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2006-07-20 14:19:03

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a free trade pact with the Gulf Arab state of Oman, after a debate focused on the safety of U.S. ports and protections for Omani workers. The House voted 221-205 to strengthen trade and investment ties with the Middle East non-OPEC oil and natural gas producer which has a population of about 3 million. The Senate approved the deal last month 60-34. Most Democrats voted against the...

2006-06-29 17:40:29

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Funds are flowing into Somalia from Saudi Arabia and Yemen to support the Islamic Courts movement that seized the capital Mogadishu this month, said a senior U.S. official on Thursday. The State Department's point person on Africa, Jendayi Frazer, told a hearing on Capitol Hill that the United States and others were reaching out to the Arab League about the flow of funds into Somalia from Arab countries. "I don't want to say the Saudi government...

2006-06-17 09:17:30

SANAA (Reuters) - The family of a Yemeni prisoner said to have committed suicide at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison is refusing to bury him, demanding an investigation into his death, the family lawyer said on Saturday. U.S. authorities said on Friday it handed over the body of Ali Abdullah Ahmed and those of two Saudi inmates it says committed suicide at the prison in Cuba last week. Their families have questioned the possibility that the men, all devout Muslims, have taken their own...

2006-04-19 04:09:54

SANAA (Reuters) - A Yemeni court jailed 14 Yemeni Islamists on Wednesday for planning to kidnap Americans to negotiate the release of prisoners. The state security court in Sanaa handed down jail terms of between 18 months and seven years to the men, who were also convicted of plotting to attack military and security installations in Yemen. The defendants were not charged with belonging to al Qaeda. "Unjust, invalid!" screamed some of the defendants' relatives as the judge...

2006-04-16 08:35:41

DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy denied reports on Sunday that a U.S.-flagged yacht had been attacked by pirates off the coast of Yemen. A Navy spokesman confirmed that the yacht had issued a distress call after spotting "people with weapons" but said no shots were fired and that its three passengers were safe. "There was no attack and the yacht is still at sea and out of any danger," Commander Jeff Breslau, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, told Reuters by telephone from...

2006-04-16 07:05:22

ROME (Reuters) - A U.S.-flagged yacht with three people aboard was attacked by pirates wielding rocket launchers off the coast of Yemen, the Italian Coastguard said on Sunday after an Italian freight ship reported a distress call. "Around 9.45 a.m. (0745 GMT) an Italian container ship, the Jolly Platino called to say it had heard an SOS message from an American sailing vessel, the Tir Na Nog," an official from the Rome headquarters of the Coastguard told Reuters. The Italians...

2006-04-15 10:27:32

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen charged two men on Saturday with helping an al Qaeda-linked group on trial accused of planning attacks against U.S. interests in the country. The prosecution at the trial of the 17 suspects said the two Yemenis had "facilitated the entrance of the accused Saudis from Syria to Yemen." Five Saudis are part of the group which is accused of acting on orders of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq. In February, prosecutors said the group had planned to...

2006-04-05 10:40:00

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN -- Three men newly freed from jail in Yemen have given detailed accounts to Amnesty International that suggest they may previously have been held at a secret U.S. prison in Eastern Europe, the rights group said on Wednesday. Muhammad Bashmilah, Salah Qaru and Muhammad al-Assad spent 13 months in one secret facility before being flown to Yemen in May 2005 and imprisoned there until their release last month, Amnesty said in a report. It based its...

2006-03-15 20:43:55

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - When Saudi intellectuals got together this month to discuss reforming the education system, they needed armed security officers to protect them. "Some people said they were going to teach me a lesson here," Abdullah al-Ghodami declared defiantly, challenging the Islamists attending a seminar in Riyadh. "I want a lesson now then -- I'm a pupil waiting for this lesson," he told the hall where police officers lined the walls, keeping an eye on the...

2006-03-06 08:42:00

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni forces have recaptured three al Qaeda inmates who were part of a group that tunnelled out of jail in the Arab country last month, a government official said on Monday. "Authorities arrested three of the al Qaeda escapees in Sanaa on Sunday," the official told Reuters. He gave no further detail of their identities. Last month, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said three other al Qaeda militants -- part of a group of 23 inmates who broke out of jail -- had...


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Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

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2007-12-21 13:32:44

The Arabian Wolf (Canis lupus arabs), is a mammal of the order Carnivora. It is a subspecies of Gray Wolf which was once found throughout the Arabian Peninsula, but now only lives in small pockets in Southern Israel, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Their ears are proportionately larger in relation to body size when compared to other species, an adaptation needed to disperse body heat. This subspecies is unusual, as it is not known to howl. Arabian wolves are unique among gray...

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2007-02-19 03:25:41

The Veiled Chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus, is a species of chameleon found in the mountainous regions of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is also called the Yemen Chameleon. These are expert tree climbers and tree dwellers. They have feet specially designed to grasp limbs and branches. The male veiled chameleon has a green base color and, depending on mood, this green will range from a bright lime green to a dark olive drab. The green base color is marked with stripes and spots of yellow,...

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2005-06-15 13:34:08

The Veiled Chameleon is a large species of chameleon found in the mountain regions of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is also sometimes referred to as the Yemeni Chameleon. The male veiled chameleon has a green base color and, depending on its mood, this green will range from a bright lime green to a drab, dark olive color. The green base color is marked with stripes and spots of yellow, brown, and blue. Non breeding females as well as juvenile chameleons are generally a uniform green color...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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