YEMEN’S WARRING SIDES COMPLETE MAJOR PRISONER SWAP

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On Sunday 18 October, Yemen’s Houthi rebels indicated they are ready to exchange all prisoners with the Yemeni government, just two days after a major prisoner swap between the two warring sides. More than 1,000 prisoners, including 15 Saudis, were exchanged in the largest swap of its kind in the five-year-old conflict. The process was…

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ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN CLASH OVER DISPUTED NAGORNO-KARABAKH REGION

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By Alex Pollock Fighting has erupted once more between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet Union republics in the Caucasus region. At the heart of the decades-old conflict is the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but it is controlled by ethnic Armenians. The countries fought a bloody war over the region…

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A CHANCE REMAINS FOR PEACE IN YEMEN AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

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By Donnelly McCleland THE UN envoy who is negotiating a peace settlement to end the civil war in Yemen has said that there is still “a chance for peace”, despite the Yemeni government’s rejection of his latest draft deal. The civil war in Yemen, which has forced millions to the brink of famine, has entered…

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YEMENI SEPARATISTS SEIZE ISLAND OF SOCOTRA

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group of Yemeni separatists, has taken control of the island of Socotra, ousting its governor in an action the Saudi-backed government described as a coup. The STC claimed control of the southern part of Yemen in April, complicating efforts towards a permanent ceasefire, in a war that has dragged…

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SEPARATISTS DECLARE AUTONOMOUS RULE IN SOUTHERN YEMEN

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group of Yemeni separatists, has claimed autonomous rule in multiple southern provinces in Yemen. The claim to power is in violation of the Riyadh Agreement, a power-sharing deal signed in November 2019 between the separatists and the Yemeni government. The deal included an agreement to reorganise the government and…

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TALIBAN WARNS PEACE DEAL WITH U.S. NEAR BREAKING POINT

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The deal signed between the United States government and the Taliban in February 2020 is at risk of falling apart, as the Taliban claims the U.S. and Afghan government are not upholding the terms of the deal. The agreement was made in order to bring a semblance of peace to war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Taliban claims…

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WORLD CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE IGNORING YEMEN

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On Monday 30 March, all fighting groups in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak, after a call last Wednesday from the UN secretary-general for an immediate end to hostilities. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa,…

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HAFTAR CONTINUES TRIPOLI ASSAULT WHILE WORLD FOCUSES ON PANDEMIC

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On 19 March, heavy shelling by military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces killed at least five civilians in Libya’s capital, Tripoli. Those killed were mostly women aged 14 to 20, while five others were injured in the latest attack in the ongoing war between the Eastern and Western governments in Libya. The United Nations condemned the…

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WORLD LEADERS COMMIT TO PEACE IN LIBYA

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On the 19th of January, world leaders pledged not to interfere in Libya’s ongoing civil conflict and vowed to uphold a U.N. arms embargo. Leaders from Germany, Russia, Turkey, France and the U.K. were all present at the Berlin summit. Although both Libyan warring sides were also present, they did not meet. Libya has been…

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22 JANUARIE ’20 | BID VIR LIBIË

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Liewe gebedsvriende Verskeie buitelandse moondhede het op Sondag 19 Januarie ’n deurslaggewende ooreenkoms onderteken om inmenging in die oorlog in Libië te beperk en om ’n vreedsame oplossing vir die konflik te bewerkstellig. Volgens die Verenigde Nasies is dit ’n belangrike stap na vrede sedert April 2019 toe die militêre bevelvoerder Khalifa Haftar ’n aanval…

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