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A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

Feb. 19, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dueling concerts are being staged this week on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. After billionaire Richard Branson announced an aid concert in Colombia on Friday to benefit Venezuelans suffering food and medicine shortages amid their country's economic crisis,...

UN envoy says Yemen ports deal is chance for peace talks

Feb. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the U.N. envoy for the war-battered country said Tuesday. Martin Griffiths told the...

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

Feb. 18, 2019 11:05 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Refusing to back down amid a mounting battle over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, the government of President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that it will hold its own huge concert to rival one being organized by billionaire Richard Branson, a backer of opposition leader Juan...

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido

Feb. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government. "You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything,"...

UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports

Feb. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it hopes Yemen's warring parties will immediately carry out an agreement to pull their forces out of the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports, as well as a U.N. facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month. U.N. deputy...

Yemeni combatants agree on first stage of Hodeida pullback

Feb. 18, 2019 9:40 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said. A U.N. statement late Sunday said the agreement came after two days of meetings in Hodeida. The...

Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter

Feb. 17, 2019 10:35 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela on Sunday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that it will be a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the goods that are being channeled through Maduro's rivals. An...

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

Feb. 17, 2019 12:08 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals. One manufacturer displayed a model of a machine gun on sale that's now in...

UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port city

Feb. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived on Sunday in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida, Yemeni security officials said. The Houthi rebels said their leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, met with Griffiths to discuss the...

New UN Syria envoy sees opportunity in constitution process

Feb. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. envoy for Syria said Friday that the long-delayed formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria is "a potential door-opener for the political process" and he hopes to see it meet in Geneva "as soon as possible." But Geir Pedersen stressed that the...