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French journalist found dead in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials say a French journalist has been found dead in his hotel room in the capital Sanaa.

The officials said the journalist was found Monday strangled by an electrical wire and tied to the bed.

The hotel, Al-Maali, is located near the presidential palace in an area controlled by Yemen's Republican Guard, an elite force commanded by the son of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The guards have been battling renegade troops and armed tribesmen in Sanaa for months as Saleh tries to cling to power in the face of a popular uprising demanding he step down and stand trial.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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