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  1. Yemen in Chaos as President Resigns

    There’s no one in charge. U.S.-backed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi suddenly resigned today and his entire cabinet stepped down, giving armed Houthi rebels an opportunity to complete a coup that began with their storming of the presidential palace. The political crisis complicates the U.S. fight against extremists in Yemen, where the American military has been deploying drone strikes against Al-Qaeda targets. While the Houthis oppose the Sunni Islamists of Al-Qaeda, their battle with the militants could also stir sectarian unrest in predominantly Sunni Yemen.

    Reuters, NYT

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