Yemen govt retakes Red Sea town from Houthi rebels Dec 08, 2017 0 36 12345 afpAdenYemen's government has retaken a Red Sea town from Houthi insurgents in clashes that left dozens of fighters dead, officials said Thursday, days after President Abd rabbo Mansour Hadi's administration ordered troops to advance on the rebel-held capital.Medical sources said 16 government soldiers and 41 Houthi rebels were killed in the fight for Khokha, under rebel control since January -- with the Houthis also coming under attack by Arab coalition air raids.Some 30 rebels were detained, while the hospital sources said dozens of combatants were wounded.The war-torn Arabian Peninsula country has been plunged deeper into turmoil by Monday's killing of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh at the hands of the Houthis after his alliance with the insurgents collapsed.The capital Sanaa is now largely under the control of the Houthis -- northern tribes with links to Iran -- after clashes between the rebels and Saleh loyalists erupted last week.Khokha lies between rebel-held Hodeida and government-controlled Mokha on the Red Sea coast and is central to the expansion of government control over the strategic coastline.The port of Hodeida is the main conduit for UN-supervised deliveries of food and medicine to Yemen, where poverty has been compounded by war and a blockade on ports and airports imposed by the Saudi-led coalition. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES HRW denounces attacks on Sufi shrines in Libya Dec 08, 2017 0 70 Syrian govt to rejoin talks in Geneva on Sunday Dec 08, 2017 0 39 Mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria: Russian military Dec 08, 2017 0 35 France's Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month AFP Doha France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Iraq would announce its total"liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December. He made the prediction in Doha. .. Libyan mayors meet to shore up their role in restoring peace and unifying people REUTERS TUNIS More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying .. UN to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks "We shall assess the behaviour of both sides, government and opposition, in Geneva. And based on that we will then decide how this... can be a building up or not, or a sabotage of Geneva." (Reuters) Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey REUTERS ANKARA The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges. Selahattin Demirtas, ..