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November 3, 2010 | Brian Bennett
Scrambling to plug holes in cargo security revealed by the bomb plot in Yemen, the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday it was planning an overhaul of its passenger and cargo screening methods. Top Homeland Security Department officials met all through the weekend to decide what long-term steps to take to address the vulnerability of cargo and to identify remaining gaps in security. TSA director John Pistole, in a speech in Germany, said he would like to see more advanced screening technology, better information sharing, more flexible search procedures that might change based on a particular threat, and less emphasis on "cookie cutter" approaches like the system-wide ban on containers that hold more than 3 ounces of liquid in carry-on luggage.
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March 20, 2014 | By Richard Serrano
WASHINGTON - Ali Ahmad Razihi, accused of being a former bodyguard to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, hopes someday to leave the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay and return to Yemen, where he plans to marry and help his family in their fruit and vegetable farm. At a hearing Thursday to decide whether he should get his wish, U.S. military lawyers said they couldn't say with certainty whether he remained a threat to this country. Razihi appeared at the Pentagon's latest Periodic Review Board hearing, becoming only the third Guantanamo detainee to do so. The hearings, begun by the Obama administration as a way to gradually empty and close the prison in Cuba, are giving half of the roughly 150 prisoners a chance to be moved to a list of detainees eligible for release.
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WORLD
October 11, 2009 | Haley Sweetland Edwards
Aisha Sufi, a woman with tired eyes and nine children, waits for a water truck in a nation of drought. She is one of an estimated 150,000 Yemenis who have left their villages this year bound for Sana, Yemen's capital, in search of basic needs. Water and jobs, for example, are increasingly scarce in rural regions where many populations have quadrupled since the 1980s. "It's not good here or there, but it's better to be here," said Sufi, who lives in the Hoshaishiya neighborhood of Sana.
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February 20, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was a relative of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers pleaded guilty Thursday in the bombing attack of a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. Top military officials pointed to the plea as an example of the efficiency of the war crimes tribunals at the U.S. military prison in Cuba, though critics noted that the majority of terrorism suspects held there are still in legal limbo awaiting trial. Ahmed Darbi pleaded guilty during a court arraignment in what would have been the start of his military trial.
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March 9, 2012
'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexual content and violence, and brief language Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes Playing: In limited release
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2000
Regarding your recent articles concerning life in Yemen: I served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen in the capital of Sana (1985-1987); I offer a few cultural observations based on my experiences at that time. While it was not easy for me to adapt to life in Yemen, I was not afraid for my safety. Furthermore, several of our social ills were simply nonexistent in Yemen. There was zero drug and gang violence. There was very little street crime. Families were close.
OPINION
October 2, 2011 | By Max Boot
Osama bin Laden's death was cheered, I suspect, by 99.99% of Americans. But there was that 0.01% — and a slightly higher number abroad — who doubted the legality of simply pumping two bullets into the Al Qaeda leader rather than trying to arrest and Mirandize him. Likewise, amid the general rejoicing over the death of Anwar Awlaki, one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a few civil libertarians are raising questions about whether...
WORLD
January 11, 2010 | Times Wire Services
President Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia. Obama told People magazine in an interview to be published Friday that he still believes the center of Al Qaeda activity is along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. "I never rule out any possibility in a world that is this complex," Obama said. However, he said, "in countries like Yemen, in countries like Somalia, I think working with international partners is most effective at this point."
WORLD
December 8, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
There's disagreement in the dagger market. The old man with the gold-threaded turban and magnifying glass has set a price, but the younger man examines the curved blade, shakes his head and walks away into the shadows that play off awnings in the late morning light. "He'll be back," says Shalan bin Yehaye Hbubari, a merchant of supreme patience, sliding the magnifying glass into his blazer pocket and brushing dust from his tunic. He offers a sweet. Another man makes an inquiry and conversation turns to the black rhinoceros, whose horns for centuries were carved into dagger handles.
NEWS
October 13, 2000
About the Country Population: 16.9 million Area: 205,908 square miles (about the size of California and Pennsylvania combined). Climate: Hot, arid, except in mountainous west. Humid coast. Literacy rate: 38% Trading partners: United States, Western Europe, South Korea, Saudi Arabia.
