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Rival Yemeni protests as talks with Shiite rebels fail SANAA: Rival protests stoked up tension in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday as a presidential negotiating team abandoned talks with Shiite rebels, accusing them of seeking to ignite a war.President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged "vigilance and increased preparation to face any options that could be imposed" on Yemen, at a meeting with the supreme security and military committee, state news agency Saba reported.Pro and anti-government protest leaders used loud hailers to stir up their followers at rallies in different parts of Sanaa, although there were no clashes between the groups, as had been feared.Thousands joined the rebel demonstration in the north of the city, near the interior ministry and other government offices, but tens of thousands gathered in central Sanaa to support Hadi's government, an AFP correspondent reported.Hadi's envoys had held talks with rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi since Thursday in a bid to persuade him to abandon protests organised by ...

US strikes targets in northern Iraq near Arbil, Mosul dam WASHINGTON: The United States on Sunday used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants, who have seized a large swath of territory in the region."US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Arbil and Mosul dam," a statement from Florida-based Centcom said, using one of ...
Air strikes pound Gaza as Israel presses offensive GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the bloody offensive would continue as long as necessary.Israel and Hamas, who have been fighting for 48 days, looked unlikely to end their deadly face-off even after Egypt called for an indefinite ceasefire and new truce talks to end a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers.One of Sunday's ...
Deposed Egypt president's spokesman faces trial CAIRO: The former spokesman for Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi faces trial for allegedly helping an ex-premier try to flee to Sudan, a judicial source said on Saturday.Yasser Ali, who was arrested in Cairo in December, is accused of aiding a "convicted man sought by the judicial authorities", a reference to Islamist former prime minister Hisham Qandil.Qandil was detained, also last December, for trying to leave the country illegally for Sudan.Another 12 people are ...
Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq BAGHDAD: Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict.A bomb also exploded in the northern city of Arbil on Saturday, a rare attack unsettling the relative stability the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region has enjoyed.Local television footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car in Arbil. A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud ...
Qatar condemns Islamic State, rejects funding accusations LONDON: Qatar condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's "barbaric" murder of US journalist James Foley and flatly rejected accusations of giving financial support to the militant group.Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah's comments came a day after the German government apologised for remarks by a minister accusing Qatar of financing Islamic State militants.Attiyah described the recent comments as ill-informed. "Qatar does not support extremist groups, including ISIS, in any way. We are repelled by their views, their ...
Bomb explodes in Arbil: TV ARBIL: A bomb exploded in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Arbil, on Saturday, local television network Rudaw reported. TV footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car.A Reuters journalist earlier saw a cloud of smoke in Arbil, but it was not clear whether it was from a blast.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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