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Red Cross says Tunisian employee kidnapped in Yemen SANAA: Unidentified assailants on Tuesday kidnapped two Red Cross employees in the Yemeni capital, releasing one but keeping the other, a Tunisian female staffer, an ICRC spokeswoman said."One, a Yemeni, was released unharmed a few hours later. The second, a Tunisian colleague, a woman, is still being held," said International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Rima Kamal.She said the ICRC had suspended all movements of its staff in Yemen following the kidnapping and called for the immediate release of the Tunisian staff member."We don't know who has done this and why," Kamal told AFP."We appeal to those responsible to release our colleague as soon as possible," she added.According to Kamal the pair were on their way to work in Sanaa when they were abducted.Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels seized Sanaa last year and then advanced south to second city Aden, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his government to flee ...

Syria's Assad says terrorists among Syrian refugees: Czech Television PRAGUE: There are terrorists among the Syrian refugees making their way to Europe, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Czech Television in an interview, excerpts of which were broadcast on Monday.Asked whether Europeans should fear refugees from Syria, Assad said: "It's a mixture. The majority, they are good Syrians, they are patriots... But of course you have infiltration of terrorists among them, that is true."Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Iraq PM says country has sufficient forces to fight IS BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that Iraq has sufficient forces to fight the Islamic State group, after American senators called for more US troops to be deployed to the country."The Iraqi government welcomes an increase in support in weapons and training and (air) support from international partners in our war against Daesh," Abadi said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for IS.But "we confirm that Iraq has enough men and resolve to ...
16 dead in fighting for south Yemen province ADEN: Yemeni pro-government forces were battling on Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks.Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed.Daleh is one of five southern provinces which the coalition-backed loyalists retook from the rebels in a July offensive. But the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies managed to recapture ...
Kuwait names new acting oil minister; policy change not expected RIYADH: Kuwait on Sunday appointed Anas al-Saleh as acting oil minister in addition to his roles as finance minister and deputy prime minister, state news agency KUNA reported.KUNA did not say why Ali al-Omair was leaving the oil minister post. Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters 10 days ago that Omair was expected to be replaced; he had tried recently to introduce some changes to the management of state oil companies but was blocked.Omair's ...
Bahrain summons Iran envoy over Khamenei remarks DUBAI: Bahrain's foreign ministry has summoned Iran's envoy and accused Tehran of interfering in its affairs after remarks by the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, BNA state news agency said.Iran's acting charge d'affaires Hameed Shafee Zad was handed an official letter protesting the "blatant interference" in Bahrain's internal affairs, BNA reported late on Saturday.Khamenei's remarks "carry an explicit incitement and reflect a clear determination to foment discord and fuel tensions in the region," ...
Syrian army advances against Islamic State east of Aleppo BEIRUT: The Syrian army captured territory from Islamic State east of Aleppo including several kilometres (miles) of highway linking the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday.The areas reported captured are east of the Kweires, air base seized from Islamic State control on Nov. 10 in one of several offensives being waged by the Syrian army with support from Russian air strikes, Iranian forces, and Lebanese Hezbollah ...


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