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Yemen opposition vows to keep out injured Saleh

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s opposition vowed Sunday to prevent the return of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh from a Saudi hospital, as tens of thousands of protesters celebrated despite doubts over who holds the reins of power in Sanaa. “We will work with all our strength to prevent his return,”…

Yemen’s Saleh evacuates to Saudi Arabia, VP in power for now

RIYADH — Yemen’s beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in shelling of his compound in the capital Sanaa, arrived late Saturday in Riyadh for treatment but has not stood down, a Saudi official said. “President Saleh has arrived in Riyadh for treatment, but he will return to Yemen,” the official…

Official: Yemen’s President Saleh alive and well after being reported dead in attack

SANAA (Reuters) – Shells struck Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s palace in Sanaa on Friday, wounding three senior officials, but a Yemeni official said Saleh was “well.” Fierce fighting engulfed the Yemeni capital, where residents cowered in their homes as explosions rocked the city. Two Yemeni officials said Saleh escaped…

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…

Massive crowds descend on Yemen capital to demand ruler’s exit

Stunning footage: Unprecedented crowd turns out to call for Saleh’s resignation SANAA (Reuters) – Huge crowds across Yemen demanded on Friday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave after months of unrest which has put the Arab world’s poorest country on the brink of an economic meltdown. But in a defiant speech to…

Yemen protesters reject US-backed transition

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s protest movement insisted Sunday on President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rapid exit and prosecution after his party accepted a Gulf plan for him to quit in 30 days in a move hailed by Washington. The United States urged a peaceful transition after Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress…

Yemen’s president says he’s ready to step down

Cynthia Johnston and Mohamed Sudam SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah said on Friday he was ready to cede power, the third Arab ruler who may be forced out by popular protests which began in North Africa and have now spread into the Gulf, Syria and Jordan. Saleh said…

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’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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