World roundup: July 18 2022
Stories from the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Russia, and more
In today’s global news:
Worldometer is tracking COVID-19 cases and fatalities.
The New York Times is tracking global vaccine distribution.
The United Nations is reportedly leaning on the warring parties in Yemen to agree on a second two-month extension of April’s ceasefire. Among the many vague developments that attended Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East last week was a vague commitment from Saudi leaders to “deepen and extend” the ceasefire, but if UN envoy Hans Grundberg is going to get an extension he’ll need to deal with the fact that the ceasefire’s terms still haven’t been fully implemented. Rebels have not eased their siege of Taiz, there’s little improvement in terms of opening roads that cross the conflict’s front lines, and the Yemeni government has accused the rebels of refusing to share revenue from Hudaydah seaport. The rebels, meanwhile, say that the pro-government coalition is not doing enough to ease its air blockade on Sanaa. As of now the ceasefire is set to expire on August 2.
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