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Yemen Acquits 19 Suspected Al-Qaida Members


A Yemeni court has acquitted 19 men charged with planning attacks against U.S. interests in the country.

The court ruled Saturday there was not enough evidence to support the charges.

The men, including five Saudis, were accused of plotting to kill Americans and other Westerners in Yemen.

Yemen joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. The country has cracked down on al-Qaida-linked militants following attacks at home, including the bombing in 2000 of the U.S. warship Cole.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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