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  • Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen despite calling off air campaign 3 days ago

    Cairo/Aden: Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemen on Wednesday despite an announcement by Riyadh that it was ending its campaign of air strikes, while renewed fighting erupted on the ground between rebels and forces loyal to the exiled president. The hostilities illustrated how difficult it will be to find a political solution...
  • UN Yemen envoy quits as Saudi-led air war enters fourth week April 16, 2015

    Sanaa: The UN envoy to Yemen has resigned after failing to avert large-scale violence, dealing a blow to hopes of a diplomatic solution to the conflict between rebels and Saudi-backed government forces. The announcement from the UN came as a Saudi-led coalition pressed its air war against the Iran-backed rebels into...
  • India tops in remittances, receives $70 billion, says World Bank April 14, 2015

    Washington: The World Bank has said India continues to be the leading nation in remittances pulling in $70 billion from its global migrant workforce in 2014. World Bank's study of remittance, the money workers and professionals working in foreign lands send back to their native countries, attributed this mainly to...
  • C-17 Globemasters of Indian Air Force clocked 150 hours in Yemen evacuation April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: As part of a massive rescue operation, three C-17 Globemaster aircraft of Indian Air Force have clocked nearly 150 flying hours in the last few days bringing back over 1,300 Indians from Djibouti after their evacuation from strife-torn Yemen. Air Force officials said that each operation by aircraft of...
  • Pakistan 'not in a hurry' to join Saudi-led coalition: Nawaz Sharif April 7, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that his government is "not in a hurry" to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen, as he sought parliamentary backing for any decision to send troops. The joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate started on Monday...
  • Barack Obama promises 'tough conversation' with Arab allies over security: New York Times April 6, 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama said he would have a "tough conversation" with America's Gulf Arab allies in which he would promise strong U.S. support against external enemies but tell them they must address internal political challenges. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published on Sunday, he said...
  • Saudi request for help in Yemen puts Pakistan PM Sharif in a bind April 6, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Parliament begins debating a Saudi plea for military help in Yemen on Monday, a request that pits Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's staunch Saudi allies against a war-weary Pakistani public. Since Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main Sunni Muslim power, asked Sunni-majority Pakistan to join a Saudi-led military coalition that began...
  • Second batch of 664 Indians rescued from Yemen return home April 4, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: A second batch of 664 Indians from war-torn Yemen have safely returned home on late Friday night. While two Indian Air Force planes carrying 334 people landed in Mumbai, a special Air India flight with 330 Indians reached the Kochi airport post midnight. So far, more than 1,000 Indians...
  • To stay or go? Indian nurses abroad weigh debts against danger April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Hundreds of Indian nurses caught up in Yemen's civil war face a stark choice between returning home to financial ruin or taking a chance by staying on in more lucrative jobs that allow them to pay off their debts. India is trying to get around 4,000 nationals, more than...
  • 358 Indians rescued from war-torn Yemen, 3,000 still believed to be stranded April 2, 2015

    Kochi: The first batch of 358 Indians evacuated from strife-torn Yemen is back home safely. While 168 rescued Indians landed in Kochi, a batch of 190 landed in Mumbai. CNN-IBN spoke to those evacuated and they urged the Indian government to step up its rescue mission as the situation in...
  • 349 Indians evacuated from Yemen reach Djibouti, will be brought to Delhi soon April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: In one of the biggest rescue operations ever by India, nearly 350 Indians have been rescued from war-torn Yemen so far. The Navy evacuated the Indian nationals from Aden in Yemen and brought to Djibouti in North Africa. Kerala Minister KC Joseph said the Indian nationals have reached...
  • At least 62 children killed in Yemen in past week: UNICEF April 1, 2015

    United Nations: At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen over the past week as fighting has escalated with a Saudi-led air campaign, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. "Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all...
  • Lot of violence in Yemen; people waiting to return, says stranded Indian March 30, 2015

    India has begun evacuating its citizens who are stranded in war-torn Yemen. Air India flew its first flight on Monday to airlift Indian nationals out of Yemen. Two-three Indian nationals have already returned from Yemen. "We were taken to Djibouti from there we were taken to Doha and from there...
  • Two ships leaves Kochi to Djibouti Port to evacuate Indians March 30, 2015

