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Al Jazeera: Cease-fire between Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels begins in Yemen

Prior to start, Saudi-led coalition bombs killed as many as 90 people in a single raid of a rocket base, authorities say

With cargo ships poised to launch a desperately needed aid operation in embattled Yemen, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire began Tuesday night, just hours after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck against Houthi rebels and their allies.

It wasn't immediately clear if the two sides were honoring the cease-fire, which began at 11 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT), but only hours before it was to go into effect, Saudi strikes had pounded the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa.

MIDDLE EAST

Massive UN aid operation set to take off in Yemen.

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Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 19 Shiite pilgrims.

Iraq says IS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations.

Iranian MPs urgently try to stop nuclear talks.

Iran stresses end-June deadline as nuclear talks press on.

No obvious alternative to Hamas in Gaza, says top Israeli general.

ASIA

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Pakistan's PM voices unprecedented support for Afghanistan. Pakistan's leader promises cooperation in hunt for militants.

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam.

Malaysia to turn away Rohingya unless boats are sinking.

Indonesia to 'turn back every boat carrying Rohingyas'.

Asia's drifting boatpeople a looming humanitarian crisis: U.N..

Philippines seeks US help in stopping China land reclamation.

Philippines military chief vows to defend island in South China Sea.

North Korean leader ordered aunt to be poisoned, defector says.

Another Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death.

AFRICA

Thousands flee escalating conflict in S. Sudan's Unity State. South Sudan army fights rebels in oil state as UN voices concern.

Western allies warn on control of Libya's national resources.

Burundi protests rage as regional leaders prepare to push for peace.

Ex-Boko Haram captives: Militants obsessed with marriage, subjugation.

Chad urges more cooperation against Boko Haram.

U.N. reports rape and killings in attacks on South Sudan towns.

Rising social tensions test Tunisia's new democracy.

Niger passes law to tackle migrant smuggling, first in West Africa.

EUROPE

Macedonia ministers, intelligence chief resign after shootout: official. Macedonia: 2 ministers quit amid government crisis.

U.S., Russia speak of cooperation but no breakthroughs.

Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in past 24 hours in east: Ukrainian military.

Russian opposition: 220 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine. Scores of Russian soldiers killed in east Ukraine: opposition report.

Turkey, Greece agree Aegean security measures, talk up Cyprus progress.

Greek PM says time for action from lenders, IMF payment scrapes by.

Exclusive: Greece tapped its emergency IMF reserves to pay IMF debt - sources.

Europe's well of sympathy for Greece runs dry.

Focus on Islamic State and Libya as NATO foreign ministers meet.

Britain could hold EU vote earlier than end of 2017.

AMERICAS

Colombia rebel leaders met secretly to pursue peace talks: government.

Free trade stumbles in US Senate test vote.

Raul Castro: US and Cuba ambassadors to be named soon.

Jeb: Clinton and I would have backed Iraq invasion.

Hollande meets with Fidel Castro during historic visit to Cuba. France's Hollande arrives in Haiti.

Honduran gangs choke small businesses with 'war tax'.

Arrests as Mexico farming wage strike turns violent.

Illegal immigrant children border crossings down 58 percent from 2014 surge.

Study finds fewer Christians, more unaffiliated in US.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

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ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Saudi April crude output hits record high.

Obama’s Pacific trade push faces a Senate vote this week.

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4bn.

Picasso's Women of Algiers smashes auction record.

New book sheds light on Steve Jobs' legacy.

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