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3 Qaeda suspects 'killed in Yemen drone strike' ADEN: A drone attack believed to have been carried out by US forces killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members travelling in a car in southeast Yemen, security and tribal sources said Saturday.Tribesmen said a missile struck the vehicle in the Rafadh region of Shabwa province overnight, killing three.A local security official said they were Al-Qaeda fighters.The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen.It has kept up strikes on militants during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite Huthi rebels who control the capital.Amnesty International charged Friday that the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government had renewed its use of cluster bombs during a January air strikes on Sanaa that killed a 16-year-old boy.The coalition has denied using such ammunition in its anti-Huthi attacks on the Yemeni capital.Yemen has been convulsed by unrest since the Huthis seized Sanaa in September 2015.Al-Qaeda's local affiliate has exploited ...

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Saudi ally Comoros breaks off relations with Iran MORONI: Indian Ocean archipelago and Saudi Arabia ally the Comoros said Friday it had cut diplomatic relations with Iran over what it termed Tehran's "aggression" towards Riyadh.A foreign ministry statement said the Comoros viewed Tehran as "interfering" in "the internal affairs of certain countries" and "not respecting diplomatic conventions". Comoros' foreign ministry said it had called on the Iranian ambassador to clear his desk.The move came a week after the Comoros, a member of the ...

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UN peace envoy leaves Yemen empty handed SANAA: The UN envoy to Yemen left the rebel-held capital empty handed Thursday after a mission aimed at reaching an agreement for talks between the insurgents and the government."We have not set a new date for the next round of talks," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told reporters at Sanaa airport before departing the conflict-riven country.The Mauritanian diplomat said he was alarmed by the "suffering of Yemenis", but he expressed hopes of a "quick return" to ...

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Kuwait passes law tightening online media controls KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait's parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to regulate all web-based "professional" media, a day after a controversial cybercrimes law came into effect.All forms of electronic media like Internet-based news services, bulletins, publications, newspaper and television station portals and commercial services are subject to the new law.Thirty-seven members including cabinet ministers voted for the law and four MPs opposed it.Those who voted against the legislation said it would further curtail freedom of speech and ...

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Israeli air raid in Gaza Strip kills one, wounds three JERUSALEM: An Israeli air raid on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip targeting alleged fighters killed one Palestinian and wounded three others, the Israeli army and a Palestinian official said.Israeli aircraft "targeted a terror cell plotting to detonate an explosive device against (military) forces stationed along the border of the northern Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said. A Gaza health ministry spokesman said one person was killed and three wounded.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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OPEC president sees emergency meeting in March ABU DHABI: OPEC president Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said Tuesday that he expects an extraordinary meeting of the oil cartel in "early March" to address nosediving crude prices."We did say that if it (the price) hits the 35 (dollar per barrel), we will begin to look (at)... an extraordinary meeting," said Kachikwu, who is minister of state for petroleum resources in Nigeria.The prices have hit levels that necessitate a meeting, he said.-Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Seven killed as gunmen take hostages in Baghdad mall: police BAGHDAD: Gunmen blew up a car bomb, sprayed gunfire in a crowded area and took hostages in a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad Monday, killing at least seven people, police said.The gunmen were still holed up in the shopping centre in Baghdad al-Jadida, a police colonel said, adding that it was feared the attackers were wearing suicide belts. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...