Three Filipino sailors seized in Yemen

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Three Filipino sailors have been kidnapped by tribal militants in central Yemen, according to the country's interior ministry.

The militants want the authorities to release a prisoner from the tribe in exchange, the official said.

The Filipinos were abducted as they were travelling to a port in Mahra.

Yemen's long-term President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in February after months of protests which took the country to the brink of civil war.

Yemen faces daunting challenges: widespread poverty and malnutrition, a secessionist movement in the south, rebellions across the country and a fight against al-Qaeda militants.

Last week a Swiss woman was kidnapped from a town on the west coast of Yemen.

More than 200 foreigners have been seized in the country over the past 15 years; most have been freed unharmed.

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