Yemen is a country on the Arabian Peninsula, and the second largest country there after Saudi Arabia, and also the poorest. Administration of Yemen has long been notoriously difficult and it has been divided continually.
Yemen has been in a state of political crisis since 2011, starting with street protests against poverty, unemployment, corruption. The country has been seeing conflicts between the Houthis and al-Islah, as well as the al-Qaeda insurgency. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Yemen.
An additional one million people are on the brink of famine in South Sudan, the UN says, as 20 million people risk starvation in countries hit by poor harvests and conflict. Aid pledges are well below targets.
The conflict in Yemen between a Saudi-led coalition has just recently passed the two-year-mark - but the people's misery looks set to last much longer. The formal economy has all but collapsed, around 17 million people are struggling to feed themselves, ports, roads and bridges have been destroyed. From here on, it's hard to see how the economy will recover.
Thousands of people in the rebel-held capital of Yemen have taken to the streets to show their support for Houthi insurgents. Earlier, a rebel court sentenced President Mansour Hadi to death in absentia for high treason.
A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has called for the UN to place the port of Hodeidah under its supervision. It has denied involvement in the deaths of 42 Somalis killed in an attack on a refugee boat nearby.