Thousands of mourners have turned out in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa for the funerals of anti-government protesters shot dead on Friday. Snipers loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh sprayed a university sit-in with gunfire, killing as as many as 50 demonstrators. The protesters want him to resign after 32 years in power. The killings prompted Saleh to declare a state of emergency and soldiers have been given orders to shoot demonstrators. Yet the opposition remain defiant. Former government minister Haoumd al-Hattar told the crowd that “threats, intimidation and repression would only reinforce their persistence.” An estimated 300 people were injured in Friday’s violence. A group of Muslim clerics have called on Yemeni security forces to disobey Saleh’s orders to shoot demonstrators, blaming him for the slaughter.
Grown up boy band Take That took the gong for Best British Group at this year’s Brit Awards. Still huge more than 20 years after their first hit, the group welcomed back Robbie Williams last year after he left in the mid 1990s. Folk-pop group Mumford & Sons got the Best British Album award for Sigh No More at the UK’s answer to the Grammys.
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