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Former leader plans exile in Ethiopia

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Aides to Ali Abdullah Saleh said Monday that the ousted Yemeni president plans to go into exile in Ethiopia, as pressures mounted on him to depart the country for fear of sparking new cycles of violence.

As rumors have circulated about Saleh seeking refuge in countries ranging from Oman to the United Arab Emirates where some of his family is already setting up residence, the ousted president has stayed in Yemen, much to the dismay of the man who replaced him, the international officials who facilitated the handover of power, and people on the street.

Aides said the former president will leave Yemen in two days along with some of his family members and will reside in a villa in a suburb of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

Newly inaugurated President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president on Saturday following an election aimed at ending more than a year of political turmoil.


Tabloid had culture of bribing for gossip

LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch's top-selling U.K. tabloid, the Sun, had a culture of making illegal payments to corrupt public officials in return for stories, a senior police officer said Monday.

Sue Akers, a Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner, told Britain's media ethics inquiry the newspaper openly referred to paying its sources.

Her comments came as Murdoch's company paid former teen singing sensation Charlotte Church 600,000 pounds in a phone-hacking settlement.

Akers said Sun journalists had paid not only police officers but also military, health and other government officials.

Akers said "a network of corrupted officials" had provided the Sun with stories that were mostly "salacious gossip."

"There appears to have been a culture at the Sun of illegal payments, and systems have been created to facilitate such payments whilst hiding the identity of the officials receiving the money," she said.