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In Yemen: Death Toll Rising In Latest Crackdown

The latest Associated Press report from Sanaa, Yemen, says that "security forces and plainclothes gunmen opened fire on crowds of Yemenis marching through a southern city Monday, killing at least 12 and wounding dozens, in an intensifying crackdown against the uprising against the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh."

With the protests there — and the Saleh government's deadly crackdown in response — continuing, the United States "has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials," The New York Times reports.

On Morning Edition, Washington Post correspondent Sudarsan Raghavan, who is in Sanaa, told host Renee Montagne that the U.S. has been sending mixed signals — with the State Department pushing for a peaceful transfer of power in Yemen while the Pentagon points to Saleh's help over the years in battling terrorism.