Yemen's southern secessionists will revive plans for independence amid internal divisions and Houthi ascendency. According to analysts, pro-independence activists are probably right to be suspicious of the Houthis. "The Houthis are consolidating in the north, not only to serve their own interests, but to help consolidate Yemen under only one centre of power," Fernando Carvajal, a US-based Yemen analyst, told Al Jazeera. "Every actor wants and needs to rule over a unified Yemen. It is the only political solution that would give any successor [to the current government] legitimacy and authority."
The fate of Yemen's peace deal is hanging in the balance after Houthis snub president's choice of a prime minister. "The selection makes a mockery of Yemen's independence and sovereignty as well as the will of the people," the group said in a statement issued shortly after the appointment was made. They promised further 'escalation' of the kind that led to heavy fighting in the capital in September.
Three al-Qaeda fighters, including "a senior figure", have been killed in south-central Yemen following a strike from an unmanned aircraft, security forces have told Al Jazeera. Moqbel Ebad Al Zawbah and his two companions were killed on Thursday while in a car in the province of Al Bayda, the sources said.
The Yemeni chief of security at the US embassy in Sanaa has been assassinated, security officials have said. Qassem Aqlani, who was reportedly in his fifties, was shot dead while on his way to work early on Thursday. A gunman on a motorcycle reportedly opened fire at him and fled the scene. Aqlani had been working for the US embassy in the Yemeni capital for nearly 20 years.
At least five fighters suspectedly linked to al-Qaeda have been killed in an apparent US drone strike in a remote part of southern Yemen, officials said. The fighters, who were reportedly heavily armed with weapons and explosives, were killed in an air strike on their vehicles in Shabwa province on Thursday.
An attack by fighter planes in Yemen has mistakenly hit vehicles carrying civilians travelling south of the capital, Sanaa, killing 14, including women and children, officals and tribesmen said. Military officials said Sunday's air strikes in Radaa in the province of Bayda were based on faulty intelligence that the passengers were al-Qaeda members.
Three people have been killed and nine have been wounded when troops from Yemen's elite Republican Guard force attacked the headquarters of the defence ministry but were repelled, the Reuters news agency reports. The forces, led by the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, laid siege to the ministry in Sanaa on Tuesday before attacking it with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, witnesses said.
The White House has formally acknowledged for the first time that it is conducting lethal attacks against al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia, after it had partially lifted the lid of secrecy on its counterterrorism campaign. The White House's semi-annual report to Congress on the state of US combat operations abroad, delivered Friday, mentions what has been widely reported for years but never formally acknowledged by the administration: The US military has been taking "direct action" against members of al-Qaeda and affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.
The Yemeni army has driven fighters associated with al-Qaeda from the key southern city of Zinjibar, a hard-fought objective that they had contested for a year. Fighters calling themselves Ansar al-Sharia, or Supporters of Islamic Law, had occupied parts of Abyan province as well as Zinjibar, its capital, since the spring of 2011. The fighters, who are thought to be tied to al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, declared the area an Islamic emirate.
The Yemeni army is gearing up for a push to try to take a southern coastal town from al-Qaeda-linked fighters, local residents say. Hundreds of troops backed by tanks were closing in on the al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)-held town of Shaqra, about 50km along the coast east of Zinjibar, residents there said. Via text message, the head of the southern military zone asked people living in the area not to use the roads around Shaqra and two other towns controlled by the fighters.
At least seven people have been killed after fighters linked to al-Qaeda attacked Yemeni troops guarding a town briefly seized by the fighters earlier this year, officials say. The attack on Radda, a town in al-Baydah province 170km southeast of the capital Sanaa, comes amid a major Yemeni army offensive on al-Qaeda strongholds further to the south.
At least seven suspected al-Qaeda fighters, including two senior operatives, have been killed in air raids in south Yemen, officials say. The officials said Thursday's air raids targeted the town of Jaar and northeast of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, where the fighters were operating. One of those killed was in charge of armament, known by his nickname al-Galadi, Yemeni officials said.
At least 23 people have been killed after suspected al-Qaeda-linked fighters attacked a military camp in southern Yemen, residents and local officials have said. Fighting near the city of Lawdar erupted on Monday when fighters from Ansar al-Sharia launched a dawn assault on the camp, which is in Abyan province, about 120km from the southern port city of Aden.
Two gunmen have killed a US citizen in southwestern Yemen in an attack that was claimed by an armed group associated with al-Qaeda. The assailants, who were riding a motorbike, shot the man in his car while he was driving in Taiz, then fled the scene, a Yemeni official told the AFP news agency.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has formally handed over power to his vice-president, the winner of an uncontested campaign to replace him after 33 years of one-man rule. During a ceremony in the capital Sanaa on Monday, Saleh congratulated Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his successor, and said he hoped for a peaceful transition of power.
