World Bulletin/News Desk
A Yemeni southern secessionist leader who was arrested upon arrival in Aden from Britain on Wednesday said on Saturday he had been released by the security forces.
Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani had been living abroad but Yemeni media reported last week that he was planning to return to meet other leaders of the southern secessionist movement in Aden, the capital of the former state of South Yemen.
He was then seized by a group of armed men who boarded the plane to arrest him, other separatist politicians said.
He told Reuters he had been released late on Saturday evening.
"The arrest did not affect our determination to struggle for the freedom and independence of the south," Hassani told Reuters after his release.
"We will meet with southern leaders to discuss prospects for the next stage with the aim of moving forward with the objective of restoring the southern state," he added.
North and south Yemen unified in 1990 when the collapse of the Soviet Union undermined the commmunist south's economy, but political harmony was short lived and an attempted southern secession in 1994 prompted a brief civil war, won by the north.
Southern Yemenis have since complained of discrimination and an unequal division of national resources, and secessionist sentiment, aiming to build a socialist state, was spurred by the mood of popular protest that swept the Arab world last spring.
Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled in north Yemen since 1978, was forced from power early this year after a year-long popular uprising that caused splits in the military and divided the country's powerful tribes.
The group called on Egyptians to withdraw their sons from the army and police, threatening further attacks on security sites nationwide.
Clashes erupted Monday between the military troops and Ansar al-Sharia militiamen in Bouatni district when the latter attacked an army base in the area.
Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Jamal al-Choubaki said medical patients, foreign passport holders and Gazans injured by Israel's ongoing onslaught will be allowed to cross the border.
Russian Foreign Ministry condemned ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza.
British PM Cameron questioned France's plan to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, saying fulfilling such an order would be unthinkable after the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane
In relief agency feeding centres, mothers seeking medical help for skeletal children tell harrowing tales of life in the bush, where they could only scavenge for fruit or roots.
In its statement, the Palestinian Journalists Union asserted that Israel had carried out 37 intentional attacks on journalists and media institutions since July 7, when it began its onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip.
During the nine months ending June 30, more than 57,000 children were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, most of them from Central America, and double last year's count
Video footage shows Israeli snipers shooting at civilians and aid workers in the Gaza Strip.
The Malaysian leader said he had reached an agreement with the separatists for recovered bodies to be handed over to the authorities in the Netherlands
Public outrage at sex crimes is a test for Modi's new coalition, which trounced an electoral alliance led by Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi in a general election last May.
Rebel officials are due to hold talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who openly said in January his forces were supporting South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down, airlines began to avoid the airspace above where the Ukrainian military has been fighting Russian-backed rebels.
The State Department warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
President said Ukraine was open to any investigation about its planes and that the Russians should provide evidence for such a statement.
Abdulkair Ibrahim, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno, said the agency had records of 15,204 people who had fled Damboa and the six villages