A boy waits for his turn to fill buckets with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. Photo: Hani Mohammed / AP

The White House on Friday urged "all parties to immediately cease hostilities, reenergize political talks, and end the suffering of the Yemeni people."

"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to facilitate the free flow of humanitarian aid ... The Iranian-backed Houthi militias must allow food, medicine, and fuel to be distributed throughout the areas they control ... This humanitarian aid must be allowed to immediately reach all points of need." — White House statement

Why it matters: The Trump administration has been ratcheting up its talk on the Yemen crisis and Saudi Arabia's involvement, yesterday calling for an end to the blockade of Yemen while today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia to be "measured" in its military efforts, per Al Jazeera. Twenty-three civilians, including women and children, were killed in a Saudi-led coalition air raid on Friday.

Go deeper: The U.S. involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 20,412,501 — Total deaths: 744,649— Total recoveries: 12,629,465Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:30 p.m. ET: 5,163,509 — Total deaths: 164,994 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"
  4. Business: U.S. already feeling effects of ending unemployment benefits.
  5. Public health: America is flying blind on its coronavirus response.
  6. Education: Gallup: America's confidence in public school system jumps to highest level since 2004.

Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: "It's a chasm"

Democrats and the Trump administration remain "miles apart" on negotiations over a coronavirus stimulus deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

Driving the news, via Axios' Dion Rabouin: Congress' failure to renew enhanced unemployment measures for millions of Americans at the end of July is already affecting consumer spending patterns, holding down retail purchases and foot traffic, economists at Deutsche Bank say.

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U.S. threatens to veto UN peacekeeping in Lebanon over Hezbollah concerns

Peacekeepers with Lebanese troops in southern Lebanon. Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty

The Trump administration is threatening to veto a resolution to extend the UN's long-standing peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon if its mandate isn't changed, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: The U.S. is the main funder of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has an annual budget of $250 million. The veto threat is a tactical move, and part of a broader effort to put pressure on Iran and its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah.