In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo a woman feeds Asia Mohamad, a two-month old baby who weighs 2.2 kg (2.2pounds) at a hospital in Hajjah, Yemen. (Marco Frattini/WFP via AP)
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Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine.Hopes were high that the talks wouldn't deteriorate into further violence as in the past, and that the prisoner exchange would be a first step toward building confidence between highly distrustful adversaries.U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths said the two sides have signaled they are serious about de-escalating the fighting through calls they've made in recent weeks, and urged them to work to further reduce the violence in the Arab world's poorest nation, scene of massive civilian suffering.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the talks and urged the parties to make progress on the agenda outlined by Griffiths, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.The U.N. food agency said Thursday it is planning to rapidly scale up food distribution to help another 4 million people in Yemen over the next two months, more than a 50-percent increase in the number reached now if access can be maintained in the war-stricken country.
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