Taiz residents claim Houthi rockets killed 14 civilians

Aug 25, 2015

Taiz residents claim Houthi rockets killed 14 civilians

Rockets fired by Houthi militiamen killed 14 civilians, most of them children, as fighting intensified for control of Yemen’s third largest city, Taiz, residents said on Monday. The Saudi-led coalition opposing the Houthis also launched air raids on military bases and Houthi positions in ...

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

Aug 23, 2015

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage held by al-Qaida in Yemen who had been kidnapped 18 months ago while working as a petroleum engineer in the war-torn country. A statement carried by the UAE’s official WAM news ...

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

Aug 23, 2015

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

Italy’s coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats. The coast guard on Sunday said 22 ...

Thousands of migrants head closer to EU from Macedonia

Aug 23, 2015

Thousands of migrants head closer to EU from Macedonia

Thousands of beleaguered migrants — mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing bloody conflicts — crammed into trains and buses in Macedonia that brought them one step closer to the European Union on Sunday, a day after they stormed past police trying to block them ...

Aug 23, 2015

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks

The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev’s pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have put enormous political onus on ...

First female graduates of Ranger School earn elite tab

Aug 22, 2015

First female graduates of Ranger School earn elite tab

The first women to complete the U.S. Army’s rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a raucous graduation ceremony Friday, putting a spotlight on the debate over women in combat. With family members, friends, an unusually large media contingent and an ...