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Armed Shia rebels push into Yemen's capital SANAA: Armed Shia rebels pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city's northwest outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, in an escalation of weeks of fighting and protests.Residents of northwest al-Shamlan district told Reuters the Shia Houthi gunmen were now advancing along Thalatheen Street, a major route into the western edge of the city.The fighting has further destabilised an impoverished country also struggling to overcome a secessionist movement in its south, the spread of an al Qaeda insurgency and other threats.The stability of Yemen is a priority for the United States and its Gulf Arab allies because of its strategic position next to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and shipping lanes which run through the Gulf of Aden.A military source said Houthi gunmen had also attacked an army camp on the southern entrance of the capital, but soldiers repelled the assault.The Houthis have ...

Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State: US PARIS: Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, US officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria. The officials declined to identify which countries had made the offers but said they were under consideration as the United States begins to identify roles for each country in its emerging coalition against militants who ...
Post-war counselling awaits Gaza children going back to school GAZA: Some 500,000 children returned on Sunday to school in the Gaza Strip, where many will be given psychological counselling before regular studies begin after a devastating 50-day war between Palestinian militants and Israel. The opening of the school year had been delayed for three weeks because of damage to more than 250 schools and the use of about 90 UN educational facilities as shelters for tens of thousands of residents displaced by fighting, the ...
Egypt says global action needed to counter Islamic State CAIRO: Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are forging ties with other extremist groups in the region, Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday, backing Washington's call for global action to counter the threat. Militant groups that share Islamic State's ideology and "take Islam as a cover" must be dealt with, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Egyptian capital. Egypt's strong public support ...
Germany sending 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan BERLIN: Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday. Following a decision last month by the German government to provide Kurdish peshmerga forces with weapons, Berlin's defence ministry said it had sent six soldiers to its consulate in Arbil, northern Iraq, to "coordinate" joint training exercises. Additional teams will be "temporarily" deployed to Iraqi Kurdistan, ...
US insists no anti-militants coordination with Assad WASHINGTON: With momentum building for international military action against extremists in Syria, the United States reiterated Friday it will not coordinate with Bashar al-Assad in the effort."The answer to the security challenges is not the Assad regime," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters. "They have created this security vacuum. We are not going to be working with them in this fight," she added. "They have lost legitimacy to lead, period."An Assad advisor, Buthaina ...
US, France ramp up anti-militants efforts ARBIL: France's president travelled to war-torn Iraq and Washington's top diplomat to neighbouring Turkey Friday, ramping up efforts to address what they now see as the global threat posed by militants.Francois Hollande was the first head of state to visit Iraq since militant-led militants seized large parts of it in June, and he said France is ready to step up its military involvement.Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry was in neighbouring Turkey, which many ...

 



 
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