BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):
Yemen’s president in letter to UN chief criticizes his envoy
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's internationally recognized president sent a letter to the U.N. secretary-general criticizing his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with...
Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times...
Yemeni officials say troops retake key district from rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say forces loyal to the internationally recognized government have recaptured a key district in the southern Dhale province.
Bomb-laden drones of Yemen rebels threaten Arabian Peninsula
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Yemen rebel drone strike this week on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of...
Fighting grips south Yemen as Saudi coalition bombs capital
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavy clashes erupted in southern Yemen on Thursday while a Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the capital, Sanaa, leaving at least six dead, including four...
US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions
BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in...
UN envoy urges new pullouts from Yemen ports and peace steps
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen urged the warring parties Wednesday to maintain the momentum of the initial pullout of Houthi rebel forces from three ports by moving quickly to...
Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the...
AP Explains: How Yemen’s rebels increasingly deploy drones
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Yemen, the high-pitched whine of drones has been a part of life for over 15 years, ever since the first U.S. drone strike here targeting al-Qaida in 2002. But...
UN to report Tuesday on rebel withdrawals from 3 Yemen ports
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said it will report Tuesday on whether rebel forces in Yemen carried out a key first step in the redeployment of forces from three key ports, and is moving...
UN monitoring rebel withdrawal from Yemen’s Hodeida
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. said Sunday it is monitoring the redeployment of rebel forces from three key ports in Yemen after the government dismissed the withdrawal as a "farce."
Houthi rebels claim to begin withdrawal from key Yemen ports
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December...
Yemeni officials: Houthi rebels push into southern province
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting continued Friday in Yemen's southern Dhale province between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and pro-government forces, Yemeni officials said.
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent international rights group says Yemen's Houthi rebels had stored explosives in a warehouse in a residential area in the capital that caught fire last month, killing at...
CAIRO (AP) — A rights group is calling on Yemen's Houthi rebels to release 10 journalists detained nearly four years ago on "trumped-up" spying charges.
Yemeni officials say bombing kills 7 family members
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say seven family members have been killed in a bombing in the country's southern Dhale province.
CAIRO (AP) — A group that represents the Baha'i community has expressed concern over the fate of minority Baha'is at the hands of Yemen's Houthi rebels ahead of the appeals hearing for one of the...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian...
New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemen's southern Dhale province between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people.
UN calls for Yemen agreement to be implemented without delay
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council expressed "grave concern" Wednesday that agreements reached four months ago by the warring parties in Yemen have not been carried out and called for...
UN envoy: Yemen parties agree on initial Hodeida withdrawals
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced Monday that the government and Houthi rebels have reached agreement on the military plan for the initial redeployment of forces from the...
Yemen’s parliament convenes, elects speaker
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has attended a rare session of parliament in an eastern city.
The House of Representatives convened Saturday in Sayoun for the...
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Residents of the Yemeni capital recounted on Monday the horror of a large explosion a day earlier that killed 13 civilians, including seven children, and wounded more than 100...
Yemeni officials: Blast in capital kills 13
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A large explosion at a warehouse in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Sunday killed at least 13 people, including seven children, and wounded more than 100, local medical officials...
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni lawyer says 36 defendants charged with espionage by the Houthi rebels are alleging they have been tortured.
Abdel-Majeed Sabra, a Yemeni lawyer representing one...
UN food agency cites progress in Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid.
US diplomat criticizes Yemen rebels for stalling peace deal
CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Yemen on Thursday urged Iran-backed rebels in the war-torn country to show "political maturity" and live up to their responsibilities under a U.N.-negotiated...
AP Interview: Yemen’s rebels say they won’t give up port
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior Houthi rebel leader in Yemen said Tuesday that his group will not give up the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of U.N.-brokered talks with the...
Yemen’s warring sides divided over US Senate vote on war
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's warring sides were divided Thursday over a U.S. Senate vote to end America's support for the Saudi-led war in the impoverished country, with the Yemeni government...
