Gunmen seize Yemeni president's chief of staff as unrest grows

January 17, 2015 3:39 PM

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SANAA, Yemen -- Shiite Houthi rebels abducted the chief of staff to Yemen's president early Saturday in the centre of the capital, Sanaa, starkly highlighting the unrest plaguing the Arab world's poorest country.

The rebels, who have taken over large swaths of Yemen, claimed responsibility for kidnapping Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak. In a statement, they said they abducted him to disrupt a meeting scheduled for the same day that was to work on a new constitution and the reorganization of the country into federally...

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