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Fighting resumes in Yemen's Hodeidah as peace talks stall - Dotemirates
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Fighting resumes in Yemen's Hodeidah as peace talks stall

Aden/Geneva: Heavy fighting resumed on the outskirts of Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, days after UN-sponsored talks between the warring parties collapsed, military sources said on Wednesday.The renewed skirmishes could put further pressure on UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, who vowed to press ahead with diplomacy after an attempt to hold peace talks in Geneva was abandoned on Saturday when the Houthi movement's delegation failed to show up.Yemeni military forces allied with a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis said the battles outside Hodeidah began on Monday but intensified on Wednesday.Coalition-backed troops are trying to take control of the main...


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Italy Aquarius: Prosecutors order migrant rescue ship seizure

Italy has called for the seizure of the Aquarius migrant rescue ship, alleging it illegally dumped 24 tonnes of potentially toxic waste in its ports.One of two charities that lease the Aquarius, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), condemned the measure as "unfounded and sinister".The Aquarius is involved in a long-running feud with Italy over its rescue operation in the Mediterranean.It has rescued thousands of migrants but is currently docked in Marseille.It has been stuck in the French port for months since Panama revoked its registration - citing intense political pressure from Italian authorities. It has since had trouble maintaining stable registration...
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Rome police seize eight Casamonica mafia villas

Rome police have seized eight villas built illegally by a mafia clan in a south-eastern suburb and bulldozers are going to demolish them.Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi were at the scene as 600 police took over the Casamonica clan villas.A video posted on the mayor's Facebook page showed police smashing their way into one of the opulent villas.Italy's new populist government has targeted Casamonica properties before. The clan has ethnic Roma (Gypsy) roots and in June some Casamonica members attacked Mr Salvini's plan to carry out a census of Italy's Roma population. His nationalist League...
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Spain Brexit: PM Sánchez threatens to vote no over Gibraltar

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said Spain will reject the draft Brexit withdrawal deal without a clarification of the text on future talks on the status of Gibraltar.Spain maintains a claim to the peninsula, ceded to the British crown under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht.It wants to ensure that future EU talks with the UK do not cover Gibraltar."As things stand today if there are no changes regarding Gibraltar, Spain will vote no on Brexit," said Mr Sánchez.Throughout the Brexit negotiations, Spain - along with Ireland and Cyprus - has conducted separate talks with the UK about specific border issues....

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Time "running out" for war-torn Yemen as Saudis delay peace proposal

UNITED NATIONS -- Efforts are underway to halt the "worst famine in 100 years," but the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is mired in global politics. With as many as 14 million at risk of starvation amid a gruelling war between Yemeni rebels and a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the Saudis and their partners have delayed a British plan to forge a peace deal.The Saudis, backed by ally Kuwait, have stalled plans by the U.K. to start forging a ceasefire agreement which would allow desperately needed humanitarian aid into the country. "Saudi Arabia is actively lobbying against the U.N....
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US Navy to make Hong Kong port call after earlier refusal

China is allowing a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and its battle group to make a port call in Hong Kong after it earlier turned down a similar request amid tensions with Washington. The Hong Kong Marine Department's website listed the USS Ronald Reagan and three other Navy warships as approved to arrive Wednesday. China in September turned down a request for a Hong Kong port call by the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, the first time it had denied such a visit since 2016. The earlier denial came amid a spike in tensions over Taiwan and the South China Sea...
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Seoul: North Korea explodes 10 guard posts to lower tensions

Interested in North Korea? Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. North Korea Add Interest North Korea on Tuesday blew up some of its front-line guard posts as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul's Defense Ministry said. In September, the Koreas' militaries agreed at a leaders' summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all guard posts inside the 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide border. They later withdrew weapons and troops from 11 of their...