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Yemen Rebels Claim Capture of Saudi Troops, Show One on TV

Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen claim to have captured several troops from Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition against the insurgents, parading one of the soldiers on television.

The Iran-backed rebels' Al-Masirah television late on Wednesday showed footage of a man dressed in military fatigues who identified himself as Sergeant Ibrahim Hakmi of a Saudi brigade based in the Jazan border area.

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UAE Says Spent $1.1 Billion to Help Syria Refugees, Fight IS

The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it has spent "around $1.1 billion" helping Syrian refugees and on the fight against the Islamic State group.

The announcement follows criticism of rich Arab states for failing to take in Syrian refugees, as hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the conflict risk their lives to reach Europe.

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Saudi-led Coalition Pounds Yemen Rebels Ahead of Talks

Saudi-led coalition warplanes heavily bombarded rebel positions across the Yemeni capital Saturday, ahead of expected U.N.-mediated peace talks, witnesses said.

They targeted arms depots and military camps in the rebel-held capital's northern districts.

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At Least 20 Dead as Rebel Rockets Hit Market in Yemen's Marib

Iran-backed rebels fired Katyusha rockets at a busy market in Yemen's eastern city of Marib killing at least 20 people on Friday, medics and witnesses said.

"Twenty civilians were killed and dozens wounded" in the attack, a medical official said. Witnesses said the provincial capital's market was targeted.

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UAE Pounds Yemen Rebels after Coalition's Deadliest Day

The UAE bombarded Yemeni rebels with air strikes on Saturday as it mourned 45 soldiers, among 50 killed in the deadliest day yet for a Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents.

Emirati officials vowed that the deaths in a missile attack in the battleground eastern oil province of Marib would not sap their commitment to the coalition's mission to restore exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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UAE Loses 45 Troops on Black Day for Yemen Coalition

The UAE said 45 of its soldiers engaged in a Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen were killed in an accidental explosion that the insurgents claimed was caused by rocket fire.

In what was the deadliest day for the coalition since it was formed in March, Bahrain said five of its soldiers guarding the Saudi border with Yemen were also killed.

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Rare Mass 'Terror' Trial Opens in the UAE

A rare mass trial of 41 radical Islamists accused of seeking to overthrow the government and links with "terrorists" opened on Monday in the United Arab Emirates, official media reported.

WAM news agency said the hearing at the state security court in Abu Dhabi was devoted to procedural measures, including the appointment of lawyers.

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UAE Forces Rescue British Hostage in Yemen

Forces from the United Arab Emirates have rescued a British hostage held for more than 18 months by al-Qaida in Yemen, authorities in Abu Dhabi and London said on Sunday.

Douglas Robert Semple, a 64-year-old oil worker, had been kidnapped by al-Qaida in February 2014 while working in Yemen's Hadramawt province, a stronghold of the jihadist group, a statement carried by the UAE's official WAM news agency said.

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Dubai's Emirates Airline to Resume Flights to Baghdad

Dubai's Emirates Airline said Tuesday it will resume passenger flights to the Iraqi capital in September, months after they were suspended over safety concerns.

Emirates will operate four weekly flights from Dubai to Baghdad, served by an A330-200 aircraft starting from September 17, the carrier said in a statement published by the UAE's official WAM news agency.

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UAE Condemns Rebel 'Occupation' of Yemen Embassy

The United Arab Emirates condemned the "occupation" of its embassy in Sanaa by Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, the foreign ministry said in a statement demanding their immediate exit from the compound.

The embassy takeover comes as Yemeni loyalists backed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia continue advances against rebels in several southern provinces as well as in third city Taez, seen as a gateway to the rebel-held capital.

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