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Saudi air strikes target the Tariq Air Base
2015.03.27 02:05:45

We're getting reports that Saudi air strikes target the Tariq Air Base in Taiz, central Yemen.



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Amnesty International: Civilians killed in air strikes
2015.03.27 01:59:45

At least six children under the age of 10 were among a reported 25 people killed in Saudi Arabian-led air strikes in Sanaa on Thursday, Amnesty International reported after speaking to hospital officials and eyewitnesses.

The group said the dead were being pulled from the rubble of 14 houses that were hit in a residential neighborhood near the city’s international airport. The rest of those killed were men, mostly in their 30s and 40s, Amnesty said, adding that it is believed that more people may still be buried beneath the rubble.

This high toll of civilian deaths and injuries in these attacks raises concerns about compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law. Saudi Arabian and any other armed forces carrying out air strikes in Yemen are required to take all feasible precautions to spare civilians. - Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Red the full statement HERE.



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European Union High Representative
2015.03.27 01:56:20

Statement of the European Union High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Yemen:

"I'm convinced that military action is not a solution." Read full statement HERE.



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Saudi Arabia's interior minister
2015.03.27 01:53:51

Saudi Arabia's interior minister has ordered security measures strengthened along the borders and across the kingdom, including at oil facilities.

The minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, said the country would "act firmly" against any attempts to undermine its security, according to a statement published by the official SPA news agency.



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Hezbollah condemns the Saudi-led strikes
2015.03.27 01:52:54

Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns the Saudi-led strikes, saying it takes the region towards increased tension.

"Hezbollah continues to always stand by the steadfastness of the Yemeni people when it comes to their independence and choices in governance”.

Hezbollah urges Saudi Arabia "to end its blatant oppressive aggression at once" and asks the Yemeni people to unify in order "to reach a full political solution".



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Syria expresses its deep concern
2015.03.27 01:51:32

Syria expresses its deep concern about the "ongoing and dangerous" developments in Yemen.

The state-run SANA news agency cited a foreign ministry source saying "Syria calls for dialogue among the Yemeni parties to arrive at a political solution that meets the will and aspirations of the Yemeni people".



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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
2015.03.27 01:50:29

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, says "the decision to launch Operation Decisive Storm wasn’t a rushed decision".

"Since the Houthi coup and aggression that stretched out all across Yemen where they wanted to impose their jungle law on their people, we had to make a decision and support the legitimacy in the country for the sake of Yemen and its citizens."



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Yemenis gather in the city of Taiz
2015.03.27 01:48:35

As thousands of Yemenis gather in the city of Taiz in support of the Saudi operation, thousands of pro-Houthi protesters carried out a rival protest in the capital Sanaa to denounce the air strikes.



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Yemenis took to the streets
2015.03.27 01:47:50

In the city of Taiz, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in support of the Saudi operation and demanded an end to the alleged Iranian interference in their country. Some carried banners of President Hadi, others of the Saudi king.



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Yemen Live Blog
2015.03.27 01:46:43

A Saudi-led coalition of 10 countries has launched air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

Some numbers on the military action:

Saudi Arabia: At least 100 war planes + 150,000 troops and war ships on standby
UAE: 30 war planes
Kuwait: 15 war planes
Bahrain: 12 war planes
Qatar: 10 war planes
Jordan: 6 war planes
Morocco: 6 war planes
Sudan: 3 war planes

On standby:

Egypt: war planes, war ships and tanks + ground troops
Pakistan: tanks and ground troops
US: logistics



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Heavy poaching of Indian rhinos
2015.03.15 19:18:09

Whether in South Africa or in India poaching of rhinos has assumed alarming levels. In South Africa, which has the largest population of rhinos and which is an important country for their conservation, poaching has reached a crisis point so much so that if the killings continue at the current rate, it is estimated, the species could be pushed close to extinction. In 2014 as many as 1215 rhinos were killed and the South African Department of Environment calculated that that amounted to poaching of one rhino every 8 hours.

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Vulnerable Indian rhinos
2015.03.14 19:05:58

Whether in South Africa or in India poaching of rhinos has assumed alarming levels. In South Africa, which has the largest population of rhinos and which is an important country for their conservation, poaching has reached a crisis point so much so that if the killings continue at the current rate, it is estimated, the species could be pushed close to extinction. In 2014 as many as 1215 rhinos were killed and the South African Department of Environment calculated that that amounted to poaching of one rhino every 8 hours.

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Tigers endangered despite rise in their numbers
2015.02.05 19:26:56

A lot of cheer has been brought to tiger and wildlife lovers by the latest Tiger Census conducted in late 2014. There seems to have been a revival in its numbers after the dismal count of 2006 when it had registered 1411 tigers. A marginal increase to 1706 was registered in 2011.



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Gas lamps of London
2015.01.23 15:05:32

The feature on lamplighters of London in the Times of India of last Sunday literally dug out from the deep recesses of my mind the memories of gas lamps and their lighters in my birthplace Gwalior in Central India. More than 60 years ago in the early 1940s Gwalior was a small town of about 80000 or so but it used to be the capital of the princely state carrying the same name. Its maharaja was the third richest of all the Indian maharajas after the Nizam of Hyderabad, and Maharaja of Mysore. Being the capital, it had stately buildings, a beautiful palace that was built in the 19th Century on the pattern of the palace at Versailles and broad roads. While most of the roads were illuminated at night by electric incandescent bulbs many lanes, including ours, had gas lights to light them up.



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Fighting continue in the Syrian border town of #Kobane
2014.10.25 02:34:04

Fighting continued on Friday in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as thousands of Syrians who have fled the town woke up to another day in a refugee camp in Turkey.

Turkish President Erdogan says Kurdish PYD has agreed the passage of 1,300 fighters from the Free Syrian Army to Kobane.

The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine the transit route," Erdogan told reporters in Estonia's capital Tallinn.



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Fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane
2014.10.24 03:17:30

An AFP correspondent across the frontier in Turkey reported fierce clashes in several parts of Kobane early Thursday, with heavy gun and mortar fire.



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Malaysian court charged three men
2014.10.24 03:16:16

A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The charges against the three; an architect and a technician, both 26, and a 42-year-old trader, come amid concerns over the group's growing influence in Southeast Asia.

[AFP]



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US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field
2014.10.24 02:58:30

Activists say the US-led coalition has launched airstrikes on an oil field in Syria's eastern province of Deir Az Zor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coalition launched four airstrikes on oil wells in the Jafra field late Wednesday.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, also reported the airstrikes on Thursday.



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Refugees fleeing fighting
2014.10.24 02:47:18

Refugees fleeing fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters awoke in a camp in Turkey on Thursday morning, as their home town of Kobane, across the border in Syria, appeared relatively calm.

Occasional gunshots could be heard echoing from the border town, which has been under siege from the ISIL group for some weeks, but no plumes of smoke or loud explosions occurred.

[AP]



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Lebanese army arrested 3 individuals
2014.10.24 02:33:07

The Lebanese army arrested 3 individuals, two Syrians and a Lebanese in North Lebanon, the Lebanese detainee is known to have defected to ISIL few weeks ago.

One Syrian was killed and two others have been wounded in the raid.



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