Since protests began earlier this year, Yemen's currency has plummeted, oil production has dropped, and food prices have risen by as much as 45 percent.
Rebel security forces led by Gen. Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar are seizing parts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, but not without a fight from security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
As Yemen's growing protest movement sought to expand its presence in the capital, scores were injured by gunfire from security forces, eyewitnesses said.
Yemen's political opposition joined youths on the streets of Sanaa for the first time today, but many young people see leaders as trying to tap their movement for the wrong reasons.
As US forces negotiated the release of four Americans captured while yachting in the Arabian Sea, Somali pirates shot and killed them today. The incident raises questions about the new military approach to piracy.
Thousands of secessionists protested in Yemen today in an example of how disparate movements across the Middle East are tapping the anti-regime fervor for their own disparate aims.
Yemen today released nearly three dozen activists, including Towakil Karman, who had led Tunisia-inspired protests last week calling for President Saleh to step down.
While Tunisians demand departure of former president's allies in a 'liberation caravan', Yemeni activists launch copycat protests in Sanaa.
People dressed as Father Frost, the central figure in Russia's New Year festival and the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, walk along the street during a contest in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.