Yemen accepts UN ceasefire plan
KUWAIT CITY • Yemen's government yesterday accepted a United Nations-proposed plan to end fighting that has left thousands dead, but there was no word from Iran-backed rebels who have intensified attacks on the Saudi border.
The draft agreement, which follows several months of UN-brokered negotiations in Kuwait, stipulates that the Houthi Shi'ite rebels must withdraw from Sanaa, which they overran in September 2014. But it was unclear if the insurgents were ready to end their occupation of the capital.
Tunisian PM loses confidence vote
TUNIS (Tunisia) • Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid lost a confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday, in a move that risks plunging the country into fresh political uncertainty.
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of dismissing Mr Essid, whose government has been criticised for failing to tackle the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and a series of Islamist attacks since coming to power 18 months ago.
California fire rages on
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA (California) • A deadly wildfire near California's Big Sur coast raged mostly unchecked for a ninth day after gutting nearly 60 dwellings and forcing hundreds from homes and campgrounds, but a wind shift late on Saturday was expected to help firefighters quell the blaze.
The so-called Soberanes Fire, which erupted on July 22 just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through more than 14,164ha of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in and around the Los Padres National Forest.
Labor wins seat after recount
SYDNEY • Australia's opposition Labor party won the closely contested seat of Herbert in Queensland in the July 2 election after a recount, leaving the ruling coalition with a slim majority.
The Labor Party won the seat by 37 votes after distribution preferences, the Australian Electoral Commission said in a Twitter post. It will be declared in the coming week, the agency said.
The Liberal-National coalition will hold 76 seats while Labor and cross-benchers together will end up with 74 in the 150-seat Lower House.