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Yemen swears in national unity government
Yemen swears in national unity government of opposition figures and loyalists
By The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) ' A national unity government has been sworn into office in Yemen after months of political turmoil between the opposition and longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The new government is part of a power transfer deal signed last month by Saleh and the opposition that allows him to step down after 33 years in power in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

It is made up of a nearly equal number of opposition and loyalist ministers, among them nine who served in the previous Cabinet.

The defense, foreign affairs and oil ministries remain in the hands of Saleh's loyalists.

However, the opposition is now in control of the finance, information and interior ministries.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) ' A Yemeni military official says al-Qaida-linked militants have attacked a military barracks in an embattled southern town, leaving two soldiers and 11 militants dead.

The official said Saturday that another 36 soldiers were injured in the base in Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province.

He says that the fighting began Friday night and continued into the morning. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Militants and the army have fought for control of Zinjibar since May. A 10-month-old uprising against authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh has caused a breakdown of authority throughout the country.

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