen

Lacking equipment, expertise and authority, a divided, war-torn country bobbles a response to a surging pandemic.

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As Fighting Surges, Yemen Is Hit With 1st Cluster of Covid-19 Infections

A handful of coronavirus cases in Aden appeared to confirm fears that the virus has been spreading, stoking concerns of an outbreak that could quickly overwhelm Yemen’s devastated health system.

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War Within War: As Saudi Prince Edges Away from Yemen, His Allies Feud

A declaration of self-rule by Yemeni separatists has complicated Saudi efforts to withdraw from the war.

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