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Push for federalism in Yemen faces hurdles amid widespread revolts

Reconciliation talks have outlined Yemen’s future as a federal state, but its leaders now face the challenge of implementing change in an impoverished country grappling with multiple revolts. A political transition stipulated by a UN-backed deal that saw long-ruling president Ali Abdullah Saleh step down in the face of Arab…

U.S. drone strikes in Yemen likely to continue despite parliamentary ban

Yemen’s parliament has voted for a ban on drone strikes, but experts said Monday lawmakers have limited powers and their vote is unlikely to impact Washington’s bid to crush Al-Qaeda militants. The United States operates all unmanned aircraft flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa’s attempts to break Al-Qaeda, and…

Yemen’s Saleh formally steps down after 33 years

Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm on Tuesday at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Sanaa, formally handing power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. “I hand over the banner of the revolution, of the republic, of freedom, of security and of stability……

Yemenis protest Saleh presence in U.S.

NEW YORK — Activists protested Thursday outside the luxury New York hotel where they believe Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh is staying while seeking medical treatment. The Yemeni leader’s whereabouts have not been confirmed since he arrived in the United States Saturday on a chartered flight. US authorities let…

Yemeni elite troops open fire as soldiers protest

SANAA — Troops at the headquarters of Yemen’s elite Republican Guard opened fire on Sunday at a protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over corruption charges, a military source said. Soldiers from the fourth brigade of the Republican Guard were demanding the removal of Abdulmalik al-Arar…

Yemen’s Saleh arrives in New York for treatment

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is due to step down next month, arrived Saturday in New York on a politically loaded visit to seek medical treatment for bombing wounds. The embattled leader flew from Oman to the United States with a brief refueling stop at Stansted Airport outside London,…

U.S. to welcome Yemen dictator for medical treatment

Yemen’s embattled dictator said in a televised address this week that he was on his way to the United States for medical treatment, adding that he would not be returning to the country as its leader, but as the president of the General People’s Congress party as part of a…

Yemen president en route to U.S.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh was en route to the United States formedical treatment, Yemen’s state news agency said on Monday, after a dramatic farewell speech that left his opponents wary. The announcement came a day after Saleh in a televised address apparently marking the end of his rule appealed for forgiveness from the Yemeni people…

U.S. defends draft amnesty law for Yemen’s Saleh

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday defended a draft amnesty law for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying a Gulf Arab deal granted him protection from prosecution in order for him to leave power. It said the deal brokered last year by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which Saleh…

U.S. vows to hold Yemen’s Saleh accountable in power transfer

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it would hold Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh accountable for transitioning power after February elections, after he canceled a planned trip to America. Saleh provoked a stir late last month when he first mooted a US trip and the United States said it…

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