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Jan 7, 2015

Islamic State fighter praises attack on Paris satirical magazine

BEIRUT/DUBAI (Reuters) – A fighter of the Islamic State militant group praised Wednesday’s attack on a French satirical magazine that killed at least 12 people, telling Reuters the raid was revenge for insults against Islam.

Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in the worst militant assault on French soil in recent decades. The dead included top editors at Charlie Hebdo, a publication renowned for lampooning Islam, as well as two police officers.

Jan 3, 2015

Saudi Arabia to reopen Baghdad embassy after 25-year chill

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi delegation will travel to Baghdad in the coming week to start preparations to reopen an embassy in the Iraqi capital for the first time in 25 years, official Saudi media said on Saturday.

A thaw in the once chilly relations between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite-led Iraq could help strengthen a regional alliance against Islamic State militants who have seized territory in Iraq and Syria.

Dec 18, 2014

Yemeni women fear Houthis are restricting freedoms

SANAA (Reuters) – When Yemeni Arwa Othman took a dance at the headquarters of a political party in Sanaa, she exposed the kind of deep hostility that is worrying women’s rights campaigners now that Houthi rebels control the capital.

Othman presented an unusual sight in conservative Yemen, where most women are shrouded in black, but all she was doing was celebrating a national holiday last September.

Dec 17, 2014

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington’s coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

Although President Barack Obama’s administration announced the Syrian air strikes three months ago as a joint campaign by Washington and its Arab allies, nearly 97 percent of the strikes in December have been carried out by the United States alone, according to U.S. military data provided to Reuters.

Dec 15, 2014

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 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.