Dec 17, 2014

15 children among 25 dead in Yemen car bomb attack

Fifteen children on a school bus were among at least 25 people killed in a suicide car bomb attack in central Yemen targeting a Shiite militia leader on Tuesday, security sources said. The children were killed when their school bus was caught up in ...

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

| Dec 8, 2014

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

The death of two hostages during a rescue attempt in Yemen shows how little room there is for bad intelligence or bad luck when U.S. forces go into action on such high-risk missions. Faulty intelligence doomed a raid in Syria earlier this year to ...

At least 13 killed in failed U.S. bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

Dec 8, 2014

At least 13 killed in failed U.S. bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al-Qaida leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when U.S.-led forces battled militants in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, residents said on Sunday. U.S. special forces raided the village of ...

Dec 7, 2014

Slain U.S. photojournalist remembered as passionate free-thinker

An American photojournalist who U.S. officials say was executed by al-Qaida militants in Yemen was a passionate free-thinker known for his rich portrayals of pro-Democracy protests and life, friends said on Saturday. Luke Somers, 33, was shot along with a South African teacher by ...

Yemen's al-Qaida branch threatens U.S. hostage in new video

Dec 5, 2014

Yemen's al-Qaida branch threatens U.S. hostage in new video

Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen threatened an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands in a new video released Thursday. The hostage, identified as 33-year-old Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain, is shown for the ...

Nov 29, 2014

Bomb attack plot on U.S. Embassy in Yemen claimed by al-Qaida

Al-Qaida has claimed it detonated two bombs outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, killing several guards, a U.S.-based monitoring group said Saturday. In a message on Twitter, al-Qaida’s media branch said its fighters set off the explosive devices at an entrance to the ...

In raid on al-Qaida hideout, Yemeni forces free eight hostages

Nov 26, 2014

In raid on al-Qaida hideout, Yemeni forces free eight hostages

Yemeni security forces freed eight hostages including six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, in a raid in which seven al-Qaida kidnappers were also killed, the country’s supreme security committee said. The committee said in a statement that a member of the Yemeni security ...

Nov 21, 2014

Mutiny breaks out inside Yemen's special forces

Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander on Thursday, officials said. The officials say gunfire was heard Thursday afternoon inside the Special Forces ...

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

| Oct 2, 2014

Saudi Arabia fears Yemen tumult may boost its main foe Iran

The capture of Yemen’s capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shiite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom’s backyard. The Sunni Muslim country is also concerned ...