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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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Slow progress removing barricades and gunmen
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-22 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-22 12:10:00 GMT
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SANA'A, Dec. 21 — The removal of checkpoints, gunmen and soldiers around the capital has been slow, with many still stationed in several parts of Sana'a, despite five days of demilitarization work. The recently formed Military Committee pledged to eradicate barricades and all armed manifestations from the streets within one week, starting last Saturday
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Southern Movement pressured to join national dialogue
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-19 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-19 15:10:00 GMT

ADEN, Dec. 18 – A delegation of European Union diplomats met with representatives of the Southern Movement in Aden on Saturday to stress the need for involvement in the nation's political transition process. “We need to stress three key messages: an inclusive national dialogue, discussions with the southern movement to address their grievances in the transitional period, and the uniting of their positions in a realistic manner that moves away from old disputes,” said British Ambassador
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Hadi’s presidential competitors
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-19 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-19 15:10:00 GMT

SANAA. Dec.17 — A number of activists have announced plans to run in the upcoming presidential election on February 21. Vice president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi set the date for the early election after honorary President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a power transfer deal in Saudi Arabia on November 23
[source: Yemen Times Online]

International lobbying for peace in Taiz
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-15 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-15 15:10:00 GMT
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TAIZ, Dec. 14 – A day after UN envoy Jamal Benomar's visit to Taiz on Monday, a high-level delegation of diplomats from the five permanent members of the Security Council, along with Gulf nation ambassadors, visited Taiz. “We want to show solidarity and prove to the Yemenis, before the rest of the world, that we are committed both to resolving the conflict and endorsing peace in the governorate,” said Abdullah Badi, Oman's ambassador to Yemen
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Stronger rial leaves questions over exchange
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-15 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-15 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Dec. 14 — The value of the Yemeni rial has rapidly increased in the last two days from 238 rials to 218 rials to the dollar, leaving some angry after losing thousands of rials in the exchange rate. “I heard people saying that the value of the dollar was rapidly decreasing yesterday. I had a thousand dollars and I did not want to lose money,” said Asma Abdulla, a teacher, who had to exchange her money in a rush
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Military committee: between Saleh’s control and opposition ambition
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-15 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-15 15:10:00 GMT

SANA’A Dec. 14 — Many people from Taiz and Sana'a have indicated that quiet is gradually coming back to the two cities. Both were subjected to the most violent clashes in the past months between pro-Saleh troops and tribesmen coming from rural areas, and defected soldiers who have committed themselves to defending the revolution youths
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Six Al-Qaeda militants arrested after jailbreak
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-15 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-15 15:10:00 GMT

ADEN, Dec. 14 — Six alleged Al Qaida militants were arrested on Tuesday in Yemen a day after 12 Al-Qaeda members broke away from a prison in the southern port city of Aden, according to the state-run news agency, Saba. A leading figure in the terrorist group was among the detainees, the agency said
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Arson attack destroys historical landmark
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-12 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-12 15:10:00 GMT
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ZABID, Dec. 11 — A bitter businessman whose bid for a wood deal was not selected is thought to have set to the timber Friday, also destroying a historical site where the wood was stored. Siham Gate near the local market area at the Northern side of Zabid old city was ruined as a result of the suspected arson
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Protesters march for justice and human rights
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-12 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-12 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA'A, Dec. 11 — Hundreds of anti-regime protesters held a march during the launch of the SupportYemen campaign on Saturday. The day was also the occasion of World Human Rights Day, and protesters called for the building of a new civil state and for respect for human rights. According to the campaign's founders, the launch was held at Sana'a's Change Square to convey the message that the international community should support Yemen's human rights
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Counterfeit medications in circulation
(Yemen Times Online) 2011-12-12 - Retrieved at: 2011-12-12 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Dec. 11 – At least four brands of counterfeit medications are reported to be in circulation across Yemen, according to the Yemeni Society for Consumer Protection (YSCP). The YSCP published a statement saying that at least 30 percent of the medication on the market is fake and called on the government to impose more restrictions on medications
[source: Yemen Times Online]



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