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Apr 7, 2015

U.S. could recommend taking Cuba off state terrorism list in days: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department could recommend within a few days that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a major move toward rapprochement ahead of a hemispheric summit this week.

President Barack Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic breakthrough with Havana on Dec. 17, and he has vowed to act quickly once he receives the State Department’s recommendation.

Apr 3, 2015

American al Qaeda suspect faces U.S. terrorism charges

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen accused of training with al Qaeda and conspiring to kill Americans abroad appeared in federal court in New York on Thursday to face terrorism charges.

Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who was detained in Pakistan and recently transferred into U.S. custody, was clad in blue jail garb and sporting short brown hair and a long beard as he made a brief court appearance in Brooklyn.

Apr 2, 2015

Alleged al Qaeda operative to face U.S. terrorism charges

By Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – A U.S. citizen who trained with al Qaeda in Pakistan was expected to appear in federal court on Thursday in New York to face terrorism charges.

The FBI said in a document filed in federal court in Brooklyn that Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh was facing charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. charges against Sen. Menendez could come Wednesday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been advised by federal officials that he is likely to face corruption-related criminal charges, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Menendez is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A second source familiar with the matter said any criminal charges would be brought by federal prosecutors in Florida.

Mar 31, 2015

One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency’s gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism.

The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured.

Mar 27, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen’s Houthis: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where the Shi’ite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited but that U.S. intelligence assessments had concluded that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel were training and equipping Houthi units.

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.