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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...

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...

Yemen negotiators agree to begin handover of civil war dead

Feb. 8, 2019 1:24 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Negotiators say Yemen's warring sides agreed to exchange bodies of some of those killed in the country's 4-year-old civil war. Representatives of Yemen's internationally recognized government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they agreed Friday that each side will hand over 1,000...

Correction: Yemen story

Feb. 7, 2019 7:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about Western arms supplied to the Yemen war, The Associated Press incorrectly cited Amnesty International researcher Patrick Wilcken as saying that American and British weapons had ended up in the hands of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. The researcher said only that...

Yemen's government, rebels meet on stalled prisoner exchange

Feb. 5, 2019 6:51 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels met in Jordan on Tuesday for talks on implementing a stalled prisoner exchange agreed upon in December. The U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said the three-day meeting aims to "finalize the list of prisoners and detainees to be released and...

Red Cross: Yemen prisoner release 'hanging in the balance'

Feb. 4, 2019 2:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The release of prisoners by Yemen's warring parties is "hanging in the balance" because of differences over the lists submitted by the government and its Saudi-led coalition partners and rival Houthi rebels, a senior Red Cross official said Monday. Dominik Stillhart, operations...

Jordan to host talks between Yemen's warring parties

Feb. 2, 2019 5:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for Jordan's Foreign Ministry says the country will host a round of U.N.-backed talks between the internationally recognized government of Yemen and the Shiite Houthi rebels, about a prisoner swap deal next week. Sufian Al-Qudah said Saturday that Jordan agreed to host the Yemenis...

Yemeni officials: Saudis release 7 Yemeni rebel prisoners

Jan. 31, 2019 4:45 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say seven Houthi rebel prisoners have been released by Saudi Arabia and returned to the capital, Sanaa. It's the first small prisoner exchange between the two sides, after the rebels released a Saudi a day earlier. The rebels were transferred by the...

Aid group urges pressure in Yemen to keep cease-fire

Jan. 29, 2019 10:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A humanitarian group warned Monday that a cease-fire in Yemen's port city of Hodeida is on the verge of collapse, urging the international community — especially the U.S. and Britain — to step up pressure on the warring parties to stick to their commitments. Clashes have erupted...

UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack

Jan. 28, 2019 2:06 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday, as a U.N. agency said eight civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the shelling of a camp for displaced people over the weekend. The U.N. humanitarian coordinator said the attack occurred on Saturday in the northern...