JERUSALEM -- Israel said on Wednesday that two government officials met with Sudan's Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari in the United Arab Emirates to discuss bilateral cooperation.
In two separate meetings in Abu Dhabi, Abdulbari met with Israel's Regional Affairs Minister Issawi Frej and Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll respectively, in a bid to push forward the bilateral ties, according to statements issued on behalf of the Israeli ministers. (Israel-Sudan-Cooperation)
TEHRAN -- Iran on Wednesday tested new domestically developed air defense equipment during a large-scale air defense drill in the northern province of Semnan, official news agency IRNA reported.
Units from the army as well as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) started on Tuesday the joint exercise codenamed Defenders of the Velayat Skies 1400. (Iran-Air Defense Equipment-Drill)
SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday seized control of a new strategic district in Yemen's central province of Marib, which is the government's last northern stronghold, government military sources said.
"The Houthis today seized control of Al-Jadid, the center of the strategic district of Al-Jubah, less than 20 km southwest of the government's stronghold Marib city," the sources told Xinhua by phone from Marib city on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Marib-Houthis)
ALGIERS -- Algerian police said on Wednesday that it arrested 17 suspects belonging to a separatist group listed by the government as a terrorist organization, state-run ENTV channel reported.
The 17 suspects from the Movement for Self-determination of Kabylie (MAK) were arrested in provinces near the capital Algiers for plotting criminal acts targeting homeland security, ENTV said, quoting a statement of the National Security Department. (Algeria-Separatist Suspects-Arrest)