Attacks on ships and US drones show Yemen’s Houthis can still fight despite US-led airstrikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Despite a month of U.S.-led airstrikes, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels remain capable of launching significant attacks. This week, they seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and apparently downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars. The continued assaults by the Houthis on shipping through the crucial … Read more

Israel strikes ‘reputation blow’ to Iran with sabotage attacks on its gas pipelines, says report

Israel sabotaged two major Iranian gas pipelines, said a New York Times report. “It’s a major reputation blow for Iran’s intelligence and security agencies,” said an analyst. The attacks suggest covert networks operating in Iran linked to Israel, an analyst said. Israel appears to have conducted covert attacks on two major natural gas pipelines inside … Read more

Satellite Images Point to Indiscriminate Israeli Attacks on Gaza’s Health Care Facilities

International humanitarian law prohibits attacks on hospitals and health care facilities, or against patients, doctors, and their means of transport, during a conflict. A health care facility can lose its protected status if it is used to “commit acts that are harmful to the enemy,” according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). … Read more

What to know about the US strikes in Iraq and Syria and its attacks with the UK in Yemen

BEIRUT — British forces on Saturday joined their American allies in new attacks against militia in Yemen. The U.S. military earlier launched strikes on dozens of sites manned by Iran-backed fighters in western Iraq and eastern Syria in retaliation for a drone strike in Jordan in late January that killed three U.S. service members and … Read more

The RNC chairwoman calls for unity as the party faces a cash crunch and attacks by some Trump allies

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Facing a cash crunch and harsh criticism from a faction of far-right conservatives, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Friday called for the party to unite behind the goal of defeating President Joe Biden. McDaniel spoke at the RNC’s winter meeting in Las Vegas behind closed doors on Friday, … Read more

Police Arrest Teen Said to Be Linked to Hundreds of Swatting Attacks

For more than a year, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has been hunting the person whom experts say is one of the most prolific swatters in American history. Law enforcement now believes they have finally arrested the person responsible. A 17-year-old from California is allegedly the swatter known as Torswats, according to sources … Read more

Tim Scott Slams ‘Morning Joe,’ CNN for ‘Vile’ Attacks on His Character: ‘Most Racists in the Country Are Liberals’

Sen. Tim Scott — a former 2024 presidential candidate-turned-Donald Trump devotee — slammed liberal media’s criticisms of his character on Thursday, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity that “Morning Joe,” CNN and others have promoted “vile and disgusting comments” about him. “Most racists in the country are liberal,” he said. The Thursday night “Hannity” segment kicked … Read more

China Urges Houthis to Stop Red Sea Attacks

China reiterated its call for Houthis militants to stop their attacks on Red Sea shipping, comments that come after Beijing reportedly asked Tehran to help rein in the rebel group. “We are concerned about rising tensions in the Red Sea,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Friday at a regular press briefing in Beijing. … Read more

Exclusive-China presses Iran to rein in Houthi attacks in Red Sea, sources say

By Parisa Hafezi and Andrew Hayley DUBAI (Reuters) – Chinese officials have asked their Iranian counterparts to help rein in attacks on ships in the Red Sea by the Iran-backed Houthis, or risk harming business relations with Beijing, four Iranian sources and a diplomat familiar with the matter said. The discussions about the attacks and … Read more

Against a backdrop of rebel attacks and border closures, Rwanda and Burundi trade accusations

KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwandan authorities accused Burundi’s leader of making “incendiary allegations aimed at inciting division among Rwandans,” raising tensions that persist after Burundi closed all border crossings with Rwanda earlier this month. Relations between Rwanda and Burundi have deteriorated in recent weeks after Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye renewed accusations that Rwanda is funding and … Read more