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Islamic State group's deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said. IS fighters burnt or chopped down orchards, sabotaged wells and stole or destroyed vital farming equipment. Amnesty is calling on the government to repair rural infrastructure and compensate the displaced.
Mediators are seeking a de-escalation of violence in two flashpoint cities: rebel-held Hodeida, a port city vital to the supply of humanitarian aid, and Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, scene of most intense fighting. Both govt and rebel representatives have rejected multiple draft proposals over two weeks. The UN-brokered talks on Yemen have 24 hours left.
The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Entire towns and neighborhoods were reduced to rubble.
The transcript of the gruesome recording includes descriptions of Khashoggi struggling against his murderers, CNN said, and references sounds of the dissident journalist's body "being dismembered by a saw." The transcript made clear the killing was premeditated, and suggests several phone calls were made to give briefings on the progress.
The UN has begun sending desperately needed aid from Jordan to hundreds of thousands of civilians in war-torn Syria. The UN's humanitarian office said that 369 trucks will carry one month's worth of supplies to Syria. It's the first cross-border aid shipment since the Syrian govt recaptured a trade crossing with Jordan from Syrian rebels and reopened it in October.
According to the IPC — whose analysis is necessary to decide whether to declare famine in countries — the 20 million people facing "severe acute food insecurity" represent 67 per cent of Yemen's population. Already 15.9 million people wake up hungry in Yemen. Unemployment is running at over 30% and inflation is projected at around 42%.