Yemen president says Houthis agree to return town to state control


SANAA - Yemen's president on Wednesday visited a town close to the capital that was captured by Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters this month, and said all sides had agreed to allow the state to retake control, state news agency Saba reported.

Yemen's al Qaeda wing seeks to set up 'emirate' in east 22 Jul 2014

ADEN/DUBAI - Yemen's al Qaeda wing has ordered men and women in the east to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area, local media and a resident said.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits off Yemen coast- USGS 19 Jul 2014

LONDON - A magnitude 6.3 quake hit off the coast of Yemen on Saturday, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

U.S. designates suspected Norwegian al Qaeda member a 'terrorist' 15 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - A Norwegian citizen suspected of joining al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and receiving bomb-making training during visits to Yemen has been named a "specially designated global terrorist" by the U.S. government, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Shi'ite group hands back army camp to Yemeni government 14 Jul 2014

SANAA - Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said, to try to defuse tensions caused by the capture of a provincial capital north of Sanaa this week.


U.S. concerned foreign fighters in Syria are working with Yemenis 13 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned fighters from Europe and the United States who are supporting violent insurgents in the Syrian civil war are joining forces with Yemeni bomb makers.

Tribesmen bomb Yemen's oil pipeline, halt crude flows - officials 12 Jul 2014

SANAA - Tribesmen bombed Yemen's main oil export pipeline on Saturday, halting crude flows, local officials said, disrupting an important source of revenue for the impoverished state.


Yemen to clamp down on state-owned companies, public spending 10 Jul 2014

DUBAI - Yemen's president unveiled a clampdown on public sector spending on Thursday, including a feasibility review of state-owned companies and a ban on all but economy class travel for ministers in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

Refugee agency says more than 35,000 people displaced by Yemen fighting 09 Jul 2014

SANAA - More than 35,000 people have been displaced in Yemen's Omran province, a local government refugee agency said on Wednesday, a day after Shi'ite Muslim tribal fighters overran the provincial capital following fighting that killed more than 200 people.

Yemen extradites Ethiopian opposition official to Addis Ababa - government 09 Jul 2014

ADDIS ABABA - Yemeni authorities have handed over to Ethiopia an opposition official who had been sentenced to death in absentia on charges of plotting to overthrow the Addis Ababa government, state media reported on Wednesday.