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After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in Yemen

After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in YemenWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is debating a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.



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Yemen peace talks in Sweden focus on prisoner swap deal

Yemen peace talks in Sweden focus on prisoner swap dealRIMBO, 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.



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Yemen conflict would worsen without US support for Riyadh: Pompeo

Yemen conflict would worsen without US support for Riyadh: PompeoUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended America’s increasingly contentious support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the brutal conflict would worsen without US involvement. Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss US support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis. “The suffering in Yemen grieves me, but if the United States of America was not involved in Yemen, it would be a hell of a lot worse,” said Pompeo in prepared remarks.



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Big Senate Majority Rebukes Trump Administration, Saudi Arabia Over Yemen War

Big Senate Majority Rebukes Trump Administration, Saudi Arabia Over Yemen WarWASHINGTON ― A striking majority of senators voted Wednesday afternoon to move



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U.N. ready to help run vital Yemen port in danger of destruction

U.N. ready to help run vital Yemen port in danger of destructionHODEIDAH/GENEVA, Yemen (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday it was ready to help supervise Yemen’s vital Hodeidah port to protect it from “potential destruction”, as its envoy met managers of the Houthi-held harbour. “We discussed … how the United Nations can take a leading role in operating the port, we have to do this quickly through discussions with all the parties,” U.N. envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said after his meetings. “We think that by playing this role we would help preserve a lifeline to the people in Yemen,” he said, according to an Arabic translation of his remarks which was supplied to local reporters.



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Top Yemen rebel calls for halt to military operations

Top Yemen rebel calls for halt to military operationsA high-ranking Yemeni rebel official urged his leadership Monday to freeze military operations and stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia as the UN prepares for peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Huthi insurgents’ Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that he also wants his group to announce “readiness to suspend and halt all military operations”.



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Top Huthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in Yemen

Top Huthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in YemenA high-ranking Huthi official has called for rebels to stop firing rockets and using attack drones in the conflict in Yemen, as a UN envoy prepares to travel to the country to prepare peace talks. Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, head of the Higher Revolutionary Committee and an influential political figure, tweeted that his group wants “all official Yemeni parties” to demand a ceasefire. Griffiths — whose efforts at kick-starting peace talks collapsed in September — said both the Saudi-backed government and the Huthi rebels have shown a “renewed commitment” to work on a political solution and have given “firm assurances” that they will attend the talks.



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US to stop ‘inflight refuelling’ of Saudi-led coalition jets in Yemen

US to stop ‘inflight refuelling’ of Saudi-led coalition jets in YemenThe US will stop the “inflight refuelling” of Saudi-led coalition jets in Yemen amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s air strikes. The decision by Americans to pull out also comes amid outrage by US politicians from both political parties over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudis said it had “requested cessation of inflight refuelling” by the US, which appeared to suggest it was the kingdom was behind the decision.



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US to stop refueling planes in Yemen war: report

US to stop refueling planes in Yemen war: reportThe United States will stop refueling aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen, the Washington Post reported Friday. The move comes amid an ongoing international outcry over Saudi actions in Yemen, particularly after a string of high-profile coalition strikes that have killed scores of civilians, many of them children. The Pentagon would not confirm the Post’s story.



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U.N. aims for Yemen talks by year-end, not end of month

U.N. aims for Yemen talks by year-end, not end of monthA proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group. The United States and Britain last week stepped up calls for an end to the nearly four-year war that has driven impoverished Yemen to the verge of famine, raising pressure on Saudi Arabia as it faces a global outcry over the murder of a prominent Saudi journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.



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