HRW: Saudi violating international law in war on Yemen

Saudi-led coalition carried out 87 unlawful attacks resulting in nearly 1,000 civilian deaths, says Human Rights Watch. Saudi Arabia has violated international humanitarian law in Yemen and unjustly jailed activists peacefully seeking social reforms, a human rights group said on Thursday. The Saudi-led military coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen carried 87 unlawful attacks resulting in nearly 1,000 civilian deaths, […]

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UN: 40,000 displaced Yemenis without aid in Aden

UN says it has been unable to distribute aid to refugees since southern separatists overran most of the coastal city. The United Nations has expressed concern for more than 40,000 displaced Yemenis who had sought refuge in Aden, saying it had been unable to distribute aid since southern separatists overran most of the city at the weekend. “We are extremely […]

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UAE-backed group vows to 'overthrow' Yemen's government

South Yemen separatists, backed by the UAE, declare a state of emergency and vow to topple Yemen’s government. A group of separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden and vowed to overthrow the country’s internationally recognised government within the next week. Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the […]

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Sealed with a kiss: Yemen's rivals agree to swap 16,000 prisoners

Deal will cover 8,576 people detained by the Houthis, including teachers and children, and 7,487 Houthi fighters. Rimbo, Sweden – Yemen’s warring sides have agreed terms on a large-scale prisoner swap with more than 16,000 detainees expected to be released early next year. After a closed-door meeting at peace talks in Sweden, which concluded with handshakes, hugs and kisses; Askar Zouail, a member of […]

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Yemen's warring sides meet face-to-face at Sweden peace talks

Government delegates say the opposing sides are holding direct negotiations for the first time in two years. Rimbo, Sweden – Yemen’s warring sides are holding face-to-face discussions over a planned prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures aimed at ending more than three years of war that has ravaged the impoverished country. Since talks began last week, United Nations officials have been […]

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Yemen's warring sides gather in Sweden for peace talks

The UN special envoy for Yemen urges government and Houthi representatives to work for the future of war-torn nation. Rimbo, Sweden – The UN’s special envoy has appealed to Yemen’s warring sides to “act now” for the future of the country, as representatives from the government and Houthi rebels gathered for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden. “Yemen’s future is in the hands […]

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New hope emerges for end to war in Yemen in wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

WASHINGTON –The murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has evoked mixed feelings for Abdulrasheed Alfaqih.  Like the rest of the world, Alfaqih was horrified to learn about Khashoggi’s gruesome killing at the hands of Saudi Arabian operatives inside a consulate in Turkey. At the same time, Khashoggi’s death has given the 36-year-old human-rights leader new hope for his life’s […]

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What is the Yemen War about, is there a famine, why is Saudi Arabia involved and how many people have died?

The conflict has been dubbed a "proxy war" among competing powers in the Middle East as a Saudi-led coalition battles rebels backed by Iran. Here's the latest. How did the war in Yemen start? The fighting can be traced back to the handover of power from long-time autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh to his deputy and current president Abdrabbuh Mansour […]

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Prospect for Yemen talks rise as Saudi agrees to evacuate Houthis

Saudi Arabia confirms to UK minister willingness to evacuate 50 wounded fighters as a confidence-building measure. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday said prospects for talks to end Yemen’s devastating war were “more real” after Saudi Arabia confirmed to him its willingness to evacuate 50 wounded Houthi fighters as a confidence-building measure. The evacuation of Houthi fighters, which Hunt […]

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