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July 22, 2014

“The people will go out ... to bring down the government if the price of fuel is raised.”
04:55 GMT
In the long run, reducing the subsidies would be good news for the state budget; they cost about $3 billion last year, or a third of state revenue.

July 17, 2014

The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT
Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.

July 13, 2014

Yemen has struggled to pay public sector salaries and finance food and energy imports, which has led to power cuts and fuel shortages
04:55 GMT
But reducing subsidies is hard in a country where a third of the population of 25 million lives on less than $2 a day, and this week’s austerity package did not address subsidies.