Civil wars

December 11, 2018 - 10:22 am
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Delegations from Yemen's warring sides have agreed on Tuesday to set Jan. 20 as a final date to swap over 15,000 prisoners from both sides of the country's devastating civil war, according to a member of the rebel delegation. The internationally recognized government of...
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December 10, 2018 - 1:35 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. Special envoy for Syria said Monday work is still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year, adding that hurdles remain in place. Staffan de Mistura made his comments in Jordan after meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs...
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In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, women and girls walk back after getting food in Bentiu, a 38 kilometers (24 miles) journey using a path through the bush for fear of being attacked on the main road, near Nhialdu in South Sudan. Rape has been used widely as a weapon in South Sudan and even after a peace deal was signed in September, humanitarians have warned of higher rates of sexual assault as growing numbers of desperate people try to reach aid. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
December 09, 2018 - 8:50 am
NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns. "My body hasn't been the same since," the 18-year-old said. The men...
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Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, Sweden, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Yemen's warring parties are meeting for a third day of talks in Sweden aimed at halting the country's catastrophic 4-year-old war. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP)
December 08, 2018 - 12:15 pm
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemeni rebel delegates at talks underway in Sweden to try end their country's ruinous civil war reported progress on Saturday on the key issues of reopening the airport at the capital, Sanaa, and the implementation of an agreement reached earlier this week on the exchange of...
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December 07, 2018 - 3:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday accused forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack. The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens...
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In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, 10-year-old Affaf, who weighs 9,6 kg (21 pounds), sits with her parents at a hospital in Hajjah, Yemen. The U.N. food agency said Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 it is planning to rapidly scale up food distribution to help another 4 million people in Yemen over the next two months, more than a 50-percent increase in the number reached now, if access can be maintained in the poor, war-stricken country. (Marco Frattini/WFP via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 8:39 am
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The United Nations' refugee agency said Friday that there have been nearly 1,500 civilian casualties in Yemen from August through October, the latest grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as opposing parties hold talks in Sweden. The announcement comes as Yemen's Iran...
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Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, speaks during a press conference about the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" and "World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018" flagship reports, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 2:27 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian aid chief says he doesn't expect an "easy or rapid process" in peace talks aimed at ending Yemen's devastating civil war, which are set to begin later this week. Mark Lowcock, head of the world body's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, spoke to...
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Israeli military digger works on the border with Lebanon in the northern Israeli town of Metula, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. The Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday to "expose and thwart" tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group it says stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
December 04, 2018 - 8:56 am
METULA, Israel (AP) — The Israeli military launched an operation Tuesday to "expose and thwart" tunnels it says were built by the Hezbollah militant group that stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel. The military said the tunnels are not currently being used by militants and that its work to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 3, 2017 file photo, a South Sudanese refugee and 32-year-old mother, who said she was raped for several days by a group of soldiers before she was allowed to leave, stands by a window at a women's center focusing on gender-based violence, run by the aid group International Rescue Committee, in Bidi Bidi, Uganda. The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Saturday Dec. 1, 2018, that one hundred and twenty-five women and girls were raped, whipped and clubbed over 10 days between Nov. 19 and 29, 2018, in Bentiu, South Sudan, in attacks so shocking that some aid workers say they are left speechless. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
December 01, 2018 - 7:46 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One hundred and twenty-five women and girls have been raped, whipped and clubbed in attacks so shocking that some aid workers in South Sudan say they are left speechless. Doctors Without Borders on Saturday said the "dramatic increase" in sexual violence occurred over 10...
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FILE - This Wednesday, April 4, 2018, file photo shows a U.S. position, installed near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. U.S. forces have set up an observation point in a Syrian town controlled by its Kurdish-led Syrian allies along the border with Turkey in northeastern Syria, scene of recent tension. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
November 29, 2018 - 12:59 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's warring sides and the mediators meeting in Kazakhstan failed to agree on the formation of a committee meant to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the seven-year civil war, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Thursday, calling it a "missed opportunity." Staffan de...
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