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Bomb wounds senior military adviser's aide in Yemen SANAA: An aide to a senior Yemeni government military adviser and three security guards were wounded when a bomb exploded near his car on Saturday morning, security sources said.It was not immediately clear who planted the device on a road in the capital Sanaa, then detonated it as Fawaz al-Dhibri's vehicle went past, the sources added. All four were in a stable condition in hospital.Yemen has been plunged into turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in office. Authorities have since struggled to rein in rival political factions and tribes, southern separatists and insurgents.Dhibri is the director of the office of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who broke away from the army during the anti-Saleh protests and said he was siding with the demonstrators.His First Armoured Brigade occasionally clashed with forces loyal to Saleh during the uprising.The general was taken on ...

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1mn: UN BEIRUTL: The number of Syrians who have fled the three-year war in their country and registered as refugees in Lebanon has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.The UNHCR described the figure as "a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Qaeda attack on army HQ in south Yemen kills six: security ADEN: Suspected al Qaeda militants launched a rocket and car bomb attack on an army headquarters in Yemen's main southern city of Aden that left six people dead on Wednesday, a security official said.The assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the headquarters in the Tawahi district of Aden, before infiltrating the complex, he said. They also blew up a car bomb at the entrance."Three soldiers and an attacker were killed in an exchange of fire," said ...
Gulf states to invest in tourism infrastructure in Morocco RABAT: Arab Gulf states will invest 6 billion dirhams ($737 million) in tourism infrastructure in the port of Casablanca in the first of a series of such projects, a statement from Morocco's royal cabinet said on Tuesday. The states will use their Wessal Capital joint venture, one of the vehicles created by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to support the Moroccan and Jordanian monarchies during the Arab Spring uprisings. The fund is focused on ...
Iraq electoral commission retracts resignation before vote BAGHDAD: Members of Iraq's electoral commission retracted their resignations on Sunday, having threatened to quit en masse in protest against political interference just one month before a nationwide vote. The entire board of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tendered its resignation last week, further complicating the outlook for polls that have already been clouded by violence across the country. In a statement following a visit by the United Nations' envoy to Iraq, IHEC said: ...
Palestinians hope prisoner release delay will be brief RAMALLAH: A senior Palestinian official said a release by Israel of Arab prisoners would not go ahead on Saturday as envisaged but he hoped there would only be short delay."Today the prisoners will not be released maybe in the coming days," Issa Qaraqae, the minister of prisoner affairs, told AFP."There are efforts to solve the crisis and I believe that in 24 hours everything will be clearer."Under the deal that relaunched peace talks last July, ...
Egypt court sentences Mursi supporters to death ALEXANDRIA: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced two supporters of former President Mohamed Mursi to death for committing murder during violence that broke out in Alexandria last year after the army deposed the Islamist head of state. The two men Mahmoud Ramadan and Abdullah el-Ahmedi were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in the Mediterranean city. The judge ruled that their files be referred to the mufti, ...


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