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Concern over armed presence in Taiz
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
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TAIZ, Feb. 1 — People in Taiz have become concerned since armed figures started appearing in the city over the last couple days. Some roads were also closed during this time. Mohammed Sa'eed, a shopkeeper, speaking with the Yemen Times, said, “We had started feeling everything was returning to normal

American drone strikes provoke Yemenis against interim government
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
ABYAN, Feb. 1 — Many Yemenis, and especially those in Abyan governorate, are blaming the new government for a loss of sovereignty after a US drone strike killed 11 Al-Qaeda members on Yemeni soil on Monday. The drones fired four missles; two exploded and the remaining two are still 'active' and “may explode at any time,” eyewitnesses – who have been present for such strikes in the past - told the Yemen Times

Training course for English teachers in rural areas
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
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SANA’A, Feb. 1 — A three-day training session for 100 English teachers in rural areas concluded its activities on Monday in Sana’a. Speaking about future plans for the nation, Yemen's Deputy Minister of Education said, “The ministry will be in need of 12,000 new English teachers nationwide.” During the three-day session, teachers worked on writing and reading teaching skills in order to improve their ability to help students acquire the English language

Insecurity profile in Aden during January
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
ADEN, Feb, 1 — An unidentified armed group of men intercepted the Saudi Deputy Consul in Aden, Abdullah Al-Khaledi, as he traveled home from work on Monday. The men forced the Saudi diplomat to exit his vehicle while on his way to his home in Aden's Al-Mansoura city. The men, armed with assault rifles and machine guns, confiscated the diplomat's car and some personal belongings

Yemen postpones new weekend
(Yemen Times Online) - 2012-02-02
SANA’A, Jan. 29 – The new Friday-Saturday weekend, scheduled to begin in February, has been delayed until March, according to the Minister of Civil Service and Insurance. “It has been delayed but is expected to be in place in March,” state-run Al-Jumhorya newspaper quoted Nabil Shamsan as saying on Wednesday

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Generation of Peace initiative aimed at Yemen’s youth
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 21st – A new initiative called “Generation of Peace,” aimed at fostering understanding between 1000 youths from different backgrounds, was launched on Sunday. The initiative is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Shortage of technicians at Electricity Ministry
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-23 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-23 15:10:00 GMT

SANA’A, Jan. 22 – Ahmed Al-Haydi is a power generation technician who left his job at the Ministry of Electricity 12 years ago despite having received professional qualifications in Germany in 1976. “I left my job at the ministry after I found that my salary was not enough to feed my family and myself
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Questions over presidential election date
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-19 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-19 15:10:00 GMT

SANA’A, Jan. 18 – Vice President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi denied any possible delay of next month’s presidential elections, due to take place on February 21. This followed comments by Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, made during the cabinet’s Gulf tour to lobby support for Yemen. “I hope the elections will take place on time but unfortunately there are some risks concerning security and if these security challenges and flaws are not dealt with – which is the responsibility of
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Al-Qaeda enters Al-Baidah’s Rada’ capital
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-16 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-16 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 15 — At least 80 militants believed to be from Al-Qaeda entered Rada’, the capital of Al-Baidah, 170 km south-east the capital Sana’a, on Saturday, according to Yahiya Al-Nusairi, head of the governorate’s Architecture Office. Al-Nusairi told the Yemen Times that they first entered the Al-Ameria Mosque at 3 p
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Corruption blamed for cement factory closure
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-16 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-16 15:10:00 GMT
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(Click here to see the complete document in higher resolution) TAIZ, Jan. 15 — Officials from two cement plants in Hodeida and Amran took money from a cement plant in Taiz to cover their companies’ financial obligations to the Tax Authority and the Ministry of Finance, according to an official document released by the Al-Barh Cement factory in Taiz
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Criminal gangs terrorize Taiz city
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-12 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-12 15:10:00 GMT
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TAIZ, Jan. 11 – Even with the lessening of Taiz’s military presence in accordance with the Gulf Initiative, a spread of weapons coupled with a shortage of police personnel has led to a recent increase in crime. A number of crimes have been reported since the beginning of the year, with reports of armed men breaking into homes, cars being hijacked and money extorted from citizens
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Stone Age tombs discovered in Yemen
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-12 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-12 15:10:00 GMT
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MAHWEET, Jan. 11 – At least 200 Paleolithic tombs were announced to have been discovered in Mahweet in 1996, according to the governorate’s deputy governor Hamoud Shamlan. Shamlan, who was the head of the Tourism Office at the time of the discovery, said that authorities wanted to keep the tombs, which contain mummies and other relics, “a secret until they got technical support to protect them”
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Children vulnerable in Damaj
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-12 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-12 15:10:00 GMT
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SA’ADA, Jan. 11 – Over 1,200 children living in Damaj in North Yemen's Sa'ada Governorate continue to suffer the consequences of conflict between Houthis and Salafis. A Houthi blockade on the area – commenced on October 15, 2011 – has had severe economic and humanitarian consequences on the area's residents
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Two million unregistered voters to be included in elections
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-12 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-12 15:10:00 GMT
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SANA’A, Jan. 11 – The Supreme Committee for Elections and Referendum (SCER) has decided on specific measures to include around two million Yemenis who have become eligible to vote since the last elections in 2006 but are not yet included on the voters’ lists. According to SCER, the new voters will only need their identification to prove they have reached 18 since 2006, such as a civilian or military ID card, passport, birth certificate or even a school or university ID card
[source: Yemen Times Online]

Political Security bus attacked, two dead
(Yemen Times Online) 2012-01-12 - Retrieved at: 2012-01-12 15:10:00 GMT

ADEN, Jan. 11 - Two persons were killed in Aden on Wednesday, while seven others were left injured in an attack by unknown armed men against a bus carrying a number of political security officers and soldiers. Security sources said that the two slain men are Basel Abdullah Al-Mahdi, a citizen of Aden, and Hani Mohamed Saleh, a solider from Aden's political security headquarters
[source: Yemen Times Online]



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