Cyprus confirmed on Monday that US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive on the divided island later this month to help push forward the UN-sponsored peace process. Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told state radio that Biden has accepted an invitation from President Nicos Anastasiades and that preparations were being made for the visit. He said the exact dates of the trip will be discussed on Tuesday in Washington between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides. The official Cyprus News Agency said he will encourage confidence-building measures such as allowing experts to enter the Turkish-controlled ghost town of Varosha to prepare a master plan for its revival.
A drone strike killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen's east Monday, the first such raid since government troops launched their biggest offensive on the jihadists in two years, tribesmen said. In the capital Sanaa, the US embassy announced the mission \"will remain closed for consular services through May 15,\" adding that it could remain shut for even longer depending on the situation. The pilotless aircraft deployed over eastern Yemen on Monday targeted a vehicle near Al-Husun, a village in Marib province, killing at least six \"Al-Qaeda members\", tribal sources told AFP. The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert programme.