Robert Satloff’s 10 Key Changes in the Middle East

Marrakech - Robert Satloff, director of the Washington Institute, recently wrote that Israel remains a key ally of leading Gulf countries and that the Middle East continues to be the major focus of American Foreign Policy, despite President Obama’s attempt to move towards the Asia Pacific earlier this year. In his article, Satloff identifies ten changes that are influencing the situation in the Middle East. ...

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11 killed, mostly soldiers, in Yemen separatist attack

By Fouad Mosaad SANAA- Three gunmen were also killed in the ensuing clashes, which left an unspecified number of people injured. At least 11 people, mostly soldiers, were killed and several injured in an attack allegedly carried out by separatist militants on a military facility in the southern Lahij province, security sources said. A group of pro-secession gunmen attacked a military outpost in the town of ...

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Al-Qaeda apologizes for ‘mistakes’ in Yemen ministry attack, vows compensation

SANAA - A senior operative from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula movement conceded Sunday that movement fighters had committed mistakes during an early December attack on Yemeni Defense Ministry headquarters that left 52 civilians and military personnel dead and more than 167 others injured. "We did not aim to target civilians at the Defense Ministry complex hospital," Qassem al-Rimi said. "We shoulder ful ...

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Yemeni separatists attack government buildings in Hadhramaut

SANAA  – Southern Yemenis complain of discrimination, citing the dismissal of thousands of southerners from government jobs and confiscation of property Separatist militants attacked several government offices on Saturday in the southern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut, eyewitnesses said. According to witnesses, the militants attacked and looted the election commission premises in in the province and stormed ...

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Houthi leader accuses Salafists of violating ceasefire in flashpoint Yemeni town

By Mohamed al-Samei SANAA  – Salafitsts accuse the Houthis of besieging the only Salafist-controlled town in the Shiite majority Saada province, while Houthis claim they are trying to flush out foreign extremist and takfiri groups A Shiite Houthi rebel on Saturday accused Salafists of "violating" a ceasefire in Yemen's flashpoint Dammaj town. Takfiris have violated the ceasefire "under the watchful eye of t ...

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Saudi Juliet demands right to marry her Yemeni Romeo

A young Saudi woman on Sunday urged a Yemeni court to let her stay and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply conservative countries. In a case reminiscent of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Huda al-Niran, 22, defied her family and crossed the border illegally to be with her beloved. As she pleaded her case to be able to stay and marry Arafat Mohammed Tahar, 25, her suppor ...

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Yemen Sunni Islamists, Shiite rebels cease fire: official

Sanaa — Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists have stopped fighting in a northern Yemeni town after reaching a ceasefire that was urged by the Red Cross, a military official said Saturday. Three days of clashes that killed at least 11 people ended at 5:00 pm (14:00 GMT) on Friday, the official said according to the defence ministry news website 26sep.net. Troops have been deployed in areas evacuated by the two ...

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UN to send food aid to Yemen

SANAA - The United Nations (UN) has marked World Food Day on Wednesday saying it will send food aid to 4.5 million Yemenis under the World Food Program (WFP). "WFP is providing life-saving food assistance to almost 4 million Yemenis to break the intergenerational cycle of hunger," said UN in a statement. More than 10 million people in Yemen, almost half the country’s population, are either hungry or on the ...

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Bomb attack hits Yemen oil export pipeline

SANAA- The attack, one of many in recent months, targets the country's main source of income A gas pipeline in the eastern Yemeni city of Marib was bombed on Thursday. The attack, which took place near Ubayda Valley, is one of many lately that aim to undermine a lucrative oil export sector that accounts for 70% of the country's national income. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, with no rep ...

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Jordan Islamists slam Egypt’s Brotherhood ban

AMMAN - Jordan's opposition Islamists on Tuesday denounced an Egyptian court's decision to ban all Muslim Brotherhood activities, saying the ruling sought to "reestablish oppression and tyranny." "Egypt's military coupists took this decision against people's will after they failed to win their confidence," Zaki Bani Rsheid, deputy leader of Jordan's Brotherhood, said on Facebook. "The coupists are trying to ...

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Yemen human rights minister wants child marriage ban

Sanaa- Yemen's human rights minister said Saturday she would work to relaunch a bill fixing the minimum marriage age at 17, after the reported death of a young girl on her wedding night. Eight-year-old Rawan was said to have died last week from internal hemorrhaging after sexual intercourse on her wedding night, after having been married to a man in his 40s in the northeastern province of Hajja. “I wrote to ...

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Yemen: 8 year old Child, Dies from Injuries on her Wedding Night

 Washington- After being sold into marriage to a 40 year old Saudi man by her stepfather, Rawan, an 8 year old Yemeni girl, died after sustaining injuries imposed by her ‘husband’ whilst consummating the marriage—according to a report by RTL Info. Human Rights organizations in Yemen have reported that the young girl suffered from internal injuries, including a torn uterus and died in a hotel room in Hardh. ...

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