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Yemen's President will step down in exchange for immunity

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh will cede power after a 32-year hold in exchange for certain conditions, including immunity from criminal prosecution for him and his family, according to the New York Times.

The Washington Post reported that Saleh has agreed to a plan that would hand over power to his vice-president, Abd-al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, in 30 days. It said 60 days later, an election would be held that would be overseen by a transitional government formed a week after Mansur al-Hadi gained power.

Despite a possible agreement between the government and opposition, the New York Times said that demonstrators may not comply after weeks of protests left many dead at the hands of the government.

The New York Times reported that although Saleh has been an ally against Al Qaeda, the U.S. government called for his removal in recent weeks because he has not been able bring stability to the country.

San Fernando--As the body count from a mass grave in Mexico grows, police officers were detained on suspicion of protecting the drug cartel that did it, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The New York Times said authorities in the state of Tamaulipas are being bought off or terrorized, with 16 police officers arrested in connection with killings and kidnappings.

Families have been flooding morgues in search of missing friends and family members after a total of 145 corpses have been recovered from a mass grave in San Fernando, reported the New York Times.

In addition to the one found with 72 bodies last year, this discovery has contributed to the belief that the Mexican government has no control over the state of Tamaulipas, said the New York Times.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that authorities believe the Zetas, a gang, are kidnapping men travelling north on buses to force them to work for them or for ransom.

More drug-related deaths prompt Mexican protests

Cuernavaca, Mexico--The death of a famous poet's son sparked demonstrations in Mexico Wednesday against ongoing drug-related violence, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Protesters called for the resignation of President Felipe Calderal, who has launched a campaign against the drug cartels since 2006, saying his strategy was inadequate, reported BBC News.

Juan Francisco Sicilia and six others were found dead with signs of torture March 28 in a car in Cuernavaca, with a note signed by the Gulf cartel claiming the victims sent drug-related tips to the government, said the Los Angeles Times.

BBC News said more than 35,000 Mexicans have died in the past four years.

Libyan foreign minister resigns as rebels retreat

Col. Muammar el-Qadaffi's rebel gained ground Wednesday although Libya's foreign minister resigned from his post, according to the New York Times.

The British Government told the Wall Street Journal that Moussa Koussa, who is the highest-level official to quit since the uprising began, arrived in London Wednesday.
This is a significant blow for the regime, which looks as if it is crumbling from within," a British official told the Wall Street Journal.

Despite NATO airstrikes, rebels continued to retreat toward Benghazi, their stronghold, which was reached by Qadaffi's forces two weeks ago before the bombing began, reported the New York Times.

The New York Times said the Obama administration would continue to encourage confidants of Qaddafi to abandon their leadership positions.

U.S. jet crashes in Libya, pilots safe

A U.S. fighter jet crashed Monday night in Libya in one of the first known mishap of international forces, but both pilots are safe, according to the New York Times.

The Associated Press reported that the F-15E Strike Eagle jet was on a mission against Col. Moammer Gadhaffi's forces when its equipment malfunctioned.

After both pilots were ejected from the aircraft, one was found by a coalition rescue team and the other by the Libyan people, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the U.S. tactical commander of the mission, told the New York Times.

"I hugged him and said don't be scared we are your friends," Younis Amruni, a 27-year-old Libyan who saw the pilot parachute into the field, told the Telegraph.

The U.S. and European forces, authorized by the United Nations Security Council, began a series of air strikes Saturday, said the New York Times.

Earthquake, tsunami wreaks havoc on Japan

TOKYO -- One of the largest earthquakes in a century hit Japan Friday, creating a tsunami that put the entire Pacific on alert and killing hundreds, according to the Associated Press.

The quake carried away homes and cars and caused widespread fires and major damage to highways, buildings and farmland, said the New York Times.

The official death toll in Japan has been placed at 300, but is expected to rise due to the number of missing persons, reported the New York Times.

A geological survey scientist told the Associated Press that the energy of the quake is almost equal to one month's worth of energy consumption in the U.S.

President Obama promised U.S. assistance to Japan, said the Associated Press.

Danish hostages knew piracy dangers before sailing

Despite knowledge that they were sailing into waters frequented by pirates, a Danish family continued their round-the-world trip and was captured Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

A Somali pirate told the Associated Press that Jan and Birgit Johnasen, their teenage children and two deck hands would be killed if an attempt was made to rescue them.

The New York Daily News reported that on a blog written last week by the Johnasens from their 43-foot-long boat, they specified that they had a "piracy plan" if the boat were seized.

"They sailed right into the pirates' arms," Per Gullestrup, head of a Danish shipowner Clipper, told the Associated Press.

Last week Somali pirates shot and killed four American hostages, reported the New York Daily News.

American arrested for Pakistani shootings worked for CIA

WASHINGTON--An American man arrested for shooting two armed men in Pakistan was working for the CIA at the time of the shootings, according to the Associated Press.

American government officials told the New York Times that Raymond Allan Davis, 36, a former Special Forces soldier, was working as a security officer for the CIA in Lahore.

The U.S. asserted that Davis has diplomatic immunity for what he described as an attempted armed robbery, said the Associated Press.

U.S. newspapers withheld information about Davis' employment at the request of the Obama administration so as not to interfere with Davis' safety, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reported that the CIA has been taking a greater role in Pakistan because the United States is not at war with the country, therefore limiting U.S. military operations.

Iraqis protest lack of electricity, employment

BAGHDAD--Iraqi citizens protested lack of basic services such as electricity and employment Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

With one in five Iraqis jobless, crumbling infrastructure and frequent blackouts, demonstrations across Iraq attempted to spark a response similar to protests held in the Mideast and Egypt, said the New York Times.

Hassan Ghazi, 35, told the New York Times that Iraqis "don't want to change the regime."

"We need unity, a demand for the same thing," Ghazi said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Iraqi government is responding to the varied demands of protesters, citing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to give back half his annual salary.

Although Iraq's government was elected by democratic vote last year, deficiency in day-to-day services arose from delayed formation of a governing coalition, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Labor strikes enter chaos of Egypt's protests

Labor strikes erupted Tuesday and Wednesday across cities in Egypt as the nation enters its third week of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, according to the New York Times.

The Washington Post reported spontaneous strikes in cities like Mahala, where thousands of workers demanded pay increases and permanent contracts from both state-run and private companies.

Freelance reporters at the newspaper Al Ahram pushed for a change at the state's most powerful propaganda tool, calling attacks by pro-Mubarak protesters on Tahrir Square an "offense to the whole nation," reported the New York Times.

Citing 17,000 loose prisoners, Mubarak's foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, refused to discard emergency laws, which allow authorities to detain people without charge, said the New York Times.

A Human Rights Watch report said Tuesday that upwards of 300 people have died in Egypt since demonstrations began Jan. 28.

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