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YARA BAYOUMY: Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi'ite group's takeover

Reuters: No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country’s tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi’ite Houthi group besieged Hadi’s home and palace this week…

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Dead at 90

New York Times: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented, died on Friday, according to a statement on state television. 35 more words

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Saudi King Abdullah dies at 90, brother Salman to take over

WATCH ABOVE: One of America’s closest allies in the Middle East has died. Funeral services are now underway for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. King Abdullah’s half-brother, Salman, immediately succeeded him. 1,808 more words

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ISIS upping recruitment in Yemen, competing with al Qaeda

CNN: The Syria-based terror group ISIS is active and recruiting inside the Middle Eastern state of Yemen, already a hotbed of terrorist activity, CNN has learned. 54 more words

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US backed Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigns after Iran backed Houthi take over

Associated Press: Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into mini-states…

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Yemen seems a little more chaotic than usual today

Now this is how you do a political catastrophe. Yemen’s entire cabinet apparently tendered its resignation to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi earlier today, followed quickly by Hadi himself tendering his resignation to parliament. 638 more words

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The Houthi Crisis in Sana'a

The Republic of Yemen is home to diverse and competing tribes and a broken political system. In Sana’a – a city experiencing mounting resource scarcity – the sight and sound of bullets have become the norm. 676 more words

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