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Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance

ADEN - Yemen's beleaguered government said Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a Gulf Arab-led campaign against the Iranian-allied militia that could escalate a proxy conflict spreading through the region. | Video

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France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks'

UNITED NATIONS - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.

United Nations, France 1:11pm EDT

Somali special forces enter hotel compound, battle militants

MOGADISHU - Somali special forces broke through the compound wall of a hotel seized by militants in the capital Mogadishu on Friday and exchanged fire with fighters inside the building, police said.

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Israel says it will release frozen tax revenue to Palestinians

JERUSALEM - Israel said on Friday it would release millions of dollars of tax income to the Palestinian Authority, three months after freezing the payments in protest at unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood.

Israel 1:13pm EDT

Romania PM picks EU funds minister as new finance minister

BUCHAREST - Romania's leftist prime minister, Victor Ponta, said on Friday he had appointed the government's EU funds minister, Eugen Teodorovici, as the new finance minister.

12:49pm EDT

Islamist fighters kill seven in Somali hotel, officials trapped

MOGADISHU - Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.

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