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Yemen clashes between Shi’ite rebels and tribesmen kill 22: sources

Twenty-two people were killed in fighting between Shi’ite Muslim rebels and government-allied tribesmen in northern Yemen on Monday and Tuesday, tribal and local sources told Reuters. The fighting in al-Jawf province, northeast of the capital Sanaa, is further destabilizing a country struggling to overcome a range of threats including a secessionist movement in its south and the spread of an ... Read More »

Hamas debates direct talks with Israel

Hamas has weathered a great political storm in the past few days, following a Sept. 11 announcement by the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouk, that the movement might undertake direct negotiations with Israel, since such negotiations have become a popular demand in Gaza but remain forbidden by law. In the same interview, Abu Marzouk said, “Just ... Read More »

In first strike since truce, a mortar round from Gaza hits Israel

A mortar round fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Tuesday, the first such shelling since a truce took effect last month ending seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which caused no injuries or damage, according to a statement from Israeli military. Hamas spokesman Sami ... Read More »

Temporary Agreement Is Intended to Allow Gaza to Import Materials for Rebuilding

Momentum for the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip advanced on Tuesday, with a senior United Nations diplomat briefing the Security Council on a temporary deal between Israeli and Palestinian officials to import cement and other building materials. The diplomat, Robert H. Serry, the special envoy for the Middle East peace process, told the Council that he hoped the deal would ... Read More »

Air Force trying to protect F-15s in Europe

Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the “Europe Reassurance Initiative,” a $1 billion funding plan the White House proposed in June currently in the hands of congressional members. “As part of that billion dollars, we would propose monies in order to keep those F-15s in Europe for ... Read More »

Under Pressure, Ukraine Leader to Seek Aid on U.S. Visit

Seeking elusive military and economic aid from the United States, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine headed to North America on Tuesday, while also facing increasingly skeptical questions both here and abroad about the slow pace of change. A White House meeting with President Obama and an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday are likely to generate ... Read More »

Ukraine Moves Reflect Moscow’s Long Shadow

Ukraine sought to draw a line under its confrontation with Moscow by ratifying a landmark trade-and-political deal with the European Union and approving limited autonomy for territories now controlled by Russia-backed separatists. But with full implementation of the EU deal postponed under Russian pressure, and the rebels insisting on independence, the developments illustrated Kiev’s weakened position—almost a year after Moscow ... Read More »

Germany May Support OSCE Mission in Ukraine

Germany sent a military fact-finding mission to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday to determine whether the Bundeswehr can support an observer mission there by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a reconnaissance UAV, the Defense Ministry in Berlin said. The 14-member unarmed German team will travel to an area of the Luhansk region that so far has ... Read More »

UK may retain C-130J Hercules for special forces duties

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) may retain in service a number of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for special forces use, a senior service official disclosed on 16 September. Speaking at the IQPC Military Airlift 2014 conference in London, Group Captain Simon Edwards, Officer Commanding RAF Brize Norton, said that there may be a continued need for ... Read More »

China sees jihadi inspiration coming from abroad by way of the Web

On a rocky hilltop close to the city of Urumqi in China’s troubled Xinjiang region, five men don black bandanas decorated with Arabic writing. A black flag used by jihadi groups across the world flutters behind them as they press their hands together in a circle and pledge their allegiance to holy war. In another video, the bearded leader of ... Read More »

Defense ministry mulls introducing ground-based SM-3 interceptor missiles

The Defense Ministry is considering introducing a new ground-based type of interceptor missile that the United States is developing, in an effort to bolster Japan’s ballistic missile defense system, ministry sources said. The ministry intends to introduce new ground-based SM-3 missiles, in addition to the sea-based SM-3s that the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) already possesses, to enhance Tokyo’s readiness to ... Read More »

Setback for India’s Ruling Party

The Bharatiya Janata Party, coming off a huge victory in May’s parliamentary elections, suffered a political setback on Tuesday with a poor showing in state legislative by-elections in three northern Indian states, including one that was swept by Hindu-Muslim tensions in the weeks leading up to the vote. The party has hoped to sustain electoral momentum and win control of ... Read More »

Images of an Uzbek First Daughter Under House Arrest

A British public relations firm released images on Tuesday showing Gulnara Karimova, the flamboyant eldest daughter of President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, under house arrest. As my colleague Andrew Kramer reported last year, Ms. Karimova apparently fell out of favor with her father during a family feud against the backdrop of a succession struggle. Mr. Karimov, 76, has led one ... Read More »

Obama says world has responsibility to act; Ebola to “get worse before it gets better”

President Obama said Tuesday that “the world has a responsibility to act” to save the lives of West Africans threatened by a growing Ebola epidemic, and that the United States will devote significant new resources to curbing the spread of the disease. Speaking to reporters after meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta with senior ... Read More »

GENEVA: U.S. troops dispatched to fight Ebola will find an epidemic out of control, UN says

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The dire new prediction ... Read More »