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Saudi-led coalition rejects south Yemen self-rule declaration

Apr 27, 2020 - 7:25 PM

'The coalition demands an end to any escalatory actions and calls for return to the agreement by the participating parties,' says the Saudi-led military coalition in war-torn Yemen

SELF-RULE. Fighters with Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) drive a vehicle past a separatist flag (the old flag of South Yemen) as they deploy in the southern city of Aden, on April 26, 2020, after the council declared self-rule in the south. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

'Coronavirus ceasefire' in Yemen's long conflict begins

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:24 PM

If the ceasefire does hold, it would be the first breakthrough since the warring parties agreed to a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hodeida during talks in Sweden in late 2018

AID. This handout picture provided by the Yemen Red Crescent Society on April 6, 2020 shows members of the society handing out assistant packages including blankets and cleaning and sterilization materials to a quarantine centre, as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/HO/YEMEN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY

17 civilians killed in 3rd attack on Yemen market

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The attacks come despite relative calm in Yemen, where large-scale combat between government troops – backed by a Saudi-led military coalition – and the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels has subsided

Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The comment comes after Saudi Arabia brokered a power-sharing agreement between Yemen's internationally recognized government and southern separatists

TALKS. In this file photo, supporters of Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels chant slogans as they gather for a rally in support of the group in the Huthi-held capital Sanaa on October 4, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen government strikes power-sharing deal with southern rebels

Oct 25, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The deal would see the secessionist Southern Transitional Council handed a number of ministries, and the government return to the southern city of Aden

DEAL. A fighter of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, walks with a separatist flag past an oil tanker set ablaze during clashes between the separatists and the Saudi-backed government forces at the Fayush-Alam crossroads on the eastern entrance Aden from the Abyan province in southern Yemen on August 30, 2019. File photo by Nabil Hasan/AFP

Yemen to become world's poorest country if war continues – U.N.

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world,' according to a United Nations Development Programme report

YEMEN WAR. A Yemeni child buys sweets from Majd al-Din al-Shamiri (unseen), a 16 year-old Yemeni who set up a shop in his family's car that was destroyed during the ongoing war in his country, in the Jabal Sabr area of the southwestern city of Taez, on September 28, 2019. File photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

Rebels set to begin pullout from Yemen aid port

May 11, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'The (rebel) army and committees are withdrawing unilaterally as a result of the refusal of the countries of the US-British-Saudi-Emirati aggression and their allies to implement the accord,' says Mohammed al-Huthi, The head of the rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committee

Yemen truce, prisoner swap timelines pushed back – U.N.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled

YEMEN TALKS. In this file photo, UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. convenes warring sides in Yemen's Hodeida

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels to oversee the truce

Pope Francis hopes for peace in Yemen, Syria, other flashpoints

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In his traditional 'Urbi and Orbi' address, Pope Francis appeals for 'fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture'

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

U.N. chief to attend Yemen peace talks amid de-escalation push

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres will 'hold meetings with the two delegations and will address the closing session of this round of consultations'

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by  Jewel Samad/AFP

U.N. pushes 'de-escalation' in key port, besieged city at Yemen talks

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Aside from Hodeida and Taiz, other issues on the table include humanitarian corridors, the reopening of the defunct international airport in the capital Sanaa, and a massive prisoner swap

YEMEN TALKS. Martin Griffith, Special Envoy for Yemen of the UN Secretary General speaks during a press conference at the Johannesberg Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10, 2018. Photo by Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/AFP

Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at U.N. talks

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Government representatives, rebel spokesmen, and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict

CONFLICT. Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government's delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2018. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP

Yemen war rivals double down as U.N. talks open

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 AM

On the table at the Sweden talks is the fate of Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen's Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90% of vital food imports

TALKS. UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (L) shakes hands with Yemeni delegates during the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018. Photo by StinaStjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. chief tempers hopes on Yemen as rebels back peace talks

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'I don't want to raise too much expectations, but we are working hard in order to make sure that we can start meaningful peace talks still this year,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN CHIEF. This file photo shows Antonio Guterres during a press conference on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen peace push gathers pace ahead of U.N. envoy's visit

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:34 AM

A UN draft resolution on Yemen presented to the Security Council calls for an immediate truce in the battleground port city of Hodeida

CRISIS TALKS. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.S. Senate blocks bid to end military involvement in Yemen

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Senators vote 55-44 to kill the bid after the Senate's Republican leadership and key figures from both parties on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came out against it

US Senate. The US Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Senators to force vote on U.S. involvement in Yemen war

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy in a joint statement say that their resolution would force the first-ever vote in the Senate 'to withdraw US armed forces from an unauthorized war'

ON YEMEN. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mike Lee introduce a joint resolution to remove US armed forces from hostilities between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen, on Capitol Hill February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

On mountain frontline, Yemen army makes push for Sanaa

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Sanaa, less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) away, remains stubbornly out of reach despite the recent gains, highlighting the complexities of Yemen’s tangled conflict

FRONTLINER. Yemeni commander Nasr al-Dibani from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, looks on as they hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in the Nihm district, on the eastern edges of the capital Sanaa, on January 30, 2018. Abdullah al-Qadry/AFP

Yemen ex-president killed as fighting shakes capital

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed by Huthi rebels as he fled heavy fighting in Sanaa after the collapse of his alliance with the Iran-backed insurgents

'KILLED.' This file photo taken on November 18, 2006 shows Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh arriving at the Elysee Palace in Paris to meet with former French president Jacques Chirac. File/Patrick Kovaric/AFP

Saudi city soldiers on as civilian toll mounts

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:35 PM

At least 31 civilians have been killed in Najran since early last year when Yemen s Huthi rebels and their allies began bombarding southern Saudi Arabia

Saudis wait next to wreckages at a market for vehicles on August 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from Yemen.  Cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia have intensified since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks between the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, and Yemen's internationally-recognised government which has the military support of a Saudi-led Arab coalition. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA