While a tentative ceasefire keeps Yemen’s capital Sana’a in a relative state of tranquility, denizens of the city are aware that the longer political uncertainty drags on, the greater the risk of war becomes. This fear became apparent when the news reached Sana’a last Wednesday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh had had successful surgery in neighboring Saudi Arabia, where he had been whisked to after being severely injured in an attack on his residence.
The echoes of the cries of joy could be heard throughout the Yemeni capital on Sunday morning.
Updated: May 23, 2011. 3:30 p.m
Calm and composed in a sharp suit and dark sunglasses, Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh took to the podium on Friday and before a massive crowd announced that he was ready to transfer power but only to the right people. And yet, while that may have sounded cynical to most of his opponents, Saleh also chose to address the heart of the popular movement against him, directly speaking to the young activists who had begun the calls for the collapse of his regime in January
Yemen’s President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, flew into the Gulf of Aden on Nov. 7 to celebrate the first exports of liquefied natural gas from a sprawling $4.5 billion plant the biggest ever investment in his otherwise impoverished desert country
A radical Islamist leader in Somalia said Sunday that a suicide attack that killed 21 African Union peacekeepers was the right thing to do. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said Thursday’s attack was meant to defend Islam
A brazen, daylight suicide bombing on the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia’s capital has killed at least 21 people, mostly peacekeepers, the mission said Friday. Suicide bombers, disguised in two U.N.-marked vehicles, Thursday rammed through the security gate of the mission’s headquarters, which is attached to Mogadishu’s airport
The Yemeni government Wednesday defended its efforts to end the practice of young girls marrying, citing last week’s death during childbirth of a 12-year-old Yemeni. “Over the years, the government of Yemen has embarked on an awareness campaign to end the practice of young marriages, which has been deeply rooted in the rural cultures of Yemen,” said Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman in Washington for the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, in a written statement
At first, no one seemed to notice the young man who walked into the hotel lobby at around 7:45 that Friday morning. He wore a baseball cap, a backpack and dragged a wheeled suitcase behind him. He casually checked his watch as he calmly walked toward a hotel restaurant filled with Western business executives