Shiite rebels, Yemen's embattled president reach agreement to end violent standoff in capital

January 21, 2015 10:45 PM

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SANAA, Yemen – Shiite rebels holding Yemen's president captive in his home reached a deal with the U.S.-backed leader Wednesday to end a violent standoff in the capital, fueling fears that a key ally in the battle against al-Qaida has been sidelined.

The late-night agreement, which gives the rebels greater say in running the Arab world's poorest nation in exchange for removing its fighters from President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's residence, left unanswered who really controls the country.

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