SYRIA: ‘ Freed Fijian Peacekeepers Arrive in Quneitra UN Confirms ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA (Golan Heights) – September 11 – Vehicles carrying freed Fijian UN peacekeepers arrived in Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Thursday, the UN confirmed.

The Syrian rebels from Al-Nusra Front had released all 45 Fijian soldiers who worked as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.

The soldiers were expected to cross from Syria into Israel, the TV channel said. All of them are reportedly safe.

The UN confirmed 45 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers had been released, AFP said.

Earlier The Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan, while the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said the UN is continuing to look at ways to enhance safety and security procedures in what has become a “very challenging situation.” Read more

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YEMEN: ‘ Government and Shiite Muslim Houthi Rebels Sign Agreement to End Crisis ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – September 11 – Yemen’s government and Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels signed an agreement Thursday to end a crisis that has seen weeks of protests, Reuters said.

Houthi demonstrators have been blocking the main road to the capital Sanaa’s airport and holding sit-ins for weeks at ministries in an attempt to oust the government and restore fuel subsidies.

A member of the government’s negotiating team said that the agreement includes a further reduction of fuel prices and the formation of a new government.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ House Republicans Split Over Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Thursday split over whether to give President Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic terrorists.

Both Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) made forceful cases for aiding the fighters. But others in the conference had grave reservations about who exactly these fighters are and whether arms could get into enemy hands.

By Scott Wong,Cristina Marcos & Rebecca Shabad @ The Hill

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