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UN: Full-Scale War in Syria's Idlib Province Would Be Bloodbath

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:02
Amid reports of shelling and bombing by Syrian government forces of rebel positions in Idlib, a senior U.N. official warns of a bloodbath if a full-scale war breaks out in this northwestern province. Idlib is the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria. President Bashar-al-Assad has announced his interest in retaking the area. The United Nations is deeply worried about the prospect of war breaking out in Idlib, which shares a border with Turkey. The province is packed with 2.5 million...
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Iran's Former Hard-line President Asks Rouhani to Resign

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 18:20
Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked President Hassan Rouhani to resign. In a video published on his Telegram account Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that Iranians do not trust Rouhani. He said: "Your continued presence is at the expense of the country." Uncertainty resulting from the U.S. pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers has led Iran's already anemic economy to worsen. On Wednesday, Iranian lawmakers voted to sack...
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Saudi-led Airstrikes Hit Bus in Yemen, Killing 43, Many Children

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:06
International relief agencies expressed outrage and disgust at a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Houthi rebels that killed at least 43 people Thursday in Yemen, many of them children. More than 60 people were wounded. One missile struck a bus taking children back from a summer school picnic. Television pictures from a hospital showed blood-covered youngsters who seemed too stunned to even cry. Others writhed on the floor, waiting for help. "Grotesque, shameful,...
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Gaza Border Fight Intensifies in Night of Rockets, Airstrikes

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:15
Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military carried out scores of air strikes as fighting near the Gaza-Israel border intensified overnight into Thursday. Air raid sirens sounded almost nonstop in southern Israel from sundown Wednesday, warning residents to stay in shelters as more than 80 rockets were fired in their direction. At the same time, Israeli aircraft struck 140 targets belonging to the Hamas Islamist group that controls the Gaza...
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Saudi-Canadian Dispute Doesn’t Extend to Oil

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:51
Saudi Arabia’s oil supplies to Canada will not be impacted by a dispute between the two countries, the kingdom’s energy minister said Thursday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts. The world’s largest oil exporter has a “firm and long-standing policy” that petroleum supplies are not influenced by political considerations, Khalid al-Falih said in a statement. “The current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada will...
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UN Urges Israel, Hamas to 'Step Back From Brink'

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:24
U.N. Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel and Hamas to step back "from the brink" after both sides exchanged rocket fire Wednesday. "The situation can rapidly deteriorate, with devastating consequences for all people," Mladenov said. Militants fired around 70 rockets into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Israel responded with airstrikes, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding five others, according to the Gaza health ministry.  The violence...
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Palestinian-American Congressional Candidate Source of West Bank Pride

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 02:27
The Michigan primary victory of Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who is expected to become the first Muslim woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, triggered an outpouring of joy in her ancestral village on Wednesday. Relatives in Beit Our al-Foqa, where Tlaib's mother was born, greeted the news with a mixture of pride and hope that she will take on a U.S. administration widely seen as hostile to the Palestinian cause. “It’s a great honor for this small town. It’s a great honor...
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Mosul Woman Raising 23 Grandkids Orphaned by IS

Voice of America - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 02:20
When Iraqi forces announced the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants in July 2017, the joy of victory and the hope for a return to normalcy echoed across the country. But for Sana Ibrahim, who lost all of her children during IS rule, things would never be the same again. Now, at 61, Ibrahim has to take care of 23 grandchildren left behind from her three sons and two daughters killed in the brutal conflict. "IS destroyed us and left us nothing," said Ibrahim,...
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China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:26
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed...
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Scattered Protests, Heavy Security Across Iran After New Sanctions

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:15
Scattered protests, along with a heavy police presence in many places were reported Wednesday across Iran, one day after the first round of new U.S. economic sanctions went into effect. The Iranian parliament voted to remove Labor Minister Ali Rabie during a raucous debate Wednesday on new economic policies to tackle unemployment and bolster the weak economic situation in the country, a day after new U.S. economic sanctions went into effect. Tuesday, the hardline leader of Iran's...
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Turkish Officials in Washington as Tensions Escalate

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:52
A Turkish diplomatic delegation is visiting Washington for discussions about the ongoing detention in Turkey of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. The trip comes at a time of escalating U.S.-Turkish tensions, which are threatening to trigger a financial crisis in Turkey. VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
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Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in Yemen Falls Short

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:33
More than one-quarter million people in Yemen have been immunized against cholera. But, the three-day oral cholera vaccination campaign, held by the World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund between August 4 and 6, has fallen short of its mark by half. The World Health Organization reports more than 3,000 local health workers have reached 266,000 people above the age of one with oral cholera vaccine. This is about half of the one-half million people WHO and partners had hoped...
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Damascus: Syria's First Lady Starts Breast Cancer Treatment

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:47
Syria's presidency says first lady Asma Assad has begun treatment for breast cancer. The presidency posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday a photo of President Bashar Assad sitting next to his wife in what appeared to be a hospital room with an IV in her left arm.   The statement posted with the photo says the "malignant tumor" was discovered in its early stages and wished her a speedy recovery.   Such public announcements are uncommon in the Arab world,...
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Saudi Arabia Crucifies Myanmar Man Convicted of Murder

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:48
Saudi Arabia says it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on the execution Wednesday, saying it was carried out in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.   It said Elias Abulkalaam Jamaleddeen entered a Myanmar woman's home firing a gun and then stabbed her to death. He was convicted of robbing her home and another home, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and...
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IOM Appeals for $45M Aid for Horn of Africa Migrants

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:46
The International Organization for Migration and partners are appealing for $45 million to provide humanitarian and developmental aid over a three year period for 81,000 vulnerable migrants moving to and from the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Yemen may be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. But that has not deterred thousands of impoverished, conflict-ridden migrants and refugees mainly from Ethiopia and Somalia from crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen with the support of...
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US Braces for Possible Cyberattacks After Iran Sanctions

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:34
The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyber threat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased economic sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program. The experts say the threat would intensify following Washington's move...
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War Without End

NY Times Iraq - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:00
The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.
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Iran Weighs Response as US Sanctions Bite

Voice of America - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:49
As Iranians awoke Tuesday to renewed U.S. sanctions that had been lifted by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the question on everyone's mind remained: What happens now?  From deciphering President Donald Trump's tweets on Iran — including one demanding “WORLD PEACE” — to trying to figure out how much their cratering currency is worth, Iranians appear divided on how to respond. The same goes for their theocratic government, which for now is abiding by the atomic...
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Egyptian Politician Calls for Referendum on Government

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:50
An Egyptian politician has called for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government. Masoum Marzouk, a former diplomat, announced a road map this week that would include the suspension of the constitution and the dissolution of parliament if Egyptians were to vote against the government. He said that if the government did not respond positively to his initiative, a popular conference'' would be held in Cairo's Tahrir Square — epicenter of the 2011...
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US Declines to Intervene in Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Dispute

Voice of America - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:13
The United States on Tuesday declined to get involved in a diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia, two of its closest allies. Both countries have recalled each other's ambassadors after Canada criticized the Saudis for arresting human rights activists. "Regarding Canada, we have raised that with the government of Saudi Arabia. They are friends. They are partners. Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can't do it for them," State...
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