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Pope heading to UAE, warns about Yemen civil war

Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. The pope said in his regular Sunday address in Vatican City …

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Yemeni refinery fire spreads uncontrollably

A fire at a refinery in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden spread to a second storage tank on Saturday, injuring six people, sources at the refinery said. They told Reuters that civil defense forces had failed to contain the fire sparked by an explosion on Friday. The cause of …

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Houthis deploying drones against coalition forces

Houthi drones on Thursday attacked a Yemeni government military parade in Lahaj province, killing several people, Saudi and Houthi media reported. The Houthis said in November they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, but tensions have risen recently over …

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UN sends ceasefire team to Yemen Hodeidah port

A U.N. advance team arrived in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah on Sunday to start monitoring a ceasefire and withdrawal of forces agreed by the Iranian-aligned Houthi group and Saudi-backed government forces, the United Nations said. The warring parties in Yemen’s nearly four-year war reached the deal at U.N.-sponsored peace …

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Fragile Hodeidah ceasefire breached

Yemen’s warring parties have traded accusations of breaching a ceasefire in Hodeidah that was mediated by the United Nations to avert a full-scale assault on a port city vital for food and aid supplies, and pave the way for peace negotiations. Residents reported shelling late on Tuesday, the first day …

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Iran welcomes Sweden talks, Yemeni peace

Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen’s war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran …

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Yemeni government rejects UN control of Hodeidah

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeidah’s seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country’s war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said on Monday. Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United Nations-sponsored peace talks between …

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Houthi proposal to make Hodeidah ‘neutral’ in war

Yemen’s main port city should be declared a “neutral zone” and the United Nations could play a role in Sanaa airport, the Iran-aligned Houthis’ main negotiator said on Saturday on the sidelines of talks aimed at ending the Yemeni war. Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of people that is now …

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UN set to manage Yemen’s Hodeidah port

The United Nations is ready to play a supervisory role in managing Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah, U.N. spokesman Rheal LeBlanc said. LeBlanc’s statement, made at a briefing with reporters in Geneva, came as the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Hodeidah, the focus of the …

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Houthis announce intention to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia, in peace effort

Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations. The Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for nearly four years, also said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if …

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Al Houthis fail to leave for Geneva talks

A team from Yemen’s Al Houthis on Thursday failed to leave for UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, although an Arab coalition fighting them gave the go-ahead for their plane to depart. The Geneva consultations, aimed at restarting Yemen’s long-stalled peace process, had been originally scheduled to start on Thursday. But …

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Coalition intercepts missile fired at Saudi Arabia

The Arab Coalition Air Defence Forces on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia from Saada Governorate in Yemen, with no injuries reported, a Coalition spokesman said. Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Coalition Air Defence detected the launch of the ballistic …

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Saudi-led coalition admits Yemen strike that killed dozens of children was ‘unjustified’

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Saturday it accepted that an air attack last month that killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, was unjustified and pledged to hold accountable anyone who contributed to the error. The rare concession follows mounting international pressure, including from allies, …

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Oil heads for a fourth weekly drop

Oil was poised for a fourth weekly decline as the unexpected halt in Saudi shipments through a Red Sea waterway failed to add a significant risk premium to prices, while concerns lingered over how the US-China trade spat will affect demand. US futures headed for a 1.4 per cent decline …

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Riyadh shoots down Al Houthi missiles

Saudi air defences intercepted two missiles over Riyadh Sunday that had been fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen. “Two ballistic missiles fired by Al Houthi rebels were intercepted over Riyadh,” state-run Al Ekhbariya television said, without specifying whether there were any casualties or damage. An AFP journalist heard at …

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UAE ready to boost UN cooperation on Yemen

The UAE is committed to maintaining and accelerating its cooperation and coordination with the United Nations and other international organisations to boost humanitarian relief and contingency planning in Yemen, said Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Nusseibeh made the remarks while …

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