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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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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

Coronavirus has inflamed global inequality

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.