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Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants

A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least five Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the impoverished country, a tribal chief said. The unmanned plane targeted a gathering of militants in the town of al-Mahfad, in the Abyan province, where Al-Qaeda remains active despite being driven out from main cities in a 2012 army offensive, the source said. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Air strike kills 10 al Qaeda militants, three civilians in Yemen: Saba

By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Saturday after an intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, the state news agency Saba said. Saba quoted an official source in the High Security Committee as saying that the strike hit the militants, described as "among the dangerous and leading elements of al Qaeda", in a car as they were on their way to the central province.

Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: local official

SANAA (Reuters) - An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday. The official told Reuters tribal mediators had succeeded in convincing armed tribesmen to release the doctor, who had been abducted last Sunday from the hospital he worked at in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa. "He was handed to the mediators who took him to Marib and then he was handed to local officials," the local official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Egypt police officer killed in new Cairo bomb blast

An Egyptian police officer was killed on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks. A policeman and a civilian were also wounded when assailants threw the bomb from a nearby bridge onto the kiosk, located on a main square of the Egyptian capital, the officials said. Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears

British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror charges which predate the 9/11 attacks. He faces the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison if convicted. He is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.

NY trial of British radical hears opening arguments

To US government prosecutors, British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a global exporter of terrorism. To his defense lawyers, the armless radical is guilty only of harboring unsavoury opinions. A Manhattan federal court heard Thursday opening arguments in the trial of the 56-year-old Abu Hamza, accused of 11 kidnapping and terror charges that predate the 9/11 attacks. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty but faces the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison if convicted.

Libyan Qaeda suspect deprived rights in US jail

The Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect captured last year outside his home in Tripoli is being deprived legal documents and personal effects in a US prison hospital, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anas al-Libi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in East Africa that killed 244 people and wounded more than 5,000 others. He was detained by US commandos in the Libyan capital in October and brought to New York, where he was indicted in 2000 to face trial after being interrogated on board a US warship.

New Zealander, Australian killed in Yemen drone strike

A New Zealander with terrorism links was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last year, Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday, with Canberra confirming that an Australian was also killed in the attack. The man who called himself "Muslim bin John" was born in New Zealand and had been attending "some sort of terrorist training camp" in Yemen, Key said. "I was advised it was highly likely he was killed in the latter part of 2013 but it took some time to confirm that through DNA," he told reporters.
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