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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…

Yemen ‘unity’ government sworn in

Yemen’s national unity government, headed by the opposition, was sworn in Saturday to lead a three-month transition period until early polls are held and President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally steps down. The official Saba news agency said the swearing-in ceremony took place at the Republican Palace in the capital Sanaa…

Obama urges Yemen to implement ‘historic transition’

US President Barack Obama urged Yemen on Wednesday to immediately implement a deal under which President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to hand over power after 33 years in office. “The United States will continue to stand by the Yemeni people as they embark on this historic transition,” Obama said in a written statement.…

UN urged to take Yemen’s Saleh to criminal court

An opposition MP on Friday urged the UN Security Council, which is to meet on Yemen, to refer President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the International Criminal Court over bloodshed linked to his refusal to quit. “We call on the Security Council to impose sanctions on President Saleh and to refer him to the ICC,” said Fued Dahaba,…

Yemen’s Al-Qaeda denies death of its media chief

ADEN — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied on Sunday the death of its media chief in a suspected US drone strike earlier this month, a statement distributed to the public in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province said. Yemen’s defence ministry announced on October 15 that Ibrahim al-Banna was among at…

U.S. says Yemen’s Saleh should sign deal to quit

WASHINGTON — The United States called Wednesday on Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign without delay a deal for him to quit, rejecting his call for international guarantees on a timetable. The embattled leader said earlier Wednesday that he was willing to sign a deal brokered by the six-nation…

Yemen troops shoot dead protesters for second day

SANAA — Yemeni troops shot dead five demonstrators in the capital Sunday as they attempted to block a new bid by activists to bring 10 months of protests against veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh to a head. The defiant march by tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Sanaa came…

Opposition urges UN to break Yemen deadlock

SANAA — An opposition spokesman on Sunday urged the UN Security Council to break the political deadlock in Yemen, scoffing at a statement from President Ali Abdullah Saleh that he was ready to step down. Mohammed Qahtan, spokesman for the parliamentary opposition Common Forum, said regional efforts to resolve the…

Yemeni troops fire on protest ahead of key speech

SANAA — Troops on Sunday killed at least one protester demanding the trial of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh for crimes committed during his decades-long rule, hours before he was expected to make a key speech. The protester was shot in the head as he shouted into a megaphone while…

U.S. calls for political deal in Yemen to avert bloodshed

NEW YORK — The United States called Tuesday for a political solution in Yemen to avert further bloodshed after 76 people were killed in the worst outbreak of violence in months. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also called “upon all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from further violence”…

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