Shiite rebels

Yemen government denies cutting ties with Iran

"Cutting ties with Iran does not align with Yemen's supreme interests," said Rageh Badie.

The internationally recognized government has long been accusing Iran of arming and training the country's Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Tehran admits to supporting and advising the rebels, but denies any military aid.

US Navy: Arms ship seized in Arabian Sea was 'stateless'

The American description of the ship's seizure in the northern Arabian Sea conflicted in some instances with an earlier account provided by a separate Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels, which claimed it had foiled the smuggling attempt. The Saudi coalition alleged that Iran was using the vessel to ship arms to the rebels.

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen's capital kill 29

The coalition's airstrikes hit an apartment building in the center of the capital, a UNESCO world heritage site, killing a family of nine, the officials who remain neutral in the conflict that has divided Yemen's security forces said.

One more civilian was killed and the search for more that may be buried under rubble is ongoing. The rebels, known as Houthis, lost 19 fighters in the overnight attack, the officials said.

Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels near central city

The heavy bombardment came hours after the rebels, known as Houthis, aired footage on their satellite television channel purporting to show a Saudi soldier held as a prisoner of war. 

A top al-Qaida leader in Yemen meanwhile praised the campaign against the Houthis and called for Islamic rule in the Arab world's poorest country.

Yemeni rebels bombed by Saudi-led coalition in key province

Shiite Houthi rebels said more than 20 coalition airstrikes hit the province.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of mainly Gulf nations fighting the Houthis. The coalition suffered its worst day of losses Friday in the missile strike in Marib.

On Friday, Bahrain's state news agency also reported that five of its soldiers were killed guarding Saudi Arabia's southern border, without elaborating. Yemen is the only country on that border in which hostilities are underway.

22 Emirati troops in Saudi-led coalition killed in Yemen

This represents the largest single loss for the Gulf nation's military to date in the war.

Pro-government Yemeni security officials said the troops were killed Friday when a Houthi missile hit a weapons storage depot near their position in the province of Marib, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital Sanaa. Officials from the Houthi media office in Sanaa confirmed they fired a Soviet-era Tochka missile.

UAE army frees British hostage as al-Qaida expands in Yemen

A statement carried by the UAE's official WAM news agency identified the British hostage as Robert Douglas Semple, after initially referring to him as Douglas Robert Semple. It said Semple, 64, had been working as a petroleum engineer in the Yemeni province of Hadramawt when he was kidnapped in February 2014. The statement did not say where Semple had been held in Yemen or provide any details on the rescue.

Bomb in governor's office in southern Yemeni city kills 4

The developments came as Shiite rebels known as Houthis launched new attacks, after weeks of retreating as pro-government troops pushed north out of Aden. Yemen's fighting, which escalated in March, 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 President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Yemen border missile attack kills 2 Saudi soldiers

The statement released Monday says the soldiers were killed in the Saudi border region of Jizan. Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Arab countries in airstrikes against Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen since March.

VIDEO: UN humanitarian chief visits Yemen

At a camp in Amran Province, 60 kilometres (37.2 miles) north of the capital Sanaa, he spoke to women and children displaced by the fighting.

Some 1.3 million people have fled their homes during the recent conflict, according to Red Cross figures.

The United Nations says 80 per cent of Yemenis - about 21 million people- are in need of humanitarian assistance.