Sixty-three suspected al-Qaeda militants escaped from a jail in Yemen, highlighting its growing insecurity as the U.S. pushed for political transition in a country that borders the world’s top crude oil exporter.
An Egyptian military delegation visiting Washington canceled talks with U.S. senators because the group was called home amid a dispute over charges against American pro-democracy workers, according to three U.S. senators.
Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S. pushed back against calls in Washington to withhold more than $1 billion in U.S. aid following raids on democracy groups in Cairo and dismissed concerns that his nation may abandon its peace treaty with Israel.
Russia signed an agreement to deliver 36 Yak-130 jet trainer aircraft to Syria in a deal valued at $550 million, Kommersant reported, citing an unidentified person close to weapons exporter Rosoboronexport.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. is examining all options for pressuring Libya to end a violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrators, and he is dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Switzerland to work with her counterparts from other nations on a coordinated response.