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Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Rebels In Yemen, Inflaming Tensions In Region

SaudisSaudi and allied warplanes struck rebels in Yemen on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia threatening to send ground troops and inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war, potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

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Yemeni Leader Hadi Leaves Country As Saudi Arabia Keeps Up Air Strikes

HadiYemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city.

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Many In Ireland Vow Not To Pay A New Water Tax

A protester listened to anti-austerity speeches during a demonstration against new water fees in Killarney, Ireland, in February. Credit Paulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York TimesDUBLIN — Miranda Lumsden, 43, a single mother of four, had never protested against anything before the Irish government introduced new water fees last summer.

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Philippines Says China Rushing Construction In Disputed Sea

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario speaks during a news forum in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines Thursday, March 26, 2015. Rosario said China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamations in the disputed South China Sea, before it gets potentially restricted by a proposed nonaggression pact and a case questioning the legality of Beijing's territorial claims. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims.

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Iraq Official: Troops Launch Final Phase Of Tikrit Offensive

A member of an Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades patrols in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, a senior U.S. official said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)TIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi troops have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, an official said Thursday, hours after the U.S. launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.

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U.S. Air Raids Struck ISIS In Tikrit For Over 8 Hours, Iraqi Military Leaders Say

AL RASHID AIR BASE, Iraq — Iraqi military leaders said that American-led air raids pummeled Islamic State positions in Tikrit for eight and a half hours, subsiding only at dawn on Thursday, when the Iraqi military’s handful of Russian-made fighters took over.

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Somali Pirates Return, Seize Iranian Fishing Vessel

Until the Iranian vessel was seized off Ceel Huur in the Mudug region this week, there had been no successful hijackings since May 2012, according to the UNODC. — AFP pic MOGADISHU — Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials said today, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning.

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Germanwings Plane Crash: Co-Pilot 'Wanted To Destroy Plane'

Photo: BBC NewsThe co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday appeared to want to "destroy the plane", French officials said.

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IS Threat Affects Everyone

Islamic State. PHoto: ReutersKUALA LUMPUR -- The threat of the IS militant group which is trying to influence the public to join it should be viewed seriously as it affects everyone, and even intellectuals can be influenced by its ideology.

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Applications For Asylum Are Surging, United Nations Says

UNITED NATIONS — The war in Syria, now in its fifth year, has not only flooded countries in the region with millions of refugees. It has driven up the number of people seeking asylum across the world to a 20-year high, according to the United Nations.

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