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_1 Ye­men war: Rag­ing bat­tles be­tween forces loyal to Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment and Shi­ite rebels, known as Houthis, along the coun­try’s west coast have dis­placed tens of thou­sands of Ye­meni civil­ians, es­pe­cially from the coastal prov­ince of Hodeida, an in­ter­na­tional rights group said in a re­port re­leased Thurs­day. The Ye­meni gov­ern­ment of­fen­sive sup­ported by ground troops and air cover from a Saudi-led coali­tion is part of at­tempts to re­gain con­trol over rebel-held ar­eas along the coun­try’s west coast, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said. Ye­men has been em­broiled in a civil war pit­ting the coali­tion against the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015. The coali­tion aims to re­store the gov­ern­ment of self-ex­iled Pres­i­dent Abed Rabu Man­sour Hadi to power. The three-year stale­mated war has killed more than 10,000 peo­ple and dis­placed more than 3 mil­lion. _2 Jerusalem em­bassy: Paraguay’s gov­ern­ment says Pres­i­dent Ho­ra­cio

Cartes will open the coun­try’s new em­bassy to Is­rael in Jerusalem next week, fol­low­ing sim­i­lar steps by the United States and Gu­atemala. Pales­tini­ans want East Jerusalem as their fu­ture cap­i­tal and were in­fu­ri­ated by the em­bassy moves. Most coun­tries main­tain em­bassies in Tel Aviv and have balked at mov­ing them until the in­ter­na­tional le­gal sta­tus of the city has been re­solved.

_3 Royal wed­ding: End­ing days of spec­u­la­tion, Meghan Markle said Thurs­day that her fa­ther will not be able to at­tend her wed­ding to Prince Harry due to health prob­lems. The news came as Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel re­hearsed for a gala pro­ces­sion through Wind­sor that will fol­low Satur­day’s cer­e­mony, which will be tele­vised live around the world. The palace has not re­vealed any de­tails about Thomas Markle’s health issues, but the celebrity web­site TMZ says the 73-year-old re­tired Hol­ly­wood cin­e­matog­ra­pher is hos­pi­tal­ized in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter un­der­go­ing a pro­ce­dure to clear blocked coro­nary ar­ter­ies. _4 Kash­mir cease-fire: The In­dian gov­ern­ment said it would halt op­er­a­tions against sep­a­ratist mil­i­tants in Jammu and Kash­mir state dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ra­madan, which be­gan Thurs­day. It was the first time in 18 years that the In­dian gov­ern­ment de­clared a cease­fire for Ra­madan in the ter­ri­tory. Over the past year, Kash­mir has been slid­ing deeper into tur­moil, with dozens of mil­i­tants killed, huge protests erupt­ing and a heavy sense of de­spair set­tling over the dis­puted ter­ri­tory. Kash­mir, a Hi­malayan mountain val­ley known for spec­tac­u­lar beauty, has been sub­merged in bloody con­flicts for more than 70 years. Both In­dia and Pak­istan claim it, and the bat­tles over this area have killed tens of thou­sands of peo­ple. _5 Jailed Amer­i­can: A Utah man im­pris­oned in Venezuela for two years with­out a trial is mak­ing an emo­tional plea for Amer­i­cans’ help get­ting out of a Cara­cas jail, say­ing in a clan­des­tinely shot video that his life was threat­ened dur­ing a riot in the coun­try’s most-no­to­ri­ous prison. In two 20-sec­ond videos shot on a cell phone, a vis­i­bly dis­traught Joshua Holt sug­gested that his pa­tience is run­ning out with the U.S. gov­ern­ment, which has made his re­lease a top pri­or­ity in its deal­ings with Venezuela’s gov­ern­ment. The 26-year-old trav­eled to Venezuela in 2016 to marry a fel­low Mor­mon he met on the in­ter­net. Shortly af­ter­ward, the cou­ple was ar­rested at her fam­ily’s apart­ment in Cara­cas af­ter po­lice said they found him stock­pil­ing an assault weapon and grenades.

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