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Japan premier warns US, Iran 'accidental conflict' possible

Jun. 12, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an "accidental conflict" could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that came hours after Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport, wounding 26...

Yemeni officials say top diplomat resigned over UN deal

Jun. 10, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say the country's foreign minister has submitted his resignation to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi due to differences over a U.N.-brokered peace deal. The officials said on Monday that Khaled al-Yamani's resignation came after other government figures blamed him for...

Yemeni officials say UAE-backed force storms mosque, kills 5

Jun. 8, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say gunmen from a security force backed by the United Arab Emirates have stormed a mosque in the southern Dhale province, killing at least five people. The officials say Saturday the attack took place a day earlier, when people were holding prayers in a mosque...

Yemen's president in letter to UN chief criticizes his envoy

May. 24, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's internationally recognized president sent a letter to the U.N. secretary-general criticizing his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the president's office said Friday. In the letter addressed to Antonio Guterres, Yemeni...

Yemeni officials say troops retake key district from rebels

May. 18, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say forces loyal to the internationally recognized government have recaptured a key district in the southern Dhale province. Officials say the fighting has killed at least 120 people from both sides since government fighters launched an offensive Friday to push...

UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

May. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital. The agency issued a statement Friday quoting its spokesman Andrej Mahecic as saying that...

The Latest: Saudis want Washington to launch strikes on Iran

May. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has urged the United States and Iran to exercise restraint and resolve their all...

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

May. 16, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its...

Fighting grips south Yemen as Saudi coalition bombs capital

May. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy clashes erupted in southern Yemen on Thursday while a Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the capital, Sanaa, leaving at least six dead, including four children, in the city's residential center, officials said. The Sanaa airstrikes came after Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi...

Houthi rebels claim to begin withdrawal from key Yemen ports

May. 11, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The government described the Houthi...