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Yemen’s Government Denies Reports President Is in Saudi Arabia

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Yemeni government is denying reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh is among a group of high-level officials who have gone to Saudi Arabia for treatment for wounds suffered in a rocket attack on the presidential compound Friday. A government official said Saturday that Mr. Saleh is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in the […]

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Egypt’s Former Finance Minister Sentenced

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s former finance minister has become the latest high-ranking official who served in former President Hosni Mubarak’s government to be convicted of corruption. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced Youssef Boutros Ghali to 30 years in prison on charges that include misusing public funds. Investigators say Ghali used cars waiting in customs for his personal […]

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Thousands Attend Funerals in Syria Following Protest Crackdowns

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people have turned out Saturday for the funerals of anti-government protesters killed in unrest in Syria. Syrian rights groups say at least 63 people died Friday as protesters continued to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad. Those groups say the vast majority of deaths were reported in Hama, a city about 300 […]

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Saleh’s Forces Shell Opposition Leaders’ Homes in Yemen Capital

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Fighting broke out again in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a Saturday, with the forces of President Ali Abdullah Saleh shelling the homes of anti-government leaders. Sporadic rocket fire and firefights erupted in the al-Hasaba district of northern Sana’a, the home base of dissident tribesman Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar. He is a leader of what Mr. Saleh […]

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NATO Sends Helicopters on Libyan Attacks for First Time

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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NATO boosted its bombardment of Libya Saturday, for the first time sending attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. NATO said British Apache and French Tiger and Gazelle helicopters carried out the assaults. Military officials said about 20 targets were destroyed, including a radar site and an armed […]

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Rights Groups: 63 Dead in Syrian Protests

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights groups say security forces killed at least 63 people Friday as thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. In one of the bloodiest days in 11 weeks of protests, Reuters news agency reports human rights organization Sawasiah said Syrian forces killed 53 demonstrators in Hama. […]

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NATO Sends Helicopters on Libyan Attacks for First Time

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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NATO boosted its bombardment of Libya Saturday, for the first time sending attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. NATO said British Apache helicopters destroyed a radar site and an armed checkpoint in their first deployment since British Prime Minister David Cameron approved their use a week ago. […]

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Tunisia to Try Former Leader, Wife

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Tunisia’s justice ministry spokesman says the country’s ousted leader and his wife will soon be tried in absentia. Kadhem Zine El Abidine said Friday he expects the trial of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, to begin before the end of the month. The couple fled to Saudi Arabia […]

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Yemen’s President Blames ‘Gang’ for Attack

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has blamed a “gang of outlaws” for a rocket attack on Friday that killed seven people and left him wounded. Yemeni state television broadcast his audio message late Friday, hours after rockets hit his presidential compound in the capital, Sana’a. Mr. Saleh said that he was well and in “good […]

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34 Dead Following Protests in Syria

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights groups say at least 34 people were killed after security forces opened fire on a large group of demonstrators in Hama, a stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists said shooting broke out after Friday prayers in Hama, which is about 300 kilometers north of Damascus. Witnesses said thousands of people […]

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