Lisa Barrington

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28 Jun 2019 | 4:57 PM

Exclusive: UAE scales down military presence in Yemen as Gulf tensions flare

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, four western diplomatic sources said.

13 Jun 2019 | 11:18 PM

U.S. blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman, Iran rejects assertion

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that drove up oil prices and raised concerns about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation, but Tehran bluntly denied the allegation.

4 Jun 2019 | 10:34 PM

Yemen's Houthis and WFP dispute aid control as millions starve

DUBAI (Reuters) - A dispute over control of biometric data between the World Food Programme and Yemen's Houthi group is straining humanitarian efforts and threatens to disrupt aid distribution in a country already on the brink of famine.

3 Jun 2019 | 7:21 AM

Bahrain says following opposition social media could result in legal action

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts the Navy's Fifth Fleet, has warned citizens and residents that following anti-government social media accounts could result in legal action, hardening a government campaign against critical online voices.

29 May 2019 | 3:22 PM

Top U.S. security adviser: Iranian mines likely caused UAE tanker blasts

ABU DHABI/JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that naval mines "almost certainly from Iran" were used to attack oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates this month, and warned Tehran against conducting new operations.

21 May 2019 | 11:09 PM

Yemen's Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts.

5 May 2019 | 9:01 PM

With focus on Hodeidah, Yemen's war rages on elsewhere

ADEN, Yemen/DUBAI (Reuters) - With global attention on Yemen focused on a fragile truce in its main port of Hodeidah, fighting between rival forces in the country's four-year war has surged elsewhere.

22 Mar 2019 | 8:43 PM

U.S. pressure on Hezbollah, Iran is working, Pompeo says in Beirut

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah are working, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday on a visit to Beirut, calling on Lebanon to stand up to the Shi'ite group which he accused of "criminality, terror and threats".

12 Mar 2019 | 11:21 PM

'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Even as it faced imminent defeat in its last populated territory in eastern Syria, Islamic State made a new propaganda film calling on the few remaining residents of its cold, besieged encampment to maintain their prayers and seek refuge in God.

26 Jan 2019 | 12:28 AM

Fear of renewed fighting, hunger as Yemen port troop pull-out stalls

DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's warring parties have failed to pull troops from the main port under a month-old truce, putting the first major diplomatic breakthrough of the four-year war in jeopardy and reviving the threat of an all-out assault that could unleash famine.