Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

Yemeni army forces can be seen in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

SANAA: Yemen's president has appointed the half brother of the country's slain ex-president to head a military force.
Saturday's decision by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigns Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, the half brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the country's reserve force.
Al-Ahmar fled the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, to Saudi Arabia following Saleh's death in December at the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels, Saleh's onetime allies.
The Houthis and Saleh's forces joined ranks in 2014, sweeping the capital and forcing Hadi's internationally recognized government to flee. Months later, a Saudi-led coalition backed Hadi's government and waged a campaign against the Houthis and Saleh's forces.
Saleh was killed after he expressed readiness to negotiate with the coalition, a move the Houthis saw as betrayal.
 


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in UAE on state visit

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in UAE on state visit

Pakistan’s new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, has visited the United Arab Emirates on his first official overseas trip, after concluding a state visit to Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi held talks on Wesdneday Khan on regional and international issues of mutual interest as well as ways to enhance bilateral ties.

While in Saudi Arabia, Khan met with King Salman at a luncheon at Al-Salam Palace.