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Yemeni rebel leader says they back UN peace talks in Geneva

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 The leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels has backed U.N.-hosted peace talks on the conflict roiling the country, hours after the world body announced they would start in Geneva next week.

   The leader of the rebels known as Houthis says he believes the only solution to Yemen's crisis is to "hold U.N.-sponsored talks in a neutral country."

   The Houthis boycotted three-days of talks on Yemen in the Saudi capital of Riyadh earlier this week.

   In a lengthy speech aired on the rebels' TV channel late on Wednesday, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi also lashed out at Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a Sunni Arab coalition carrying out airstrikes since March 26 that have targeted the rebels in an effort to halt their power grab.

   Al-Houthi says the Saudi-led bombings are "hideous crimes."

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