    Kochi: India on Monday sent two passenger ships to Djibouti Port to evacuate Indians stranded in conflict-hit Yemen. "Two passenger ships belonging to Lakshadweep administration left for Djibouti Port from Kochi this morning to evacuate Indians stranded in Yemen," Jijo Thomas, Deputy Secretary, Cochin Port Trust,...
  • Pakistan plane brings back over 500 stranded citizens from Yemen March 30, 2015

    Karachi: A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 502 passengers from strife-torn Yemen arrived in Karachi, ending days of agonising wait for families. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered authorities to evacuate over 3,000 Pakistanis stranded in Yemen after security situation worsened in the Gulf country. The first Boeing 747 jumbo aircraft was...
  • India sends plane to airlift citizens from Yemen March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Air India on Monday flew its first flight to airlift hundreds of Indians stranded in the strife-torn Yemen, soon after the government decided to evacuate its citizens amid the chaotic situation in the Gulf country. 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft took off from Delhi at 7:45 AM for Yemen's capital...
  • Yemen crisis: Families of Indian nurses in distress, appeal for safe return March 30, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: Yemen has recently become victim to a conflict between the Sunni-Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia which is battling to avoid the rise of a pro-Iran regime in the country. After Iraq, nurses are now stuck in war-torn Yemen. Two ships have already been sent and the government will also...
  • Pakistan sends 747 jumbo jets to evacuate distraught nationals from Yemen March 29, 2015

    Peshawar: Pakistan, which has yet to decide whether to offer military support to a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, is flying jumbo jets to the Middle Eastern country to evacuate hundreds of nationals, a Defence Ministry official said on Sunday. Saudi Arabia evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the...
  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern March 29, 2015

    Sanaa: The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country until the Huthi Shiite rebels...
  • Arab coalition 'has destroyed most of Yemen rebels' missiles' March 29, 2015

    Riyadh: Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed "most" missile capabilities of the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said. "We believe that we have destroyed most of these capabilities, but we will continue targeting these missiles wherever" they may be, he told reporters in Riyadh. Before the Huthis seized...
  • Government considering airlifting of Indians stranded in Yemen March 28, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: The central government was considering the possibility of airlifting stranded Indians including Keralites from strife-torn Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has informed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Swaraj has informed the state that two ships have been sent to Yemen to rescue the Indians, including Malayalees, who have been stranded...
  • Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather March 28, 2015

    Sanaa: Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second straight day of strikes as embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for talks with Arab allies. A months-long rebellion by Shiite fighters has escalated into a regional conflict that threatens to tear apart the impoverished...
  • Yemen unrest impacts oil price March 27, 2015

    The global oil market is shaky after Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter launched airstrikes on rebel targets in Yemen. ...
  • Iran calls Saudi airstrikes in Yemen 'dangerous step' March 26, 2015

    Sanaa: Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's...
  • Saudi Arabia, allies launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters March 26, 2015

    Aden: Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday in coalition with Gulf region allies to counter Iran-backed forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the US-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge. Shortly after the kingdom's ambassador in Washington announced the military action, unidentified warplanes launched an attack on...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff March 26, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Woman gets 70 lashes for insulting Saudi man on WhatsApp March 16, 2015

    Jeddah: A 32-year-old woman will receive 70 lashes and have to pay USD 5,332 fine for defaming a Saudi man on an instant messaging application. The woman was found guilty by a criminal court in Eastern Saudi Arabia of tarnishing the reputation of the complainant through WhatsApp, local media said on...
  • Saudi Arabia outpaces India to become top defence importer: Report March 9, 2015

    Dubai: Saudi Arabia has dislodged India to become the world's top defence importer in 2014, while China inched closer to its Asian neighbour at third position, research company IHS said on Sunday in a report. The US continues to be the top defence exporter followed by Russia, France and the UK,...
  • Indian arrested in Saudi Arabia for posting blasphemous image March 5, 2015

    Jeddah: An Indian has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, a local media report in Jeddah said on Thursday. The Indian expatriate was arrested last month by the police at the airport. He admitted that the Facebook page was...
  • US applies steady pressure on Saudi for human rights: Obama January 28, 2015

    Even as US works closely with the Saudis on common strategic goals like counter terrorism, US President Barack Obama said he and his administration continue to apply "steady, consistent pressure" on issues like human rights. "Sometimes we have to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues...