UN says Yemen collapsing, on brink of civil war

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations warned on Thursday that while progress has been made in Yemen talks on a political settlement, the country is on the brink of a civil war and conditions are conducive to allowing al Qaida militants to strengthen.
Al Qaida and other Sunni Muslim militants have stepped up attacks since rival Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters from the north seized the capital in September and started expanding across the country.
The Houthis have sidelined the central government in Yemen, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia. The country is also home to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the global network's most active arms that has carried out attacks abroad.