Yemen to overhaul security agencies

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A working group in Yemen said its draft report on the rule of law calls for an overhaul of national security and intelligence institutions.

Yemen bids farewell to U.S. envoy Gerald Feierstein

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Yemen wants to "push forward" its ties with the United States, the Yemeni foreign minister told departing U.S. envoy Gerald Feierstein Monday.

Yemeni president meets Western envoys

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Yemen's president said he met with Western diplomats in Sanaa to highlight progress made on national reconciliation initiatives.

Yemeni P.M. Basindawa survives assassination attempt

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A gunman failed in a bid to assassinate Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa in Sanaa Saturday, the leader's media adviser said.

Yemen apologizes for 1994 civil war

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Yemeni government announced it issued a formal apology to its citizens for historical mistakes made during civil conflict in the 1990s.

Yemeni president arrives home amid threats

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Yemeni president returned home following a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss political transition, the government confirmed.

U.S., Yemen commit to security measures

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. and Yemeni presidents are committed to fighting the scourge of terrorism in the Near East republic, the White House said.

Obama, Hadi discuss counter-terrorism, reform in Yemen

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama and Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi Thursday discussed counter-terrorism and political reform in Yemen, the White House said.

Yemen's democratic journey 'extraordinary'

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Yemen has gone through an extraordinary journey as it charts its course toward democratic governance, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Yemen's president headed to Washington

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi is scheduled to visit Washington to discuss democratic developments, the White House announced.

U.S. citizens advised to leave Yemen

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Any U.S. citizen currently inside Yemen should leave the country immediately because of the threat from terrorism, the U.S. State Department said.

EU concerned about Yemen's progress

LUXEMBOURG, June 24 (UPI) -- The humanitarian situation and continued instability in southern Yemen complicate an otherwise relatively positive political outlook, the European Union said.

U.S. stands by Yemen, Kerry says

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. government stands by Yemen as it works toward national reconciliation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Yemen's political goals in jeopardy

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 17 (UPI) -- Political transition in Yemen could falter because of a severe humanitarian crisis, a U.N. envoy for Yemen said.

Kidnapped ICRC staffers freed in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, May 16 (UPI) -- Three aid workers seized Monday by armed individuals in Yemen were freed and are safe in Aden, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
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Ali Abdullah Saleh
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a media conference in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 18, 2011. UPI\Mohammad Abdullah..

Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح‎; born 21 March 1942) is the first President of the Republic of Yemen. Saleh previously served as President of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990, at which time he assumed the office of chairman of the Presidential Council of the Republic of Yemen (unified Yemen). He is the longest-serving president of Yemen, ruling since 1978.

Saleh was born in the town of al-Ahmar, in the Al-Ahmar family — the ruling family of the Hashid tribal confederacy. Saleh is a Zaydi Shia Muslim. He is a "non-Hashimi" Zaydi (not a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandfather), and would not have been eligible to rule under the Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen that ruled the country until 1962.

Saleh obtained less than an elementary school education. He joined the North Yemeni armed forces in 1958 and the North Yemen Military Academy in 1960, and became a corporal. Three years later, he was commissioned from the ranks as a second lieutenant. In 1977, the President of North Yemen, Ahmed bin Hussein al-Ghashmi, appointed him as military governor of Ta'izz.

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