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Suicide bomber targets Yemen southern separatists

A suicide bomber in southern Yemen gravely wounded three members of the separatist Southern Movement on Friday in an attack in Lahij province, the group and a local official said. The bomber detonated an explosives belt as activists' cars headed for the port of Aden for a demonstration on Saturday marking the independence of the former South Yemen. A Southern Movement source said the attack took place in Al-Askariya district of Lahij.

Somali pirate suspects deny 'attack' on Spanish anti-pirate ship

Six Somali men went on trial Monday in Madrid accused of trying to attack a Spanish warship in 2012 during an anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean. The men all denied the accusations, claiming they were "fishermen who had been fishing" at the moment they were seized by the Spanish navy, a court spokesman said. Several Spanish seamen appeared in court as witnesses, the spokesman also said, adding that the prosecutor had asked for 23-year jail sentences for each defendant.

Gunmen kill Yemeni officer in Yemen: security official

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead an officer in Yemen's southern port city of Aden in the latest attack targeting military personnel, a security official said on Friday. Lieutenant Colonel Waleed al-Wahabi, a member of the special forces, came under fire late on Thursday in the Tawahi district, the official said. Attacks targeting the security forces are on the increase in Yemen, but mainly take place in its lawless southern and eastern provinces, where jihadist groups are active.

Suspected Qaeda militants capture Yemen army base: official

ADEN (Reuters) - Dozens of suspected al Qaeda militants captured a Yemeni army base on Monday in the south-east of the Arabian peninsula country, a military official said. The militants had taken some military personnel hostage at the base in the city of al-Mukalla, the official said. (Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf,; Writing by Mahmoud Habboush, Editing by William Maclean and Jon Boyle)

Gunmen kill Yemen policeman in south ahead of protest

Gunmen killed a policeman in Yemen's main southern city of Aden, where separatists were briefly arrested Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration to demand independence, police said. "Unknown assailants on Wednesday ambushed a police patrol in Mualla (an Aden district)," a security official said. They "hurled a homemade bomb at it and opened fire, killing a policeman." The same official source said police "freed 17 Southern Movement activists, hours after they were arrested at Al-Arood Square" in Aden, where they were preparing for the rally.

Japan to provide patrol ships to Djibouti to enhance maritime security

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that Japan plans to provide patrol ships to Djibouti to help its coast guard improve maritime security as he met with President Ismail Omar Guelleh. On the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the African nation, Abe visited the operating base of Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel stationed in the country to fight piracy that was built on the northern side of Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in 2011.

Abe meets with Djibouti president, visits MSDF antipiracy base

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday met with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh to discuss maritime security, marking the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the African country that is hosting Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel on an antipiracy mission off Somalia. Before holding talks with Guelleh, Abe visited the operating base of the MSDF personnel who have been dispatched to fight piracy, built on the northern side of Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in 2011.

Gunmen kill Aden intelligence chief, his nephew in south Yemen: agency

ADEN (Reuters) - Assailants shot dead the intelligence chief of the southern Yemeni city of Aden and his nephew on Wednesday, state news agency Saba said, the latest in a series of attacks against senior officers. Saba said Colonel Ali Hadi, head of what is known as the political security apparatus in the port city, was shot dead by "terrorist elements". His nephew was also killed in the same attack, Saba said, without giving any details on the circumstances of the incident.

No S. Korean damage in H1 from Somali pirates

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- No piracy activities against South Korean ships in waters off Somalia were reported in the first half of 2013, the government said Wednesday, apparently due to an international crackdown to tackle piracy. The number of piracy cases in waters off the coast of Somalia came to eight in the January-June period, falling sharply from 69 a year earlier, with none of them targeting local ships, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said.

U.S. Air Force flies diplomatic personnel out of Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Air Force flew some American diplomatic personnel out of Yemen on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, as the United States told its citizens to leave the country and ordered the evacuation of non-essential government staff because of a terror threat. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Air Force flew the diplomatic personnel out of the Yemen capital of Sanaa on a C-17 aircraft to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
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