Yemen's pro-government fighters get arms shipments
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Pro-government fighters in Yemen have received weapons shipments in the war-torn city of Aden, as Shiite rebels scramble to deploy reinforcements, military officials from both sides said Sunday.
Two Turkish troops killed in PKK suicide attack
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels' bases in northern Iraq. The attack in the Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province is the first time Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been accused of staging a suicide attack in the current crisis, amid an escalating cycle of violence. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and PKK militants based in northern Iraq after a series of attacks inside Turkey including a devastating suicide bombing blamed on the IS group.
Kerry assures allies Iran deal makes Mideast 'safer'
US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour in Egypt. Kerry met his counterpart Sameh Shoukry to patch up troubled relations between the two countries with a pledge of support. Egypt and other regional states such as Saudi Arabia are suspicious of Iran, which they see as bent on destabilising them.
Kerry says Iran deal will make Egypt, region, safer
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers last month would make Egypt and the region safer. "There can be absolutely no question that the Vienna plan, if implemented, will make Egypt and all the countries of this region safer than they otherwise would be," he said at a news conference on Sunday following the first "strategic dialogue" between Egypt and the United States since 2009. Kerry added that he agreed with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on the importance that upcoming parliamentary elections be "free, fair, and transparent" and that Shukri told him they would take place in the early fall.
Iran cuts welfare rolls to ease budget crisis
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.