Gunmen abduct Yemeni President’s chief of staff

The abduction comes amid rising tensions in the Arabian Peninsula country following the rise of Shiite Houthi rebels. Houthis swept into the capital last year, sparking battles that left more than 300 dead in a month.

Houthis signed a ceasefire deal with the government in September; since then, its members have installed themselves in key positions in the government and financial institutions.