Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stands next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as he delivers a statement after a meeting at the State Department in Washington, Feb. 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia later on Wednesday to push for peace in Yemen after U.N.-brokered talks collapsed despite world concern over mounting civilian casualties.Over two days, Kerry is to meet Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and other Gulf ministers. The kingdom leads an Arab coalition that began air raids in March last year and later sent in ground forces to support Yemen's internationally recognized government after Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies overran much of the country.Seventeen months after the coalition intervened, anti-rebel forces have regained territory but the Huthis still control most of the interior highlands and Red Sea coast.In the southwest, government forces are battling to break a rebel siege of Taiz, Yemen's third city. Coalition-supported pro-government forces are also fighting Al-Qaeda fighters who have exploited Yemen's power vacuum to expand their presence in the south and southeast.
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