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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Yemen war: A blow to the Saudis

It's been described as a blow to Yemen's former President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who's backed by Saudi Arabia. Thousands of people in the southern city of Aden have come out in a show of support for Aydarus al-Zubaydi, the governor of Aden who's been fired by Hadi. The pro-secession rally and the high turnout of people is a sign of the unpopularity of Hadi. The Saudi-backed Yemeni politician has set up his own government in Aden, but the latest incident is a sign that things are not really going according to how Saudi Arabia had planned. And to add insult to injury, The sacked official, that is Aydarus al-Zubaydi, was a close ally of the United Arab Emirates, the tiny Arab country that is part of Saudi Arabia's coalition that's been bombing Yemen for over two years. The Emiratis have been trying to gain a foothold in southern Yemen. Is the latest rally a warning to the UAE? 



Trump's first foreign visits 

US president Donald Trump is to begin a three-day foreign trip which will take him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, all housing the world's most important religious sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews. What has put the tour into the spotlight is not the trips themselves but Trump's history with Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and Israel. There was bad chemistry between the US president and the Israeli and Saudi regimes as well as the Roman Catholic Church during his campaign and many would find him in an awkward position though trump has made efforts to make a U-turn at least on the Saudis. He was until recently and after taking office critical of the Saudi government. Trump had complained in late April that "Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia."