Police HQ Destroyed in Yemen’s Aden, al-Qaida Blamed
Yemeni officials are blaming al-Qaida for a bomb that destroyed secret police headquarters in the southern port city of Aden Saturday.
No casualties are reported. Al-Qaida fighters are said to have moved into the city after pro-government forces took it back from Houthi rebels several weeks ago.
The al-Qaida takeover of parts of Aden is seen as another troubling development in a five-month-old civil war that has already killed thousands.
The United States considers al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to be the terrorist group's most dangerous branch. The U.S. has launched dozens of drone strikes against al-Qaida members in Yemen, killing a number of senior leaders.
Italy Rescues 3,000 Migrants in Mediterranean
Italy's coast guard says the navy has rescued 3,000 migrants off the coast of Libya after responding to requests for help from more than 20 vessels.
Italy has been routinely carrying out similar rescues, bringing hundreds of migrants to its shores, but the scale of Saturday's operation was unusually large.
So far this year, more than 100,000 people have made the Mediterranean crossing to Italy. The journey is dangerous, with small boats struggling in rough waters or overloaded with too many people.
More than 2,300 people have died trying to reach Europe this year. There were 3,279 fatalities for all of 2014.
Europe has struggled to cope with an influx of migrants. They often first land in Italy and Greece, and then sometimes head to Europe's northern countries, where some communities have welcomed them and others have protested their arrival.