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February 16, 2014
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WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Zaid Ali and Laura King, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
SANA, Yemen -- In the latest in a spate of assassinations in Yemen, gunmen on Tuesday shot and killed a leading member of a Shiite Muslim group on his way to reconciliation talks and a senior advisor to a provincial governor was slain by a bomb planted in his car, security officials said. A third political figure, the son of the secretary-general of an Islamic party, survived an attempt on his life, officials said. The attacks came against a backdrop of unrest that has torn Yemen in the wake of the 2011 ouster of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after popular protests erupted across the Arab world, including in Yemen.
WORLD
January 18, 2014 | By Zaid Ali
SANA, Yemen - Gunmen shot and killed an Iranian diplomat in Yemen's capital in a brazen midday strike on Saturday, an attack that called attention to anger over Iran's role in a bitter sectarian conflict. The slain diplomat was identified by Iranian officials as an attache at the Iranian embassy, which confirmed the death. It was the second serious incident involving an Iranian envoy in Yemen in seven months; another diplomat was kidnapped in July and remains missing. Security officials said the killing might have been a botched attempt to abduct the diplomat, who was apparently shot several times when he resisted gunmen who had stopped his vehicle and tried to snatch him away.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A former bodyguard for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first in a series of review hearings that the Obama administration is holding to speed up the eventual closure of the U.S. military prison for terrorist detainees, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, who allegedly underwent militant training at a secret camp in Afghanistan, is no longer a "significant threat" to the United States and is eligible for transfer from the prison at some point, the review board members decided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013
Bernard L. Shaw Bodyguard married Patricia Hearst Bernard L. Shaw, 68, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst's bodyguard and later married her, died Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y. His death after a long illness was announced by the Hearst Corp., where he was employed as vice president for corporate security. Shaw was best known for his relationship with William Randolph Hearst's granddaughter. She made headlines in the 1970s for her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a paramilitary band of urban terrorists, and her later imprisonment for bank robbery.
WORLD
December 13, 2013 | By Zaid Ali and Laura King
SANA, Yemen -- Anger over the American drone campaign against militants in Yemen swelled Friday with word that most of those killed in a strike a day earlier were civilians in a wedding party. The death toll reached 17 overnight, hospital officials in central Bayda province said Friday. Five of those killed were suspected of involvement with Al Qaeda, but the remainder were unconnected with the militancy, Yemeni security officials said. U.S. drone strikes have become commonplace in Yemen, where government measures have proven ineffectual against what is considered one of the most virulent Al Qaeda offshoots in the region.
WORLD
May 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Yemeni court convicted two men Saturday of being Al Qaeda members, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered amnesty to jailed followers of a slain rebel cleric if they renounce extremist ideas. Khadr Abdel Rabou was sentenced to three years in prison. Abdullah Ahmed Remi was sentenced to four years. Both men planned to appeal. Yemen has long had a reputation of tolerating lawlessness and Islamic militancy and has witnessed attacks on foreign targets, including the 2000 bombing of the U.S.
NEWS
December 21, 2001 | Associated Press
Yemen buried 18 soldiers killed pursuing suspected Osama bin Laden operatives as teams went house to house Thursday looking for Al Qaeda members, government and tribal officials said. Searchers backed by U.S.-trained special forces were in villages in Marib, Shabwa and Al Jawf provinces, security officials in Marib said on condition of anonymity. Tribal elders said no suspects had been captured.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Zaid Ali
SANA, Yemen -- Assailants in military uniforms Thursday crashed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of the Defense Ministry, causing multiple casualties, security sources said. The strike, in a crowded and bustling part of the capital, then set off a chaotic firefight involving heavy weapons and at least one secondary blast, according to officials and witnesses. Military and hospital officials put the death toll at 25. Windows were shattered for blocks around in the district, which is also home to the country's central bank.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Zaid Ali and Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
SANA, Yemen -- In a strike that bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, assailants in military uniforms staged a brazen daytime assault Thursday on Yemen's defense ministry, setting off a daylong battle that killed at least four dozen people and left scores injured, with some foreigners believed to be among the dead. The attack, which terrorized residents of a crowded district in the capital's old city , began with a thunderous car-bomb blast at the compound's gate, and a separate push by fighters on foot and armed with assault weapons.
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