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Massive crowd turns out to bury Yemen ‘martyrs’

SANAA – Tens of thousands of people turned out for the Sanaa funerals on Sunday of many of the 52 people gunned down by loyalists of Yemen’s president, as more senior regime figures resigned over the killings. Witnesses said it was the biggest gathering of opponents of President Ali Abdullah…

Yemeni troops on streets as two party members quit

SANAA (Reuters) – Two prominent members of Yemen’s ruling party resigned on Saturday in protest against the killing of dozens of anti-government protesters, while troops enforced a state of emergency in the capital. Defying the crackdown, the opposition vowed to keep up its “peaceful revolution” in the poor Arabian peninsula state, a…

Yemen in state of emergency after massacre

Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – Gunmen on rooftops shot dead up to 42 protesters at an anti-government rally in Sanaa after Muslim prayers on Friday, enraging the opposition and prompting President Ali Abdullah Saleh to declare a state of emergency. Medical sources and witnesses told Reuters that…

Yemen security forces kill more than 30 protesters in Sanaa

SANAA (AFP) – More than 30 anti-regime protesters were shot dead and over 100 wounded during a demonstration in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, medics and witnesses said. According to witnesses, pro-regime “thugs” opened fire on protesters calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh from houses close…

Yemen President Saleh vows to stay amid growing protests demanding his ouster

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed on Monday not to quit under popular pressure as demonstrations demanding his ouster spread across the country and the death toll in protests rose to 12. Saleh, whose long reign makes him one of the Middle East’s great survivors, said the…

Obama calls on Bahrain’s king for restraint

Ross Colvin WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke with Bahrain’s king on Friday night, urging restraint after the kingdom’s security forces ignored Washington’s earlier call for calm and opened fire on protesters demanding reforms. Amid unrest across much of the Middle East, U.S. officials have voiced concern about violence…

Rivals clash in Yemen palace protest march

SANAA — Pro-regime supporters armed with batons and stones Tuesday waded into anti-government protesters trying to march on Yemen’s presidential palace, sparking clashes dispersed by police, witnesses said. At least three people were injured as the rivals pelted each other with stones, said an AFP correspondent, in a second consecutive…

US to spend $75 million on new Yemen military training

WASHINGTON – The United States aims to spend $75 million to double the size of a special Yemeni counter-terrorism unit, a US official said on Monday. The funding, which has yet to be approved by Congress, is part of a broader effort to increase pressure on al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate,…

Rocks and batons fly as Yemen protests erupt

SANAA – Rocks and batons flew in central Sanaa on Monday as pro-democracy protesters clashed violently with police and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses said. Clashes between police and protesters also erupted in the city of Taez, south of Sanaa, where thousands of people joined demonstrations against Saleh,…

BBC says journalist attacked in Yemen protests

LONDON — A BBC journalist and his cameraman were deliberately attacked in Yemen Monday by government supporters while reporting on violent protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the broadcaster said. Abdullah Ghorab, the BBC’s Arabic correspondent in Yemen, was left cut, bruised and with a bleeding nose in the incident…

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