Yemen

Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British hostages in raid

SANAA - An American, a Briton and a South African were among several hostages Yemeni forces sought to free from al Qaeda this week, the defence ministry said on its website, describing a raid that a U.S. defence official said also involved U.S. special forces.

Five killed in clashes between Houthis, Sunnis in Yemen capital 26 Nov 2014

SANAA - Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen's capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.

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Yemeni forces free eight al Qaeda hostages; U.S. says no Americans 25 Nov 2014

SANAA - Yemeni security forces freed eight hostages including six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, in a raid in which seven al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country's supreme security committee said.

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U.S. funds used to compensate drone victims - Yemen presidency source 13 Nov 2014

SANAA/WASHINGTON - Yemeni authorities have paid out tens of thousands of dollars to victims of drone strikes using U.S.-supplied funds, a source close to Yemen's presidency said, echoing accounts by legal sources and a family that lost two members in a 2012 raid.

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Yemen's Houthi group endorse new government-presidential aide 13 Nov 2014

SANAA - The Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group has endorsed the new Yemeni government despite opposition to some ministers, a presidential aide said on Thursday, in a move that could allow Prime Minister Khaled Bahah to focus on restoring state control over the country.

At least 33 dead in Yemeni clashes, U.S. drone kills seven 12 Nov 2014

SANAA - At least 33 people have been killed in central Yemen in fighting in the past two days between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters trying to expand their control and Sunni tribes allied with al Qaeda, residents said on Wednesday.

Drone kills seven suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen - military sources 12 Nov 2014

DUBAI - At least seven suspected al Qaeda militants were killed on Wednesday in a U.S. drone strike on a vehicle they were driving in southern Yemen, military sources said.

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Houthi advance raises alert for Saudi border guards 11 Nov 2014

JIZAN Saudi Arabia - Gains by the Shi'ite Houthi rebel movement in Yemen are ringing alarm bells in Saudi Arabia, concerned for what it means for its vulnerable southern border, already the conduit for a constant flow of illicit activity.

Houthi advance raises alert for Saudi border guards 11 Nov 2014

JIZAN Saudi Arabia - Gains by the Shi'ite Houthi rebel movement in Yemen are ringing alarm bells in Saudi Arabia, concerned for what it means for its vulnerable southern border, already the conduit for a constant flow of illicit activity.

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U.S. imposes sanctions on Yemen ex-president, two rebel leaders 10 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and two senior Houthi rebel leaders for threatening the peace and stability of the country, following similar action by the U.N. Security Council last week.