The Monday Catchup

Houthi rebels (via

Good morning! Here’s what you missed while enjoying the beginning of spring this past weekend:

The lead story: A civil war may erupt in Yemen as Houthi rebels seize an airport. The rebels are Shiite Muslims in a predominately Sunni country and have been responsible for fomenting violence in the country, including helping to remove the Yemeni president from office in January. The United Nations Security Council has backed President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi though it warns of civil war. There are also concerns that al-Qaeda or ISIS may take advantage of the situation. The U.S. removed its troops from the country over the weekend.

Coming up: Starbucks and race, a state funeral for Richard III, oil prices, and developments in Ukraine.

Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, died o Sunday at the age of 91. Yew was the first Prime Minister of Singapore and helped forge the nation into a stable and wealthy country during his many years in government.

An ISIS affiliate group has published a list of 100 U.S. military personnel online with calls for sympathizers in the United States to behead them. As a result the military has instructed all personnel to carefully monitor their online activities.

After being discovered buried under a parking lot in 2012, King Richard III of England is finally being re-buried this Thursday. A funeral was held on Sunday and his body will lie in state at Leicester Cathedral for public viewing.

Oil prices fell by approximately a percentage point after Saudi Arabia announced it will not break with OPEC’s price-setting policy. Some analysts expected Saudi Arabia to cut production to preserve oil prices, but the country will not break the cartel.

Last week Starbucks began encouraging baristas to write “Race Together” on cups in an effort to promote discussion of racial issues. But this Sunday the company instructed employees to no longer write the phrase on cups. Though Starbucks alleges that this is not due to criticism of the initiative, there was a significant public outcry related to the program.

The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is known, is turning five years old this week and despite a year of enrollments, the program still draws much of the same criticism it did on the day of the bill signing.

Just in today, republican senator Ted Cruz has officially announced his candidacy in the 2016 presidential election. His bid marks the first made by a major politician.

Continuing coverage: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared a year ago. The disease has greatly affected the nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia and the rest of the world has also felt its impact. The BBC examined changes that stemmed from the epidemic. You can read their piece here.   

Despite a ceasefire last month, NATO reports that the Russian government has continued to move weapons into Ukraine. 

The weather: Expect medium temperatures this week with rain coming on Wednesday.

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