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  • Houthi leader vows to defy Saudi-led air war
    Houthi leader vows to defy Saudi-led air war 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    Abdelmalik al-Houthi says he "will never give in" even as Saudi-led coalition continues to pound rebel-held targets. More »

  • Houthi leader says Yemenis have right to resist Saudi 'aggression' 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    ADEN (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels said on Sunday that Yemenis had the right to resist Saudi "aggression" by any means. The tone of Abdel-Malek al-Houthi's televised speech suggested he was in no mood to compromise despite pressure from Saudi-led airstrikes, which began targeting the militia more than three weeks ago. (This version of the story was corrected to remove reference to first speech) (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba and Noah Browning; writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Yemen's Houthi leader accuses Saudi Arabia of seeking to invade
    Yemen's Houthi leader accuses Saudi Arabia of seeking to invade 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi militia accused Saudi Arabia on Sunday of plotting to seize the country, in a fiery speech suggesting he was in no mood to compromise despite more than three weeks of Saudi-led bombing. Saudi Arabia's goal is "the invasion of this country, its occupation and placing this country again under its feet and hegemony", Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said. The announcement puts at least 15,000 troops in the desert and mountain border area on the same side as Saudi Arabia, which hosts the embattled Yemeni president in its capital Riyadh. "Brigadier General Abdulrahman al-Halily of the First Military District announced today his support for constitutional legitimacy as represented by President Hadi," one of the officials told Reuters. More »

  • Yemen Shiite rebel leader vows not to surrender amid strikes
    Yemen Shiite rebel leader vows not to surrender amid strikes 2 hours 47 minutes ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen vowed to not surrender Sunday amid Saudi-led airstrikes in a rambling speech that rejected U.N. efforts to halt violence there, even as the political party of the country's former leader welcomed international efforts for a cease-fire. More »

  • Saudis will have to hit Qaeda in Yemen: analysts
    Saudis will have to hit Qaeda in Yemen: analysts 3 hours ago

    With its campaign against Yemeni rebels at full throttle, Saudi Arabia has spared Al-Qaeda which has capitalised on the chaos, but experts say Riyadh will have to hit them eventually. More »

  • Yemen rebel chief says 'will not give in... to aggression'
    Yemen rebel chief says 'will not give in... to aggression' 3 hours ago

    Yemen rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi vowed Sunday he will "never give in" to a Saudi-led air war on his Shiite militants, branding the raids "savage aggression". More »

  • Iran says won't accept forced deportees from Australia
    Iran says won't accept forced deportees from Australia 3 hours ago

    Iran is not willing to accept its nationals being forcibly deported from Australia but will welcome back citizens of their own free will, a top official warned Sunday. More »

  • Houthi leader accuses Saudi Arabia of seeking to occupy Yemen 3 hours ago

    ADEN (Reuters) - The leader of Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, accused Saudi Arabia on Sunday of trying to invade and occupy the country and bring it under its hegemony. Saudi Arabia has led three weeks of air strikes on the Houthis, hoping to halt advances that could give the Shi'ites from the north full control of Yemen and enable Riyadh's arch-foe Tehran to expand its influence in the Arabian peninsula. (Reporting by Noah Browning; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are U.S. 'myth'
    Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are U.S. 'myth' 4 hours ago

    By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the nuclear talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States. More »

  • Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold
    Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold 4 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. "The response has come to you who threaten the nation," the caption says. "To those who test me, take this war as a reply." More »

  • Iran's powerful Guard rejects inspection of military sites 4 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — International nuclear inspectors will be barred from all Iranian military sites under any deal with world powers, a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard said Sunday, setting up a possible standoff as negotiators try to reach a final deal. More »

  • Mother, five children killed in Syria bombardment: monitor
    Mother, five children killed in Syria bombardment: monitor 4 hours ago

    A mother and her five children were among at least 19 civilians killed on Sunday in Syrian regime bombardment of the southern province of Daraa, a monitoring group said. More »

  • A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed
    A history of the Islamic State group after Ethiopians killed 6 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group, which controls a third of both Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate, released a video Sunday purportedly showing militants killing two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. More »

