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Family of British hostage freed in Yemen ask for privacy

The family of a British man who has been released after being held hostage in Yemen have asked for privacy as they wait to be reunited.

A Foreign Office spokesman said Mike Harvey was released after the Yemeni government engaged with tribal intermediaries.

He added: "We are grateful to the government for their efforts and support."

The teacher was abducted on his way from an educational institute on February 12.



Yemen defence ministry attack kills 52 doctors

An attack on Yemen's ministry of defence has killing 52 doctors and nurses, authorities have said.

A relative of Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was also among those killed in Thursday's attack.

Smoke rises from the Defence Ministry's compound after an attack. Credit: Reuters

A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms targeted the ministry compound in the capital Sanaa in the worst single attack in the country for 18 months.

Yemen's Higher Security Committee said some of those killed were Germans, but it did not give any further details on the number of officers and gunmen dead.

Yemeni and US officials deny embassy attack report

Yemeni and US officials have denied reports that the US embassy in Yemen has been attacked, after reports that a loud blast and gunfire was heard near the facility.

Two Yemeni security officials had earlier contacted the Associated Press to report a large explosion and heavy gunfire near the embassy in the capital Sanaa.

A general view of the U.S. embassy compound in Sanaa. Credit: Reuters

Mohammed al-Mawri, an official at the Yemeni Interior Minister's office, said the explosion was fireworks from a wedding procession and that police had since detained the individuals who lit them.

The US state department said it had no indication that reports of an explosion and sounds of gunfire near the embassy were accurate.

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