- Yemen rebels fire into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 2 Updated: May-05-15 11:16 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Yemen's Shiite rebels fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, killing at least two civilians and reportedly capturing five soldiers in an attack showing the insurgents' ability to launch assaults despite weeks of airstrikes targeting them.
- Kerry to visit Riyadh to confer with Saudi Arabia on Yemen Updated: May-04-15 6:44 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Senegal pledges 2,100 troops to aid effort in Yemen Updated: May-04-15 3:14 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal is sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that is underway in Yemen, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort, the country's foreign minister said Monday.
- French president visits Qatar, deepening ties to Gulf Updated: May-04-15 2:20 pm
DOHA, Qatar - French President Francois Hollande, seeking to strengthen political and business ties with the energy-rich Gulf states, held talks with the ruler of Qatar on Monday at the start of a two-nation trip that includes a visit to neighboring Saudi Arabia.
- In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am
CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.
- France tightens Gulf ties with jet deal, security talks Updated: May-03-15 12:58 pm
PARIS - French President Francois Hollande is seeking to solidify strategic alliances in the Persian Gulf, as he heads to Qatar to sign a 7 billion-euro ($7.8 billion) fighter jet deal and then gets a starring role in a regional summit in Saudi Arabia.
- Rights group: Evidence cluster bombs used in Yemen Updated: May-03-15 7:22 am
CAIRO - Human Rights Watch says a Saudi-led coalition may have used cluster bombs in its airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen.
- Kerry says Yemen not yet a failed state, seeks peace talks Updated: May-02-15 9:46 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Yemen can avoid ending up a failed state.
- Hundreds of families trapped by fighting in Yemen's Aden Updated: May-02-15 6:41 am
SANAA, Yemen - Hundreds of families are trapped in their homes by weeks of fierce fighting in the center of the southern city of Aden, running short of supplies - their only lifeline coming from volunteers making dangerous runs across the city's harbor in rickety boats bearing food and medicine.
- Russia-called UN urgent meeting on Yemen ends without action Updated: May-01-15 6:01 pm
UNITED NATIONS - An emergency meeting on Yemen by the U.N. Security Council ended Friday with the 15 members unable to agree on an immediate statement on the growing crisis. The ambassador from Russia, which called the meeting, wondered why his colleagues talk about the need to help but can't take action.
- Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen Updated: May-01-15 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.
- Air Arabia's Jordanian division to launch flights in May Updated: Apr-29-15 9:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Middle Eastern budget airline Air Arabia says it plans to launch a new division based in Jordan starting on May 18.
- Syrian insurgent gains expose Assad weaknesses Updated: Apr-29-15 1:58 am
BEIRUT - In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the country's northwest, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for President Bashar Assad.
- As war rages at home, thousands from Yemen stranded in Egypt Updated: Apr-28-15 5:20 am
CAIRO - As a Shiite rebel offensive and Saudi-led airstrikes rage on in Yemen, thousands of Yemenis remain stuck in Egypt, unable to return home.
- Building collapses at Saudi university, killing 7 workers Updated: Apr-27-15 5:53 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Seven workers, including an Egyptian engineer, were killed Monday when the roof of a building they were working on collapsed at a university campus in Saudi Arabia, civil defense authorities and a diplomat said.
- Head of Iran's Guard lashes out over Saudi 'treachery' Updated: Apr-27-15 8:41 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of treachery against the Islamic world and compared the kingdom to Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.
- Saudi Arabia: Military training aircraft crashes, killing 2 Updated: Apr-26-15 11:44 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says a military training aircraft has crashed, killing the instructor and a student pilot.
- Kerry backs Saudi strikes in Yemen as long as Houthis fight Updated: Apr-24-15 6:08 pm
IQALUIT, Canada - Secretary of State John Kerry is backing Saudi Arabian airstrikes against Houthi rebels as long as the rebels persist in attacking Yemeni government forces.
- Saudi ambassador: War turning against Yemen's rebels Updated: Apr-22-15 11:49 pm
WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. says Yemen's war will turn against the rebels even as his government scales back its air offensive.
- Carter concerned Iran ships may carry arms for Yemen rebels Updated: Apr-22-15 9:55 pm
MOFFETT FIELD, California - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he is concerned that Iranian ships heading toward Yemen may be carrying advanced weapons for the Houthi rebels, and moving a U.S. aircraft carrier to the region gives the president options.
- Bargains and bidding in a raucous Saudi open-air market Updated: Apr-21-15 2:07 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - At an open-air market in Saudi Arabia's capital, haggling for a good deal is not just part of the experience - it's also part of the fun.
- Lebanon gets first shipment of $3B worth of French arms Updated: Apr-20-15 5:35 am
BEIRUT - Lebanon received the first installment of $3 billion worth of French weapons paid for by Saudi Arabia on Monday, part of a four-year plan to help arm Beirut in its battle against jihadi groups.
- Laudrup, Cannavaro eye coaching success in Asia Updated: Apr-20-15 1:14 am
SEOUL, South Korea - Michael Laudrup and Fabio Cannavaro were giants of the global game as players and can take a big step toward coaching success in Asia this week by guiding their teams to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League.
- Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold Updated: Apr-19-15 6:11 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. "The response has come to you who threaten the nation," the caption says. "To those who test me, take this war as a reply."
- Jordan hosts international competition of anti-terror squads Updated: Apr-19-15 10:11 am
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan on Sunday launched a competition among elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries, including fellow members of military coalitions fighting rebels in Yemen and Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.