Children shouts slogans holding portraits of Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, during a demonstration calling for the dismissal of the government on January 14, 2014 in the capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Yemen's political factions extended the president's term by a year and approved a new federal system at the end of national reconciliation talks on Tuesday, a milestone in the troubled country's transition to democracy.Highlighting the security challenges facing Yemen, which borders major oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to one of al Qaeda's most active branches, unknown assailants shot dead a leader of the Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group while he was driving to attend the final session of the talks. Yemeni analyst Hatem Bamehrez said Hadi's task was huge.The Houthi group fought radical Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen from October until earlier this month, when a ceasefire was reached to relocate the Salafis to another city some 250 km (155 miles) away.
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