President of Yemen Flees by Sea; Saudis Begin Air Strikes


Originally posted on TIME:

(SANAA, Yemen) — President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials said. Hours later, Saudi Arabia announced it had begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.

The departure of the close U.S. ally and the imminent fall of the southern port of Aden pushed Yemen further toward a violent collapse. It also threatened to turn the impoverished but strategic country into another proxy battle between the Middle East’s Sunni powers and Shiite-led Iran.

Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir said his country had begun airstrikes against the rebels. He said his government had consulted closely with the U.S. and other allies but that the U.S. military was not involved in the operations.

The White House said in a statement late Wednesday that…

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Report Says One Pilot Was Locked Out of the Germanwings Jet Before Crash


Originally posted on TIME:

(SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France) — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a routine request to continue on its route.

Minutes later, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Airbus A320 inexplicably began to descend. Within 10 minutes it had plunged from its cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to just over 6,000 feet and slammed into a remote mountainside.

To find out why, investigators have been analyzing the mangled black box that contains an audio recording from the cockpit. Remi Jouty, the head of France’s accident investigation bureau BEA, said Wednesday that it has yielded sounds and voices, but so far not the “slightest explanation” of why the plane crashed, killing all 150 on board.

A newspaper report, however, suggests the audio contains intriguing information at the…

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ISIS: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iraq and Syria, with particular emphasis on ISIS (note the most recent articles are at the top).

For more visit:
- http://www.christianpost.com/news/how-should-christians-respond-to-isis-135822/
- http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/17/syrian-iraqi-christians-plead-for-international-assistance-from-temporary-homes/
- http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2015/3/16/mideast-christian-yazidi-groups-urge-un-to-act-on-islamic-state-persecution
- http://www.persecution.org/2015/03/16/islamic-state-isis-vandalizes-churches-in-iraq-removing-crosses-atop-them-destroying-statues-and-icons/
- https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/report/2015/03/12/108473/the-plight-of-christians-in-the-middle-east/
- http://www.newsday.com/news/world/activists-number-of-christians-abducted-by-isis-rises-to-220-1.9979216
- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/02/24/isis-captures-christians-piece-by-piece-middle-eastern-christianity-is-being/