Saturday, January 28, 2012

Yemeni president heads to US

January 28, 2012

SANAA, Yemen - (AP) -- A presidential spokesman says Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Oman on route to the United States.

Spokesman Ahmed al-Soufi says Saleh has arrived in London and will leave later Saturday for New York for medical treatment in the United States. He gives no futher details.

Saleh left Yemen to neighboring Oman a week ago, planning to head to the United States, under pressure from Washington and others to leave his homeland to allow a more peaceful transition from his rule. In November, Saleh handed over his powers to his vice president and promised to step down completely.

But opponents say he has continued to interfere in the work of a unity government through his allies and relatives in key posts.

President Saleh Arrives to London in his way to the U.S.

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

London, January 28, 2012- President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in London on route to the US to continue treatment from wounds he sustained from an attack against the presidential palace last June.

Yemen: 5 killed in clashes with Al Qaeda militants

January 28, 2012| Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni security officials say fighting between government troops and Al Qaeda linked militants in the country's south has killed at least five people.

The army has been trying for months to dislodge the militants from the towns and territory they seized last spring in Abyan province, taking advantage of the security collapse in the country amid months of political turmoil.

The security officials say Friday's fighting is centered near the town of Jaar, and that four militants and one soldier have been killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Resident Hisham Abdel-Qader says he fled his home near Jaar because of intense government shelling.