YEMENHouthis detain 120 activists

Shia rebels stormed homes and offices across Sanaa, detaining more than 120 activists and political figures suspected of supporting the Saudi-led coalition in its airstrikes against them, a rights group said yesterday. The sweeps came as a senior rebel envoy was quoted as offering peace talks if the air campaign was halted, but opposition to the return of the country's president could block any move toward dialogue. The Houthis' latest detentions began late on Saturday as the Saudi-led attacks have targeted insurgent supply lines and ammunition depots but have largely spared populated areas. The Sanaa Legal Right Center said 122 people were held by the rebels, including leaders of the Sunni group al-Islah, which has ideological ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

EGYPTCar bomb kills policeman

A bomb blast on a bridge over the Nile leading to an upscale Cairo neighborhood killed a policeman and wounded two passersby yesterday, hours after security forces killed the leader of an extremist group that claimed responsibility, police said. Police said a pickup truck from outside the city stopped near the policeman's post to ask directions. The explosion then went off, killing the policeman and wounding a man in the passenger seat and a woman who was climbing stairs to the bridge. Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility in a Twitter message, the SITE intelligence group said.


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Teens face terror charges

Police say a teenage boy and girl have been arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Greater Manchester Police said yesterday a boy, 14, and a girl, 16, were arrested in separate police raids Thursday and Friday. They were freed on bail until a May 28 court hearing. Separately, police were questioning six people arrested earlier Friday in Dover, which has extensive ferry service linking England to France. Five men and a woman in their 20s were arrested in a departure lounge. In Turkey earlier, nine Britons from one family were arrested trying to enter Syria.