November 28th @ 10:41 AM GMT
Yahoo! The leader of Malaysian pro-democracy group Bersih and critic of Prime Minister Najib Razak was released on Monday after ten days in detention under a widely criticized security law. Maria Chin Abdullah was arrested the day before a protest rally organized by the group saw thousands of Malaysians marching in the capital to demand Najib's resignation over his alleged involvement in a multi-billion dollar financial scandal. Najib has denied wrongdoing. (World)
November 27th @ 10:47 PM GMT
Yahoo! Yemen's powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the country's dominant Houthi movement, has asked the United Nations Security Council to allow him to travel to Cuba to pay respects to former president Fidel Castro, according to a statement by his party. Saleh, a former counter-terrorism ally of the U.S., has forces fighting alongside Iran-allied Houthis against a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen where war has killed at least 10,000 people. The United Nations Security Co... (World)
November 28th @ 11:49 AM GMT
Yahoo! Syria's Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced comments by Qatar that it will continue to back rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as merely an attempt ''to raise the morale of the terrorist groups'' in the face of army advances. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Reuters in an interview on Sunday that Doha would continue to arm Syrian rebel groups even if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump were to end Washington's support for them. Sheikh M... (Top Stories)
November 28th @ 7:52 AM GMT
Yahoo! The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces seized the strategic eastern Aleppo district of al-Sakhour on Monday in a wider advance that has driven rebels from a third of the rebel-held area in recent days. Rebel sources could not immediately be reached for comment about the report that confirmed an earlier report by the Syrian military. ''It is the biggest defeat for the opposition in Aleppo since 2012,'' Rami Abdulrahman, Director of the Observatory, told Reuters. (Top Stories)