Yemen - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Yemen Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders. The Central Command said the U.S. forces killed the militants... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:32:00Z US raid kills 7 al-Qaida militants in Yemen WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says U.S. forces have killed seven members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula during a raid in Yemen early Tuesday. U.S. Central Command says the forces used "a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes" to attack the compound in Marib Governorate in central Yemen. It says, "Raids... Tue, 23 May 2017 03:26:00 GMT 2017-05-23T03:26:00Z Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration did not see the kingdom's human rights record or its devastating war in Yemen as an obstacle to restoring ties that had been strained under his predecessor. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:21:00Z US to announce $110 billion Saudi arms sale as Trump visits WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to announce $110 billion in advanced military equipment sales and training to Saudi Arabia this weekend as President Donald Trump visits the country, officials said Friday. U.S. officials familiar with the package said it would include Abrams tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar, and communic... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:01:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:01:00Z US imposes sanctions in joint action with Saudi Arabia WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed its first terrorism sanctions jointly with Saudi Arabia on Friday as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom on his first overseas trip. The State Department announced sanctions on senior Hezbollah leader Hashem Safieddine and Muhammad al-Isawi, a leader of the Islamic State group's operations on the Sinai Peninsula in... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:08:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:08:00Z With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic. The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:51:00Z Cairo airport takes steps to stop cholera spread from Yemen CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport is introducing emergency measures, including quarantine, to prevent the spread of a cholera outbreak in Yemen by flights arriving from the war-torn Arab nation. The Health Ministry said on Tuesday that incoming passengers and returnees would face screenings to ensure that they do not carry the illness, and airport and port controls would be tightened. Tue, 16 May 2017 13:01:00 GMT 2017-05-16T13:01:00Z The Latest: Trump confident travel ban is lawful SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the appeal of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (all times local): 1:05 p.m. White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed confidence that President Trump's travel ban order will be upheld by an appeals court. Spicer said Monday the executive order is fully lawful. He did not... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:43:00 GMT 2017-05-16T01:43:00Z AP News Guide: What to know about travel ban appeals SEATTLE (AP) — Does federal law give President Donald Trump broad legal authority to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations? That's the question before two federal appellate courts that have now heard arguments over Trump's revised travel ban and are being asked by Trump's opponents to use the president's own anti-Muslim campaign rhe... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:36:00Z Cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen kills 124 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen says a cholera outbreak has killed 124 people over the past two weeks. Jamie McGoldrick told reporters Monday that another 11,100 people were believed to have been infected, and that medicine was arriving. But he also urged donor countries to fulfil more than $1 billion in aid pledges made in Geneva last month. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:19:00Z Sacked Yemeni governor departs to Saudi Arabia SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A former Yemeni governor, recently sacked by the president, departed the southern city of Aden to Saudi Arabia on Friday after forming a separatist council rejected by Yemen's internationally-recognized government, Yemeni officials said. Aidarous al-Zubaidi, along with ex-Cabinet Minister Hani Bin Braik, both known to be close to the U... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:13:00Z ACLU sues for documents in Yemen raid that killed Navy SEAL NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group asked a court Monday to force the U.S. government to divulge more information about a January raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy sailor and Yemeni civilians. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, saying it wants to learn the legal basis and decision-making p... Mon, 08 May 2017 16:58:00 GMT 2017-05-08T16:58:00Z Q&A: Trump's new travel ban faces key test in appeals court RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the case that has thwarted the president's attempt to bar certain people from entering the country in the name of national securit... Sat, 06 May 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-05-06T13:27:00Z Pro-secession rallies in Yemen spotlight tensions with UAE SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of southern Yemenis who support the secession of their region rallied in Aden on Thursday against the sacking of the city's governor. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi last week fired Aden's governor, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, along with Cabinet minister Hani Bin Braik. They are both believed to be close to the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:33:00Z Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how Mohammed bin Salman views the kingdom's ... Tue, 02 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-02T21:06:00Z UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East. The seven-state federation ranks as one of Washington's most prominent Arab allies in the fight against the Islamic ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-04-29T06:01:00Z Pentagon: US airstrike killed 8 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Sunday killed eight operatives of group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, including a key leader. A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the airstrike April 23 killed Abu Ahmed Awlaqi (ah-lah'-key), who had led AQAP operations in Shabwa province. Davis said he was a plotter of external attacks and h... