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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Around the world on 23 March 2021

An end to the Yemen conflict could be in sight as Saudi Arabia floated a new peace initiative to end the six-year conflict, including a UN-supervised country-wide ceasefire, an easing of the blockade on the country, and the relaunch of political talks, Bloomberg reports. The truce plan would take effect as soon as the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who control strategic parts of Yemen, agree with it. One Houthi official dismissed the initiative as "not serious or new” in a tweet yesterday, saying the group would continue talks with Saudi Arabia, Oman and the US to reach peace.

The EU has agreed to sanction four Chinese officials for human rights abuses committed against Uighur Muslims, Reuters reports. The measures, which include asset freezes and travel bans, received an immediate response from Beijing, which introduced similar sanctions on European lawmakers.

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