Humanitarian crisis worsens in Yemen — An Arab military coalition invaded Yemen’s main Red Sea port on Wednesday, worsening what is already the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster by disrupting the delivery of food and other supplies to millions of Yemenis. The air and ground attack by forces loyal to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates was aimed at tipping the balance in Yemen’s long-running civil war and driving Iranian-backed rebels out of the port of Hodeida. After years of war, eight million of Yemen’s estimated 28 million people are at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations.
Vote at U.N. castigates Israel over Gaza deaths — Criticism of Israel’s lethal force against Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border shifted Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly, which overwhelmingly passed a resolution that basically blamed the Israelis for the casualties in 10 weeks of clashes. Israel and the United States, which voted against the resolution, called it blatantly one-sided and unhelpful. The resolution requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. It did not explicitly criticize Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. While the resolution carries no legal weight, the outcome was seen by the Palestinian delegation as a moral victory.
Scorned migrant boat exposes raw feelings — A boat crowded with hundreds of Africans sailing across the Mediterranean has exposed anew the shaky fault lines in Europe’s approach to the migrant crisis. On Sunday, Italy’s new far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, ordered the Aquarius, a rescue ship operated by humanitarian groups, to stop off the coast of Italy, refusing to let it dock. The ship is now on its way to Spain, which showed up its neighbors by announcing that it would “respect its international engagements” and accept the boat after Malta, too, refused it, and France stood idly by. Brussels, the seat of the European Union, looked on in relative silence.
Georgia’s prime minister resigns — The prime minister of Georgia resigned Wednesday, citing disagreements with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the governing party and the country’s richest man. The resignation of Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili was announced in the wake of a series of anti-government protests that have disrupted Tbilisi, the capital. Ivanishvili made billions in the Russian banking and metal industries. In 2012, he founded his own party. Kvirikashvili, who has headed the government since 2015, said in a televised briefing, “Today is the moment when the party’s chairman should have the opportunity to form a team on the basis of his own views.”
A lesson for GOP candidates — Don’t cross President Donald Trump. That’s the lesson many Republicans are drawing from Rep. Mark Sanford’s surprise defeat Tuesday in his primary election in South Carolina. The victor, state Rep. Katie Arrington, repeatedly highlighted Sanford’s criticism of the president. The outcome is a cautionary tale for Republicans in Congress who try to work with Trump while also maintaining their independence. One wrong turn — or in Sanford’s case, many — and they could face the wrath of a president who is quick to attack detractors as enemies, even in his own party. “That’s ultimately what the race devolved down to, which was, was I Trump enough?” Sanford told reporters on Capitol Hill. “It’s a very tribal environment right now,” he said. “Are you for or against Trump?”