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UN: Yemen Peace Talks to Resume

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FILE - Smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 6, 2015.

FILE - Smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sept. 6, 2015.

The United Nations on Thursday said peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen were set to resume next week in the region, and it urged all parties to participate "in good faith."

Special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed welcomed the commitment of the embattled government, the Shi'ite Houthi rebels and Yemen's former ruling party to attend the talks. He said he would announce a venue and date in the coming days.

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies intervened in March to try to restore Yemen's president to power and roll back the Iranian-allied Houthi militia.

The conflict has killed more than 4,000 people, leaving the Arab world's poorest country in the grip of a humanitarian crisis and on the brink of famine.

Several previous attempts to get the parties to end the conflict have failed.

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