Yemen's Shiite rebels release abducted aide of president

January 27, 2015 3:07 PM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels said Tuesday they have released a presidential aide whose abduction 10 days ago set in motion a violent escalation that led to the resignation of the president and the government in the face of a widening rebel power grab.

The release likely signals the Houthi rebels' readiness for a de-escalation of the crisis that has gripped Yemen. Earlier, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had set his aide's freedom as a top demand in order to reconsider his resignation.

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