Saudi Arabia launches fresh air strikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabia's fighter jets lead fresh air strikes on Yemen.

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Saudi fighter jets have led fresh air raids on Yemen. The latest air strikes hit different locations in the capital Sana'a and in the provinces of Hudaydah and Ma'rib. Warplanes also targeted the presidential palace in the city of Ta'izz where Saudi artillery shelling earlier killed two people and wounded two more.
  • The US government says it is ready to support a probe by the International Criminal Court into Daesh terrorists' crimes. Secretary of State John Kerry has described as genocide ISIL's atrocities against Iraqi and Syrian minorities. Kerry says the terrorists have committed crimes against humanity in areas under their control.
  • Brazil’s house of Congress has opened impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over alleged doctoring of government accounts. Lawmakers voted 433-1 to form a committee to examine the allegations. At least two-thirds of the 513 members of the lower house need to approve the impeachment before it can proceed to Senate. 
  • As the Syria peace talks continue in the Swiss city of Geneva, the UN special envoy says talks with the Saudi-backed opposition have been very productive. Staffan de Mistura said he will meet with the government delegation as well. He reminded the two sides are still far away from each other.
  • Aid NGO International Rescue Committee says European leaders must come up with a concrete plan for the refugees at the Greece-Macedonia border. The IRC says the squalid conditions in the refugee camps cannot continue. The aid NGO says the refugees should be relocated from Greece where nearly 46-thousand of them are stranded.
  • Officials from the European Union countries are in the Belgian capital Brussels to weigh up plans to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. Turkey's package that proposes relocating refugees from Greece is at issue in the two-day summit. The EU is expected to strike a deal with Turkey.
  • The European Union foreign policy service has issued a statement, directly criticizing Israel for a decision to seize land in the occupied West Bank. The statement said Israel's move is a further step that risks undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state.
  • French police have clashed with student protesters who'd come out in Paris to condemn controversial labor reforms. Security guards fired tear gas at protesters and arrested a group of them. It's been a while that rallies against labor policies take place nationwide. Demonstrators say the reforms increase unemployment.

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