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Shiite fighters seized control of the capital Sana a...epa04411989 Gunmen of the Shiite Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital  after they consolidated their foothold in Sana'a, Yemen, 22 September 2014. Reports state the Yemeni government and Shiite Houthi rebels on 21 September signed a UN-brokered ceasefire hours after Houthi insurgents captured major state institutions in the Arabian Peninsula country's worst crisis in three years.  The deal, including calls for an immediate ceasefire, the formation of a national unity government and economic reforms, was announced after four days of heavy fighting in Sana'a, pitting the Houthis against Sunni rivals backed by government forces.

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Gunmen of the Shia Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital after they consolidated their foothold in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday

A follower of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group carries his weapon on his shoulder as he attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of Yemen's capital Sanaa

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A follower of the Shia Muslim Houthi group attends an anti-government gathering in Arhab, north of the capital of Yemen, Sana’a. The Houthis, who control much of the northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia, are trying to consolidate their power in the north as the country moves towards a federal system that gives more power to regional authorities.

Yemeni's pass burning tyres on a road during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sana'a, Yemen, 30 July 2014. According to media reports, the Yemeni government raised fuel prices on 30 July to reduce the burden on state subsidies following severe fuel shortage for more than five months.

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Yemeni’s pass burning tyres on a road during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sana’a, Yemen. The Yemeni government raised fuel prices on Wednesday to reduce the burden on state subsidies following severe fuel shortages

Graffiti campaign highlights concerns experienced by Yemenis...epaselect epa04282103 A Yemeni artist paints on a wall during a graffiti campaign expressing views on several social and political conflicts in Sanaía, Yemen, 25 June 2014. In response to social and political conflicts in Yemen right now, Yemeni artists and activists organized a graffiti campaign highlighting a set of concerns experienced by Yemenis, including civil wars, terrorism, child recruitment, sectarian wars, poverty, US drone war, corruption, spread of weapons and kidnapping.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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An artist paints on a wall during a graffiti campaign on social and political conflicts in Sana’a, Yemen. The campaign highlights concerns experienced by Yemenis, including civil wars, terrorism, child recruitment, sectarian wars, poverty, US drone war, corruption, proliferation of weapons and kidnapping. 

African refugees live homelessly at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 June 2014. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year.

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Homeless African refugees gather at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sanaa, Yemen

Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa...Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa June 11, 2014.

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Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against Yemen‘s fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa

Students stand in line to cast their votes during the election of the Children's Parliament in Sanaa April 14, 2014. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election to vote for their candidates who will represent them in the Yemeni Children s Parliament, state news agency Saba reported.

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Students queue to cast their votes during the election for the Children’s Parliament in Sana’a. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election for representatives in the Yemeni Children’s Parliament.

A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a boy in an outskirt of the Yemeni capital Sanaa

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A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a boy on the outskirts of Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, on Monday.

Yemeni female followers of the Shiite Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana'a, Yemen, 23 January 2014. Reports state thousands of followers of the Shiite Houthi movement took to the streets to demand the dismissal of the government two days after unidentified gunmen killed Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, a representative of the Shiite Houthi movement in Yemen's national dialogue talks.

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Female followers of the Shia Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shia leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana’a, Yemen.

Protest against military action on Syria in Yemen...epa03843555 Yemeni Shiite men shout slogans and hold Syrian flags during a protest against a possible military action against Syria, in Sanaía, Yemen, 30 August 2013. The United States still seeks to form an international coalition to act against Syria, despite the rejection of military intervention by Britain's Parliament, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said 30 August. 'It is the goal of President Obama and our government that whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort,' he said in Manila, the last leg of his four-nation South-East Asian trip. Britain's parliament late on 29 August voted against a government motion to support military intervention in Syria, as the US mulls its response to last week's reports of chemical attacks on rebels by the Syrian government.

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Yemeni Shia men shout slogans and hold Syrian flags during a protest in Sanaia, Yemen against a possible military action against Syria. The US seeks to form an international coalition to act against Syria, despite the rejection of military intervention by Britain’s Parliament. 

Bedouin women wear traditional costumes as they sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa...Bedouin women wear traditional costumes as they sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 28, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability.

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Bedouin women sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen‘s stability 

Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 20, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability.

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Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa summer festival in Sanaa on Tuesday. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability

A Bedouin man jumps over camels during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa...A Bedouin man jumps over camels during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 20, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A Bedouin man takes a leap of faith and jumps over three camels delighting visitors to the summer festival in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday. 

An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa...An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa August 5, 2013. Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in Yemen on Monday after a U.S. warning of a possible militant attack in the region, and the Arab state said it was stepping up security at ports and airports. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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A soldier mans a checkpoint in Sana’a. On Monday, Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in the Yemen capital after a US warning of a possible militant attack in the region. The Arab country has stepped up security at ports and airports. 

Two soldiers sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa...Two soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa July 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi (YEMEN - Tags: MILITARY RELIGION)

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Two Muslim soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sana’a, Yemen on Thursday 

A Yemeni child attends a protest wearing a banner with the photo of a relative detained in Guantanamo Bay prison during a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy demanding his release, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 17, 2013. Arabic on the banner reads, "freedom to Abd El Rahman, detainee (224) in Guantanamo Bay prison."

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A Yemeni child attends a protest wearing a banner with the photo of a relative detained in Guantanamo Bay prison in front of the US embassy, in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday.

epa03724475 A Yemeni man passes a wall sprayed with anti-smoking graffiti on World No Tobacco Day in Sana’a, Yemen, 31 May 2013. The World Health Organisation (WHO) marks the 31st of May as 'World No Tobacco Day' in order to highlight the risks associated with tobacco usage and to deter people from smoking.

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A man passes a wall painted with anti-smoking graffiti on World No Tobacco Day in Sanaía, Yemen, on Friday. The World Health Organisation aims to highlight the risks associated with tobacco usage and to deter people from smoking 

A woman carries her son as she stands with other women at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in al-Mazraq of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja May 20, 2013. Thousands of the IDPs who have fled fighting between Shi'ite rebels and government forces in northwestern Yemen have yet to return to their villages three years after the fighting ended. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A woman carries her son as she stands with other women at a camp for internally displaced persons in al-Mazraq, in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja, on Monday. Thousands of the displaced who have fled fighting between Shia rebels and government forces in northwestern Yemen have yet to return to their villages three years after the fighting ended. 

Women collect water from a rain-water pond on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen

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Women collect water from a pond on the outskirts of Sanaa in Yemen

Yemeni Al-Qaeda militants listen as the judge sentenced them to jail for plotting attacks in Yemen at the Sanaa court on April 23, 2013. The court handed the militants jail sentences ranging between four and 10 years, on charges of forming an armed group to carry out attacks against military, government buildings and foreign interests in Yemen.

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Yemeni al-Qaeda militants listen as a judge sentences them to jail for plotting attacks in Yemen at the Sana’a court. The court handed out jail sentences ranging between four and 10 years, on charges of forming an armed group to carry out attacks against military, government buildings and foreign interests in Yemen.