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Yemen‘s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani has been widely criticised after he was pictured sitting next to, and smiling at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference aimed at isolating Iran.

Al-Yamani was seated next to Netanyahu during the opening session of the Middle East conference in the Polish capital Warsaw. During a part of the session that was closed to the media, the Yemeni minister was reported to have let the Israeli leader use his microphone when his wasn’t working.

US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt called the incident a “light-hearted moment”, but suggested it could be the first step in establishing cooperation between the two countries, which have never had diplomatic relations.

Houthi rebels who are at war with the Yemeni government denounced Yamani for attending the summit, accusing him of attempting to normalise ties with Israel “at the expense of the Ummah’s causes [Global Muslim community], including the Palestinian one”.

“Al-Yamani’s act of sitting next to Netanyahu reflects the national treachery and moral bankruptcy of the Saudi-led government in Yemen,” a statement issued by the Houthis said.

Condemnation also came from other prominent voices in the Middle East with Assaad Taha, an award-winning Egyptian journalist and documentary filmmaker, writing on Twitter: “I swear to God, these people are not from us at all.”

“Houthis just had a new reason to mock the Yemeni ‘legitimate’ government with these pics after FM Khaled al-Yamani sat next to Netanyahu at the Warsaw Summit,” said Afrah Nasser, a Yemeni journalist.

“These little failures, let alone the big ones, will eventually lead to the defeat of this ill-managed government.”

‘New era’

Netanyahu on Thursday called on Arab states to continue normalising relations with Israel, hailing the meetings with foreign ministers from 10 Arab countries as a “historic turning point”.

“Yesterday was a historic turning point. In a room of some 60 foreign ministers and representatives of dozen of governments, an Israeli prime minister and the foreign ministers of leading Arab countries stood together and spoke with unusual force, clarity and unity against the common threat of the Iranian regime,” he said.

Oman‘s foreign minister also said the coming together of Arab countries and Israel signalled a “new era” for the Middle East.

“The people of the Middle East suffered a lot because they are stuck to the past. This is a new era for the future and for prosperity for every nation,” said Yusuf bin Alawi.

Yamani refused to apologise for the incident but took to Twitter to say that Yemen’s “position on the Palestinian cause, people and leaders is unchangeable and nonnegotiable”.

Pointing out reactions to the photograph, he added that there were efforts to portray the situation differently based on political motivations.

According to the Polish Foreign Ministry, about 60 countries had confirmed their participation in the event, including the Arab countries: Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia.

Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and Iran refused to attend.

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Bride calls off wedding after discovering fiancé made ‘sexist’ demand to her dad

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A bride made the devastating decision to cancel her wedding to her partner of seven years after her dad revealed the ‘sexist’ demand his family had made behind her back.

The dad says his daughter got engaged recently and he had always been fond of her fiancé, who he thought of as “kind, humble and always respectful to our family”.

However, he says when he has met the man’s family for dinner on a couple of occasions, they made remarks towards his daughter which made him feel uncomfortable, including: ‘I don’t know why you’re working, isn’t that the husband’s job? It’s the mother’s job to be taking care of the children’.

As his daughter pair pressed ahead with their plans for the ceremony, the dad says her fiancé arranged a meeting with them both and his parents, adding that his daughter couldn’t be involved.

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Gordon Ramsay’s £20 ‘preselected’ cheese board labelled ‘insulting’ by furious customer

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Gordon Ramsay has sparked outrage once again as a customer complained that a cheese board he received at one of the celebrity chef’s restaurants was “insulting” and “preselected”.

Previously, Gordon was slammed for the size of his steak and chips, was told to “get a grip” for the price of his fry-up and criticised for the roast which was compared to a ‘child’s portion’.

But the latest customer to be disappointed by the TV chef’s food was Simon, who visited the three Michelin star restaurant with friends, Daily Star reports.

Simon was ‘insulted’ after receiving a “preselected” cheese board, and took to TripAdvisor to leave a two-star review.

Their review said: “I visited GR hospital road on a Friday night with friends for a special treat.

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Mum shares tip to fit three pizzas on one oven shelf to make family cooking easy

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Cooking pizzas for the whole family should be quick and easy dinner option – but it usually also throws up a headache.

With only one small oven to get the job done, we have to decide between either cooking one at a time and eating separately, or attempting to rotate them every few minutes to cook them evenly.

But one mum has revealed a painfully easy solution to get three frozen pizzas on one shelf, giving her room to put chips on a tray below – and you’ll wonder why your brain has never come up with the solution itself.

Posting on the Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook group, the mum demonstrated how she cuts the frozen pizzas in half before arranging them all on a single oven rack, making use of all available space.

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