President Barack Obama has nominated Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones to replace Jeffrey Feltman as the State Department’s acting Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today.
Syrian rebel fighters retreated from the city of Homs as government troops overran the center of anti-regime resistance after almost a month of artillery bombardment, according to reports by the Washington Post.
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.
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.
The U.S. announced plans to evacuate its citizens from Libya after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their safety was the “highest priority” during a violent crackdown on protesters in the country, which holds Africa’s largest oil reserves.
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.