Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: France to Conduct Airstrikes in Syria

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: France to Conduct Airstrikes in Syria

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Saudi coalition forces gain ground from rebels in Yemen

As fighting rages on in Yemen, troops from the United Arab Emirates that are part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels are pushing toward the country's rebel-held capital, Sanaa, after securing a strategic provincial city, the commander of an Emirati contingent said Monday.

They hope their campaign will push the rebels out and help restore Yemen's legitimate government. Emirati Brig. Gen. Ali Saif al-Kaabi told reporters that the coalition forces were not "coming to occupy Yemen."

The Emiratis are part of thousands of Saudi and UAE forces fighting on the ground in Yemen to reverse the territorial gains by the Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis, who captured Sanaa last year and much of the country's north. The Saudi-led coalition launched its campaign of airstrikes against the Houthis in March.

The presence of troops from the oil-rich Persian Gulf states could be a game-changer in the bitter war that pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and troops loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Razor wire blockade greets migrants at Hungary * Hungary deployed a boxcar bristling with razor wire to close a key border crossing and warned of a new era of swift deportations Monday as governments across Europe debated how to share the burden of housing hundreds of thousands seeking refuge and whether the continent's policy of passport-free travel could survive the unrelenting flow of humanity.

In Brussels, ministers from the 28-nation bloc agreed to share responsibility for 40,000 people seeking refuge in overwhelmed Italy and Greece and spoke hopefully of reaching agreement possibly next month, or by the end of the year on which nations would take 120,000 more.

But the slow deliberations appeared disconnected from the rapidly shifting situation on the most besieged borders of Europe, where Austria, Slovakia and the Netherlands joined Germany in reintroducing border controls for the first time in a generation to record the arrivals of thousands daily from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. …

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