U.S. Orders Nonessential Diplomats to Leave Yemen

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - May 25, 2011 --

The State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Yemen as security conditions deteriorate with the country's embattled leader refusing to step down. It is also urging private Americans to leave.

Wednesday's decision to tell most nonessential personnel and the
families of American staff at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa to leave is
sign of Washington's increasing concern about the situation in
Yemen, where street battles between supporters and opponents of
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh raged for a third day.

Speaking in London earlier Wednesday, President Barack Obama
called on Saleh to "move immediately" to transfer power. Saleh
has balked three times at following through on commitments to step
down.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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