Middle East By Lyse Doucet BBC chief international correspondent 15 December 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46575544 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsYemen crisis A ''forgotten war'' is now in the … [Read more...] about Can Yemen truce deal finally bring peace?
British travellers will have to pay 7 euros ($7.91) for a three year pre-travel authorisation to visit the European Union after Brexit. Natasha Bertaud, spokeswoman for Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission's president, confirmed on Friday that British visitors to the EU will need to pay the fee for a visa waiver under the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The waiver will apply if the two sides agree on a Brexit deal before the UK leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. But if the UK crashes out of the bloc without an agreement to mitigate ensuing disruptions, Britons could require visas to travel to the EU in the future, Bertaud said. The ETIAS system, due to come into force in 2021, is aimed at beefing up the bloc's security. Under the Brexit deal, ETIAS would start applying to the UK when its post-Brexit transition period ends in 2020. ETIAS would be similar to the ESTA scheme used by the United States, and would apply to … [Read more...] about Britons to pay for visa-free travel to EU after Brexit
The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on UNICEF in the northeast of the country, hours after accusing the UN agency's staff of "spying" for Boko Haram. Earlier on Friday, the Nigerian military said UNICEF had been training people to sabotage its counter-insurgency efforts by reporting alleged human rights abuses by soldiers. Nigeria's northeast has been torn apart by a decade-long armed campaign by Boko Haram and its splinter groups. Nigeria displaced return to ruin homes, fear violence More than 30,000 people have been killed and many more driven from their homes. With millions displaced, the northeast is largely dependent on international aid. In its statement, the Nigerian military said UNICEF staff "train and deploy spies who support the insurgents and their sympathisers". It said that UNICEF's operations were being suspended in the northeast until further notice but in a second statement hours later, the military said it held an emergency meeting with UNICEF … [Read more...] about Nigeria army lifts ban on UNICEF amid spying allegations
Date created : 15/12/2018 - 07:40 Fighting broke out on the outskirts of Yemen's port city of Hodeidah on Friday, residents said, a day after a ceasefire agreement was reached by the warring parties at UN-sponsored peace talks. The main port used to feed Yemen's 30 million people is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that also controls the capital Sanaa and has been battling against a Saudi-led Arab coalition seeking to restore a government ousted in 2014.Hodeida has been the focus of fighting this year, raising global fears that a battle could cut off supply lines and lead to mass starvation. Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have massed on the city's outskirts.Despite the ceasefire, one resident told Reuters he could hear the sound of missiles and automatic gunfire in the direction of the eastern 7th July suburb.Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said coalition warplanes had launched two strikes on Ras Isa city north of Hodeida. The coalition did not immediately confirm … [Read more...] about Fighting breaks out in Yemen’s Hodeida after truce deal
Angry. Fractured. Fed up. Europe is storming into winter on a wave of discontent. Britain slipped further into Brexit chaos this week after Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived a leadership challenge by her own party. France is bracing for what could be a fifth weekend of "gilet jaunes" (yellow vests) protests by citizens struggling to make ends meet. And in Hungary, thousands are up in arms over changes to overtime rules critics decry as "slave laws". The lightning rods of revolt differ from country to country. But the tinder they feed on, economists say, is rooted in policies that have pushed a vast and growing swathe of European citizens to the financial brink. "This has been building for a while," Thomas Ferguson, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, told Al Jazeera. "If you squeeze people forever, they revolt." University of Texas progressive economist James Galbraith, who recently returned from France, also links the current unrest to policies … [Read more...] about From Brexit to Yellow Vests, a common thread of economic hardship