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  • How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

    3 days ago

    In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man, Said Kouachi, under surveillance. They wiretapped his mobile phone, as well as that of his...

  • Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

    2 weeks ago

    A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month.

    Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,...

  • I miss Yemen

    3 weeks ago

    I miss Yemen.

    That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines — as it has over the past few weeks — the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom of failed statehood and whatever other ominous sounding crisis (water shortages,...

  • Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

    January 23, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

    Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of...

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  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    January 23, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • Pressure from powerful Houthis proves too much for Yemen’s Hadi, president resigns

    January 22, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, held virtual prisoner at his home by political adversaries this week, resigned on Thursday, his two-year-old attempt to steer the fragile country to stability exhausted by opposition from Houthi rebels.

    His term as head of state of the...

  • Yemen leader expected to accept demands of Houthis who defeat his guards

    January 21, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness on Wednesday to concede to demands for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels, saying the Shi'ite Muslim group had a right to be appointed to posts in all state institutions.

    Gulf neighbors denounced...

  • Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

    January 14, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the Islamist militant group's leadership for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, according to a video posted on YouTube.

    Gunmen killed a total of 17 people in...

  • Hostage taken north of Paris during manhunt for Charlie Hebdo killings

    January 9, 2015 | 1:57 am

    At least one hostage was seized in a town northeast of Paris on Friday during a huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical weekly, according to a police source.

    Five helicopters were seen flying over an industrial zone outside the town of...

  • Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Sanaa suicide bombings

    October 10, 2014 | 11:58 am

    Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Yemen's powerful Shi'ite Houthi group that killed at least 47 people.

    On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated a belt packed with explosives at a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the capital...

  • 17 Yemeni Jews secretly airlifted to Israel

    August 14, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    Seventeen Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in a covert operation.

    Four of the Jews were flown directly from Yemen to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital...

  • Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

    July 25, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Luke, an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city.  With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he also lives in fear.

    The number...

  • New dangers accompany US passports as Egypt erupts

    July 10, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeard on themedialine.org.

    When Brian Dennison was considering where to study Arabic abroad, the 23-year old’s choices were limited.  Yemen?  It has an Al-Qa’ida affiliate that feasts on foreigners.  Syria?  It is enmeshed in a civil war where dodging...

  • Is Obama George W. — or even Nixon? The secrecy factor

    May 14, 2013 | 10:05 am

    The Obama administration has in recent weeks suffered a 1-2-3 scandal outbreak:

    – The Benghazi tragedy-as-fiasco gained legs when internal emails emerged suggesting a massaged timeline of who knew what, when;

    – The IRS owned up to focusing on conservative groups in delaying...

  • Growing anger over American drones in Yemen

    May 13, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    "Mrs. Michele Obama: Tell us can your husband sleep after so many innocent people were killed by his drones?" read a banner held by a Yemeni activist at a recent rally to protest increasing American drone strikes in Yemen.

    The rally reflected the growing anti-American feeling...

  • Yemeni security forces on highest alert after Al-Qa’ida targets U.S. ambassador

    January 7, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    Yemeni and US embassy officials went on high alert recently after Al-Qa'ida offered a bounty to kill US ambassador to Sana'a Gerald Feierstein or any American soldier in the country.

    American officials were said to be determined not to allow a repeat of the attack on the US...

  • Al-Qaida places bounty on head of Jewish U.S. envoy to Yemen

    December 31, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Al-Qaida in Yemen has placed a bounty on the head of the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein.

    In a message posted on terrorist websites, al-Qaida offered three kilograms worth of gold, or about $160,000, to anyone who kills the ambassador, who is Jewish.

    The group also...

  • A year after signing power transfer deal, Yemenis divided over government’s performance

    November 28, 2012 | 9:32 am

    [SANA’A] Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani visited Yemen to mark the first anniversary of the deal that saw former President Ali Abdullah Saleh relinquish power to his longtime...

  • Widespread khat addiction threatens Yemen’s future

    November 14, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Abdulmalik, a 13-year-old boy from Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, started chewing khat leaves at the age of seven. “My father would pass me small handfuls at weddings,” he told The Media Line. “But I didn’t start chewing every day until I turned 12 and started to work. Khat gives me...

  • Yemeni President asserts authority as U.S. partner on American visit

    October 3, 2012 | 10:41 am

    If there were any doubts about the budding alliance between US President Barack Obama and his newly-inaugurated counterpart in Yemen, Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, the Yemeni president dispelled them in his first official visit to the United States over the weekend.

    In a scheduled talk...

  • Murdered Yemenite Jew buried in Israel

    June 21, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    The body of a Yemenite Jewish leader who was stabbed to death in an anti-Semitic attack was brought to Israel for burial.

    Aaron Joseph Zindani, 46, was stabbed in the neck and stomach in a market in the capital of Sana’a in May.

    His Muslim assailant accused Zindani of casting a...

  • CIA drone kills U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric in Yemen

    October 1, 2011 | 2:46 am

    Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamist militant, was killed in Yemen on Friday in a CIA drone strike described by President Barack Obama as “another significant milestone” in efforts to defeat al Qaeda.

    Awlaki’s killing deprives the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula...

  • Yemen’s President Is ‘Lightly’ Injured In Shelling of Palace

    June 3, 2011 | 9:04 am

    Yemen’s embattled leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was lightly injured Friday in an attack by opposition figures on the presidential palace, his spokesman said.

    The spokesman, Abdel al-Jandi, said that Mr. Saleh was in a mosque located within the palace compound when it was shaken by...

  • Arab unrest alters power balance in as yet unseen ways

    March 1, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    They were the devils they knew.

    Though Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood, surrounded by countries whose leaders or people wish its destruction, over the years it had adjusted to the status quo, more or less figuring out how to get by while keeping an eye on gradual change.

    ...
  • Yemen’s president: Israel planned, funded Arab uprisings

    March 1, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, blamed Israel for planning and funding protests in several Arab states.

    “There is an operations rooms in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world,” Saleh reportedly said Tuesday during a speech at Sanaa University, adding that the...

  • Yemenis protest gov’t, joining Egyptians and Tunisians

    January 27, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Protests in Egypt entered a third day as protesters took to the streets in Yemen to demand a new government.

    At least five people—four demonstrators and one policeman—have been killed and more than 800 arrested in anti-government rallies in Egypt that have called for the resignation...

  • Jewish institutions reassess security following bomb attempt

    November 2, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    Jewish institutions throughout the United States are reassessing their security following last Friday’s mail bombing attempt of two Jewish institutions in Chicago.

    On Tuesday, some 200 representatives of Jewish community institutions took part in a conference call with FBI experts...

  • Homeland Security in Chicago to beef up Jewish security

    November 1, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are in Chicago to beef up security at Jewish institutions.

    They arrived Sunday and are working through the Chicago Jewish federation, according to Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a...

  • Yemeni high court upholds death sentence

    July 26, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    Yemen’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Yemeni man who killed a Jewish fellow citizen after demanding that he convert.

    The court on Saturday affirmed the sentence of death by firing squad levied by an appeals court on Abdel Aziz Yahia al-Abdi, 39, for the December...

  • Spying for Israel Death Sentence Upheld in Yemen

    April 7, 2010 | 1:35 am

    An appeals court in Yemen upheld a death sentence for a citizen convicted of spying for Israel. The court on Saturday upheld the conviction of Bassam al-Haidari, who was sentenced to death in March 2009 after being accused of contact with an enemy state for sending an e-mail in 2008...

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