Yemen government calls for block on Houthi TV channel

The Yemen government accuses the Houthi channel of spreading hate and propaganda. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 29 November 2018

Yemen government calls for block on Houthi TV channel

DUBAI: Yemen’s internationally recognised government has called for a block on the broadcast of a Houthi television channel from the country.

Information Minister Moammer Al-Eryani said the Houthi-run Al-Masirah television was "generating poisonous sectarianism and inciting violence and hatred", Saba news agency reported.

He added that Arab satellite operator Nilesat - which is based in Cairo - had stopped broadcasting the rebel outlet.

The Houthi rebels condemned the calls.

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation in Egypt told AFP it had not ordered the closure of any channels, but the outlet was not visible on Nilesat on Wednesday evening.


Israel’s Netanyahu says he is giving up on trying to form new government

Updated 21 October 2019

Israel’s Netanyahu says he is giving up on trying to form new government

JERUSALEM: Israel’s president says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ended his quest to form a new coalition — a step that pushes the country into new political uncertainty.
Netanyahu fell short of securing a 61-seat parliamentary majority in last month’s national election. But President Reuven Rivlin gave Netanyahu the first opportunity to form a government because he had more support, 55 seats, than any other candidate.
Netanyahu had hoped to form a broad “unity” government with his chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz. But late Monday, Netanyahu announced he came up short.
Rivlin says he will now give Gantz a chance to form a government, though Gantz does not appear to have enough support either.
If Gantz fails, Israel could hold its third election in less than one year.