Nearly half of Yemenis go hungry post-revolt, says WFP

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA, Sept 30 | Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:21pm EDT

(Reuters) – Nearly half of Yemenis go to bed hungry every night as political instability compounds a global food and fuel price surge, giving the Arabian Peninsula state the world’s third-highest rate of child malnutrition, the World Food Programme said on Sunday. Continue reading Nearly half of Yemenis go hungry post-revolt, says WFP

Yemeni leader offers conditional dialogue with al Qaeda

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA | Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – Yemen’s president offered dialogue to Islamist militants including al Qaeda on Wednesday, but said they must agree first to put down weapons and reject support from abroad. Continue reading Yemeni leader offers conditional dialogue with al Qaeda

U.S. envoy praises Yemen on militants despite embassy attack

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA | Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:56pm BST

(Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Yemen says the government is fighting an effective war against al Qaeda militants but he is concerned about security lapses during an attack on the U.S. Embassy.

Ambassador Gerald Feierstein said in an interview with Reuters that Washington would not change its policies after the embassy attack. He did not believe most Yemenis held anti-American sentiments, he said. Continue reading U.S. envoy praises Yemen on militants despite embassy attack

Yemenis paint disappeared activists on Sanaa streets

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:40 GMT

* Artists paint activists in “The Walls Remember” project

* Youth activists, political opponents among those missing

* Govt asks families to come forward with cases from 2011

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Yemenis are using street art to lobby the government to tell what happened to hundreds of people who disappeared in years of political turmoil, but even their images on the walls have troubled powerful figures who sought to remove the graffiti. Continue reading Yemenis paint disappeared activists on Sanaa streets

Yemen minister says Saleh trying to spoil transition

Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:27 GMT

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is interfering in the Arabian Peninsula state’s transition process but Western countries are still reluctant to cut him off completely, a Yemeni government minister said on Saturday. Continue reading Yemen minister says Saleh trying to spoil transition

Yemen to investigate abuses during anti-Saleh uprising

By Andrew Hammond

SANAA | Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:56pm BST

(Reuters) – Yemen will investigate alleged human rights violations that occurred during an uprising last year, officials said on Wednesday, possibly opening the way to prosecution of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his relatives. Continue reading Yemen to investigate abuses during anti-Saleh uprising

Analysis – Some Gulf rulers wary of U.S. shifts on Islamists, Iran

By Andrew Hammond and Rania El Gamal

DUBAI | Wed Sep 5, 2012 3:43pm BST

(Reuters) – The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideological affiliates in the Arab Spring uprisings has stoked fears among Gulf Arab governments that the United States may one day abandon its traditional allies as it warms up to Islamists. Continue reading Analysis – Some Gulf rulers wary of U.S. shifts on Islamists, Iran

Bahrain court upholds sentences on uprising leaders

By Andrew Hammond

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Bahraini civilian court on Tuesday upheld sentences of up to life in prison against leaders of last year’s pro-democracy uprising, a decision that could dim prospects for defusing unrest in the small Gulf Arab state.

Amnesty International, a London-based human rights group, described the ruling as outrageous. Continue reading Bahrain court upholds sentences on uprising leaders

Bahrain economy shrinks in second quarter

By Martin Dokoupil and Andrew Hammond

DUBAI, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s economic output fell in the second quarter of this year after moderate growth in the previous three months, data showed on Sunday, as political unrest continued to weigh on the small oil producer. Continue reading Bahrain economy shrinks in second quarter

Bahrain criticises Iran over Mursi speech mistranslation

By Andrew Hammond and Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI, Sept 2 | Sun Sep 2, 2012 4:09pm IST

(Reuters) – Bahrain has criticised Iranian officials over a mistranslation of a speech by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, which replaced the word “Syria” with “Bahrain” when he listed Arab states that had experienced revolts since last year.

The reference was diplomatically sensitive because Iran, a Shi’ite Muslim power and an ally of the Syrian government, has expressed sympathy with a Shi’ite-led democratic protest movement in Bahrain against the ruling Al Khalifa family. The Khalifas, backed by Washington, are Sunni Muslim. Continue reading Bahrain criticises Iran over Mursi speech mistranslation