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Apr 7, 2011

Gulf states seek to broker Yemen’s Saleh exit

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are trying to broker a deal to have Yemen’s president step down and hand over power, possibly to an interim council of tribal and political leaders, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s at times bloody response to protests, inspired by those in Egypt and Tunisia, against his 32-year rule has tried the patience of his U.S. and Saudi backers.

Apr 6, 2011

Saudi and allies focus on Yemen’s Saleh exit

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are trying to broker a deal to have Yemen’s president step down and hand over power, possibly to an interim council of tribal and political leaders, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s at times bloody response to protests, inspired by those in Egypt and Tunisia, against his 32-year rule has tried the patience of his U.S. and Saudi backers.

Apr 6, 2011

Exclusive: Gulf states seek to broker Yemen’s Saleh exit

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are trying to broker a deal to have Yemen’s president step down and hand over power, possibly to an interim council of tribal and political leaders, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ali Abdullah’s Saleh’s at times bloody response to protests, inspired by those in Egypt and Tunisia, against his 32-year rule has tried the patience of his U.S. and Saudi backers.

Mar 30, 2011

Arab rulers must change or risk defeat: Turkey

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday a new era was sweeping the Middle East and it was up to its leaders to embrace change or risk being cast away.

He dismissed allegations by many Arab autocrats that an unprecedented wave of uprisings that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt and inspired masses across Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria was the work of “foreign elements.”

Mar 25, 2011

Analysis: Ground shifts as new Middle East order takes shape

LONDON (Reuters) – The scene is eerily similar, everywhere you look in the Middle East. The physical geography may be different but the political geography is the same.

Switch on any Arab satellite TV channel and you can watch pro-democracy demonstrators openly defying the rulers who have controlled their lives for decades. But it may take more than a moment to figure out whether you are seeing Libya or Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia or Syria, maybe Morocco, Bahrain or perhaps Oman.

Mar 25, 2011

Ground shifts as new Middle East order takes shape

LONDON (Reuters) – The scene is eerily similar, everywhere you look in the Middle East. The physical geography may be different but the political geography is the same.

Switch on any Arab satellite TV channel and you can watch pro-democracy demonstrators openly defying the rulers who have controlled their lives for decades. But it may take more than a moment to figure out whether you are seeing Libya or Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia or Syria, maybe Morocco, Bahrain or perhaps Oman.

Mar 13, 2011

As world talks, time running out for Libya rebels

LONDON (Reuters) – By the time the outside world agrees on a response to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody onslaught against a popular revolt, it could all be over.

The advance of Gaddafi’s better-armed forces, who seem to have shown little regard for civilians when storming in to retake rebel strongholds, has outrun the slow pace of hesitant initiatives being discussed by European, U.S. and Arab leaders.

Mar 13, 2011

Analysis: As world talks, time running out for Libya rebels

LONDON (Reuters) – By the time the outside world agrees on a response to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody onslaught against a popular revolt, it could all be over.

The advance of Gaddafi’s better-armed forces, who seem to have shown little regard for civilians when storming in to retake rebel strongholds, has outrun the slow pace of hesitant initiatives being discussed by European, U.S. and Arab leaders.

Mar 11, 2011

Libyan scholar urges help for rebels fighting Gaddafi

LONDON (Reuters) – An influential Libyan scholar urged world powers on Friday to recognize the rebel National Libyan Council, supply it with weapons and impose a no-fly zone to ground Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes.

Sheikh Ali al-Salabi, one of Libya’s most prominent Islamic scholars, also asked Arab leaders meeting in Cairo on Saturday to “help the Libyan people regain their stolen freedoms.”

Mar 10, 2011

Libyan exiles see the birth of a new nation

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s tumultuous revolt has
filled exiles with pride that a new country is being born and
hope that it can emerge with a new image no longer tarnished by
association with the cruel policies of Muammar Gaddafi.

While the uprising has yet to succeed and the shape of a new
Libya lies in the future, Libyan intellectuals forced into exile
talk not only of freedom but of their personal ordeals and the
restoration of their country’s reputation.