- - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

YEMEN

Tribal chief: Saleh return could spark civil war

SANAA — The head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation warned Tuesday in a letter to the Saudi king that Yemen could plunge into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh is allowed to return home.

Mr. Saleh is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries from a blast early this month at his palace in the Yemeni capital that left him with severe burns and chunks of wood in his chest.

In his message to King Abdullah, Sadeq al-Ahmar, the influential tribal chief who was an ally of Mr. Saleh before switching sides to join the opposition, appealed to the Saudi monarch to prevent Mr. Saleh from returning to Yemen.

SOUTH AFRICA

Michelle Obama, family meet with Mandela

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela met with Michelle Obama and her daughters on Tuesday, an unexpected encounter between the first lady and the and anti-apartheid icon who has largely retired from public life.

A photo provided by the Nelson Mandela Foundation showed Mr. Mandela, 92, sitting on a couch next to Mrs. Obama, pen in hand to sign an advance copy of his new book, “Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorized Quotations Book.”

Mrs. Obama; daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10; and her mother, Marian Robinson, were viewing some of Mr. Mandela’s personal papers at his foundation when he sent word that he wanted to meet them at his home in Johannesburg.

BRAZIL

Convict remains jailed in nun’s murder

RIO DE JANEIRO — A rancher convicted of masterminding the murder of a U.S. nun who was also an environmental activist will have to stay in jail while his case is appealed, Brazil’s top court ruled.

The Supreme Court denied a request for release from Vitalmiro Moura, one of the men found guilty of ordering the murder of Dorothy Stang, 73, in 2005. The court issued the ruling June 14, but the decision was not announced in a news release until Monday.

Miss Stang was shot down in the Amazonian state of Para after working for 30 years to protect the rain forest and defend poor settlers’ land rights.

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