The Yemeni public health authorities said in a statement that eight Yemenis died from the H1N1 flu in Sanaa in the past weeks, a local media outlet reported Monday.
The suspected H1N1 flu cases have reached 1,600 in several northern provinces since November, the Houthi-controlled Althawranews website quoted the statement as saying.
The rise in suspected cases was attributed to the low temperatures, it added.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 after the Houthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa and much of the country's north.
The conflict has destroyed the country's health system and triggered repeated deadly epidemics.
The United Nations is trying to resume peace talks between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels to end the civil war that has lasted more than four years.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday conveyed a message of peace to the world ahead of Christmas, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
"Despite the suffering, injustice and oppression because of the Israeli military occupation of our land ... we are determined to celebrate the glorious Christmas and New Year, with a message of joy and peace to the rest of the world," Abbas said in a statement.
"I take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the churches of the holy land that have given me the responsibility for overseeing the rehabilitation and restoration of the Church of the Nativity, which we have proudly accomplished," he added.
The city of Bethlehem has been as confirmed as the Capital of Arab Culture for the year 2020 when the restoration works at the Church of the Nativity in the city are completed.
Notably, the Church of the Nativity was successfully removed from the endangered world heritage sites of the UNESCO in July.
The Arab Capital of Culture is an initiative taken by the Arab League under the UNESCO Cultural Capitals Program to promote and celebrate Arab culture and encourage cooperation in the Arab region.
The southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, home to the Church of Nativity which is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, is a main attraction to tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.
Abbas and top religious and political officials as well as diplomats from all over the world join the midnight mass at the Church of Nativity on Christmas eve every year.
Iran began new operations on Monday at a heavy water nuclear reactor, the head of the country's nuclear agency said. The move was designed to intensify pressure on Europe to find an effective way around U.S. sanctions that block Tehran's oil sales abroad.
Starting up the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit doesn't violate Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. But it does inch Tehran's program closer toward weapons-grade levels.
Ali Akbar Salehi explained to state TV that the secondary circuit transfers heat to the reactor's cooling system. He said the entire reactor system will go online in 2021.
Heavy water helps cool reactors, producing plutonium as a byproduct that can potentially be used in nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
Britain is helping Iran redesign the Arak reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it produces. London has filled the role left after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal last year.
Tehran has slowly stepped up violations of the nuclear deal to pressure world powers to provide more incentives to make up for the U.S. withdrawal from the deal. American economic sanctions are having a crushing effect on Iran's economy.
On Sunday, Adm. Ali Shamkhani of Iran's Supreme National Security Council warned that his country will take another step in "lowering its commitment to the deal, if Europe does not implement its commitments."
The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, said last month that Iran breached another limit of the nuclear deal by stockpiling more heavy water than the accord allowed.
Also in November, Washington renewed sanctions waivers that allow Russia and other European nations to conduct civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran, specifically the redesign work to continue at the Arak reactor and at the Fordo uranium enrichment facility. Both sites are monitored by the IAEA.
In case of an influx of refugees towards Turkish borders, Turkey will not take such a burden on its own, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Sunday.
"More than 80,000 brothers from Idlib have started marching towards our border," he said during a speech in Istanbul, pointing out that Turkey will not bear the burden alone.
"The unfavorable consequences of such a pressure with which we could be confronted would also be felt by all European nations," said Erdogan, who frequently accuses the European Union of a lack of actions to support Turkey in the refugee crisis and threatens to send Syrians into the EU.
Erdogan gave no details on whether any of the refugees had reached the Turkish border.
The Syrian northern province of Idlib is the last main rebel-controlled area in Syria, where government forces backed by Russia conduct airstrikes against rebel targets.
Turkey hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, making the country the world's top refugee-hosting nation.
Iraqi politicians have missed another deadline to name a new prime minister because of disagreements over which is the largest bloc in parliament, deepening a crisis that has roiled the country since October amid mass protests and state crackdown that has killed hundreds of people.
Thousands of Iraqis continued to protest and block roads on Monday in Baghdad and across the predominantly Shiite south, rejecting any candidate belonging to political groups that have ruled the country for years.
The protests follow a long night in which some politicians tried to convince President Barham Saleh to name an Iran-backed politician for the post, two Iraqi officials said. The midnight deadline Sunday for naming an interim prime minister passed with no apparent solution in sight.
The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations, said Saleh had threatened to resign if he was forced to name a candidate whose nomination is opposed by the public.
The protesters have been closing roads for days, saying they won't accept the nomination of the outgoing higher education minister, Qusay al-Suhail. A statement read through loudspeakers in Baghdad's Tahrir Square said the protesters reject candidates that belong to political groups they blame for widespread corruption.
Iraq's leaderless uprising has roiled the country since Oct. 1, with at least 400 people killed in the violence. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to decry corruption, poor services and a lack of jobs, while also calling for an end to the political system imposed after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Pressure from the demonstrations led Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign late last month, after Iraq's most powerful religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, withdrew support for Abdul-Mahdi's government.
Last Friday, al-Sistani, in his weekly sermon delivered by a representative, called for political blocs to form the government quickly. The Iran-born al-Sistani said that the new prime minister should be accepted by the public.
Iraq's constitution requires that the parliament's largest bloc name a candidate for the premiership within 15 days of accepting the prime minister's resignation. That deadline expired last Thursday, but was extended until midnight Sunday. No new deadline was set.
The political deadlock has been worsened by a dispute over which bloc is actually the largest in parliament. The numbers have continued to change since last year's elections, with an unknown number of lawmakers leaving some blocs and joining others.