UN welcomes US revocation of Yemen’s Houthis as terrorists

The United States announced on Feb. 12 it is revoking the designation of Yemen's Houthi rebels as a terrorist group effective Feb. 16, a reversal by the Biden administration welcomed by the United Nations and humanitarian groups who feared former president Donald Trump's actions would impede aid deliveries to the conflict-torn country facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Biden ending US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

President Joe Biden announced on Feb. 4 the United States was ending support for a grinding five-year Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen that has deepened suffering in the Arabian peninsula's poorest country, calling the move part of restoring a U.S. emphasis on diplomacy, democracy and human rights.

Slovenia makes no headway in Corruption Perception Index

Ljubljana – Slovenia has made no headway in the 2020 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) compiled annually by Transparency International (TI). Like in 2019, Slovenia ranked 39th among 180 countries included in the index. With a score of 60 points, it once again fell short of the EU average of 64 points and the OECD average of 67 points.

Turkey to extend military deployment in Gulf of Aden

Turkey's presidency on Jan. 25 submitted a motion extending Turkish forces' deployment in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia and the Arabian Sea.

Lawmaker will debate the motion on Tuesday extending the authorization of the deployments through Feb. 10, 2022.

Since it was first approved by parliament in 2008, the motion for the deployment has been extended 13 times.

Yemeni official: Blast at Aden airport kills 16, wounds 60

A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Dec. 30, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said. At least 16 people were killed and 60 were wounded in the blast.

The source of the blast was not immediately clear and no group claimed responsibility for attacking the airport.

Ankara welcomes new Yemeni government

Turkey on Dec. 27 welcomed Yemen's new government after it was sworn in recently in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

"We hope that this development will contribute to the resolution of the conflict and the humanitarian crisis that has been going on for over six years," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.