Yemen: Houthi rebels and militia clash in Sanaa

Yemen has seen an intensification of protests and clashes involving Houthi rebels

Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen has escalated, with clashes on the edge of the capital. Armed rebels, known as Houthis, shelled buildings of the state TV and the main Sunni Islamist party, Islah, in Sanaa. Hundreds of residents have fled their homes and international flights to the city have been suspended. About 40 people have been ... Read More »

France carries out first air strike in Iraq

'We will only intervene in Iraq'

PM will inform parliament about conditions of forces’ engagement to weaken Daesh. PARIS – French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of ... Read More »

First French Airstrikes On IS ‘Kill Dozens’

Mr Hollande has ruled out troops on the ground

French president Francois Hollande says the jets “entirely destroyed” an Islamic State logistics depot in northern Iraq. France has destroyed an Islamic State (IS) logistics depot in its first airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq. President Francois Hollande said Rafale fighter jets, accompanied by support planes, “entirely destroyed” the depot in the north of the country. Iraq’s military spokesman ... Read More »

Western sanctions violate WTO principles, says Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Sept. 18 slammed the EU and the U.S. for violating basic World Trade Organization principles in their bid to punish Russia over the Ukrainecrisis. “Limits introduced against Russia are none other than a rejection by some of our partners of basic WTO principles,” he told a government meeting, adding that the matter was being politicized in violation of the WTO. “The ... Read More »

Iranian photographer returns €50,000 prize


A row has erupted between the Paris-based Fondation Carmignac and the Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, who stepped down as the winner of the foundation’s photojournalism award and returned the €50,000 purse. Tavakolian says the organisation’s founder Edouard Carmignac interfered with her work, while the foundation argues that she did not respect the terms of the prize and has cancelled a ... Read More »

China: World War III Will Erupt over Sea Disputes, Says Beijing Military Scholar

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fires a salute during a commemoration ceremony for soldiers killed during the First Sino-Japanese War(Reuters)

A Chinese state-controlled newspaper has run an opinion piece by a military expert urging Beijing to develop its naval forces, for a third world war might break out over sea disputes, with China on the frontlines. Writing in the Global Times, Han Xudong, at China’s top military university – the PLA National Defense University – said the government should increase ... Read More »

Disability and murder: victim blaming at its very worst

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When we hear that a murdered wife had a disability, we can find ourselves a little less horrified. But whichever way we dress it up, it remains a story of domestic violence, writes Stella Young. By now you’ll have heard the story of Geoff Hunt, the 44-year-old grain farmer who shot and killed his wife and three children before committing ... Read More »