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

Mar 29, 2015

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

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 mainly Sunni ...

Citizen journalism given a boost

Mar 29, 2015

Citizen journalism given a boost

by Rob Lever

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch. The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter’s new livestream app Periscope, ...

Mar 28, 2015

Europe hoists two navigation satellites after 2014 mislaunch

Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America’s GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year. Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites were hoisted from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at ...

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 ...

Mar 28, 2015

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill that, according to its authors, is intended to protect religious freedoms but which critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar ...

Brazil will join China-backed Asian investment bank

Mar 28, 2015

Brazil will join China-backed Asian investment bank

Brazil said on Friday it had accepted China’s invitation to join its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member. “Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative,” the office of President Dilma Rousseff said in a short statement. It said no conditions ...