Archive for: June 2015

Islamic State Bombs Houthis’ Stronghold

Islamic State is reported to have used car bombs to injure at least 50 people, with some killed, near the mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s Houthi Group in Sanaa on Wednesday.

Four blasts were heard in the capital. Saudi forces conducted air strikes against the Houthi military bases in Yemen.

According to peace talk delegates in Switzerland, there was no progress on the second day of a UN-sponsored push to create a truce.

Witnesses said that the explosions sounded like air strikes. Some found cars and people screaming after the explosions.

The Islamic State used its social media accounts to state that they were responsible for the attacks. It was one of the most serious Yemen has faced throughout the years.

Suicide bombers from the IS had also killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded during Friday prayers on March 20 this year.

The IS had increased its Yemen presence as the al-Qaeda and other militant groups were overshadowed by it.

AQAP, a Sunni militant group, faces dissolution as a US strike drone had killed their leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi.

Meanwhile, Houthi fighters have destroyed the home of a Senior Politician Abdel-Aziz Jubai as he attended the Geneva talks as part of the exiled Yemen government.

Deal Is In Sight For Greece According To Prime Minister

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the talks in Brussels on Greece’s debt crisis have been “constructive”. He had held a straight four-hour talk with EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to finally make a plan as Greece’s bailout is set to expire in less than a month.

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Tsipras confirmed that Greece has rejected some proposals put forward by their creditors.

Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that between Tsipras and Juncker, the talks have resulted to positive progress. They are set to meet again after a few days.

Greece has a £216 million IMF repayment due on Friday. Greece and its creditors are now close to an agreement regarding “primary surpluses” that would help Greece move forward “without the tough austerity measures of the past.”

Primary Budget Surpluses  is the amount when tax revenues exceed public spending. It is now one of the main sticking points in talks. Greece had been keen to agree for a lower figure.

French President Francois Hollande had earlier suggested that Greece and the EU were close to finally creating a deal. However, an EC Spokeswoman said to the press that there would be no “final outcome” from Wednesday’s talks.

Greece would be asked to post a budget surplus of 1% of GDP and 2% in the following year.