World briefs

United Arab Emirates

Saudi-led forces begin Yemen assault

DUBAI — A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began an assault early this morning on Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, a crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict.

Before dawn, convoys of vehicles appeared to be heading toward the rebel-held city on the Red Sea, according to videos posted on social media. Heavy, sustained gunfire could be heard in the background.

Sicily

Europe divided over migrant rescue

POZZALLO — Italy’s populist government on Tuesday lashed out at France for criticizing its refusal to allow safe harbor for a rescue ship with 629 migrants, instead sending two military vessels to take on some of the migrant passengers in the waters off Sicily and escort the ship on a voyage to Spain.

The standoff over the fate of the Aquarius, turned away by both Italy and nearby Malta but welcomed by Spain, has raised political tensions in Europe as the new Italian government wants neighbors to share more of the burden of migrant arrivals.

Greece

Macedonia makes name change deal

ATHENS — Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the countries’ prime ministers said.

The prime ministers said the former Yugoslav republic’s new name for both domestic and international purposes would be Republic of North Macedonia.