American Freed in Yemen as Oman Hosts US Talks

An American among several believed held by Houthi Shia rebels in war-ravaged Yemen was freed and flown on Monday to neighbouring Oman, host of talks between the US and the Iran-backed rebels.
A diplomat in Oman said the talks between the Americans and the Houthis were aimed at promoting peace negotiations, which the UN has so far failed to organise in Geneva.
But the state department only said that Anne Patterson, the top US official for Near East affairs, was in Oman for discussions "about many issues."
News of the release of the American identified as journalist Casey Coombs came as Omani state media reported that a Singaporean had also arrived in the sultanate on his way home.