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US Oil Worker Abducted in Yemen, Says Family

Danny Burch's colleagues blame Houthi rebels

(Newser) - An American oil worker has reportedly been kidnapped in Yemen. The wife of 63-year-old Danny Burch, an employee of Yemeni-owned oil company Safer, says five armed men driving a pickup truck without license plates took him from his car on a busy street in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on... More »

Unnamed American Hostage Still in Yemen

English teacher, 35, still in custody of Shiite Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Despite early reports that three US hostages were freed in Yemen yesterday, authorities now say just two have arrived in Oman, which negotiated their release. Shiite Houthi rebels chose to keep a third US hostage in custody; he's identified only as a 35-year-old Muslim convert who had been in... More »

'I'm Afraid,' Says American Jailed in Yemen

Sharif Mobley, once suspected of al-Qaeda ties, makes rare call home in plea

(Newser) - The confusing story of Sharif Mobley just took a desperate-sounding turn. The 31-year-old father of three, held prisoner in Yemen since 2010, placed a "rare call" to his lawyers this week from what he said was a Sanaa military base, and things don't sound good, the Intercept reports.... More »

Yemen Protesters Storm US Embassy Compound

Security forces fighting to regain control

(Newser) - Anti-American protests sparked by an anti-Islam film have spread to a third country, with protesters forcing their way into the compound of the US Embassy in Yemen today, the AP reports. The demonstrators brought down the American flag and burned it but did not enter the embassy building. They... More »

More Than 90 Killed in Attack on Yemen Capital

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility

(Newser) - A suicide bombing targeting the Yemeni military killed more than 90 people today, and injured another 222, a government official announced. Reportedly dressed as a soldier, the attacker set off the blast near the presidential palace in Sanaa as troops trained for a military parade. An al-Qaeda source tells the... More »

Yemen Votes to Oust Saleh

Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi voted in as new president

(Newser) - Yemen came together after a year of unrest today, voting out President Ali Abdullah Saleh in favor of his former vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi. The New York Times reports that turnout in the capital, Sanaa, appeared high and spirits were similarly high, despite the fact that the election... More »

French Journo Found Dead in Yemen Hotel

Had been missing for days; circumstances murky

(Newser) - A French-Algerian journalist who'd been missing for four days has been found strangled in a hotel in Yemen's capital. The body of the man, whose name hasn't been given, was tied to the bed in his room, and Yemeni police said he had been strangled with an... More »

US May Allow Saleh to Come ... Here

But only if he's seeking 'legitimate' medical treatment

(Newser) - After nine protesters were killed in Yemen on Saturday, outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to leave the country to "calm the atmosphere for the unity government to hold the presidential election" scheduled for February ... and said he would head to the US. And Reuters reports that the US... More »

Snipers Kill Protester in Yemen Clash

7 injured in Taiz following ceasefire pact

(Newser) - A ceasefire agreement this weekend wasn’t enough to prevent the latest clash between protesters and pro-government forces in Yemen. Snipers killed a 20-year-old woman after soldiers stopped a protest march in the city of Taiz this morning, demonstrators said; at least seven more were injured in the showdown. The... More »

Yemen Sees 3rd Straight Day of Violence

At least 17 killed this weekend

(Newser) - Violence in Yemen showed no signs of stopping today after a weekend of clashes, prompting rising fears of a civil war. A field doctor says four protesters were killed today as gunfire and explosions shook Sanaa, and the New York Times reports that at least 17 people were killed over... More »

Yemen Violence Rises After President's Surprise Return

Troops kill protesters in Change Square

(Newser) - The surprise return of President Ali Abdullah Saleh seems only to have tipped the nation further into violent chaos. In the capital city of Sanaa, Yemeni troops attacked unarmed anti-Saleh protesters in Change Square, killing at least 16, reports al-Jazeera . Troops also attacked the headquarters of soldiers who sided with... More »

Yemen Protesters Seize Military Base

But 50 killed in protests elsewhere

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters and some military defectors stormed a small Republican Guard base today in Yemen, seizing it without firing a shot, witnesses tell the AP . Some carried sticks and rocks, and others used sandbags to form barriers in case soldiers inside the base fired. Instead the soldiers fled, leaving... More »

Yemen Edges Toward Civil War as Truce Ends

Saleh's troops fighting both tribal groups and al-Qaeda

(Newser) - The short truce in Yemen that never quite managed to be a truce is over, the government declared today. The development means that Yemen is that much closer to civil war and financial ruin, reports Reuters . President Ali Abdullah Saleh's troops and tribal groups engaged in fierce fighting in... More »

US Pulls Diplomats Out of Yemen

Obama renews calls for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down

(Newser) - With the situation in Yemen deteriorating rapidly, the US yesterday ordered all nonessential diplomats and the families of all US Embassy staff to leave the country. "The security threat in Yemen is extremely high due to terrorist activity and civil unrest," the State Department writes in a new... More »

Yemen's Saleh Drops Pledge to Step Down

Pro-government protesters trap diplomats in embassy

(Newser) - Yemen’s president has reneged on a promise to step down in a deal arranged by Gulf Arab countries, prompting concerns about the feasibility of a peaceful transition of power in Sanaa. After pro-government demonstrators barred access to and from the UAE embassy yesterday, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which had... More »

Yemen Prez Refusing to Sign Deal

Saleh backs away on eve of signing that would end crisis

(Newser) - Yemen's president is refusing to personally sign the deal that would end that country's political crisis, reports the AP, potentially indicating its collapse. A rep of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which brokered the agreement that would have Ali Abdullah Saleh step down within 30 days, said that... More »

Woman Yemen Arrested Is a Med Student

Lawyer worries she was set up; US eyes Qaeda bombmaker

(Newser) - The woman arrested in connection with the Yemen bomb plot , whom authorities allege mailed the packages, is a 22-year-old med student and daughter of a petroleum engineer, reports the BBC . The woman's lawyer says he's worried his client was set up, and US officials, citing the weapons' level of sophistication,... More »

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