World Bulletin / News Desk
Deadly CIA drone strikes into Yemen originated in Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported.
The secret base's location, also disclosed by several other U.S. news organizations Tuesday, had been withheld by the organizations for more than a year at the request of senior Obama administration officials, the news organizations said.
But they reported the location after The New York Times reported online the CIA quietly established a drone base in Saudi Arabia two years ago to carry out strikes in Yemen.
That report effectively ended the arrangement among the news organizations, many of which had been aware of the location for more than a year.
The disclosure of the CIA's Saudi drone base came as the architect of the drone strikes program, John Brennan, prepared to face the Senate Thursday for a confirmation hearing to become CIA director.
Brennan has been the principal coordinator of a "kill list". He also has advised President Barack Obama on which strikes he should approve, the Times said.
Individual strikes by Predator and Reaper drones are almost never discussed publicly by Obama administration officials.
The secrecy surrounding the kill list and drone strikes, including those killing Americans, was punctured Monday with the disclosure of a 16-page U.S. Justice Department "white paper" that spells out the administration's case for killing Americans.
The white paper, first reported by NBC News, says Washington can lawfully kill one of its own citizens overseas if "an informed, high-level official" determines the person is a "senior, operational leader" of al-Qaida or one of its affiliates and poses "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States," provided his capture was not feasible.
The memo can be found at tinyurl.com/justicedeptmemo.
"The A.U. has not taken such a decision," Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said in a Tuesday statement.
Obama faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defence without hurting ties with China.
The Patriarch of the Egyptian Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II is said to have advised Pope Mathias to postpone the visit.
U.S. will send 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt. Shipment was delayed after the Egyptian military overthrew the democratically elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Speaking at a meeting with a Fatah-led delegation in Gaza City, Haniyeh accused the United States and Israel of seeking to undermine the Palestinian cause.
More Syrian soldiers killed in conflicts between the Free Syrian Army and Bashar al-Assad's regime forces.
In Lebanon, the post of president must be filled by a Maronite Christian for a term of six years, according to the country's national charter.
In February, the Libyan parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), agreed to hold early elections, in an apparent effort to assuage Libyans frustrated at political chaos
The United Nations accused the rebels of hunting down men, women and children a week ago in a hospital, church and mosque in the capital of the oil-producing Unity state and then killing them
U.N. experts, charged with monitoring compliance with a sanctions regime including an arms embargo, said diamonds are being exported from Ivory Coast in breach of the ban
Chlorine gas that was never included on the list submitted to the OPCW is now allegedly being used on the battlefield, leading some countries to consider requesting an investigation
Russia has staked its future economic growth on developing the Arctic's vast energy resources and reviving a Soviet-era shipping route through the ice
Some of the men were tried in absentia, said activist Mohammed al-Maskati. It was not clear how many of them were actually jailed.
Increased activity had been seen in a six-week period from early March to April 19, including in an area where there were two completed tunnels
Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base camp after incident, which has rekindled debate on the disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers
Parliament has been summoned to choose a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose six-year term ends in late May, but deep divisions over the war in neighbouring Syria could delay any decision