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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 17 in Yemen's center and south
Yemeni tribal and rebel officials said Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 17 people today, including children, in the southwestern city of Taiz and the northern rebel stronghold of Saada. They said the Taiz airstrike hit a house in the Dimnat Khadir district, an area that has seen heavy fighting between Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-allied Houthi rebels. At least 15 people were killed, the tribal officials said.

Lanka: SLFP ministers boycott Cabinet meeting
President Maithripala Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers today boycotted a Cabinet meeting, days after they voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Senior ministers Sajith Premadasa and Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said none of the SLFP ministers were present at the Cabinet meeting this morning. The SLFP ministers' move came after the party's central committee meeting last night held under Sirisena's chair.

Nearly 50 Indonesians dead in April from bootleg liquor
Nearly 50 people have died after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia including the capital Jakarta in little more than a week. In the latest incident, 17 people died between Thursday and early Monday in Cicalengka subdistrict near the West Java capital of Bandung. Head of the state-run hospital in Cicalengka, Yani Sumpena, said yesterday that 16 died at the hospital and one was dead on arrival.

US agrees guided missiles for Qatar before Trump talks
The United States approved a deal to sell Qatar USD 300 million in guided missiles today, on the eve of President Donald Trump's White House meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Gulf emirate is a long-standing American military ally and host to the largest US air base in the Middle East, but ties have been clouded by a crisis with its Arab neighbors. Led by US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar's regional rivals launched a diplomatic and trade blockade last year, and Trump initially took Riyadh's side.

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