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Saudi-led coalition denies Aden ground operation

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Royal Saudi Land Forces and units of Special Forces of the Pakistani army take part in a joint military exercise.

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Royal Saudi Land Forces and units of Special Forces of the Pakistani army take part in a joint military exercise.

The Saudi-led coalition has not started any major ground operation in the Yemeni port of Aden, coalition spokesman Ahmed al-Asiri said on Sunday, denying previous reports from Yemeni sources that ground troops had arrived and had began to fight.

“There are no foreign forces in Aden but coalition continues to help fight against the Houthi militia,” Asiri said in a statement.

It was earlier reported that a “limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way” to the southern port city, a Yemeni official who requested anonymity, was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Aden al-Ghad newspaper had reported that “the first push of the Arab ground force arrived on Sunday morning in Aden and began to take part in battle,” citing its reporters. The newspaper is linked to southern separatists demanding the restoration of the southern state that merged with North Yemen in 1990.

Aden has been the center of an offensive between forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of Hadi battling the Houthis.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting an air war against the Houthi rebels and their allies since March 26 but the earlier reports were the first news of a ground deployment inside the country.

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Explosion shakes Lebanese capital Beirut

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A blast at a Lebanese military checkpoint shook the capital Beirut on Monday, wounding at least five people, Al Arabiya correspondent Adnan Gamloush reported.

The blast occurred when a suicide bomber blew up his car near the checkpoint, killing himself and damaging a nearby café, security sources and witnesses said.

Nineteen people, who were watching the World Cup in the café were wounded following the incident, according to Reuters news agency.

Television footage showed the blackened wreckage of a car, surrounded by damaged vehicles. Windows in nearby buildings were shattered by the blast, which occurred in an area of southern Beirut inhabited by supporters of the Shi’ite group Amal, an ally of the militant movement Hezbollah.

Play the above video to watch the latest footage from the explosion

The explosion, which happened shortly before midnight (2100 GMT), came just three days after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a police checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, killing a policeman and wounding several other people.

The car bomb went off near the Abu Assaf cafe, where people had gathered to watch the World Cup matches.

Lebanon has been hit by violence spilling over from the civil war in neighboring Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad is fighting mainly Sunni Muslim rebels trying to topple him.

Security forces have been on high alert since a suicide bomber killed one person and wounded 37 near the Syrian border on Friday in an attack that narrowly missed a security official, according to Reuters.

One security source said before Monday night’s explosion that security forces were hunting for two potential suicide bombers in the Lebanese capital.

Egyptian expats kick off presidential vote

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Egyptian expatriates in more than 140 countries on Wednesday began casting ballots in four days of voting for Egypt’s coming presidential election.

The country’s Presidential Election Committee urged Egyptians abroad to participate in the vote, which sees former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi run for Cairo’s top post.

Egyptian living in Jordan cast their ballot in the early voting for the presidential elections on May 26-27, at the Egyptian embassy in Amman, on May 15, 2014

Egyptian living in Jordan cast their ballot in the early voting for the presidential elections on May 26-27, at the Egyptian embassy in Amman, on May 15, 2014

The commission said in a televised statement on Wednesday that additional polling stations were opened in countries with more Egyptian expatriates.

The official spokesman of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdul Ati said that voter turnout was “heavy” especially in Asian countries.

Salah Youssef, the general coordinator for Egyptians abroad, said the voter turnout is expected to increase through the weekend.

In Saudi Arabia, home to Egypt’s largest expatriate community, Al Arabiya correspondent reported long queues before the polling stations in Riyadh.

Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait told Egypt’s state TV that voting there was going “smooth and without problems.”

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In Dubai, Egypt’s General Consular Sharif al-Badawi said voting was “heavy.” He said the cancellation of the prior registration requirement for voting “gave the opportunity for many to participate in the elections.”

Egyptian living in Jordan cast their ballot in the early voting for the presidential elections on May 26-27, at the Egyptian embassy in Amman, on May 15, 2014.

Egyptian living in Jordan cast their ballot in the early voting for the presidential elections on May 26-27, at the Egyptian embassy in Amman, on May 15, 2014.

Nearly 6-8 million Egyptians live abroad, according to estimated official figures. But only 600,000 expats have registered to vote in the presidential elections.

Voters are required to register their names in voter lists using their national IDs or passports, the committee said.

An Egyptian national residing in Lebanon casts her vote in her country's presidential elections at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 15, 2014.

An Egyptian national residing in Lebanon casts her vote in her country’s presidential elections at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 15, 2014.

The four-day expat vote ends on May 18 and the presidential vote is scheduled to open at home on 26-27 May.

Sisi is widely expected to garner the highest amount of votes.

Egyptian nuns residing in Lebanon arrive to cast their vote in Egypt's presidential elections at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 15,

Egyptian nuns residing in Lebanon arrive to cast their vote in Egypt’s presidential elections at a polling station at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on May 15,

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