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Yemen to Hold Rebel Peace Talks

Officials in Yemen say they will hold peace talks in the coming days with Shi'ite rebel leaders to strengthen a fragile 2007 peace deal.

Qatari officials will mediate the talks between the two sides in Doha. Qatar also oversaw negotiations for the agreement three years ago.

The meeting was planned when Qatar's Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani made a trip to Yemen last month.

Six years of fighting between the northern rebels and government forces ended earlier this year in a ceasefire.

Both sides have since been accusing the other of violating the peace deal signed at the time.

The talks come only a few days after rebels tried to take over two government buildings in the northern al-Jawf province.

Yemen's western-backed government has also been trying to confront an al-Qaida insurgency as well as violent protests by separatists in the south.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.