Yemen official asks for intervention against rebels

Yemen’s foreign minister has called for an “immediate” Arab military intervention against advancing Shiite rebels. Riad Yassin told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite news network on Wednesday that Yemen had asked Arab countries – especially oil-rich Gulf Sunni countries – to send air and naval forces to counter Shiite rebels known[…]

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Shiite rebels seize Yemen’s 3rd largest city

Shiite rebels backed by supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz and its airport on Sunday, security and military officials said, as thousands took to the streets in protest. If the rebels hold onto the city, the capital of Yemen’s most populous province,[…]

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Ukraine delays heavy weapons pullback

Ukraine delayed a promised pullback of heavy weapons from the front line Monday in eastern Ukraine, blaming continuing attacks from separatist rebels. Under a peace agreement reached Feb. 12, both sides are to withdraw their heavy weapons 25 to 70 kilometers (16 to 44 miles) back to create a buffer[…]

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Ukraine rebels, army fighting despite pullback deadline

Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels faced a deadline Tuesday to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine, but Associated Press reporters saw no signs of it on the ground. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters Tuesday that the separatists continued to attack government[…]

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British embassy in Yemen evacuates staff

The British Embassy in Yemen’s capital closed and evacuated its staff early Wednesday, authorities said, the latest diplomatic post to shut down in the Arab world’s poorest country amid turmoil following Shiite rebels seizing power. In a statement, U.K. Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood also urged British citizens still[…]

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Separatists claim to surround key Ukraine town

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine say they have completely surrounded the strategic town of Debaltseve, a claim denied by the Ukrainian army who insist the fighting is ongoing. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Tuesday said its fighters have cut off the main supply road into the government-held town[…]

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South Sudan sign another peace deal

South Sudan’s warring factions early Monday signed another peace deal in the latest effort to end hostilities that have raged for more than a year. The government and rebels have previously signed at least three peace deals which were broken quickly. Leaders of the regional bloc overseeing the talks, IGAD,[…]

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Anti-ISIL coalition told to help Syria rebels

France’s foreign minister has called for the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to help rebels in Syria’s second city Aleppo hold out against the Damascus regime. Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that the coalition should not battle ISIL to the exclusion of supporting[…]

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Houthi fighters seize Yemen city of Ibb

Houthi rebels have seized more territory south of Yemen’s capital, including the city of Ibb, near an al-Qaeda stronghold. Witnesses said that dozens of cars carrying Houthi fighters were seen arriving in Ibb on Wednesday, an area bordering al-Bayda province, a bastion of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The[…]

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