Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen are due to start in Kuwait on Thursday. The UN brokered talks had been expected to start on Monday, but were delayed when the Houthi Rebels failed to appear, angry about they said were ceasefire violations.
The United Nations has begun to evacuate hundreds of wounded or sick people in their families from four besieged Syrian towns. Two of the towns Sadani and Madaya have been blockaded by pro-government forces. Two of the towns, Zabadani and Madaya, have been blockaded by pro-government forces. The others, al-Fouaand Kefraya in Idlib province, are surrounded by Islamist rebel groups.