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UN Security Council OKs resolution against Yemen rebels

 UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that demands that Shiite rebels immediately relinquish control of Yemen's government in a crisis that has pushed the Arab world's poorest country near collapse.

Arab countries have been pressing for the use of military force against what they call the rebel group's "illegitimate seizure of power."

But the resolution approved at an emergency council meeting Sunday evening does not act under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which would allow it to be militarily enforced.

The resolution demands that the Houthi rebels "immediately and unconditionally" withdraw forces from government institutions.

The Houthis' takeover has raised alarms that the world's most dangerous branch of al-Qaida, based in Yemen, would use the chaos to its advantage. The Houthis and the militant Sunnis of the al-Qaida branch are bitter rivals.

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