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France closes Yemen Embassy

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 1:01 PM

France has become the third Western nation to shut its Yemen embassy, after threats from an al-Qaeda offshoot.

The US and UK missions, which closed yesterday remain shut.

Reports that the closures were prompted by Yemeni security forces losing track of six trucks full of arms have been denied by British officials.

Last week Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it was behind an alleged plot to bomb a US airliner.

As of today, all travelers flying to America are being subjected to new security measures, introduced by the US government.

Airport staff will now carry out extra screening of people from 14 countries, including those the US considers to be state-sponsors of terrorism - Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Yemen and Nigeria, through which the alleged bomber travelled also faces the new restrictions.