- Yemeni official: President will not attend peace talks Updated: May-23-15 12:57 pm
SANAA, Yemen - Yemeni government spokesman Rageh Badi said Saturday that embattled Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi will not attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva as Saudi-led airstrikes continued to hit multiple provinces in Yemen.
- Man released from Guantanamo in December dies in Kazakhstan Updated: May-22-15 8:37 pm
MIAMI - A man who was released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December and resettled in Kazakhstan has died in that Central Asian country, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
- Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos Updated: May-22-15 3:30 pm
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.
- Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti Updated: May-22-15 4:43 am
OBOCK, Djibouti - Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.
- Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos Updated: May-21-15 3:40 pm
KITTEH, Jordan - Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky - even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.
- Report: Iranian ship with Yemen aid has arrived in Djibouti Updated: May-21-15 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON - An Iranian cargo ship loaded with aid bound for Yemen arrived in Djibouti on Thursday and is anchored offshore, a U.S. official said.
- Iran warships escort cargo vessel toward Yemen Updated: May-19-15 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. and allied officials are debating how they should handle an Iranian cargo ship that is flanked by two warships and heading toward a Yemen port, reportedly carrying humanitarian supplies for the war-wracked nation.
- UN lowers global economic growth estimate amid modest pace Updated: May-19-15 2:41 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is lowering its growth estimate for the global economy this year, saying its previous forecast of 3.1 percent growth in 2015 is now more likely to be 2.8 percent instead.
- UN: Yemen crisis could open jihadist path through Somalia Updated: May-18-15 8:05 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report that the crisis in Yemen could open a corridor for jihadist movements through Somalia, which is located just across the Gulf of Aden.
- UN chief wants end to Yemen fighting before peace talks Updated: May-18-15 2:04 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to convene a conference in the near future to restart the peace process in Yemen but wants the fighting to stop before sending out invitations.
- Morocco: body of downed pilot found in Yemen Updated: May-15-15 4:40 pm
RABAT, Morocco - Morocco's armed forces says it has located what it believes is the body of one of its pilots downed over Yemen.
- Al-Qaida-linked tribesmen ban popular drug in southern Yemen Updated: May-15-15 8:46 am
SANAA, Yemen - Tribesmen allied with al-Qaida's branch in Yemen have imposed a ban on the nation's widely popular plant called qat, which is a mild narcotic, in a southern city overrun by the militants last month.
- Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears Updated: May-15-15 3:44 am
WASHINGTON - Charging toward an Iran nuclear agreement, President Barack Obama is assuring Arab allies that they are safe from the threat of an empowered Tehran as he seeks to shore up some of America's most critical security partnerships. However, Obama's claim of winning Arab support for his nuclear diplomacy appears far from certain.
- Despite leading war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia mostly untouched Updated: May-12-15 3:56 am
NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia - Khatim Umm Salem's quiet, secure life betrays no signs of the war taking place just a few miles away.
- Along with Saudi king, most Gulf rulers to skip US summit Updated: May-11-15 1:37 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won't be there.
- Saudi King Salman to miss Gulf nation summit in US Updated: May-10-15 5:17 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders, his foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday.
- Saudi Arabia says 5-day ceasefire in Yemen will start May 12 Updated: May-08-15 12:41 pm
PARIS - Saudi Arabia declared a unilateral cease-fire in Yemen that would start May 12 and urged Shiite rebels and their allies to stop fighting. It was unclear if the Iran-backed Houthis were prepared to lay down their arms.
- New push to give Pentagon the lead on drone strikes Updated: May-08-15 10:26 am
WASHINGTON - The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan - and the rhetorical contortions required of the president when he informed the world - have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas.
- Al-Qaida says 1 of its top commanders killed in Yemen Updated: May-07-15 3:26 pm
CAIRO - Al-Qaida in Yemen has announced the death of one of its top commanders in a U.S. airstrike.
- US, Saudi Arabia announce 5-day ceasefire in Yemen 'soon' Updated: May-07-15 9:13 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia and the United States said Thursday a renewable, five-day cease-fire in Yemen's war would start soon to facilitate aid to millions of civilians in need, if Iran-backed rebels and their allies also agree to stop fighting.
- Yemen's UN ambassador calls for ground forces to intervene Updated: May-06-15 6:04 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's ambassador to the United Nations is asking the international community to quickly intervene with ground forces to save the country from Houthi rebels who have been targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes for weeks.
- Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia Updated: May-06-15 3:43 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to meet with the king and other top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday.
- Kerry says he'll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis Updated: May-06-15 7:31 am
DJIBOUTI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.
- Analysis: Despite Saudi strikes, Yemen rebels remain dug in Updated: May-06-15 3:40 am
SANAA, Yemen - More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but they show little sign of collapse.
- Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia Updated: May-05-15 1:08 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history.