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U.S. calls for restraint in Yemen

SANAA — The United States on Monday called for restraint in Yemen where activists and medics said at least 53 anti-regime protesters have been killed in two days of violence. The US embassy said Washington hoped for a peaceful transition of power in Sanaa and hoped a Gulf Cooperation Council…

Yemen’s Saleh out of intensive care: state media

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is out of intensive care in neighbouring Saudi Arabia where he is being treated for bomb blast wounds, state media said, prompting celebratory gunfire by his supporters that left dozens wounded. Fireworks rang out over the Yemeni capital during Wednesday night as…

Yemen President Saleh killed: opposition TV says

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Friday after an attack on the presidential palace, Suhail, a TV station run by the country’s opposition, reported. The presidential palace was hit by shells earlier on Friday during fighting between Saleh’s forces and a powerful tribal federation. (Reporting…

15 Yemen protesters wounded by armed civilians

SANAA — Armed civilians opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen’s second-largest city Taez on Saturday, wounding 15 of them, medics and witnesses said. Tension simmered in Yemen as Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani is expected to arrive in Sanaa, in a new attempt to convince rivals there to…

Yemenis mass against Saleh in flashpoint city

SANAA – Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis swarmed the flashpoint city of Taez on Wednesday in a fresh call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign, as world anger mounted over a bloody crackdown on protests. “Leave Ali, leave” and “The people want to overthrow the regime,” the protesters chanted…

Yemen protests continue as security deteriorates

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni protesters demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Tuesday they would insist he leave power soon, blaming him for violence that has raised U.S. fears of chaos that could benefit militants. Explosions at an arms factory on Monday killed more than 100 people in a southern town…

Yemen close to transition of power: minister

SANAA (Reuters) – A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen could come as early as Saturday and would be based on an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by year-end, Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said. But an opposition leader cast doubt on prospects for a swift deal, a…

Yemen’s Saleh says willing to quit under conditions

SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Friday he was ready to cede power to prevent more bloodshed in Yemen but only to what he called “safe hands” as a massive “Day of Departure” street protest against him began. Western countries are alarmed that al Qaeda militants entrenched in…

Yemen President Ali Saleh announces plan to retire in Jan. 2012

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave office after organizing congress elections by January 2012, refusing to hand over power without knowing who would succeed him, an aide said on Tuesday. “President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will hand over power through (parliamentary) elections and the formation…

Yemen’s top generals defect from government, throw support to protesters

SANAA (Reuters) – Top generals, ambassadors and some tribes threw their support behind Yemen’s anti-government protesters on Monday in a major blow to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as he tries to survive growing demands for his immediate departure. The president, a perennial survivor who has stayed in power for 32…

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