Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is offering concessions in an attempt to quell protests that have drawn thousands to the streets over the past few days. The protests have yet to escalate into a full-blown movement against Saleh’s three-decade rule, but Reuters notes that the wave of demonstrations sweeping the Middle East and Northern Africa means upheaval in Yemen is a possibility.

Saleh’s government is also being challenged by increasing attacks on various Western and regional targets. This security threat is associated with a resurgent wing of the terrorist group al-Qaida, Reuters says.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.