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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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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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Syrian army and Hezbollah encircle Syrian city near border

BEIRUT - The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, closed in on the rebel-held city of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon on Friday, a Lebanese security source said.

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

CAIRO - 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.

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Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

ABUJA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday's presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for fear of post-election clashes.

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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.

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