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Defense Secretary James Mattis briefing the press. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

A new UN report details potential war crimes committed by the warring factions in Yemen, including by the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States.

The big picture: Most of the at least 16,706 civilian casualties over the last three years are due to coalition airstrikes, according to the report. On Tuesday morning, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the U.S. would "continue to work" with the coalition, from whom he has "not seen any callous disregard" for human life.

The details
  • From the report: The UN experts found "reasonable grounds to believe that the Governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are responsible for human rights violations, including unlawful deprivation of the right to life, arbitrary detention, rape, torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearance and child recruitment, and serious violations of freedom of expression and economic, social and cultural rights, in particular the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to health."
  • From Mattis: "Our conduct there is to try and keep the human cost of innocents being killed accidentally to the absolute minimum."

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Catch up fast: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to end overseas finance for building new coal-fired power plants and boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

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Driving the news: Basic office tools and concepts like corporate communications and schedule flexibility are migrating to frontline operations through investments in technology.

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The Biden administration is planning to purchase 500 million more Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world, officials said in an op-ed Wednesday.

Why it matters: The move represents a big step toward making the U.S. a major global vaccine supplier just as China has ramped up exports of its Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino vaccines, which can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures.

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