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UN Yemen envoy says rebel group agrees to talks

The U.N. envoy to Yemen says the country's president and a rebel group have agreed to discuss disarming.
   Jamal Benomar told reporters Thursday that the Hawthis agreed to the initiative by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
   The Shiite Hawthis led a six-year insurgency in the north that officially ended in 2010, but a recent escalation in fighting with ultraconservative Sunni tribesmen turned several northern cities into war zones.
   Benomar also said Yemen's political transition "has moved to the next stage" and that a draft constitution will be finalized in coming months.
   Yemen has struggled with transitioning to democracy since Arab Spring protests in 2011 forced out longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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