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Apr 27, 2015

Yemen struggles to import food as coalition navies hold up more ships

LONDON (Reuters) – Yemen is facing mounting problems bringing in food by sea as the danger from fighting between Houthis and government supporters is exacerbated by an arms blockade by Saudi-led coalition navies searching ships for weapons destined for the rebels.

The Arabian peninsula’s poorest country, Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25 million, most of it by sea.

Apr 15, 2015

Cargo ships stuck off Yemen as fighting worsens food security

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – At least five merchant vessels
carrying food are stuck off Yemen as warships from a Saudi-led
coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran-allied Houthi
rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis.

Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including
most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25
million.

Apr 9, 2015

Exclusive: Shipping lines pull back from Yemen as conflict escalates

LONDON (Reuters) – International shipping lines are being forced to scale back or suspend port calls to Yemen as the conflict gets worse, putting pressure on supplies of food as prices rise in local markets.

Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25 million. Much of its needs had been serviced by foreign ships.

Apr 9, 2015

Shipping lines pull back from Yemen as conflict escalates

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – International shipping lines are
being forced to scale back or suspend port calls to Yemen as the
conflict gets worse, putting pressure on supplies of food as
prices rise in local markets.

Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including
most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25
million. Much of its needs had been serviced by foreign ships.

Apr 9, 2015

Refineries revolution to spur use of oil products supertankers

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – The rapid growth of mega
refineries is prompting a new class of oil products supertankers
- mirroring an earlier revolution in crude oil shipping – as
traders look for scale that was previously not economically
viable.

In the early 1970s, ships capable of carrying 2 million
barrels of crude oil were built to mitigate disruptions from the
closure of the Suez Canal and to meet growing global demand.
Now, the products trade is spurring similar innovation.

Mar 30, 2015

Syria taps world wheat market as stocks run down

ABU DHABI/LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – Weeks after Syria
said it had no need for wheat imports, the government plans to
import 150,000 tonnes and has introduced ways to conserve grain
stocks in signs of the growing strain on food supplies from
conflict in the country.

Despite millions of Syrians fleeing the fighting to
neighbouring countries with 220,000 people estimated to have
been killed, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is
grappling with ensuring there is enough grain for all.

Mar 26, 2015

Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Conflict in Yemen risks
spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and
potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through
which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to
Europe, the United States and Asia.

Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after
neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on
Yemen that targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebels fighting to oust
Yemen’s president.

Mar 25, 2015

Iran storing 30 million barrels of oil at sea

LONDON/SINGAPORE, March 25 (Reuters) – Iran is storing at
least 30 million barrels of oil on its fleet of supertankers as
Western sanctions continue to keep a lid on sales, tanker market
sources say.

World powers are trying to reach a framework deal with Tehran
by the end of the month that would restrict the most sensitive
aspects of Iran’s disputed atomic programme in return for an
easing of international sanctions.

Mar 24, 2015

EU set to re-impose sanctions on more Iranian shipping companies

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – The European Union is set to
put 40 Iranian shipping firms back on a list of sanctioned
groups in a blow to the Islamic Republic’s transport sector
which has sought an easing of trade restrictions, letters sent
from the EU showed.

The move, which comes at a critical time in international
talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, is part of the EU’s response
to a series of court victories by Iranian companies that have
overturned EU sanctions against them. In February, the bloc
re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s biggest oil tanker firm NITC.

Mar 4, 2015

Latvian synagogues lost in Holocaust get recreated in model form

RIGA (Reuters) – Decades after their destruction by the Nazis, Latvia’s lost synagogues have been recreated in detailed model form as part of efforts to recapture and document the once-rich Jewish life in the Baltic country.

There were 210 synagogues in Latvia before World War Two, with styles ranging from ornate neo-Renaissance and neo-Romanesque buildings to humble wooden structures.