Diplomats,  U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Mar 29, 2015

Diplomats, U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Aden REUTERS Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led airstrikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and ...

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Mar 29, 2015

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy ...

Mar 28, 2015

Riyadh's Yemen gamble may define future regional role

Saudi Arabia’s campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels’ ally Iran. Success will establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region’s Sunni states ...

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

Mar 28, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where Shiite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited ...

Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram: Niger minister

Mar 27, 2015

Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram: Niger minister

Chad and Niger troops have recaptured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gachagar from Boko Haram, as part of a regional offensive to combat the Islamist insurgents, Niger’s defense minister said on Thursday. The operation in Gachagar, a town near Nigeria’s border with Niger, was ...

Mar 26, 2015

Amnesty says Gazan militants committed war crimes

The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian militant organizations had committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles. The report comes after two other reports issued in late ...