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Casualties mount in Sanaa

SANAA, Yemen, May 26 (UPI) -- Yemeni opposition groups disputed a report by the country's Defense Ministry that said 28 people were killed in an arms depot blast in Sanaa early Thursday.

Fear of chaos paralyzes Yemeni capital

SANAA, Yemen, May 25 (UPI) -- Yemenis barricaded their homes and neighborhoods as fear gripped Sanaa Wednesday after the collapse of a transition deal, witnesses said.
Yemen on brink of civil war, Saleh says

Yemen on brink of civil war, Saleh says

SANAA, Yemen, May 25 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Wednesday Yemen is on the verge of civil war and an analyst said the chances of Saleh staying in power were marginal.
Fight for control rages in Yemen

Fight for control rages in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen, May 24 (UPI) -- Yemeni opposition fighters took control of government ministries Tuesday as battles raged in the wake of a collapsed political transition deal, witnesses said.
Saleh scorned for GCC refusal

Saleh scorned for GCC refusal

SANAA, Yemen, May 23 (UPI) -- Washington scorned the Yemeni president for refusing to sign a transition deal, though he told the country it was the opposition that was part of the problem.
Yemen President refuses to sign deal

Yemen President refuses to sign deal

SANAA, Yemen, May 23 (UPI) -- Gulf diplomats were airlifted from an embassy building and forced to suspend a transition deal following Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh's refusal to sign.

Envoys rescued from Yemen embassy siege

SANAA, Yemen, May 22 (UPI) -- Western and Arab diplomats were rescued by helicopter Sunday from an embassy besieged by armed supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, officials said.

H. Clinton calls on Yemen's Saleh to quit

SANA'A, Yemen, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Saturday for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave office.
White House presses Yemen on GCC deal

White House presses Yemen on GCC deal

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- A transfer of power in Yemen represents the best way for the government to address the aspirations of its people, a top White House official said Wednesday.

Yemen says al-Qaida kills 6 soldiers

SANAA, Yemen, May 14 (UPI) -- Violence spiraled in Yemen Saturday as suspected al-Qaida fighters killed six soldiers and troops fired on protesters, the government said.
No immunity for Yemen's Saleh, HRW says

No immunity for Yemen's Saleh, HRW says

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council should withdraw immunity protection for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Human Rights Watch said.
4 protesters killed at Yemen funeral

4 protesters killed at Yemen funeral

SANAA, Yemen, May 13 (UPI) -- Yemeni security forces fired on protesters going to a funeral Friday, killing four of them, medical workers said.

Yemen: Oil output down, economy failing

SANAA, Yemen, May 13 (UPI) -- Ongoing political turmoil and attacks on the nation's pipelines are pushing Yemen toward economic catastrophe, the country's oil minister said.
U.S. wants 'immediate' transition in Yemen

U.S. wants 'immediate' transition in Yemen

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- Transition of power in Yemen as outlined by the Gulf Cooperation Council must begin immediately, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
13 killed in Yemen protests

13 killed in Yemen protests

SANAA, Yemen, May 11 (UPI) -- Yemeni security forces and loyalists fired on protesters in Sanaa Wednesday, killing at least 13 people, witnesses and medical officials 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..
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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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