Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked an airport in southern Saudi Arabia, wounding 26 people in the latest escalation of a conflict that threatens to further strain relations between the United States and Iran. A Houthi official, Mohamed Abdul Salam, said the strike was in retaliation for the Saudi-led coalition's continued "aggression and blockade," against Yemen. Saudi Arabia, which considers the Houthis Iranian proxies, described the attack as a "continuation of the Iranian regime's support and practice of cross-border terrorism" and vowed to retaliate.
This week's violent protests in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill couldn't come at a worse time for China's stability-obsessed Communist Party and its leader, President Xi Jinping. Facing a weakening economy, and with trade tensions with the United States at an all-time high, experts say Xi is under pressure to deliver on the enormous power he's amassed since coming to power in late 2012. Tens of thousands of mostly young protestors took to the streets again on Wednesday, temporarily shutting down Hong Kong's Legislative Council and surrounding streets, and forcing a delay in the proposed reading of the bill.
President Donald Trump just made a staggering offer to every foreign spy agency and American enemy: Have at the 2020 election -- especially if you have dirt that can help him win. Even in a presidency that long ago burned through all conceivable superlatives, Trump's statement was a stunner. This was more than a mere candidate calling on Russia to find Hillary Clinton's emails. It went further than dumping on US intelligence agencies by believing Russian President Vladimir Putin's smirking denials of election interference.
Wealthy investors who purchase property in Dubai could be offered a back door into Europe through the sale of Moldovan passports. The scheme which will be for those spending at least £1 million on their dream home, was branded as a 'summer promotion' and has been described by critics as a 'serious risk' to security. The Kleindienst Group is selling properties as part of a 'Heart of Europe' development, just off the coast of Dubai. As well as a sunny location, the company is also throwing in visa-free travel in the Schengen zone and has already had hundreds of inquiries from potential buyers, most of which are based in the wider Middle East.
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