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Dec 15, 2014

Insight – Iranian support seen crucial for Yemen’s Houthis

SANAA (Reuters) – Iran has supplied weapons, money and training to the Shi’ite Houthi militia that seized Yemen’s capital in September, as Tehran steps up its regional power struggle with Saudi Arabia, Yemeni and Iranian officials say.

Exactly how much support Iran has given the Houthis, who share a Shi’ite ideology, has never been clear. Sunni countries in the Gulf accuse Iran of interference via Shi’ite proxies in the region, something Tehran denies.

Dec 9, 2014

Insight – How Yemen’s Houthis control Sanaa and alarm the West

SANAA (Reuters) – It was Waddah al-Hitari’s beard that killed him. Militiamen on the streets of Yemen’s capital shot him dead one Friday because he looked like a terrorist, colleagues of the young doctor said.

    Hitari was killed by a member of the Houthis, an armed Shi’ite faction whose fighters had swept down from the north and stunningly captured Sanaa from the army about a month earlier.

Dec 9, 2014

How Yemen’s Houthis control Sanaa and alarm the West

SANAA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – It was Waddah al-Hitari’s beard
that killed him. Militiamen on the streets of Yemen’s capital
shot him dead one Friday because he looked like a terrorist,
colleagues of the young doctor said.

Hitari was killed by a member of the Houthis, an armed
Shi’ite faction whose fighters had swept down from the north and
stunningly captured Sanaa from the army about a month earlier.

Dec 6, 2014

Foreign secretary says must not concede too far on Iran talks

MANAMA (Reuters) – Britain and other powers negotiating with Iran for a deal over its nuclear programme, which they suspect is aimed at building a bomb, must not make “unwise concessions” for the sake of convenience, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said on Saturday.

Iran and six powers – the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – failed last month to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal.

Dec 5, 2014

Exclusive: Yemen central bank sees no early repayment of Saudi $1 billion loan

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has not asked Yemen for an early repayment of a $1 billion loan and Houthi fighters occupying Yemen’s central bank are not interfering in its operations, Yemeni central bank governor Mohammed Bin Humam told Reuters.

Riyadh has suspended most of its financial aid to the impoverished nation, sources told Reuters this week, indicating its unease with the growing political power of Shi’ite Houthi fighters friendly with Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite regional rival, Iran.

Dec 5, 2014

Yemen c.bank sees no early repayment of Saudi $1 bln loan

SANAA/DUBAI, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has not asked
Yemen for an early repayment of a $1 billion loan and Houthi
fighters occupying Yemen’s central bank are not interfering in
its operations, Yemeni central bank governor Mohammed Bin Humam
told Reuters.

Riyadh has suspended most of its financial aid to the
impoverished nation, sources told Reuters this week, indicating
its unease with the growing political power of Shi’ite Houthi
fighters friendly with Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite regional rival,
Iran.

Dec 4, 2014

Exclusive: Saudi suspends aid to Yemen after Houthi takeover: sources

SANAA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has suspended most of its financial aid to Yemen, Yemeni and Western sources said, in a clear indication of its dissatisfaction with the growing political power of Shi’ite Houthi fighters friendly with Riyadh’s regional rival, Iran.

Yemen, which is battling an al Qaeda insurgency, a southern secessionist movement, endemic corruption and poor governance, has often relied on its richer northern neighbor to help finance everything from government salaries to welfare payments.

Dec 4, 2014

Saudi suspends aid to Yemen after Houthi takeover-sources

SANAA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has suspended most of
its financial aid to Yemen, Yemeni and Western sources said, in
a clear indication of its dissatisfaction with the growing
political power of Shi’ite Houthi fighters friendly with
Riyadh’s regional rival, Iran.

Yemen, which is battling an al Qaeda insurgency, a southern
secessionist movement, endemic corruption and poor governance,
has often relied on its richer northern neighbour to help
finance everything from government salaries to welfare payments.

Dec 3, 2014

Suicide car bomb hits Iran envoy’s house in Yemen, three reported dead

SANAA (Reuters) – A suicide attacker drove a car laden with explosives at the Iranian ambassador’s residence in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, security officials said, killing as many as three people.

The attack, the second such bombing in the city in as many months, punched a large hole in the building and sent rubble flying across the street of the well-guarded diplomatic quarter of the city, a Reuters witness said.

Oct 7, 2014

As Iraqi body count grows, Shi’ites start to demand answers

KERBALA Iraq (Reuters) – As an undertaker in Iraq’s Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala, Faris al-Kaa’bi has had an unusually busy summer.

His niche is burying the bodies of the unclaimed and the unidentified from all over Iraq, which in the last few months has meant hundreds of victims of the fight against Sunni Islamist militants.