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Yemen's Huthis only ones who can end war: Saudi FM RIYADH: Huthi rebels and their allies in Yemen are the only ones who can bring an end to the seven-month-old war there, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday."I believe that the matter of the end of hostilities lies entirely with the Huthis and with Saleh," Adel al-Jubeir said, referring to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh."They are the ones who started this, and they are the ones who continue this," he told a joint news conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.The Iran-backed Huthis overran Yemen's capital Sanaa unopposed in September last year and went on to seize territory as far south as Aden, aided by renegade troops loyal to Saleh.Their advance prompted Saudi Arabia in March to form an Arab coalition which began air strikes and assistance to Yemeni forces on the ground.Bolstered by heavy weaponry and Gulf troops as well as Yemeni fighters trained in Saudi Arabia, ...

UN chief wants review of Israeli use of force UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to carry out a "serious review" on whether its security forces are resorting to excessive force in clashes with Palestinians.Ban finds "the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces" to be "troubling," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters as violence continued in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Bethlehem.This "demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbates the situation leading to ...
Rocket attack in Aden against hotel housing Yemen PM ADEN: A hotel in Yemen's second city of Aden where Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was staying with members of the government was on fire on Tuesday after being hit by three rockets, a security source and witnesses said.People had been left "dead and wounded" by the attack, a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity, without saying if that included any members of government.Bahah and his ministers have been installed in Aden -- declared ...
New Zealand,Sudan's Hujjaj take longest hours to reach Kingdom ISLAMABAD: New Zealand and Sudan's pilgrims had to take the longest air and ship journey to reach Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.A total of 1,325,189 Hajis came by air, 36,094 by land and 12,923 by sea. New Zealand pilgrims had to spent 24 hours on plane due to lack of direct flight from the country to Saudi Arabia. New Zealand has sent 400 pilgrims for Hajj this year.Even after traveling on speedy ships, ...
Asia markets mostly rise, risk assets up before Fed decision HONG KONG: Asian traders remained broadly optimistic leading up to Thursday's crucial US interest rate decision, with most stock markets and higher risk assets extending recent gains as part of another global rally.The Federal Reserve's policy meeting has been the key focus for global investors for weeks as bank policymakers have to weigh a healthy US recovery with a slowdown in overseas economies as well as the recent turmoil unleashed by fears over China.However, China's ...
Saudi king seeks 'urgent' UN action on Al-Aqsa RIYADH: Saudi King Salman has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for "urgent measures" after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, state media reported late Wednesday.Salman "expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation" at the holy site where Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press Agency reported."He called for serious and speedy international efforts and for the intervention of the Security Council ...
800,000 Hujjaj arrive to perform Hajj this year ISLAMABAD: Nearly 800,000 Hujjaj have arrived from abroad in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year.According to statistics released by the Saudi Passport Department (SPA), 796,581 pilgrims have so far landed in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage that begins in another 10 days."Of them, 780,474 pilgrims arrived by air, 9,039 by land and 7,068 by sea," said a statement from the department.The government has taken extraordinary measures to ensure safety of the Hujjaj during ...


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