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Aussies dead in drone strikes — and Brandis does not care

The government has no view on whether the killing of two Australians by US drone strikes in Yemen was illegal, inappropriate or concerning, George Brandis reveals.

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The day I (might have) met Harvard and Bin John

A Crikey reader talks about his time in Yemen — and when he might have met Christopher Harvard and Muslim Bin John.

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An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

An Australian has been killed overseas. But the federal government is strangely incurious about it, and has nothing to say about it. Its ideology is getting in the way.

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US embassy alert shows war against al-Qaeda offshoot wages

The unprecedented closure of US embassies across the Middle East and Africa shows al-Qaeda and its deadly offshoots are still active and at war with America and its allies.

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Media regulation and Kim Williams

Crikey readers have their say.

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Rundle: Yemen’s multiple proxy wars a recipe for a famine

For decades throughout the 20th century, the idea of famine had two dominant uses in the West.

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Al Qaeda’s underwear bomber secretly a double agent

Earlier this week the CIA announced it had thwarted plans for an Al Qaeda operative sent to destroy a US-bound plane with a complicated underwear bomb. It’s now been revealed that the operative was a double agent …

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A festive typo … Reuters bans Yemen journo … Telstra launches digital arm …

Merry Chistmas to all, and to all a good sub … Front Page of the Day … Reuters will no longer let reporter who worked for Saleh cover Yemen …

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Compare and contrast: Yemen and Saudi Arabia

Promises of reform in two neighbouring mid-east countries: in Yemen, president Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for early elections and says he is committed to a peaceful transfer of power. In Saudi Arabia, king Abdullah has announced that from 2015 women will be allowed to stand and vote in local elections.

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UN: Yemen used excessive deadly force against peaceful protesters

A UN report released this week has called for immediate international action in Yemen and claims the government unnecessarily killed hundreds of peaceful protesters, reports Nick Cumming-Bruce.

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Media wrap: ailing president has Yemen holding its breath

Revelations that Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh was more gravely injured than previously reported have cast doubts over his ability to resume leadership in coming days. And protesters continue to exert pressure, writes Iona Salter.

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Freedom fighters in Yemen

Protests about Yemen’s troubled government started back in January, but with the government still clinging on to power, it’s meant months of military clashes and public demonstrations.

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Stalemate in Libya

The failure to intervene elsewhere does not undermine the rationale for, or raise questions about the motive of, the intervention in Libya. The international community was faced with a stark choice about whether to act to prevent a mass slaughter.

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Dictator Watch: in Yemen, the butcher becomes a T-shirt

As the crisis in Yemen hots up, President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government has shut down Al Jazeera’s offices.

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Domino Effect tumbles the Middle East

There’s been much discussion of the recent unrest in the Middle East, but this animated map by Slate clearly explains what’s happened on a daily basis — and where — from the first protests in Tunisia in December to yesterday in Yemen.

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Dictator watch: Yemen … going, going, gone

For Yemen, the next 24 hours could be crucial. More than half the Yemeni army and at least six of its top generals have defected to the protesters, and forces from opposing sides are now drawn up in the capital Sana’a.

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Mid-East uprising stopped in its tracks by West’s strategic uncertainty

The uprisings in the Middle East have been stopped dead in their tracks by a ferocious reaction from some of the world’s worst dictatorships, emboldened by international apathy.

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Libya latest: no force, says Gaddafi, but threatens to kill dissenters

Muammar Gaddafi defiantly declares he won’t step down in his first real televised speech since anti-government protests began across the country last week. Crikey intern Sophie Cousins wraps the latest from the Middle East.

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Middle East on fire: the latest from Bahrain, Libya and Yemen

Bahrainis the latest country in the region to be engulfed in anti-government demonstrations, inspired by the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Crikey covers the latest, including more violence in Libya and Yemen.

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Mubarak lowers the rhetoric but lifts the attacks on media

While softening its rhetoric, the Mubarak regime has launched a concerted campaign of intimidation against journalists and protest organisers.

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80 more boat people drown

It depends on where you drown, whether dead boat people become news in Australia, suggests Richard Farmer. When you capsize off the coast of Yemen you obviously don’t rate, based on the recent reports of 80 asylum seekers drowning.

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Nine shocking WikiLeaks revelations

The latest epic document dump from WikiLeaks contains plenty of nuggets of controversy, and The Daily Beast have whittled the list down to nine of the most shocking - including Yemen covering up for the US and China hacking Google and the Dalai Lama.

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The child-brides of Yemen

Over half of girls in Yemen are married off by their fathers before they’re 18, usually to men at least a decade older than them, with girls as young as 10 becoming mothers — and that’s if they’re lucky enough to survive the pregnancy.

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Undercover in Yemen’s radical mosques

For four years, American writer Theo Padnos went deep undercover into the world of radical Islam in Yemen. But his cover was blown last year, and now he’s speaking out about his experiences.

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VIDEO: A crash course on Yemen

What did you know about Yemen before a guy with a Yemeni mum tried to blow up an American plane? Al Jazeera shines a spotlight on the country that could be “the next Afghanistan”.

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