Yemen air strike

DUBAI – An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed ten civilians, including women and children, in the northern province of Saada on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia’s military alliance intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 against Iran-aligned Houthis who had ousted the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Rebels leave

BEIRUT – Buses carrying rebel fighters and their families began to leave the town of Harasta in Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Thursday.

The 30 or so buses were carrying about 1500 people, some 400 of whom were rebel fighters.

Journalist shot

MEXICO CITY – A Mexican journalist was killed in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz, that latest victim in a wave of violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.

Leobardo Vazquez, who worked for the newspaper Enlace, was shot dead on Wednesday night at his home, the third journalist killed in Mexico so far this year after 12 were murdered in 2017.

Missiles sale

WASHINGTON – The US State Department said on Thursday it had approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of 6600 TOW anti-tank missiles worth an estimated $670 million.

The department said it had notified the US Congress on Thursday of the possible sale.

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