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Tuesday, 02-October-2007
Almotamar Net - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says about 1,000 British troops can soon leave Iraq. As VOAs Jim Randle reports, the Brtish leader visited Baghdad and Basra for talks with top Iraqi officials. google news - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says about 1,000 British troops can soon leave Iraq. As VOA's Jim Randle reports, the Brtish leader visited Baghdad and Basra for talks with top Iraqi officials.
Prime Minister Brown said about one-fifth of the British force can head home in the next few months, leaving a contingent of about 4,500.
Brown met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, and told journalists, Iraqi forces can take over security duties in Basra during the next two months. That is the city that British troops turned over to their Iraqi counterparts before withdrawing to a base outside the town. Brown says it will soon be time to turn over responsibility for the whole province.
"I believe that within the next two months, we can move to provincial Iraqi control and that is the Iraqis taking responsibility for their own security in the whole of Basra," he said. "I believe that the 30,000 security forces that have been trained up, are capable of discharging these responsibilities for security."
Basra is the last of four southern Iraqi provinces that Britain was responsible for after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The others were transferred to Iraqi control earlier.
Brown planned a visit to Basra for talks with British commanders. This is his first visit to Iraq as prime minister.
Brown is scheduled to address Britain's parliament next week to outline the future of Britain's role in Iraq.

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Wednesday, 24-December-2014
The cabinet Wednesday meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, discussed a number of proposals and visions to improve performance of the civil service and activate its organizational, planning, consultative and supervisory roles.

The cabinet session discussed a presentation by the Minister of Civil Service and Insurance over the current situation of the public employments and the necessary reforms as well as improving the public administration since it is the core foundation to serve social and economic service.

It also reviewed the big consequences due to the lack of implementing retirement system for employees who reached either retirement conditions as per the applicable law and its negative consequences.

In this respect, Minister of Civil Service and Insurance made clear that the number of employees who meet retirement conditions and not retired up to 2014 reached 19, 555 at the central and local levels.

The cabinet asked all concerned ministries and institutions to take the prompt procedures and measures to apply retirement law.
Tuesday, 23-December-2014


Republican decree appointing 7 governors issued
SANA’A, Dec. 23 (Saba) – The Republican decree No. (144) for the year 2014 was issued on Monday to appoint seven governors as follows:

1. Dr. Abdul-Aziz Saleh bin Habtoor as a governor of Aden,

2. Dr. Adel Mohammed Ba-Humaid as a governor of Hadramout,

Monday, 22-December-2014
Justice Minister Khaled Ba-Junaid discussed on Tuesday with UNICEF's Deputy Representative in Yemen Jeremy Hopkins aspects of mutual cooperation in promoting the juvenile care.

In the meeting, Ba-Junaid affirmed the importance to unite efforts of the community and official bodies to improve juvenile and childhood conditions in general, confirming the importance of dealing with juvenile cases as soon as possible and to avoid juveniles staying in prison for a long time without a court sentence.
Saturday, 20-December-2014


The government of Yemen and donors held the fourth follow-up meeting today in Sana’a to discuss the progress made in the Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) and the level of aid absorption in the last quarter of this year.
The meeting was chaired by the Yemeni Prime Minister, the Chairman of Executive Bureau to Accelerate Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms Board (EB), Eng. Khalid Bahah, from the government and the World Bank, G4 and GCC Mission representing donors. The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Planning, Finance, Transport, Public Works, Trade number of deputies and government institutions chairmen.
The meeting, which was attended by GCC ambassadors and donors representatives as well as private sector, parliament and CSO representatives, has discussed the policy reforms implementation and absorption of donors’ aid included in the EB’s annual report. The meeting also debated the next steps and mutual commitments of both the government and donors.
Mrs. Amatalim Alsoswa, the EB’s Managing Director, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the significance of the meeting which was held after the formation of the technocratic government led by PM Eng. Khaled Bahah. She also said that the meeting was held after one year passed since the launching of the EB under which worked under exceptional security, political, economic and stability challenges.
“The Yemeni government and donors community should agree on a work plan and a mechanism to increase the level of allocation, approval and disbursement of the remaining funds as well as the development of a National Plan for the Foreign Aid as it represents a primary indicator and regulator of the GoY-donors relationship from one side, and the government.” Mrs. Alsoswa said.
From his side, the Prime Minister stressed that the cabinet targeted a number of priorities in its program. The primary priorities were security, stability, spreading State’s control and push the economic development wheel forward. “The government is working to make the best use of the donors’ pledges and reach high absorption rates for these resources
Saturday, 20-December-2014
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the Tuesday bomb attacks in Radaa city in Bayda province, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolgirls.

"There is absolutely no justification for such cowardly terrorist acts that brutally take the lives of innocent civilians, including children", said a statement read by Spokesman for UN Secretary-General.

The statement called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

In the statement , the UN Secretary-General expressed his sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous attacks.
Friday, 19-December-2014
The UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen Affairs Jamal Binomar condemned on Friday the two terrorist attacks which took place on Tuesday in Rada city, Al-Baidha governorate, claiming the lives of 26 people, mostly children.

In a statement issued on Friday, Binomar said that: “As we offer our condolences to the families of the victims, we condemn these two terror attacks.”
Thursday, 18-December-2014
An informed source in the local authority in Hodeidah governorate has said that terror elements attacked one of the “Ansar Allah” popular committees location in Kornish street using a booby-trapped car.

members of the popular committees confronted the attack killing two suicide bombers before they blew themselves up while the two others managed to blow themselves up.
Thursday, 18-December-2014
France condemned on Thursday the Radaa terrorist attack occurred on Tuesday which killed more than 20 people, including schoolchildren.

In a statement issued Thursday,French Foreign Ministry described the crime as 'appalling and disgraceful' act.

The ministry expressed its condolences to the victims’ families, confirming that France stands alongside the Yemeni people in the fight against terrorism.
Thursday, 18-December-2014
The Parliament approved in its meeting on Thursday the Government's general program and voted unanimously to give confidence to the government.

After completing the discussion of the government program, the parliament listened to a report by the parliamentary committee on the main observations made during the debates and directed a number of recommendations to the government
Friday, 12-December-2014

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar said on Thursday that Yemen was still facing daunting political, economic and security challenges.

He made the remarks after briefing the UN Security Council on the developments in Yemen.

He said he briefed the council on "the enormous challenges Yemen is facing on the political, economic and security fields," Benomar told reporters after the meeting.

He also focused in his briefing on the "tardy implementation of National Peace and Partnership Agreement (NPPA)."

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