Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.

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Who are the Houthis in Yemen?

The Houthi rebels began as a theological movement preaching peace, but are now at the centre of international conflict.

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Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA (Reuters) - Voting in Nigeria's tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by shootings.

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Beer up: Ancient Egyptian brewery found in Tel Aviv

A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) cleans findings at an archaeological dig in a future construction site in Tel Aviv, where fragments of ancient basins were unearthed, March 29, 2015. (Reuters / Nir Elias)

According to a statement from Israel's Antiquities Authority, the shards were found under an office construction site in 17 pits used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age (3500-3000 BC).

The ceramic vessels were made using an Egyptian method that differed from local pottery-making at the time.

Archeologists have also detected a thick, partially baked water and barley mixture left to ferment in the sun.

“Among the hundreds of pottery sherds that characterize the local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic basins were discovered that were made in an Egyptian tradition and were used to prepare beer. Beer was the Egyptian national drink and was a staple along with bread,” excavation director Diego Barkan said in a statement.

It is said that beer was consumed by the entire population of Egypt – regardless of age, gender, or status.

“It was made from a mixture of barley and water that was partially baked and then left to ferment in the sun. Various fruit concentrates were added to this mixture in order to flavor the beer," the Antiquities Authority said in its statement.

Previous excavations in Egypt's Delta region revealed breweries which prove that beer was already being produced in the mid-fourth millennium BC.

The recent excavation is the first to prove Egypt's presence in the center of Tel Aviv 5,000 years ago.

Earlier archaeologists in Israel found evidence of Egyptian communities to the south, in the Negev and along its Mediterranean coast.

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A chance to save Syria that world leaders must seize this week

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An American Military Convoy in Europe Aims to Reassure Allies

Operation Dragoon Ride, consisting of 120 armored vehicles and more than 500 American troops, was envisioned as part public relations event, part training exercise and part signal to Russia.

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Raffaele Sollecito reveals ‘tears of joy’ after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal

Former boyfriend of Amanda Knox would have been immediately arrested had his conviction been upheld but now wants to ‘begin to build a future’

Raffaele Sollecito said that he burst into “tears of joy” on being acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher on Friday, and that he now wants to build his future after more than seven years “living in fear”.

Sollecito was waiting at home late on Friday night when his sister phoned from Rome’s high court. “My father and I burst into tears of joy,” he said, on realising judges had quashed his 25-year sentence. In the surprise verdict, Italy’s court of cassation also ruled his American former girlfriend Amanda Knox innocent.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Will Not Affect Bauchi Results – INEC

[Premium Times] The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Bauchi State, Hamman Tukur, has said that Saturday's attacks on some polling units in Darazo, Kirfi and Alkaleri towns will have no effect on election results.

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Company store turned bed and breakfast: Appalachia mines for tourists

Appalachian communities that owe their existence to coal are turning to tourism to replace traditional jobs and revenues. But some argue natural beauty and mountain character are at odds with the area's history of environmental degradation and poverty.

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Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart.

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