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Yemen ammo factory blast leaves 100 dead

A powerful blast at an ammunition factory in southern Yemen left more than 100 people dead yesterday after forces loyal to the embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, appeared to have been driven out of the area by Islamist militants.

The explosion came as talks to broker an end to the 32-year authoritarian rule of President Saleh stalled amid continued warnings that the country was sliding into armed conflict.

President Saleh has claimed that if he left power al-Qaida could begin to take hold throughout the country.

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