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Shia Houthis seize Yemen prez’s chief of staff

Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen have abducted the chief of staff of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak and two of his guards were seized early on Saturday in the centre of the capital Sanaa. The Houthis said they abducted him to prevent a UN-brokered deal between them and the presidency being broken. The country has been plagued by instability since mass protests forced former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down in 2011. Scores of people have been killed in clashes between the Houthis and Sunni militants.

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