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UN authorizes sanctions against Yemen spoilers

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 7:19 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution authorizing sanctions against individuals and organizations threatening peace, security or stability in Yemen.

The resolution adopted Wednesday does not name any individuals or entities that should face an asset freeze and travel ban. Instead, it establishes a committee to decide who should face sanctions and to monitor their implementation, and a panel of experts to assist with investigations.

Yemen has been struggling with a transition to democracy since Arab Spring protests in 2011 forced longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years as president. A transitional government led by President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi is trying to promote national reconciliation, draft a new constitution and hold elections.