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Death of 8 Syrians in Yemen military plane crash sparks controversy

The Yemeni and Syrian governments said eight Syrian technicians and a Yemeni engineer died Tuesday in a military plane crash in the southern Yemeni governorate of Lahj, according to reports.
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Obama Says Qaddafi’s Death ‘Strong Message’ to Dictators - Businessweek

President Barack Obama said the overthrow and death of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya is a “strong message” to other dictators that “people long to be free.”...
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Yemen fighting erupts as UN urges Saleh to go

At least 10 people were killed in fighting between Yemeni government forces and opposition fighters in the capital Sana’a on Saturday, residents and witnesses said.
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In Yemen, schools become hostages of rising crisis

The playground of Aden's al-Haqqani school should be filled with squealing children at this time of year -- instead, goats pick through the brittle grass as young men doze atop crumbling school desks strewn across the yard.
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Yemeni officials say 18 killed in clashes

Yemeni officials say 18 killed in clashes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Clashes between troops loyal to Yemen's embattled president and his rivals left at least 18 people dead on Monday.
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Intensified Yemeni air strikes kill 24 al-Qaida terrorists

ADEN, Yemen, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian national terrorist Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh al-Banaa, who is the head of media department of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and 23 others, including the son of U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al- Awlaki were killed in intensified air strikes in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa, military official said Saturday.

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Yemen sticks to GCC power-transition initiative: FM

SANAA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al- Qerbi said Wednesday his government is still clinging to the power- transfer initiative brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to resolve its political impasse.

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Tawakul Karman: 'New face of Yemen'

Tawakul Karman: 'New face of Yemen' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Lina Sinjab meets Tawakul Karman, the Yemeni journalist and activist who is one of three women to have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tawakul is the idealist extraordinaire. She talks the talk and walks the walk and screams at the top of her lungs for justice.
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Gulf Council Offers President Saleh of Yemen an Exit Plan

A deal offered by the Gulf Cooperation Council calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power immediately and step down in 30 days.
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Yemen added to Security Council agenda

The UN Security Council will on Tuesday discuss for the first time the mounting crisis in Yemen where the opposition has stepped up demands that President Ali Abdullah Saleh give up power, diplomats said.
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Yemen's rival military factions clash for first time

Yemen's rival military factions clash for first time | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rebel security forces led by Gen. Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar are seizing parts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, but not without a fight from security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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Al-Qaeda Fear in U.S. Buys Saleh Time as Yemen Clashes Escalate

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing down mass protests and defections with backing from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, who are betting it’s safer to let a key ally against al-Qaeda leave on his own terms.
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Yemeni women burn traditional female veils to protest regime crackdown as clashes kill 25

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SANAA, Yemen — Hundreds of Yemeni women on Wednesday set fire to traditional female veils to protest the government’s brutal crackdown against the country’s popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city killed 25 people,...
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Yemen unrest likely to worsen shortage of food --UN

GENEVA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Yemen is at risk of falling into a deeper humanitarian crisis akin to Somalia's descent as political unrest has made it more difficult for many struggling Yemenis to afford food,...
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Ammar abdulhamin with Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Syria and Yemen at NYC

(Video in Arabic): Some might wonder why I was invited to speak at this event, well here is the “secret”: The Tharwa Foundation, which I have quietly established with my wife and colleagues back in Syria in 2003, has helped over the years train some Yemeni activists and our friend Munir Mawri, the official representative of the Yemeni National Council, who organized this event, remember that very well as he was involved in helping us in contacting these activists. He also remembers a conversation we had few years ago, in which he asked me what was the best scenario I envisioned for dealing with our totalitarian regimes, and I told him: “popular revolutions of course. I believe they are coming, I know our societies are ready for them, but let’s hasten their arrival anyway, and support them when they come.” Well, the revolutions are here, and activists like Tawakkul in Yemen, and Razan Zeituneh, Suheir Atassy and Muntaha Al-Atrash in Syria, are emerging as the heroines leading our way towards a better future. We need to do a better job supporting them and all our revolutionaries.

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Yemeni Nobel laureate to UN: No immunity for Saleh

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakul Karman made an impassioned plea to the United Nations on Tuesday to repudiate a Gulf Arab plan that would grant immunity to her country's war criminal...
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Yemen’s Sana’a Rocked by Explosions, Gunfire Amid Fighting - Businessweek

Yemen’s capital Sana’a was rocked by explosions and gunfire tonight as troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled tribal forces after the country’s leader said his opponents are carrying out a coup.
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Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to step down - Channel NewsAsia

A proposed UN resolution on Yemen calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign that fails to threaten sanctions is unlikely to stem the tide of violence engulfing the country.
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Arab freedom vs geopolitics: a time of risk | openDemocracy

The Arab spring of 2011 has entered a new phase. In this period, the emerging dangers to the fulfilment of its promise of transformation include the dynamics of inter-state power in the region, says Tarek Osman.

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Yemenis Feel Heavy Burden of Instability

Yemenis Feel Heavy Burden of Instability | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen's prolonged political instability and uncertain future, exacerbated by President Ali Abdullah Saleh's surprise return to the country last month, has taken a dire toll on the country's economy.
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Protesters unsatisfied by Yemen president's promise to step down

A political deal for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to relinquish power within 30 days failed to persuade thousands of anti-government protesters spread across the nation Sunday to reel in their banners, fold up their camps and go home.
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Death toll of Yemen's capital protest clashes rises to 3: medics

Death toll from Yemen's Tuesday clashes between police and anti-government protesters in the capital rose to three after a seriously injured protester died early Wednesday, medics and protest organizers said.
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Yemen Opposition Turns Down Gulf Plan as Police Fire on Crowd

Yemen Opposition Turns Down Gulf Plan as Police Fire on Crowd | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Yemen’s opposition coalition rejected a plan by six Gulf states to end unrest in the Arabian country, saying that the swift departure of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh isn’t negotiable.
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Yemen protesters hold firm

Yemen protesters hold firm | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Talks over Saleh's exit continue as thousands return to the streets for another day.
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