US local authorities have agreed to pay $650,000 to a man beaten by police in a violent arrest caught on video following a horseback chase, officials said Tuesday. Francis Jared Pusok, 30, a white male with a lengthy criminal record, will receive the payout to avoid litigation costs, San Bernardino County said, adding that it "acknowledges no wrongdoing" over the beating. "The sole purpose of this agreement for both parties is to avoid the costs involved in litigation," said board of supervisors chairman James Ramos. San Bernardino County sheriff John McMahon said he was "disturbed" by footage of the arrest.
By Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbor. "Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals...(including) removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries, especially in terms of heavy weapons," said a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA. It would combine political, diplomatic and military action but would focus on "the political process that will lead to a stable and secure future for Yemen." Saudi spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said the alliance may still target Houthis. "The coalition will continue to prevent the Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen," he told reporters in Riyadh.