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Yemen troops kill 11 anti-government protesters in Taiz

At least 11 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Yemeni city of Taiz, a day after a UN envoy began a new mission to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit under a Gulf peace plan.

Witnesses and medical staff said at least 25 people were also wounded on Friday in fighting between Saleh's Republican Guards and opposition tribesmen in Yemen's third largest city.

Witnesses said two children and three woman were among those killed in tank and mortar fire aimed at the al-Rawda and Zaid al-Moshki districts, as well as Freedom Square - where demonstrators demanding an end to Saleh's 33-year-long rule had gathered for noon prayers.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports.

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Yemen leader in Saudi Arabia for power-transfer deal

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a power-transfer deal brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported.

The plan put forward last spring by the GCC countries offers Saleh and his relatives immunity from prosecution if he hands over power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, the vice president.

Signing the deal would effectively bring an end to Saleh's 33-year rule.

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