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Twenty people were wounded after two explosives detonated on a busy street in Yemen's capital of Sana'a on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.
Al Qaeda is offering a bounty of more than 6 pounds of gold to anyone who assassinates the U.S. ambassador to Yemen after U.S. drone strikes killed nine suspected terrorists last week in the battle-scarred Arabian Peninsula country.
Egyptian authorities Tuesday referred Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister to trial on corruption charges in a case involving the ousted leader's two sons and four retired generals, security and judicial officials said.
Two cars exploded within five minutes of each other Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 57 in an upscale Shiite neighborhood in Iraq's capital, officials said.
Two al Qaeda terrorists and an army officer were killed in separate attacks, a Yemeni military official said Wednesday.
Yemeni troops and armed tribesmen drove al Qaeda militants from two major strongholds in the south on Tuesday, a major victory in a U.S.-backed offensive to regain control of large swaths of territory from the terror network in the Arab world's most impoverished country.
On Wednesday, Egypt began its first free presidential election since it came under dictatorship 60 years ago. The winner will succeed Hosni Mubarak, one of four rulers toppled in the uprisings that began 18 months ago across the Middle East and became known as the Arab Spring. But replacing dictatorships with democracy is proving much harder.
Grieving Yemenis held somber ceremonies Tuesday to mark the country's National Day following a suicide bombing a day earlier that killed nearly 100 soldiers and deeply shook the faith of many people in the nation's future.
The man who ran Libya's extensive spy network and was considered one of the closest confidants of dictator Moammar Gadhafi was indicted in Mauritania on Monday and transferred to a public jail, according to a justice official.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal Monday in Yemen's capital, killing 96 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years, officials said. Al Qaeda's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the attack.
Yemeni troops battling al Qaeda fighters in the country's south have forced them to retreat, but military officials said Thursday the push in a major southern city is going slowly because of concerns the militants could stage a surprise counterattack.
President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday allowing the Treasury Department to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone obstructing the administration-backed political transition in Yemen.
Yemeni warplanes and troops backed by heavy artillery waged a four-front assault on al Qaeda militants Tuesday, trying to uproot their hold in the south in an offensive Yemeni officials said was for the first time being directly guided by U.S. troops at a nearby air base.
Yemeni warplanes pounded al Qaeda fighters on Monday, killing at least 16, while seven soldiers died in clashes with militants in the country's troubled south where the army is trying to uproot the terror group, military officials said.
Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what appears to be the latest blow in an escalating war of intimidation among drug gangs.
** FILE ** Then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks to state media reporters at the Presidential Palace in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.
"I bid farewell to authority," Mr. Saleh said. "I will remain with you as a citizen loyal to his country, people and nation ... and will continue to serve the country and its just issues."