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The United States and the Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda are sworn enemies. But along one battlefront in Yemen's civil war, they're fighting on the same side. 

The ancient city of Taiz is at the heart of Yemen's civil war, and despite efforts to maintain a ceasefire elsewhere in the country, fighting goes on in and around Taiz. The city is surrounded by an armed insurgent group known as the Houthis, who, with support from military strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, took control of much of Yemen in 2015. 

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Leicester City fans all over the world are likely nursing a collective hangover today after their team won the Premier League title on Monday night. But not everyone is kicking themselves as much as John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.

Every August for the past 20 years, Micklethwait has made the same bet: 20 pounds ($29) on Leicester to win the league. His coworkers used to make fun of him for his office, which was papered in betting stubs that never amounted to anything.

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Remember 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi?

He's the little guy from Afghanistan who's a massive fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi.

So massive, his family fashioned a Messi jersey for him out of a blue-and-white striped plastic bag. His older brother Homayoun, 15, made him the plastic "shirt" with Messi's named scrawled on it.

After a photo of Murtaza in his bag-jersey went viral — Messi himself reached out to Murtaza via UNICEF and sent him two real jerseys and a ball, all autographed. 

But the latest twist in Murtaza's young life in not a happy one:

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The hit of Monday night's Met Gala was clearly actress Lupita Nyong'o's hair.

The vessel that British explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail to Australia in the late 1700s may lie at the bottom of Newport Harbor, R.I.

The HMS Endeavor, later called the Lord Sandwich, is believed to be among a group of ships scuttled there as a blockade during the American Revolution. The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, a nonprofit that does maritime history and marine archaeology research, says there is an 80 percent to 100 percent chance the Endeavor is still in the port.

Abel and Burlee Vang have just sold the foreign rights to their first commercial feature film to Voltage Pictures, the company that produced "The Hurt Locker" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

The brothers, whose parents are refugees from Laos, are likely the first Hmong filmmakers to achieve such success in the United States.

Only five years ago, the Vangs won a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship for their screenplay "The Tiger's Child." That led to the production of a short called "Sentient," a film about a super-soldier cyborg.

Las Vegas hotel workers take on Donald Trump

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Culinary Union Local 226

The Trump International Hotel rises high above the northern edge of the Las Vegas Strip, 64 stories of windows gilded with 24-karat gold. The name, “Trump,” also in gold, shimmers at the top.

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