Coalition air strikes 'hit Yemen defence ministry'

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday hit Yemen’s defence ministry in the capital Sanaa which is controlled by Shiite rebels and allied troops, witnesses said. Three explosions were heard as warplanes hit the building in central Sanaa and thick smoke billowed over the area, the witnesses said. The attack was part of raids that struck positions across the capital, including a base of the elite Republican Guards in

Ukraine outlaws Communist names in fresh break with Soviet past

Ukraine on Thursday outlawed Communist names, symbols and even songs in a fresh break with the country’s Soviet past as its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east. The legislation, which also targets Nazi propaganda was adopted by 254 votes in favour in the 450-member parliament, or Rada. For the former Soviet republic it could mean a major overhaul of public buildings and town squares across the country, with Lenin