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Growing protest movement across Middle East prompts crackdowns, vows to reform

After revelations by secrets outlet WikiLeaks led Tunisians to overthrow the corrupt dictator Zine Abedine Ben Ali, the Middle East has been a pot at roaring boil, with brewing revolts in numerous nations, most notably Egypt. Other nations’ governments have begun scrambling. In Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and…

Thousands of Yemenis urge president to quit

SANAA — Thousands of Yemenis, apparently inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, staged a mass demonstration on Thursday calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit after being in power since 1978. “Enough being in power for (over) 30 years,” chanted protesters in demonstrations staged by the Common Forum…

Yemen nuclear material went unsecured for a week

A facility housing Yemen’s radioactive material went unguarded for up to a week after its guard was removed and its surveillance camera was broken, a secret U.S. State Department cable outed by WikiLeaks revealed Monday. At one point there was practically nothing protecting the material at Yemen’s National Atomic Energy…

Official: 1 Yemen bomb 17 mins. from exploding

French official says 1 mail bomb from Yemen was 17 minutes from exploding One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, the French interior minister said Thursday. Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview…

Yemen charges US-born radical cleric al-Awlaki

Yemen puts US-born radical cleric al-Awlaki on trial in absentia with 2 other men Yemen put a U.S.-born radical cleric on trial in absentia Tuesday, accusing him and two other men of plotting to kill foreigners and being members of al-Qaida. It was the first formal legal action by Yemen…

Obama may let CIA run more ‘hunter-killer’ teams roam abroad

WASHINGTON — Support is growing in the US military and administration of President Barack Obama for shifting to the CIA operational control over elite special forces teams secretly in Yemen, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the foiled mail bombing plot by suspected Al-Qaeda…

Yemeni officials make first arrest in probe of package bombs

Yemeni authorities arrested a woman Saturday and searched for other suspects linked to al-Qaida’s Persian Gulf faction in the plot to mail bombs powerful enough to down a cargo plane. Officials said the woman was detained as part of a widening search for people believed to have used forged documents…

Justice Dept. mulls charges for US cleric on CIA kill list

US eyes first-ever criminal charges against radical cleric al-Awlaki, already marked for death The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he’s is captured alive in Yemen. The decision continues the White House’s strategy…

US intervention could strengthen Qaeda: Yemen

SANAA — US military intervention in Yemen to help fight Al-Qaeda militants could backfire and strengthen the jihadists believed behind the botched attack on a US airliner, a top Yemeni official said Thursday. “Any intervention or direct (military) action by the United States could strengthen the Al-Qaeda network and not…

Obama blames intel agencies for ‘potentially disastrous’ failures

An angry President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned “potentially disastrous” US intelligence failures over a Christmas Day airliner attack were deeper than first thought, and demanded immediate action. “It is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged,” Obama said in a terse, televised statement after meeting…

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