US Confident Saudi Will Open Port to Distribute Humanitarian Assistance in Yemen

The White House said on Thursday it believed Saudi Arabia would allow a port in Yemen that it blocked opened after President Trump called for Ryadh to lift the blockade to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to the Yemeni people.

The Arab-led coalition Saudis fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen's civil war began blocking Yemeni ports after a missile was fired at Riyadh from Yemen.

Although the blockade was later loosened, the situation in Yemen is still sad. Approximately eight million people are on the verge of hunger while cholera and diphtheria outbreaks are spreading.

Yemeni population of 27 million is almost totally dependent on imports of food, fuel and water.

"I believe there are actions being opened a port, "White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump Wednesday urged Saudi Arabia to" allow food, fuel, water and medicine to be delivered to the people of Yemen "indicating that Washington is beginning to lose patience because of the blockade criticized by aid organizations. [ds]

Rate of mortgage rates in the United States Increase

Housing mortgage or mortgage expenses increased slightly this week, but the mortgage interest rate in America is still quite low. KPR buyer Freddie Mac said the average interest rate for 30 years, with fixed interest rose to 3.94 percent from 3.88 percent last week.

Last year, the benchmark interest rate was 3.47 percent. The highest average rate of about 6 percent.

Long-term mortgage rates tend to follow the limits of Treasury securities. The interest for 10-year Treasury securities has risen since early September.

The interest rate on 15-year loans, fixed interest rates favored by homeowners applying for credit renewals, rose to 3.25 percent from 3.19 percent last week . Last year, the interest rate on a 15-year loan was 2.78 percent. [my/al]

Senator Al Franken resigns amid allegations of sexual harassment

US Senator Al Franken announced his resignation amid a storm of criticism stemming from sexual harassment charges. He was the second Democrat to announce his resignation over immoral charges.

"Today I announce that I will retreat as a member of the American Senate," said Franken, who has represented Minnesota since 2009, when Thursday spoke in the Senate room.

More than ten fellow Democrat senators have called for Franken to resign, after a media report quoting a former congressional staffer as saying, Franken had been forced to kiss him in 2006. [jm]

There's No Future for Assad and His Family in Syria

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that the United States does not see a future for President Bashar Al-Assad in the Syrian government and insists that "the Assad family's government is coming to an end."

Tillerson delivered the comment after doing what he called 'productive' discussions with Syrian UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, UN official who will restart Syrian peace talks in a few weeks after Russia-backed Asad forces are making progress in the battle.

"America wants a complete Syria and united without Bashar Assad in government, "Tillerson told reporters.

" The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only problem is how to do it We do not believe there is a future for the Assad regime, the Assad family, "Tillerson .

The top American diplomat said that the way out for Assad should be done through the Geneva process led by Mistura, but the departure was not a 'precondition' for the start of the negotiating process. [my/jm]

Mosque destroyer in Florida, USA, Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

The man who vandals a mosque in Florida and puts a piece of pork at the door of the mosque in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of hate crime.

Florida Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday (6/12 ) that Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a crime against a place of worship.

CCTV footage after the incident showed a bald man in a striped garment ruining windows, cameras and lamps with a machete at a mosque in Titusville, Florida, near Cape Canaveral, police said.

Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, Florida welcomed the verdict.

Florida CAIR spokesman Wilfredo Ruiz said in a statement Wednesday that the Florida Muslim community is often the target of hate crime. "Some mosques and Islamic institutions have been burglarized, tampered with, and even burned," he added.

Wolfe was also sentenced to a 15-year trial imposed after prison sentence was over. [ds]