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Dozens killed in Yemen army, Shiite rebel clashes: sources

Dozens of people have been killed in weekend clashes in northern Yemen between the army, allied tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels, military and tribal sources said Sunday. The Huthis -- also known as Ansarullah -- have advanced from their mountain strongholds towards Sanaa in a suspected attempt to expand their sphere of influence as Yemen is reorganised into six regions. The clashes intensified on Saturday in the western neighbourhoods of Amran city, as well as eastern and southern outskirts, and Yemeni fighter jets bombed rebel positions around the city, various sources said. A medical official in Amran said "at least 40 people were killed" in the western neighbourhoods of the city.

Dozens of Israel Arabs held as teen murder protests spread

Israeli police made dozens of arrests overnight as violent protests over the murder of a Palestinian teenager by suspected Jewish extremists swept Arab Israeli towns into Sunday. The military meanwhile carried out 10 air strikes on Gaza in response to persistent rocket fire into southern Israel as hopes faded of a renewed truce with its Islamist foe Hamas. Violence which rocked annexed Arab east Jerusalem for four straight days after the kidnap and murder of the Palestinian teenager on Wednesday, spread to half a dozen Arab towns in Israel on Saturday. The initial results of a post-mortem found that the 16-year-old was likely burned alive in what many Palestinians believe was a revenge killing by Jewish extremists after the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank last month.

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces on Sunday pursued retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a ceasefire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko called the moment when his troops hoisted the Ukrainian flag over the militias' seat of power in Slavyansk "a turning point" in a campaign that has killed nearly 500 people and inflamed East-West ties. The rebels admitted suffering heavy losses while abandoning the strategic city nearly three months to the day after its capture marked the onset of a new and even more bloody chapter in Ukraine's worst crisis since independence in 1991. Most analysts think Poroshenko desperately needed a battlefield success one month into his presidency to secure the trust of Ukrainians frustrated by their underfunded army's inability to stand up to what they see as Russian aggression.

Germany's Merkel arrives in China with trade topping agenda

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in China on Sunday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow. Merkel is due to arrive later Sunday in Beijing, where she will wrap up the first day of the three-day visit by meeting Premier Li Keqiang for dinner at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. For the EU's biggest economy, China is a crucial mass market. Germany last year sold goods worth 67 billion euros ($91 billion) to China, its number-two export market outside Europe after the United States.

Japan 'set for first arms export' under new rules

Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, as the nation aims to boost its global military and economic presence, a report said Sunday. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to export a high-performance sensor to the United States, which will use it in the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile defence system to be exported to Qatar, the Nikkei business daily said without citing sources. Tokyo's decision, likely to become official later this month, comes after Japan in April amended its traditional strict ban on arms exports, particularly in cases where the products might be re-exported to countries engaged in conflict. The government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eased the rules to allow exports of military products in a move aimed at letting Japan join international joint programmes to develop weapons and to grow its defence industry.

Ugandan troops kill 41 in battle with 'tribal gunmen'

Kampala (AFP) - Ugandan troops have killed 41 gunmen in a major battle with tribal gunmen in the western district of Bundibuguyo near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda's army spokesman said Sunday.

Taliban cut hair and beards to flee Pakistan army assault

Hundreds of Taliban fighters rushed to disguise themselves with new haircuts in the weeks before a Pakistani army assault, it has emerged, as refugees revealed details of life under the militants -- and their taste for imported luxuries. Azam Khan was one of the top barbers in Miranshah -- the main town of North Waziristan -- until he, like nearly half a million others, fled the long-awaited offensive unleashed by the Pakistan military on the tribal area in June. "I have trimmed the hair and beards of more than 700 local and Uzbek militants ahead of the security forces' operation," he said while cutting hair in a shop in Bannu, the town where most civilians fled. For years he cut Taliban commanders' hair to match the flowing locks of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a US drone last November, but in May a change in style was called for.

My Friend, Roger Ebert

Directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Life Itself is a worthy tribute to the most popular film critic ever.

Turkey economy risks choppy waters under Erdogan presidency

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears all but assured of winning upcoming Turkish presidential polls, but he could find himself in charge of a far more fragile economy than in the last decade of his rule. Analysts say the Turkish strongman is jeopardising the long-term health of the economy by picking a fight with the nominally independent central bank and pushing it towards a looser monetary policy at a time of stubbornly high inflation. Meanwhile, the instability in neighbouring Iraq, where swathes of territory have been taken over by Sunni Muslim militants, risks depriving Turkey of a key export market. Erdogan is credited during his more than a decade in power with turning around Turkey's economy, whose strong expansion has made it the envy of its European and Middle Eastern neighbours.

Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.

N.Korea 'doubles cyber war personnel'

North Korea has doubled the number of its elite cyber warriors over the past two years and established overseas bases for hacking attacks, a report said Sunday. The North's cyber war unit now has 5,900 personnel, compared with 3,000 two years ago, the South's Yonhap news agency said. "The communist country operates a hacking unit under its General Bureau of Reconnaissance, which is home to some 1,200 professional hackers," a military source was quoted as saying. North Korean hackers have launched cyber attacks through overseas bases in countries such as China, the source said.

Video Games Go Wild for Reboots

Hits like ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and ‘Zelda’ aren't just revived because it’s what gamers want. Reboots, remakes, and reimaginings are often about system compatibility—and money.

La Roux: Still Bulletproof

It’s been five years since the dancehall diva with the fiery red coif unleashed “Bulletproof.” She opens up about her 'hiatus' and breaking up with her bandmate.

American Wilderness Faces a Firing Squad

On the even of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, conservative congressmen, theorists, and even Outside magazine seem eager to destroy what’s left of the wild in America.

The Theology Behind HBO’s ‘Leftovers’

The new HBO series is based on the now-familiar premise of millions of people suddenly disappearing—an idea intertwined with the peculiar history of American evangelicalism.

How Obama Will Own Iraq

Iraq helped Obama win the presidency, but now the problems we left behind endanger his legacy.

Why is the Religious Right So Terrified?

Conservative evangelicals have internalized a besiegement narrative that doesn’t change even when they win political victories. But fear has no place in a properly Christian worldview.

The GOP Defies Believers on Immigration

America’s faith factions are typically divided on the big issues, but there was near-universal religious support for the immigration reform bill that died this week. Why wasn’t it enough?