Jun 13, 2018

Report: "Crucial battle" begins on Yemen port city by Saudi-led forces

A Yemeni soldier fires a B-10 recoilless rifle on in the Hodeida province. Photo: NABIL HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy gunfire and Saudi-led vehicle convoys appeared on Yemen's port city of Hodeida Wednesday morning, the AP reports citing Saudi-owned news channels and social media, as the government ignited a "crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict that aid agency warned could push the Arab world’s poorest country into further chaos."

The background: Yemen's civil war has killed over 10,000 people, per the AP, and the coalition that began this latest strike has been under scrutiny for launching airstrikes that have killed civilians. A deadline for the Houthis, forces loyal to Yemen's exiled government, had expired early Wednesday morning. And, according to the U.N., Iran has reportedly supplied the group with "weapons from assault rifles up to the ballistic missiles they have fired deep into Saudi Arabia, including at the capital, Riyadh."

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.