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A Yemeni government official said the ailing president will remain in Riyadh for the time being because he is “still under medical supervision.”


Civil servants face pay cut despite bailout

MBABANE — The government will go ahead with planned salary cuts of civil servants despite receiving a $355 million bailout loan from neighboring South Africa, a document obtained by Agence France-Presse revealed Sunday.

The document, which details salary cuts as part of the government austerity measures to trim the country’s bloated wage bill, was tabled in parliament Thursday and distributed to unions for their consideration.

Swaziland, which is ruled by Africa’s last absolute monarchy, King Mswati III, has been on a brink of economic collapse after a 60 percent drop last year in revenues from a regional customs union, its main source of income.


Three police killed in troubled border area

QUETTA — Three policemen were gunned down in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.

The shooting took place in New Saryab, a suburb of Quetta, the provincial capital.

“A police station chief, his guard and drivers were martyred on the spot when unknown gunmen on motorbikes sprayed bullets on a police vehicle,” said Hamid Shakil, a senior police officer.

Officer Shakil said the attack “was an act of terrorism” and added that no group had yet claimed responsibility for the shooting.