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Yemeni troops encircle mosque controlled by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh amid concerns he is plotting a coup

Yemeni troops were on Sunday surrounding a Sanaa mosque controlled by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh amid concerns he is plotting a coup, a source close to the presidency said. Saleh had ruled Yemen for 33 years before he was forced to resign in……

Drone strike kills six Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen as government launches new campaign

A drone strike killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen’s east Monday, the first such raid since government troops launched their biggest offensive on the jihadists in two years, tribesmen said. In the capital Sanaa, the US embassy announced the mission “will remain closed for consular services through May 15,” adding…

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…

U.N. asks for more help for millions still starving in Yemen

The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry. A Sanaa news conference by UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin heard that…

Thousands call for Yemen to be broken up

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday’s 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south. “No union and no federation — no to the occupation!” the crowds chanted in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, an AFP correspondent…

Yemen militants killed in suspected U.S. drone raid

A suspected US drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a “US drone” targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group has expanded…

Yemeni forces ‘kill 38 Qaeda suspects’

Yemen’s armed forces killed 38 suspected members of Al-Qaeda in two days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in the country’s south, a government official said Tuesday. “Thirty-eight members of Al-Qaeda were killed in shelling and air strikes that targetted their positions in Huroor throughout the past 48 hours,” said the official…

U.S. urges justice over American killed in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday condemned the killing of an American in Yemen and urged authorities to hold the perpetrators accountable after Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. The State Department confirmed that Joel Shrum, an American working for the non-governmental International Training Development Center, was shot dead on Sunday in…

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……

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