Tuesday 31 March 2015

Fighting in Aden as Yemen's Houthis make gains

Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, sources on both sides said. Artillery and rocket fire struck the area on the approaches to the cit


Burger Hood opens new Dubai outlet

Burger Hood, a leading high-end gourmet burger venue offering customers delicious and locally sourced healthy food, has launched its Dubai outlet in Jumeirah 1. It opened its first flagship outlet at Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi in April 2013, where it has enjoyed massive success, said a


Bahraini MPs back military action in Yemen

Bahraini Members of Parliament (MPs) have planned to draw up new legislation to combat sectarianism spread by supporters of Yemen's Houthi militias. They also backed strict action taken by the Interior Ministry against people criticising military action in Yemen and stirring


New housing plan for needy Bahraini women

Single Bahraini women, divorcees, widows and abandoned wives could soon be eligible for government homes, after the Shura Council yesterday (March 29) approved amendments to 40-year-old legislation governing social housing services. Members made numerous additions to the law, des


Alarm is raised over fish stocks in Bahrain

Bahrain’s fish stocks could be wiped out within three years unless urgent action is taken, according to an expert. Agriculture and Marine Resources Directorate marine licences acting head Abdulla Isa said shrimp trawling was the main threat to the country's marine life,


Yemen strikes ‘will continue until Hadi can rule’

Air strikes in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia will continue until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country on Thursday, is able to rule, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday. Riyadh announced early on Thursday that it and nine other Sunni Muslim countries had


Arab summit agrees on unified military force

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars. Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified


Fighting, airstrikes spread throughout Yemen

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun battle in the cen


Iran, powers struggle to break nuke talks impasse

The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top US and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal. The negotiations, in p


Arabs ground forces 'likely needed in Yemen'

Arab ground forces may be needed in the next phase of a Saudi-led operation against Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said on Saturday. Asked at an Arab League summit in Egypt whether ground troops would be required, he told reporters:

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