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YEMEN: 22 dead in rebel clashes

At least 22 people were killed and more than 50 injured in two days of fierce clashes between Shia rebels and tribesmen loyal to the government in northwestern Yemen, tribal sources said Tuesday. Seven tribesmen and five rebels were killed and more than 20 from both sides were wounded in the Harf Sufian and al-Amashiya districts of Amran province, about 44 miles northwest of the capital, Sana'a, the sources told the German Press Agency dpa. They said the clashes broke out late Monday and continued Tuesday.


UNITED NATIONS: Ban criticized on corruption

The departing head of the UN agency that battles internal corruption issued a scathing assessment of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's record on accountability, fueling criticism from Washington and defensive remarks from Ban's spokesman Tuesday. In a confidential memo to Ban obtained by The Associated Press, outgoing Undersecretary-General Inga-Britt Ahlenius accused him of systematically undermining her authority. She leaves after a five-year term as head of the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services. A spokesman for the U.S. Mission, Patrick Ventrell, told AP that the United States was frustrated with OIOS and particularly "disappointed with the recent performance of its investigations division." The UN, meanwhile, added U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, based in Yemen, to its terrorist list, following a similar move by the U.S. Treasury Department.


IRAN: Insurers obeying sanctions

Just weeks after the United States and the UN imposed new sanctions on Iran, Tehran's ability to ship vital goods has been significantly curtailed as some of the most powerful Western insurance companies cut off Iranian shippers out of fear that they could run afoul of U.S. laws, the insurers say. The U.S. sanctions, which threaten to penalize foreign companies that sell refined petroleum products to Iran, have forced ports and freighting companies across the globe to re-evaluate their Iranian business.

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