Clashes break out in Yemen’s key port city after cease-fire
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting erupted in Yemen's key port city of Hodeida on Sunday, the first significant clashes since warring sides agreed to a U.N.-brokered cease-fire deal in December,...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The governments of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are accusing Houthi Shiite rebels of breaking the cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida and refusing...
Yemen’s rebels slam UK foreign secretary over his comments
SANNA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized Britain's foreign secretary on Monday over comments about the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, saying Jeremy Hunt had misrepresented what the...
UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the situation in and around the key port city of Hodeida.
UN envoy says Yemen ports deal is chance for peace talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world's...
UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it hopes Yemen's warring parties will immediately carry out an agreement to pull their forces out of the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports, as well as a U.N. facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month.
Yemeni combatants agree on first stage of Hodeida pullback
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said.
A U.N. statement late Sunday said the agreement came after two days of meetings in Hodeida. The warring parties agreed to a cease-fire in the city and a prisoner exchange during talks held in Sweden in December, but the implementation of both has been stalled.
Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals.
UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida.
The Houthi rebels say their leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, met with Griffiths on Sunday to discuss the implementation of peace deals from December talks with Yemen's internationally recognized government.
UN: Yemen’s warring parties reach preliminary pullout deal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's warring parties reached a preliminary compromise on a plan for the redeployment of opposing forces from the key port of Hodeida, the United Nations said Thursday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the preliminary agreement was reached by representatives of Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels meeting on a U.N. vessel in Hodeida's inner harbor during U.N.-mediated talks between Feb. 3-6.
Yemen’s government, rebels meet on stalled prisoner exchange
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels met in Jordan on Tuesday for talks on implementing a stalled prisoner exchange agreed upon in December.
The U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said the three-day meeting aims to "finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released and exchanged."
He stressed that a breakthrough in the prisoners' deal would give momentum to the rocky talks over Yemen's crucial port of Hodeida, where a U.N.-brokered truce has witnessed multiple breaches.
Red Cross: Yemen prisoner release ‘hanging in the balance’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The release of prisoners by Yemen's warring parties is "hanging in the balance" because of differences over the lists submitted by the government and its Saudi-led coalition partners and rival Houthi rebels, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.
Dominik Stillhart, operations director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said a key issue is that each side submitted a list with 8,000 names, but the other side says they are holding a "significantly lower" number.
Jordan to host talks between Yemen’s warring parties
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for Jordan's Foreign Ministry says the country will host a round of U.N.-backed talks between the internationally recognized government of Yemen and the Shiite Houthi rebels, about a prisoner swap deal next week.
Sufian Al-Qudah said Saturday that Jordan agreed to host the Yemenis at the U.N.'s request.
Yemen coalition alarmed at Houthi cease-fire violations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's government and its key coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates expressed "growing alarm" at what they say are "persistent, deliberate violations" by rival Houthi Shiite rebels of the December cease-fire agreement in the key port of Hodeida.
UN envoy reported ‘optimistic’ on Yemen cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths "is optimistic" that a cease-fire in Yemen's key port of Hodeida is holding despite some violations and that Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels are committed to redeploying their forces from the area, Kuwait's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.
Yemeni officials: Saudis release 7 Yemeni rebel prisoners
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say seven Houthi rebel prisoners have been released by Saudi Arabia and returned to the capital, Sanaa. It's the first small prisoner exchange between the two sides, after the rebels released a Saudi a day earlier.
The rebels were transferred by the International Red Cross late on Wednesday, and the aid group had also arranged for the transfer of the Saudi prisoner. The Houthis had said they were releasing him because he's sick.
UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack
CAIRO (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday, as a U.N. agency said eight civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the shelling of a camp for displaced people over the weekend.
Accidental blast in Yemen kills 5 demining specialists
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Five foreign demining specialists were killed in an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed, their employer said Monday.
The MASAM Demining Project said the two South Africans, a Croatian, a Bosnian and a Kosovar were killed Sunday while transporting the material in the central Marib province to a remote location where it could be safely detonated. It said a British national was wounded.