President Barack Obama`s top counter-terrorism advisor called President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Wednesday to condemn Shiite rebels the Yemeni leader says have brought his country to the brink of civil war.
Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed to restore state authority and warned of "civil war" in the Sunni-majority country as Shiite rebels were seen in near-total control of the capital on Tuesday.
At least 12 people were killed in fierce overnight clashes between army-backed Yemeni tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels pressing a protest campaign against the government, tribal sources said on Saturday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s coalition should withdraw its support for his bid for a third term and pick another candidate, Shi`ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged, amid parliamentary deadlock over the formation of a new government.
Global oil prices traded in mixed fashion ahead of the weekend Friday, with Brent slightly higher as traders watched developments in the jihadist-led offensive in Iraqi, OPEC`s second-largest oil producer.
Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad Saturday in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a Syrian border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart.
A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in comments apparently inspired by Iraq`s turmoil, accused Sunni militants on Thursday of wanting to bring about a war in the Muslim world.