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The advance on Hudaydah

Pro-Yemen government forces have begun trying to recapture the port from Houthi rebels
Pro-Yemen government forces have begun trying to recapture the port from Houthi rebels. It's a key military target and political target. The journalist Iona Craig - recently back from Hudaydah - tells Caroline Wyatt why it's so important.
(Picture: Pro- Yemen government forces gather for an attack on the rebel-held port of Hudaydah.
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Unsurprisingly the Russian media are jubilant this morning after their 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

A presenter on state TV said Russia is now “at the centre of the grand football universe” while the president of Lokomotiv club, Ilya Gerkus, was quoted saying “Russia can now easily win the World Cup”.

However, many on social media could not resist commenting on the potential geopolitical consequences of the matched being dubbed ‘El Gasico’.

Gifs of President Putin shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman’s were accompanied by captions such as: “Ok, crude oil $100 by this Christmas”

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