A car bomb has caused many casualties and injuries outside a presidential palace in southern Yemen on the day that the country swore in a new president. Health officials told news agencies that at least 25 people were killed and 30 injured in the attack in Mukalla, the capital of the southeastern Hadramaut province on Saturday. All of those killed were soldiers in the Yemeni Republican Guard, which serves as the presidential security force.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has said he will return to his country before an election to install his successor is finished, raising concerns about his commitment to a peace deal that would ease him out of power. Saleh is currently in the US receiving treatment for injuries he sustained during an assassination attempt last year in the capital Sanaa. He left in late January, apparently conveing his intention to abide by a plan to step down from power.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's outgoing president, has left for Oman on his way to the United States for medical treatment, Yemeni officials said. An airport official said the plane took off from Sanaa airport to neighbouring Oman on Sunday evening, and an aide to Saleh said he would stay there for several days before heading to the US.
The Yemeni parliament has unanimously approved a law giving the country s outgoing president immunity from prosecution in return for his stepping down under a Gulf-brokered transition deal. The law, adopted on Saturday, gives Ali Abdullah Saleh "complete" immunity and also offers partial protection from legal action to his aides.
A Yemeni draft law granting immunity to the outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from prosecution over the killing of protesters has been amended to limit the legal protection to his aides and associated, according to a minister. The new immunity draft law, which has been heavily criticised by rights groups, the United Nations and Yemeni protesters, "grants complete immunity to president Saleh" but his assistants will only benefit from "political immunity", Mohammad Makhlafi, the legal affairs minister, told the Reuters news agency.
Deadly clashes have broken out between Zaidi Shia rebels and Sunni Salafist gunmen in northern Yemen, a security official has said, as anti-government protests continued across the nation. Heavy fighting erupted on Thursday morning in the northern Hajjah province between rebel gunmen, known as Houthis, and Sunni fighters, the local official told news agencies.
Yemen's interim government has agreed to grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and anyone who has worked under him, amnesty against prosecution, paving the way for his departure in line with a Gulf plan to end deadly protests against his rule.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not travel to the United States, a senior aide has said, reversing a pledge by the leader who has withstood nearly a year of protests and military challenges from rivals seeking to topple him. "The idea of President Saleh's visit to America is now unlikely," Abdu al-Janadi, a senior figure in Saleh's political party and Yemen's deputy information minister, told reporters on Wednesday. He said members of Saleh's party asked him to remain and help ensure that the deputy to whom Saleh has formally transferred power succeeds him in an election set for February.
Saleh has ruled Yemen for 33-years and Barack Obama, the US president, like his predecessor George Bush, regards him as a critical ally in the fight against al-Qaeda. But thousands of Yemenis have been protesting for months calling for Saleh to step down and hundreds have been killed by government security forces. In November, Saleh signed an agreement in Saudi Arabia, according to which he pledged to resign after next year's elections. In return, he was promised immunity from prosecution for crimes such as the killing of protesters during his rule.
The administration of United States President Barack Obama is considering whether to allow Yemen's president into the country for medical treatment, as fresh violence and political tensions flare in the outgoing leader's home nation. A senior administration official said President Ali Abdullah Saleh's office requested that he be allowed to receive specialised treatment in the US for injuries sustained in a June attack on his compound.
Thousands of protesters in Yemen have been walking from the southern city of Taiz to the capital Sanaa to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh face trial and to denounce a new government that would spare him prosecution. Saleh has agreed to hand over power, but in return he has been granted immunity from prosecution. The marchers want the outgoing Saleh prosecuted for his involvement in the 11 months crackdown on anti-government protests.
Yemeni soldiers have been battling al-Qaeda-linked fighters outside the southern city of Zinjibar, which remains partly under the control of anti-government groups who seized it more than half a year ago.
At least three people have been killed in the Yemeni city of Taiz, activists and medical workers said, as thousands gathered for an anti-government rally in the city. Residents blamed the deaths on government troops, saying tanks had shelled Taiz from the surrounding mountains on Friday for a fourth straight day.
Officials in Yemen say heavy fighting broke out in the Yemeni capital between security forces and army defectors despite the signing of a recent deal to transfer power. One man from each side was killed in Friday's clashes in Sanaa, a military official said.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has made a surprise visit to the Saudi capital to sign a long-awaited power transfer deal. It was brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council. But Saleh has backed out of stepping down three times before.
Fierce clashes have erupted between forces loyal to Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents in two areas in the capital Sanaa, a day after the UN urged the embattled leader to hand over power.
At least seven people have been killed and dozens wounded after armed men loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on demonstrators in the Yemeni capital, witnesses say.
Thousands of protesters in Yemen have returned to the streets of the capital, Sanaa, amid renewed clashes between tribesmen and government forces, a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a defiant speech aimed at ending the country's escalating unrest.
The United Nations Security Council has called for an end to violence in Yemen, where forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh have attacked opposition protesters and clashed with defected soldiers loyal to the Yemeni people's revolution, leaving scores dead or injured.
Troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, have opened fire on protesters in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 26 people and injuring hundreds. Tens of thousands of protestors calling for an end to president Saleh's 33-year rule took to the streets of the capital a day after protesters stormed Yemen's main university
Two civilians died on Thursday when a shell hit their house in the al-Hassaba district of the capital, Sanaa, a source in the office of Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, a tribal chief, said. Mohammad al-Qadhi, a former managing editor of Yemen Times, told Al Jazeera that clashes had taken place between fighters supporting Sadiq, the leader of the most powerful tribal federation, and troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yemen's army has taken control of the capital of southern Abyan province from fighters suspected of having links to al-Qaeda, the state news agency said, citing the provincial governor and military officers.
At least 10 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and nine wounded in overnight clashes with suspected al-Qaeda fighters in the southern lawless province of Abyan, a military official said on Monday.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left hospital in Saudi Arabia, more than two months after he was wounded in a bombing at his Sanaa residence, but will remain in Riyadh, a Saudi official told the AFP news agency
Tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, convalescing in Saudi Arabia, have held rival rallies in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Friday's anti-regime protests also took place in several provinces, including Yemen's second largest city of Taez, in Ibb, Shabwa, Saada and Marib, witnesses said.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, his face burned and his hands covered with bandages, has appeared on television for the first time since he was wounded in a bomb attack on his palace in Sanaa.
Yemeni security forces have opened fire on protesters at a funeral in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least one demonstrator and injuring six others, medics and witnesses said.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have celebrated what they described as the fall of the Yemeni government after Ali Abdullah Saleh, the long-serving president, left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, says he is "well and in good health" after suffering injuries in an attack on his presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa. In an audio address delivered on state television late on Friday night, Saleh said the strike, where "seven officers were martyred", was by an "outlaw gang" - the opposition Hashed tribe led by powerful Sadiq al-Ahmar.
A tenuous truce declared a few days ago to end street fighting in the Yemeni capital between tribal groups and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the embattled president, has broken down, sending the country closer to the brink of civil war.
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed and dozens injured in an apparent ambush as they were travelling to the al Qaeda-held city of Zinjibar in the southern province of Abyan, a security official said.
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh says that he will not be dragged into a civil war, despite clashes between government forces and fighters loyal to the leader of a powerful tribal group who has sided with protesters seeking to oust him from power.
At least 38 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Yemeni capital between government loyalists and guards of a tribal leader who has sided with protesters demanding an end to president Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule, reports say
Yemen's opposition has signed a deal brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to end the country's political crisis by easing Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, out of power after months of unrest. The deal, signed by the opposition in the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday, commits Saleh to leaving office within 30 days in return for immunity from prosecution.
Yemen's president has for a second time backed out of a Gulf-sponsored deal to transfer power. The long awaited agreement brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) would have seen Ali Abdullah Saleh stepping down within a month
Three protesters have been killed and at least 15 wounded after government forces opened fire at demonstrators in the southern Yemen city of Ibb. The soldiers began shooting after protesters surrounded a building where the troops had taken shelter after a clash earlier on Friday.
Yemeni government forces have opened fire at protesters in the city of Taiz, wounding dozens, according to witnesses and medics. Security forces, using machine guns mounted on military vehicles, fired in the air as demonstrators were setting up roadblocks along a main street in the city on Thursday, a Reuters reporter said.
At least nine peole protesting against the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, have been killed by security forces and snipers after they opened fire on thousands of anti-government demonstrations in several cities across the country.
Yemeni opposition leaders have dismissed the country's president's stance on a revised Gulf-backed plan to ease him out of power, as massive demonstrations keep up pressure on Ali Abullah Saleh to resign.
Vast crowds have taken to the streets across Yemen to demand the immediate resignation of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, rather than the phased handover of power envisaged by a Gulf Arab plan expected to be signed on Sunday.
One person has been killed after a gunman on a motorcycle fired at a Yemeni anti-government protest camp in the coastal town of al-Hudaydah. The attack happened as Muslim dawn prayers were being held in al-Nasr Square on Wednesday, witnesses said.
Security forces in Yemen have killed at least four people and wounded hundreds more after opening fire on demonstrations in the capital Sanaa and the town of Taiz, as the UN meets to discuss the crisis.
Security forces have opened fire on demonstrators in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz, injuring at least four people. Nouh al-Wafi, an activist, said several thousand protesters had been rallying in the city on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, when security forces fired on them
At least five people have been killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as forces loyal to a defected army general and pro-government fighters clashed, Al Jazeera's correspondents have said.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's embattled president, has welcomed "efforts" by members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to end his country's political crisis, according to a statement from his office. A GCC statement on Sunday, talked of "the formation of a national unity government under the leadership of the opposition which has the right to form committees ... to draw up a constitution and hold elections".