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Yemen Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes

ADEN - Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. | Video

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Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen

BENGHAZI, Libya - Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened.

Libya 6:55pm EDT

Turkey says U.S.-led campaign to train Syria rebels delayed by Washington

ISTANBUL - A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline Islamic State militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.

Turkey, Syria 7:21pm EDT

Saudi blogger Badawi views survival of 50 lashes as miracle: magazine

BERLIN - Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi described in his first letter from prison how he "miraculously survived 50 lashes" as part of a conviction that sparked an international outcry, according to German weekly Der Spiegel in a report to be published on Saturday.

Germany 6:43pm EDT

Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden: Al Arabiya TV

CAIRO/STOCKHOLM - Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country's human rights record.

Saudi Arabia 6:37pm EDT

Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term

BRAZZAVILLE - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation.

Africa, Congo 7:06pm EDT

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