Ali Abdullah Saleh

  • Syrian intervention: No desirable outcomes 29-08-2013 03:26 PM

    It would be easy to forget that Syria was among the first countries to flare up in the Arab Spring. In March 2011, street protests over the detention of schoolboys in Darraa grew so quickly, that most predicted Assad would go quicker than Gaddafi or Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh...
  • Yemen's Saleh says to go to US, let govt function 25-12-2011 12:17 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would go to the United States in order to allow an interim government to prepare for an election to replace him, but did not specify when he would leave. Saleh, speaking to reporters after forces loyal to him fired at...
  • Yemen fighting challenges new unity government 11-12-2011 03:51 AM

    Sanaa: Fighting overshadowed the first meeting on Saturday of Yemen's new unity government, tasked with trying to avert civil war after a power transfer brokered by the country's Gulf neighbours. Clashes in the southern province of Abyan killed 11 militants and two soldiers while a soldier was killed in overnight...
  • At least 25 dead in Yemen conflict, fighters say 28-11-2011 12:21 AM

    Sanaa: At least 25 people have been killed and dozens wounded in northern Yemen, where Shi'ite Muslim rebels have attacked Sunni Islamist Salafi fighters with bursts of shelling, a Salafi spokesman said on Sunday. The shelling, which killed 10 people on Saturday, continued on Sunday afternoon, he said, bringing the...
  • Yemen sets date for presidential vote 27-11-2011 12:38 AM

    Sanna: Yemen's official news agency says the vice president has called for a presidential vote to be held on February 21 in line with a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a nine-month political crisis. President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a US-backed Gulf Arab proposal earlier this week in the Saudi...
  • Fierce clashes in Yemen leave 2 dead despite deal 26-11-2011 01:35 AM

    Sanaa: Heavy fighting between rival army units shook Yemen's capital on Friday, killing two soldiers in what could signal the start of a power struggle just days after autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to end his 33-year rule. The clashes pitted Central Security forces commanded by Saleh's nephew, Colonel...
  • Yemen power-transfer deal fails to stop violence 24-11-2011 11:08 PM

    Sanaa: President Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down failed to halt anti-government demonstrations or prevent violence on Thursday as regime supporters killed five protesters demanding that the ousted leader be put on trial for crimes ranging from corruption to bloodshed during the current uprising. Saleh signed the US-backed power-transfer...
  • 35 dead in Egypt; Yemen's Saleh to transfer power 24-11-2011 09:21 AM

    Egypt remains tense as its enters its 6th day of unrest. Military police poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday in hopes of stopping clashes between protesters and police. ...
  • Ban welcomes transition of power in Yemen 24-11-2011 08:55 AM

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the transition of power in Yemen, saying all sides should now honour their commitments to immediately bring to an end all violence and refrain from further provocations. The political settlement agreement, signed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was an "important step for...
  • Yemen's Saleh signs deal to give up power 24-11-2011 07:33 AM

    Riyadh: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal on Wednesday under which he will step down after 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule that brought the country to the brink of civil war. Celebrations erupted in the capital Sanaa as Saleh inked the...
  • Yemen's Saleh says ready to step down in 90 days 15-11-2011 02:43 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Monday he was ready to step down within 90 days of reaching a deal on a formal process for implementing a Gulf initiative aimed at ending the nine-month-old crisis in his country. Saleh, who has so far refused to sign the accord...
  • Fighting kills 17 in Yemen, UN pushes for peace 12-11-2011 04:34 AM

    Taiz: At least 17 people were killed in heavy clashes in the Yemeni city of Taiz on Friday, a day after a UN envoy began a new mission to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit under a Gulf peace plan. Witnesses and medical staff said at least 30 people...
  • UN Council calls on Yemen Prez to transfer power 22-10-2011 08:28 AM

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that calls on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down and transfer power to his deputy as it condemned human rights violations and demanded an immediate end to attacks on civilians by security forces. The resolution, which...
  • UN calls for power transfer in Yemen 22-10-2011 04:14 AM

    United Nations: The UN Security Council called on Friday for Yemen's president to immediately accept a deal to transfer power to his deputy and end escalating violence in the strategically located Middle East nation. The council unanimously adopted a resolution expressing serious concern at the worsening security and deteriorating economic...
  • Yemen: Saleh wants global guarantees to sign deal 20-10-2011 01:37 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday he would sign a Gulf peace deal calling for a transfer of power only if the United States, Europe and Gulf Arab states gave him unspecified guarantees. Violence in Yemen, where thousands have been demonstrating for months demanding that Saleh end...
  • Yemeni officials say 18 killed in clashes 18-10-2011 12:24 AM

    Sanaa: Clashes between troops loyal to Yemen's embattled president and his rivals on Monday left at least 18 people killed and 30 wounded in the capital Sanaa and the city of Taiz, according to medical, security and tribal officials. They said eight followers of a powerful tribal leader who defected...
  • 8 killed, Yemenis hope for UN pressure on Saleh 17-10-2011 12:02 AM

