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Yemen president visits former Qaeda bastion

ADEN: Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi visited Mukalla on the southeast coast on Sunday, an official said, his first trip there since loyalist forces retook it from Al-Qaeda in April. Hadi and Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher met political and military officials from across Mukalla's Hadramawt province, the official said. The president praised efforts in the province to "eradicate the forces of evil and terrorism" and bring "security and stability" back to Mukalla. Quoted by the official news agency Saba,…

Arab coalition declares 48-hour Yemen truce

RIYADH: A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government against Iran-backed rebels declared a 48-hour ceasefire to begin in Yemen Saturday, it said in a statement on the kingdom's SPA news agency website. "It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen's timing (0900 GMT) on Saturday," the coalition statement said, adding that the truce could be renewed if the Huthi rebels and their allies abide by the deal and allow aid deliveries to besieged cities. The coalition announcement followed a…

Yemen president rejects UN peace proposal

ADEN: Yemen's president on Saturday rejected a UN peace proposal for his war-battered country, as rebels said air strikes by his Saudi-led coalition allies killed 17 civilians.  Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government have been locked since 2014 in deadly battles with Iran-backed Houthi rebels who overran Sanaa late that year. The conflict escalated in March 2015 when Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign to push back the rebels. The war has left nearly 7,000 people dead, mostly civilians,…