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Mar 24, 2015

Exclusive – Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving
heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its
border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the
risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the
worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed
Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa
in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend
as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is moving
heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its
border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the
risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the
worsening Yemeni conflict.

The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed
Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa
in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend
as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-backed
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. to stop collecting bulk phone data if spying law expires

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies
in June will stop bulk collection of data on calls by U.S.
telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorizing
the spying, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The disclosure that the National Security Agency was
collecting metadata generated by domestic telephone users was
one of the most controversial revelations made by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden nearly two years ago.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. to stop collecting bulk phone data if Congress lets law expire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agencies in June will stop bulk collection of data documenting calls by U.S. telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorizing the spying, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The disclosure that the National Security Agency was collecting metadata generated by domestic telephone users was one of the most controversial revelations made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden nearly two years ago.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about the growing presence and influence of the Syria-based Islamic State movement in Libya, according to U.S. officials and a State Department report.

The officials said what they called “senior” Islamic State leaders had traveled to the country, which is whacked by civil war, to help recruit and organize militants, particularly in the cities of Derna and Sirte.

Mar 19, 2015

Assange likely to remain in embassy pending U.S. Wikileaks probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely to remain at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has taken refuge as long as U.S. authorities pursue a criminal investigation of his anti-secrecy group, one of his lawyers said.

Speculation rose that he might leave the embassy after Swedish authorities last week offered to question him there over allegations of sexual misconduct, dropping their insistence that he go to Stockholm for questioning about a 2010 incident.

Mar 17, 2015

Republicans to probe Iranian role in Latin America

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Tehran and are eager to portray Iran as untrustworthy will use a hearing in Congress on Wednesday to air complaints about Iran’s actions in Latin America.

A congressional aide said the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere would discuss what Republicans say are cases of Iran’s involvement in Argentina, Venezuela and elsewhere.

Mar 13, 2015

Human rights concerns limit U.S. intelligence, military aid to Nigeria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is limiting its intelligence and military aid to Nigeria during Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency due to concerns over the country’s human rights record, U.S. officials say.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria in its six-year insurgency and has also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which has created a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.