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March 22, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Yemen's political crisis spiraled further toward chaos Monday, as five key generals defected to join anti-government protesters, further weakening longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh's tenuous hold on power. Talk of a coup swirled in the strategically situated nation, with tanks rattling through the streets of the capital, Sana, as soldiers loyal to one of the defecting commanders joined protesters while those siding with Saleh took positions around the presidential palace. After more than decades of manipulating tribes and political opponents to remain in power, Saleh has seen the clamor for his ouster spread from the streets to the ruling elite, including a respected tribal leader, who in recent days has stood with protesters.
March 21, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Yemen's embattled president sacked his Cabinet, state media reported Sunday, as many ministers prepared to abandon him in protest over recent attacks on unarmed protesters by his security forces and supporters. President Ali Abdullah Saleh's representative to the United Nations, the chief of the state-run television channel, key members of his own tribe and three prominent Cabinet members had already announced their resignations. "It was suspected that his whole Cabinet would resign," said Murad Azzani, a political analyst at Sana University.
August 4, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Two civil liberties groups filed suit in a federal court Tuesday, asking a judge to strike down an unusual George W. Bush-era regulation that they say has stymied their attempts to challenge the military's use of "targeted killings" far from a battlefield. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights have wanted to challenge the targeted killing policy but have been stopped by a requirement that they first get permission from the Treasury Department before they sue the government on behalf of a "designated global terrorist."
February 20, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Haley Sweetland Edwards, Los Angeles Times
Two of the Arab world's most ruthless leaders have moved to crush revolts threatening their power in Libya and Yemen as security forces and thugs intensified attacks on dissidents and protesters dug scores of fresh graves amid the rattle of gunfire. The unrest convulsing the region has swept through the two police states, where deaths have climbed past 100 and demonstrators have grown fearless against tear gas and bullets. But even if the scenario is similar to the narrative played out in the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, it is far from certain whether demonstrations can dislodge Libyan President Moammar Kadafi and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
February 3, 2010 | By Greg Miller
Al Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen has emerged as the "foremost concern" for U.S. spy agencies since the group was tied to two attacks in the United States last year, according to a sweeping assessment of the global terrorism threat issued Tuesday by the nation's top intelligence officer. Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate panel that American spy agencies have intensified surveillance of the Al Qaeda affiliate's operations amid concern that the group -- once considered a regional menace -- is focused on the "recruitment of Westerners or other individuals with access to the U.S. homeland."
June 3, 2011 | By Iona Craig, Jeb Boone and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
A rocket fired into his residential compound during a prayer service Friday slightly wounded Yemen's president, killed four others and appeared to end hopes for a peaceful resolution to a tribal conflict that is plunging the capital into chaos and pushing the country toward civil war. Sana has been convulsed by nearly two weeks of fighting between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the powerful Ahmar brothers, who head the president's Hashid tribal...
March 2, 2011 | By Haley Sweetland Edwards and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Turning on a longtime ally, embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a fiery speech blaming the United States for destabilizing the Arab world, saying the anti-government protests in his capital were being run by the White House. Saleh's accusations marked a departure for a president who has assisted the United States in the war against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and received hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid in recent years. "Every day we hear a statement from [President]
September 23, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Zaid al-Aalayaa, Los Angeles Times
Nearly four months after he was severely wounded in an assassination attempt, President Ali Abdullah Saleh made a surprise return to Yemen on Friday in a risky attempt to assert control over a nation convulsed in protests against him and tipping toward civil war. Saleh's arrival was a dramatic gamble by a leader skilled at brinkmanship. But it was unclear whether he could save his presidency or calm the escalating factional fighting gripping his impoverished country. He called for negotiations and a cease-fire but offered no hint that he would step down, a demand of hundreds of thousands of protesters since January.
November 15, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
His white shirt pressed, the chef glides through the crowd like a ship in full sail, checking tables, nodding to waiters. His world is full of hurry but he is not rushed. He sits down in the shade, wiping his brow amid a lunchtime crowd of gunrunners, clan elders, beggars and bankers. They drift down unnamed roads toward his tables, the air sweet with meat, crushed vegetables, sprigs of spearmint. Scores of diners at a time cram elbow to elbow slurping and scooping at the edge of town, where big trucks haul white stone down from the mountains.
March 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Seven pirates opened fire on a German naval supply ship in the Gulf of Aden but were chased down and captured by an international anti-piracy task force, the U.S. Navy and European officials said. Meanwhile, Yemen reported that pirates had killed a Yemeni fisherman and wounded two others in an attack on a fishing boat Saturday, also in the Gulf of Aden. The expanse between Somalia and Yemen is one of the world's busiest waterways, and the thousands of ships passing through each year have been plagued by pirate attacks.
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