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UN envoy hands Yemen's warring sides draft deal

Dec. 12, 2018 3:06 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day. The document consists of a set of proposals, including one for a...

Yemen's warring sides said to agree on prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2018 4:48 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Both sides in Yemen's civil war agreed Tuesday to exchange more than 15,000 prisoners by Jan. 20, a member of the rebel delegation said, in what could be the first major breakthrough in the 4-year-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more facing hunger....

The Latest: Yemen's warring sides set date for prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2018 10:29 AM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Yemen's warring government and the Houthi rebels say they have set Jan. 20 as a final date to exchange more than 15,000 prisoners from both sides. The two sides said Tuesday in press conferences in Sweden that they have...

UN: 20 million Yemenis are hungry, 250,000 face catastrophe

Dec. 10, 2018 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry — a staggering 70 percent of the population and a 15 percent increase from last year — and for the first time 250,000 are facing "catastrophe," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday. Mark Lowcock, who recently returned...

Yemen's warring sides negotiating truce for key port Hodeida

Dec. 10, 2018 5:22 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Delegations from Yemen's warring sides discussed expanding a shaky truce in the key port city of Hodeida on Monday, however neither side appeared ready to agree on initial draft proposals hoped for by the United Nations, who are sponsoring talks in Sweden and seek to resume needed aid...

Yemen peace talks in Sweden focus on prisoner swap deal

Dec. 9, 2018 1:01 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring parties met Sunday for the fourth day of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden to try to hammer out details of a prisoner exchange, which could eventually include all prisoners held by both sides in the four-year civil war. The parties focused on the swap amid optimism...

Rebel delegates at Yemen peace talks report some progress

Dec. 8, 2018 1:15 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemeni rebel delegates at talks underway in Sweden to try end their country's ruinous civil war reported progress on Saturday on the key issues of reopening the airport at the capital, Sanaa, and the implementation of an agreement reached earlier this week on the exchange of prisoners....

UN says civilian casualties in Yemen average 123 per week

Dec. 7, 2018 12:23 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The United Nations' refugee agency said Friday there were nearly 1,500 civilian casualties in Yemen from August through October, the latest grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as opposing parties hold talks in Sweden. The announcement came as Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi...

Prisoner swap deal bolsters hopes of progress in Yemen talks

Dec. 6, 2018 1:28 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine. Hopes were high that the...

The Latest: UN official says Houthis blocking access to food

Dec. 6, 2018 10:46 AM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on Yemen developments as warring sides gather for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The head of the U.N. food agency has accused Shiite Houthi rebels of blocking access to food deliveries to civilians devastated by the war in Yemen. World Food...