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Yemen sees violence occur amidst protests

According to this BBC News article, protests in Yemen took a slight turn as rock-throwing has been met with arrests (or possibly vice-versa).  Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to step down in 2013.  Having now seen a similar pledge by now-former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak snapped by continued protests, the people of Yemen have found new inspiration to increase protests.  A key difference is that the Yemeni protests are still only 2000 strong.  An excerpt from the article:

The unrest comes as Mr Saleh is preparing to hold talks with opposition groups on possible political reforms, in an attempt to prevent his overthrow in the manner of Egypt and Tunisia.

He has promised he will stand down and 2013 and that his son will not replace him in office.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, is a key ally for the US in its efforts to combat al-Qaeda in the region.

The country also faces a separatist movement in the south and an uprising of Shia rebels in the north.



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