  • Iran leader urges military to increase 'preparedness'
    Iran leader urges military to increase 'preparedness' 6 hours ago

    Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged his armed forces Sunday to increase their "defensive preparedness", denouncing a US warning that military action is an option if there is no nuclear deal. More »

  • Arab army chiefs to meet on joint military force
    Arab army chiefs to meet on joint military force 8 hours ago

    Arab military chiefs will meet this week in Cairo to discuss the forming of a joint military force to fight the region's growing extremist threat, an Arab League official said Sunday. More »

  • Over 90,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Anbar: UN
    Over 90,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Anbar: UN 8 hours ago

    More than 90,000 people have fled fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamic State jihadist group in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said on Sunday. More »

  • GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
    GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America's role in world 8 hours ago

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. More »

  • Don't look for Latin American jihadis - yet
    Don't look for Latin American jihadis - yet 8 hours ago

    Latin American Muslims seem immune to radicalism and ISIL's global recruitment campaign - but for how much longer? More »

  • Israel PM to request extra time for forming govt
    Israel PM to request extra time for forming govt 9 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to make a formal request for extra time to piece together a new government, the president's office said Sunday. More »

  • Lebanon to get first Saudi-funded French weapons
    Lebanon to get first Saudi-funded French weapons 10 hours ago

    Combat vehicles, helicopters and warships to arrive over four years as part of $3bn scheme to help fight armed groups. More »

  • Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against IS
    Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against IS 10 hours ago

    Afghanistan and Iran announced Sunday plans for enhanced security cooperation to combat threats from the Islamic State group, including possible joint military operations. More »

  • WWI Ypres gas attack sears the memory 100 years on
    WWI Ypres gas attack sears the memory 100 years on 11 hours ago

    One hundred years ago, a green cloud of chlorine gas drifted gently towards Allied trenches around Ypres, promising an agonising death as Germany sought to break the bloody stalemate World War I had become. More »

  • EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow
    EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow 13 hours ago

    File picture shows phase 15-16 of the South Pars gas field facilities in the southern Iranian port of Assaluyeh on the shore of the Gulf More »

  • France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight
    France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight 16 hours ago

    The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country's defences against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border. More »

  • US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos
    US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos 20 hours ago

    With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the US is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Reagan still Republicans' reference point for White House seekers
    Reagan still Republicans' reference point for White House seekers 20 hours ago

    Barack Obama is weak and Ronald Reagan exuded power, Republicans say. But while conservative White House hopefuls revere the 1980s president as a foreign-policy icon, oversimplifying Reaganism may mask nuances of his diplomacy. More »

  • Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan
    Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan 23 hours ago

    Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt advances that could give the rebels full control of the country. The conflict, though rooted in local rivalries, has been described as a proxy war between predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran, both top OPEC oil producers. The Iranian plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "We reject the Iranian initiative," Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters by telephone from Qatar's capital, Doha. More »

  • Argentine prosecutor's death the stuff of fiction in new book
    Argentine prosecutor's death the stuff of fiction in new book Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    An Argentine prosecutor dead under mysterious circumstances. His case against the president thrust spectacularly into the national spotlight. These events -- are they fact or fiction? More »

  • Iran's Rouhani criticises Saudis over Yemen strikes
    Iran's Rouhani criticises Saudis over Yemen strikes Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Iran's president says its regional rival will see "sooner or later" the response for its air strikes against Houthis. More »

  • Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids
    Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Saudi Arabia, which is leading a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for conflict-torn Yemen. More »

  • Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash
    Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Fighting along Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen has killed a soldier from the kingdom, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman said on Saturday. More »

  • At least 27 dead in fighting in Yemen's Taez
    At least 27 dead in fighting in Yemen's Taez Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    At least 27 people were killed in Yemen's Taez in clashes between loyalists and rebels and Saudi-led coalition air raids in a day that claimed 52 lives, medics said Saturday. More »

  • After Israeli elections, US Zionists cast votes of their own Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the other Israel election. More »

  • Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP
    Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change. More »

  • Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive
    Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. More »