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In volatile Yemen, tourism is only for ‘adventurers’

Spanish, French and American tourists once filled the winding alleys of Sanaa's old quarter, drawn by Yemen's 2 500-year-old history and unique architecture. But a spate of attacks on foreigners is driving visitors away and souvenir shop owner Hussain Abdel Moghni says the only tourists who come to Yemen these days are ''adventurers''.

Israel to free prisoners as goodwill to Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday he was ready to free about 250 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to help President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction. The two leaders held talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, their first meeting since Islamist Hamas militants seized the Gaza Strip nearly two weeks ago.

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