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UNICEF: At Least 62 Children Killed in Yemen in Past Week

At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured in Yemen during fighting over the past week, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday.

"Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe," said UNICEF's representative for Yemen, Julien Harneis.

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Obama Unblocks Delivery of F-16s to Egypt

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover.

The White House said Obama told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by phone on Tuesday that a 2013 freeze would be lifted.

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U.N. Envoy for Yemen Moves to Jordan

The United Nations has relocated its peace envoy for Yemen to Jordan and pulled its last 13 foreign employees from the conflict-torn country, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Envoy Jamal Benomar left Yemen at the weekend along with some 200 U.N. staff as a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes to block an advance against Shiite rebels known as the Huthis.

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U.N. Rights Chief Warns Yemen on Verge of 'Total Collapse'

The U.N. rights chief expressed alarm Tuesday at the situation in Yemen as Arab warplanes pounded the country for a sixth day, warning it appeared about to collapse.

"The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

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EU 'Distressed' by Yemen Civilian Deaths

The European Union expressed concern Tuesday at civilian deaths in Yemen after days of Saudi-led air strikes against rebel forces including one that killed scores at a displaced persons camp.

"We are extremely concerned about the impact of the fighting in Yemen which has terrible consequences for the population," a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

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Head of Rival Govt. in Libya Capital Sacked

The leader of the disputed government in Tripoli, Omar al-Hassi, was sacked Tuesday by the parliament in the Libyan capital, which is under the control of an Islamist-backed militia, a lawmaker said.

"The head of the government was dismissed by the parliament in a vote on Tuesday that was backed by the rest of the ministers," Mahmoud Abdel Aziz told AFP.

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U.S. Blacklists Syrian Central Banker, 'Front Companies'

The U.S. Treasury placed a senior Syrian central banker and three alleged front companies for an arms agency on its sanctions blacklist Tuesday, stepping up pressure on the Assad government.

The Treasury said Batoul Rida, an official at the Central Bank of Syria since 2010, has helped organize cash transfers with the already-sanctioned Tempbank.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Would Need Arab Cooperation, Says Saudi Arabia

Iran will not be able to reap the benefits of any nuclear deal with world powers without the cooperation of its Gulf neighbors, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Prince Saud al-Faisal's comments came on deadline day to reach a framework agreement aimed at stopping Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, in exchange for easing crippling sanctions.

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Red Cross Says Worker Killed in Yemen, Unable to Fly in Aid

The Red Cross said Tuesday a local aid worker had been killed in Yemen, adding that it could not fly in desperately-needed aid due to a lack of security.

The International Committee of the Red Cross called for the removal of obstacles to aid delivery and for humanitarian workers be allowed to work safely in Yemen, as Arab warplanes pounded the country for a sixth day.

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Iran: Saudi 'Attack' on Yemen Endangers Whole Region

Iran warned Tuesday that the Saudi "attack" on Yemen endangered the whole region, calling for an immediate halt to the military operation against Shiite rebels.

"The fire of war in the region from any side... will drag the whole region to play with fire. This is not in the interest of the nations in the region," Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

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