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US suspends aid to Yemen for one year

USAID has put $12 million in development aid on ice while Congress punts on future funding.
A Philippine army soldier counts boxes containing tent material from U.S. relief organisation USAID, as he prepares the load to be deployed by airlift by the U.S. Air Force to victims of super typhoon Haiyan, at a Manila airport November 13, 2013. Philippine officials have been overwhelmed by Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, which tore through the central Philippines on Friday and flattened Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province where officials had feared 10,000 people died, many drowni
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WASHINGTON — Congress and the Barack Obama administration are putting aid to Yemen in a deep freeze amid concerns that the crisis there will drag on for the foreseeable future.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) informed its partners on the ground late last month that it was putting development aid on "full suspension" for a year, Al-Monitor has learned. Meanwhile, House appropriators took a pass on funding assistance to Yemen in their latest foreign aid spending bill.

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