The strikes come amid heavy fighting around the city of Marib and after coalition forces withdrew from areas around the key port city of Hodeida.
The Iranian-backed Houthis have held Yemen’s capital since September 2014. The Saudi-led coalition halted their march south in 2015 but war has slogged on for years and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reprimanded Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Services for pre-selling and booking of the satellite based internet services without having obtained the necessary licences in the country.
Starlink had registered its business in India under a 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited.
The SpaceXdivison, has said that it aims to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, 80% of which will be in rural districts.
The World Health Organization on November 26 declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron.
The classification puts Omicron into the most-troubling category of COVID-19 variants, along with the globally-dominant Delta, plus its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.
Nations rushed to ban flights to slow the spread of Omicron on November 26, while stock markets and oil prices plunged on fears surrounding the variant, potentially dealing a heavy blow to the global economic recovery.
Japan’s Cabinet approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget to purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia and North Korea.
The request brings Japan’s military spending for the current year to a new high of more than 6.1 trillion yen ($53.2 billion), up 15% from 5.31 trillion yen in 2020.
The Defense Ministry says its “defense power reinforcement and acceleration package” is designed to speed up deployment of some of the key equipment from the 2022 budget request.
The goal is to beef up Japan’s defenses against North Korea’s missile threat and China’s increasingly assertive maritime activity around remote Japanese southwesternislands.