Yemen bans magazine for publishing inappropriate picture of president

Yemen banned a new magazine Sunday for publishing a picture of the nation's president deemed "inappropriate" by authorities, the paper's editor said. Nabil al-Soufi, editor of Abwab, said the security authorities banned the first issue of the magazine because they believed the picture of President Ali Abdellah on the cover made him look dour. "They told me the picture reflects a crisis," al-Soufi told the Associated Press. The editor said the picture was a reprint and speculated that the magazine was rejected because one of it's articles addressed the political tension between the northern and southern areas of Yemen.