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The UN refugee agency said 65,000 had been displaced since mid-January

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Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped and urgently need help, the Red Cross says, as the Yemeni army, backed by the US, battles with Islamist militants in the south of the country.

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Al-Qa'ida's second in command in Pakistan was in a house hit by a US drone strike, according to intelligence officials, but they do not know whether he was killed.

Eight dead in Pakistan drone attack

A US drone strike in Pakistan has left eight suspected militants dead, according to officials.

Al-Qa'ida No 2 Sakhr al-Taifi dies in Afghan air strike

Al-Qa'ida's second in command in Afghanistan has been killed in an air strike in eastern Kunar province, Nato says.

Nato kills senior al-Qa'ida leader in Afghanistan

The US-led Nato force in Afghanistan killed al-Qa'ida's second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said today.

Nato forces kill al-Qa'ida's second-highest ranking leader in Afghanistan

Nato forces have killed al-Qa'ida's second-highest ranking leader in Afghanistan in an air strike.

US drone strike kills five militants

A US drone strike aiming for an al-Qa'ida leader has killed five militants as part of a Yemeni offensive against the Islamist group, Yemeni officials said today.

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A suicide bomber drove into a school in northern Yemen's al-Jawf province where members of a Shi'ite Muslim rebel group had gathered for Friday prayers and killed 12 people, the defence ministry said.

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The White House has denied putting politics before national security after it was revealed to have offered the makers of a high-profile Hollywood film access to the Navy Seal team which killed Osama bin Laden.

Troops 'kill 35 al-Qa'ida militants' in Yemen

Yemen says its troops have killed 35 al-Qa'ida militants in an attack on a hideout in the country's south, part of a wider offensive.

US hacked al-Qa'ida sites, says Hillary Clinton

US cyber-experts hacked al-Qa'ida propaganda online in Yemen, changing ads that bragged about killing Americans into ones that showed the death toll of the terror group's attacks against Yemenis, Hillary Clinton said.

Terror threat from Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped, says David Cameron

Half of the major terrorist plots threatening Britain emerge from Afghanistan and Pakistan nearly 11 years after UK troops joined a US-led coalition to oust the Taliban, David Cameron said today.

Suicide car bomb hits Syrian military compound 

A suicide car bomb tore through the parking lot of a military compound in Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour this morning, the latest in a wave of blasts targeting security agencies in recent months, the country's state media reported. 

ECHR hears Kahled El-Masri's rendition case

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has begun hearing the case of Kahled El-Masri, a Lebanese-born German who was kidnapped, tortured and held for months in a CIA prison in Afghanistan in 2004.

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