yemen

An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa...An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa August 5, 2013. Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in Yemen on Monday after a U.S. warning of a possible militant attack in the region, and the Arab state said it was stepping up security at ports and airports. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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A soldier mans a checkpoint in Sana’a. On Monday, Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in the Yemen capital after a US warning of a possible militant attack in the region. The Arab country has stepped up security at ports and airports. Read more

Two soldiers sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa...Two soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa July 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi (YEMEN - Tags: MILITARY RELIGION)

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Two Muslim soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sana’a, Yemen on Thursday Read more

A Yemeni child attends a protest wearing a banner with the photo of a relative detained in Guantanamo Bay prison during a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy demanding his release, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 17, 2013. Arabic on the banner reads, "freedom to Abd El Rahman, detainee (224) in Guantanamo Bay prison."

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A Yemeni child attends a protest wearing a banner with the photo of a relative detained in Guantanamo Bay prison in front of the US embassy, in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday.

epa03724475 A Yemeni man passes a wall sprayed with anti-smoking graffiti on World No Tobacco Day in Sana’a, Yemen, 31 May 2013. The World Health Organisation (WHO) marks the 31st of May as 'World No Tobacco Day' in order to highlight the risks associated with tobacco usage and to deter people from smoking.

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A man passes a wall painted with anti-smoking graffiti on World No Tobacco Day in Sanaía, Yemen, on Friday. The World Health Organisation aims to highlight the risks associated with tobacco usage and to deter people from smoking Read more

A woman carries her son as she stands with other women at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in al-Mazraq of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja May 20, 2013. Thousands of the IDPs who have fled fighting between Shi'ite rebels and government forces in northwestern Yemen have yet to return to their villages three years after the fighting ended. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A woman carries her son as she stands with other women at a camp for internally displaced persons in al-Mazraq, in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja, on Monday. Thousands of the displaced who have fled fighting between Shia rebels and government forces in northwestern Yemen have yet to return to their villages three years after the fighting ended. Read more

Women collect water from a rain-water pond on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen

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Women collect water from a pond on the outskirts of Sanaa in Yemen

Yemeni Al-Qaeda militants listen as the judge sentenced them to jail for plotting attacks in Yemen at the Sanaa court on April 23, 2013. The court handed the militants jail sentences ranging between four and 10 years, on charges of forming an armed group to carry out attacks against military, government buildings and foreign interests in Yemen.

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Yemeni al-Qaeda militants listen as a judge sentences them to jail for plotting attacks in Yemen at the Sana’a court. The court handed out jail sentences ranging between four and 10 years, on charges of forming an armed group to carry out attacks against military, government buildings and foreign interests in Yemen. Read more

A Yemeni boy stands in the middle of garbage at a slum area on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, April 22, 2013. Hundreds of countries globally, mark International Earth Day on April 22, to help raise ecological awareness and support environmental protection.

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A Yemeni boy stands amid the rubbish in a slum area on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen. Hundreds of countries globally, mark International Earth Day on April 22, to help raise ecological awareness and support environmental protection.

Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans hailing military shake-up, carried out by Yemen's President Hadi, during demonstration outside house in Sanaa

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Yemeni crowd shouts slogans hailing a military shake-up, carried out by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, during a demonstration outside his house in Sana’a on Thursday. Mr Hadi removed the commander of the elite Republican Guard, a powerful political foe, from the military on Wednesday, state television reported, in an apparent move to unify Yemen‘s divided armed forces under his own control.