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What is happening in Yemen, can peace talks succeed?

A year after the conflict in Yemen spread across the country, nearly half its 22 provinces are on the verge of famine and most of the population need some form of aid, according to the United Nations.   Yemen was

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Houthis, Saudis discuss ending Yemen war as toll hits 6,000

Iran-allied Houthis and their Saudi foes have begun talks to try to end Yemen's war, two officials said, in what appears their most serious bid to close a theatre of Saudi-Iranian rivalry deepening political tumult across the Middle East.

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UN launches Syria peace talks despite opposition boycott

The first Syria peace talks for two years were a "complete failure" before they started on Friday, a Western diplomat said, after the United Nations announced it would press ahead with them despite an opposition boycott.

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Saudi-Iran dispute jeopardises Yemen peace talks

Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardising peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given Islamist militants a foothold in Riyadh's backyard.   Yemen's principal

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Tehran is urged to resolve islands dispute peacefully

The closing communique of the fourth Arab-South American Summit yesterday (November 11) called on Iran to respond to the UAE’s request for a peaceful resolution of a dispute over three Emirati islands under Iranian occupation since 1971.

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UN hopes Yemen peace talks can start by month-end

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said on Thursday he hoped UN-backed peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen could start by the end of October.   Eliasson, speaking to a Geneva news conference after talk

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‘Peace ribbons’ call to mark religious festival in Bahrain

People of all faiths are being invited to tie peace ribbons to a 300kg steel globe being erected in Manama as part of this year’s Ashoora activities. Work on the structure, which will feature a steel dove and olive branches, began last n

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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said.   The quartet is made up of t

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Ex-Yemen president's party says accepts peace terms

The party of Yemen's former president, a main player in the messy, months-old civil war, said in an emailed statement that it accepts a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman. The General People's Congr

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Saudi warns against haj unrest as pilgrims pray for peace

Saudi Arabia has warned Muslim pilgrims attending next week's haj in Makkah to avoid exploiting Islam's annual gathering for political reasons, reflecting its worry that turmoil in the region may prompt attacks or damaging displays of

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