Coalition says Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

Fifteen cargo ships carrying food and fuel and authorised by the coalition still waiting to dock in Hodeida

Riyadh: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognised government accused Iran-backed rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port.

“Al Houthi militiamen, who control the port of Hodeida, continue to hinder the unloading of commercial cargo ships loaded with essential goods, food and humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people,” a coalition spokesman said.

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Coast Guard Leaders to Collaborate on Piracy and Pollution

By Noel Tarrazona

Coast Guard officers from over 30 countries agreed to establish inter-regional collaborations to address the rising threats of piracy and marine pollution during the Coast Guard Global Summit held in Tokyo last week.

The U.S., Canada, South Korea, China Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, Djibouti, Hong Kong and Japan participated in the summit which was jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation.

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Militants suspend attacks in N’Delta

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—REFORMED Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, and a coalition of nine militant groups, yesterday, temporarily suspended their threat to restart attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.

Leader of RNDA, self-styled “Major General” Johnmark Ezonbi, in a statement, said: “RNDA and a coalition of nine militants have temporarily suspended the two weeks ultimatum given to the Federal Government to resume fresh attacks on oil installations and facilities in the Niger Delta if they continued to discuss with the disbanded Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.

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Iran Is Smuggling Increasingly Potent Weapons Into Yemen, U.S. Admiral Says

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The top American admiral in the Middle East said on Monday that Iran continues to smuggle illicit weapons and technology into Yemen, stoking the civil strife there and enabling Iranian-backed rebels to fire missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia that are more precise and far-reaching.

Iran has been repeatedly accused of providing arms helping to fuel one side of the war in Yemen, in which rebels from the country’s north, the Houthis, ousted the government from the capital of Sana in 2014.

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6 Alleged Somali Pirates in Yemen jail since 2009 Plead for Help

6 alleged Somali pirates who are currently jailed inside a prison at the Yemen capital, San’a plead for help from the Federal government of Somalia, the group said in an interview with Horn Observer.

Yemen navy arrested the alleged pirates off the coast of Yemen in 2009 where they were later arrested at a prison in Mukala. Later Yemen court sentenced them to death and were transferred to San’a, the capital, before the Houthis rebels took over the city.

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Yemen’s Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah.

“We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything,” he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

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US air strikes ‘kill’ militants in Somalia

The US has killed six members of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in three air strikes in southern Somalia, the US Africa Command has said.

The operation was carried under new powers given to US forces by President Donald Trump in March, allowing for “lethal action” against the al-Qaeda affiliate.

Mr Trump designated some areas of Somalia as active war zones, meaning US forces required less high-level vetting to carry out strikes against the militants, US-based Newsweek magazine reported.

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EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

WRITTEN BY Abdi Latif Dahir

For more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows.

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization for ocean conservation, said that Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain violated the laws of the European Common Fisheries Policy by awarding private fishing authorizations to vessels, which granted them access to waters in The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea. Using an online monitoring tool, Oceana recorded 19 EU-flagged vessels that illegally fished for almost 32,000 hours in African waters from April 2012 through to August 2015.

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India stakes claim on ‘killer’ Italian marines

Neeraj Chauha

NEW DELHI: Not keen to let off the Italian marines, the government has recently informed the the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that “India has jurisdiction over the Italian marines – Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who had committed murder aboard the Indian fishing vessel St Antony at Kollam, Kerala, within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India”.

According to top government sources, a detailed counter-memorial in response to Italy’s memorial filed on September 30, 2016 has been filed before the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annexure VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Mogadishu to strengthen Partnerships

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, visited Mogadishu to meet international partners from  the United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and military partners including the US.

Admiral Gregori held an exchange of views with each host on the ongoing international efforts to support the Somali Federal Government in enhancing the security situation ashore and on the developments regarding the maritime domain. In addition, Admiral Gregori met with representatives from European Union Member States to provide an update on the situation at sea.

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