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Bomb wounds senior military adviser's aide in Yemen

SANAA (Reuters) - An aide to a senior Yemeni government military adviser and three security guards were wounded when a bomb exploded near his car on Saturday morning, security sources said. It was not immediately clear who planted the device on a road in the capital Sanaa, then detonated it as Fawaz al-Dhibri's vehicle went past, the sources added. All four were in a stable condition in hospital.

Yemen president urges Iran to stop interference: newspaper

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's president called on Iran to stop supporting separatists in the south and religious groups in the north of the Arabian peninsula country, which is trying to stabilize after more than two years of political upheaval. The comments by Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi published in pan-Arab daily Al Hayat newspaper will likely further strain relations with Iran, which has repeatedly denied interfering in Yemen.

At least 20 dead in attack on barracks in southern Yemen

Sana, Mar 24 (EFE).- At least 20 members of Yemeni security forces died Monday in an attack by armed men, possibly al-Qaeda terrorists, on barracks in Yemen's southeastern Hadramaut province, the official news agency Saba said. The attack targeted a base charged with protecting the highway between the provinces of Hadramaut and Al Mahra, bordering on Oman. A Yemeni military source told Efe that the assailants surprised the troops before dawn when they were still sleeping at that base near the town of Al Rida.

Militants kill 20 security men in Yemen checkpoint raid

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Suspected militants killed 20 members of Yemen's security forces in a dawn raid on a checkpoint on Monday, state news agency Saba said, in an attack officials said bore the hallmarks of the local branch of al Qaeda. Yemen is dogged by internal conflicts and chronic poverty and Monday's attack highlighted the lack of stability in the Western-allied country, which shares a border with top global oil exporter Saudi Arabia and lies next to major shipping lanes.

Four killed in Yemen forces' clash with Shiite rebels

Three Shiite rebels and a Yemeni soldier were killed on Saturday in a gunfight on the outskirts of the northern city of Amran, rebels and a security official said. The rebels, known as Huthis or Ansarullah, had travelled to Amran to take part in a demonstration, but a gun battle broke out when they insisted on crossing a checkpoint to the northern entrance to the city with their weapons, the official said. Seven more rebels were wounded in the ongoing clashes, the Huthis said, and the security official said two soldiers were also hurt.

12 killed as Yemen army clashes with Shiite rebels

Twelve people were killed Saturday in clashes between Yemeni forces and Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the northern city of Amran, a local official and tribal sources said. The rebels, known as Huthis or Ansarullah, had travelled to Amran to take part in a demonstration, but shooting erupted when they insisted on crossing a checkpoint to the northern entrance to the city with their weapons, an official said. Eight rebels were among the dead, as well as two soldiers and two civilians, a local official and tribal sources said.

Yemen youth demand Saleh trial over uprising killings

Hundreds rallied in Yemen's capital on Tuesday, anniversary of the 2011 killing at least 45 protesters, demanding that former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and aides be tried for their deaths. Amnesty International meanwhile called for revoking the immunity granted to Saleh under a UN-brokered deal through which he stepped down in 2012, and for an independent probe into human rights violations committed the year before.

Yemen rebels withdrawing from positions near capital

Shiite rebels have begun withdrawing from positions they seized near the Yemeni capital under a truce agreed with armed tribesmen allied with the influential Sunni Al-Islah (reform) party, officials say. But some rebel fighters, known as Ansarullah or Huthis, are refusing to evacuate positions they won after months of deadly battles despite an ultimatum by the army, tribal and military sources say. The army meanwhile has deployed to prevent those who have left from returning to their positions, the military says.

42 African migrants drown off Yemen coast

Forty-two illegal African migrants drowned when their boat overturned off Yemen's southern coast late on Sunday, the defence ministry reported. The boat smuggling dozens of African migrants "overturned off the coast of Beer Ali," in the southern Shabwa province, the ministry said in a brief statement on its news website A Yemeni naval patrol in the Arabian Sea saved at least 30 others who were taken to a refugee camp in the town of Mayfaa, it said. A security official confirmed the incident to AFP but no more details were immediately available.

Two Yemeni soldiers, four militants killed in south: ministry

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - At least two Yemeni soldiers and four militants were killed in a clash on Saturday when al Qaeda fighters tried to attack a military compound in southern Yemen, the Defence Ministry said. The clash occurred when al Qaeda militants approached the compound in Lawdar town with suicide belts, hand grenades and explosive devices, the ministry said on its website. Soldiers and members of neighborhood patrols confronted them.
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