UK, US military officials supervise Yemen strikes: Saudi FM

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir attends with the Arab foreign ministers an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 10, 2016. AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says British and American military officials are supervising the kingdom’s air campaign in Yemen. Jubeir noted the officials have access to lists of targets in Yemen. The top Saudi diplomat expressed satisfaction with the QUOTE-safeguards that the supervision provides.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says British and American military officials are supervising the kingdom’s air campaign in Yemen. Jubeir noted the officials have access to lists of targets in Yemen. The top Saudi diplomat expressed satisfaction with the QUOTE-safeguards that the supervision provides.
  • Clashes break out between Bahraini security forces and protesters who had taken to the streets in Sitra island to condemn the Saudi execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Similar protests were staged after the Friday Prayers in many other parts of the country.
  • The Syrian army, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters is preparing to launch a massive operation to liberate the largest militant-held city of Aleppo. The aim is to flush out pockets of Daesh and al Nusra Front terrorists from the eastern parts of the city.
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund - UNICEF - has warned of QUOTE severe malnutrition among children in the militant-held Syrian town of Madaya. The U-N humanitarian aid convoys entered Madaya on Thursday for the second time in a week after reports of people starving to death.
  • The White House says the I-A-E-A report on Iran's compliance with its nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group is more than a technicality and there is QUOTE-ample reason to distrust Iran. This, as all sides are awaiting the nuclear watchdog's final report on Iran’s commitment to the terms of the nuclear deal.
  • Venezuela's president has declared a two-month state of economic emergency, giving the authorities special temporary powers including boosting production. Venezuela has been hit hard by the fall in crude prices which resulted in the economy to shrink four-and-a-half percent from January to September.
  • People in Taiwan are casting their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections. Opinion polls indicate that Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party will win the presidential race. Eric Chu stands for the ruling KMT, which improved ties with China.

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