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As Yemen’s rival sides talk peace, bombs continue to fall

Rimbo, Stockholm - Representatives from Yemen's government and Houthi rebels are attending UN-sponsored talks in Sweden for a second day, but back home a Saudi-UAE coalition has continued with deadly air strikes. The Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah news outlet reported early on Friday that at least three air strikes targeted Hodeidah's al-Tahita district, hours after representatives from the…

Is peace in Yemen within reach?

It could be the best chance yet for peace.  Yemen's Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed government delegates are in Sweden for UN-sponsored talks to end the conflict. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has increased the pressure on the kingdom to end its military campaign in Yemen. Saudi Arabia along with the UAE launched their…

All you need to know about the Yemen ‘peace talks’

Stockholm, Sweden - The Yemeni government officials and Houthi rebels are due to meet in Sweden this week for UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending the war that has been going on for more than three years. The talks are due to take place this week but the UN has refused to reveal the exact dates,…

Pakistan’s Pashtuns get rights, will it lead to peace?

Up to five million Pakistanis living on the Afghan border areas were officially given full rights as citizens this year, after being governed by British-era laws for nearly 150 years. An overwhelming majority of the population in these border areas, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until May, are Pashtuns who live on…

UN envoy arrives in Yemen’s Hodeidah ahead of new peace talks

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations envoy for Yemen, has arrived in the strategic port city of Hodeidah to discuss plans with Houthi rebels to cede control of the port to the world body and lay the groundwork for restarting peace talks. UN spokesman Rheal LeBlanc said on Friday that the international agency was ready to play…

Is peace in Yemen within reach?

Houthi rebels in Yemen have announced a pause in their drone and missile attacks against a coalition force of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies. They say they are ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-UAE coalition is prepared for peace. For its part, the Saudi-UAE coalition briefly paused its air strikes…

‘A crucial moment’: Yemen’s warring sides to attend peace talks

The UN envoy for Yemen has said the country's warring parties have agreed to attend negotiations in Sweden aimed at ending more than three years of brutal war. Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Friday that the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels had shown a "renewed commitment" to work on a political solution…

Saudi-UAE alliance orders halt in Hodeidah attack amid peace push

The Saudi-UAE military alliance says it is halting its offensive on the western Yemeni city of Hodeidah, after nearly two weeks of fierce air and ground assault to push out Houthi rebels from the strategic city. A source in the military alliance told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that "the coalition has instructed forces on the…

Yemen: Fighting flares near Hodeidah despite calls for peace

Thousands of Yemeni civilians are trapped on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Hodeidah as forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition battle Houthi insurgents entrenched in the city, aid groups said. The alliance has massed thousands of Yemeni troops in recent days near the heavily defended port despite recent calls from international…

US defence chief demands Yemen ceasefire; peace talks in 30 days

Saudi fighter jets have repeatedly bombed and killed Yemeni civilians in its three-year air war [AP] Top American officials called for a ceasefire in Yemen and demanded warring parties immediately come to the negotiating table. James Mattis, the Pentagon chief, said the US had been watching the conflict "for long enough", adding he believes Saudi…
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