Gunmen kidnap Frenchwoman and Yemeni driver in Sanaa

Feb 25, 2015

Gunmen kidnap Frenchwoman and Yemeni driver in Sanaa

Gunmen kidnapped a Frenchwoman and her Yemeni driver in Yemen’s capital on Tuesday morning as she was on her way to work, Yemeni security sources and French authorities said. The unidentified gunmen intercepted the vehicle on 45th Street in central Sanaa and took the ...

Feb 23, 2015

Yemen's disintegration

Sustained chaos in Yemen could allow violent groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida to use the country as a base for operations elsewhere.

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

Feb 23, 2015

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu,” a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al-Qaida-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, ...

This is no time to abandon Yemen

Feb 20, 2015

This is no time to abandon Yemen

by Barak Barfi

To ensure that the recent overthrow of its government by the Shiite Houthi rebel movement does not deal Yemen the lethal blow that it has avoided so far, the international community must not abandon the country in what may be its hour of greatest ...

Feb 18, 2015

France tracking over 400 people believed to be in terror sleeper cells

France is tracking hundreds of people that are believed to belong to sleeper cells for terror organizations such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, the country’s top security official said on Monday. In an interview with reporters, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve laid out ...

Feb 16, 2015

Two al-Qaida-linked militants killed in Philippine clash: army

Two members of an al-Qaida-linked group were killed in clashes with troops in the southern Philippines on Sunday, a military spokeswoman said. Three soldiers and two militants were wounded in the fighting that erupted before dawn in the jungles of Basilan island, Capt. Rowena ...

Ban to Security Council: Yemen 'collapsing before our eyes'

Feb 13, 2015

Ban to Security Council: Yemen 'collapsing before our eyes'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the U.N. Security Council Thursday for action to halt Yemen’s slide toward anarchy, warning it was “collapsing before our eyes.” The U.N. chief was reporting to the 15-member council following his visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab ...

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

Feb 12, 2015

Widow of Paris gunman reportedly in Islamic State territory

A magazine run by the Islamic State militant organization has published an interview with the French widow of a Paris hostage taker, its first official claim that Hayat Boumeddiene is in their territory, which spans parts of Syria and Iraq. France launched a search ...

Officials: U.S. closing embassy in Yemen amid continued unrest

Feb 11, 2015

Officials: U.S. closing embassy in Yemen amid continued unrest

The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said that diplomats were being evacuated from the country on Tuesday and that ...

After takeover, Yemen's Shiite rebels are criticized over 'coup'

Feb 8, 2015

After takeover, Yemen's Shiite rebels are criticized over 'coup'

A day after taking power, Shiite rebels in Yemen found themselves increasingly under pressure Saturday as thousands protested against their rule and a group of nearby countries denounced their “coup.” The leader of the Houthi rebels, Abdel-Malak al-Houthi, gave an impassioned speech defending dissolving ...