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Mar 25, 2015

Yemen’s Aden braces for fight with Houthis and old foe Saleh

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – Young men brandishing AK-47s patrolled the streets of Aden on Wednesday and government employees headed home as Houthi forces backed by heavy armor punched through defense lines, putting the southern city squarely in the firing line of Yemen’s war.

The Iranian-allied attackers, bent on unseating President Abd-Rabbui Mansour Hadi who they see as a pawn of the West, have reached within 40 km (25 miles) of the southern port city where Hadi sought refuge after fleeing the capital Sanaa.

Feb 4, 2015
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Muslim clerics denounce burning alive of Jordanian pilot as un-Islamic

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(Jordanians hold up a poster of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who is being held captive by Islamic State militants, during a candlelit vigil in a show of solidarity with Japan, in front of the Japanese embassy in Amman February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

Muslim clerics widely denounced Islamist militants in Syria over the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot, saying such a form of killing was considered an abomination under Islam, no matter the justification.

Feb 4, 2015

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

DUBAI/AMMAN (Reuters) – Muslim clerics widely condemned the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State, saying such a form of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.

Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show captured pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burnt alive in a cage. Jordan, which has participated in a U.S.-led military campaign to bomb Islamic State positions, responded overnight by executing two al Qaeda convicts on death row.

Jan 14, 2015

Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

DUBAI (Reuters) – Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group’s leadership for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube.

Gunmen killed a total of 17 people in three days of violence that began when they opened fire at Charlie Hebdo last week in revenge for publication of satirical images of the Prophet.

Dec 15, 2014

Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbors, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Dec 15, 2014

Insight – Sultan’s absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) – Looking frail, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbours, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

Nov 8, 2014

Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.

Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.

Nov 8, 2014

Insight – Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – An advance into Yemen’s Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi’ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country’s many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its borders.

Yemen’s tribal, regional and political divisions were widened by the rapid fall of the capital Sanaa to Houthi fighters on Sept. 21 after weeks of protests against the government and its decision to cut fuel subsidies.

Nov 4, 2014

Four killed as Saudi Arabia hunts gunmen who attacked Shi’ites

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi security forces on Tuesday shot dead two suspected members of an armed group that killed at least eight people in an overnight attack on Shi’ite Muslims marking an important religious anniversary, the Interior Ministry reported.

Two security officers also died and two were wounded in the gunbattle in the town of Buraida, north of the capital Riyadh, in which the two suspected militants were killed, the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing an Interior Ministry statement.

Oct 15, 2014

U.N. refugee chief says EU should let more Syrian refugees enter legally

SHARJAH United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said on Wednesday he had asked the European Union to grant legal entry to more Syrian refugees who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe illegally by sea.

Thousands of migrants, including many Syrians fleeing a three-year civil war, have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean on rickety boats operated by human traffickers.