A deal to end the unrest in Yemen appears to be unravelling after the veteran leader President Ali Abdullah Saleh failed to sign, BBC informs. The deal, brokered by Gulf Arab states, had been due to be signed in person by the president over the weekend. The opposition said it would consider escalating the protests calling on Mr Saleh to stand down. Under the deal, Mr Saleh would have 30 days to gain immunity from prosecution before stepping down. A presidential election would then be held 60 days later.
Gorse fires ‘putting lives at risk’ on the Mournes.
People’s lives have been put in danger, hundreds of acres of land destroyed and homes and livestock threatened in gorse fires, police have said. After a weekend when fires raged across NI, police said they were investigating reports of arsonists at work in Rostrevor and Slievegullion Mountain. The NI Fire and Rescue Service said Sunday was one of the busiest in their history as crews from nearly all of NI’s 68 fire stations tacked blazes. The worst fires were in the Mournes. In a 24-hour period from midday on Sunday, the fire service received 927 calls and sent appliances to a total of 376 incidents. Gorse and grassland fires accounted for 194 of these.