Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Jan 25, 2015

Mass protests occur after Yemen leader quits

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstrations yet against the Houthi group that dominates the country, two days after President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo. Houthi gunmen shot and wounded four people ...

Jan 24, 2015

Some counterterrorism efforts in Yemen frozen

The United States has halted some counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said Friday. The collapse of the U.S.-backed government of Yemen on Thursday has left America’s counterterrorism campaign “paralyzed,” two ...

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

Jan 23, 2015

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

Yemen’s president resigned Thursday, saying he had reached a “deadlock” in talks with Shiite rebels who rule the capital and had confined him to his home. His resignation raised fears the Arab world’s poorest country could again split apart, severely complicating U.S. efforts to ...

Yemen president, Shiite militia agree on deal to end crisis

Jan 22, 2015

Yemen president, Shiite militia agree on deal to end crisis

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi and the country’s powerful Shiite militia agreed Wednesday to end a deadly confrontation that had raised fears the impoverished but strategic country might descend into chaos. The militia, known as Huthis, seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa ...

Yemeni troops battle Shiite rebels near presidential palace

Jan 20, 2015

Yemeni troops battle Shiite rebels near presidential palace

Yemen’s U.S.-backed leadership came under serious threat on Monday as government troops clashed with Shiite rebels near the presidential palace and a key military base in what one official called “a step toward a coup.” The militants seized control of state media in fierce ...

Houthi rebels seize Yemen state media, battle soldiers

Jan 19, 2015

Houthi rebels seize Yemen state media, battle soldiers

Rebel Shiite Houthis battled soldiers near Yemen’s presidential palace and elsewhere across the capital Monday, seizing control of the country’s state-run media in a move an official called “a step toward a coup.” The fighting near the palace marks the biggest challenge yet to ...

Jan 15, 2015

Florida man 21, gets 20 years for terrorism charges

A 21-year-old Florida man accused of conspiring to aid al-Qaida and traveling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville reports that Shelton Thomas Bell was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded ...

Yemen's al-Qaida branch claims Paris attack, vows more violence

Jan 15, 2015

Yemen's al-Qaida branch claims Paris attack, vows more violence

Yemen’s al-Qaida branch on Wednesday confirmed it carried out last week’s deadly assault on a French satirical newspaper to avenge cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, as it called for unity among jihadi ranks and vowed more attacks on the West. In an 11-minute video ...