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Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy


MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.


In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen 14 Dec 2017

WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. | Video

Yemen's Houthis say Iranian missile charges a distraction from Jerusalem decision 14 Dec 2017

DUBAI A spokesman for Yemen's Houthi group on Thursday dismissed U.S. accusations that Iran had supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia last month, saying it was an attempt to divert attention from the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is 'fabricated' 14 Dec 2017

UNITED NATIONS Iran rejected as unfounded a U.S. accusation on Thursday that it supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen on Nov. 4, describing weaponry displayed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as "fabricated."

Saudis welcome U.N. report, U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Houthis - agency 14 Dec 2017

DUBAI Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed a United Nations report and a U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis and demanded immediate action to hold Tehran accountable for its actions, state news agency SPA reported.


At least 39 Yemenis dead in Saudi-led raid on police camp in Sanaa - official 13 Dec 2017

DUBAI Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said. | Video

U.S. aid chief says no sign Yemen port blockade easing to allow aid in 12 Dec 2017

WASHINGTON There are no signs that a blockade of Yemen's ports by a Saudi-led military coalition has eased to allow aid to reach communities increasingly at risk of starvation, the head of the U.S. government's aid agency said on Tuesday.

Russia suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen, moves envoy to Riyadh - agencies 12 Dec 2017

MOSCOW Russia has suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff have left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa, the RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Tuesday.


More than 8 million Yemenis 'a step away from famine' - U.N. 11 Dec 2017

GENEVA Warring sides must let more aid get through to 8.4 million people who are "a step away from famine" in Yemen, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.


Yemen's Saleh buried in Sanaa with handful of relatives present - sources 10 Dec 2017

DUBAI Yemen's Houthi group has buried the body of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend, sources from his General People's Congress (GPC) party said on Sunday.