This weekend, as Kilkenny and Tipperary enthralled; as our rugby team fell short again; as TV panellists at Crufts discussed joint replacement for dogs, the UN warned the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.
Living in Yemen is like being trapped in a complex, faulty, Rubik’s Cube. Every day you face puzzles that may have no right answers. A move in any direction can lead to blindly exploding shells, airstrikes or stray bullets.
A suicide bomber with explosives strapped under his uniform killed more than 90 people at a military parade rehearsal in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, an attack which will alarm Washington as its involvement in the front-line state deepens.
Al Qaida militants have staged a surprise attack on a Yemeni army base in the south, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 25 just hours after a US drone strike killed a senior figure in the terror network wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.
US President Barack Obama has declared the killing of a fiery American-born cleric a “major blow” to al-Qaida’s most active affiliate and vowed a vigorous US campaign to prevent the terror network and its partners from finding a haven anywhere in the world.
Yemen’s defiant president addressed his troubled nation for the first time since returning to the country after an assassination attempt, making no promise to immediately step down but saying he is committed to a deal to end months of spiralling violence.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebellious tribesmen struck his palace with rockets, targeting him for the first time in a dramatic escalation of fighting that has turned parts of the Yemeni capital into a battleground and pushed the country toward civil war.