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Yemen foreign minister snubs Saleh’s call for peace talks

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended. Yaseen was speaking after air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen in some of the most widespread combat the country has seen ...

Aoun looks to be impermeable to finding alternatives to break the deadlock

Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon’s two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea – is, at this point, capable of garnering an absolute majority of votes in Parliament to be elected as the new head of state, Aoun looks to be ...

Airstrikes on a marketplace kill 40 Syrian

Airstrikes on a marketplace in Idlib province Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key town. There were fears the death toll would mount from the bombing raids on Darkoush, a rebel-held town near the Turkish border, which also wounded dozens of people, a ...

Airstrikes thwart ‘aggressive moves’ by Yemen’s Houthis

Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Iran-backed rebels and their allies in Yemen Wednesday, hours after Riyadh declared an end to a nearly monthlong air campaign. The Shiite forces later said they would welcome United Nations-led peace talks to end a conflict that’s killed hundreds without dislodging them from the capital. The rebels, known as Houthis, say they call for a resumption of ...

US concerned Iranian ships may carry arms to Yemen: Pentagon chief

The United States is concerned a group of Iranian cargo ships may be carrying advanced weapons to Yemen, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday, as he called on Iran to avoid “fanning the flames” of the conflict with arms deliveries. Asked whether he thought weapons were on board the Iranian ships, Carter said: “We’re certainly concerned about that.” “And ...

Hariri wants operation Decisive Storm moved to Syria

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called Wednesday after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the Saudi-led “Decisive Storm” military operation in Yemen to shift to Syria to remove the regime of President Bashar Assad for killing its people. The head of the Future Movement also lashed out at Iran for meddling in the internal affairs in Lebanon ...

UN Yemen envoy to step down, may be replaced by Mauritanian: source

U.N. special adviser to Yemen Jamal Benomar is planning on stepping down from his job and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is considering appointing a Mauritanian diplomat to the post as the civil war escalates, a U.N. diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Benomar, a veteran Moroccan diplomat, had recently irked Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations for his handling of so ...

Hariri to seek protection for Lebanon on U.S. visit

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will visit Washington next week for talks with senior U.S. officials in the latest of his regional and foreign trips aimed at shielding Lebanon from the repercussions of regional turmoil, political sources said Wednesday. The sources did not give further details, but media reports said Secretary of State John Kerry is among senior U.S. officials ...

Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?

The Egyptian government led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to be unable to deal with the growing, non-stop Islamist insurgency on its territory. Almost every day there are reports of army operations against Sinai-based terrorists and/or terrorist attacks against security personnel, government structures or civilian targets. On Tuesday, assailants shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Qalyubia ...

Sydney home prices to plateau: HSBC

SYDNEY’S stellar run of double-digit home price growth looks set to run out of steam next year. HSBC Australia chief economist Paul Bloxham says he expects the Reserve Bank to hike interest rates in 2016, a move that will cool Sydney’s booming property market. “Sydney house prices are running at an unsustainable pace,” he said. “Purchasers need to be very ...