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Yemen separatists declare emergency amid protests in south

Sep. 15, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s southern separatists on Wednesday resorted to emergency measures in a bid to put down growing protests over dire living conditions in areas under their control. Aydarous al-Zubaidi, the head of the separatists’ Southern Transitional...

Yemeni officials say Houthi attack destroys aid warehouses

Sep. 11, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials said the country's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile and explosive-laden drones at a Red Sea port on Saturday, destroying humanitarian aid warehouses. The attack on the port city of Mocha on Yemen’s western coast was the...

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: 'A country in the making'

Sep. 11, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi Arabia of today is far different from the Saudi Arabia of Sept. 11, 2001. All but four of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida and...

US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

Sep. 11, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen's Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. ...

New UN envoy: Yemen is stuck in `indefinite state of war'

Sep. 10, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy for Yemen said Friday that the Arab world’s poorest nation is “stuck in an indefinite state of war” and resuming negotiations to end the more than six-year conflict won’t be easy. Hans Grundberg, a Swedish...

UN: 18,000 Yemeni airstrike casualties since 2015

Sep. 09, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A United Nations panel said Wednesday that at least 18,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed or wounded by airstrikes since the country’s war escalated in 2015. In a report presented to the Human Rights Council, a group of experts named by the U.N. said...

Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan

Sep. 09, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday the al-Qaida extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power. ...

EXPLAINER: What was, and is, al-Qaida?

Sep. 08, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Born out of the 1980s war against the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan, the terror group al-Qaida under Osama bin Laden grew into a generational threat to America that culminated in its Sept. 11, 2001, attack that brought down the World Trade...

Turkey, Egypt agree to further talks in bid to ease tensions

Sep. 08, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — East Mediterranean rivals Turkey and Egypt have agreed to continue talks aimed at stabilizing relations after the end of a second round of negotiations, the two governments said Wednesday. A joint statement said that after a two-day meeting in Ankara it...

Turkey aims to improve ties with Egypt, UAE

Sep. 07, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey continued on Tuesday to reach out to regional rivals Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in a renewed bid to mend frayed ties that have stoked regional tensions. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country was taking “positive...