An MP who represented Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis at a national dialogue was assassinated on Friday in the Yemeni capital, an official from his group told AFP. "Two armed men opened fire on MP Abdel Karim Jadban as he was leaving a Sanaa mosque," said Abdel Karim al-Khaywani from the Ansarullah (Partisans of God) group. The murder comes as Huthi rebels have fought deadly clashes against hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists in the town of Dammaj in northern Yemen, where Shiites make up a majority in the mainly Sunni country. "These attacks target the forces of change in Yemen and are being carried out by the centres of traditional power," Khaywani said, without elaborating.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The U.S. military is looking for ways to expand operations in the vast waters of the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits. But the effort will take money and resources to fill the broad gaps in satellite and communications coverage, add deep-water ports and buy more ships that can withstand the frigid waters or break through the ice.
LONDON (AP) — Three women who were freed from a London home after 30 years had been allowed outside in "carefully controlled circumstances" during their ordeal but were victims of "slavery, in simple terms," a senior British police officer said Friday.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese investigators likely have identified one of the suicide bombers who targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in an attack that killed 23 people, a senior judicial official said Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will push back the open enrollment season for Obamacare health insurance in 2015 by a month to give insurance companies more time to determine their rates, the White House said on Friday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason, Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
An international maritime court Friday ordered Russia to immediately release a Greenpeace protest ship and its 30-strong crew seized mid-September in exchange for a 3.6-million-euro ($4.9-million) bond. The German-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, based in the northern port city of Hamburg, also called on Moscow to allow the detainees and vessel to leave Russia on receipt of the bond. Russia did not attend the proceedings and immediately after the ruling declared that the case fell outside the court's jurisdiction.
By Crispian Balmer RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Yasser Arafat's spartan bedroom remains largely as he left it in 2004, when he flew off to France for treatment for a mystery illness only to return home two weeks later in a coffin. Arafat's body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was buried nine years ago, but conspiracy theories he was poisoned were never laid to rest, with accusations flying on all sides. Should evidence emerge that Israel killed the Palestinian leader, a legacy of rancor could wreck the chances of peace for years to come. Like many Palestinians, Imad Abu Zaki, one of Arafat's closest bodyguards, has no doubt who did it.