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Concern over armed presence in Taiz
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
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TAIZ, Feb. 1 — People in Taiz have become concerned since armed figures started appearing in the city over the last couple days. Some roads were also closed during this time. Mohammed Sa'eed, a shopkeeper, speaking with the Yemen Times, said, “We had started feeling everything was returning to normal

American drone strikes provoke Yemenis against interim government
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
ABYAN, Feb. 1 — Many Yemenis, and especially those in Abyan governorate, are blaming the new government for a loss of sovereignty after a US drone strike killed 11 Al-Qaeda members on Yemeni soil on Monday. The drones fired four missles; two exploded and the remaining two are still 'active' and “may explode at any time,” eyewitnesses – who have been present for such strikes in the past - told the Yemen Times

Training course for English teachers in rural areas
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
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SANA’A, Feb. 1 — A three-day training session for 100 English teachers in rural areas concluded its activities on Monday in Sana’a. Speaking about future plans for the nation, Yemen's Deputy Minister of Education said, “The ministry will be in need of 12,000 new English teachers nationwide.” During the three-day session, teachers worked on writing and reading teaching skills in order to improve their ability to help students acquire the English language

Insecurity profile in Aden during January
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
ADEN, Feb, 1 — An unidentified armed group of men intercepted the Saudi Deputy Consul in Aden, Abdullah Al-Khaledi, as he traveled home from work on Monday. The men forced the Saudi diplomat to exit his vehicle while on his way to his home in Aden's Al-Mansoura city. The men, armed with assault rifles and machine guns, confiscated the diplomat's car and some personal belongings

Yemen postpones new weekend
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
SANA’A, Jan. 29 – The new Friday-Saturday weekend, scheduled to begin in February, has been delayed until March, according to the Minister of Civil Service and Insurance. “It has been delayed but is expected to be in place in March,” state-run Al-Jumhorya newspaper quoted Nabil Shamsan as saying on Wednesday

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EU warns Saleh’s relatives of creating obstacles to elections
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-30 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-30 15:10:00 GMT

SANA’A, Jan. 28 – President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally arrived in the US for short-term private medical treatment on Saturday night, according to the Republic of Yemen Foreign Press Office. Saleh, along with a number of family members, left to Oman last Sunday, on route to the United States. Meanwhile, preparations were ongoing for the coming one-man election, which will see Vice President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi officially sworn in as president for the coming two years
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Vaccines for children under damage threat
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-26 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-26 15:11:00 GMT
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ADEN, Jan. 25 – Groups of armed men entered a vaccine storehouse belonging to the National Immunization Program (NIP) in Sira, Aden, on Monday. The armed men have now taken over the building, exposing the vaccines – estimated to be worth YR eight million and used to protect children in Yemen’s southern and the eastern governorates – to the risk of contamination
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Al-Sabeen hospital employees seek change
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-26 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-26 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 25 – Doctors, medics and employees at state-run Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a commenced a strike on Tuesday, and are demanding administration changes and an end to corruption. The demonstrators also demanded worker equality, salary increases, and that employees be provided with awards and privileges
[source: Yemen Times Online]

UNICEF to grant 0 Million to Yemen
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-26 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-26 15:10:00 GMT
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SANAA, Jan.25 — The Number of the malnourished children of those under the age of five grown as the result of 2011 unrest to be 750,000 children according to the UNFCF. 500,000 of them are at the risk of Dying or at the risk of physical or mental disability as a result of malnutrition. An estimated 149 children were killed, 24 of them were girls and the youngest were three months old in 2011 unrest
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Yemen to face smoother transition without Saleh
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-26 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-26 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 25 — Since Saleh’s departure for Oman on the evening of January 22, politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have expressed that political tensions have eased – both within Saleh’s General People’s Congress party, and between the GPC and opposition parties. “The elections will definitely be smoother in terms of a reduction of problems, whether based on politics or security, because Saleh’s supporters will think a thousand times before causing problems
[source: Yemen Times Online]

15 Houthis killed in Hajja clashes
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-26 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-26 15:10:00 GMT
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SA’ADA, Jan. 25 — At least 15 Houthis were killed and a further eight were taken as hostages in clashes between Houthis and Islah Party-supported Hajoor tribesmen, according to tribal sources in Kasher district, Hajja. According to the sources, four civilians were killed and dozens were left injured as Houthis desperately attempted to seize the district of Kasher and the area surrounding A’him Market
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Saleh asks forgiveness and leaves
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:11:00 GMT

SANA’A, Jan. 22 — President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Yemen On Sunday to Oman after giving a farewell speech on Yemen TV. In his speech he also asked his people for forgiveness and announced that he is leaving to seek medical treatment in the USA after being granted immunity from persecution
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Power cuts heighten water problems
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 22 — Locals in Sana’a have been complaining that the city’s regular power cuts are forcing them to buy water as the national water grid has become useless. “The water network, which needs electricity to be pumped into homes, is now useless and so we buy water every week and the providers are taking advantage of our need to raise the prices,” said Nashwan Mohammed, who lives in Bainoon Street, Sana’a
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Rada’ locals fear American air strikes
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:10:00 GMT
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AL-BAIDA, Jan. 22 — Residents of Rada’, taken over by Al-Qaeda militants last week, expressed their concerns that the area could become a target for American air strikes. Several families have left their homes, fearing that any strike would damage homes and that unarmed locals would be harmed or killed in the process
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Norwegian hostage still in captivity
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 22 – Gert Danielsen, a Norwegian United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) worker, taken hostage last Sunday by tribesmen from Marib has not been released yet, despite efforts by local mediators. A Norwegian journalist told the Yemen Times that both the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the UN are negotiating with the kidnappers to free Danielsen, who is now in a remote area of Marib, 170km east of Sana’a
[source: Yemen Times Online]



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