• American freed in Yemen as Oman hosts ‘secret’ US talks

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    SANAA, Yemen: An American among several believed held by Huthi Shiites in war-ravaged Yemen was Monday freed and flown to neighboring Oman, host of talks between the US and the Iran-backed rebels. A diplomat in Oman said the talks between the Americans and the Huthis were aimed at promoting peace negotiations, which the UN has so far failed to organize in Geneva. But the State Department only said that Anne Patterson, the top US official for Near East affairs, was in Oman for discussions “about many issues”. News of the release of the American identified as journalist Casey Coombs came as Omani state media reported that a Singaporean had also arrived in the sultanate on his way home.

    AFP

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