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:25:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:25:00Z Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors. Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with incre... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:07:00Z Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S. The appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman to Washington signals the kingdom's eagerness to strengthen bilatera... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:56:00 GMT 2017-04-23T15:56:00Z Watchdog says Yemen rebel land mines killed, maimed hundreds CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday decried the use of land mines by Yemen's Shiite rebels in the impoverished Arab country at war, saying they have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and prevented many of the displaced from returning to their homes. In a new report, Human Rights Watch said the rebels known as Houthis, who are alli... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:12:00 GMT 2017-04-20T11:12:00Z US weighs giving Saudis more military aid for Yemen efforts RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United States is considering ways to boost military support for the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, believing military pressure is needed to prod the militants into a negotiated end to the conflict, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The U.S. already is helping the Saudis by providing intelligence and aeria... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:21:00Z 12 Saudi officers killed in helicopter crash in Yemen RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said one of its helicopters crashed in eastern Yemen on Tuesday, killing 12 Saudi officers in one of the deadliest incidents for the kingdom's troops since the war began more than two years ago. The Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the eastern province of Marib, the coalition s... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:29:00 GMT 2017-04-18T16:29:00Z US defense chief says NKorea 'recklessly tried to provoke' RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation. Mattis commented on the weekend missile launch in an interview with reporters traveling with him Tuesday to Saudi Arabia, where he begins a weeklong Mideast tour. His language was stronger than in an initial written statement he issued s... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:15:00 GMT 2017-04-18T13:15:00Z Pentagon's Mattis discussing war aims in Mideast this week WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy. His trip to the region, which began with his departure Monday night, includes stops with longstanding allies Saudi Arabia and... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:18:00 GMT 2017-04-17T23:18:00Z Brief hijacking shows return of piracy to Somalia coast MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The brief hijacking of a Lebanese-registered ship has drawn attention to the resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia, after five years of inactivity. Pirates boarded the OS 35, a cargo ship, Saturday evening but then abandoned it Sunday before naval forces rescued the ship, Mohamed Abdirahman, former director of Puntland's marine forces, told ... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-04-09T15:54:00Z Suspected Somali pirates attack ship off Yemen: Authorities MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Suspected Somali pirates have again hijacked a vessel on one of the world's crucial trade routes, authorities said Saturday night, the latest in a string of attacks after several years of silence. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations piracy watchdog said on its website it had received a report from a vessel under attack a... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-04-08T20:18:00Z 11 Indian sailors on small boat hijacked off Somali coast MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali pirates have seized a small boat, and its 11 Indian crew members, and taken the vessel to along the central coast, a state official said Monday. It is the latest ship targeted by Somalia's resurgent hijackers. The pirates on Monday afternoon anchored the sailboat on the coast off Elhur, 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of H... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-04-03T17:18:00Z In DC visit, Egypt's el-Sissi to test 'chemistry' with Trump CAIRO (AP) — Making his first official visit to Washington, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's meeting this week with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a significant step in the international rehabilitation of the general-turned-politician who was kept out of the Obama White House. But, analysts caution, there may not be much more that Egypt's president could tak... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:39:00 GMT 2017-04-02T15:39:00Z With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority WASHINGTON (AP) — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa. This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more a... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 02:57:00 GMT 2017-04-02T02:57:00Z More aggressive US strikes in Somalia said to risk civilians MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval of greater U.S. military authority to pursue al-Qaida-linked extremists in Somalia will put civilians further at risk, experts say, especially as drought displaces thousands of people in areas that now will be considered a war zone. Trump has approved a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive a... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:20:00 GMT 2017-04-01T14:20:00Z