Yemen warring sides in ‘final’ talks on prisoner swap deal Sep 17, 2020 0 1179 12345 AFPDubaiYemen’s warring sides will meet in Geneva today, Thursday, for UN-sponsored talks on the final touches of a deal to release more than 1,400 prisoners, sources on the two sides said.The internationally recognised government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels agreed to exchange some 15,000 detainees as part of a peace deal brokered by the United Nations in Sweden in 2018.The two sides have made sporadic prisoner swaps, but the release of 1,420 people -- if it materialises -- will mark the first large-scale prisoner trade since the war erupted in 2014. Members of the government’s committee for prisoner affairs said that 900 loyalists will be released in exchange for 520 insurgents.“The meeting will address the release of the first batch of prisoners, 1,420 people from the two sides,” Majed Fadael, a member of the committee, said. RELATED ARTICLES West African leaders demand Mali junta appoint civilian leaders Sep 17, 2020 0 975 Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire clouds peace deal signing Sep 17, 2020 0 715 India’s COVID-19 cases top 5 million in ‘worse than sci-fi’ pandemic Sep 17, 2020 0 756 Pompeo insists US to enforce ‘UN’ sanctions on Iran AFP Washington Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Wednesday the United States will enforce new “UN” sanctions on Iran starting next week, despite overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds. “The .. Iranian president slams Gulf states for normalising ties with Israel TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has strongly criticised Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for normalising ties with Israel. “Where is your Arabism, where are your concerns about the [Israeli] crimes in .. Nepal welcomes first mountain climbers since onset of pandemic KATHMANDU: A special aircraft carrying 18 tourists from Bahrain landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Wednesday as Nepal welcomed its first team of climbers after a pandemic-induced hiatus of .. Three Pakistani journalists face treason charges for criticising ‘powerful military’ ISLAMABAD: Police in Pakistan have filed treason charges against three journalists known for their criticism of the country’s powerful military, in what rights activists described as a blatant attack on the freedom of .. Russia to sell 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to India NEW DELHI: Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and an Indian pharmaceutical company said on Wednesday they had agreed to distribute 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine in India. Deliveries of the Sputnik V ..