• Houthi fighters ride a military truck outside the Presidential Palace in Sanaa January 21, 2015, before Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi stepped down. Photo by Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS
    January 23, 2015   BY  

    Yemen’s U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America’s ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country’s parliament will meet Sunday, but the government’s future is unclear. Here are five reasons why Americans should care about what is happening in Yemen, a country slightly smaller than Texas situated on the southern border of Saudi Arabia: Continue reading

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    January 22, 2015  

    Yemen’s government collapsed Thursday as the U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and cabinet stepped down, allowing Shiite rebels to effectively take over the capital. Gwen Ifill talks to Gregory Johnsen, author of “The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia” about the roots of the “slow-motion” collapse and what it means for Western counterterrorism efforts. Continue reading

  • Leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay
    January 22, 2015   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Chaos in Yemen is adding yet another challenge to President Barack Obama’s drive to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, with administration officials saying a ban on detainee transfers to the unstable Middle East nation has effectively been restored. Continue reading

  • Former Yemen president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., July 30, 2013. Photo by Glenn Fawcett.
    January 22, 2015   BY and  

    Yemen president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a U.S. ally against his country’s al-Qaida group, submitted his resignation to parliament on Thursday. Continue reading

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    January 21, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, senators pushed a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Iran unless the country curbs its nuclear program by a July deadline. President Obama has said he would veto such a bill. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House first. Continue reading

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    January 20, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the town of Glendive, Montana, began trucking in bottled water after tests confirmed hazardous levels of benzene from a 50,000 gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Also, five Chechens were arrested in France, though there was no immediate indication of a connection to the Paris terrorist attacks. Continue reading

  • A Houthi fighter sits in a military vehicle belonging to Houthi fighters on a street leading to the Presidential Palace during clashes in Sanaa
    January 19, 2015  

    In Yemen, Shia rebels known as Houthis battled with government forces at the presidential palace, and have also vowed to wipe out al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Abdulwahab Alkebsi of the Center for International Private Enterprise tells Judy Woodruff that while the Houthis seem to be allies in the fight against al-Qaida, their fight may also benefit the terrorist group. Continue reading

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    January 12, 2015  

    One of the brothers involved in the Paris attacks received al-Qaida training in Yemen. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to explain why that country is a hotbed for jihadism, and to examine the competition and cooperation between al-Qaida and the Islamic State. Continue reading

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    January 7, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, at least 37 people were killed when a bomb ripped through the main police academy in Yemen’s capital. Also, search teams found the tail section of a crashed AirAsia jetliner in the Java Sea, with hopes that the black box recorders are inside the tail or nearby. Continue reading

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    December 31, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the first two bodies recovered from the crash of AirAsia flight 8501 landed in Surabaya, Indonesia, but efforts to continue searching for more victims were delayed by strong winds and heavy rains. Also, in Afghanistan, 26 people who were celebrating a wedding were killed by a rocket during a fight between the government and Taliban insurgents. Continue reading