    Sanaa: Eight Yemenis, including five protesters, were killed in a new upsurge in violence in the capital on Sunday, hospital officials and witnesses said, and President Ali Abudllah Saleh said he expected China and Russia to block UN moves to end his rule. The two countries joined forces to veto...
  • Yemeni opposition doubts Saleh pledge to quit soon 10-10-2011 12:17 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni officials rowed back from President Ali Abdullah Saleh's statement that he would step down within "the coming days", and opponents dismissed the offer on Sunday as yet another delaying tactic to try and stay in power. Saleh, 69, has defied protests all year against his three-decade rule, reversing...
  • Yemen's Saleh says will step down 09-10-2011 02:22 PM

    Sanaa: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would step down in 'the coming days' after months of protests against his 33-year rule that risked tipping the dirt-poor country into civil war, but the government said his exit was not imminent. "I reject power and I will continue to reject...
  • Will leave power in coming days: Yemen President 08-10-2011 07:59 PM

    Sanaa: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would leave power in the coming days, the closest the veteran leader has come to announcing he plans to step down after nine months of mass protests against his 33-year rule. "I reject power and I will continue to reject...
  • Fighting, air strikes kill 16 in Yemen 05-10-2011 12:27 AM

    Sanaa: Mortar fire killed two Yemenis and wounded six in Sanaa on Tuesday in what appeared to be fighting in the capital between soldiers loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and troops siding with anti-government protesters. A doctor said the victims were civilians hit by a mortar round that landed...
  • Yemeni jet mistakenly bombs army post, kills 30 02-10-2011 04:11 PM

    Sanaa: A government warplane has mistakenly bombed an army position in southern Yemen, killing at least 30 soldiers and wounding many more, military and medical officials said on Sunday. The officials said the bombing, which took place on Saturday evening in the southern Abyan province, targeted an abandoned school used...
  • Yemeni tribesmen overrun loyalist army base 26-09-2011 05:44 PM

    Sanaa: Anti-government tribesmen overran an army base housing an elite unit north of Yemen's capital early Monday, security officials said, capturing 30 soldiers and dealing a blow to the prestige of the powerful Republican Guards led by the son of the country's embattled president. Yemen has been wracked by violence...
  • US asks Saleh to initiate a full transfer of power 25-09-2011 12:09 PM

    Washington: Deeply concerned over the current situation in Yemen, the US on Sunday asked President Ali Abdullah Saleh to begin a "full transfer of power" immediately after a week of unrest claimed nearly 200 lives in the country. "We again urge President Saleh to initiate a full transfer of power...
  • Yemeni truce breached by shelling, 16 dead 22-09-2011 02:52 AM

    Sanaa: Yemeni government forces on Wednesday fired mortars at tens of thousands of mourners at funerals held for protesters killed in clashes and attacked an opposition base, shattering a cease-fire negotiated a day earlier to end the Arab nation's latest bout of deadly violence. The two attacks killed 16 people....
  • Escalating military conflict kills 12 in Yemen 21-09-2011 12:51 AM

    Sanaa: Raging battles between government forces and military units opposed to Yemen's president killed 12 people in the capital on Tuesday as a crisis over a violent state crackdown on popular unrest drifted towards civil war. Despite an order from the vice president for a ceasefire, the afternoon calm was...
  • Yemen protesters storm military base; 50 dead 20-09-2011 02:11 AM

    Sanaa: Thousands of protesters backed by military defectors seized a base of the elite Republican Guards on Monday, weakening the control of Yemen's embattled president over this poor, fractured Arab nation. His forces fired on unarmed demonstrators elsewhere in the capital, killing scores, wounding hundreds and sparking international condemnation. The...
  • At least 25 killed in anti-Saleh march in Yemen 19-09-2011 01:21 AM

    Sanaa: At least 25 people were shot dead and hundreds wounded on Sunday when demonstrators camped in a square in Yemen's capital Sanaa tried to charge police lines in a dramatic escalation of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. A witness saw security forces firing at protesters from buildings overhead...
  • 26 militants, 10 soldiers killed in Yemen fighting 30-08-2011 12:41 AM

    Sanaa: A new round of fierce fighting in southern Yemen killed 10 soldiers and 26 militants, military officials said on Monday, the latest battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al Qaeda-linked fighters. Another 38 militants and about 30 soldiers were wounded in the clashes that took place...
  • Suicide blasts kill 11 tribesmen in Yemen 21-08-2011 10:31 PM

    Sanaa: A pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen in southern Yemen killed 11 people on Sunday, tribal and security officials said. Both blasts took place in Abyan province, where al-Qaida-linked militants have been taking advantage of a breakdown in security linked to Yemen's political turmoil to take over towns...