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YEMEN / President's ouster sought

Thousands of Yemeni protesters have called for the ouster of their president after 32 years in power. Students, activists and opposition groups gathered yesterday inside the University of Sanaa in the capital to chant slogans against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It appeared to be the first demonstration to directly confront the rule of Yemen's president.


ALBANIA / Crisis deepens after deaths

Albania's main opposition party yesterday blamed the government for the deaths of three people during the most violent anti-government protests the country had seen in years. Socialist Party leader Edi Rama directly accused Interior Minister Lulzim Basha of abuse of post and called for him to be arrested. He also accused Prime Minister Sali Berisha of being the "political orchestrator" of the deaths.


NEPAL / Communists give up forces

The head of Nepal's former communist rebels handed command of his fighters over to the government yesterday as part of a peace deal that ended the Himalayan nation's decade-long conflict. Nepal's prime minister and the Communist Party of Nepal, known as the Maoists, reached the deal earlier this month for a special committee to monitor the 19,000-strong ex-rebel force, just as a UN peace mission was ending its watch.


AFGHANISTAN / Parliament session set

Afghan President Hamid Karzai walked out of a volatile meeting yesterday regarding when the country's new parliament should convene, only to return with a promise that the legislature would meet Wednesday, just three days later than scheduled, Afghan lawmakers said. The agreement appears to sidestep a dispute that had sparked concerns about the viability of a government already hard-pressed by its war with Taliban extremists and its dependence on international aid.

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