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Jul 27, 2011

Yemen president won’t give up power by force: official

By Samia Nakhoul

(Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who escaped an attempt on his life by opponents, will only cede power through the ballot box and the country will descend into civil war if he is forced from office, his foreign minister said.

A popular uprising against Saleh’s 33-year rule, high profile defections, and an assassination attempt in June which left him with severe burns and forced him to undergo eight operations have all failed to persuade him to give up.

Jul 26, 2011

Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem

LONDON (Reuters) – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Jul 26, 2011

Analysis: Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem

LONDON (Reuters) – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Jun 16, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s Assad loses his grip to hardliners

LONDON (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad is losing control to his hardline relatives, his forces are overstretched, his government is running out of money and the revolt against his rule is gathering support and funding.

Given all this, analysts and Syrian-based diplomats say the international community is starting to plan for a Syria without the Assads.

Jun 8, 2011

Syria’s crisis begins to go international

DUBAI (Reuters) – The increasingly bloody crisis engulfing Syria has started to go international.

A French initiative in the U.N. Security Council to secure condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s repression of protesters is just one symptom of growing world alarm.

Jun 8, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s crisis begins to go international

DUBAI (Reuters) – The increasingly bloody crisis engulfing Syria has started to go international.

A French initiative in the U.N. Security Council to secure condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s repression of protesters is just one symptom of growing world alarm.

Jun 1, 2011

Yemen’s Saleh defies opponents, and the world

SANAA (Reuters) – To his U.S., British and Gulf mediators and benefactors, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is ready for a peaceful exit from power.

To his close circle of aides he sneers at a Western-backed agreement to end his 33-year reign.

May 30, 2011

Yemeni soldiers killed near al Qaeda-held city

SANAA/TAIZ (Reuters) – Four Yemeni soldiers were killed in what appeared to be an ambush near an al Qaeda-held southern city after renewed protests in another city were met with deadly force, stoking concern about civil war.

A brief weekend calm was shattered on Sunday when forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on protesters in Taiz, killing at least six people and wounding 120, hospital sources said.

May 30, 2011

Six killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters in Taiz

SANAA/TAIZ (Reuters) – Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding 120, hospital sources said.

A Reuters photographer at the scene said police fired live ammunition, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting outside a municipal building to demand the release of a fellow protester who was arrested on Saturday.

May 30, 2011

Yemeni forces fire at protesters in Taiz, six killed

SANAA/TAIZ (Reuters) – Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding 120, hospital sources said.

A Reuters photographer at the scene said police fired live ammunition, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting outside a municipal building to demand the release of a fellow protester who was arrested on Saturday.